A NOTE FROM TERESA

Dear Friends,

Greetings and blessings to each of you. As we prepare to be in virtual worship with each other this week, I would like to share a few thoughts about our scripture and how the wise words of the Apostle Paul are still helpful during our times. In our scripture, Paul struggles with doing what is right in the eyes of God and being able to embrace the fact that we are human and that we will never be perfect. God knows our struggles and defects and knows that we strive each day to live our lives as God would have us live. I will talk about forgiveness and letting go of guilt because we know that it is only thanks to God through our relationship with Jesus Christ that we are forgiven. We all struggle with sin, and sin is anything that separates us from God. I will share a few stories about forgiveness and how we live in the Grace of God and share that Grace with others.

Peace,
Teresa  
ONLINE WORSHIP ONLY THROUGH AT LEAST JULY 15th
In an effort to continue keeping one another safe at this time, Leadership has decide d to extend online worship at least through July 15th due to Governor Kemp’s latest Executive Order, and most likely until August 1. The building is closed during this time and all in-person activities are cancelled. The staff is working primarily from home. If 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.
SUNDAY'S SERVICE


This Sunday
July 5, 2020

Romans 7:15-25
"Thanks Be to God"
Teresa Bensch
PRAYER REQUESTS
Please pray for Janet Lochery's friend in Boston, Mary Boyle Dickson, who is having heart valve replacement surgery today.

Prayers for a good recovery are requested for Gary Peterson's uncle, Greg, who had a stent put in last Friday.

Prayers for "extended" family of the Frosts, Jacklyn Heath Clayton, whose son, Alex severely cut his arm and had to have surgery to reconnect muscles and nerves. The surgeons are optimistic that with a long recovery and rehab his arm and hand will function normally.

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 REACHING 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!
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VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR JULY 12 THIS MONTH
We know you are missing the social aspect of interacting over a warm, wonderful cup of "church coffee" after service. So we will be holding Virtual Coffee Hour after service on Sunday July 12th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (stay as long as you wish). We decided that since the first Sunday this month fell on a holiday weekend, we wanted to delay by one week, and celebrate Pastor Nathan's return together.

We are creating Zoom chat rooms where you can visit with other members, guests and visitors and see their faces and hear their voices. To join, simp ly  CLICK HEREIf you have not previously downloaded zoom on your computer, you may be prompted to do so. Once you join the meeting, Nathan will randomly assign folks to small groups to catch up with one another.

If you don't have a web cam or a smart phone, you can simply call in to 646-558-8656 or 312-626-6799 and enter meeting code  844 7140 6450 and join with your voice .

We apologize for last month's confusion with the communications of two different starting times if you tried to join at 11:00 am and were unable to do so. We encourage you to join us July 12th at 11:00 am.
CONGRATULATIONS!
"Hello, my name is Irene Miriam Lochery Di Nunzio.
Irene, in Italian, means peace. Here I am looking very peaceful at home. I was born June 20, 2020 weighing 6.79 lbs. My parents are Emma and Marco and my grandparents are Peter and Janet Lochery."
UPDATE! FROM OUTREACH
Great news!!! The CAC Thrift Store is getting ready to re-open THIS SATURDAY 7/6 . 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 FUNDRASIER
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 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. 
PENTECOST SPECIAL OFFERING REAULTS
Two decades ago the goal to plant 1,000 new communities of faith by 2020 was set. It was done and has become part of who we are as Disciples.  New Church Ministry  and your regional new church teams benefited from the special day offering totaling $410.00 received by the DOC from SSCC. Thank you for your generosity.
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 the MUST Donation at 1280 Field Parkway in Marietta, 30066, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 to 5pm or
2. Drop off at MUST Cherokee at 111 Brown Industrial Parkway, Marietta.
3. Order food through Amazon and have it delivered to the addresses above.

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 right to access a flyer for more information and how you can help.
Grace Saygbor 06/24
Tony Chimera 06/25
Brandon Lenz 06/26
Brandi Williams 06/27
Gregg Worley 06/28
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