This Week's Newsletter
November 18, 2020
Dear Saxe Gotha Church Family,

Today is the last day to drop off your shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child! During the hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, the boxes can be delivered to the church office. After 5:00 pm, please deliver your boxes to the Light House Atrium. Thank you so much for your generous support of this wonderful ministry. Each box serves as a seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Lives have been transformed for Christ through these little shoe boxes. We are currently on track to collect 750 to 800 of these little seeds of the gospel! Imagine the impact they will have on the kingdom!

Operation Turkey continues in full swing – despite COVID! Yes, we have had to modify how we do Operation Turkey, but it is currently underway. This year, we will prepare meal baskets for families to pick up at the church. Each basket costs between $20 - $30 depending on family size. So we are asking you to prayerfully consider adopting a family through a donation either through the offering (please specify Operation Turkey in the memo line) or online at saxegotha.org/give. Please note that donations must be received by the end of the day on Sunday, November 22 – this Sunday!

Thanksgiving is good, but thanks living is better! God calls us to be faithful in using blessings he has given us – our time, talents and treasures – to give him honor, glory and joy. Please be sure to send us your pledge card if you have not done so already. If you have, thank you! Remember to look for ways this coming Thanksgiving and Christmas season to make a difference on your frontlines – those places God has placed you – by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through your words and actions.

In Christ’s love!
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for November:
Stewardship and Finances.
Cradle Cross and Rosebud in the Sanctuary this Sunday are in honor of Everleigh Rose Capps, born November 1, 2020, daughter of Brannon & Miu Capps and granddaughter of Scott & Sharon Capps.

Christian Love is extended to Pete Eckert and his family on the death of his mother-in-law and to Moses Andrews and his family on the death of his grandfather and cousin.

Memorials for Billy Seymour: The family of recently deceased member Billy Seymour request that memorials be made to https://fundraise.atriumhealthfoundation.org/give/289049/#!/donation/checkout. Please continue to keep the family in your prayers.

2021 Stewardship Campaign: Thank you to all who have already pledged. For those who have not returned a pledge card yet, it is not too late. We ask that you prayerfully consider making a pledge for what you estimate you can give to the church in 2021. Please return your pledge cards as soon as you are able in the offering plate or to the church office.

If you would like to drop off your pledge card, there is a Pledge Card Drop Box in front of the pillar on the right side of the Light House, or your pledge card can be given to staff at the Main Office.

Encounters with God Books Available: We have the current booklets available. Please email Pansy Floyd to let her know that you would like to receive one via the mail: pfloyd@saxegotha.org.

The Communion Table has been beautifully decorated for the fall/harvest
again this year by the Abigail Circle.
Operation Christmas Child
Thank you to all who participated in the Drive Thru - Drop Off Operation Christmas Child Packing Party! We estimate that we will have 750 to 800 shoe boxes total! What a blessing to share!

Boxes can still be dropped off through the end of the day TODAY at the church office.
The Advent Box order has been placed. However, you can reserve your devotional booklet below.
26th Annual Operation Turkey:  
As we all continue to adjust to 2020's challenges, we would like to continue the tradition of helping those in our community with a modified Operation Turkey. This year we will prepare meal baskets for families to pick up at the church. Each basket costs between $20 - $30 depending on family size.  Prayerfully consider adopting a family through a donation either through the offering (please specify Operation Turkey in the memo line) or online at saxegotha.org/give. Donations must be received by the end of the day THIS SUNDAY, November 22.
Love-A-Family Christmas Program:  
Spread Christmas love by purchasing gifts for a local person or family in need. The trees are up in the Narthex and the Light House. The last day to bring the gifts to church is Sunday, December 6. Gifts should be wrapped with the back copy (green flower) securely attached. Please fill out your contact info on the top copy (red flower) and leave that in the small bag near the tree. You can leave the gifts under the tree or in the reception area of the office.

Please let Kathy know as soon as possible if your small group would like to adopt at whole family of between 2 and 8 people or if you know of a person or family who could use some help with gifts for Christmas. Please contact Kathy Seymour at 920-7385 or 4kathys@gmail.com with this information or with questions.
United Heroes Christmas Donation Drive:
We will be collecting donations to send to our church members who are currently serving in the military. Items needed: individually-wrapped snacks (No homemade), energy bars, beef jerky, microwaveable popcorn, hard candy, toiletries (razor, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo - NO shaving cream), individually wrapped disposable wipes, Chapstick, gum, homemade cards, Christmas surprises and monetary donations for postage (Checks written to SGPC with "United Heroes" in the memo line). Place in marked boxes in the Narthex, LH Atrium and outside the Church Office. Thank you for your help.

