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Thursday, May 27, 2021

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Sunday's Service - May 30, 2021

The featured Scripture is: 1 Peter 1:3-9; Galatians 5:22
for Mike's message: The Fruit of the Spirit Part 2: Joy.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion.
Collide Kids (Grades 1-4) will remain in Worship.

Join us Sunday ~ In-Person & Online
Worship at 11am

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Come Grow With Us!


Masks still required for everyone whenever you're inside church, thru June 1. Info below.


Scenes From Last Sunday



Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ online or in-person at 11:00am.
Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's grow together! We can continue to join
together in Worship and Praise and Prayer, whether in the Sanctuary or on Facebook.

Please send your prayer requests in for our Joys & Concerns email that will go out on
Monday morning! The CGCC website has a Contact/Prayer Request page, you can
email Jen Lynch directly, or use



Re-watching Sermons

Check out the Media Library on the CLC website. Sermons from March up into May are available to watch. You can also choose to use the audio only feature, if you prefer to just listen.

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COVID-19 Protocols

In the spirit of unity, anytime you're inside CGCC through June 1,
we will continue to require mask wearing for everyone.

From June 2 onward, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, we ask that you use your own discretion about what you feel is best for you, your family, and your church family regarding masks and social distancing. Thank you for working with us and for all the patience, caring, and grace you have shown during these many difficult pandemic months. As we have said from the beginning, we will pray for each other, take care of each other, and work together through the changes!


Bible Studies & Ministries

Masks and social distancing are required anytime you are in our building
through June 1, as we try our best to care for each other.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

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Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ 9:30am
Studying Psalms.

Ladies Bible Study ~ Friday, 9am
Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson

You are always welcome to join a study or a group!

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group
10am, participate via Zoom ~ Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Taylor LifeGroup: Sunday, 6pm at the Hileman's
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesday, 10am in the pastor's office & on Zoom
* Hileman LifeGroup: On Summer Break
* Bartholomew LifeGroup: Friday, 6pm under the warehouse awning


CGCC/CLC Children's Ministry

Check out these Christian Education opportunities for kids of all ages! Everyone welcome.

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Collide Kids Sundays ~ During Worship at 11am
* Nursery Care (Newborn-3 in Nursery)
* Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6 in Sprouts Room)
* Collide Kids Church ~ In Worship this week.

Collide Kids Wednesdays ~ On Summer Break

We will follow COVID-19 CDC guidelines to provide the safest environment to our kids.

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Collide's Wrap-up a Success

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the spring session of Collide Kids & Students, as well as the Hileman LifeGroup, so full of learning, faith, and fun! You are appreciated! Our picnic last week was a perfect way to conclude the season. A great time was had by all! Now we look forward to September, when we will jump back into time together.

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Communion Sunday

We will celebrate the sacrament of Communion
together this Sunday. Collide Kids Church
(Grades 1-4) will remain in Worship.
Nursery and Collide Jr. will be available.

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Last year's gathering.

Youth Group

Grades 5-12

Final meeting of 2020-2021 school year:
Friday, June 4 (6-8pm) Bonfire at the Vignon's
Let us know if you need the address.

This past Sunday, we enjoyed our final at church YG of the school year by having one of our always popular Nerf battles. Young people and the young at heart thoroughly enjoyed their time together! Thanks to everyone for making it a wonderful time of fellowship and fun!

Note about our seniors: Congratulations on your graduation, especially after these past two pandemic school years! We want to recognize your achievement and we need your help. Please send a "Senior Picture" to Jen Lynch for inclusion in our slideshow. Picture needed by Tuesday, June 8. Thank you!

Nerf Night Fun!

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Rocky Railway VBS ~ June 28 - July 2

Check out the table near the entrance in the Great Room to see how YOU can help with Vacation Bible School 2021! Take a tag off the board if you would like to donate an item. Sign up if you are able to volunteer. Grab a registration form for kids Pre-K - 6th Grade. Everyone welcome!

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Catalyst Bonfire

THIS Saturday, May 29th, 7pm at the CGCC fire pit
Come enjoy community and discuss possible ideas for upcoming local missions. Food and drinks provided, you just need to bring a camp chair. Childcare will be available. See James Crawford if you have any questions. Open to everyone! We would love to see you there!

