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Thursday, July 22, 2021

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Sunday's Service - July 25, 2021

The featured Scripture is: Galatians 5:1-26
for Mike's message: The Fruit of the Spirit Part 9: Self-Control.

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

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Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ in-person or online at 11:00am.
Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's grow together through
Worship, Praise, and Prayer, in the Sanctuary and on Facebook.
Check out the Media Library on the CLC website to watch recent sermons.

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

Following the current health guidelines, mask are now optional here at the church.
We ask that you use your own discretion about what you feel is best
for you and your family regarding masks and social distancing.


Bible Studies & Ministries

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

*Please Note: Class will not meet on August 8 or 15.


Wednesday Morning Prayer Group ~ 10am
At Rick & Joyce Jackson's house and on Zoom
Zoom Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer
You are welcome to participate in-person or online.



Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesday, 10am in the pastor's office & on Zoom
Please Note ~ July 27 is the final meeting of the summer. Meetings will resume on September 28.

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 ~ (Grades 1-4 in Activity Room)

Collide Kids Wednesdays ~ On Summer Break


Collide Middle School Scrappers Game

TONIGHT 5:30-10pm
Students in grades 5-8 are heading to Buck Night at the Scrappers Game. Students, meet at CGCC. We will leave for the game at 5:30pm. Students will return for pick up at 10:00pm. Bring cash for food and souvenirs. Tickets are covered. Text or call Austin at 330-284-2610 if you have a problem or question.

Youth Group

Grades 5-12

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Next Service Day With GG
August 10, 9am-12pm ~ Mark your calendar!
Come spend time working on projects here with Goodness Grows. Youth need boots, water, and a lunch. Dress for working out in the woods. We hope to see you here!

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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!



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

"Another great week in store for us. God is faithful and loves each one of us so much! We are truly blessed. I have been enjoying watching my garden grow and the flowers in full bloom. My sunflowers are even attracting the yellow finches – they like picking out the seeds and then the petals fall off. I snapped a great picture of that. God even cares for the birds. Look around – so many blessings – don’t miss them."

"The WORD God gave me this week is “FRIENDS.” In my lifetime, I have been blessed with some great “friends.” I have been especially blessed because some of those have been lifetime “friends.” There is a lot to be said for special “friends.” When you can go for weeks and sometimes months before seeing or talking to your “friends” but when you do, you pick right back up and never miss a beat. That is a true “friend.” Jesus' inner circle or disciples were His “friends.” He tried to teach them the value of a great “friend” in His ministry. These are some qualities of a “friend” - loving, respectful, positive influence, forgiving, loyal, supportive, reliable, trustworthy, and dependable to name a few. We need to check our “friend” meter and make sure we have those qualities. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us to be that kind of “friend” that would always show love to one another. Being a “friend” can be saying the right words at the right time or not saying anything at all. “Friends” are priceless treasures. Love is the glue that holds “friends” together at all times, bad or good. There are so many people that need a true “friend.” Let us keep our spiritual eyes open to the Holy Spirit leading us to that “friend.” Make a new “friend,” be a “friend,” touch base with that “friend” from the past. Our opportunity awaits! My prayer for us this week is that we let the Holy Spirit guide us to the path of “friend.”

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless - cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything -
encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!
~ 1 Peter 4:8-11 (MSG)

Scenes From the LYFT Mission Trip

Please keep all involved in your prayers, as they finish up their week of work
and head home this weekend.

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Pastor's Vacation News

Pastor Mike and family will be on vacation July 26-August 9. If you have any physical needs (visit, food, clothes, shelter, finances) please contact CLC's Deacon Chair, Danielle Young at 330-271-1835. If you have a spiritual need (prayer, anointing, reconciliation) please contact CLC's Elder Chair, James Wittenauer at 330-692-4732.



July Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life
We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

August Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike will be taking a summer break for the first two Sundays of August.
The pulpit will be filled by the following special guests:
* August 1 ~ "Minute for Mission" with Kitty Kromer & Goodness Grows,
with the message given by guest pastor Rev. David Hill.
Collide Kids (Grades 1-4) will remain in Worship.
* August 8 ~ guest speaker Austin Young

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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 ended last week with a cookout and picnic. Sue Weaver came to join us, we grilled burgers and hot dogs, took silly pictures, played broom ball, and had a fantastic summer celebration.