Please send updated addresses to Patty Holder at kpholder60@gmail.com.
November 25 is the deadline for names and donations.
Staff Love Offering:
We will collect a Christmas Love Offering for the SGPC staff members online and in person during the worship services through December 13. To donate online, please go to: saxegotha.org/give. The ushers will have the Staff Love Offering envelopes during the services and the envelopes will be in the pew pockets in the Sanctuary. Thank you!
Upward Basketball
(Girls and Boys: 5K - 6th Grade)
Cost: $80

Evaluations will be 11/30, 12/1 and 12/3 from 6:00-8:00 pm and Sat., 12/5 from 9:00-11:00 am.

Practice will start on 12/14 and be the same nights as games: Mon., Tues. and Thurs. from 6:00-8:00 pm. Also, Sat. 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

Games will be Jan. 4 - Feb. 11 from 6:00-8:30 pm. Sat. practices during the season from 9:00 am -1:00 pm.

Contact: Terry Cagle at 803-331-1622 or Pete Eckert at 803-608-9835. All players must be evaluated. Registration began Nov. 1: https://registration.upward.org/UPW70795.

Please note:
-You should register as soon as possible. There are limited spots on each team and some of the other area Upward locations are not having basketball this season.
-During games, there is only 1 person that can attend per child playing.
The Adult Ministry team is looking for folks with firepits who are willing to host a one-time fellowship gathering in their backyard with fellow church members who live in their area.  If you are willing to help out and host a fire pit fellowship, or if you’d like more information, please contact Helen Harrison Ham at hhham@saxegotha.org.
The Poinsettia Dedications will be on the screens during the services each week of December, as a link in TWASG and available as an online bulletin in the bulletins section of the Saxe Gotha website. We want to make sure you know where to find these dedications that provide the poinsettias to beautify the Sanctuary during the Christmas season.
Do you or someone you know need to talk to someone?

Have you heard about Stephen Ministers?


If you would like to talk to someone, contact Carol Perrin at
803-917-6690 or by email tictic8000@yahoo.com.

Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members trained to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation.

Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, but they all share a passion for bringing Christ's love and care to people during a time of need.

Since 1975, more than 600,000 people from more than 13,000 congregations and other organizations have been trained as Stephen Ministers.
Griefshare

Save-the-Date: January 3, 2021 (2:00-4:00 pm) every Sunday for 13 weeks, in the Fellowship Hall. Cost: $15 for the workbook. Contact Renee Starnes at rstarnes@saxegotha.org to register.

It can be very hard to deal with the loss of a loved one. Daily life, responsibilities, and the many feelings that are associated with a death can be difficult to manage. You are not alone. Come and join us as we look at ways to manage the many aspects of life that have changed. Being with others that have lived through the passing of a loved one, along with being around others that understand how you feel, can be very beneficial. We are here for you.
Church Safety Plans for In-Person Worship:
There are 2 services: 8:30 am Traditional in the Sanctuary and 11:00 am AWE (Contemporary) in the Light House. This arrangement allows us to use the facility once a week, since it would be impossible to sanitize the Sanctuary and AWE Auditorium for a subsequent service.

To keep participants safe, social distancing, masks, and use of hand sanitizer are required. The pews and chairs are staggered and set-up for social distancing, and family units are asked to sit together. In addition, please note that during services to help make sure that the speakers can be heard, masks will not be worn by those speaking or singing on stage, but 3 times the recommended spacing is utilized as a precaution. Congregational singing is a part of our worship service again. Outdoors social distancing is required, but masks are optional.  Nursery is available for infants through 3 year olds. Temperatures will be taken for each child.
Sunday School Class Locations:
Please know that the chairs in your classroom will be spread 6 feet apart and everyone will be required to wear a mask indoors. Outdoors social distancing is required, but masks are optional.  Please also remember that the coffee machines and the water fountains will not be available. Finally, because we are still livestreaming both the 8:30 am and 11:00 am services, Lonnie and his AV team are unavailable to help any Sunday school classes with technical issues. Again, I appreciate your patience and flexibility with this new configuration of our Sunday school classes. I am sure it will continue to change as the fall progresses. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at hhham@saxegotha.org.

