In the gospel of John (John 13:34 – 35), Jesus gives his disciples a new commandment: to love one another. He goes on to say that everyone will know that we are his disciples by our love for one another. Of course, there are a number of ways to show love. In the aftermath of the decision to discontinue in person activities at the church due to COVID-19, the leadership of the church quickly started looking for ways to reach out to the congregation. One of those ways was to create a shepherding program. As part of the shepherding program, elders and some deacons were assigned members and friends of the congregation to contact on a regular basis to ensure that we knew the needs of the congregation, and that the congregation felt connected and loved.

Now that we have been doing this for a few months, we are making some changes. The biggest change is that we are inviting other members of the congregation who have a heart for congregational care to join us as shepherds. Being a shepherd requires simply that you care about the congregation, and you have the desire and time to reach out to a few people each month. Outreach can be done via a telephone call, an email, or a text – whichever works best for you and for the person you are contacting. If one of the people you contact expresses a need of some kind, you provide the information to Merilyn Dimmitt (merilyn@sandyspringscc.org), so that she can determine the right people to involve in addressing that need.

We know that there are people outside of the elder and deacon bodies who have a gift for and an interest in providing congregational care. We hope you will consider joining us as shepherds, as we continue to live out our faith through these challenging times. If you are interested in joining us, please reach out to me at eliz.peterson@att.net.


Sandy Springs Civic Dinners on lnclusion and Belonging
Not long ago, I learned about an initiative the city of Sandy Springs is putting on called “Civic Dinners on Inclusion & Belonging.” The initiative grew out of a desire on the part of the people of our community, to engage in dialogue around issues of race. The concept is simple. Each dinner brings eight individuals together from our community, to answer three questions. Everyone enjoys dinner and conversation, virtually, while sharing their stories and experiences. I’m participating in the dinner on Monday night, August 24th at 6:00 PM hosted by Jessika. Several others have since signed up for other options. Although, most options only exist through the end of August. I hope you will consider signing up for one of these dinners, as part of the ongoing conversation in our world and our community. Perhaps further conversation at SSCC might grow from these Civic Dinners. For more information or to sign up, check out the website by clicking the link below.
This Sunday, August 23rd, we will have our second livestream worship from the sanctuary! Worship will be live on both Facebook and YouTube at our normal worship hour of 10:15 am. A recorded version will also be posted to our Facebook and YouTube pages following service. Look for the Friday e-blast for more information.

We have heard your feedback and are making adjustments to the sound and other features of the service.

If you are interested/willing to participate in parts of the service (whether at the church following CDC guidelines or via recording) please email Amy Frost at amy@sandyspringscc.org.
How Long, O Lord….
A Sermon Series on Enduring Adversity

Perhaps there are no words that resonate more today than those from the Psalmist, “How Long, O Lord, how long?” We all, for different reasons, can’t help but feel those words in our every day lives. How long before this pandemic is over? How long before the kids can go back to school? How long will we have to endure racial inequality? How long before we can go back to church in person? How long, O Lord, how long? Join us for a sermon series in August, as we gain wisdom from the successes and failures of our spiritual ancestors in Genesis, on how to endure adversity.

August 23, 2020
Genesis 28:10-19a
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown

August 30, 2020
Let it Go
Genesis 45:1-15
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown
Cordelia and Philip Rowell are traveling to Richmond, VA to be with Jennifer Colman as she had a successful procedure on Tuesday to close the hole in her heart. Please pray for her quick recovery.

Prayers for Judy Edwards who is currently in the hospital.

Sharon Hanna Nickleson requests prayers for her brother-in-law Ricky, seriously ill in St. Augustine, Florida. She also requests that we continue to hold her in our prayers as she is having multiple complications related to her cancer treatment. 

Please pray for our members and their families who serve as first responders and 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!
A survey went out to SSCC congregants asking for feedback about resuming in-person activities in our building. Please take five minutes to fill out the survey at your earliest convenience. Your feedback is essential to our planning. Thank you in advance!
We would like to congratulate Lauren and Teddy Ivey as they welcomed Emily Rose Ivey to their family on August 4th at 11:24 p.m. She was 7 pounds 13 ounces and 20 inches long.

She arrived a little early, but mom, dad, and baby and are all doing well.
The CAC will supply over 1000 backpacks to middle and high school students in need, thanks in part to members of our Outreach Team. While many students will be attending school online, school supplies are still necessary for student success. Volunteers assembled the backpacks complete with pencils, pens, paper, noteooks, erasers, headphones, masks & hand sanitizer. 
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.

The Food Pantry will be going to an outdoor market format and the Thrift Shop re-opened on 8/17. Volunteers are needed; if you are interested, please contact Debbie Olson at the CAC or contact Cindi McCollough via email at csbfish@bellsouth.net.

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.

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. 

GROCERY/ERRAND MINISTRY: Tim and Breijanna Dyke have offered to pick up groceries or run small errands for those among us who can't get out. If you need some assistance, but do not feel comfortable leaving your home, or would like to help Tim and Breijanna with this ministry, you may contact them at breijney@gmail.com, 360-632-9455 or tim.dyke@icloud.com, 513-615-4609.

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.
Some Tuesdays we send out a "Bright Spots" email. We want to encourage folks to participate by sharing pictures, videos, or submitting positive and uplifting messages or stories with the SSCC community. Be creative!

Let us know what you and your families are doing these days, how you're coping with being cooped up, and what you're doing different that you haven't done before.

You can email your submissions or any questions you may have to amy@sandyspringscc.org.
Janis Hill 08/01
Teddy Ivey 08/02
Henry Leek 08/04
Janet Lochery 08/05
Monalea Dalrymple 08/06
Les Baright 08/06
Tim Helton 08/06
Ruth Brown 08/09
Amy Frost 08/15
Jim Ruehman 08/16
Zachary Chimera 08/16
Benay Gunby 08/16
Aubrey Norman 08/16
Walt Michels 08/19
Jim Bickelhaupt 08/19
Andy Torbert 08/19
Suzanne Ruehman 08/23
Kimberly French 08/23
Brooks Stanley Torbert 08/24
Lisa Berger-Gilmore 08/25
Barbara Duren 08/25
Maggie Driemeyer 08/26
Sheri Mason 08/27
Courtney Strickland 08/28
Jay Donnelly 08/30
Abby Hicks 08/31