You don't want to be late for Church!
It’s hard to believe that today marks the one year anniversary that the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The President put a ban on travelers to the U.S. from Europe. The NBA suspended it's season. Here at SSCC, we suspended in-person worship and activities at SSCC.

I went back and viewed, on our YouTube page, the first livestream I did from my living room. It was strange to watch. On the one hand, it seems like a lifetime ago. On the other, it seems like it was only yesterday. Regardless, we have come a long way since. There is, once again, hope in the air.

Vaccinations are becoming more readily available. Numbers are leveling off. Beautiful weather is bringing us back outside of our homes. While we are certainly not out of the woods, new life is in our midst. Easter is coming.

Although Easter Sunday will look differently this year, we celebrate that we will be able to offer some in-person options! Look to this newsletter for more information about Easter worship and other upcoming opportunities related to Holy Week. In preparation for this meaningful time within the life of the Church, I want to highlight a few items related to this season at SSCC:

  1. Yesterday, we sent out an e-blast about Easter Sunday worship options, along with a sign-up. For the purposes of planning, please let us know if you plan to attend an in-person service by clicking the sign-up genius and indicating how many from your family plan to attend.
  2. During this Lenten season, if you have been tending your dirt from the Ash Wednesday Service, please send us pictures or videos. We’d like to share with the congregation how you have been practicing this spiritual discipline. You can send them to Teddy Ivey at
  3. After worship on Palm Sunday, March 28th, families are invited to participate in “The Road to Resurrection”. This is an interactive walk through of the Holy Week story that takes place in our church! Families can come anytime from 11:30-3pm and go at their own pace to learn the stories of Palm Sunday, Jesus in the Temple, the Last Supper and The Easter Story. Check the newsletter article below for more information!
  4. Finally some of you have read before or are currently reading our Lenten Study book, “Everybody, Always,” by Bob Goff, but have not been able to participate in a study group. In lieu of a Maundy Thursday service, I’ll be doing a final wrap up session of this series on Thursday, April 1st at 7:00 PM, via zoom. The zoom link and details will be shared in an upcoming, separate e-blast. Also, you can look to future newsletters on how to participate.

Of course, there are several other ongoing Lenten opportunities that are in this newsletter. It’s never too late to start your daily discipline of prayer for our ministry or to participate in a small group for our Lenten study. Additionally, don’t forget, if you missed a weekly Lenten video devotional or Sunday worship service, they are posted to our YouTube page.

As we continue to “Leave the Land of the Dead” in this season, I look forward to seeing more of you, in-person, when you are ready and it is safe for you to do so. Blessings to each of you on our collective Lenten journey.

Leaving the Land of the Dead
A Sermon Series for the Season of Lent
No, it’s not a movie title. It’s the way we have felt over the course of the last year, both literally and figuratively. Let’s just put it this way - it hasn’t exactly been a walk in the park. It has felt more like wandering in the wilderness. Yet, there is a renewed sense of hope in our world – the feeling that there is an end, or at least a new beginning. Could it be that we are finally leaving the land of the dead? The truth is we are always doing so in this life. That’s what Lent is for – to remind us that God is always moving us from death to resurrection. 

March 14, 2021
Leaving the Land of the Dead: Reveal
John 9:1-41

March 21, 2021
Leaving the Land of the Dead: Renew
John 11:1-45

March 28, 2021 (Palm Sunday)
Leaving the Land of the Dead: Require
Matthew 21:1-11
To view the service this Sunday on our YouTube page, click here.
To view the bulletin for this Sunday, click here.
To view the scripture for this Sunday, click here.
If you have been tending to your soil this Lenten Season, following the Ash Wednesday Service, please take pictures or videos and send them to Teddy Ivey at We'd love to share with the congregation how you have been practicing this spiritual discipline!
We have a new, exciting way for our families to connect to the Easter story this year! After worship on Palm Sunday, March 28, we invite families to come anytime from 11:30-3:00 to experience the Holy Week story including Palm Sunday, Jesus in the Temple, the Last Supper, Jesus on the Cross and the Empty Tomb.

