5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072 803-359-7770
This Week at Saxe Gotha 
September 11 , 2019

Remember All 
in Your Prayers!
  • Dawn Merck
  • Diana Patterson's nephew
  • Don Pike
  • Jimmie Rooks' mother
  • Lois Ann Tuell's granddaughter
  • Pam Cope
  • Sarah Raines' mother
  • Tanner Watson
  • 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
  • Daniel Warren
  • Josh Lance
  • Michael Smoak
  • Ray Hammond's nephew
  • Sumner Thomas
  • Aaron Thies
  • Adam Gilmore
  • B. J. Manis
  • Bob Rabon
  • Brian Bishop
  • Greg Adams
  • Jamie Glatz
  • 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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Debt Free in Three Update:
Well done good and faithful servants!  The remaining balance of our Debt Free in Three Campaign is now under $325,000.  This reduction is great progress, though we did not completely eliminate the church mortgage by the August 5th due date. Instead of having us go through the process of establishing a new loan for the outstanding balance, the bank has granted Saxe Gotha an extension until December. The bank feels confident granting this extension as they were encouraged by the stewardship demonstrated by Saxe Gotha members. We are grateful for the commitment of our faithful givers, volunteers and event organizers who have helped us pay down our debt.  It will be wonderful to begin 2020 free of this lingering debt. We are so confident that this will be accomplished by the end of 2019 that we have not included any mention of Debt Free in Three in any of our 2020 plans. Together, with our combined energies and His continued blessings, we can and will be successful!
Many thanks must be given to our Finance Committee, the Stewardship Committee and the Debt Free in Three Committee for their leadership and dedication to this important and meaningful endeavor. Thank you to all who have given so generously and cheerfully.
I ask you to prayerfully consider what you can do to help us eliminate this debt in 2019 and ask that you continue to give over and above your regular contributions toward this effort. You may also want to consider giving stock or other investments. Please remember that stock gifts will need to be received on or before December 15 to be included on your 201 9 giving statements. If you have any questions or if I may help in any way, please contact me at ahudson@saxegotha.org, or by phone at 803-359-7770 ext. 41 or by text at 803-603-9142.
Thank you again for your generous gifts and benevolent  spirit  in supporting the work of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church.

Alisha Hudson
Prayer Focus for September: The sick and suffering.  

Christian Love and Sympathy is extended to the family of Ted Lightle on his passing.  

We will have the Cradle Cross and Rosebud in the Sanctuary on Sunday, September 15 in honor of the birth of  John Joseph "Jay" Jordan, IV, son of Joe and Hope Jordan.  Jay was born August 25, 2019.

New Babies: Member Joanna Kreyling and her husband Eric, who moved to Ohio with their three little girls, welcomed a son into their family this weekend! John Walter Kreyling was born September 7 at 9:33 pm weighing 8 lbs, 7.5 oz and 21 in long.

Member Casey Greco delivered a little girl, Aria Marie Williams, this morning.  She weighs 7 lbs, 2 oz and is 21 in long. 

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 .

Saxe Gotha Career Opportunities: To see open positions, please go to www.saxegotha.org/careers.
Fall Sermon Series and Small Groups: Our current   sermon series is called "Fruitfulness on the Frontline: Making a Difference Where You Are."  This is an 8-week series that will encourage and challenge us to see how we are missionaries right where we are.  

Fruitfulness on the Frontline Small Groups for Adults
Sunday Mornings (During Sunday School) from 9:45 am - 10:30 am
Families in Faith, meets in  the Fellowship Hall. 
Contact: Patricia Zeigler at pdmz@rocketmail.com
Foundations, meets in room 130 of the Light House
Contact: Sharon Capps at  sharon@sharoncompany.com or 960-2264

The Explorers, meets in room 139 of the Light House
Contact: HH Ham at hhham@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext 40
Musicians in the Word, meets in the Choir Suite in the Main Building
Contact: Hal McIntosh at hmcintosh@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext 13
Sunday Evenings at 5:30 pm
In the Hope Ferry Rd/Corley Mill Rd area of Lexington, hosted by Jenni and Sean Gannon
Contact: Jenni Gannon at  jgannon129@gmail.com  or 543-0097

Wednesday Evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
M eets in room 155 of the Main Building
Contact: HH Ham at hhham@saxegotha.org or 359-7770 ext. 40
Saturday Evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
   In the Oak Grove section of Lexington, hosted by Brian and Wendy Thies.  
wdelmater@usa.net .

Please contact the small group leaders above to join the groups.

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.  Please let Helen Harrison Ham know if you have questions:  hhham@saxegotha.org .
Wednesday Night Classes and Dinner are back! 
Please join us!   Dinner at 5:30 / Classes at 6:30.    
Menu for 9/18:  Italian chicken with parmesan cheese and roasted potatoes, salad bar, rolls and brownie trifle for dessert.
Cost:  Adults $5, Kids 3-11 $3, Family Max of $20. Make reservations by clicking on the link below.  Reservations due by noon on Monday.

