Christmas Eve Candlelight Services: Friday, December 24

4:00 pm: Children's Service for Families, Sanctuary

5:30 pm: AWE Contemporary Family Service, Light House Auditorium

7:00 pm: Traditional Family Service, Sanctuary

*Childcare provided at the 4:00 and 5:30 pm services only.

Services will be available in-person and online: https://www.youtube.com/user/SaxeGothaPres. 

News at Saxe Gotha

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Sermons Available Online: To listen to past sermons, please go to our audio sermons page or go to our YouTube Channel for online services.


Sunday Worship Resumes In Person

Worship With Us In Person on Online!

In Person Worship

Each week, we have 3 services: 8:30 and 11 am Traditional Services in the Sanctuary and the 10:45 am AWE Contemporary Service in the Light House Auditorium.

Online Worship

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 or any other time.

To view the Saxe Gotha Services and other resources, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/SaxeGothaPres.

Staff Love Offering

Staff Love Offering

We will collect a Christmas Love Offering for the SGPC staff members online and in person during the worship services through Sunday, December 12. 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. The Pastors and Staff sincerely thank you!

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Advent Devotional - Pick Up Your Copy Today!

This year we are working with Frontier Fellowship, our missions partner, in a special advent devotional just for Saxe Gotha. Frontier Fellowship connects followers of Jesus to engage the world's least reached peoples and places with the good news of His Kingdom.

Join us this advent season as we prepare for the coming of our Savior. In the midst of the holiday rush here, let us not forget the frontier: the over 2 billion people worldwide who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and the hope, peace, joy and love he brings.

This devotional will also incorporate the lighting of your home advent wreath. If you need candles for this year's celebration, you can add them to your reservation for $10.

Devotionals are available for pick-up in the Narthex and in the Church Office.

If you have any questions about the devotionals or advent, please contact HH Ham at hhham@saxegotha.org.

Poinsettia Dedication 2021

Please click below to see the complete list of Poinsettia Dedications this year. These poinsettias will be in the Sanctuary and Light House Auditorium during Advent and Christmas.

Complete List of Dedications
Love A Family 2021

Love-A-Family - Extended through Tuesday, December 7.

Spread Christmas love by purchasing gifts for a local person or family in need. Select a tag off of the trees in the Narthex or Light House Atrium, purchase the gift listed and then return it wrapped under the tree. Please contact Kathy Seymour at 920-7385 or 4kathys@gmail.com if you have any questions. These gifts should be returned by December 7.

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Christmas Cantata: The Silence and the Sound

Our annual Christmas Cantata will be presented on Sunday, December 19 at 10 am in the Sanctuary (One Service Sunday, Sunday School will not be held for adults. The Family Christmas Celebration will be held from 9-9:45 am in the Light House Parking Lot).

About the Cantata: Heather Sorenson's first Christmas cantata is more than just a retelling of the nativity; this work explores both the mystery and the majesty of Christ's birth. Filled with original sacred songs and beloved carols, this innovative cantata is a true worship experience. The richness of both contemporary and traditional elements, along with thoughtful narrations make for a beautiful Christmas offering.

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Family Christmas Celebration

Our annual Family Christmas Celebration is outside again this year in the Light House Parking Lot on Sunday, December 19 from 9-9:45 am. Join us for crafts, s'mores and fellowship! Then, stay for the Cantata at 10:00 in the Sanctuary.

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Advent Sermon Series

When Love Came Down. 
How do we know what God is like?
What does it mean to love?
 
Our Advent sermon series will address these important questions as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. God entering into human history as a baby born in Bethlehem reveals what God is like and what it means to love. Please come and join us as we explore the implications of God coming down and loving us by giving us his Son.  

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Soul Shop Save-the-Date

Soul Shop will be held on January 19, 2022 at Saxe Gotha. It is a one-day training workshop designed to equip clergy, staff, lay pastors, and faith-based clinicians with the resources and guidance they need to foster hope and healing in their community. You may remember that this event last came to Saxe Gotha in 2017. Registration details will be available soon.

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Annual Yard Sale

We're happy to announce that the annual Saxe Gotha Yard Sale will be back on May 21, 2022! As you clean out, please remember to save your items to donate to the church this Spring!

SuperStart! 2022 (for 4th-6th Graders)

We are so excited to take another group to one of the biggest preteen events of the year, SuperStart! Preteens, 4th-6th grade can engage in ministry that is specifically aimed toward them, and their unique needs. They will dance, laugh, study, learn and praise the weekend away! All while building relationships unified in Christ that will go on to encourage them for years to come, and growing in their knowledge and wisdom of HIM as they learn to own their faith.

Date of event: January 21-22, 2022

Where: Athens, GA

Registration Deadline: December 12

To find out more about this event, click here.

