A NOTE FROM BRYANT GIBSON
Welcome back children and youth! We are excited to begin our Fall youth and children programs again. We began with our digital Sunday School lessons returning this past Sunday and will kick off virtual youth group this Sunday at 4pm!

We know that our children and youth miss each other dearly and it is our goal to find a way for them to meet in person, but we also want to make sure we are doing it in a safe way that make all parents comfortable. We will begin with digital activities with a hope to return to in person activities very soon.

Our Welcome Back team will be conducting surveys and we’d really like to hear everyone’s thoughts on a safe return, so please fill them out when they are ready. It’s very important that we hear from our parents as well to get their input on a safe return to children and youth activities.

On August 16th, we will have a “Blessing of the Backpacks and Devices” as most of our children will be ready to resume digital learning. Have your kids bring their computers, iPads, notebooks, book bags, or anything they want blessed, to the online service that day.

Katie and I continue to pray for all of our kids as they return to school activities and are grateful to watch them grow in their faith and love for God. I hope you’ll all say a pray with me for a safe and fruitful beginning to a new school year.

Peace,
Bryant 
SERMON SERIES
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 9, 2020
Laughter and Lament
Genesis 18:1-15
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown

August 16, 2020
The Struggle is Real
Genesis 32:22-31
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown

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

August 30, 2020
Let it Go
Genesis 45:1-15
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown
PRAYER REQUESTS
A former neighbor of Benay Gunby's, Orlando Cartagena, is in Northside Hospital's ICU for 2 weeks+ with COVID19. Prayers for his full recovery.

Please pray for Addison Brown, daughter of Tyler and Kristel Brown. Addison was recently taken to Children's Hospital with breathing problems.

Tami Brown's father recently passed and Steven and Tami request prayers for her Mom Glenda Richardson. 

Thank you for continued prayers for Amy Frost's mom, Bettie Wallace. She had a good follow up report from the doctor who removed staples from her elbow, but now has a cast that she will have to wear for three weeks.

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.

JOIN SSCC! 
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!
SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS
LET THE LIVESTREAMING BEGIN!
We are pleased to announce that our livestreaming equipment has officially been installed in our sanctuary! Therefore, on Sunday, August 16th, we will start livestreaming 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 still also be posted to our Facebook and YouTube pages. Look to the newsletter and the Friday 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.
BACK TO SCHOOL SUNDAY
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS AND DEVICES
On Sunday, August 16th, we will have our Back to School Sunday. While we don't know what that really looks like for most, we want SSCC's students and education staff to know we are thinking about them. Encourage your kids to gather their backpacks, phones, tablets and/or laptops while you are viewing service so we can bless them for this upcoming school year.
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VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR RETURNS
Following our first livestream service on August 16th, we will once again gather for a virtual coffee hour. We will put the zoom call information and a link in next week's newsletter so you can join us and catch up with other members and friends.
HELP THE CAC DISTRIBUTE BACKPACKS
The SSCC Outreach Committee has assembled and delivered 22 backpacks complete with school supplies including masks, sanitizer, filler paper, pens & pencils, erasers, notebooks and more to the CAC.

The CAC will be distributing donated backpacks August 11 - 13 (see locations/times below). They need volunteers to check in clients, enter data into the computer and retrieve/distribute the backpacks. Please click the link below and sign up for the available time slots: CAC Backpack Distribution.

Please be assured that the CAC plans to strictly adhere to the CDC and public health guidelines for safe social distancing and personal protection during these volunteer opportunities. Volunteers must be be 15 years or older, wear a mask, have temperature taken before sign in, and sign a waiver. 

If you have any concerns or questions, please call, text 678-414-9529 or email csbfish@bellsouth.net to reach Cindi McCullough. Please be aware that we need to have guaranteed commitment to volunteer slots, as we really depend on our volunteers to show up.

Tuesday August 11: Sandy Springs location: 120 Northwood Drive, Sandy Springs - Four volunteers needed from 8am - 11:30am, NOTE: no bathroom facilities at this location.

Wednesday August 12th: Dunwoody Branch Office: 5 Dunwoody Park South, Building 5, Suite 113, Dunwoody - Four volunteers needed from 9am-12:30pm.
 
Thursday August 13th: Main Office (basement): 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs - Four volunteers needed for each of 2 shifts: 9:30am - 12:00 and 1:00pm – 3:30pm.
HIGHLIGHTS
CONGRATULATIONS!
We want to wish sincere congratulations to long time SSCC members Sid and Kathy Elliott who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 1st.

They had a small celebration with close family and friends. We wish them many, many more years together!
DOING MINISTRY DIFFERENTLY
UPDATE! FROM OUTREACH
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. The boutique will reopen August 17th. For information, please contact Cindi McCollough via email at csbfish@bellsouth.net.

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.
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SUBMITTING PRAYER AND CONGREGATIONAL CARE REQUESTS
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).
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
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.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
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.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
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