To register for dinner:  saxegotha.org/events

To see the complete list of classes:
We Need Your Help!  
Join us this Saturday, September 14 as we help make our church safer for our members and staff.  We are m eet ing at 8:00 am at the Chick-fil-A at 5560 Sunset Blvd., then we will head over to the Light House to pull cable and install security cameras. We will have a team to help direct and assist. Everyone is welcome to help! Questions: Contact Chuck Neil or Keith Hall: Nailbenders.sg@gmail.com.

Legacy Series Seminar - How to Save for College:
Sunday, September 22 in the Sanctuary (9:45-10:30 am, during the Sunday School hour). Jim David will lead a seminar on methods of saving for college. The entire congregation is invited to attend, parents and grandparents alike. 

Children's Ministry Events:
Attention 4th and 5th graders, join us for SuperStartA preteen worship experience in Duluth GA, October 18-19. Details and registration can be found at https://saxegotha.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/279548.

Parents Night Out (Babies - 5th graders,   Ages K5 & Under in Nursery and 1st-5th in Room 205) September 27 from 6:30-9:00 pm here at Saxe Gotha.
This is a free event but reservations are required, please register:

South Sudan Mission Trip Opportunity 
Last week, our South Sudan Ministry team met and began planning for our annual mission trip to South Sudan.  Here is an overview of what we expect.  We plan to fly into South Sudan on Saturday, January 25 from Nairobi, Kenya on an AIM Air Charter flight. One week later, we will depart on Saturday, February 1.  The entire trip including time for travel to and from the United States is about 11 days.  Our focus area will be Pibor in Boma State of South Sudan, as it has been for about 11 years.  Some of our team members will split their time between Pibor and Gummuruk, a neighboring village. On the return flight, we plan to stop at Akobo in Akobo State of South Sudan for about two hours to get familiar with the location and determine whether it is a candidate for a second mission location for us in the future. 

For this trip, we can take 9 people filling the following positions:
Team Leader:  Greg Force*
Two Pastors:  This will involve preaching, teaching scripture, and teaching pastors preaching techniques.
Two Medical:  Amy Smith, RN* plus an ophthalmologist
Christian Educator:  Lee Ann Alexander*
Farmer:  Jim Mixson
Educator: One who can coach teachers, identify needs and serve as a liaison for the ministry and the church-sponsored Kondako School between visits.  
* Indicates people who have made this trip before.  
Our hosts are (1) a domestic non-profit called Serving and Learning Together (SALT) whose founder and executive director is Rev. Orozu Lokine Daky.  Orozu has been a partner and friend since 2005 and (2) Eastern Jonglei Presbytery whose General Secretary is Rev. James Aleyi Zeelu.  Zeelu has been a partner and friend since about 2010.
This is advance planning information.  If you are interested in going or know someone who is, please contact Bill Andress or Greg Force.  We have been seeking an ophthalmologist for several years and particularly need assistance with this.  Projected personal costs are about $2,500 including airfare.
Those considering joining the team should understand that:
  • This is physically a demanding trip.  Daytime temperatures routinely exceed 100/38 Degrees F/C and may reach 110/43 Degrees F/C.  There is minimal electricity and no air conditioning.  We stay at the SALT compound where there is a sleeping building, but most take their beds outside because it is cooler.  Food will be basic.  No hotels or  restaurants.  Much like camping.  Toilets are outhouses; and a bath is using a washcloth and bucket of water.  
  • The U.S. State Department considers it unsafe to travel to South Sudan and recommends no travel there.  This has been the case for several years.  
  • We are confident because  we know that:  (1) our hosts will alert us in advance if we need to divert; (2) the peace-building efforts of our hosts over the years have resulted in Boma State being among the safest states in the country, and Pibor is much safer than the nation's capital;  (3) we fly a charter flight with a Christian organization which independently assesses the situation;  and,  (4)  if we ever lose total confidence, we will cancel, divert or withdraw the team immediately.  
  • While we can never guarantee total safety, what we can guarantee is, the exceptional welcome, hospitality and love you will feel.  You probably will experience a miracle; and you definitely will experience the Holy Spirit and want to return.  
A gain, if you have questions, are interested in going or know someone who is, please contact:
Bill Andress (803-546-9099) or  BillAndress75@gmail.com or
Greg Force (803 960 5957) /  gregorylforce@gmail.com.
The TALK: An Open Discussion About Parenting Today 
Join us on Wednesday Nights from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Light House Cafe.  
We've all wished that our children came with an instruction manual or handbook. Parenting is wonderful, but also extremely difficult. It only seems to get harder in an age of rapidly changing technology, new pressures, and emerging dangers. We are all trying to figure it out! God may not have given us all the instructions, but He did give us community. The old African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child" is very true. We need all the help we can get, and it is time to pool our collective knowledge and wrestle with these big topics together!
This Fall we are offering a new opportunity for parents to have discussions around the big topics of our day. We are calling it "The TALK". Yes, we will likely discuss the birds and the bees in today's highly sexualized culture, but we are going to talk about much more. This is not a class or a lecture. There will be no workbook. What we will have is some battle worn parents, some coffee and drinks, and some open conversations about the things that really matter to today's parents. Come talk and join the discussion!

