This Week's Newsletter
September 8, 2021
Dear Fellow Servants of Jesus Christ,

Tonight is the kick off for Wednesday Nights - sure hope you can join us! One of the primary ways we grow in Christ is by studying the Bible and material that helps us apply biblical truths to real life. We are blessed to have a great set of classes this fall that are led by talented teachers. Wednesday Family Night Dinners begin at 5:30 pm (Room 151, MB), so come ready to enjoy a delicious meal and a wonderful time of fellowship! Here is what is being offered this fall:

Starting TONIGHT, September 8 (6:30 – 7:30 pm)

Elijah by Priscilla Shirer - facilitated by HH Ham & Cindy Williams - 155 MB
Elijah emerged as the voice of unapologetic truth during a time of national crisis and moral decline. Join us as we take a fresh look at Elijah and the difficult choices of obedience that kept him anchored, sharpened his faith and broadened his impact. Study guide $17.00

Genesis - led by Mary McIlwain Fuller – Room 151 MB
There are lots of Genesis stories. Let’s dig deeper to discover more treasures that are connected to the entire Bible. Please bring your own Bible.

Holy Conversations: Talking About God in Everyday Life - led by Pete Eckert & Ed Alexander 152 MB
This interactive class will help us learn to engage in comfortable conversation about the good news of Jesus with those around us. Book $14.00

Road Trip to the Truth - led by Jim Glatz & Brad Farrar - 112/113 LH
Take a 2000-year-old question, throw in a mix of college students, a healthy serving of experts, a dash of animation and what do you get? Road Trip to Truth, a series that seeks to teach us that the answers to life's biggest questions are never that far off. Join us on this journey to find answers on the topics of evolution, depression, the existence of God, the veracity of the Bible and truth itself. Study Guide $5.00

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus - led by Steve Anderson & Bill Andress - 154 MB
Author Nabeel Qureshi takes viewers deep into apologetics and evangelism among Muslims through powerful storytelling and personal experience. He explores Muslim culture, the most common Muslim objections to Christianity and the core doctrines upon which Islam stands or falls. Compassionate and clear, Nabeel’s lectures will be a useful training tool for believers wanting to winsomely engage Muslims in spiritual conversations. Study guide $11.00

Sunday Afternoons – Starting September 12 (4:00 – 5:30 pm)

Parenting - led by Patrick Cherry & Carole Farrar - MB 151
Amidst folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. In the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas, it's easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents. We’ll use Paul Tripp’s book Parenting as a springboard for discussions about foundational principles centered on the gospel that show we need more than the latest parenting strategy. Rather, we need the rescuing power of God’s grace to shape how we view everything we do as parents. No book required.

Let’s enter fall with a renewed commitment to grow closer to God and to each other! I look forward to seeing you participate in our classes!

In Christ’s love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for September:
The Sick and Suffering.
The Encounters with God Devotional Books (July-September) are now available for pick-up in the Narthex and in the Light House on the racks by the doors. Please email Pansy at pfloyd@saxegotha.org if you would like them mailed to you.
Sunday School Classes Locations - Beginning Sept. 12:
Did You Know...Findings from the CAT Survey:
Each week, we will include new specific findings from the survey. Check back here each week to learn more!

Featured Finding:
Saxe Gotha as a whole can be described as having a relatively static climate, one in which there is very high satisfaction and somewhat low energy. More specifically, in the 54 and under age demographic, Saxe Gotha members are generally in the recovery climate ("wants to get back to the good old days"). The above 55 and above age bracket can be described as being in the transformational climate (high energy, high satisfaction). Crows Feet Consulting states that the "levels of satisfaction and energy have been found to be reliable indicators of the health and vitality of a church;" therefore, we can use this data to evaluate our congregational climate.

Please feel free to contact Byron Kirby if you would like to discuss specific information from the survey: Byron.Kirby@rfa.sc.gov.
To see an overview of the findings from the CAT Survey for Members - Congregational Assessment Tool, click here.
BEGINS THIS SUNDAY - For Adults: Parenting - led by Patrick Cherry & Carole Farrar - MB 151 Amidst folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. In the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas, it's easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents. We’ll use Paul Tripp’s book, Parenting, as a springboard for discussions about foundational principles centered on the gospel that show we need more than the latest parenting strategy. Rather, we need the rescuing power of God’s grace to shape how we view everything we do as parents. No book required.
If you would like review the Officer Nomination Brochure, please click here.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." (Matthew 25:34-35)

The Mission Lexington Pantry is especially in need of: mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, rice, sweet peas, spaghetti sauce and spaghetti noodles. 
We Invite You to Commemorate our Scottish Heritage at the Annual Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan & 39th Church Anniversary.

