A NOTE FROM NATHAN
This Sunday marks the end of what the Church refers to as Eastertide, the fifty-day period that spans from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. This will also bring to an end our Easter sermon series, “Being Easter People in a Good Friday World.” The series has aimed to help us reflect on how we might find and live resurrection despite the pain and suffering we are experiencing during this pandemic crisis.

I have enjoyed hearing from many of you and the ways in which this series has helped you to think about this unprecedented time. I hope this series has also helped us to begin imagining a new world and how we might live differently, as we attempt to emerge from this crisis. Therefore, I’d like to hear more from you and what you have been thinking about during your time of shelter in place.

To that end, I’m hosting “A Night with Nathan,” via Zoom, next Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. The zoom information is included in the notice below. Our time together will revolve around three questions:

1. What have you missed most during this time?
2. What practices or habits have you developed that you hope to carry into the future?
3. What will the Church look like and how can we be in ministry, in news ways, in the world that is emerging?

This will serve not only as a time for us to reflect on what we are learning about ourselves, the Church, and the world, but also for us to experiment with how we might virtually meet for fellowship and spiritual growth down the road. I hope you can join us! You can do so by either video or phone. Also, don’t forget, all of our worship services are on your YouTube page. If you missed a sermon or want to watch one again, they are archived for your convenience.

I look forward to this time with you, Sandy Springs Christian Church. You all continue to be in my prayers as we “do church differently.” Be safe, be well and see you next Wednesday night!

Peace,
Nathan
UPDATE! ONLINE WORSHIP ONLY THROUGH JUNE
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.
CURRENT SERMON SERIES
Easter Sermon Series

Resurrection
Being Easter People in a Good Friday World

The apostles did not live during a pandemic. They did, however, fear for their lives
every day. Despite the challenges they faced, they found ways to live and practice
their faith. Today we are doing the same. During the Easter season, we will reflect
on how to be Church, from the earliest Church, through the Acts of the Apostles. Resurrection may have come and gone, but the risen Christ’s body lives on through
his followers, no matter the circumstances.

Sunday, May 24, 2020
Keep it Simple
Acts 1:6-14
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown
NEXT SUNDAY
Join us Sunday, May 31st for our Pentecost Sunday Service. While we won't be able to gather together in person, we would love for you to keep up the SSCC tradition and encourage you to wear red, even if it is your PJ's!
PRAYER REQUESTS
Prayers for Larri Wolf's mom, Linda Leininger. She is waiting for some testing to be scheduled. 

Teresa Edens broke her elbow in a fall, while out walking, and is having surgery this week. Prayers for a speedy recovery would be appreciated. 

Steve Clark's father passed after a long illness. Please keep Steve and Debbie in your prayers. 

Phillip and Cordelia Rowell's daughter Jennifer Colman had a stroke this week. She is doing well but they ask for prayers for the family. 

Prayers for Amy Frost's relatives and the residents of Midland, Michigan dealing with flood issues.

Pray for Floy Mills sister-in-law, Kathy Oliver Jones and her children, as she undergoes extensive cancer surgery today. Prayers for successful surgery, recovery and comfort in all of its forms for Kathy, her four children and spouses and Floy's sister Gray.

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).

JOIN SSCC! 
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!
HIGHLIGHTS
A NIGHT WITH NATHAN
Join Pastor Nathan, via zoom, on Wednesday, May 27 th  at 7:00 PM, for conversation related to our current crisis and how it might be an opportunity to change ourselves and the world. On the heels of his most recent sermon series, we will be reflecting on being Easter People in this new world that is emerging. We will consider three questions during our time together:

  1. What have you missed most during this time?
  2. What practices or habits have you developed that you hope to carry into the future?
  3. What will the Church look like and how can we be in ministry, in news ways, in the world that is emerging?

You can join the Zoom meeting by clicking here . or you can call 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting code 829 0898 3744 to participate via your telephone. Nathan looks forward to this time with you!
CONGRATS GRADS!
We want to congratulate SSCC's 2020 graduates and recognize them in next week's virtual worship service.

We know Amos Bolay will be graduating high school, along with Bailey Mooney and Evan Bensch from college.

If you know of any other graduates please send an email to amy@sandyspringscc.org . We want to include them as well. Thanks in advance!
PENTECOST SPECIAL OFFERING
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 most congregations May 31 and 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.
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 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 .
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VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR MOVING TO FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH
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 on 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 dowloaded 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 use one of the telephone numbers and call in. Those numbers will be included in Friday's blast about worship. Look forward to seeing and hearing from you then!
WAYS YOU CAN HELP SSCC JUST BY SHOPPING
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.
DOING MINISTRY DIFFERENTLY
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP LEAD 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 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, please use the following emails and/or phone numbers to submit your requests:
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) 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.
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.
Bruce Lady   05/01
Bryan Strickland 05/01
Jordan Helton  05/02
Phil McCollough 05/02
Campbell Torbert 05/03
Rachel Robeck  05/04
Joyce Edwards  05/04
Jo Ann Baright 05/05
Nancy McDaniel 05/06
Darby Peterson 05/07
James Godfrey  05/07
Frances Grant  05/08
Andrew Michels 05/09
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Lauren Jones   05/10
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Ruth Michels   05/23
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Maisie Worley   05/26
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