This Week's Newsletter
April 7, 2021
Dear Saxe Gotha Church Family,

Our staff did an incredible job preparing and leading us through a meaningful and inspiring Holy Week. The countless hours of preparation and hard work blessed us with services that deepened relationship with the Lord as we focused on his death and resurrection. Our redemption is truly a work of God’s love and amazing grace!

One our charter members, Sheila Warner, wrote these kind words:
"I just wanted to tell all of you how wonderful it was to be in church for Holy Week and for today on Easter Sunday. All of the services were wonderful, and I feel so blessed being able to participate somewhat in a couple of them. I especially want to thank Lonnie and Moses and everyone that works with them for the wonderful job y’all have done this whole year with live streaming and virtual this and virtual that. All of the sermons have been so meaningful throughout the year.

After being at Saxe Gotha from the beginning in 1982, I have to say this was one of the best Holy Weeks and Easter Sundays. I know that is partly because it has been such a trying year for everyone. For me, who is a strong believer that in-person corporate worship is very important, this week has brought special meaning." 

Friends, it was truly a blessing to worship with you during this past week. Jesus is alive! He is risen! Let’s live out our resurrection hope that we have in Christ by sharing this wonderful news in those places in which he has placed us!

In Christ’s love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for April:
Our Government Leaders.
New Baby: Member Megan Gregory welcomed her first child, a son, on March 17 – Nolan Everett Schabner. Proud grandparents are Chance and Wendy DeRouen. Let’s welcome Nolan into the Saxe Gotha family!
Mission Lexington Donation Thank You:

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? (1 John 3:17, NIV)

Big thanks to all who donated during Lent to Mission Lexington. We sent a trailer with 11 barrels plus a pickup and 2 SUVs loaded full of the items donated!
Friendship Dinner Goodie Bags:

Our Missions Ministry packed 90 Goodie Bags for our friends who normally come to our Friendship Dinners. Due to Covid-19, we have been unable to host the dinners for the past year, but we are hoping to be able to start again this fall. We are looking forward to seeing our friends face to face again.
Change for South Sudan Update - Kidnapped Women Returned:

The recent peace agreements were celebrated on April 2 in Pibor featuring the return of kidnapped women and children from the Dinka, Nuer, and Murle communities to their rightful relatives.
Free Exercise Class:

Free Exercise classes are held on Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall from 9:00 - 10:00 am. Contact Vicky Beatty with questions: vpbeatty@gmail.com.
We're looking for some amazing Children's Ministry Summer Interns!

We have positions open for college age interns to share Jesus with our kids. Please see below for the position description and contact Melinda Boyle at mboyle@saxegotha.org if you are interested.
2021 Summer Camps:
We look forward to you joining us for the 2021 Summer Camps. We missed you last summer! All Summer Camps will follow CDC Safety Guidelines. All camps are for boys and girls, ages are noted. For complete details, please go to saxegotha.org/summer or contact Pansy Floyd: pfloyd@saxegotha.org.

Kelly’s Flip Fly Gymnastics Camp:
June 7 - 10, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Room 145/146 in SGPC Light House. (Ages 4 - 9) Cost: $94. 

Soccer Shots Camp:
June 14 - 17, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, SGPC Gym. (Ages 4 – 8) Cost: $115
 
Family Vacation Bible School:
June 28 - July 1, Evenings, Monday – Thursday, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. (Families with Rising 3’s – Rising 6th Graders) COST: FREE. 
 
Kelly’s Gladiator Nerf Kids Camp:
July 5 - 8, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Room 145/146 in the SGPC Light House. (Ages 4 - 9) Cost: $94.  

Art Camp: 
July 12 - 16, Art Camps for Early Childhood and Elementary/Intermediate Art Students. Early Childhood Art Camp, from 9:30 to 11:00 am, Rooms 231-235. (Ages 4 - 6) Cost: $95. Elementary/Intermediate Art Camp, from 12:30 to 3:45 pm, Rooms 231-235. (Ages 7 -11) Cost: $165.
 
Kelly’s Survivor Ninja Challenge Camp:
July 19 - 22, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Room 145-146 in the SGPC Light House. (Ages 4 - 9) Cost: $94. 
 
Basketball Camp:
August 2 - 5, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, SGPC Gym. (Ages 6 - 12) Cost: $100.
Annual Women's Spring Luncheon - Survey Results
Save the Date: We will have the Annual Women’s Spring Luncheon on May 16. Eating will be outdoors followed by our speaker indoors. Ticket Sales will begin on April 18 and run through May 2.
We livestream our 8:30 am Traditional Service and our 11:00 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.