Click here to register.
Presbyterian Discovery Class:  Sundays, October 13 and 20 (9:45 - 10:45 am, Light House Café) 
We invite new members and active guests to discover your spiritual gifts, what it means to be a Presbyterian and how to "Give God Joy" as a fully engaged member of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church! Periodically throughout the year, SGPC offers a Discovery Class to help new members  and guests get plugged into Saxe Gotha. The class lasts for about an hour, but it is extremely helpful in introducing individuals to all aspects of our church and its ministries. Please contact Gaby Gonzalez Hackett at ggonzalez@saxegotha.org or 803-359-7770, ext. 45  if you would like to attend.
Senior Adult Luncheon: Thursday, September 19, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in Room 151 (near Kitchen). Entertainment: Moses Andrews, III will be singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Entertainment will be in the Light House Auditorium. Cost:  $7 per person payable at the door.  Reservations required by Tuesday, September 17.  Please call Pansy Floyd 359-7770, ext. 11 or email pfloyd@saxegotha.org for reservations.
Prayer Shawl Ministry:
Meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month in Room 154, MB  (10:00- 11:30 am). If you like to knit, or would like to learn to knit, this group is for you. Questions? Call Polly Askew at 803-359-7263.
Stretch and Balance for Seniors and Beginners:
(NEW SESSIONS: Sept. 20 - Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 - Dec.13) Please join us for an exercise class on Fridays in the Welcome Center/Fellowship Hall from 10:15 - 11:00 am to improve strength and balance. The class is $30 per each 6-week session. The class is for beginners up to intermediate participants. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  Contact Vicki Beatty at  vpbeatty@gmail.com  or 803-260-5817 for information and to register. 

Saxe Gotha is hosting a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop on Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Light House Atrium for those interested in starting a Stephen Ministry at their church.

About Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop
If you attend the workshop, you'll come away with a clear understanding of the difference Stephen Ministry makes and a vision for getting it started in your congregation.  Attending one of these workshops is not mandatory for beginning a Stephen Ministry, but they are an excellent way to get your questions answered and learn what Stephen Ministry is all about.

Each Workshop has Three Sessions:
SESSION 1: Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief
  • Sample the quality of Stephen Minister training firsthand
  • Develop grief ministry skills you can put to use right away
SESSION 2: An Introduction to Stephen Ministry
  • Explore the life-changing value of this ministry
  • Discover how to bring Stephen Ministry to your congregation
SESSION 3: How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way
  • Learn to integrate faith into everyday caring and relating
  • Experience the Christ-centered nature of Stephen Ministry
Who Should Attend?
Each participant receives an informative packet of materials. Every congregation receives a set of DVDs with inspiring videos to build support for beginning Stephen Ministry.
  • Pastors and church staff
  • Lay leaders and decision makers
  • Caregivers and Caregiving teams
Cost: $15 per person or $50 for a group of four or more from your congregation or organization.  This is collected to pay for your workbook and workshop materials. Saxe Gotha members can register for free.
How to Register

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.
Liturgical Dance Ministry:  (Age 6 through High school)
We are excited to continue the liturgical dance ministry to enhance the worship life of Saxe Gotha. No dance experience is required, however, practice is mandatory. We will be dancing on October 27 for the Kirkin'.   Please let Meredith Cully:
mcully@saxegotha.org or 803-767-7676   know if you are interested in participating.

A Note from Kathy Seymour about Friendship Dinners:

Dear Friends,

We, here at Saxe Gotha, have been serving some of the mentally ill in our community by hosting a dinner and some kind of faith-based entertainment 6 times a year for 25 years.  These folks have become our friends, thus the name Friendship Dinners.

Our guests/friends love to come and get a warm welcome, hugs, conversation, a wonderful dinner and entertainment. Most of them live on a very tight budget and can barely afford to buy their medications, let alone entertainment.

We are looking for a group or individual performer, who specializes in music, drama or dancing and would be interested in volunteering to help us make life a little happier for our Friends.  A short 20 to 30 minute program is best.  Upcoming dates are October 18 and December 6.

Please contact Kathy Seymour at 4kathys@gmail.com or 803-920-7385.
Memory Café:   (September 26, 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.
The Compassionate Care Meals Ministry provides meals to our families when they are going through the loss of a loved one. This ministry is in need of additional members.  If this is an area you could help with, please call Renee' Starnes at 359-7770 ext. 37 or email Rstarnes@saxegotha.org .                   
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.
Drive Thru Prayer:  (September 17, 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 August, we had 13 volunteers and 14 cars stopped by for prayer.  To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email  missions@saxegotha.org .
Calling All Acolytes... We are looking for new acolytes this fall.  Any child that will be in 3rd grade or above can by an acolyte.  It is a great opportunity for your child to serve during worship.  If you are interested, please contact Meredith Cully at  mcully@saxegotha.org or sign up online:

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 . You can place donations in the blue bin in the church main office.  

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).
Nailbenders : Meet at 8:00 am (September 14, 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 .
F.I.S.H Teams:  9/15: Team 4, 9/22: Team 5, 9/29: Team 6.

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 September
 8, 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."