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Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Sunday's Service - June 13, 2021

The featured Scripture is: Matthew 18:21-35; 2 Peter 3:8-9
for Mike's message: The Fruit of the Spirit Part 4: Patience.

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

Connecting Life Church Facebook Page

Come Grow With Us!


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 continue to join
together in Worship, Praise, and Prayer, whether in the Sanctuary or 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 will go out on
Monday morning! The CGCC website has a Contact/Prayer Request page, you can
email Jen Lynch directly, or use

Following the guidelines of the CDC, the ODH, and the Governor, mask wearing is 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.



Graduation Sunday

This week we celebrate Audrey Shannon & Christina Lynch,
who just graduated in the past weeks from high school.
Congratulations to our 2021 graduates!

God Bless the Class of 2021!

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Audrey - part of CG since 2003

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Christina - part of CG since 2007

Bible Studies & Ministries

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

Ladies Bible Study ~ Friday, 9am - Finishing Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson, then taking a Summer Break.


CLC Membership Class
This Sunday is the final session of the Membership class.
Watch for news to come about the formal Membership Ceremony.


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 join us in-person or online!


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Taylor LifeGroup: On Summer Break for the month of June
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesday, 10am in the pastor's office & on Zoom
* Hileman LifeGroup: On Summer Break
* Bartholomew LifeGroup: Special meetings through June then on Summer Break until August 13.

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 - watch for some summer activities!

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Youth Group

Grades 5-12

Big thanks to the Vignon's and Mike Ashby for a fun end of the season bonfire last Friday! As always, we enjoyed our time together tremendously!

Watch for some summer YG activities to be announced!

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Rocky Railway VBS ~ How Can You Help?

Check out the table near the entrance in the Great Room to see how to help create an amazing Vacation Bible School experience! Please grab a tag (or two!) off the donation board if you can donate supplies. Sign up this Sunday if you are able to volunteer. Grab a registration form for kids Pre-K - 6th Grade. Everyone welcome to join in and see how Jesus' power pulls us through anything!




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.

"God is so good. We have been having spectacular weather here in Ohio. I pray where you are is just as great. Every day I pray I see God’s glory in all the little things. He loves us so much!"

"My Word for this week is “HIDE.” Have you ever felt like you wanted to pull your covers up over your head and “hide?” I did on Sunday morning getting ready for church – was having myself a good pity party. But I pulled it together and went to worship and God blessed me with a soaking of His Presence. Lesson learned for me. We cannot “hide” from God. Sometimes we try. We sometimes try to “hide” our feelings or emotions from others to appear to be strong. Well, sometimes we just are not strong. Sometimes we want to “hide” from everything. We think we will feel better that way. Here's a clue - we do not feel better. Often, we may feel worse. I pray this week that the Holy Spirit saturates in a way that nothing can “hide” from Him. Let us be open to Him and what He wants to do for us. In His Presence is fullness of Joy! Let us not “hide” from that – let us be open to ALL He has for us. Give it ALL to Him – do not “hide.” I pray God will open our hearts and minds to see His gems He has in store for us. I pray we are open to what God has for each of us!"

God’s my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the shore, throws garlands of
hosannas around my neck.
~ Psalm 32:7 (MSG)


Stove News

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Off to fill an important need.

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Heading to WV.

Our old stove has left the building and moved on to a new life at a very inspiring ministry in West Virginia! The Breeden Church of God, located deep in the mountains of Mingo County, runs a food pantry and kitchen, serving over 100 families monthly! Check out their letter and info at the front desk to learn about this hard-working group.

Please remember, if you are interested in being able to use our new stove, we must show you the special "tricks" to operating it! For safety reasons, you will need to get a quick stove lesson from Rachel Vignon before the stove can be put to work. Please let Jen Lynch or Rachel know if you are interested in being a stove user and we will set up a lesson.



June 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!


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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

Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. Details here: VBS.

