A MESSAGE FROM NATHAN
Click on the video for a message from me for this week's newsletter. I look forward to being with you in worship on Sunday!

Peace,
Nathan
WELCOME BACK TEAM
As Nathan mentions above, a Welcome Back Team has been formed to think about what in-person gatherings might look like at SSCC and when they might begin. The team consists of Leslie Lady (Chair), Dr. Tim Helton, Ralph Bowlin, Michelle Leek, and Jay Donnelly. John Mills (Congregation President), Kathy Gregory (TDS), Bryant Gibson (Director of Children and Youth), and Pastor Nathan will join the team as ex-officio.

There is no timeline, at this point, for our return to in-person worship. However, this team will be working with Leadership to ensure a safe, phased-in plan, when the time comes. As always, i f you need something, you can contact a staff member directly by email or call the church office, as voicemails are being checked regularly. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. Continue to l ook to the newsletter for ways to stay connected to SSCC.
SERMON SERIES
In the 13th chapter of Matthew, Jesus tells his disciples a series of parables about weeds, seeds, growth and change. They hold wisdom both for his time and ours, as we continue to experience rapid change in the world around us. Sometimes weeds are necessary for seeds to grow. Sometimes growth is only possible if we rethink the very fundamentals
of what we know to be true about planting seeds. Sometimes what we thought were weeds, turn out to be seeds.

Leave the Weeds
July 19, 2020
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown

A Kingdom of Weeds, Seeds and Possibilities
July 26, 2020
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown
PRAYER REQUESTS
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 you would like to join!
HIGHLIGHTS
REACHING UP AND OUT  
Please join us for a forum discussing the current racial and civil unrest and our role as a church and as humans in this movement. Sundays at 5:00 pm in the Whitmire Pavilion beginning July 12th and Mondays at 7:00 pm via zoom beginning July 13th. Hosted by Kate Lee, we hope to have an open, honest, judgment free conversation about race relations and what our responsibilities might be as church members. In the interest of social distancing please email Kate at Lee.katem@ gmail.com if yo u intend to join and let her know if you’ll be attending in person or via zoom so we can implement safety precautions to the best of our ability. As always, all are welcome!
NEW ADDITION TO THE FINANCE TEAM
Gini Seely joined the SSCC staff last week. She has a degree in accounting from Oglethorpe University and has worked as a senior accountant and manager in accounting for the international software company, TechCXO and also worked for an event planning company.  

She is a native Atlantan, grew up here and attended Wieuca Road Baptist Church. She and her husband Tim live in East Cobb and are helping start a new church. They have two grown children. Their son and his wife are dentists in the military, currently living in Norfolk VA but soon to be transferred to Hawaii. Their daughter is a cardiac RN and lives close by. 

Gini says, "I truly look forward to working for Sandy Springs Christian Church."
UPDATE! FROM OUTREACH
Great news!!! The CAC Thrift Store is open . Volunteers are needed to assist customers and keep the shop running smoothly.   Your assistance is also requested on several days at the facility with food donation processing and distribution.  Volunteers must be between age 15 to age 65.

Please  CLICK HERE  to access the Sign Up Genius link to access the available time slots. The site is updated regularly so please frequently check back to see if slots are open.

Thank you for your servant hearts.
Cindi McCollough
CAMP CHRISTIAN FUNDRAISER
THIS WEEK!
Be a part of the new Camp Christian Fundraiser. It’s as easy as tying your shoes!

Although campers will not be at Camp Christian this summer, we can still have some fun outdoors. Lace up your shoes, put on an old Camp t-shirt (if you have one), and walk or run a 5k in your hometown sometime this week between July 17 and 19, 2020. Grab your running buddies, your camp buddies, and your church buddies and get out there! After you run, you can record your time and post it to the events page. Take some pictures and sing some songs, and let’s raise some money for Camp Christian! 

CLICK HERE to register before midnight on July 15 at to guarantee a t-shirt. Cost is $35. T-shirts will be mailed after the race weekend.

