News at Saxe Gotha

Be sure to view to our Newsletter for the latest happenings at Saxe Gotha. Please email Meredith Cully at mcully@saxegotha.org if you would like to subscribe.

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

The Encounters With God books are here and are available for pick up on tables in the Narthex and Light House Atrium.

Lexington County Choral Society Concert – “A Season and Reason To Sing!” May 20, 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. For additional information, lexcochoralsoc.org.

The 40th Anniversary Kirkin' O' the Tartan will be held on the weekend of October 15.

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.

Annual Missions Garage Sale

We're happy to announce that the annual Saxe Gotha Mission Garage 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!

Thanks to a donation from Mobile Attic, we have a storage container to allow us to begin taking larger household items for those who cannot store them until May 16. Please contact Kathy Seymour at 4kathys@gmail.com to arrange bringing these types of items.

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Current Sermon Series - On a Mission

What do you do after Easter? 

What did Jesus’ followers do after he ascended into heaven? 

They went on a mission! Jesus described that mission when he said to his followers, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” In this new sermon series entitled “On a Mission,” we will study the Acts of the Apostles. This is Luke’s second letter to a man name Theophilus that records how the early followers of Jesus continued the mission of Christ by spreading the good news of salvation under the power of the Holy Spirit. The ministry of Jesus did not stop when he ascended into heaven; it continues through his followers-including us!

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Read this Amazing Testimony: Rev. James Aleyi – Follows God’s Direction

Raised in a non-Christian family, kidnapped as a child to become a boy soldier, Rev. James became a Christian and found his calling while being trained as a soldier. He rejected the offer to immigrate to America in order to serve the people of South Sudan. Ordained in 2012, he rose to become the Moderator of Eastern Jonglei Presbytery (EJP) in 2022. Rev. James is the administrator of SGPC’s Education, Peacebuilding and Humanitarian programs in Pibor and EJP. Supporting men like Rev. James is a key goal of our Change for South Sudan Ministry. To support this ministry, please pray and give online: saxegotha.org/give.

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Praise Packs for Kids Begin Sunday, June 5

Children’s Worship will be on hiatus for the summer. Praise Packs will be offered to assist your child with the transition into service. The bags will contain coloring sheets and papers related to the sermon topic, crayons and quiet fidget toys. The bags will be available at every service for all elementary-aged children.

Our Children's Ministry staff is here to help if you are participating in the worship service and need assistance with childcare during the service. Contact Erin Stoudemire if you would like to make special arrangements for your child: estoudemire@saxegotha.org.

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Next Generation Block Party - June 5 at 9 am

Parents and Kids come join us in the gym for Family Fun as we celebrate all of our Kids (birth-college) moving up the block to the next grade!

Drop in and enjoy food, fun and games while learning information about all of our Next Gen ministries and visiting with all of our staff and volunteers.

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Purchase your VBS T-Shirts Today!

We are very excited to see our Kids in the Red Shirts and for all of our Volunteers to be easily recognizable in the Teal Shirts.  $10 each, please order by Friday, May 20 to ensure delivery in time for VBS: saxegotha.org/summer.

Donations to the Ukraine

Saxe Gotha is collecting monetary donations to aid those in the Ukraine. Please donate during the worship services by writing a check with Ukraine in the memo line (you can specify which organization in the memo line) or online below. All donations will be given to Samaritan's Purse, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and The Outreach Foundation.

Here are the specific uses of the funds:

Samaritan's Purse is focused on medical work in the western city of Lviv and its surrounding area.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is still getting ready to help and appears to be oriented toward supporting Action By Christians Together (ACT) which is a joint effort of many denominations with offices in Switzerland and administered by Norwegian Church Aid.

The Outreach Foundation is sending money weekly to church partners in Ukraine (Lviv), Poland and Lithuania.

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VBS - Spark Studios - June 20-23, 2022

Kids at VBS 2022 Spark Studios, will get creative and let CHRIST be the SPARK in everything they do! The Master Artist is working to redeem, reclaim and transform us–His creation–to the design He planned for us. Kids will see the beautiful truth that they are God’s workmanship as they learn to use their talents to bring glory to Him. 

VBS will kick off Monday, June 20 at Saxe Gotha! 

Questions, please contact Erin Stoudemire at estoudemire@saxegotha.org.

To Volunteer: https://host.nxt.blackbaud.com/registration-form/?formId=cbf7587f-1198-4158-84b7-b7e86aa202ff&envId=p-NSHeJoYvlUWmBqITHyjd8w

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Saxe Gotha Summer Camps for Kids

We have planned another summer of exciting summer camps. There will be Kelly's Gymnastics/Gladiator/Survivor Camps, Art Camp and Basketball Camp. Please go to saxegotha.org/summer for details and to register. These camps have limited spaces, so please register as soon as possible - they are always very popular! We hope to see you there!

AWE Contemporary Worship Music Set List

If you would like to preview the music that will be included in the AWE Contemporary Worship Service, click on the link below. Thanks to Jason Flores for putting this together for us!

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Sunday School Class Locations

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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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Child Development Center Registration (2022-2023)

Please contact Hope Andrew at handrews@saxegotha.org or 803.359.7770 ext. 126 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 group will not meet during the summer, but will resume on Saturday, September 10. Look for the update during early September. Please contact Carol Harden at 217-652-2768 or Colette Phillips at 803-553-8741 if you plan to attend. 

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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. This group will gather again on September 8 after their summer break. 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. 137.

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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.

Hiring

We're looking for a Director of Worship and Music Arts, AV Professionals and Teachers!

We are looking for a Director of Worship and Music Arts, a Media Content Coordinator and Videographer and a Part-Time AV Technician. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Alisha Hudson at ahudson@saxegotha.org. See below for complete job descriptions.

**Looking to gain a new skill and work with some of the best! We are looking for AV Tech Volunteers, please contact Alisha Hudson at ahudson@saxegotha.org if you are interested.**

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.

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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

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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Nailbenders: Saturday, June 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, June 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.  

May 17 Update: Thank you to our Drive Thru Prayer Volunteers. We had 7 volunteers and 5 cars stopped and one walk up for prayer.

Mens Bible Study

Two Options for Monday Morning Men’s Bible Studies:

Meets In Person on Mondays at 6:30 am in Light House Room 112-113. Led by Brad Farrar.

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 ebleedbabyblu@gmail.com for meeting information.

These Bible studies are 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

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: $138.45 was donated by Amazon for the 4th 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:

5/22: Team 1, 5/29: Team 2, 6/5: Team 3, 6/12: Team 4, 6/19: Team 5, 6/26: Team 1.

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