* Park in the parking lot and walk up the gravel path located behind the warehouse.




For whom are you praying today?
How can we pray for you?

We are here to pray with and for you, anytime! Prayer needs sent by early Monday morning will be included in the weekly Joys & Concerns email. We are also glad to send out prayer requests and praise reports anytime throughout the week!

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Jet engine parts "engaging."


Thank you to Marcia Kreps for sharing and Darla Smith for writing these weekly bits of encouragement.

"We have been having spectacular weather here in Ohio but would like a little rain to fill our rain barrel back up. The plants and flowers are thirsty. God knows what we need before we ask. He is so good to us. Summer is quickly approaching. The older I get the faster it comes."

"Our Word for this week is “ENGAGE.” “Engage” means to move forward, participate, or become involved in. The more God laid this on my heart, the more excited I was. My original thought was things working together. Like the jet engine picture above. To make the plane lift off the ground, ALL the parts must “engage” with each other. Then I thought about Star Trek. (Yes, I love it!) Captain Jean Luc Piccard says, "Enterprise, engage!” meaning to move forward. I pray Holy Spirit, “engage” us with You so we can “engage” with others. When we “engage” with others through our witness and testimony, the Holy Spirit is at work. Imagine the impact we can have on the world if we will “engage.” Let us move in His Power – “engage.” Holy Spirit, get our hearts and minds right to “engage” with others like Jesus wants us to in His love. He has called us and equipped us – now Jesus is calling us to “engage” and we will help others to “engage.” Let us all work together and “engage” with each other through God’s love and our encouragement. Have a blessed week!"

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
~ Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)

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Summer Devotionals

The June/July/August edition of Our Daily Bread has arrived. Pick one up from the round table in the Great Room. Take an extra copy to share with a friend!

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Our Stove Has Arrived

We are glad to announce that we have a stove back inside the church. Two Zabel's employees are our new heroes after being the wonderful men that brought it on Tuesday. We couldn't have had better customer service and we are very grateful that such hard workers are on the job! Once the safety checks are all complete, we will let you know when the stove is ready for use. Goodness Grows is extra excited to finally get back to jam making...soon!



May Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life

We continue to be guided by the health and safety guidelines set forth by the
governor and the health department, so we require masks to be worn in our building
at all times. We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!



Graduation Sunday

Help us celebrate our Seniors during Worship on Graduation Sunday, June 13, 2021! Let's keep our graduates and their families in prayer as they reach this momentous milestone where they must say goodbye to their comfortable routine and look toward new beginnings.

Seniors & families - please send a "Senior Picture" to Jen Lynch for inclusion in our slideshow.


Rocky Railroad VBS ~ June 28-July 2

Partnering with Zion Hill to bring a faith filled week to kids Pre-K - 6th Grade.
Zion Hill Church of the Brethren, 14550 New Buffalo Rd, Columbiana, OH 44408

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Our Mission Statement: To cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities.



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News of the Week

We started out the week with some clean up in the back greenhouses. We also set up the NFT system in the front greenhouse and lettuce is already merrily growing. Yay!

Tuesday and Wednesday were perfect days for planting in the fields and beds. We are very excited to get our peppers and tomatoes into the ground! Now we just need good growing conditions...and we need the cute woodland creatures to stay away from our crops. Feel free to take a walk through the gardens and fields to check out the progress and see goodness growing! (We wouldn't say "no" if you wanted to pull a few weeds while on your walk, either!)

Today we are planting the lower field. Pretty soon we will be finished planting and will focus on taking care of all the beautiful plants as we await time to harvest for CSA days. Sure feels like summer is here! After this busy week of planting, we will be glad to have Monday off to rest. We wish you all a safe Memorial Day weekend as we remember all those men and women who gave their all in serving our country..

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Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam are available in several flavors at
Reach for the STARS in Salem. Or, check them out online: Shop Local.
We are also glad to arrange a jam pick up at GG. Currently, we only have
Blueberry Jalapeno Jungle Jam in stock here, but other flavors will be back soon.



