REMEMBER MOTHER'S DAY, MAY 9th!
A NOTE FROM BRYANT
On Sunday, we celebrated another wonderful year of youth ministry at our Senior Banquet. As I’m sure you know, this year has been different in so many ways and I’m so proud of all of our youth that have continued to show grace and love all year.

We had two seniors at the banquet, Megan Kahrs and Ryan Chimera, who have been wonderful leaders at youth group. Megan will be attending Notre Dame in the Fall and Ryan is headed to TCU. We give thanks for their faithful service and pray for success on the next step of their journey.

I want to thank you all for your continued support of youth ministry. The church has been there every step of the way for these kids, making sure they are supported and letting them get together when the time was right.

As we move through summer and into next Fall, I’m so excited to continue to thrive and grow our youth ministry as we look to return to a sense of normalcy. Through service, fellowship and a welcoming spirit, I know our youth will continue to serve SSCC and all that we encounter along the way!

Peace,
Bryant 
CURRENT SERMON SERIES
I Am
A Sermon Series for Eastertide 
I am ____. How would you fill in the blank these days? Tired? Overwhelmed? Hope-filled? Optimistic? Jesus fills it in several different ways throughout the gospel of John. "Light." "Bread of Life." "The way, the truth, and the life." On the one hand, on any given day, we might fill in the blank differently. On the other hand, every day, we fill in the blank the same. After all, if Jesus is _____, then we are always _____. Let’s fill in the blanks together during worship as we explore an Easter sermon series we are calling, “I am.”
 
May 9, 2021
Vine
John 15:1-8
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown
 
May 16, 2021
Bread
John 6:35-51
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown
To view the service this Sunday on our YouTube page, click here.
To view the scripture for this Sunday, click here.
UPCOMING SERMON SERIES ON HYMNS
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE HYMN?
Obviously, one of the things we have missed most the last year has been singing our songs of faith together in worship. Finally, we are singing hymns again in person! In order to celebrate this gift of practicing our faith, Nathan is going to preach a sermon series this summer on the gift of song. He and the staff would like to incorporate many of your favorite hymns and the stories behind them in worship during that season. Please take a moment to click on the button below and share your favorite hymns. If you are willing, please also share stories or reasons for which you enjoy them. Look to the newsletter for more information about this upcoming series!
HIGHLIGHTS
Our fifth episode, titled "Journey" features Rev. Dr. Nathan Brown, Senior Minister, & Casey Evans, Member, of Sandy Springs Christian Church. This conversation was inspired by the life journey that Jesus took between his well known birth & death/resurrection. This conversation is a reminder that while every story has a beginning & an end... the middle is the journey & where the most learning, growth & experience of life truly happens! Enjoy & God Bless all of you who listen to this podcast on your spiritual journey of life!
CHANGE IN GUIDELINES FOR THE
WHITMIRE PAVILION
The Welcome Back Team has looked at the new guidelines from the CDC regarding the need for masks while outside and based on those, have decided to recommend the following:

If you are outside on any part of the SSCC campus, including the Pavilion, mask-wearing will be at your discretion. Based on the CDC guidelines, those who have been vaccinated should be safe without a mask. However, for your own safety, keeping your mask on is still the best option.

We hope this new guideline is another step in making time spent at SSCC more enjoyable for everyone. We welcome your comments and feedback. 

Leslie Lady
Chair, Welcome Back Team
VISITOR LUNCH MAY 16th
If you have been visiting Sandy Springs Christian Church we hope that you have found your time with us meaningful and that you are beginning to feel a sense of belonging. Our Care and Connect team will host a special “Intro to Sandy Springs Christian Church” luncheon on Sunday, May 16th, in the Whitmire Pavilion following worship.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the ministry of Sandy Springs Christian Church, to meet some of our leadership and to ask any questions you might have. The luncheon will be relaxed and informal. If you are considering church membership, want to become more involved or are simply interested in learning more about SSCC, this is a great opportunity.

Sack lunches will be provided at no cost to you and your family. If you are interested or have questions, please reach out to Janis Hill at janishill@comcast.net.
SHOP FOR MOTHER'S DAY
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to activate AmazonSmile in the app and select "Sandy Springs Christian Church" as your charity and . They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Sandy Springs Christian Church" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
BE THE NEW CHURCH
For the past thirteen months, many of us have stayed away from our places of worship to keep ourselves and our faith communities safe.

How have new church leaders responded? By spreading the word about Disciples through DoorDash, meeting with folks struggling with anxiety on Zoom, and addressing returning citizens’ needs.

Chaplains, pastors, and others have answered the call to be the new church.
To support them, contribute to the Pentecost Offering on May 16 and 23. 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.
Let’s all be the new church, together.
STAY IN TOUCH WITH SSCC MEMBERS
By now, SSCC Members should have received an email invitation 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!
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
Prayers are requested for Florene Fowler's daughter, Tina, who continues to have health issues.

Susan McCluskey asks for prayers for her mom, Bunny Steinmetz, who fell and broke her arm.

Please pray for our members and their families who serve as first responders and health care workers: Dr. Tim Helton, 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
HELPING THE CAC
Please CLICK HERE for updated information from the CAC regarding:
  • CAC Thrift Shop Expanded Hours/Volunteers Needed
  • Golf Tourney to Support Construction of New CAC Office
  • Fulton County Honors Tamara Carrera
  • Helping Families Facing Eviction
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FOOD INSECURITY: If you or someone you know in our church community is facing food insecurity because of a decrease or loss in income, please privately contact Jenna Hicks so that we can provide assistance to keep their pantry full. Email jennakhicks@gmail.com or call 404-441-1668. 
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MUST MINISTRIES: If you would like to donate and drop off items 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.
Bruce Lady May 01
Ryleigh McGahee May 01
Bryan Strickland May 01
Jordan Helton May 02
Phil McCollough May 02
Campbell Torbert May 03
Joyce Edwards May 04
Rachel Robeck May 04
Jo Ann Baright May 05
Nancy McDaniel May 06
Darby Peterson May 07
Frances Grant May 08
Andrew Michels May 09
Stacie Booker May 10
Lauren Jones May 10
Lawrence Steinmetz May 10
Garrett Michels May 12
Monica McGahee May 13
Casey Evans May 16
Jim Armstrong May 17
Steve Butz May 17
Anslie Worley May 21
Owen Janeway May 22
Ruth Michels May 23
Derek Harple May 24
Susan McCluskey May 25
Maisie Worley May 26
Delane Bickelhaupt May 27
Michelle Brown Kahn May 30
Josie Worley May 31