For over 50 years, Camp Christian has brought thousands of kids to Christ. It’s an oasis in Middle Georgia where children can get away from their busy lives at home, relax, and grow closer to Christ. And even though campers will not be “In the Heart of Georgia” this summer, Camp still needs money to pay utilities and staff. 
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Each Tuesday we send out a "Bright Spots" email. We want to encourage folks to participate by sharing pictures, videos, or submitting positive and uplifting messages 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 .
DOING MINISTRY DIFFERENTLY
WOULD YOU LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP?
We are looking for those of you who would like to participate in Sunday's online worship services. If you would like to do the call to worship, read scripture, call to giving, or even participate in the children's moment, we would love to hear from you.

We prefer that you would participate by recording yourself and submitting a video (1 to 2 minutes at most) or a voice recording, and we can try to help you with that. We can send you guidelines and helpful hints on how to submit your part. Please email Amy@sandyspringscc.org if you would like to participate.
FOOD ASSISTANCE IN-REACH PROGRAM
SSCC Outreach realizes that the Covid-19 crisis is directly impacting many families in our church community. If you or someone you know in our church community are facing food insecurity because of a decrease or loss in income, we want to offer some support. This program is offered for members and regular visitors of SSCC. Please privately contact Jenna Hicks so that we can provide assistance to keep your pantry full. 

For assistance please reach out to Jenna by email  jennakhicks@gmail.com  or call 404-441-1668. 
GROCERY/ERRAND MINISTRY
In the wake of Covid-19, 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.
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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, submit your requests to Merilyn@sandyspringscc.org or call her at 770-448-8784 and leave a message. Please indicate if your prayer request is confidential (for clergy and 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 em ail (amy@sandyspringscc.org) t o schedule your group on the calendar. We can help you learn how to send an invite to your group.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
CAC NEEDS YOUR HELP
Sandy Springs Christian Church is helping an effort to assist local area families who are most vulnerable during this time. In partnership with Community Assistance Center (CAC) we can help families and individuals who face financial hardships due to lost income. The CAC is currently doing financial assistance interviews via phone & online.

CAC is in need of online cash donations to purchase food gift cards and most needed items not currently stocked in their pantry as well as funds to help with rent. Online donations reduce the number of human interactions as we all do our part to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. To donate to Sandy Springs Christian Church Relief Fund for CAC  CLICK HERE . For updates on volunteer opportunities and services visit CAC at  www.ourcac.org .

Food Pantry Needs:
Canned Meat, Tuna, Chicken, Beef Stew, Chili, Rice, Dried Beans, Canned Fruit, Cereal, Mixed Vegetables, Baking Mixes, Milk and Juice Boxes for kids and Plastic Bags.

You may bring donations to the CAC Food Pantry at 8607 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, GA 30350. Food Donation Times:
  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • No Saturday hours.
MUST MINISTRIES DONATIONS
Sandy Springs Christian Church has a long standing relationship with MUST Ministries.

Food donations (see list below) are very much needed and can be delivered in the following manners…

1. Drop off at MUST Donation Center at 1280 Field Parkway in Marietta, 30066, is now open 7 days a week with drive up barrels for food 8 AM – 4 PM. Phone # is 770-790-3902 or
2. Drop off at MUST Ministries Cherokee at 111 Brown Industrial Parkway, Marietta, Monday thru Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM
3. They are only accepting the following at this time: Food, Cleaning Supplies, Toiletries, Feminine Hygiene Products, Toilet Paper, and Paper Towels.

Monetary donations are very much needed and can be delivered in two manners…
1. Online via their website, or for those who are reluctant to give online
2. Send a check in the mail to MUST Ministries, P.O. Box 1717, Marietta, GA 30061.

Please CLICK HERE o r on the picture to the upper right to access a flyer that outlines the most needed items.
Alexandra Reese 07/02
Larry Reese  07/06
Tami Brown   07/08
Eleanor Wood  07/09
Becky Strickland 07/09
Philip Rowell 07/11
Alice Villa  07/11
Corey Lee   07/11
Kiera Bass   07/13
Linda Whitmire 07/13
Dottie Gill  07/15
Betty Saygbor 07/16
Lynn McCahren 07/17
Bryant McDaniel 07/18
Breijanna Dyke 07/20
Floyd Hale   07/21
Karla Worley  07/21
Bailey Mooney 07/22
Patty French  07/23
Cooper Gibson 07/25
Heather Rees  07/27
Alan Burgess  07/30
Donna Lassiter 07/31
Tyler Brown  07/31