5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
June 13, 2018

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Bob Hinson
  • Bryan Rivers
  • Carol Gose's nephew
  • Colette Phillips' son & daughter-in-law
  • Craig Lemrow

  • Donna Suhrstedt's son and daughter-in-law
  • Gina Paredes
  • Joyce Murphy's mother
  • Jule Bland
  • Kim Eubanks' father
  • Stephanie Jones-Fitts
  • Tristan Groscost
  • Trudi Greene
  • Vicki Williamson's granddaughter
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Anna Capps
  • Auddie Brown
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Bill McCarter
  • Bill Schwartz
  • Craig Lemrow
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Donnelle Glatz's mother
  • Gary and Edie Athey's son
  • Jana Gunter's mother
  • Jimmie Rooks' sister/Stephanie McGee's aunt
  • John Burbage
  • Jon Myers
  • Josh Rives
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Lee Ann Alexander's mother
  • Leslie Clark's father
  • Lydia Ropp
  • Marshall Edens
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Meredith Jenkins' mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Pansy Floyd's sister
  • Rhonda Russell
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tillman Kyzer
  • Tim Kehoe's sister
  • Trudi Greene
  • Wanda McCarthy
 (Non-Combat Zones)
  • Adam Gilmore
  • Chad Nabors
  • Ray Hammond's nephew
  • B. J. Manis
  • Bob Rabon
  • Brian Bishop
  • Connor Lundkovsky
  • Jamie Glatz 
  • Jessica Glatz
  • John"Tripp" Bartlett
  • Ken Culbertson 
  • Michael Smoak
  • Robert Holder
  • Ron Culbertson
  • Sean Spence 
  • Steven Shealy 
  • Sumner Thomas 
  • 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, Jim casual 8-2014
David Blankenhorn, in his excellent book entitled Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem, suggests "There are exceptions, of course, but here is the rule: Boys raised by traditionally masculine fathers generally do not commit crimes. Fatherless boys commit crimes." Later Blankenhorn states:
Put simply, we have too many boys with guns primarily because we have too few fathers. If we want fewer of the former, we must have more of the latter. There is little evidence to suggest that any other strategy will work.
A growing number of American children do not have a relationship with their father. Over one-third of American children now live apart from their fathers. The effect is devastating.  
Blankenhorn suggests a good father is a "Good Family Man." He writes:
Ponder the three words.
Good: moral values.
Family: purposes larger than the self.
Man: a norm of masculinity.
As a phrase of speech, good family man was once widely heard in our society, bestowed on men deserving it as a compliment and a badge of honor.
As Christians, we would want to change Blankenhorn's "Good Family Man" to a "Godly Family Man." A good, Christian father closely walks with Jesus and honors Him in what he says and does.
A pastor once asked the preschool class in a Sunday school to draw a picture of God. He intended to use them as an illustration for his Sunday sermon. Toward the end of class, the children were excited to show the pastor their work. They came up with rainbows and men with big hands. Finally, his daughter showed him her picture: a man with a suit and tie on. "I don't know what God looks like," she said, "so I just drew my daddy instead."
Fatherhood is an awesome responsibility.  Let's be the Godly fathers God has called us to be.  
Happy Fathers' Day!
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for June:  Muslims and Ramadan.  

Christian Love and Sympathy is extended to Hope Jordan on the death of her father.  

Change in Worship Time: The AWE Service now starts at 10:45 am.

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .
God and Country Service-One Service Sunday, July 1 with a Potluck in the gym  following the 11 am Worship service.  
Please bring a Dish to Feed your Family PLUS enough to Share with four friends!
   A-K:      Side Dish (Vegetable, Fruit or Salad)
   L-S:       Main Dish (Meat or Casserole)
   T-Z:       Dessert
VOLUNTEER?  Help with setup, serving or clean up? Contact: Jennifer Gibbons jgibbons@marriedtomylove.com or 803-447-0097.
Register for Saxe Gotha Vacation Bible School: 
Game On VBS: June 18-22, 
Daily 9 am - 12 pm. 
(Rising 4's to Rising 6th Grade) 
Click here to register. 

