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Thursday, December 31, 2020

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Sunday's Service - January 3, 2021

New Sermon Series ~ The Armor of God

The featured Scripture is: Ephesians 6:10-14
for Mike's message: The Belt of Truth.

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

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Scenes From Last Sunday


Thanks to Pat for filling in for Pastor Mike.



James & Tiffany Crawford Lighting the Christ Candle


The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. ~ Isaiah 9:2

Christmas Eve Service


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

New Year Sermon Series begins Sunday as Pastor Mike takes us through
this eight week series on the Armor of God.

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2020 Year-End Contributions

The Finance Committee would like to remind you that, to be included in 2020,
your contributions need to be received by or postmarked by today.
Thank you for your generous support all throughout the year!

Bible Studies & Ministries

We will be following the health and safety directives during small group meetings and events as well as Worship. Masks and social distancing are required anytime you are in our building, as we try our best to stay healthy together. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

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Sunday Morning Bible Study
9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room ~ Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Ladies Bible Study ~ Next meeting January 8, 2021
Friday, at 9am in the Activity Room ~ Who Do You Say That I AM? by Becky Harling
The current study will be wrapping up, so we will need to select a new book. If you are interested in participating, we would love your input. Please check out the links below and we will discuss our options next Friday.
Extracting the Precious from Isaiah: A Bible Study for Women
Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion
The Armor of God, Bible Study Book
Last time we considered several books from the link below. Feel free to revisit that list and make suggestions.
Moody Publishers Women's Bible Studies

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


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Taylor LifeGroup: More info coming soon.
* Weimer LifeGroup: Every other Tuesday through February, 10am on Zoom, Next meeting on January 5, 2021.

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Children's Ministry

Happy New Year to all of our Collide Kids and families!

Collide Kids Online will resume on Wednesday,
January 6 at noon on the CLC Facebook page.
Grab your kid(s) and spend 25 minutes together
singing, dancing, laughing, and learning!


Youth Group

Wishing all a safe and healthy new year!
We look forward to planning for Youth Group 2021 as soon as possible.


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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!

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We received Darla Smith's devotion last week after the Scoop went out. While it could be considered a Christmas themed message, these words are relevant each and every day. Thank you to Marcia Kreps for sharing and Darla for writing.

"Jesus truly is the reason for the season! I pray you are all doing good during this glorious time that is upon us."

"The word God has for us this week is "ROOM." One definition is unobstructed space to be occupied. Wow. Have we left "room" for Jesus? Really strikes a cord of realization with me. Is the "room" all used up with the many obstructions of the day? I have decided I'm making "room." Let every heart prepare Him "room." I make "room" for you Jesus."

May we all strive to always make room for Jesus in our lives, each and every day!



January Worship ~ Online & In-Person

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

We will 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.
We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!


Christmas Break

Goodness Grows and the church office will resume normal hours on Monday, January 4, 2021.
If you need to reach us prior to that, please don't hesitate to call, text, or email and
we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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



Scenes From Our Christmas Party

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News of the Week

Happy New Year! We'll see you in 2021!
GG will resume normal operating hours on Monday, January 4.

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Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam available at Reach for the STARS online: Shop Local.
They even provide curbside pickup in Salem to encourage social distancing. We are also glad to arrange a jam pick up here at GG. Check out our jam table in the Great Room.


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 ~ Just use Amazon Smile - choose Goodness Grows as your charity of choice.
* Volunteering ~ Give of your time and get back lots of love & smiles!
* Donating Items ~ We are always in need of items like basic jam making supplies such as regular 8oz. canning jars, lids, sugar, and white vinegar.
* Purchasing Our Products ~ Proceeds from jam & crafts go right back to our programs.
* Charitable Giving ~ As a small non-profit, Goodness Grows depends upon generous supporters who give monetary support. A contribution to Goodness Grows is tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law. Your donations help us to continue our mission of working with people of all abilities.

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Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.

Their mission is to Advocate, Advise, Advance the ministries
of Divine Soccer in Masaka, Uganda for the benefit of the
children of the community

Sponsorships can be made to Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.,
1814 E. 3rd St., Salem, OH 44460 or via Pay Pal at
Learn more on Facebook at: Rock Kidz Uganda or on their website:
Handmade bracelets and a necklace are available at the front desk. All proceeds will go to the construction of Divine Junior School.

Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ 2021!

Now that Christmas is over, maybe you are doing some closet cleaning to make room for gifts. Drop off those unwanted but still useful items right here and please 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! The donation barrel and storage space is ready.


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!


Hiking Social (Distancing) Club

Sunday, January 3, 10am-12pm
Event by Environmental Collaborative at Hitchcock Woods
BOOTS REQUIRED!! Come on out to enjoy a lovely hike with others to stay in shape during these cold months and to have some safe, social interaction during these strange times. All levels and all ages welcome, stick around after the hike to learn all about boots and footwear. Each hike will focus on different types of gear or skills necessary to get outside into wild spaces safely. If you have specific questions about gear or hiking in general feel free to ask here or during the hike.

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Library Programs

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is happy to announce that now you can call 234-287-2020 and listen to stories read by PLYMC librarians. And you can access this fun service 24/7! Dial-a-story offers a wide range of stories for different age groups. Dial 234-287-2020 and just follow the directions.

Take & Make Craft Kits ~ Adults & Early Learning
Monday, January 4, All day
Pick up your free Take & Make craft kit at any library branch. While supplies last.

Pop-Up Library @ Beloit Recycling Center
Wednesday, January 6, 1-4pm
The Pop-Up Library visits the Beloit Recycling Center! Get a library card, check out materials, ask questions! For everyone's safety, please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distance.



December 31 - New Year's Eve
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 2 - National Science Fiction Day
January 4 - Joyce Jackson
January 5 - National Bird Day
January 6 - Epiphany/Three Kings Day (The 12th Day of Christmas)
January is National Blood Donor Month.

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



December 31, 2020 - January 6, 2021 . . .
Sunday, 9:30am - Sunday Morning Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 12pm - Collide Kids Online

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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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