All you need to do is come to the red door on the bottom level (back parking lot) at anytime between 11:30-3 and each family can go at their own pace learning each story with crafts, snacks, prayers and other interactive ways to experience each story!

A faith filled journey that has something for the whole family. We hope you’ll make plans to join us on March 28!
As you are well aware, once again, this Easter season will be different. However, while we were not able to worship in person on Easter Sunday in 2020, we celebrate the option of in-person Easter worship in 2021! In order to do so safely, we must continue to follow our protocols, even on the most significant day of the Christian calendar.

In an effort to accommodate as many as possible, who wish to attend in-person services, we are offering three worship opportunities at 7:00 AM (Sunrise outside in the Whitmire Pavilion), 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM (Both in the sanctuary). The 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM services will also be livestreamed on our YouTube channel. In order to properly prepare, we would like to know how many plan to attend each service in person.

Signing up is not a reservation. It is simply notifying us of your intentions at this time, for the purposes of planning. Overflow areas will be provided for viewing of the service, should more attend in person than our protocols allow. While we recognize these circumstances are not ideal, the safety of our community and its most vulnerable members is the highest priority.

Let us find hope in this season, as we are reminded that no restriction or protocol can keep Jesus in the tomb. We thank God for the work of the Welcome Back Team. We give thanks to God for each of you and your perseverance in this most unusual of Easters. We thank God that new life is always coming to us. Please click the button below and let us know your preference, should you wish to attend Easter worship in-person. Thank you in advance.
This year, each Monday of Lent, we will send out a video devotional via e-blast. Each devotional will be based on the previous Sunday's scripture reading. We hope these devotionals deepen your spiritual reflection during this meaningful season.

You can CLICK HERE to view the devotionals on our YouTube page.
The Worship, Arts and Education Committee, along with Pastor Nathan, would like to invite you to join us in a commitment to 40 days of prayer during the season of Lent. We hope that you will carve out time, each day during Lent, to pray for Sandy Springs Christian Church and our ministry in 2021. As we live into whatever the new normal might be, we hope you will pray for God’s guidance and direction for our congregation. If you are someone who prefers a guide for your time of prayer, Teddy and Nathan recommend a website called, It offers 10-12 minute daily devotionals that make space for prayer and reflection. Thank you for praying with and for the people of Sandy Springs Christian Church as a spiritual discipline during Lent!
We are conducting an all-church study during the season of Lent called, “Everybody, Always” based on the book by Bob Goff. The study aims to help us all love one another, even when we, and the times we are living in, might be difficult. The study will take place through three group options listed below. All studies will be offered via zoom.

Group One:
Monday Evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Leader: John Mills
Group Two:
Sunday Mornings at 9:00 a.m.
Leaders: Breijanna Dyke, Casey Evans, Emily Harple, Teddy Ivey
Group Three:
Starting Sunday Evenings at 5:00 p.m.
Leader: Leslie Lady
Prayers are requested for Fran Michels as she goes through some medical tests. Keep her and their family in your prayers as she awaits results.

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: Derrick Brown (Army) and Michelle Brown (Navy), children 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.

You can join SSCC by a simple affirmation of faith anytime! If you want to join during this virtual time, just let us know you would like to join!
This episode features Rev. Dr. Nathan Brown, Senior Minister, & Casey Evans, Member, of Sandy Springs Christian Church. The topic was inspired by Casey's reading of Leviticus 25, which speaks about the tradition/law of the sabbaticals which occur every 7 years. This leads to the even more exotic 7 x 7 year Old Testament Hebrew tradition/law called the Jubilee (so on the 50th year). We deep dive into this tradition/law and how it is relevant and is present & interpreted in today's evermore interconnected world.

