5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
June 12 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Coke Floyd's sister-in-law
  • Dan and Louise Viveros
  • Dawn Merck
  • Don Pike
  • Hal McIntosh
  • Irene Baerwalde's mother
  • Jerry Kirkland
  • Linda Seiser
  • Lois Ann Tuell's granddaughter
  • Mary Allison Carpenter
  • Patti Schmitz
  • Patti Schmitz's son
  • Rhonda Tuttle Knotts
  • Tony McCluney
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Anne Burdette
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Brian and Wendy Thies' son 
  • Carol Gose's nephew
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Debbie Bailey
  • Emily Fraser
  • Greg Avedisian
  • Herby Hucks' sister
  • Jody Sullivan's husband
  • Joyce Murphy's mother
  • Jule Bland
  • Kay Luthern's mother
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Nickie Nickles' father
  • Pansy Floyd
  • Parris McBride
  • Regan Kolwyck
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Stephanie Jones-Fitts
  • Steve Robert's brother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tillman Kyzer
  • Tristan Groscost
  • Trudi Greene
  • Wanda McCarthy
  • Jamie Glatz
  • Josh Lance
  • Ray Hammond's nephew
  • Sumner Thomas
  • Aaron Thies
  • Adam Gilmore
  • B. J. Manis
  • Bob Rabon
  • Brian Bishop
  • Greg Adams

  • John"Tripp" Bartlett
  • Ken Culbertson 
  • Kyle Peck
  • Michael Smoak
  • Ram Matthews
  • Robert Holder
  • Ron Culbertson
  • Sean Spence 
  • Steven Shealy
  • Trevor Beattie  
  • William Moore 
  • Wyatt Hughes
Please call the church office to make updates to our prayer list!  To see a complete list of prayer request policies, please refer to our  Prayer webpage.
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Dear Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ,
VBS starts in less than two weeks! This year our VBS takes you on a wild safari themed adventure beginning Monday, June 24! Elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles will be a part of this adventure. As our students look for exotic animals, they will also find snapshots of real-life encounters with Jesus in Scripture.
Here are the encounters with Jesus that our students will explore through the week:
Day 1: Encounter in the Temple - Luke 2:41-52
 Jesus as a boy in the temple
Day 2: Encounter at the River - Matthew 3:1-17
The Baptism of Jesus
Day 3: Encounter on the Water Matthew 14:22-33
Jesus and Peter walk on the water
Day 4: Encounter at the Tomb - John  20:1-18
Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb
Day 5: Encounter on the Road Luke 24:13-35
The Emmaus Disciples
The Theme Verse for the week is " But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." (John 20:31. CSB) 
"Zoom in! Focus on Jesus!" is the week's motto.
VBS is one of the best ways that we reach out to our community, so please be sure to invite your family, neighbors and friends to join you for a terrific week! No matter how old you are, there is a place for you at VBS! So please volunteer to be a part of this great adventure! Let's use this wonderful week to grow closer to our Lord and each other.

Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for June:   Muslims and Ramadan.

Christian Love and Sympathy is extended to Jessica Elkins on the death of her uncle.  

Congregational Meeting: There will be a Congregational meeting on June 23 following the 11:00 am traditional service to (1) elect members to the church nominating committee and (2) to elect a deacon.

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .
Children's  Summer Event  Registration

Vacation Bible School: "In the Wild" will be held June 24-28, 2019.   
To register or volunteer:

Summer Church Events:

Summer Kids Camps:
Registration Now Open! (Ages 3-11) 
Our SGPC Summer Camps continue to be a big hit for the children in our community each summer. Kids play and learn about art, basketball, soccer and much more! We welcome the children of SGPC members, as well as any children in the community who are not a formal part of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian. So make plans to join us this summer for a LOT of FUN in a very wholesome, Christian environment! 
God and Country One Service Sunday and Potluck: Please join us on June 30 for the God and Country One Service Sunday  and a Potluck in the gym following the 11:00 am Traditional Service.
We ask each Family to bring a Dish to Feed your family PLUS 4 others as follows (based on first letter of last name):
A-G: Sides and Salads   
H-R: Meat and Casserole     
S-Z:   Desserts    
We need volunteers to help set-up from 10:45-11:30 am, serve from 12:00 - 1:00 pm and clean up from 1:00- 2:00 pm.  If you can help, please contact Jennifer Gibbons at 803-447-0097.
Jamaica Donations:  To find a list of the items that are needed for the high school mission trip, please click here.
Wednesday Nights in July:
Called to More -  A Study of David for the Whole Family

Join us this July for dinner in the gym, fellowship and a special series focusing on David. All ages are invited to attend. There will be specific programs for adults and children during the break-out sessions. Nursery will be provided.        

Saxe Gotha Summer Sessions Schedule:  
5:30 Dinner / 6:15 Worship Songs / 6:25 Devotion /
6:35-7:00 pm Break-Out Sessions

Fabric Scraps Request:   Irene Baerwalde is requesting donations of fabric scraps for use in making pencil pouches for Operation Christmas Child. We will be packing 500 boxes in November and want to have a pencil pouch for each child's box. Contact Mary Knobeloch: mknobeloch@saxegotha.org .