We would love to chat with you online during the services. Please turn on the YouTube chat function if you would like to comment.
Sunday School Classes - In Person and Online Options
Sunday School In-Person Plans:
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. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at hhham@saxegotha.org.
Classes will not be held this evening due to Spring Break.
Wednesday classes for adults have resumed from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. We offer three classes:

·  The Reason for God: Conversations on Faith and Life - This 6-week class will dig into the objections of the Christian faith to learn about both sides of the issues. Chuck Stoudemire will lead this class and teach some basics of apologetics. They will meet in room 154 MB. (cestoudemire@windstream.net) Study guide $9.00.
·  The Ten Commandments: Are They Still Relevant? - Join this casual conversation facilitated by Jenni Gannon. They will meet in 155 MB. Each week a separate topic will be covered. Feel free to jump in at any point and if you miss a class, you can come back and pick up with the commandment being studied that week. (jennifer.gannon@dominionenergy.com)
·  Holy Conversations: Talking About God in Everyday Life - This interactive class will help us learn to engage in comfortable conversation about the good news of Jesus with those around us. Taught by Helen Harrison Ham and Pete Eckert and will meet in the Library/152 MB. (hhham@saxegotha.org) Book $14.00.

For everyone’s safety, we will continue to wear masks inside the buildings and maintain the safe social distance of six feet. If you have any questions or would like more information about how to grow deeper in your faith in 2021 or the above classes, please contact hhham@saxegotha.org or 803-359-7770.
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-on-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, relocation or chronic or terminal illness.

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.
Kids Programming will not be held during the week this week due to Spring Break. Also, Sunday evening activities are cancelled for April 11, except for those recording the choir song.
Next Gen Family Day on
Saturday, April 17
from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm! 
Next Generation Family Day is going to be a perfect time for families to draw closer together for fun and fellowship. On April 17, we'll kick off the morning at 10:00 am with the Next Gen Amazing Race! Each family will be a team in this scavenger hunt around Lexington. Starting at the church, you’ll follow the clues to lead you through town for a morning of family fun. Then, at 12:00, we’ll all meet back at the church for a boxed-lunch picnic and parking lot party. We’ll have music, food and much more to give your family an opportunity for some quality time together and with our church family.
Family Evening VBS:
June 28 - July 1, Evenings, Monday – Thursday, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. (Families with Rising 3’s – Rising 6th Graders) COST: FREE. Welcome to Wilderness Escape—an exciting journey with God’s people, the Israelites, that brings God’s Word to life for kids! Our SGPC Vacation Bible School is always a great time for children to learn about God’s word through terrific music; fun, hands-on activities; creative, multi-sensory experiences; and energetic large group ensemble led by our youth praise band and adult “characters” who dramatically tell about the VBS Biblical theme to Trust God. VBS is a free experience that’s open to the community. For questions, to volunteer or to register by phone call Melinda Boyle at 359-7770, ext. 64 or email mboyle@saxegotha.org.
Children's Worship Begins on Sunday, April 11:
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 AWE Service and will join Children’s Ministry leaders in a designated room in the Light House, where parents will pick them up when the service ends.

Email Erin Stoudemire with any questions or to let her know that your children will be participating.
Kids Sunday School is offered in person in the gym at 9:45 am or online.
Sunday School Online
Dawn Merck is offering a 9:45 am Sunday morning Bible study time on Zoom. We are coordinating SS efforts, so she will also be using God's Story Cards and following along with Pastor Jim's sermon series.

Meeting ID: 845 8013 1133
Passcode: 0eh2sd
Can't wait to see you! If you have technical difficulties or questions, please text Melinda at 803.397.7034. 
Mystery Art Wednesday Nights:
Will not be held today due to Spring Break.
Our midweek mystery series continues in the Fellowship Hall on 4/14.

Though we will always meet at the same time (6:30 on Wednesdays) and the same place (Fellowship Hall), you'll never know what mystery activity we will do to learn more about all the wonderful surprises in the Bible and the life of Jesus! For the month of April, we will be engaging our creativity through art, music and games.
Kids Park Day:
Join Melinda and Erin tomorrow, April 7 for a surprise park day for our kids! If you'll be in town, please join us as we play and fellowship together. We'll be at Virginia Hilton Park at 11:00 am. Bring your friends––we'd love to meet them, too!
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 until spring/warmer weather.

We are following CDC guidelines--temperature checks will be given at check-in. Please contact Sara McCarter at smccarter@saxegotha.org if you have any questions.
Kid's Choir:
No choir this week but Sunday, April 11 is recording day! 

