5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
July 10 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Dale Timbes
  • Dan and Louise Viveros
  • Dawn Merck
  • Don Pike
  • Linda Seiser
  • Lois Ann Tuell's granddaughter
  • Michael Green
  • Priscilla Raymond
  • Sarah Raines' mother
  • Alice Peck
  • Ann Austin
  • Anne Burdette
  • Bea Amsler
  • Beth Klaes
  • Dawn Barber's mother
  • Emily Fraser
  • Greg Avedisian
  • Herby Hucks' sister
  • Jody Sullivan's husband
  • Joyce Murphy's mother
  • Kay Luthren's mother
  • Melinda Martin's mother
  • Merritt Wham
  • Regan Kolwyck
  • Robby Kerr's mother
  • Steve Robert's brother
  • Sunny Jewell's father
  • Tillman Kyzer
  • Tristan Groscost
  • Trudi Greene
  • Wanda McCarthy
  • Jamie Glatz
  • Josh Lance
  • Michael Smoak
  • 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
  • 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 Saxe Gotha and other Friends,
Our Change for South Sudan Collection is this Sunday, July 14.
Through the Change for South Sudan collection, special donations and other contributions this year, we have provided schooling for 588 children by funding salaries for 5 teachers, college education for two bright young men (begins in August), training Sunday School teachers in Pibor, saved the sight and ultimately life of 5 year old "John Boy" (see article below), conducted theological education, provided Talking Bibles in the local language and distributed eye glasses.  We are working with the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and the South Sudan Council of Churches to reduce tribal conflict in the area in which we work.  That has been successful both in reducing conflict and returning abducted children to their homes, while bringing down the incidences of cattle theft.
There is much more to be done.  With your help, we will expand our effort both in areas where we serve today and by adding new areas.  Please help me publicize this by readdressing this message  to some of your Saxe Gotha Friends.  
We appreciate your prayers, your financial support and hope that more of you can join us.  Right now, we really need a professional educator to oversee our education programs and an ophthalmologist to assist us in recruiting a team to visit and treat hundreds of patients with serious eye disease. Thank you.
In His Service,
Bill Andress
Prayer Focus for July:  Missions and outreach ministries.  

Christian Love and Sympathy is extended to the family of Lydia Ropp and Carolyn Link on the death of her sister.

Upcoming Baptisms:
Charles "Charlie" Harper Knobeloch, son of Steve & Lauren Knobeloch (grandparents - Mary & Chuck Knobeloch), will receive the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the 11:00 am Traditional Service by Pastor Jim.  Charlie was born April 12, 2019.

"Sadie" Evelyn Price,  daughter of Jason & Sue Price, will receive the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the 11:00 am Traditional Service by Patrick.  Sadie was born February 12, 2019.

New Members:   Please join us in welcoming new members Suzette Houde, Michelle Sarnsamack and Clay Ham this Sunday, July 14. Suzette and Michelle (mother and daughter) and Clay will be joining at the 8:30 am Traditional Service.

Babysitter List: If you have a need for a Babysitter, one that is Red Cross certified, please email Renee' Starnes in the church's office at Rstarnes@saxegotha.org for the names of babysitters that are part of the SGPC family.

Weekly Sermon and Scripture Schedule:  To find the upcoming sermon topics and scriptures, please click here.  

Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to  www.saxegotha.org/media .
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 /
6:35-7:30 pm Break-Out Sessions

Summer Church Events:

Summer Kids Camps:
Registration 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! 
Jamaica Donations:  
Please consider donating  the items for the high school trip to Jamaica. T
o find a list of the items that are needed for the high school mission trip, please click here.
Belize Mission Trip: Our Saxe Gotha Mission Team will be ministering in southern Belize from July 29-August 5.  Please pray for this group, and the work that will be done.  They will be hosting  VBS in one location in the mornings and in another location in the afternoon to include 250-300 children.  If you would like to make a contribution for providing the needed supplies, you can either make a monetary donation designated for Belize or bring any of the following items to the church before July 24.  We can use markers, glue sticks, pencils, band-aids and new or gently used book bags for children.  We are also in need of a donation of several suitcases.  The team members are Eve Barker, Teri Blanton, Jean Cochran, Ransom Cooper, Sibyl Cooper, Michelle Faust, Rebekah Flanagan, Ann Hall, Jim Hickman, Meredith Jenkins, Guy Schmoltze, Holly Vaucher and Andrew Woodham.  If you have questions, please contact Eve at evebarker@netscape.net.
Migrant Ministry Volunteers will meet every Tuesday evening until August 5.  We need volunteers to serve meals and provide dessert.  Anyone interested should meet behind the SGPG Church Gym at 6:00 pm on Tuesdays and ride the bus to Batesburg/Leesville.  We normally return around 10:00 pm.  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. 
Debt Free in Three Yard Sale:  The Saxe Gotha Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, July 27, from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm in the Atrium of the Light House. 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: 
Update from South Sudan: 
"John Boy" Goes Home .  The five year old boy from Pibor, South Sudan whom we sent to Kijabe Hospital in Kenya is going home.  He has had the growth removed, his face reconstructed, spent over two months in the hospital and flew from Kenya back to South Sudan on July 4th.  See the before and after pictures.  The attending physician advises that, John would have lost his vision in one eye because of encroachment of the growth and ultimately suffocated from the growth around his throat.  Already he needed to keep his finger in his mouth at night so that  he could
breathe while he slept.  Our support of John's treatment was made possible through your generous gifts to our ministry through 
Change for South Sudan.  

Please continue your faithful support on Sunday, July 14th when we have our next special collection for Change for Sudan.

Memory Café:   (July 25, the last Thursday of the month) 10:30-11:30 am, generally in the Light House Atrium - this month it is in the Fellowship Hall due to Yard Sale set-up) 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.
Fall Sermon Series and Small Groups: On Sunday August 25, we will start a sermon series called "Fruitfulness on the Frontline:  Making a Difference Where You Are".  This will be an  8-week  series that will encourage and challenge us to see how we are missionaries right where we are.  There is a DVD and small group curriculum (that you can download for free!) that goes along with it.  To learn more: https://www.licc.org.uk/ourresources/fruitfulness. We would like small group leaders and locations.  Please let Helen Harrison Coker know if you can lead a group:  hcoker@saxegotha.org .

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 .  
CDC Positions Available:  
The CDC is looking for Preschool teachers, as well as afterschool teachers.  Qualified applicants can contact Hope Andrews at 803-359-2058 or  handrews@saxegotha.org . We appreciate you spreading the word and covet your prayers that the Lord will bring people that will be a good fit with our center.

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.  Next 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.
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.
Drive Thru Prayer:  (July 16, 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 June, we had 10 volunteers and 15 cars stopped for prayer.  A police car even stopped for prayer. Two first-time volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 

To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@saxegotha.org .
Lexington One Backpack Program:
Thank you so much for your continued support of the Backpack Ministry during the 2018-2019 school year! Because of your donations of food, money and time, we were able to pack 800 bags of food for Lexington County school children in need. A special thanks goes to Cliff Blanton for delivering all 800 of these bags during the school year. We look forward to serving our community with you again in the fall.
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.
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 .
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.

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:  7/14: Team 1, 7/21: Team 2, 7/28: Team 3.

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 July 7, 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."