One Service Sunday—In Celebration of Our History
Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 10:00 am
Featuring Special Music by Palmetto Pipe & Drums.
Sunday School will not be held.
It’s Never Too Early for Operation Christmas Child
Donations!
To Access the Updated List of Items Needed or to Purchase Online,
please click here.


Please drop off items in the blue bins labeled OCC in the Narthex, Main Office and Light House Atrium. Thank you!
Packing has begun!


WINGS (Widows in Group Share) provides support and fellowship to widows. The group is made up of Saxe Gotha widows and their friends who are also widows. The WINGS group will start back on Saturday, September 11 at 11:30 am at the Flight Deck Restaurant here in Lexington (109-A Old Chapin Rd.).

We will continue to meet the 2nd Saturday of every month for a time of Christian fellowship and sharing.

In order to reserve the appropriate space, we will need to know how many people plan to attend. Please contact Carol Harden at 217-652-2768 or Colette Phillips at 803-553-8741. Please register by TODAY, September 8.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: This ministry will meet on Thursday, September 16 from 10:00 – 11:30 am in Room 154 in the Main Building. This Ministry will meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Just bring needles and learn to knit. The shawls made are blessed and given to members in need. Everyone is welcome to serve in this ministry, no experience required.
Questions? Contact Renee Starnes at rstarnes@saxegotha.org or 803-359-7770, ext. 37.
Fall Sermon Series: "God Spoke" - Beginning Sept. 12
How do we know what God is like? How do we know what is right and good? Answer: God has spoken! During this sermon series we will be looking at the Ten Commandments and contrasting them with today’s cultural trends. Join us in exploring our culture in light of what God has said.
Upward Elementary Basketball League - 2021/2022
Saxe Gotha offers an Upward Basketball League as a ministry for elementary age children (Girls and Boys: 5K through 6th grade). Upward Sports was established in 1995 and has become the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. The mission of Upward Sports is to promote the discovery of Jesus through Sports as it seeks to develop athletes spiritually, mentally, athletically and socially.

Registration Open: Sept. 9 (Cost: $75)

Evaluations: Oct. 11-16 (M-F, 6:00 - 8:00 pm and Sat., 9:00-11:00 am - Saxe Gotha Gym)

Practice Begins: Nov. 1 (Practice and games are M, Tu, Th nights, as well as Sat. mornings from 9:00 am-1:00 pm)

First Game: Nov. 22 / Last Game: Week of Jan. 31 - Feb. 3

Contact Pete Eckert at 803-608-9835 with questions. All players must be evaluated except for 5K.
Would you like to be part of Stephen Ministry?
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that meets 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. We would like to start a training session soon, so we look forward to hearing from you!
We're looking for Teachers and a Director of Audio/Visual!

The Child Development Center is looking for Teachers interested in teaching children ages 2-4 in the morning or kindergarten-fifth graders in the afternoon. For specific details please contact Hope Andrews at 803-359-2058 or handrews@saxegotha.org.

We're looking to hire a Director of Audio/Visual. Please contact Alisha Hudson if you are interested in this position at ahudson@saxegotha.org.

Free Exercise Class

Free Exercise classes are held on Wednesdays and Fridays in the Fellowship Hall from 9:00 - 10:00 am. Contact Vicky Beatty with questions: vpbeatty@gmail.com.
Parents of Young Children Sunday School Class -
Join us for the Parents of Young Children SS class at 9:45 am in Room 235, under the Fellowship Hall. We are studying Ephesians. Nursery and childcare is available! Contact Stefanie Cain with questions: cain.stefanieg@gmail.com.
Caring Connections Brotherhood:
Men - looking for a local band of brothers? 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, please contact: Mike Graves (703-481-8166) or at digger7006@yahoo.com.
We livestream our 8:30 am Traditional Service and our 10:45 am AWE Contemporary Service. If you prefer to view the Traditional Service at 11:00, you can re-play the 8:30 service at that time.