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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

It's strawberry season! What a wonderful time of year! Our folks have been busy harvesting juicy, delicious, home grown strawberries. Since it is too early to put them in CSA shares, these berries will be turned into some of our special jams.

While harvesting strawberries did take up a big chunk of our time this week, other things were also accomplished. We made jam. We planted in the bed behind the Sanctuary, out in the back garden area, and out front in the raised beds. We picked some onions and garlic and, of course, we weeded. We also took time to enjoy the woods and to inspect some trails to see what needs cleared again.

Next week Canfield Presbyterian Church will be bringing some of their youth here for a mission trip day. After all these months of not being able to have mission groups here, we are beyond excited to welcome our friends from CPC back as our first group!


Looking for a few good clippers!

Pruners/Clippers Needed

Our mission group next week will be helping us to clear some trails in the woods. We do not have enough clippers and pruners for everyone. Do you have any at home, good for cutting up branches and brush, that we could borrow? If you do - GREAT! Please put your name on it and leave it at the front desk on Sunday. We will take good care of these tools and will have them back at the desk, ready for pick-up, the following Sunday. Thank you!

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 Blueberry Jalapeno Jungle Jam, Hot Jungle Jam,
Pineapple Habanero Jungle Jam, and Strawberry Lemonade Juicy Jam in stock here.

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Father's Day Flea ~ Saturday, 9am-3pm

Need help picking out just the right thing for your dear ol' Dad this year? The June Flea - Father’s Day Edition has got you covered. Come visit amazing vendors and find items to help you rock the year at the Flea! Kitty will be manning the GG table, stocked with freshly made Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam. Everyone loves jam...especially dad's!



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 for kids 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.

Currently, Uganda is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases and has been placed
under a lockdown. Please keep the people there in your prayers at this extra-difficult time.

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.

We have had several friends stop by over the last two weeks with donations from spring cleaning! Big thanks to them! If you are doing any spring cleaning and you want to drop things off here during the week, Goodness Grows is happy to help unload your car.

*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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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! A different movie every week, with a mix of old and new releases, rated G, PG, or PG-13. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for movie titles, which will be posted as they get scheduled. This year, there will also be a couple Double Feature nights! Some Double Feature late night movies may be rated R; please plan accordingly.
June 11th: Sonic the Hedgehog (PG)
June 18th: Remember the Titans (PG)
June 25th: Abominable (PG)
July 2nd: TBD
July 9th: TBD
July 16th: 6pm DOUBLE FEATURE: Groundhog Day (PG) and Caddyshack (R)
July 23rd: A Christmas Story (PG) It's Christmas in July at TownCenter!
July 30th: TBD
August 6th: TBD
August 13th: TBD

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

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Logs & Dogs Fundraiser

Saturday, 6pm at Lamppost Farm, 14900 Market St., Columbiana
Benefiting the Columbiana Firestone Dog Park
Entrance: $10/adult and $5/child under 12, cash or card
This is a family-friendly and dog-friendly event! "All you can eat" hot dogs, campfire logs, buns, and condiments will be provided. Please bring with you chairs/blankets, water bottles, roasting sticks, other treats to enjoy around the fire, a leash for your dog, and baggies for your dog's "logs." You are welcome to bring small yard games as well. For an additional $10, you can participate in the food truck competition for gourmet toppings presented by Wok on the Wild Side, Babcia's Lunchbox, and Willie's Dogs. The food trucks will have other meal offerings available for purchase along with Lucy's Liver Dog Treats for your pups. Please call 330-531-4240 or email with questions.

Spaghetti Dinner to Prevent Veteran Suicide ~ This Sunday in Salem



TODAY! - Isabella Henceroth
June 14 - Flag Day
June 15 - Aaron & Pam Jarvis
June 15 - Shirley Bartholow
June 15 - Stacy Hileman
June is National Adopt A Cat Month.

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



June 10-16, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Saturday, 9am-3pm - GG at the Flea
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - CLC Membership Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship & Collide Sunday Ministries
Tuesday, 9am-2pm - CPC Mission Group at GG
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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