5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
June 5 , 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,

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Galatians 6:12

Tomorrow will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day which occurred on June 6, 1944. On that day, Allied forces invaded the beaches of Normandy. That day guaranteed the eventual destruction of the Axis powers in Europe. Even though the war would drag on for eleven more months, with major battles yet to fight, the outcome of the war was determined at Normandy. On May 8, 1945, VE Day, the Allies celebrated their final victory in Europe, and what was set in motion at Normandy was fully realized.

Christians have looked at these events of World War II as an analogy of our situation between Christ's first and second comings. On that first Christmas, God invaded human history and the powers of darkness were defeated. God's victory over Satan and his forces is guaranteed. You might say, that we are now on to Berlin. The fighting is tough, and  the enemy still strong. The good news is that victory is assured and will be fully realized when Jesus comes again.

As we endure the trials and tribulations of this life, let us remember that we are lodged in spiritual battle. The fighting can be very painful and at times we may be discouraged, but remember there is victory in Christ!

Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for June:   Muslims and Ramadan.

Baptism:  On Sunday, June 9 at the 11:00 am service, Ansley Jean Arrington, daughter of members Josh and Amy Arrington will be baptized.  Ansley was born on 11/25/18. 

Mandatory VBS Meeting: Sunday, June 9 (Fellowship Hall, 2:00 - 3:30 pm) 
All youth and adult volunteers are asked to join us.

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.

Jamaica Donations: Please go to  www.saxegotha.org/events   to find a list of the items that are needed for the high school mission trip.

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.   

Summer Church Events:
Children's Promotion Party- June 2nd in your normal Sunday School Class, then go to your new Sunday School Class on Promotion Sunday, June 9.  For specific class locations, see the attached letter:  Promotion Letter to Parents.

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! 
Opportunity to serve for MS and HS Students:   
We have a special opportunity to do Operation Christmas Child twice this year!  Join us on Tuesday, June 11 to go to the OCC Processing Center in Charlotte, NC and help pack some shoe boxes for kids around the world.  Our shift is from 12:00-3:00 pm, and we want to meet at the SGPC Light House at 8:40 am to leave at 9:00 am.   The cost for this trip is $10 to cover transportation. We will stop for lunch before our shift starts, so please bring extra money for meals.   We have 13 spots available, so sign-up now! Samaritan's Purse requires volunteers be at least 13 years of age.  Contact Gaby Hackett at  gonzalez@saxegotha.org or Mary Knobeloch at  mknobeloch@saxegotha.org to save your spot!    
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 .

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

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.
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: 
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.
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.
Aerobics: Exercise with the "SG Angels"- aerobics, body sculpting and strength and balance classes. M, W and F (9:00 - 10:00 am) and M and Th (6:15 - 7:15 pm). Senior/beginner balance class on Friday mornings (10:15 - 11:00 am).  All classes are 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  or information and to register.  
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 (June 8, 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:  6/9: Team 2, 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."