It’s hard to believe that it was March 15th that we last worshipped in person, in our sanctuary, at Sandy Springs Christian Church. Finally, after eight months of not being able to gather in our building, we will worship together in our sanctuary, this Sunday, November 1st, for those able to attend. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to watch our welcome back video about what to expect when you return to worship and review the safety covenant to which we all agree to adhere when we return. They are included below along with information about how to access the livestream from home.

In addition to returning to in-person worship, there are several upcoming special Sundays and programs over the next few weeks about which we want you to be aware.

1.     Next Sunday, November 8th, we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of SSCC. There will be several familiar faces and voices included in worship that day. We hope you will either attend in person or tune in from home for this very special occasion.

2.     On Saturday and Sunday, November 14-15, we will host our first Courageous Conversation event. The event will be virtual, via zoom on Saturday and Sunday. However, there is an in person component in the sanctuary, on Sunday, following worship, for those who would like to stay. Please save the dates now to participate in this timely event. There will be more information forthcoming in an eblast this week.

3.     Advent begins Sunday, November 29th. The staff and Worship, Arts and Education committee have been working over the last several weeks on how to make the Advent and Christmas seasons meaningful and safe this year. We are excited about our plans and look forward to sharing the details with you in the near future, which will include an outdoor Christmas Eve Service!

4.     Finally, if you have not already, please take a moment to review the stewardship materials and video that were sent out this last Monday. A great deal of time and energy went into the campaign this year. 2021 will be an unusual, but very important year of ministry together. Your commitments are more important than ever. Please fill out your estimate of giving forms and electronically submit by Sunday, November 22nd. We will bless and dedicate our commitments that Sunday in worship. If you would prefer a hard copy of the materials, please reach out to Amy in the church office.

I am very much looking forward to seeing many of you over the next several weeks, as we return to in person worship. We appreciate your patience as we live into this new normal. Obviously, we are continuing to livestream for those who will be worshipping with us from home. Thus, we will be experimenting with how to best do worship in this new hybrid model for the forseeable future. Thank you, in advance, for your flexibility and understanding.

Take care and have a great weekend!

All Saints' Sunday
This Sunday, November 1st we will celebrate All Saints' Sunday. This is our annual recognition of those members of our congregation who have died in the past year. We want to remember the deceased and the many ways in which they touched our lives.

This year we will remember Eleanor Wood, who passed away October 25th peacefully with friends and family at her side.

November 1, 2020
"The Show Must Go On"
1 John 3:1-3
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.

This Sunday will also be our first 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 the button below. Also, please watch the video by the Leek children explaining our new safety rules.
This Sunday after our worship service, our youth will have a surprise for our SSCC Kids in the back parking lot at the red door! Since we did not get to have a trunk or treat, we will have a Halloween goodie bag for the kids and other fun surprises!

All children are welcome to come down after the service, or we invite any children not going to the service to meet us there at 11:15. It won’t take long, just a chance to have some Halloween spirit together.

We will be practicing social distancing and please make sure to wear a mask! See you there!
This Sunday, November 1st we "Fall Back" an hour. Please remember to set your clocks back!
Merilyn Dimmitt requests prayers for her granddaughter Kailey's fiancé, Eric, who was just diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma. He has two tumors in his brain that they were not able to completely remove. Kailey asks for prayers as they work to find the right doctors and treatment plan for Eric.

Anita Taff requests prayers for her friend, Christi Polk, who is currently in ICU at Kennestone Hospital due to non-Covid related reasons.

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!
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On Sunday, November 8th Rev. Dr. Nathan Brown will help us celebrate Sandy Springs Christian Church's 60th Anniversary. You will want to be part of and tune into worship on this special day, as we hope to have several faces and voices from years past, present in worship. Come be part of celebrating this special milestone!
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 the 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.
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!
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.
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."
Let us introduce you to Lillian (Lily) Grace Norman born October 21st to Brad and Niki Norman. The proud parents write, "We’re so in love & overjoyed to get to bring this beautiful 9 pounds, 6 ounces, 22 1/4” long little girl home to her big sister & big brother!

Baby and mom are doing well. We are so blessed & thankful for all the prayers that have been sent our way!"
CAC: For information regarding volunteering at the CAC, please CLICK HERE to access the Sign Up Genius link for available time slots. They are also looking for pantry, cash and boutique donations. If you would like to read the CAC's most recent newsletter, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE ON FOOD PANTRY & CAC BOTIQUE located at 8607 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs GA 30350. The Food Pantry has moved to an outdoor market format and the CAC Boutique will be open inside with limited hours. Homebound seniors may receive pre-packaged food delivered by CAC volunteers. Volunteers are needed; if you are interested, please contact Debbie Olson at the CAC or contact Cindi McCollough via email at csbfish@bellsouth.net.

CAC Outdoor Mini-Market Food Pantry
Food Donation/Delivery Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Or contact CACpantry@ourcac.org to arrange a time.

CAC Upscale Thrift
Shopping Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
(Retail store shopping hours open to clients and the public.)

Donation Hours for Clothing & Home Goods are Monday – Friday, 9:30 am-1:30 pm

Safety, of course, continues to be a number one priority. Greeters will take each customer’s temperature and ensure each customer sanitizes their hands and is wearing a mask before shopping. Plexiglass is up at the register and dressing rooms. Restrooms are unavailable right now. If you would like to help but aren’t comfortable being in the store with customers, know there are items in the back to sort and price every day of the week. Plenty of spots if you’d like one.

If you would like to read the CAC's newsletter, please click here.

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.
Bert Blackburn 10/31
Linda Davis-Rolen 10/31
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