Work Hard & Rest Hard!
Congregation, as part of our marketing efforts this year the team would appreciate if you could take a couple minutes of your time and leave a review on google of our church. We have 5 stars but only 7 reviews! This will help encourage visitors for those using the internet.

Also along that line, when you come to Sunday service we would appreciate if a few more of you could park in the Abernathy side parking lot and spread out, just so that people know we are open and meeting in-person! 
Starting next week we will expand Church office hours to Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm.

We will be retrieving phone messages each day and will return calls the following day. So feel free to call the church if you need anything or email if you wish.
We encourage you to sign up to donate an Easter lily in celebration or memory of a family member, friend or loved one. Suggested donation is $10.00.

Click on the link below to sign up. Enter your information in the COMMENTS section and simply indicate the name of the one(s) you are honoring, along with whether you are celebrating or remembering each individual and indicate whether or not you wish to pick up your lily/lilies at church. You may sign up multiple names. You can mail a check to the church, or go to our website and enter your donation there. Please mark your donations "Easter Lilies.”

We will then publish a list and include it in the newsletter. The deadline to sign up is Monday, March 29, 2021. Thank you in advance!
We are excited to announce that we had some additional giving towards the Week of Compassion. The total amount our SSCC Members and friends gave was $2935.

We thank you for your generosity!
For over 50 years, Camp Christian has brought thousands of kids to Christ. It’s an oasis in Middle Georgia where children can get away from their busy lives at home, relax, and grow closer to Christ. Camp is more than a place or just another church program – it is a community we can all belong to and find God’s peace and love.

Join us again April 9 - 11 as we run/walk in your hometown for our 2021 Camp Christian Virtual 5K to raise money. It’s as easy as tying your shoes! Put on an old Camp t-shirt (if you have one), and grab your running buddies, camp buddies, and church buddies and get out there! After you run, you can record your time and post it to the events page. Take some pictures and sing some songs, and let’s raise some money for Camp Christian! 

Register before midnight on April 1 at to guarantee a t-shirt. Cost is $35. T-shirts will be mailed after the race weekend.
Here’s a perfect way to reconnect with SSCC friends, while social-distancing at home! Care & Connect is wrapping up their Winter Movie Series in March.

The last adult movie discussion will be on the movie White Savior: Racism in the American Church. White Savior explores the historic relationship between racism and American Christianity, the ongoing segregation of the church in the U.S. and the complexities of racial reconciliation. Let’s watch and learn then join us Thursday, March 25th, for the Zoom discussion.

You can search the movie titles, listed below, on the internet or through your TV service provider to see your best option for viewing. Some of the movies will be free or have a nominal cost depending on whether you subscribe to Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Vudu, etc. Pick a time to view the movie(s) that best fits your schedule.
The CAC is in need of volunteers. If you have any questions, please contact Cindi McCollough via email - or cell 770-365-0365.

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 or call 404-441-1668. 

MUST MINISTIRES: 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
SSCC has subscribed to zoom for anyone who might need it to virtually meet using a video conference method. Only one group can use our account at a time. If you would like your group to use zoom to virtually meet, please contact Amy Frost via email ( to schedule your group on the calendar. We can help you learn how to send an invite to your group.
Bryant Gibson March 01
Art Edwards March 02
Kate McKinney March 03
Kaitlin Kahrs March 04
Jeff Moore March 04
Joe Moore March 05
Anne Butz March 06
Steve Clark March 06
Elaine Elliott Donnelly March 06
Jordan Moore March 06
Sandie Reed March 07
Bunny Steinmetz March 11
Shelton Blackburn March 12
James Richard Torbert March 13
Teresa Morse March 15
Lauren Ivey March 18
Ann Walker March 19
Nathan Chimera March 21
Ryan Kahrs March 22
Dale Williamson March 23
Maria Hicks March 24
Laura Campbell March 25
Kathy Elliott March 25
Emily Leek March 26
Marlene Rhine March 26
Denise Shipman March 26
Angi Brown March 28
Richard Walker March 28
John Gilmore March 29
Harrison Brown March 31