This Week's Newsletter
September 9, 2020
Dear Saxe Gotha Church Family,

This evening, we begin a 6-week study called WorshipLife that focuses on honoring God in the everyday! Please plan to join us from 5:30-6:30 pm for a bring your own, picnic-style supper. Please remember that you should bring your own dinner, drinks and utensils. After dinner, we will move to the Sanctuary for our worship service and lesson at 6:30 pm. A small group break-out session will follow.

These lessons will be livestreamed on the Saxe Gotha YouTube channel for those who cannot join us. Students will gather in the Light House Auditorium for worship at 6:30 pm, while the kids will meet outside (weather permitting) for their interactive lessons. The student gathering in the Light House Auditorium will be livestreamed as well.  

We often think of worship as something we do on Sunday mornings, but it is much more than this. Worship is a lifestyle! Our entire being – who we are and what we think and do – is to be directed to God and his glory! Or to use the words of our mission statement, we are to: Give God joy through Worship, Growth and Service! 

Much of American Christianity doesn’t get this. Many church-goers view God as a cosmic genie who is there to help them do what they want – be successful, have a great career and enjoy life. It is all about them – and God is there to assist! Obviously, such a lifestyle is not one of worship, but one of self-gratification. 

Come and join us in exploring what an authentic relationship with God is all about. Let’s learn how to live as God designed us to live, as we learn to worship God in every aspect of our lives. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!
In Christ’s love,
Pastor Jim
Prayer Focus for September:
The sick and suffering.
Baptism of Emmett Charles Porth, son of Austin and Kelsey Porth and grandson of Jamie and Susan Porth will receive the Sacrament of Baptism this Sunday in the AWE Service by Rev. Patrick Cherry.

Giving Envelopes:  If you would like to start receiving or discontinue the printing of your church offering envelopes, please contact Andrea Summers: asummers@saxegotha.org or 803-359-7770 ext. 34.

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.
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. Also, we are not offering nursery or children’s church. 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.
Join us THIS SUNDAY morning, September 13 at 9:30 - 10:45 am. Locations for social distancing are below. Masks will be required to keep everyone safe. Some classes are meeting in person, some have a hybrid model and some have chosen to remain online.
Please know that the chairs in your classroom will be spread 6 feet apart and everyone will be required to wear a mask. 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
Wednesday Nights - WorshipLife - BEGINS TONIGHT
Wednesday Nights at 6:30 pm,
September 9 – October 14

(Also available via livestream at the Saxe Gotha YouTube page - there will be two videos streaming, one for adults and one for students.)

We plan to gather in the gym from 5:30 – 6:30 pm to eat a picnic-style supper that attendees will bring (their own meals, drinks, utensils, etc.). Adults will move to the Sanctuary for their study, which will also be live-streamed on our YouTube channel for those who cannot join us.  The Students will be in the Light House Auditorium for the Worship Service/Lesson at 6:30 pm followed by small group break out time. The Kids will be outside (under the tent near the Light House). If raining, the kids will meet in the gym (office side).

WorshipLife: This 6-week campaign is designed to lead you on an exciting journey of discovering how to honor God in the everyday!

The goals of the WorshipLife campaign are:
  • To disciple believers about true, biblical praise.
  • To encourage believers to praise God in their private devotional times and lives.
  • To challenge believers to fall more in love with God, the object of true worship.
  • To foster common respect and appreciation for the various tastes in worship styles and songs.
  • To develop sensitivity in believers to God’s leadership both in their private worship and within a corporate worship gathering.

Please let us know that you plan to attend by emailing Helen Harrison Ham at hhham@saxegotha.org.
Saxe Gotha Officer Nominations:

Please prayerfully consider nominating church members that you feel will serve our congregation well.

Healthy leadership is essential to the spiritual vitality of our congregation. Therefore, the importance of the process for selecting Saxe Gotha Presbyterian’s leadership cannot be overstated. It is imperative that you very carefully and very prayerfully choose the individuals to suggest as nominees for either elder or deacon. Ultimately, the responsibility of every congregation to elect its own officers is a fundamental and distinctive element of our Presbyterian church government.