This week has been all about sorting and organizing seeds, weeding, finding more zucchini (so much zucchini!), moving mulch and more. On Wednesday, Western Reserve United Methodist's youth came to spend the morning at GG. This wonderful group continued the work on the path in the woods. It was fantastic to welcome a new group here and to reconnect with their leader, who is an old friend of GG. We hope that we will finally finish the path in August, when CG's Youth Group has another service day. Today, everyone is working on harvesting and washing produce for CSA pick-up. This week, subscribers will be getting the best sweet corn around, straight from McMaster Farms! Extra produce also went to a local food pantry today.

On Saturday, there is a Fundraiser in Leetonia for a local mom, Robin Stumpo, who is battling cancer. Robin is the mother of GG intern Cameron's girlfriend. The fundraiser will feature a pasta dinner, Chinese auction, vendors, and a raffle. We donated a basket of jams and crackers (picture above) to the auction. If you are free on Saturday, take a drive to Leetonia to support this worthy cause, have some fun, and maybe win a prize!

Last Friday's Cookout

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WRUMC Service Day

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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 have:
Jungle Jam: Blueberry Jalapeno, Strawberry Jalapeno, Hot, Cherry Habanero
Juicy Jam: Strawberry Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade



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, hands-on way. The GG crew maintains the grounds and cleans the 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 and donations 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:

Check out the Rock Kidz table in the Great Room to see the many kids who are in
need of sponsors! Help Rock Kidz spread the word about them!



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.

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!


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Music in the Park Concert Series

Free Concerts in Boardman Park at the Maag Outdoor Theatre, sponsored by Cortland Banks. Bring your blanket and folding chair.
• Thursday July 22 - Music 7pm: The Wrangler Band
• Thursday July 29 - Music 7pm: Decades
• Thursday August 5 - Music 7pm: Youngstown Community Concert Band
• Saturday August 14 - Family Night 7pm: Backbeat Movie: Frozen 2, 9pm
• August 28 - Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, 7pm with fireworks after

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Outdoor Movies 2021

Fridays at Firestone Farms in Columbiana, 1pm & 7pm
Free family-friendly movies on the big screens. Lots of seating in the courtyard, or bring your own lawn chair. This year, there will also be a couple Double Feature nights! Some Double Feature late night movies may be rated R; please plan accordingly.
July 23rd: A Christmas Story (PG) It's Christmas in July at TownCenter!
July 30th: Raya and the Last Dragon (PG)
August 6th: Shrek (PG)
August 13th: Monsters, Inc. (G)

Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Movies may be cancelled/delayed/changed due to movie studio changes, weather, or other circumstances.

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Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center Programs

Ohio Snakes and Turtles
Saturday, July 24 1-2pm and 3-4pm
Adults and kids of all ages can join Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center volunteer Kathy Cattrell under the pavilion and learn about some of Ohio's common snakes and turtles. The group size will be limited by space under the pavilion and there are two sessions.

Tracks, Scat, and Splat
Sunday, July 25 1-2pm
Join Naturalist Richelle Gatto under the pavilion at the Wildlife Education Center for a fun family activity that allows you to become a Detective of Wildlife and identify the things wildlife “leave behind.” This program will include a hands-on craft for kids of all ages!

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Community Memorial Service

August 7, 11am
Zion Hill Church in Columbiana will be holding a community memorial service on August 7 at 11am. This is an opportunity for those who lost a loved one during COVID restrictions to have a chance to get closure. There will be a short sermon and a time during the service for people to get up and say something about their loved one. Refreshments will be offered following the service. If you would kindly spread the word about this, we would appreciate it. If anyone is interested in remembering a loved one they can contact Zion Hill Church at (330) 482-4446 and leave a message. This will help us get a count of how many wish to participate in the service.

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Anchored Two Day VBS

Our friends at Western Reserve United Methodist Church asked us to help spread the word about their "two days of fin-tastic fun" at Vacation Bible School. They will be using a curriculum from Group during this event on Friday, August 13th from 5:30-8:30pm and Saturday, August 14th from 10am-2pm. Click Here to learn more and to get to a link for their registration form.



Today! - Nicolette Vignon
July 24 - Brendan Cole
July 24 - National Amelia Earhart Day
July 27 - James Crawford
July 27 - Phil Bartholomew
July 28 - Bob Faulkner
July is National Make A Difference to Children Month

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



July 22-28, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-Up
Tonight, 5:30-10pm - Collide Middle School Scrappers Game
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship & Collide Sunday Ministries
Sunday, After Worship - CLC Deacons Meeting
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group

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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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