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Saxe Gotha Pres.

5503 Sunset Boulevard
Lexington, SC 29072


Office Hours

M—Th 8:30 am — 5:00 pm
Fri 8:30 am — 1:30 pm

Regular Schedule

Sunday Morning
Traditional: 8:30 & 11:00 am
Contemporary: 11:00 am
Sunday School: 9:45 am
Sunday Evening*
Club 45: 4:00 - 5:30
Choir: 5:30 pm
Wednesday Evenings*
Dinner: 5:30 pm
Classes for Adults, Youth & Children: 6:30 pm

*School year programming. Check ministry pages for schedules during breaks.

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Upcoming Events

A Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 30 following the 11:00 am Traditional Service in the Sanctuary.  This meeting will be held to elect officers.  Click here if you would like to learn more about the 2019 Officer Nominees for Elder and Deacon.

Wild Game Night: Save-the-Date!  
This evening of good food and fellowship will be held on Tuesday, November 6.  

Wednesday Night Dinner at 5:30 and Classes at 6:30
Click here to see the complete list of Fall Programs. 
Menu (Sept. 26): Chicken bog, slaw, rolls and dessert.
Menu (Oct. 3): Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans and dessert.
Cost:  Adults $5, Kids 3-11 $3, Family Max of $20.  Make reservations by completing the tear-off form on the bulletin or call the church office 359-7770 by noon on Monday. 
Online Dinner Reservations:
We will not be taking standing reservations this year.

 Kirkin’ O’ The Tartan: Oct. 7 (One-Service Sunday at 11:00 am with

Potluck following the service in the gym). This service includes music and garb from our Scottish heritage, including bagpipes and drums; the presenting of the tartans, cross and Bible; as well as Scottish attire for church leaders. Members are also encouraged to wear their tartan plaids that day! It's a wonderful musical anniversary celebration that you will not want to miss! 

Potluck RSVP:

We ask each Family to bring a Dish to Feed your family
PLUS 5 others as follows (based on first letter of last name): 

A-O:  Sides (Casseroles, Vegetables, Starches, Salads)       

P-Z:  Desserts

Fall Festival 2018: Sunday, Oct. 28 (4:00-6:00 pm). Join us for family style fun and fellowship!  Trunk or Treat, Cakewalk, Carnival Games and Inflatables! Wear your Favorite Costume! Join us for the Fun! Please invite friends and family to this FREE Event which is Open to Community!

To VOLUNTEER contact:
Lori Lowman: or call 359-7770 ex. 28).

Operation Turkey: The Operation Turkey leadership team will be meeting in the church library on Monday, October 1 at 6:30 pm.  Anyone interested in being a part of this ministry team is welcome to attend the meeting.  Contact Eve Barker with questions:

Fall Sermon Series & Small Groups: 

We Were Made for Relationships---a 6-week study "40 Days of Love" by Rick Warren. If you would like to participate in a small group, please see HH or sign-up here:

Memory Café (September 27, Last Thursday of the month, 10:30-11:30 am in the LightHouse) 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: or 359-7770 ext. 63 if you are interested in volunteering or attending.

Moe's Night Benefiting Missions: Please join us at Moe's in Lexington on Thursday, October 25 for an all day fundraiser benefiting  our youth mission trips. All you have to do is say "Saxe Gotha" when you pay for your meal and 10% of your bill will be donated to benefit the SG youth mission trips for summer 2019. Contact Lori Lowman with questions: 

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party: Date Change!
The packing party will now be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 with dinner from 5:00-5:45 in the gym and the shoe box packing will be from 6:00-7:30 pm.
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party is coming soon and we need your help filling over 500 boxes in less than an hour. 

We are asking for donations of the following items:
  • 543 packs of crayons (24 per pack)
  • 392 combs or brushes
  • 50 bars of Ivory soap
  • 1500 filler toy items: ex. slinky, flashlights, small calculator, play bracelets, toy cars/trucks/boats, happy meal toys, yo-yo, harmonica, collapsible water bottle, watches.
Please place donations in the blue bin in the main office area or give directly to a Next Gen Staff member. We also would like to challenge each family to not only come to the packing party but to pack your own personal shoe box as a family. Each shoe box spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ to a child and each and every box packed and sent is another child that will hear of God’s amazing love for them. Don’t just depend on the packing party this year, have fun AND make a difference with your family by packing your own shoe box today! Contact Lori Lowman with questions:  

Discovery Class - Sun., Oct. 21 and 28 (9:45 - 10:45 am, Light HouseCafé)  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 Renee Starnes at  or (803-359-7770, ext. 37) if you would like to attend.

