A NOTE FROM NATHAN

When I was a youth attending church camp in the Indiana Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we began each day with a “morning watch.” It was a time aimed at quiet reflection and prayer. We might spend time with a particular question. We might be given a scripture passage to read and contemplate. We might be invited to simply pray. Morning watch remains one of my most meaningful memories from camp. It was the time during which, at least in part, I received my call to ministry.

I chose the name Morning Watch for our in-person Sunday worship service in the Whitmire Pavilion for all the reasons above. It is simply time to begin the day/week with prayer and reflection in God’s good creation. The service begins at 8:30 AM and includes quiet meditation, prayer, a scripture reading, a message, an offering and communion. Of course, we follow the guidelines of the Whitmire Pavilion Policy, wearing masks, social distancing, and receiving communion by pre-packaged, disposable cups. There is no music for the service at this time. However, the sights and sounds of nature do provide a contemplative backdrop.

This last Sunday, during our first Morning Watch service, we had approximately 20 people, ranging in age from infant to elderly. Despite the protocols needed to keep us safe, it was a meaningful time of seeing one another in person – a first step toward, hopefully, doing so more often and in different ways, in the near future.

I am grateful for the work that our Welcome Back Team is doing in helping us take steps toward finding a new normal for the ministry of Sandy Springs Christian Church. While our ministry will continue to look differently for some time, we will seek to find creative ways to worship together and be in service to one another and our community.

If you’d like to sign up for the Morning Watch service this Sunday, scroll below and click on the link in the box designated for Morning Watch. Otherwise, we look forward to worshipping with you online, through our livestream at 10:15 AM or the recorded version, whenever you choose to tune in.

I look forward to seeing ALL of you in person when it is safe to do so. For now, I’m grateful for the experimental steps we are taking toward this end, during this unprecedented time. 

Peace,
Nathan
NEW SERMON SERIES
…For Such a Time as This
A Sermon Series on Stewardship

We are in unprecedented times. And yet, this isn’t the first time. Flood. Pandemic. Social unrest. Political division. Throughout history, humanity has endured such challenges to varying degrees and in different ways. In the midst of it all, the Church has remained. Christians have received the call, listened and responded. God has and continues to call specific people to face particular times and circumstances. We have been called to Sandy Springs Christian Church to carry out our ministry in this time and place. We have been called for such a time as this….

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Listen
Esther 4:10-17
Dr. Nathan C. Brown

Sunday, September 27, 2020
Respond
James 1:17-27
Dr. Nathan C. Brown
MORNING WATCH SERVICE
SIMPLE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE IN THE WHITMIRE PAVILION
Sunday, September 13th, we began offering a simple, in-person worship service in the Whitmire Pavilion at 8:30 am, in advance of our livestream service at 10:15 AM. The service will follow all the guidelines in the Whitmire Pavilion policy, to keep everyone safe. Worship will only include prayer, a scripture reading, a message, an offering and communion. Communion will take place with pre-packaged individual, disposable communion cups and wafers, already placed in the seats.

There will be no music offered for this time of worship. Nature and God’s creation will provide the sounds for the service. We look forward to offering this simple worship experience as the first phase toward meeting in person for worship. In order to attend the service you must sign up in advance, as we are limiting attendance to 30 people, following the Whitmire Pavilion Guidelines recently set. Please click the button below to reserve your seat.
WHITMIRE PAVILION POLICY
NEW WHITMIRE PAVILION POLICY
Because meeting outside is the safest place to currently meet in person, the welcome back team has first developed a policy for using the Whitmire Pavillion for in person events. Church and community groups will be allowed to use the Whitmire Pavillion as long as they adhere to the guidelines approved by Leadership. Please reach out to Amy Frost if you would like to schedule your group. Click below for a copy of the policy.
PRAYER REQUESTS
Sheri Taylor, a Campbell-Stone resident, needs our prayers as she is having some serious health issues right now.

Please pray for Amy Frost's mom, Bettie Wallace, who continues to struggle with balance issues.

Please pray for our members and their families who serve as first responders and health care workers: Dr. Tim Helton, Katie Gibson, Tracey McCluskey, and Pete French. Also 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!
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VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
We will start back with virtual coffee hours on the first Sunday of the month. We will have the next one on Sunday, October 4th at 11:30 AM. A link and information will be in upcoming newsletters.
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. If you would like to read the CAC's most recent newsletter, CLICK HERE.

UPDATE ON FOOD PANTRY & THRIFT SHOP: 
The Food Pantry will be going to an outdoor market format and the Thrift Shop re-opened on 8/17. Volunteers are needed; if you are interested, please contact Debbie Olson at the CAC or contact Cindi McCollough via email at csbfish@bellsouth.net.

Safety, of course, continues to be a number one priority. Greeters will take each customer’s temperature and ensure each customer sanitizes their hands and is wearing a mask before shopping. Plexiglass is up at the register and dressing rooms. Restrooms are unavailable right now. If you would like to help but aren’t comfortable being in the store with customers, know there are items in the back to sort and price every day of the week. Plenty of spots if you’d like one.

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.
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Megan Kahrs 9/10
Victoria Smith 9/10
John Robeck 9/10
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Jenna Hicks 9/26
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Teresa Bensch 9/27
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