“Take care.” It used to be a phrase we’d use, like any other, when parting ways. “Goodbye.” “See you later.” “Have a good one.” “Take care.” These days, though, it isn’t just a common, everyday farewell. No, it’s more like an important reminder. Even, perhaps an earnest plea.

After all, now, more than ever, it is essential we all take care of ourselves. A global pandemic. Civil unrest. An upcoming contentious election. A hurricane hitting the gulf. Let’s be honest, the news isn’t good. All day, every day, we are lambasted with new information, most of which, isn’t positive.

Meanwhile, we are social distancing, trying to do our jobs as if everything is normal, worrying about our children whether they are being schooled in person or at home, doing everything we can to weather this unprecedented time. Unless we take care of ourselves, we are not just going to be battling a physical health crisis, but a mental one too.

I remember reading an article in The Atlantic, soon after COVID 19 was declared a pandemic, about the cost of shutting down our world. Yes, everyone was worried about the financial implications. However, the article addressed the social ones too. Specifically, the author predicted that the long-term mental health effects might be worse than any economic downturn. I’m beginning to wonder if he was right.

Regardless, the truth is, the longer this time drags on, the more important it is that each and every one of us take care of ourselves and one another. Not only is it important we wear masks, wash our hands regularly and maintain a safe distance, but also that we take a break from the news, create things to look forward to, make a point to reach out to those we love and get plenty of exercise and rest.

If you have no one else to talk to or your embarrassed to admit your feelings to anyone else or you just don’t know where else to turn, remember your church family is here. We may not be meeting in person right now, but that doesn’t mean we care any less. In fact, it means we care even more. If you need something, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Congregational Care, Merilyn Dimmitt, or your Elder or me. We are here. Please, more than anything else, take care.

This Sunday we will continue to livestream worship from the sanctuary. Worship will be live on 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.

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 our last message in this series, as we gain wisdom from the successes and failures of our spiritual ancestors in Genesis, on how to endure adversity.

August 30, 2020
Changing the Subject
Genesis 45:1-15
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown
Prayers for Caroline Grant's dad, Tom Money, who is having health concerns.

Ferris Leslie requests prayers for her son, Charles Kennedy, who had surgery yesterday. Prayers for quick healing.

Lynn McCahren's brother Doug Blount is in a battle with cancer. She asks for prayers for him to find courage to continue fighting this terrible disease. 

Amy Frost's mom, Bettie Wallace, thanks you for your prayers and concern. She actually got her cast off early (yesterday) and xrays of her collar bone and elbow show remarkable healing.

Please pray for our members and their families who serve as first responders and health care workkers: Dr. Tim Helton, Katie Gipson, 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!
On Sunday, September 13th, we will begin our stewardship emphasis in worship with a three week sermon series. This year’s theme is entitled, “For Such a Time as This….,” based on Esther 4:14. For three Sundays we will explore how God has brought each and every one of us into the ministry of Sandy Springs Christian Church for just such a time as this. Hope you will tune in!
Thank you for making my 90th Birthday, so very special. Your expressions of love and appreciation made my heart sing for joy. Some of you even remembered that Glen Miles said, “If God doesn’t sound like Walt, I’ll be very disappointed.” Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Walt "Doc" Michels
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.
Sheri Mason 08/27
Courtney Strickland 08/28
Jay Donnelly 08/30
Abby Hicks 08/31
Milton Hill 9/4
Asher Rathinam 9/4
Ben Gibson 9/8
Emma Hicks 9/9
Ken Strahm 9/9
Trenton Brown 9/9
Floy Mills 9/9
Megan Kahrs 9/10
Victoria Smith 9/10
John Robeck 9/10
Kelley Rathinam 9/13
Tim Dyke 9/15
Kate Lee 9/21
Katie Gibson 9/22
Stephanie Michels 9/24
Madelyn Rathinam 9/25
Jenna Hicks 9/26
Beverly Mitchell 9/26
Teresa Bensch 9/27
Sid Elliott 9/29
Marilyn Torbert 9/29
Becky Chimera 9/29
Rick Almand 9/29