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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Sunday's Service - March 31, 2019

We welcome Reverend Randy Brown, from Akron, Ohio to lead us in Worship
this week. Rev. Brown graduated from Midwestern Baptist College and has 15 years
experience in ministry. He sings with the southern gospel group, The Restored Quartet,
who will join him to share their music ministry.

There will be a love offering to support these musicians who work to share
"the message of hope found only in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

The featured scripture verses will be from the book of Philippians
for Randy's message: Dealing with Pressure.

Garden kids will stay in Worship for this special service.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



Hunger in the Mahoning Valley

Just over a week left in our Food & Funds Drive!
Second Harvest provides food to area hunger-relief agencies, who in turn help community members. Of those who turned to these food programs, 32% were children and 20% were seniors. In fact, almost 30,000 children in our tri-county area are at risk for hunger--that's 1 in 4 children in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties who may not know where their next meal is coming from. We can help!

Now through April 7th, donate right here at Common Ground. Drop off monetary donations and non-perishable food items on our Food & Funds Drive table.
Every donation will help folks in our valley!

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Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: Romans

Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: Hosea, 9:30am at Jen Shannon's

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

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Garden & Nursery News

Garden kids will remain in Worship for this week's
special service. Activity pages will be on the table by
the Sanctuary doors. Children 3 & younger are
invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

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Youth Group

Last Sunday was all about trust. We spent time in the book of Luke, discussing Mary's trust in God and what it looks like to be a servant, like Jesus. Then we had a trust obstacle course, which was definitely full of surprises! Hope to see everyone this week at our normal time.
Snack: Christopher

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Last Sunday

We enjoyed welcoming our old friend, Greg Bowman, last Sunday to lead us in Worship. Greg came in with the big smile we are accustomed to...and a big stick! We've never had a preacher arrive with a big stick before, and it brought much laughter and interest to arrival time. Of course, Greg delivered a message full of inspiration and he used his prop well to illustrate the book of Isaiah. Thank you to Greg and his family for always being a friend to Common Ground and Goodness Grows.


April Speakers

April 7 - Phil Bartholomew
April 14 - Phil Bartholomew
April 21 - Adam Shank - Communion Sunday
April 28 - Brad Weber



Crochet Class ~ Saturday, April 6th at 10am

Join us to crochet with Jessica Deeter. All skill levels welcome. We had a blast when we did this last year!

Wonder film

Family Movie Night ~ Friday, April 12th at 6:30pm

The movie has been set! Join us for a viewing of "Wonder." Popcorn provided. Bring other snacks if desired.

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Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast ~ April 14th at 10am

We hope you will be able to join us for pancakes, sausage, egg casserole, orange juice, milk, and coffee, all provided by the Worship Committee. If you would like to volunteer to help, just let us know...all hands appreciated!

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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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Wrapping up March

Our visit to Whispering Pines was full of springtime fun. We stuffed Easter Eggs for a community Easter Egg Hunt. And...we met a puppy! That was a definite highlight of the week! Shawn and Keegan enjoyed feeding Millie the puppy treats before we headed back to GG.

This week brought all four of our classrooms - Leetonia, Mohawk and Salem, with Crestview coming tomorrow. It is so great to have all our friends back, and to be making some new friends! These folks have all worked hard on planting peach trees, constructing flower beds, weeding, working on birdhouse gourds, and more. The Thursday class got to spend time with Mrs. Kromer, so it was like old times at GG, having Kitty working in the gardens with students! We all also enjoyed Miss Sue spending a morning with us to tackle the cooking project - enchiladas and rice - with Tori, Shawn, and Dustin. That was both fun and delicious!

Next week, we are very excited for a Monday field trip to Ralph and Doris Witmer's home. Ralph is going to teach us about the care and maintenance of purple martin houses. We are so blessed by having a community of people willing to share their time and talents and we can't wait to hang out with and learn from Ralph!

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CSA Time!

