5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
July 17 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Dale Timbes
  • Dan and Louise Viveros
  • Dawn Merck
  • Don Pike
  • Judy Chettinger's father
  • 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 Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ,

Saturday, July 27 is our Debt Free in Three Yard Sale. The event will take place in the Light House from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm in the Atrium of the Light House. You may drop-off donations on July 22-25 (Monday - Thursday) from 12:00 noon-8:00 pm and July 26 (Friday) from 12:00-2:00 pm in the Light House.
Please remember that proceeds from the Yard Sale will go to further reducing this debt, which currently stands at $441,991. This is down from 2.2 million dollars at the start of our campaign.
We really need your help to make this event a great success like it has been the past two years. The Yard Sale is not only an opportunity to help reduce our debt, but it is also a way to touch the lives of members of our community as they visit our campus. This is a great mission opportunity to meet new people! Let's take advantage of it!
This is a huge undertaking requiring a lot of manpower, so we need you to volunteer to help. People are needed to set-up in the days prior to the sale and clean-up after the event. We also need folks on the day of the event to greet, man sale areas and check out customers. You can sign-up to volunteer on our Sign-Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4eafa72ca7ff2-saxe. Please contact Kathy Seymour at 4kathys@gmail.com with questions. 
In Christ's love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for July:  Missions and outreach ministries.  

Christian Love and Sympathy is extended to the family of Lydia Ropp, to Diana Patterson  on the death of her grandmother 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 this Sunday, July 21 at the 11:00 am Traditional Service by Pastor Jim.  Charlie was born April 12.

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

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. Donations due by July 20.
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.
CommUNITY Night of Worship:  (August 18, Light House Auditorium) Join us for a night of worship, praise and fellowship for the whole family in partnership with  The Rescue (a church plant from Pelion, SC).  We can't have community without unity, so please invite your family, neighbors and friends.   We will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Mission Lexington's Mobile Food Pantry. There will be an ice cream social at 4:30 pm, followed by worship in the Light House at 5:30 pm and packing backpacks for the Backpack Ministry. Contact Moses Andrews for information: mandrews@saxegotha.org .  To get your free tickets for the event, please go to saxegotha.org/events .
Migrant Ministry Volunteers will meet every Tuesday evening until August 5.  We need volunteers to serve meals.  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: 
Purchase Now for Operation Christmas Child - the best school supply sales are during the next few weeks!   Donations of school supplies-pencils, packs of 24 crayons, pencils and erasers for the shoe boxes will be collected and kept for the packing party in November.  Donations can be dropped off at the front desk with Lori Lowman's name  or given directly to her! Questions, contact Lori Lowman: llowman@saxegotha.org.  
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drive Thru Prayer:  (August 20, 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 .
Nailbenders : Meet at 8:00 am (August 10, 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: 
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.
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:   7/21: Team 2, 7/28: Team 3, 8/4: Team 4, 8/11: Team 5, 8/18: Team 6, 8/25: Team 1.

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 14, 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."