In preparation for celebrating our 60th anniversary this Sunday during worship, I recently spent some time re-reading the history of Sandy Springs Christian Church. It was written 10 years ago, on the occasion of the church’s 50th anniversary. I remember reading it for the first time, during the search and call process, while we were discerning our call to SSCC. At the time, several things stood out to me.

The first is SSCC’s long-standing commitment to hands on outreach endeavors. We have a faithful history of caring for the marginalized and oppressed, through a number of different programs and ministries. The second is our congregation’s commitment to a rich music program, spirit-filled through worship and other musical offerings. Drama, the performing arts and other kinds of musical endeavors have always been at the heart of our ministry. Third, SSCC has had a remarkable way of nurturing people for ministry, especially those seeking ordination (22 to date), but also shaping their current clergy for excellent leadership in the church, in the future.

Reading it now, some three years later, those things still stand out and all three still hold true. However, I’m also aware of, just in the time I have been at SSCC, how much our ministry has changed. While the DNA of an open, progressive congregation remains, along with many of our ongoing commitments, so many of the long-standing, specific programs and ministries the church once offered have either ended, changed, or are in transition. As John writes in the scripture reading on which I preached this last Sunday, “Who we will be has yet to be revealed…”

As we look back this Sunday on the rich history that SSCC enjoys, I hope we will simultaneously look forward to what is to come. The Church universal has been rapidly changing for some time now and, with the onset of COVID, has, in some ways, changed overnight.

This change, however, should not be resisted. Yes, there will be lament whenever anything is lost. However, our story, the Christian story, is one of resurrection – God is always doing something new. As we move toward our next 60 years, the open spirit of this congregation will be more important than ever, as we listen for how God is calling us to live our mission statement in the future: “Sharing God’s love through inclusivity, service and spiritual growth.”

While we may not be able to celebrate in the way we had intended this year, we nevertheless are planning a meaningful worship experience, which will include several voices from the past. Whether you choose to worship with us in person or virtually, you will be able to enjoy hearing the stories of our history, seeing some familiar faces and remembering the last 60 years of ministry. I look forward to bringing the message, “Why Church?,” inspired by the sermon Rev. Herb Leslie preached at the 50th anniversary celebration. If you choose to come in person, make sure and park in the parking lot on the side of the sanctuary in which you prefer sitting.

It is my honor and privilege to be your pastor on this very special occasion, but more importantly, at this time. It feels as if we, as a congregation and ministry, are on the cusp of something extraordinary. I know, given what’s happening in the world right now, it may be hard to see. I believe, nonetheless, the unique spirit of SSCC is more relevant and important than ever before -- even 60 years later. I am so incredibly excited to see what is to come! 

Anniversary Sunday
This Sunday, November 8th we will celebrate SSCC's 60th Anniversary. Whether you attend in person or online, we encourage you to attend for what we hope proves to be a very special, meaningful worship experience. Worship will include messages from current congregants, previous minsters and perhaps even some ghosts of the past. If you do plan to attend in person, make sure to park on the side of the sanctuary in which you prefer sitting. Information about worship for our Anniversary Sunday is below.

November 8, 2020
"Why Church"
Acts 2:1-13
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown

You can read the scripture in advance by clicking here. Additionally, to view the bulletin for this Sunday, click here. To view the livestream on our YouTube page, click here. Recorded versions of worship will be posted to our YouTube page following worship.

We hope you will join us for in-person worship service in the sanctuary. Our team has worked on the logistics of in-person worship to comply with the guidelines which you can review by clicking on the button below. Also, if you have not already, please click on the button below to watch the video by the Leek children explaining our new safety rules.
Please pray for Sharon Hanna Nickelson as she returns home from the hospital with complications from her cancer. She would enjoy cards at 2503 Shady Grove Rd., Carrollton, Georgia 30116.

Please pray for Lolly Ross as she continues to gain strength from her accident. Dan was happy to inform us she may get to come home from her rehabilitation facility on Saturday. 

Merilyn Dimmitt requests prayers for her granddaughter Kailey and her fiance Eric. He has a second brain surgery this week trying to remove more of the tumors from his Stage 4 Glioblastoma. 

Janet Lochery requests prayers for baby girl, Enid, born Oct. 29, who needed surgery to connect her esophagus to her stomach. Her grandparents are friends of the Locherys and this is their son's first child. The surgery went great and Enid is doing well, breathing on her own without the use of a ventilator and she's incredibly alert considering the length of the surgery. The surgeon is really pleased with the results...so pleased in fact that we can add him & the surgical team to her list of admirers as they all thought she was the "bee's knees"!

Please pray for our members and their families who serve as first responders and health care workers: Dr. Tim Helton, Katie Gibson, Tracey McCluskey, 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). 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!
November 14 and 15, 2020

As you know, part of our visioning plan calls us to have a courageous conversation event, annually, over the next three years, to help us, as church, model for the world how to have conversation about difficult topics and remain one community. Dr. Allen Hilton, author of "A House United," will be leading us in this virtual endeavor.

The theme will be the task and benefits of INTERNAL Christian unity. We’ll talk a bit on Saturday about how that matters EXTERNALLY (A Unity Mission to the World). Sunday will move entirely toward getting better at loving one another across our differences. More information to come this week in an separate e-blast.
November 19, 2020, 7:00 pm.

