FROM THE WELCOME BACK TEAM
On behalf of the Welcome Back Team, it is my pleasure to welcome you back!! Pending reports continue to trend positively in Atlanta, SSCC will resume “normal” operations effective June 27th. We are planning a special Welcome Back Worship Service on that day we hope you can attend. While things in our world will never again be the same, here is what you can expect at SSCC…

Coffee will be served on Sunday mornings and the Centrum will be open to gathering. All the pews will be open for seating (with one exception listed below), communion will be received by intinction (with flu protocol), and the choir will sing! Groups will be allowed to meet without restrictions and the church will resume regular office hours. 

Per CDC guidelines, we continue to strongly recommend those who have not been vaccinated to wear a mask. It is the right thing to do for you and your church family. 

We understand that some of you may not be ready for protocols to be lifted. However, we want you to know that you, too, are welcome. We will designate a temporary “safe zone” in the sanctuary where there will be social distancing, masks, and sealed communion. We will also live-stream the service to the Pavilion and to your home.
 
Finally…

If someone is wearing a mask, please remember:
  • They may have cancer
  • They may have an autoimmune disease
  • They may have unvaccinated children at home
  • They may have high-risk loved ones they are protecting
  • They may have asthma or allergies and have realized over the last year that their symptoms are alleviated by wearing a mask
  • They may be unvaccinated.
 
So, please be kind!
 
Welcome Back!

The Welcome Back Team
THIS SUNDAY
Things are not always what they seem. That is a truth we experience over and over again. It happens in our reading from Mark this week, when the religious leaders mistake Jesus for a demon. Sometimes what appears to be evil turns out to be sacred. This week, we will once again reflect on how to best approach "Books and their Covers."

June 6, 2021
Books and Their Covers
Mark 3:20-35 NRSV
Rev. Dr. Nathan Brown
To view the service this Sunday on our YouTube page, click here.
To view the scripture for this Sunday, click here.
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Sunday, June 13, 2021
Too Big to Fail
1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown
 
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Questions Without Answers
2 Esdras 4:11a
Rev. Linda Whitmire
Make a Joyful Noise
Coming Soon!
Summer Sermon Series 2021
 
For over a year, we did not sing together in worship. We were singing with our families and friends in front of a television or computer screen. We were humming along to the tune, in the sanctuary. We were listening to our leaders sing. On June 27th, for the first time since March of 2020, we will be able to sing the hymns of our faith, as a congregation and choir, without protocols. What better way to spend the first few Sundays of this gift with a series in worship that highlights your favorites! Therefore, for the last month we have been compiling these hymns, along with your stories about them, in order that they might be used in worship. Through this series we plan to rediscover how God, among other things, is present, reminds, gives voice and challenges through song. We hope you will make plans to be part of this special series at SSCC. Let’s come together and make a joyful noise!
 
Sunday, June 27, 2021
God Is Present Through Song
Theme Hymn: “It is Well With My Soul”
Isaiah 49:8-16
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown
 
Sunday, July 4, 2021
God Reminds Through Song
Theme Hymn: “In Remembrance of Me”
Matthew 26:26-30
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown
MUSIC NEWS
Women’s Choir is about to start rehearsing! Our first practice was last Wednesday, so if you couldn't make it, you can come on Sunday, June 6th from 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. As in the past, we will give you opportunities to come either on Wednesday or Sunday mornings as your schedule allows, and then we put it together the day of the performance! This particular time back together is bittersweet, as we will miss Joyce terribly, but also such a joyful occasion to be able to sing again!!!! We are celebrating by doing a fun and uplifting medley from Sister Act! Please join us for some musical time together! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Also, Adult Handbells are starting back again! Rehearsals will be held on Sundays directly after worship for 45 minutes. Come on out! All experiences welcome – beginners, advanced, and complete never done it before people!

If you are interested in joining our handbell group or women's choir, please email Susan Wallace at susanwallace03@gmail.com.
WELCOME BACK TEAM UPDATE - GOOD NEWS!

Dear SSCC,

We bring you good tidings of great joy! Recently, the Leadership Council, Elders and Welcome Back Team met to build consensus around a plan for suspending all safety protocols for in-person activities at SSCC, including worship. We concluded, pending circumstances in our world continue trending positively, on Sunday, June 27th, we will lift all protocols and resume in-person activities at SSCC. In the meantime, we will continue with our normal safety protocols with the exception that, while masks are strongly recommended for all, masks will not be required for those who have been vaccinated. Thank you for your patience as we move toward finding our new normal at SSCC. Please look to your email in the coming week for more information about what to expect on June 27th and beyond.
 
