A NOTE FROM OUR STEWARDSHIP CHAIRS
As you know, this Sunday concludes our three-week focus on stewardship in our online worship services. Our theme is, “For Such a Time as This…” We have wrestled with how God is calling us in this time to serve, whether or not we are listening and, this Sunday, how we might respond to what we hear.

I had the joy of being back in the sanctuary to kick off the campaign. Along the way, I have enjoyed heartfelt words from people like Barb Duren and Jeff Moore, during the livestream worship services, who have shared how the church’s ministry has touched their lives during this time. We look forward to similar words from Jim and Marilyn Torbert and Janet Howell this Sunday.

Caroline and I want to thank you for considering how you might contribute to the Church's ministry in 2021. Given the ongoing challenges in our world, your gifts mean more now than they ever have before. With God’s help, and your generosity, we can rise up to meet the difficulties we face and continue sharing God’s love with the world, through the ministry of Sandy Springs Christian Church.

Please be on the lookout for materials, in the next few weeks, which will be sent to you electronically. Hard copies will also be available to those who prefer them by mail. Leadership and the finance committee are working on a budget for the coming year that reflects our Vision. We appreciate your patience as we attempt to forecast our ministry during these complex times. We hope you will review the information you receive and give prayerful consideration to how God is calling you to serve through our mission of sharing God's love through service, inclusivity and spiritual growth.

With Gratitude,
Caroline and Rusty Grant
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 27, 2020
Respond
James 1:17-27
Dr. Nathan C. Brown
MORNING WATCH SERVICE
SIMPLE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE IN THE WHITMIRE PAVILION
Join us Sunday mornings for an in-person service in the Whitmire Pavilion at 8:30 am, in advance of our livestream at 10:15 AM. We 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.
PRAYER REQUESTS
Rusty and Caroline Grant would like prayers for her father Tom Money who is undergoing some serious health issues.

Cordelia and Phillip Rowell ask for prayers for their daughter Jennifer Coleman. She is possibly having complications from a recent surgery.

Prayers are requested for Phil McCollough who is having health 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!
UPCOMING SERMON SERIES
God’s Politics
A Sermon Series

It’s a touchy subject, especially in an election year. In fact, it might be the most divisive topic of the day: politics. Which, of course, makes it an issue of faith – something the Church should address or, at the very least, talk about. After all, people have questions. Was Jesus political? Should I, as a person of faith, be political, partisan, both? If Church and State are to be separate, can political issues also be matters of faith? Let’s come together, during worship, and spiritually prepare ourselves for an election season through a series we are calling God’s Politics.
 
October 4, 2020
The Politics of Jesus
Matthew 27:33-37
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown

October 11, 2020
Can We Talk?
James 3:1-12
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown

October 18, 2020
Rev. Linda Whitmire

October 25, 2020
Fear Not
Isaiah 43:1-7
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Brown
HIGHLIGHTS
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VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
We are starting back with virtual coffee hours on the first Sunday of each month. Our next coffee hour via Zoom will be on Sunday, October 4th from 11:30 to 12:30 pm. Feel free to stay as long as you like. A link with more information will be included next week's newsletter.
CARE AND CONNECT CONCERT!
What do you say to a fun afternoon in our Pavilion (or adjoining parking) enjoying the company of one another and the musical talents of Jay Memory? Care and Connect hopes that your answer is a resounding YES because we are granting your wish on Sunday, October 4th at 2:00 p.m. with an inclement weather date of October 18th.

Many of you will remember Jay, a former member and a professional musician. Newer members and friends are in for a treat! Normally, Jay is booked solid and plays for larger audiences, but the Pandemic has changed that. Dealing with this new reality and the fact that SSCC has a special place in his heart, we are getting an opportunity we might normally not be afforded. He will be playing for a love offering! We ask that you keep two things in mind: Jay is one of the many people whose work and income has been adversely affected and besides that what would you pay for concert tickets? We want this to be mutually beneficial, so please be generous!

To help us figure out how many to plan for, parking and logistics, please sign up a.s.a.p. using the button below. We have opened up the sign up for 100 slots to determine the amount of people interested, and so we can plan the set up of the event accordingly. If you have any questions, please direct them to janishill@comcast.net or call 770-926-0131. Details and safety guidelines will be forthcoming. This will be a great time that you will not want to miss!
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.
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 & CAC BOTIQUE located at 8607 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs GA 30350. The Food Pantry has moved to an outdoor market format and the CAC Botique will be open inside with limited hours. Homebound seniors may receive pre-packaged food delivered by CAC volunteers. Volunteers are needed; if you are interested, please contact Debbie Olson at the CAC or contact Cindi McCollough via email at csbfish@bellsouth.net.

CAC Outdoor Mini-Market Food Pantry
Food Pantry Hours for Clients
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Food Donation/Delivery Hours
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Or contact CACpantry@ourcac.org to arrange a time.

CAC Upscale Thrift
Shopping Hours
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
(Retail store shopping hours open to clients and the public.)

Donation Hours for Clothing & Home Goods
Monday – Friday, 9:30 am-1:30 pm

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.

If you would like to read the CAC's newsletter, please click here.

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. 

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.
Kate Lee 9/21
Katie Gibson 9/22
Stephanie Michels 9/24
Madelyn Rathinam 9/25
Jenna Hicks 9/26
Beverly Mitchell 9/26
Teresa Bensch 9/27
Sid Elliott 9/29
Marilyn Torbert 9/29
Becky Chimera 9/29
Rick Almand 9/29