Grace and peace, Helen Harrison Ham
First Impressions Team - Call for Volunteers!
The First Impressions Team is in need of Ushers and CREW members. Please call or email Carl Hammond at 803-767-0864 or hammondcb@yahoo.com if you are interested. All volunteers assist once every 6 weeks.
Sunday School:
Sundays from 9:45 - 10:30 am. 1st - 5th Grade Kids will be in the gym. Preschoolers and Kindergartners will meet on the playground. Babies and toddlers will be loved on in their usual nursery location.

November Sunday School:
22 - Study Ruth and learn about God's plans by making advent wreaths
29 - First Sunday of Advent

November Wednesdays:
18 - Kids will make advent ornaments from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Gym

Save-the-Date:
Friday, December 4: Parents Night Out (6:00-9:00 pm)
Sunday, December 13: Kids Christmas Celebration
Kids Advent Ornaments:
TONIGHT, Wednesday, from 6:30-7:30 pm, we'll be in the gym making watercolor ornaments for the upcoming Advent season that starts on the last Sunday of November. These ornaments match God's Big Story cards and will go along with the Advent devotions that will be available on this coming Sunday. 
Sunday School Online:
Dawn Merck is offering a Sunday morning Bible study time on Zoom for any kids who cannot attend our in-person Sunday School, for any reason, at any time. We are coordinating SS efforts, so she will also be using God's Story Cards and following along with Pastor Jim's sermon series. Please stay tuned for details in Melinda's weekly kids' newsletter.
Kids Christmas Choir Practice:
Kid's Choir is practicing for a Christmas song that will be recorded for our Lessons and Carols. Mrs. Madonna and Mrs. Kay will meet all the kids in the gym THIS SUNDAY from 5:30-6:00 pm to learn our song. It's been a while since we've heard you sing and we're excited that we will be featured in our Christmas program!
Club 45:
Calling all 4th-5th graders!!! Club 45 is held on Sunday evenings from 4:00 - 5:30 pm outside the Light House (weather permitting). We have a great time of fellowship and fun. Bring your Bible, a mask and most importantly a friend! Contact Patricia Zeigler with questions:
Sunday School:
Middle School: 146/145
High School: 144/143

If you arrive before 9:55 am, you'll find us all hanging out in the Atrium for some fellowship before Justin Hall sends you back to your classroom.
Middle School Group - The Oasis:
Calling all 6th-8th graders!!!
The Oasis is a place of refreshment for Middle School students. We'll be in the Light House Atrium every Sunday afternoon from 4:00-5:30 pm, so come out and join in!
High School Group - Refuge:
Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Refuge is a place for High Schoolers to relax and fellowship together. And in the midst of that fellowship, we are going to take time for conversation. You don't have to wrestle with the hard questions alone.

Girl's Small Groups:
6th-8th Girls Bible Study: This group will be going through the book of 1 John. We will study what it means to love one another and the love of God. As we dig into the Word together, we will also have some time to deepen our friendships and fellowship with one another. We will meet on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 pm at Stephanie McGee’s home. This group is led by Kalie Wehunt, Livvy McGee and Stephanie McGee. For more information contact Kalie Wehunt.

9th-11th Girls Bible Study: This group will go through the timeline of the Bible, exploring how God is not in a hurry, but He grows things. We will study how the Old Testament points toward Jesus and how the Lord used His people to bring redemption to all mankind. We will also learn how to grow deeper fellowship with one another as we study the Word together. Meets on Tuesdays from 6:15-7:15 pm. This group is on a short break until a new leader is confirmed.

12th Grade Girls Small Group: This group will be going through a semester of apologetics. We will learn how to defend our faith and how to handle the Word of Truth to do so. Meets on Mondays 6:00-7:00 pm. This group is on a short break until a new leader is confirmed.
Boy's Small Groups:
High School Boys Small Group: We know that iron sharpens iron, so why not pump some iron, too? We're going to get together twice a week to study the Word, work out and get better. Barry Morgan and Justin Hall are going to be leading this small group as we dig into the Word and then hit the gym. We'll meet twice a week in the church gym. Monday afternoons at 5:00-6:00 pm and Thursday mornings at 6:00-7:00 am. You can join in for one or both meetings each week, but make sure you have rides worked out beforehand because we won't be doing school runs since we'll be done around 7:00 am on Thursdays. Wear clothes you can work out in and close-toed shoes. And bring a Bible!