VBS Volunteers Still needed for the following areas:
  • Youth Assistant Coach for 1st, 3rd, and 4th/5th grade
  • Adult Coach (this is the same as a tour guide) - 3rd grade and 4th/5th grade
  • Registration Workers for Preschool and Elementary (note that this job will be limited to the first hour of the morning)
Donations Still Needed for VBS Snack:
  • Mini Milk Chocolate Chips
  • White Frosting
  • Ritz crackers
  • Large Pretzel Rods
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Boxed Granola Bars
  • Juice Boxes
VBS Decoration Day - We Need lots of help so plan to come out!!  The more hands we have, the faster we can get the job done!  Saturday, June 16 ( 9:00 am - 2:00 pm). When you arrive please come to the atrium in the Light House.
VBS Registration will close tomorrow, Thursday, June 14, at noon!
Children's Summer Activities (Rising 4's to Rising 5th Grade)
Click here to register.  
  • Mission Day: June 14 from 8:30-1:00 for rising 2nd/3rd graders: $15
  • Bible Book Club: Rising 4K-5th graders meet June13, July 11, July 25, August 8 from 10:00-11:30; $20 for the first child ($10 for each additional child): $20 - $40
  • Water Day: June 28 from 9:00-12:00 for rising 4K/5K/1st graders: $5
  • Mission Day: July 10 from 9:00-1:00 for rising 4th/5th/6th graders: $15
  • Marathon of Madness: July 20 from 12:00-10:00 for rising 2nd-5th graders: $50
  • Mission Day: July 26 from 9:00-12:00 for rising 4K/5K/1st graders: $10
Please contact Lori Lowman with questions:  
Saxe Gotha Summer Camps and Summer Activities -
Registration Now Open!
Art Camp - FULL, Bible Book Club, VBS, Kelly's Be Your Own Hero Camp, Basketball Camp, Tech-Know Time LEGO Robotics Camps, Kelly's Flip-Fly Gymnastics and Kelly's Survivor Ninja Challenge Camp.  

To find out more and register: 
www.saxegotha.org/ministries/recreation-health and click on Summer Camps. If you have questions, please contact Pansy Floyd at pfloyd@saxegotha.org or call 803-359-7770 ext. 11.
youth summer Middle School Day at the Lake is cancelled due to the weather forecast.  We hope to reschedule for mid-July.  

