This past Sunday our youth group met in the Whitmire Pavilion in person for the first time in 6 months. I’m glad I was able to wear a mask because it was emotional for me to see our kids again.

Yes, we’ve had plenty of Zoom meetings and chances to check-in, but there’s just something different about being together in a physical place. We followed all of the new guidelines and protocols, we talked about our summers, we shared our “pits and peaks”, we played socially distant games, and we laughed a lot. I’m grateful to leadership and parents for helping to make this happen, and we are excited to continue to find new ways to be together as a youth group in this difficult time.

I know many of you are probably feeling the same emotions about our church right now. You’re missing friends and loved ones that you haven’t seen in many months. You miss Sunday School and our beautiful sanctuary, Jim and Marilyn Torbert meals and the comfort of the communion table.

We really hope our live stream services from the sanctuary have brought you some comfort and I can promise you we are exploring every option to find ways make sure our congregation feels connected and loved.

With that in mind, our Welcome Back team has been hard at work thinking about how we open our church safely and at the right time. Please read below to find information on the surveys we conducted, along with an exciting new opportunity for live worship coming soon!

Rev. Nathan will be taking a well deserved break this Sunday, so I will be stepping into the pulpit to bring a message from Matthew 18:15-20, “Agree to Disagree”. I hope you’ll join me live on our YouTube stream at 10:15. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them”. This scripture from Matthew has always been a comfort to most Christians, knowing that God is always with us.

But what if those two that are gathered can’t seem to agree on much? In today’s society, there’s a good chance that just might be the case. If God is with us, why is it so hard to find common ground?

Join us this Sunday as we ask the question, is it okay to “Agree to Disagree”?

September 6, 2020
"Agree to Disagree"
Matthew 18:15-20
Bryant Gibson
We want to thank everyone who filled out a survey about attending events in-person at SSCC. 148 of you responded to the survey, representing the majority of people who received it. The welcome back team is already using the results of the survey to begin our planning. Simply click below for the results. Thank you again for your participation!
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.
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On Sunday, September 13th, we will begin 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. In order to attend the service, you must sign up in advance. More information will be forthcoming next week about how to sign up. We look forward to offering this simple worship experience as the first phase toward meeting in person for worship.
Continued prayers for Ferris Leslie's son, Charles Kennedy, who is in physical therapy after surgery. 

Please pray for Judy Edwards who readmitted to Northside hospital.

Prayers are needed for JoAnn Baright who is recovering from complications from a fall in her home. 

Prayers for Sharon Hanna Nikelson for multiple complications from her cancer treatments.

Please keep Alexis Schultz Grace in your prayers as she undergoes a very serious surgery today.

Please pray for our members and their families who serve as first responders and health care workkers: Dr. Tim Helton, Katie Gipson, 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.

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!
…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 13, 2020
Jeremiah 1:4-19
Dr. Nathan C. Brown

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

Sunday, September 27, 2020
James 1:17-27
Dr. Nathan C. Brown
This Sunday we will continue to livestream worship from the sanctuary. Worship will be live on YouTube at our normal worship hour of 10:15 am. A recorded version will also be posted to our Facebook and YouTube pages following service. Look for the Friday e-blast for more information.

If you are interested/willing to participate in parts of the service (whether at the church following CDC guidelines or via recording) please email Amy Frost at amy@sandyspringscc.org.
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.

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.
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).
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.
Milton Hill 9/4
Asher Rathinam 9/4
Ben Gibson 9/8
Emma Hicks 9/9
Ken Strahm 9/9
Trenton Brown 9/9
Floy Mills 9/9
Megan Kahrs 9/10
Victoria Smith 9/10
John Robeck 9/10
Kelley Rathinam 9/13
Tim Dyke 9/15
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