Middle School Boys Bible Study: Join Mr. Nick and Mr. Cliff for a Bible Study that's just for the guys. This group will meet every other Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 pm in the Light House Cafe.

Please contact Justin with questions: jhall@saxegotha.org.
Lexington School District One Backpack Program:

Saxe Gotha will be partnering with Lexington School District One to support the Backpack Program. As a partner, we will help fill backpacks and send them to schools for weekly distribution to children who have great need.

Each child identified as having need will receive a backpack filled with child-friendly, nutritious, easy-to-open food to last over the weekend. 

Items Needed for Backpacks:
juice boxes
cereal/granola bars
snack crackers
single serving cereal boxes / bowls
mac and cheese / Chef Boyardee
peanut butter
fruit cups/pouches, raisins (please no applesauce cups)
pudding cups
oatmeal packets

Please contact Holly Waldrip for a donation pick-up: 803-931-6218 or waldrip@sc.rr.com.

Food items should be left in the Narthex, Atrium or outside of the main office in the box labeled "backpack ministry." Monetary donations can be made to SGPC with “backpack ministry” in the memo line.
Current Sermon Series: Characters
Characters gives us a glimpse into the lives of people of faith. During the next year, we will be challenged as we dig deeper into the context and setting of each person’s life – gaining new insights into the world in which they lived and connecting their world with ours. Along the way, truths that impact our lives today will be discovered as we see the challenges, struggles and opportunities faced by people seeking to follow God. In many of these stories, we will find ourselves and our need for a Savior. We pray that through these studies, we will be transformed and better equipped to fulfill God’s purposes in our world today.
Moms in Ministry
Saxe Gotha has a new group just for Moms...we will connect you with other moms (with kids under the age of 21) who are going through the same challenges you face. This is a place to share your concerns, be encouraged by God's Word, and enjoy fellowship with moms.

Please like and follow this group on Facebook at SG Moms in Ministry or on Instagram.
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.
GriefShare Meetings Near You:
Are you or someone you know dealing with the loss of a loved one? If so, GriefShare is available both online and in person. If you are looking for a group, you can go to their website at www.GriefShare.org and search for a current meeting list. Below are some nearby places that are offering the group weekly meetings to help deal with a loss.
Monday Morning Women's Bible Studies:
Debbie Knight’s Monday morning group is studying Take Courage: A Study of Haggai by Jennifer Rothschild. They are located in Light House Room 112/113. To contact Debbie Knight: lexdeb73@gmail.com

The Young Mother's Bible Study will resume when children are back at school. More details will be provided at a later date. They will be studying Its Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa TerkHeurst. Please contact Meredith Cully with questions: mcully@saxegotha.org.
The Monday Morning Men’s Bible study is online!
Meets virtually on Mondays at 8:30 am for a brief lesson and to pray for each other and for other people. Contact Scott Welborn at bleedbabyblu@gmail.com for meeting information. This Bible study is open to men of all ages.
Did you know that Saxe Gotha has its own customized library on Right Now Media?
Here is the specific link to it if you already have your account set up:
https://www.rightnowmedia.org/CustomLibrary/8737. Right Now is like the Netflix of Christian media and Bible studies. And if you're already tired of watching TV and scrolling the internet, then feed your mind and heart with good stuff! We have several different channels within Saxe Gotha's custom library: Adults, Youth, Children, Worship and the Arts, Missions and Outreach, Marriage, and Parenting. 

If you need help setting up your Right Now account, you can contact one of the following:
Helen Harrison Ham: hhham@saxegotha.org
Patrick Cherry: pcherry@saxegotha.org
Justin Hall: jhall@saxegotha.org
Melinda Boyle: mboyle@saxegotha.org
Hal McIntosh: hmcintosh@saxegotha.org

The studies and videos inside Saxe Gotha's library on Right Now are just suggestions from our staff. Please feel free to explore and enjoy the many wonderful videos on Right Now while you are at home!
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Sunday Worship
Traditional       8:30 am
Contemporary 11:00 am

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