To view the Saxe Gotha Services and other resources, please go to: youtube.com/user/SaxeGothaPres.
United Heroes Ministry:
The United Heroes Ministry here at SGPC sends cards and care packages to our military. We are in the process of updating our list of names and addresses. Please send the name and address of those that are active duty, serving overseas or stateside to Jody Sullivan at jodysully@hotmail.com or call 704-798-5444 to get your loved one added to the list.
Wednesday Nights for Kids STARTS TONIGHT!
What do you get when you mix science and art with the love of Jesus? A midweek SPARK to love others and serve them well! This new program for kids (nursery to grade 5) will meet in the Gym. Contact Melinda with questions: mboyle@saxegotha.org.
Kids Sunday School
This coming Sunday is the start of our new Sunday School year! Grade schoolers will begin in the gym precisely at 9:45 am for an opening celebration, worship and introduction to the main lesson. Then they will be dismissed to classrooms for small group activities and discussion. Teachers will return them to the gym at 10:25 for large group games to enrich the lesson of the day. 

This is very important: for the security of our kids, parents will need to drop off and pick up in the gym. Please step inside the gym to sign in your child. We need to have eyes on every parent, grandparent or guardian. We will also use this time to pass along any information that you need to know.
Children ages 4-6 are invited to join us for a series focusing on worship and the sermon topic in an age-appropriate way. Kids will begin their worship time with their parents in the services and will join Children’s Ministry leaders in the specified rooms, where parents will pick them up when the service ends. Children's Worship is held during the 10:45 am AWE Service in Light House Room 130. Children's Worship during the 11:00 am Traditional Service is in the Fellowship Hall/Welcome Center. Children's Worship is not held during the 8:30 am Traditional Service.

Email Erin Stoudemire with any questions or to let her know that your children will be participating.

We need volunteers to love on young kids in our Children's Worship time for both the AWE service and the 11:00 am Traditional Service. Please email Erin to sign up to volunteer. 
Kids Programming Resumes Sunday, September 12!
Our Sunday afternoon favorites start up again on Sunday, September 12. 
Kid's Choir for preschoolers through 5th graders begins at 3:00 pm. Preschoolers (age 2-kindergarten) will meet in room 214; grade schoolers will meet in the choir room.

Any kids attending choir will be taken to the Seekers and Club45 locations.

Seekers (grades K-3) and Club45 (grades 4-5) will meet from 4:00-5:30 pm. Seekers pick up under the CDC covered awning. Club45 pick up at the Light House.

If you have any questions, contact Sara McCarter (for Seekers questions) or Meredith Jenkins (for Club45 questions). 
Sunday Nursery and Preschool
Nursery is available for ALL services and Sunday School. Friends ages 3 and younger can join us in Room 215 during the worship services.

Preschool Sunday School for ages 2 through kindergarten will be meeting in rooms 214 and 224.

Please contact Sara McCarter if you have any questions.
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Students Sunday School Classes
Sunday School is the foundation for Christian education in Student Ministry. Every Sunday morning, a variety of teachers will present lessons to students about foundational Biblical principles that are essential for those who are still discerning their own faith, but also excellent for the growth of students who have taken hold of their own faith. All students begin in the Light House Atrium at 9:45 am for fellowship before going to their classes and wrapping things up at 10:30 am. The classes and their locations are:
- Middle School - Room 144
- Confirmation - Room 146
- High School - Room 143
Wednesday Nights in Student Ministry are all about Downpour! Downpour is our Wednesday night student worship service that meets in the Light House Auditorium from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. It's a night of worship, games, teaching, and discussion all aimed at building up our students in their relationship with Jesus and their relationships with one another. We always open up the evening with worship or a game to get things moving before we move into our time of teaching. This semester, our teaching is going to be focused on exploring questions that students are asking about the world around them and seeing what answers the Bible offers on those topics. Then we'll break out, and our amazing group of volunteers will lead the discussion groups to give students the opportunity to consider and apply these principles. Downpour on Wednesday nights is something you won't want to miss!
Begins TODAY, September 8!
Sunday Afternoons in Student Ministry are always exciting! We have two great opportunities that are perfect for connection whether you're new to Student Ministry or if you've been with us for years. Both groups meet from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, and you can find the details of each below.