Kid's Choir will meet in the Atrium at 1:00 pm. We will rehearse our song and then record kids in groups of two in front of the green screen. Wear your Sunday Best but DO NOT WEAR ANYTHING GREEN (not even a hint of green––this means no green hair bows or polka dots or stripes or shoelaces, etc. because anything green will not work in video production). Because we will not have choir this week, here is a link to the practice recording.

Preschoolers (those who normally meet on the playground) will record in the Sanctuary at 3:30 pm. Preschoolers need to wear their "Sunday Best" - they can wear green.
SEEKERS: K-3rd Grade
Not Meeting April 11 due to Spring Break.

This bible study and fellowship time for kindergarten - 3rd graders is on Sundays from 4:00-5:30 pm. Drop off and pick up kids under the covered awning to keep everyone socially distanced. The kids will be in MB Room 224/225. Bring a mask and friend!! Contact Sara McCarter at smccarter@saxegotha.org.
We had a great time this week as we work through Armor of God. We made shields of faith. Reminder NO Seekers on 4/11. We will pick back up on 4/18. Thanks for sharing your kids!
Club 45
Not Meeting April 11 due to Spring Break.

Bible Study, fellowship time and games for 4th and 5th graders. Sundays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Light House.

We are so glad to be back! This semester we will be studying the Armor of God. Bring a mask and friend! 
We had a great time this week as we worked through the Armor of God. We discussed the Helmet of Salvation. Reminder NO CLUB 45 on 4/11. We will pick back up on 4/18.
Thanks for sharing your kids !
Student Programming will not be held during the week this week due to Spring Break. Also, Sunday evening activities are cancelled for April 11.
Downpour - Wednesday Nights
Will not meet the week of Spring Break.
Each week on Wednesdays, Downpour starts at 6:30 pm in person in the Light House Auditorium or on the Saxe Gotha YouTube channel.

Students Sunday School Classes In Person
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.

Sunday School Online
Students Sunday School Online: Click here to join a Zoom Sunday School Meeting for Students. Middle and High School students will meet together and then go into Zoom breakout rooms. Contact: Justin Hall at jhall@saxegotha.org.

If you would like to join Zoom manually:
Meeting ID: 858 0312 2810
Passcode: M3HwJx

Wednesday Morning Bible Study for Middle School
Will not meet the week of Spring Break.
Meeting Wednesday Mornings from 7:15 - 8:00 am in the Light House Atrium. Breakfast will not be served, but you can purchase a Chick-Fil-A biscuit to go. Rides are available to school. Contact: Justin Hall at jhall@saxegotha.org.
Youth Sunday will be on April 25 this year during the Traditional (8:30 am) and Contemporary (11:00 am) Services. If you have any questions, just email Justin.
Tigerball:
We've Been Challenged To Some Tigerball!

After seeing the Saxe Gotha Tigerball Team put in some work at Modgnik, I wasn't afraid to answer the challenge that our Modgnik partners laid down, so I need everyone out at Gibson Soccer Fields on Friday afternoon at 1:30 pm. Bring your A-Game! If you're more of a spectator or cheerleader, though, that's alright! Feel free to come and just hang out. It'll just be nice to be outside fellowshipping in the fresh air!
Middle School Group - The Oasis
Not Meeting April 11 due to Spring Break.

Bible Study and fellowship time for Middle School Students. Sundays from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Light House.
Oasis kids packing backpacks for kids in our community.
High School Group - Refuge

Not Meeting April 11 due to Spring Break.

Fellowship time for High School Students. Sundays from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.
Girl's Small Groups:
Will not meet the week of Spring Break.

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 meet on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 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
Meets on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm at Jennifer Gissendaner's house.: 248 Clubside Drive. For more information, contact Justin

12th Grade Girls Small Group
This group is 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. Meeting at Liz Carpenter's house: 84 Rocky Cove Road. For more information, contact Justin.
Boy's Small Groups:
Will not meet the week of Spring Break.

Middle School Boys Bible Study
Join in for a Bible Study that's just for the guys. This group meets every other Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 pm in the Light House Cafe. For more information, contact Justin.  

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 and Justin 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. If you have any questions, you can contact Justin.
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.

Food items should be left in the Narthex, Atrium (when the church re-opens) 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.
Monday Morning Women's Bible Studies
Debbie Knight’s Monday morning group will resume later this year. Contact Debbie Knight: lexdeb73@gmail.com

The Young Mother's Bible Study will resume later this year. Contact Meredith Cully: 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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Lexington, SC 29072
803.359.7770

Office Hours
M – Th  8:30 – 5:00 pm

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

Livestream Services youtube.com/user/SaxeGothaPres