An evening of inspiration, music and humor celebrated by people of many faiths. Please CLICK HERE to view the flyer which contains the links you need to join the virtual celebration.
On Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10:00 am, Mountain Top Lectures and the University of North Georgia will sponsor a FREE virtual lecture by Dr. Peter Enns, Biblical scholar and theologian who has written widely on Christianity, science and Old Testament interpretation. To register for his lecture entitled, "Reimagining God", simply follow this link: www.mountaintoplectures.org. All registrants will receive an email link prior to the day of the event.
If you are currently an Annual or a Lifetime Sponsor of Mountain Top Lectures or became one prior to the event you will also be invited by email link to join a separate question and answer session with the speaker shortly following the lecture at 11:15 am. You will also receive a free copy of Dr. Enns’s latest book. For those interested just follow this link to become a sponsor: (Become A Sponsor).
On Sunday, November 22, 2020, we will observe our annual Thanksgiving Sunday. Let us come together and give thanks for the many blessings of this last year, despite the challenges we have faced!
On October 26th we sent out the Stewardship Packet and information via email. In addition, we mailed a few to those who requested them.

If you need a physical packet, please email Amy@sandyspringscc.org. Otherwise please open your email and search for an email titled "Stewardship Campaign 2021" from Nathan's email address, review the documents and video and remember to submit your Estimate of Giving form indicating your pledge for next year.

If you have any questions, you can email Kathryn Hartman at accounting@sandyspringscc.org.
The Nominating Committee for the 2021 SSCC slate of leadership positions has been assembled and wants to hear from you! Specifically, we are looking to fill the following positions on Leadership: Secretary, Treasurer, Chair of Outreach, Chair of Worship, Arts and Education. Additionally, we will be looking for new Elders and Deacons.

If you feel called to lead at SSCC or have a candidate recommendation for the committee you’d like to share, please email Phil Leek, Committee Chair at pleek@att.net, or reach out to any of the committee members.

Nominating Committee Members: Floy Mills, Pat Kapphahn, Dottie Gill, Shavette Turner, Teresa Edens, Denise Shipman, Kathy Woodworth, and Becky Chimera.
On Sunday, November 1st, we welcomed William Edward Yarber into the world at 9:59 pm at 8.7 lbs. and 21 inches long.

The proud parents are staff member, Hannah Yarber and her husband Richie.
Sandy Springs Christian Church is excited to partner with Families First to provide Christmas gifts to a very special and deserving family this year. Please use the "Sign-Up Genius" link below to sign-up to provide specific items (you may sign-up for as many items as you would like). Items may be dropped off in the church lobby at our Sunday Services in November or at the church office on Tues/Wed/Thurs from 9:30 am - 1:00pm throughout November.  Please gift wrap and label each item with the description of the family member (For example: Girl - Age 10). All items need to be received by December 1st.

Here's a little more information on the family: 
"We are a family of 7. My husband is the only one that works and I stay home with the children. We like playing soccer, volleyball, basketball, and table games together. We also love doing arts & crafts. We are struggling financially at this moment, especially with the lack of work due to COVID-19. We appreciate any help we can receive."
As we ease back into in person worship on Sundays, we wanted to update you on our church office reopening as well.

We want to start slow and steady, so for now there will be at least one staff person in the office from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

We are happy to schedule meetings to accommodate anyone who might need to meet outside of those days/hours. Just email the staff person you want to meet with and we can set it up.
While gathering up our aluminum can tabs to donate to Ronald McDonald house we found a very pretty Mickey Mouse Earring. It is a black silhouette of Micky with small diamond colored rhinestones. (See picture to left). Please contact the church office to claim it.
HELPING THE CAC: The CAC has seen increased requests for financial assistance and food requests in 2020. Covid 19 has affected many CAC clients and their families through layoffs, limited work hours and children being schooled at home. Let's help our neighbors, from young to senior citizens, have the food and nutrition they need for the coming weeks and months. Collection barrels will be in the Church lobby and items may be dropped off during church office hours (Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 9:30 - 1:00) or on Sundays. 

The CAC Food Pantry is requesting donations of: 
Canned meats, rice, pasta, and canned fruits and vegetables, small bottles of cooking oil, shortening, toilet paper, paper towels, small bottles or pods of laundry detergent, and anything that you might consider a special holiday food.

SMALL is stressed because clients will be carrying these bags/baskets and weight is a concern

Another opportunity to assist the CAC in the coming weeks is to volunteer at the Food Pantry or with food distribution. CLICK HERE to sign up to help for Thanksgiving.

The CAC is being extremely cautious with safety protocols for protection of all volunteers during these Covid 19 times. Face masks, gloves and having temperataures taken are all required. 

FOOD INSECURITY: If you or someone you know in our church community are facing food insecurity because of a decrease or loss in income, please privately contact Jenna Hicks so that we can provide assistance to keep your pantry full. Email jennakhicks@gmail.com 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 cortright13@gmail.com.
Due to the fact that we are holding "virtual" church service, and are not able to submit prayer requests, feel free to reach out to Merilyn Dimmit, Congregational Care, via Merilyn@sandyspringscc.org or call her at 770-448-8784 and leave a message. Please indicate if your prayer request is confidential (for Clergy/Elders only or for congregational sharing in our newsletter).
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 (amy@sandyspringscc.org) to schedule your group on the calendar. We can help you learn how to send an invite to your group.
Sonia Bratten 11/3
Marion Brown 11/5
Bill Bradford 11/6
Robyn Hicks 11/12
Joanne Burgess 11/16
Dan McBride 11/18
Mary Robeck 11/18
Clint Campbell 11/19
Leslie Lady 11/19
Hannah Yarber 11/19
Lynn Crowder 11/22
Stuart Michels 11/23
Peter Lochery 11/24
Allen McCahren 11/24
Elin Turner 11/24
Rusty Grant 11/26
Ella Lewis 11/26
Mandy Mooney 11/26