Enroll today! Pick up will be Thursdays, weekly or bi-weekly, over a period of 18 weeks. We will provide a variety of produce from early June to mid-October. Pay by April 30th to get the EARLY BIRD Price of $325, which equals $18.05 per week. After April 30th, the cost is $360 for a weekly share, which equals $20 per week. Or, do a bi-weekly share from mid-June to mid-October for $200, which equals $22.22 per week. Refer a friend who purchases a subscription, get $20 back! Limited number of shares, deadline May 27th.
Why CSA? Because your money stays right here, helping our program and you get fresh, local, sustainable produce weekly. It's a win-win! Our CSA spots are starting to fill up - don't miss your chance to join in! I

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Every dollar counts!

GG Restaurant Fundraisers

A gigantic THANK YOU goes out to everyone who was able to support GG at the Fundraiser at BJ's this week! We deeply appreciate your efforts! We had a great time dining, visiting, and raising money for our programs. We also very much appreciate the community spirit of BJ's and their phenomenal staff. If you want to Dine for a Cause again, head to Chipotle in Boardman (near Target) on Sunday, April 28 from 4-8pm. Chipotle does not require printed flyers. You can show it on your smartphone, inform them you are supporting Goodness Grows, or you can grab a flyer (or several) from our GG table and share them with your friends. Eating dinner out is an easy way to help Goodness Grows earn money for our programs!

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Jungle Jam Contest ~ Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered! The lucky winner of two jars of Jungle Jam is: Aaron Zavadil! You can watch the drawing on our GG Facebook page. Check out the photos from the BJ's event there, too.



Food & Funds Drive ~ Through April 7th

Donations to our Food & Funds Drive will assist the Second Harvest Food Bank in stocking their shelves for the upcoming summer season. Donate whatever you are able!


Coat & Clothing Drive

Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity
Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room, anytime throughout the year! Let your friends and family know that we accept donations year-round.


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?



Mill Creek Park Events

Beyond Beauty: Magnolias Around the World

March 28, 6:30-7:30pm
Magnolias are among the most recognizable, ornamental flowering trees in the world. In addition to beauty, their primitive origins, unique ecological interactions, and conservation value render them as much more than “another pretty face” in the garden. These factors allow them contribute to gardens on many levels that are not often considered. Join Peter Zale, Associate Director, Conservation, Plant Breeding and Collections at Longwood Gardens, as he discusses these factors in a photographically rich exploration of magnolias around the world, as well as a short discussion of the best new magnolia hybrids for the garden. Registration requested, not required. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116. Sponsored by the John S. and Doris M. Andrews Memorial Lecture Series.

Refreshing Wonders of Wetlands

March 30, 12-2pm
Release the stress of the week and reconnect to yourself through nature and reflection on this unique hike of many paths and perspectives. Join us on a thoughtful hike through the wetlands and on to the East Newport Hike and Bike Trail to see breathtaking views of Newport Wetlands and Lake Newport only visible while the trees are bare. Meet at the Newport Wetlands Parking Lot on West Newport Drive. Wear shoes that can handle some mud. Call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107 for details. Moderate, 3 mi.

Family Nature Challenge

April 1, 8am - October 31, 5pm
Is your family ready for a fun new challenge? Enjoy quality time together while exploring nature and discovering Mill Creek MetroParks and all it has to offer. Call 330-740-7116 or visit to find out how to get started today!.

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



Today! - Barb & Tim Doran
Today! - Major League Baseball Opening Day
March 30, 8:30pm - Earth Hour (Turn off the lights & speak up about why nature matters.)
April - National Garden Month (Great month to enroll in a CSA! Or teach in the Garden!)
April 2 - Abigail McMaster (4!)
April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day
April 3 - Jennie Passmore

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


March 28-April 3 . . .
Through April 7 - Food & Funds Drive for Second Harvest
Today, 10am - GG/Salem Class
Friday,10am - GG/Crestview
Friday, 4:30pm - DI Practice
Sunday, 9:30am - Romans Class
Sunday, 11am - Worship with The Restored Quartet
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - Youth Group
Monday, 10:30am - GG Field Trip
Tuesday, 10am - GG/Leetonia Class
Wednesday, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday, 10am - GG/Mohawk Class

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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!

Service Time: Sunday @ 11:00am
Common Ground Church Community
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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