Goodness Grows

The non-profit ministry of Common Ground Church Community, Goodness Grows
is always busy on our property. GG works with students and adults with disabilities,
providing vocational habilitation training in a fun and hands-on way.
The GG crew also maintains the grounds and cleans the church building.
There are many ways to support GG, including:
Online Shopping through Amazon Smile ~ Volunteering ~ Donating Items
Purchasing Our Products ~ Charitable Giving ~ Telling Others

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Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.

To Advocate, Advise, Advance the ministries of Divine Soccer in Masaka, Uganda for the benefit of the children of the community.

Sponsorships to send kids to school can be made to:
Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc., 1814 E. 3rd St., Salem, OH 44460
or via Pay Pal at

Learn more at: Rock Kidz Uganda and on:

If you are interested in purchasing baskets, purses, sandals, or bracelets from Uganda to help
Rock Kidz, stop by the church, give us a call, or contact Marilee through the links above.

Donations to the fundraiser for a reliable van for Divine Junior School can also be made
through their website, PayPal, or to their address above. You may also donate at church this Sunday - the 5th Sunday of the month. when CLC gives to the benevolence fund. Benevolence fund donations this month will go to Rock Kidz to help them reach the goal of providing reliable transportation for the kids in Masaka. The $10,000 goal is getting closer!
Thanks to all who have been able to donate

Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway 2021

Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we collect items year-round! We are happy to take clothes for all ages and sizes, along with coats, hats, bags, purses, shoes, housewares, books, school supplies, stuffed animals, puzzles, toys... anything clean and useful.

When the seasons are changing, it is a fantastic time to donate items!

*Please drop your items off in the barrel by the GG table in the Great Room
or pop them into the Green Room upstairs. Thank you!


For I was hungry and you gave me food;
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink;
I was a stranger and you took me in;
I was naked and you clothed me;
I was sick and you visited me.
I was in prison and you came to me.

.....When you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,
you were doing it to me.

Matthew 25: 35-36, 40


What can YOU do?



If you know of any interesting news or events,
please let us know, so that we can pass it on to others!


Memorial Day Weekend at Beech Creek Garden

Fun, learning, and connecting with nature in a whole new way! Get up-close to owls, hawks, macaws, vultures, and other wildlife while the staff walk around with the animals and allow visitors to ask questions. Access to Raptor Hallow Sanctuary “Wild Wonders” is included with general admission to Beech Creek Gardens, which currently includes access to the Art in Bloom exhibit, two nature playgrounds, plant science center, hiking trails, and picnic areas. Come celebrate and enjoy an exciting weekend of family fun & learning! Learn more Here. Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve is located at 11929 Beech St NE in Alliance, Ohio 44601, one mile east of State Route 62, at the intersection of Beech St NE and Oakhill Ave NE.

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Craft show

Columbiana Nazarene Church
330 N Elm St. in Columbiana


Freedom 4-Miler

Second Sole Racing presents the Freedom 4-Miler and 1-Mile Walk taking place on Saturday, May 29th, 2021 at the Canfield Fairgrounds. The 1-Mile Walk will begin at 6:00pm and the 5K begins at 6:30pm. A virtual option is also available for those participants not comfortable with racing in person. More info and event registration Here.



YESTERDAY - Fred Carrier (Sorry we missed listing it last week!)
TODAY! - Barb Weimer
May 29 - Learn About Composting Day
May 31 - Memorial Day ~ "May their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored." ~ Daniel Webster
June 1 - Stand For Children Day
June 1 - International Tabletop Day ~ Play a board game with your family!
May is National Pet Month.

If we don't have your special days, please let us know!



May 27-June 2, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 6pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup
Saturday, 7pm - Catalyst Bonfire
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - CLC Membership Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship & Collide Sunday Ministries ~ Communion Sunday
Sunday, 6pm - Taylor LifeGroup
Monday - Office and GG Closed
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom

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Seeking to reflect the unconditional love of God,
our mission is to help people connect -
to God, to one another,
and to God's purpose for the world.


Come grow with us!

Common Ground Church Community
Connecting Life Church
2310 West South Range Road
North Lima, Ohio 44452


For more information, call 330-549-9408 or contact us by email at

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