Tasty Tuesdays: Youth Weekly Lunch on Tuesdays at 11:37 am.  Please bring cash for your meal.  Questions, contact Gaby: ggonzalez@saxegotha.org.  
Usher Ministry: Would you like to help out by being an Usher, Greeter or Crew member? If you would like to enjoy fellowship in serving, join the FISH Team.  Contact Deck Hudson 359-5482 or email  spursusc@aol.com.  
H2O Family Movie Night:  Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm in movie_tickets.jpg the Light House Auditorium.  Bring your family and a picnic dinner as we gather  together  for a family movie and a short message based on the film. We'll even provide some follow-up discussion questions for all of our families, so that the conversation can keep going after the event. Don't miss this chance to hang out and encounter the Lord together!  
YAM Summer Kickoff: Come join us as we kick off summer with a YAM get together!!! We will be gathering on June 14 at 7:00 pm at Robert and Patricia Zeigler's house, 115 Baskin Hills Ct., Lexington, SC 29072. Please bring a light snack as we join together for Christian fellowship and food as we continue our walk with Christ.  Also, invite friends to join in the fun.  For more information, please contact Kathleen McDonagh at 803-606-9745 or  gamecock2006@twc.com .  
Classics - Senior's Summer Suppers & Speakers meet on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. in Room 151 to share a meal (please bring your own bag meal).  After the meal, we move to Room 152 for an interesting presentation.  All Senior adults are welcome.  Please come enjoy the fellowship.  Reservations not required.
Weekly  Speakers for Senior Summer Programs:
June 13: Mayor of Lexington on updates and plans for handling traffic, growth, schools, etc. in our area.  Speaker: Mayor Steve McDougal
June 20: Trip and lunch at a Brewery - location TBD.
June 27: Medicare updates, plus Supplementary/Advantage plans.  Speaker: Sharon Johnson
July 4:     No meeting
July 11:  4th of July Picnic at John/Mary Claire's Man Cave  
July 18: State Parks in SC.  Speaker: Paul McCormick
July 25: Zoo from the beginning to the present.  Speaker: Jim Wilhide
Aug. 1: Carolina Backcountry: Speaker: John Poland
Aug. 8: Updates of computer/iphones, plus security/scams. Speaker: Mike Graves
Aug. 15: Wingard Nursery: type and care of container plants in our area. Speaker: TBD.
Change for South Sudan Offering will be collected on Sunday, June 24.  The money collected will be used to provide transportation for Awuut Awal, her mother and a translator from Kakuma Refugee Camp to Tenwek Hospital for open heart surgery, to support our continuing ministry (health, education, peacebuilding and Christian education) among our South Sudanese partners.   Thank you for your prayers and support. 
Migrant Ministry Volunteers will meet every Tuesday evening until August 7. We need volunteers to serve meals and provide dessert.  Anyone interested should meet at the SGPC church office at 6:00 pm on Tuesdays and ride the bus to Batesburg/Leesville. Note: Some of the rural roads may be too rough for your car. Contact Pete Eckert 608- 9835 or email:  missions@saxegotha.org for additional information. 
Special Request from Helen Harrison Coker:  
I am currently working on my Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. For one of my courses, I must conduct a church-wide survey on the health of our congregation.  The Session has approved for our church to engage in a listening exercise provided by Leadership Transformations, Inc.  From June 1, 2018 to June 22, 2018, we'll be conducting a church-wide survey called the Church Health Assessment Tool (CHATSM).  This web-based survey will allow us to collect valuable feedback from the congregation regarding your views on our church health.  This tool is based on the "10 Traits of Vital Ministry" from the book Becoming a Healthy Church  by Dr. Stephen A. Macchia.  We welcome all congregants [15 years old and up] to participate in the survey.  Please take this opportunity to share your thoughts with us.
To participate in the survey before June 22, 2018:
1.  Get on the internet and go to www.HealthyChurch.net
2.  Click on the button that says "Take the Survey" on the left side of the screen.
3.  Use the following information to log in:
                  Login: SaxeGotha
                  Password: GiveGodJoy
Give us your honest feedback. (The survey takes 20-25 minutes to complete.) If you don't have a computer/internet access, contact Helen Harrison Coker at 359-7770  or at  
hcoker@saxegotha.org,  and we can arrange for you to fill out a paper version of the survey.  Please contact me if you have any questions. 

Thank you for your help and for your time!
Fall Sermon Series and Small Groups: "We Were Made for Relationships." Starting September 9, we will begin a 6-week study "40 Days of Love" by Rick Warren. We would like to put together a list of small group leaders and locations, much like we did for "40 Days in the Word" a few years ago. Please let Helen Harrison Coker know if you are able to lead a group: hcoker@saxegotha.org. There is a leaders guide and video lesson for each week, so all you really need is a location (home, office, school) to host a small group.
Summer Combined Sunday School: (Through July 29) Room 151 MB, 9:45 -10:30 am. Any and all adults are welcome to join us, whether they go to Sunday school on a regular basis or not. We will study Colossians, along with the sermon series. Questions? Contact HH Coker at hcoker@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext. 40.  
June 3
June 10
Col 1:1-14           
The Fruit of the Gospel
June 17
Col 1:15-29
Christ Supreme
June 24
Col 2:1-7
God's Treasure Revealed
July 1
Col 2:8-3:4
Complete in Christ
July 8 
Col 3:5-17
Old Clothes, New Clothes
July 15 
Col 3:18-4:1
The Christian Household
July 22 
Col 4:2-18
Together in Prayer
July 29   
End of Class Social!