SuperStart! FAQ's Link

Register Now!
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Sunday School Class Locations

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Sunday Afternoon Programming

Sunday Afternoon, 4:00-5:30 pm. Details: saxegotha.org/fall.

Sunday, December 12 will be the last meeting for this semester.

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Please Donate Your Old Eye Glasses and Hearing Aids:

The Lexington Lion’s Club is collecting old eye glasses and hearing aids. The glasses and hearing aids are used in other countries for people who cannot afford them. Collect all those old eye glasses and hearing aids and donate them for a good cause. The collection box is located in the Church Office.

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Events for Kids!

Our Sunday afternoon favorites will end on December 12! Wednesday night activities will return in January.

Kid's Choir for preschoolers through 5th graders begins at 3:00 pm. Preschoolers (age 2-kindergarten) 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.

Choir Update: This week we will begin working on music for the Christmas Cantata, so please come join us! For the Cantata, please reserve the afternoon of December 12 and the evening of December 15 for dress rehearsals. Call times will be posted as soon as they are available. Dress for the Cantata will be Sunday Best and festive. 

Seekers (grades K-3) and Club45 (grades 4-5) 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). 

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Child Development Center Registration (2022-2023)

Please contact Hope Andrew at handrews@saxegotha.org or 803.359.7770 ext. 26 or stop by the Child Development Center to pick up a Registration Packet. 

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WINGS (Widows in Group Share)

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

This month's meeting will be held on December 11 at 11:30 am at Ferrara Pizza and Pasta, 109-J Old Chaplin Rd, located in the Shoppes of Flight Deck (next door down from Flight Deck).

Please contact Carol Harden at 217-652-2768 or Colette Phillips at 803-553-8741. 

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

This ministry meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am in Room 154 in the Main Building. 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.

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The First Impressions Team is in need of Ushers and CREW members.

Please email or call Carl Hammond at Carl@AmeriCareMidlands.com or 803-767-0864 if you are interested. All volunteers assist once every 5 weeks.

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Caring Connections Brotherhood Meeting In Person:

Caring Connections Brotherhood is gathering at The Flight Deck every Tuesday at 12:00 noon.

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Free Exercise Classes:

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.

We're looking for Teachers and a Media Content Coordinator and Videographer!

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 are looking for a Media Content Coordinator and Videographer. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact ahudson@saxegotha.org. See below for the complete job description.

***We are also looking for AV Tech Volunteers, please contact Alisha at ahudson@saxegotha.org if you are interested.

Media Content Coordinator Job
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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 unitedheroes@saxegotha.org or call 704-798-5444 to get your loved one added to the list.  

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Kids Sunday School - Join us in person!

From learning more of God's Word to creating meaningful projects to completing creative Bible challenges, Sunday School is a way for kids to grow spiritually! We meet at 9:45 am in the gym. This week, we will continue our study of the prophets while learning about Isaiah. 

Just a Reminder: Sunday School ends at 10:30 am. Please pick-up your children promptly, so that Kids Sunday School leaders can get to Children's Worship.


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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 at smccarter@saxegotha.org if you have any questions.

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Stephen Ministry

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, 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.

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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 Carl@AmeriCareMidlands.com if you are interested. All volunteers assist once every 5 weeks.

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Nailbenders: Saturday, December 11

Meet at 8:00 am (the 2nd Saturday of the month) at the church outdoor patio in front of the Light House and bring a sack breakfast to eat, then leave from there to assist individuals in need. Contact Keith Hall with questions: Nailbenders.sg@gmail.com.

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Drive Thru Prayer: Tuesday, December 21 (7:15-8:15 am)

(the 3rd Tuesday of the month), 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 missions@saxegotha.org.  

November 16 Update: It was a cold fall morning that brought 7 volunteers together to pray with passengers in 11 cars. We are thankful for fruitful mornings where we are used as God's vessels to do His work in our community.

Mens Bible Study

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.

Rightnow Media

Did you know that Saxe Gotha has its own customized library on RightNow Media?

Here is the specific link to it if you already have your account set up: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/CustomLibrary/8737. RightNow 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:

HH 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 RightNow 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!

Amazon Smile: $134.25 was donated by Amazon for the 2nd Quarter of 2021!

Did you know that when shopping Amazon, they will make a donation to Saxe Gotha with no additional cost to you? The only requirement is to go through smile.amazon.com instead of Amazon.com and choose Saxe Gotha as your charity of choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service, but with each purchase you help reduce the debt.

NEW: AmazonSmile customers can now support Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device

Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'

Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Our Amazon Smile Program

First Impressions Teams:

12/12: Team 3, 12/19: Team 4, 12/26: Team 5.

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