Peace,
The Welcome Back Team
UPCOMING EVENTS
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SSCC GRADS!
Sunday, June 13th we will honor all SSCC graduates for the year 2021.

We know it was a challenging year for all, and we want our grads to know how proud we are of them. If you have a graduate, please let us know as we plan to recognize them that day.
JOIN US FOR A LIGHT SUPPER AND MOVIE DISCUSSION JUNE 13
So often we are faced with problems for which there seem to be no good solution—or people are divided as to the best solution. The inspiring film, "Healing Justice," faces a serious social problem: the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and shows how restorative justice is being used as an alternative to the criminal punishment system.

On Sunday, June 13, beginning at 5:00 p.m. the Care and Connect team will host a light cookout supper (of hamburgers and hot dogs) and then together we will watch the film, which has already been shared with a number of Atlanta churches. This will be followed a discussion led by our guest speaker, Bert Skellie, Quaker and local justice and peace activist.

Please put this event on your calendar and sign up by June 11th through the link below so we know how many people to plan for.
JOIN US FOR A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING AND LUNCH
On Sunday, July 11, we will hold our Congregational Meeting in the sanctuary immediately following service.

Then join us in the Whitmire Pavilion for a hot dog lunch prepared by the Torberts.
HIGHLIGHTS
WE ARE SPONSORING ANOTHER HOMESTRETCH FAMILY
The Outreach Committee is so proud of our recent Homestretch Family. They worked extremely hard and completed the program. The Head of Household has secured full time employment and in the process of purchasing a home. Many thanks to everyone involved with assisting this family, but especially to: Jim Armstrong for budget and financial advice, Shavette Turner for mentorship, and everyone who donated furniture and household items.

We learned just yesterday that our new family has met the intake requirements and will be moving into our sponsored apartment next week Outreach is in the process of collecting donated furniture and household items. Thank you, SSCC Congregation for your continued support of this very worthwhile project. It’s wonderful to see these families land back on their feet and continue to grow. Click the link below if you would like more info.
CAMP CHRISTIAN NEEDS YOU!
Dear Colleagues:

Camp Christian needs our help. Because the camp was shut down during COVID, lots of needed work was not done. This year, we are thankful that Pam and Marilyn are working very, very hard to see to it that we have camp sessions this year. But they cannot do it alone. 

We are in need of Counselors. If your church is sending campers, you need to send counselors as well. It is a hot, uncomfortable job that you will love. Even if your church is not sending campers, you can still send counselors. Please see the Regional website for details.
 
Grace and Peace,
Doug

Rev. Douglas M. Ivey, MSW, MDiv., Interim Regional Minister
The Christian Church (DOC) in Georgia
NEW ADDRESSES TO NOTE
Just an update from Judy Edwards. She is doing well and wanted everyone to know her new address is 1119 Pick Pocket Plantation Drive, Beaufort, SC 29902. Feel free to drop her a note or give her a call at (843) 929-6949. If you ever visit Fripp Island or Hilton Head, she says she's on the way, so drop in and see her!

In addition, Marlene Rhine has been moved to the Brian Center in Canton. She would love to receive some cards. Please send them to her attention at: The Brian Center, 150 Hospital Circle, Canton, GA 30114.
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WE NEED CURRENT PHOTOS
We hope you have been enjoying the video with pictures and music that we have been playing before our Sunday worship (big thank you to Teddy Ivey who puts it all together).

In order to keep things fresh, Teddy is asking that you send him photos that might work that could be inserted in between some of the slides. They can be of your family, photos from SSCC events or any images that you might want to share with your church family.

Please send them via email to: Teddy@sandyspringscc.org. Thank you!
FATHER'S DAY - JUNE 20TH
Father's Day is coming up on June 20th, and we know you will start shopping for gifts soon. Just a reminder that by shopping for gifts at smile.amazon.com or with AmazonSmile in the Amazon shopping app, Amazon will donate a percentage to SSCC just by designating the church as your favorite organization.
THANK YOU!
A special thank you to those who contributed to this year's special Pentecost offering.