Summer Choir Schedule:
June- Regular rehearsals, except for no rehearsal on June 13.
July- God and Country Service on July 1. Rehearsals on July 11  and 25. No rehearsal on July 4 or 18.
August- Rehearsal on August 15. No rehearsals on August 1, 8 and 22. Regular rehearsals resume on August 29.
Debt Free in Three Yard Sale: The Saxe Gotha Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, July 21, from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm in the Atrium of the Lighthouse. The yard sale will benefit the Debt Free in Three program. Please consider volunteering, donating items and spreading the word.  Contact: Kathy Seymour: 4kathys@gmail.com.
Drive Thru Prayer:  Tuesday, July 17 (3rd Tuesday of the month)  8:00-9:00 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. To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@saxegotha.org .

This Tuesday, Drive Thru Prayer was a little different than usual - it was a Voter Primary.  We prayed with the politicians, some of the voters - all but one said YES!  11 people were assisted this week.  So exciting to continue to spread God's love with this ministry.  
Saxe Gotha Aerobics: Exercise with the "SG Angels"- aerobics, body sculpting and ballet barre classes. M, W and F (9:00 - 10:00 am), M and Th (6:15 - 7:15 pm) and Sat. (9:15 - 10:15 am) in the Welcome Center. $25 for unlimited classes for the month or $5 per class. This energetic group also participates in a number of service projects each year. Please contact Vicki Beatty with questions (803) 260-5817 or vpbeatty@gmail.com .
Flower Ministry: The presence of flowers in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings brings added beauty and Glory to God during our weekly gatherings for 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.

Renewal:  Scripture Memorization
Don't forget to join the Scripture memory challenge, Renewal!  It's not too late to begin. For more details and to stay up to date, check out the Renewal Facebook page.  All you need to do on the 1st and 15th of the month is post your name, city, state and scripture.  Let's join together and fill our hearts with scripture! 
Nailbenders  meet at 8:00 a.m. (Second Saturday of the month) at the Lexington Chick-fil-A (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 .
Amazon SmileWhen shopping on Amazon. com, please remember to go through smile.amazon.com. This sends donations to Saxe Gotha with each purchase.
Stephen Ministry  is our congregation's one-to-one care giving ministry. These connections are confidential and matched up by gender. God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in a person whose life seems barren and forlorn because of crisis or tragedy.  What do Stephen Ministers do?  These individuals listen to people in need, explore feelings, pray, share Christ's love, maintain confidentiality, and attend to the care-giving process, while leaving the results to God.  Stephen Ministers have big hearts.  If you are feeling unloved or need a friend, contact  Carol Perrin  at (803)917-6690 , the referral coordinator. Please know that your identity and requests are kept confidential.
Summer Youth Conferences:  
Middle School Youth Retreat:  Asheville, NC (June 25-29).

RYM Colorado (June 11-16): High School Youth Retreat. 
Please pray for these students and leaders.  
Contact Mary Knobeloch: mknobeloch@saxegotha.org .
Volunteers Needed for The Bereavement Ministry:  
If you enjoy cooking, baking or serving others, please prayerfully consider volunteering to help with the Bereavement Ministry. We provide light food for receptions following funerals for Saxe Gotha members or a meal for family members on the day of a funeral. This could not happen without help from Saxe Gotha members. If you think you may be interested in helping with this much needed Ministry please call Vicki Williamson at 803-957-5068 for more information.
Prayer Shawl Ministry group will not meet during June, July and August.  They will gather again on Thursday, September 6.  Meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month in the MB, Room 154  (10:00-11:30 am).  Questions?  Please call Polly Askew at 803-359-7263.

In today's economy, many individuals are facing the difficult reality of finding a new position or alternative employment. This ministry assists individuals with writing a resume, improving interviewing skills, or providing support as one goes through this time of transition. The group is available to meet with you on an as needed basis.  Please contact Kathy Arrowsmith (803.238.6905 or at kca21@yahoo.com) to schedule a meeting with the Christians in Career Transition Ministry.
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:                                                     
6/17: Team 5, 6/24: Team 6.
Debt Free in Three

  Year 1 - Ended July 31, 2017

Year 2 - Ends July 31, 2018
(Raised as of June 10, 2018)  

To give to the Debt Free in Three Campaign or General Budget, click here.

Hebrews 12:1 "Let us strip off every weight that slows us down ... and run with endurance the race."