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.

The Encounters with God Devotional Books (July-September) are now available for pick-up in the Narthex and in the Light House on the racks by the doors. Please email Pansy at pfloyd@saxegotha.org if you would like them mailed to you.


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.

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Mission Lexington Food Drive: September1-26

Help fill Mission Lexington's Pantry! Place Donations in Barrels in the Narthex, Church Office & Light House Atrium.

The Mission Lexington Pantry is especially in need of: mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, rice, sweet peas, spaghetti sauce and spaghetti noodles.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." (Matthew 25:34-35)


Officer Nominations are Now Open!

Please send all nominations to Pansy at pfloyd@saxegotha.org by October 1.

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It’s Never Too Early for Operation Christmas Child Donations!

To Access the Updated List of Items Needed or to Purchase Online, please click here.

Please drop off items in the blue bins labeled OCC in the Narthex, Main Office and Light House Atrium. Thank you!

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Register Now: Red Cross Blood Drive, October 4

Please consider donating. Blood is currently in very short supply. Registration details to follow.

Wednesday Night Dinners and Classes - Fall 2021

Wednesday Night Dinners and Classes have returned. Dinner at 5:30 pm in Room 151. Classes start at 6:30 pm.

Classes Offered:

Elijah by Priscilla Shirer - facilitated by HH Ham & Cindy Williams - 155 MB
Elijah emerged as the voice of unapologetic truth during a time of national crisis and moral decline. Join us as we take a fresh look at Elijah and the difficult choices of obedience that kept him anchored, sharpened his faith and broadened his impact. Study guide $17.00

Road Trip to the Truth - led by Jim Glatz & Brad Farrar - 112/113 LH
Take a 2000-year-old question, throw in a mix of college students, a healthy serving of experts, a dash of animation and what do you get? Road Trip to Truth, a series that seeks to teach us that the answers to life's biggest questions are never that far off. Join us on this journey to find answers on the topics of evolution, depression, the existence of God, the veracity of the Bible and truth itself. Study Guide $5.00

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Sunday Afternoon Programming - Fall 2021

For Adults: Parenting - led by Patrick Cherry & Carole Farrar - MB 151 Amidst folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. In the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas, it's easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents. We’ll use Paul Tripp’s book, Parenting, as a springboard for discussions about foundational principles centered on the gospel that show we need more than the latest parenting strategy. Rather, we need the rescuing power of God’s grace to shape how we view everything we do as parents. No book required.

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Upcoming Fall 2021 Events for Youth!

The new school year is coming up, so that means we've got a whole new batch of dates for you guys. Here are some highlights for the semester to keep in mind as you get your calendars set up. These are just a few big dates to get things rolling, but we'll have more coming out soon!

Middle School Modgnik Retreat - Oct. 22-24

High School Awanita Retreat - Nov. 19-21

High School Jamaica 2022 Mission Trip - July 2-9, 2022

Contact Justin Hall with questions about the Youth Fall events: jhall@saxegotha.org.

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Fall Events for Kids!

Our Sunday afternoon favorites have returned!

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.

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). 

Upward Elementary Basketball League - 2021/2022

Saxe Gotha offers an Upward Basketball League as a ministry for elementary age children (Girls and Boys: 5K through 6th grade). Upward Sports was established in 1995 and has become the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. The mission of Upward Sports is to promote the discovery of Jesus through Sports as it seeks to develop athletes spiritually, mentally, athletically and socially.

Registration: $75

Evaluations: Oct. 11-16 (Evaluation week is on M, Tu & Th, 6:00-8:00 pm, and Sat morning 9:00 -11:00 am). 5K does not do the evaluations.

Practice Begins: Nov. 1 (Practice and games are M, Tu, Th nights, as well as Sat. mornings from 9:00 am-1:00 pm).

First Game: Nov. 22 / Last Game: Week of Jan. 31 - Feb. 3

Contact Pete Eckert at 803-608-9835 with questions. All players must be evaluated, except for 5K.

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Children's Worship - Kids Ages 4-6

We now have two Children's Worship groups. Kids will be dismissed to Ms. Melinda during both services. After the 10:45 am Contemporary Service, kids will be picked up in Room 130 and after the 11:00 am Traditional Service, kids will be picked up in the Welcome Center/Fellowship Hall. 

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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. The WINGS group will start back on Saturday, September 11 at 11:30 am at the Flight Deck Restaurant here in Lexington (109-A Old Chapin Rd.).

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

In order to reserve the appropriate space, we will need to know how many people plan to attend. 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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Parents of Young Children Sunday School Class

Join us for the Parents of Young Children SS class at 9:45 am in Room 235, under the Fellowship Hall. We will be studying “It Starts at Home: Learn How to Confidently Teach your kids about God” by Matt Chandler, Gary Thomas and Kurt and Olivia Bruner. Nursery and childcare is available! Contact Stefanie Cain with questions: cain.stefanieg@gmail.com.

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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 CDC Teachers and a Director of Audio/Visual!

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're looking to hire a Director of Audio/Visual. Please contact Alisha Hudson if you are interested in this position at ahudson@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 jodysully@hotmail.com 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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Saxe Gotha Child Development Center 2021-2022 Preschool and Extended Care Registration

Registration is Now Open to Public


Afterschool Registration:

Registration Now Open to Public


Please contact Hope Andrews for more information: handrews@saxegotha.org.

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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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Moms in Ministry

Saxe Gotha has a 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.


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Fall Sermon Series: "God Spoke"

Series on the Ten Commandments. How do we know what God is like? How do we know what is right and good? Answer: God has spoken! During this sermon series we will be looking at the Ten Commandments and contrasting them with today’s cultural trends. Join us in exploring our culture in light of what God has said.

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Nailbenders: Saturday, October 9

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, September 21

(the 3rd Tuesday of the month) 7:15-8:15 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 missions@saxegotha.org.  

August 17 Update: We had 7 members serving and 3 cars stopped by for prayer.

Online Opportunities

Online Devotionals

Devotionals: If 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.

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

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