The policy-making body of a Presbyterian congregation is the Session, which is comprised of both elders and pastors. The Senior Pastor serves as the moderator. In their role at Saxe Gotha, the deacons function alongside the elders on the various ministry teams and lead some of these teams in carrying out the work necessary to further the witness of our own church.

Officer nominations forms are available in the Narthex and in the Light House at the Welcome Booth or by clicking on the link below.

Thank you in advance for participating in this valuable part of Saxe Gotha's church life.

 Deadline for submitting officer recommendations is October 1, 2020.

Wednesday Nights
Re-Start:
Worship Wednesdays returns TODAY, September 9 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Bring your own dinner and join us in the gym at 5:30 pm for time of togetherness and fellowship.



Sunday School Re-Opens:
THIS SUNDAY - We can't wait to welcome you back with sundaes and a special visit by Adam and Eve as they tell their story from Genesis.

Kids will be outside (in case of rain, we will move to the gym). Grade schoolers will spread out under canopies in the space between the Light House (kitchen side) and parking lot. Preschoolers and Kindergartners will meet on the playground. Babies and toddlers will be loved on in their usual nursery location.



Club 45 Resumes!
Calling all 4th-5th graders!!!

THIS SUNDAY - Club 45 is held on Sunday evenings from 4:00 - 5:30 pm outside the Light House (weather permitting). We will have a great time of fellowship and fun. Bring your Bible, a mask and most importantly a friend! Contact Patricia Zeigler with questions: pdmz@rocketmail.com.
The Oasis:
Calling all 6th-8th graders!!!
Come join us at the “Oasis” (aka The Lighthouse Atrium) for a new group JUST for middle schoolers!! Kickoff will be THIS SUNDAY, September 13th from 4:00 to 5:30. Please let us know if you’ll be joining us for pizza, games, fellowship and fun!!!

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 to 7:00 pm at Stephanie McGee’s home starting September 8. 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. We will meet on Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7:15 pm at Gaby Hackett’s house. For more information contact Gaby Hackett

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. We will meet on Mondays 6:00-7:00 pm at Gaby Hackett’s house. For more information contact Gaby Hackett.
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 Small Group: We've got something in the works for you guys, so check back soon! 

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.
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.
Upcoming Sermon Series: Characters
Beginning Sunday, September 13

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.
Please email Helen Harrison Ham to let us know that you plan to attend by Friday, September 11: hhham@saxegotha.org.
Join the Saxe Gotha Men in Ministry for the annual Wild Game Night on Thursday, October 22 here at the church.

A delicious meal will be served in the parking lot followed by showing of Free Burma Rangers, the true extraordinary story of the 20-year journey of missionaries Dave and Karen Eubank. The film follows Dave, Karen, and their three young children, as they venture into war zones where they are fighting to bring hope. Dave Eubank is a rare hero of the faith. He is a former U.S. Special Forces soldier turned missionary to conflict zones. The film is a real life adventure movie. Viewers will follow the family into firefights, heroic rescues, and experience life-changing ministry. More information to come soon – Save the Date! Tickets will be $15.
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 study will resume on September 14. They will finish Chasing Vines by Beth Moore for 3 more weeks and then begin a new study Take Courage: A Study of Haggai by Jennifer Rothshild. They’ll be located in Light House Room 112/113. To contact Debbie Knight: lexdeb73@gmail.com

The Young Mother's Bible Study will resume after the trial period of 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!
They will be connecting at 8:30 am next Monday for a brief lesson on Galatians 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.
Daily Devotionals:
Welcome to our daily devotionals that your church staff will be offering. Our prayer is that you and your family will use these devotionals to enrich your family's spiritual life.  Perhaps these devotionals can be used as a conversation starter for your mealtimes together.
 
Our prayer is that you will look back on this crisis years from now and see that it was a turning point in your being the family God intended you to be - a family built on the foundation of Jesus Christ to love each other as Christ loves you.  
 
In case you have missed one of our daily devotionals, you can go to the Saxe Gotha Devotional Playlist. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLea6ndHzArf_GGgSnTna8lW6cUZHQlCew.
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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