Debt Free in Three Yard Sale:  The Saxe Gotha Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, July 27, from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm in the Atrium of the Lighthouse. The yard sale will benefit the Debt Free in Three program. Please consider shopping, volunteering, donating items and spreading the word .  Donation drop off is July 22 - 25 (12:00 - 8:00 pm)  and July 26 (12:00 - 2:00 pm) in the Light House. Contact: Kathy Seymour: 

Please  Sign-up to Volunteer Online: 
Memory Café:   (June 20, the third Thursday of this month because of VBS, but usually the last Thursday of the month) 10:30-11:30 am in the Light House Atrium) provides a gathering place for friends with Alzheimer's (or other dementias), along with their caregivers and families, to relax and enjoy socialization, refreshments, discussion and Christ-centered encouragement. Contact Jennifer Dever:    jdever@saxegotha.org  or 359-7770 if you are interested in volunteering or attending.
Flower Ministry: The presence of flowers in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings brings added beauty and Glory to God during worship. There is a notebook available on the podium in the Narthex to sign-up to provide flowers or you can contact Robin Wilkes at: 803-530-7603. Also, Robin will deliver the flowers to the nursing home of your choice if you do not have plans for them after the service.  

We would like to encourage members to donate flowers in memory or celebration of family milestones.
Blood Drive: Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church and Lexington UMC.  Monday, July 15 from 2:00-7:00 pm in the SGPC Gym.  To schedule an appointment, go to: 
www.redcrossblood.org . Enter Sponsor code:  LexingtonUMC.
Substitute Bus Drivers Needed - We are looking for substitute bus drivers for the Saxe Gotha Child Development Center.  A CDL license is required, but Pete Eckert and Tony McCluney are happy to train new drivers.  In addition to serving as a substitute bus driver, there are many other opportunities to serve by driving a church bus. For example, we would love to have you volunteer to drive the bus for Migrant Ministry this summer. 
Contact Pete Eckert if you are interested: peteeckert53@gmail.com.

We are looking for a new  Director of Children's Ministry . Are you interested in joining our team or know of someone who might be a good fit? See the link for more information and feel free to share.

We are also looking for a Part-Time AV Technician.  Please contact Lonnie Wehunt to apply:  lwehunt@saxegotha.org .  
Drive Thru Prayer:  (June 18, 3rd Tuesday of the month) 7 :15-8:15 am, SGPC  Parking Lot.  Join together as we love and support community members in need of prayer. We will need prayer warriors, enthusiastic sign holders and traffic directors.

In May, we had 10 church members volunteer and 11 cars stopped in for prayer.  

  To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@saxegotha.org .
Would you like to be a part of Stephen Ministries? 
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that talks individually with those that are in need.  If you would like to become a Stephen Minister please email Renee' Starnes at Rstarnes@saxegotha.org  or call 359-7770, ext. 37 to sign-up.  Your experiences and compassion are gifts to be shared.
Caring Connections Brotherhood: Men - looking for a local band of brothers?  Then check out the Caring Connections Brotherhood.  This group of gentlemen meets weekly to provide fellowship and support for men in our church family and in the greater community. Join them each Tuesday at 12:00 noon at the Flight Deck Restaurant here in Lexington (109-A Old Chapin Rd.) The Brotherhood does more than just meet for lunch and laughter - on occasion they also have special speakers, take day excursions and visit other men who are homebound. To get involved in the Caring Connections Brotherhood, please contact: Mike Graves (703-481-8166) or at digger7006@yahoo.com.
Lexington One Backpack Program: Saxe Gotha partners with Lexington School District One to support the Backpack Program. Items Needed for Backpacks: juice boxes, cereal/granola bars, snack crackers, single serving cereal boxes/bowls, raisins, peanut butter, fruit cups/pouches (please no applesauce cups), pudding cups, oatmeal packets. If you or your small group is interested in donating food or packing bags to assist with this effort, please contact Holly Waldrip:  waldrip@sc.rr.com . Also, you can place donations in the blue bin in the church main office. Thank you for your help! 
Amazon Smile: During t he second quarter of 2019, we received $55 towards DF3 from Amazon!  Did you know that when shopping Amazon they 
will make a donation to Saxe Gotha that will go towards Debt Free in Three, with no additional cost to you? The only requirement is to  go through smile.amazon.com instead  of Amazon.com and choose Saxe Gotha as your charity of choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service, but with each purchase you help reduce the debt.
Nailbenders : Meet at 8:00 am (July 13, 2nd Saturday of the month) at the Chick-fil-A at 5560 Sunset Blvd, then leave from there to assist individuals in need.  Everyone is welcome to help! Contact Keith Hall with questions:  Nailbenders.sg@gmail.com .
Tips for Giving By Text:  
Saxe Gotha's Text Giving #: 803-302-3499
  • If you text a monetary value, the funds are attributed to the church's default fund.
  • If you text a monetary value + a fund name, the funds will be attributed to that fund name.
  • You can also text the following: "Funds" (will  give you a list of fund names), "Help" (to get assistance with gifting via text), or  "Reset" (will remove saved credit card information).
F.I.S.H Teams:  6/16: Team 3, 6:23: Team 4, 6/30: Team 5.

Debt Free in Three
  Year 1 - Ended
July 31, 2017: $504,811
Year 2 - Ended
July 31, 2018: $371,954

Year 3 - Ending
July 31, 2019
(Raised as of June 2, 2019)  
To give to the Debt Free in Three Campaign or General Budget, 
Hebrews 12:1 "Let us strip off every weight that slows us down ... and run with endurance the race."