In total we were able to contribute $798. Half of the gifts go to regions to support new church development. The other half goes to New Church Ministry, which trains, equips, assists, and multiplies new church leaders.
STAY IN TOUCH WITH SSCC MEMBERS
SSCC Members should have received a reminder email invitation on Monday to sign up for our new Church Member software called Breeze. Please remember to sign up, log in and verify your profile information in the system. It's a great new way to keep up with your SSCC Family! More exciting updates to come soon!
PATHFINDERS CLASS MEETING VIRTUALLY
Join John Mills and the Pathfinders for Zoom discussions every Monday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. You can CLICK HERE to join the video call each week, or you can call in 929-205-6099 and enter Meeting ID: 985 6868. The passcode is 831869. For more information please contact John Mills.
PRAYER REQUESTS
Please continue to Hold Carolyn Dishman’s son-in-law, Steve DeVinney, in your prayers as he moves through his Trial Treatments prior to receiving a Stem Cell Replacement in about 90 days. The doctors are very pleased with his progress.

Please pray for our members and their families who serve as first responders and health care workers: Katie Gibson, Tracey McCluskey, Dr. Vijay Rathinam, Robyn Hicks and Pete French. Also those serving in the military: Michelle Brown (Navy), daughter of Cindy and Pete Brown. Tyler Brown (Army), son of Tami and Stephen Brown. Jared Mills (Army), son/stepson of John and Floy Mills. Rachel Robeck (Navy), daughter of John and Mary Robeck. Jamie Price Smith (Air Force) and Dalton Brown (Army) granddaughter and grandson of Barb Duren and Chaplain Kevin Mooney (Navy), Linda Whitmire's granddaughter, Hayleigh Whitmire (Army) and Kathy Woodworth's step grandson Parker Mansel (Marines). If we are missing someone, please let us know so that we can include their name in our weekly prayers.

If you have any prayer requests or would like to reach out to Teddy Ivey, our Director of Congregational Care, please email him at Teddy@sandyspringscc.org.

JOIN SSCC! 
You can join SSCC by a simple affirmation of faith! If you are attending virtually, just let us know you would like to join!
DOING MINISTRY DIFFERENTLY - OUTREACH
HELPING THE CAC
CAC Pantry/Thrift Shop Expand to 5 Days,
The Community Assistance Center’s food pantry and thrift shop, Upscale Thrift, will once again be open 5 days a week. Contact Nolan at volunteer@ourcac.org for volunteering at the food pantry and Debbie at Debbie.Olson@ourcac.orf to volunteer at the Thrift Store. Visit CAC’s website for more details
 
Give Kids Tools for School for the Next School Year!
While the current school year has ended, the Community Assistance Center is already looking ahead to help our local students be prepared to learn come August! Together we can give local children Tools for School! 

We will again be donating back to school backpacks filled with school supplies. Be on the lookout for a Sign Up Genius in a few weeks.
CAMP CRADDOCK
Camp Craddock will unfortunately not take place again this year. However, SSCC has an opportunity to help The Craddock Center with Craddock Cares. Care bags are distributed to the children. The following items are needed:

Lightweight blankets or throws – cotton or fleece material, Bottled Water, Toothbrushes and toothpaste, Bar soap, Washcloths, and Hand towels.

Here’s the link to the Sign-Up Genius. Please use it to record your donation.
Deliver items to the church by Sunday 6/13. Thank you.
MUST MINISTRIES: If you would like to donate and drop off items at Must Ministries please CLICK HERE to access a flyer that outlines the most needed items. Monetary donations are very much needed and can be done so online via their website, or send a check in the mail to MUST Ministries, P.O. Box 1717, Marietta, GA 30061. If you have questions please contact Cathy Cortright at cortright13@gmail.com.
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Ronda Hirst June 01
Ryan Chimera June 04
Doug Driemeyer June 06
Cindy Driemeyer June 10
Atticus Mooney June 10
William Reese June 10
Cathy Cortright June 13
Joshua Jones June 14
Carolyn Dishman June 15Tracey McCluskey June 15
Charlotte Hale June 16
Jeff Matthews June 20
Kathy Woodworth June 20
Teresa Edens June 21
Patsy McBride June 21
Laura McKinney June 21
Sue Strahm June 21
Grace Saygbor June 24
Tony Chimera June 25
Brandi Evans June 27
Gregg Worley June 28