Oasis: Oasis is a place of refreshment for middle school students. This fantastic group meets in the Light House Atrium for fellowship, games, snacks, a lesson, and more. It's a perfect place for middle school students to draw together and connect. Come and join in on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

Refuge: Refuge is a place for high school students to get away from the business of the week to relax, fellowship together, and dive into some very real conversations. We explore some hard questions, but the great news is that you don't have to wrestle with the hard questions alone. Join us in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.
Begins THIS SUNDAY, September 12!
Bible Studies are groups that are specifically designed to go deeper into the Word of God. All of our different programs include an aspect of teaching, but Bible Studies are a place for students to really go deep into Scripture and discuss the things that they find. We currently have two Bible studies that meet at the church before school on Wednesday mornings. We find that this early morning study is a perfect way to provide a midweek refocus for students and to start off their day immersed in Scripture. Begins TODAY, September 8!

Middle School Bible Study - Our Middle School Bible Study meets in the Light House Atrium on Wednesday mornings. Students are invited to come as early as 6:45 am for fellowship time, and we will kick off our teaching time at 7:00 am. We provide transportation to school (or you are welcome to pick your student up at 7:45 am), and a Chick-Fil-A breakfast is available for $5. This semester, we'll be going through the book of Ephesians. Make sure you have a ride to school lined up, and if you need help finding a ride, just email Justin.

High School Bible Study - This semester, we will meet in the church Library (next to the gym) to continue our study of the Gospel of Matthew. Don't worry if you've never come before, any time is a perfect time to jump in! Doors will be open at 6:45 am for anyone who wants to bring their own breakfast and eat or come fellowship before we dive into Scripture, but just make sure you're in by 7:00 am because that's when we'll begin our time of study. Make sure you have a ride to school lined up, and if you need help finding a ride, just email Justin.
Small Groups are a place aimed at deep relationship building. Small groups commit to one another that they will consistently meet together and share life with one another while continually lifting one another up in prayer. While study is certainly a part of it, the committed intentional relationship building is the key to small groups. We have a small group available for everyone:

Middle School Girls Small Group - Middle school girls meet together in the Light House Cafe on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm with Kalie and Gracie to study and share together. Kicks off September 14!

Middle School Boys Small Group - Middle school boys are invited to join Justin on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Well (Light House). We're going to start out discussing why we should be reading Scripture, and work on holding each other accountable for our own personal study. Kicks off September 14!

High School Girls Small Group - High school girls will meet with Mrs. Jennifer and Mrs. Liz on Monday nights from 7:00 to 8:00. Meetings will be at Mrs. Jennifer's house. The address is 248 Clubside Drive . As we share life together, we'll also be journaling our way through the Psalms. Kicks off September 13!

High School Boys Small Group - On Monday evenings, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, High school boys are encouraged to join Barry and Justin in the gym for a time of devotion, prayer, and basketball. Come ready to go! Kicks off September 13!

For questions about any of these groups, reach out to Justin, and he can get you in touch with the leaders.
Youth Events - Fall Events and Summer 2022 Trips!
Fall Retreats:
Middle School Fall Retreat - We'll head up to Bonclarken for Modgnik with our other local sister churches for the weekend of October 22-24. Register HERE!

High School Fall Retreat - Awanita is calling our names! We'll be taking our retreat to Awanita the weekend of November 19-21. A registration link will be coming soon!

Summer Trips:
Jamaica Mission Trip - Current 9th-12th grade students are invited to serve in Jamaica from July 2-9, 2022. We'll have an information meeting for those interested, so be on the lookout for that information, but begin praying now about whether God is calling you to serve on this team.

Snowbird Summer Camp - Snowbird is a great opportunity for any current student, 6th-12th grade, to take a week out of their summer and gather together for tons of fun and fellowship, along with some great teaching. Snowbird is an opportunity that you won't want to miss! We'll release those dates and a registration soon!
Contact Justin Hall with questions about the Youth events: jhall@saxegotha.org.
Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to saxegotha.org/media. To watch past sermons, please go to our Saxe Gotha YouTube Channel and make sure to subscribe.
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Lexington, SC 29072
803.359.7770

Office Hours
M – Th  8:30 – 5:00 pm

Sunday Worship
Traditional       8:30 am
Contemporary 10:45 am
Traditional 11:00 am

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