It seems strange saying goodbye during such a time as this. Between flood, pandemic, death and protest, 2020 has certainly been a year of Biblical proportion. Which is all the more reason I’m grateful to have this time for myself and my family. As you know by now, I’ll be on leave from June 8 – July 5 th for some vacation, spiritual retreat, and to conduct my mother’s memorial. Part of that time will also be dedicated to reflecting on what church might look like for SSCC, as we contemplate phases of meeting in person again.

While I will be away, however, the ministry of SSCC will carry on. The staff has some great ideas for virtual worship in my absence. You will hear different preaching voices and continue to be surprised by new faces helping lead worship week to week. Our pastoral care ministry will also carry on, led by our Director of Congregational Care, Merilyn Dimmitt, along with help from Rev. Linda Whitmire and Teresa Bensch.
Leslie Lady and Kate Lee are even planning an in-person study, outside in the Whitmire Pavilion, to help us reflect on what we are experiencing as it relates to the unrest around issues of race in our country. I hope you will participate. There is also an interfaith march for peace and solidarity, led by Atlanta’s Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, which I also encourage you to join tomorrow morning. There is information in this newsletter. I hope you will continue to participate within the life of our ministry, during this time, through worship and other programming.

More than anything, though, I want to say, “Thank you!” When I turned 40 and we could not celebrate in person, you generously made contributions to SSCC in my honor. When my mom passed away and we could not grieve together in person, you generously sent memorials to SSCC in her memory, along with cards, flowers and prayers. When I said, “I am tired and I need a break,” you responded with “Go,” offering your care and support for myself and my family. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for each and every one of you.

It’s hard to believe that when I return, we will officially be half-way through 2020 and headed toward the completion of our third full year of ministry together. It has certainly been a whirlwind, but one that has been led by the spirit, creating winds of change that continue to propel us forward. I look forward to re-imagining our ministry together when I return and how we can create a new world that cares for God’s good creation and ALL those who inhabit it, in new and courageous ways. Blessings to each of you. Goodbye…for now.

In an effort to continue keeping one another safe at this time, Leadership has decided to extend online worship only through the end of June . 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 look to the newsletter for ways to stay connected to SSCC.
This Sunday

June 7, 2020
The God of Love and Peace
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown

We know you are missing the social aspect of interacting over a warm, wonderful cup of "church coffee". So we are introducing Virtual Coffee Hour after service the FIRST Sunday of each month from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (stay as long as you wish). Our next coffee hour will be held this Sunday, June 7, 2020.

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 . Those numbers will be included in Friday's blast abo ut worship. Look forward to seeing and hearing from you then!
Sheri Mason requests prayers for the Shaw family whose infant son passed away very unexpectedly.

We pray for our SSCC family members who serve as first responders and SSCC's own serving in the military: Jamie Price Smith, Rachel Robeck, Michelle Brown, Tyler Brown, Derrick Brown, Kevin Mooney, Jared Mills and Dalton Brown. (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 Pastor Nathan know and we will make that happen. He can announce it during the livestream on Sunday morning! Simply e-mail Pastor Nathan  to let him know you would like to join!
Travis and Emily Harple write, "We welcomed Derek Jude Harple on May 24th, he was 7 pounds 11 oz and 20 inches long! We are over the moon in love and so grateful that everything went smoothly and everyone is healthy!

We are looking forward to when we can start bringing him to church! Thanks so much for your prayers and support!"
We want to extend congratulations to Micheala Mason on also graduating with the class of 2020. This is quite an accomplishment due to the fact that she was meant to graduate next year! She was able to do so by participating in an education program in conjunction with Chattahoochee Technical College.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has invited the Sandy Springs Interfaith Clergy Alliance, along with congregations it represents, to participate in a walk for peace and solidarity on Friday morning, June 5, at 11:00 AM. The walk will begin on the steps of the GA Capital. After a moment of prayer for our city, participants will collectively march in peace and solidarity from the Capital steps to the CNN building at Centennial Park, the flashpoint that led to such violence and destruction one week prior. At that location, once again, participants will collectively offer a prayer for peace through the weekend. Please consider attending. Because social distancing will be problematic, all should wear masks and march together. If you have any questions, please reach out to the convener of the SSICA, Brad Levenberg at  blevenberg@templesinaiatlanta.org . Thanks for your participation.
Pentecost is coming and we are celebrating, Church! 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 benefit from the special day offering received by congregations this Sunday, June 7. This is indeed a time for joy and rebirth as the Church celebrates!

If you would like to contribute to the Pentecost special offering, you may do so online or by sending a check. Please clearly notate "Pentecost special offering" when you give.
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 do we even dare to ask how home schooling is going?

You can email your submissions or any questions you may have to amy@sandyspringscc.org .
We know many of you are shopping from home so you can stay safe. If you shop on Amazon, we encourage you to go to Smile. Amazon.com. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to SSCC when you designate SSCC as your charitable organization of your choice.

Support SSCC by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com .
The Kroger Co. Family of Stores realizes that every community has unique causes that need support and recognizes SSCC as an important organization in our community.

We encourage you link your rewards card to their Community Rewards program by designating SSCC (Account XX291) as your chosen organization. The more you shop, the more money SSCC will earn! Currently we only have 22 SSCC households participating.

They are committed to carefully protecting your personal information. In order to meet their expectation of privacy, we have adopted a simple policy to never share a customer's personal information. Our privacy policy applies to Community Rewards participation as well. CLICK HERE for more information.
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.
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. 
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.
Due to the fact that we are holding "virtual" church service, and are not able to submit prayer requests, please use the following emails and/or phone numbers to submit your requests:
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.
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) which is located in Sandy Springs and houses one of the largest Food Pantry programs in the Metro Atlanta area, we can help families and individuals who face financial hardships due to lost income and medical expenses. 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.
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.
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