SuperStart Preteen Worship Conference: (Oct. 19-20 in Duluth, GA)
This overnight event is specifically designed for 4th and 5th graders as the demand for preteen-specific ministry has continued to increase within America's churches over the past decade. They need teaching that is specific to their age group - not too young (or "boring," as they would say it) and not too old. CIY's SuperStart exists to help fill the void for this age group, and to come alongside the church in a fun, inventive way to reach students that are often overlooked.
Cost for the event is $90 per child and $45 per chaperone (limited spaces). Register now by going to: Contact Lori Lowman with any questions:  

Senior Adult Move Night: Thursday, Sept. 27 (5:00-8:00 pm, LH Room 112-113). Movie “Red"  Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren. Movie begins at 5:30 pm. Please bring appetizer and/or desserts to share with friends. Popcorn, tea and water provided. Reservations not required.

A few good women to provide one dish per month to the Sistercare
 shelter in West Columbia. Contact Stacey Rowlette for further information: 803-312-5570 or

Prayer Shawl Ministry: 
If you like to knit, or would like to learn to knit, this group is for you. Meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month in the MB, Room 154  (10:00-11:30 am). Questions?  Please call Polly Askew at 803-359-7263.

Temporary Location Change for Nailbenders
Meet at 8:00 a.m. (Second Saturday of the month) at the Lexington IHOP (while the Chick-fil-A at 5560 Sunset Blvd. is under construction) then leave from there to assist individuals in need.  Everyone is welcome to help! Contact Keith Hall with questions: 

Church Directory Pictures This Fall! 
Saxe Gotha is working with LifeTouch to create a Member Directory this fall.  Every member will receive a print directory and access to an updated online and mobile directory.  You will receive a free 8 x 10 photo of your family for participating in the photo session.  Please take the time to get your photograph made - we would like all members to be included! 

The photography sessions will be in LH Rooms 141-142 on the following dates:
October Dates:
Tues.             10-16-18                 2-9pm
Wed.             10-17-18                 2-9pm
Thurs.           10-18-18                 2-9pm
Fri.                 10-19-18                2-9pm
Sat.                10-20-18              10-5pm

 To book an appointment for your Saxe Gotha Directory photography session: Renee Starnes with questions: or 359-7770 ext. 37.    

Volunteers Needed - If you are able to help, we need volunteers to assist the LifeTouch photographers to sign-in families and help them get ready for their photography session.
(Oct. 16-20) 

Drive Thru Prayer: October 16, 3rd Tuesday of the month, 
7:00-8:00 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. To Volunteer, contact Loretta Gobbel at 319-4608 or Pete Eckert at 608-9835 or email

Usher Ministry: 
Would you like to help out by being anUsher, Greeter or Crew member? If you would like to enjoy fellowship in serving, join the FISH team.   Contact Deck Hudson 359-5482 / email  

Amazon Smile: 
When shopping on Amazon. com, please remember to go through This sends donations to Saxe Gotha with each purchase.

Volunteers Needed for The Bereavement Ministry:  
If you enjoy cooking, baking or serving others, please prayerfully consider volunteering to help with the Bereavement Ministry. We provide light food for receptions following funerals for Saxe Gotha members or a meal for family members on the day of a funeral. This could not happen without help from Saxe Gotha members. If you think you may be interested in helping with this much needed Ministry please call Vicki Williamson at 803-957-5068 for more information. 

Flower Ministry:
The presence of flowers in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings brings added beauty and Glory to God during our weekly gatherings for 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.



Renewal - Don’t forget to join the Scripture memory challenge, Renewal.  It’s not too late to begin. For more details and to stay up to date, check out the Renewal Facebook page.  All you need to do on the 1st and 15th of the month is post your name, city, state and scripture.  Let’s join together and fill our hearts with scripture! 


F.I.S.H Teams:  9/30: Team 2, 10/7: Team 3, 10/14: Team 4, 10/21: Team 5, 10/28: Team 6.
Lexington One Backpack Program: (Club 45 is packing on Sept. 30)
Saxe Gotha partners with Lexington School District One to support the Backpack Program. As a partner, we fill backpacks and send them to schools for weekly distribution to children who have great need. Each child identified as having need receives 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
  • raisins
  • peanut butter
  • fruit cups/pouches (please no applesauce cups)
  • pudding cups
  • oatmeal packets
 If you, your family, SGPC circle or small group is interested in donating food or packing bags to assist with this Lexington One effort, please contact Holly Waldrip (  Also, you can place donations in the blue bin in the church main office.  Thanks for caring for children in need in our community!
Stephen Ministry is our congregation's one-to-one care
giving ministry. These connections are confidential and matched up by gender. God works through Stephen Ministers to plant a seed of hope and healing in a person whose life seems barren and forlorn because of crisis or tragedy. What do Stephen Ministers do? These individuals listen to people in need, explore feelings, pray, share Christ's love, maintain confidentiality, and attend to the care-giving process, while leaving the results to God. Stephen Ministers have big hearts. If you are feeling unloved or need a friend, contact  Carol Perrin at (803)917-6690, the referral coordinator. Please know that your identity and requests are kept confidential.
Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to

Saxe Gotha Library:  For a complete listing of the titles in the Saxe Gotha library, please click here.