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Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Sunday's Service - May 9, 2021

The featured Scripture is: Judges 4:4-10
for Mike's message: A Mother to Remember.

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

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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



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
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: Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm in the Sanctuary
* 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 ~ (Grades 1-4 in Activity Room)

Collide Kids Wednesdays ~ 6:30-7:30pm
* Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6 in Sprouts Room) with Stacy Hileman
* Collide Kids (Grades 1-4 in Activity Room) with Delania Link
* Collide Middle School (Grades 5-8 in Blue Room) with Austin Young

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

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Our Youth are landscape champions! They can show you how it's done this Saturday!

Youth Group

Grades 5-12, Meeting Every Other Weekend

Spring Schedule:
​Saturday (9am-1pm) for the Spring Work Day
Sunday, May 23 (6-7pm) Upstairs at CGCC
Friday, June 4 (6-8pm) Bonfire at the Vignon's

Youth Group members are highly encouraged to participate in Saturday's Spring Work Day.
Miss Rachel will be thrilled to hand tasks out to you! This will be the YG activity for this weekend.

Spring Work Day 2021

Volunteers Needed for Church Work Day

Join us out front THIS Saturday, May 8, from 9am-1pm as we refurbish the landscaping. We'll be removing mulch, landscape fabric, and weeds, laying down a new weed barrier, and spreading rock throughout the entire planted area. Come for however long you can...all help will be greatly appreciated!!

If inclement weather looks likely, we will reschedule for May 22. Watch email and Facebook on May 7 in case we must make notification of date change.

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River rock ready to be spread around the front landscaping. We need YOUR muscles!

Connecting Life Church Membership Class Begins This Week

The six week class, “Six Steps to Loving My Church," begins this Sunday, May 9th at 9:30am
in the Pastor's Office with Pastor Mike. If you're considering becoming a member of CLC,
this class is required as part of the evaluation of their membership.


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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.

"God is so good! He loves us so much! If we could all grasp hold of that everyday when we wake up. Thankful and grateful is how I pray all our days are."

"My word for this week is “PLAN.” What is the plan for our lives? What plans have we made that maybe have not turned out the way we had hoped? I had said that to our Pastor this past week. Sometimes the best laid plans……. just do not work out. God has a great “plan” for each of us. His “plan” for us is so wonderful – better than we can ever dream. When our “plan” does not go as planned it sometimes sets us back for a while. We need to push through and continue toward the “plan” God has set for us. Every week I “plan” on sticking to my healthier eating habits – maybe get exercise in and try to lose some weight. Some weeks are better than others sticking to the “plan.” Just like building a home, there is usually a “plan” that sometimes needs tweaked to accomplish the finished product. Remember the children’s game Chutes and Ladders? The “plan” is to make it to the finish line first. If you land on the right square, the “plan” goes well. If you land on the wrong square – you go down the chute farther back in your “plan.” I pray we all hold fast to the “plan” God has for each of us. I pray the Holy Spirit continues to reveal His “plan” to us. Stay steadfast – stay encouraged – stay focused – stay grounded in God. He has the perfect “plan” for us all! It will be even sweeter than we imagine. I pray God’s richest blessing for you."

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

People can make all kinds of plans, but only the Lord’s plan will happen. ~ Proverbs 19:21 (NCV)

Volunteer Weeders Always Welcome

Want to play in the soil and enjoy nature? Then we have the perfect opportunity for you!
Stop out anytime to pull some weeds and enjoy a stroll through our grounds. There are tools in the bench under the front awning, with buckets and (sometimes) a wheelbarrow near by. Drop your weeds in the buckets or wheelbarrow and then leave them under the awning for GG to take care of, or if Rachel is here, she can show you where our weed pile is located. There are areas all around the property where you can enjoy some good old-fashioned weeding time. Feel free to contact Rachel or stop by M-F between 8:30am-2pm and she will be glad to give you her famous tour of "Great Places for a Perfect Weeding Experience!"

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Weeding is fun!!! Come give it a try!



May 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
at all times. We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

Collide Hot Dog Roast

May 26 during Collide Kids/Hileman LifeGroup
Collide's spring season will end the last Wednesday in May. We will wrap up spring and kick-off summer break with a family hot dog roast up at the fire pit. Thanks for being a part of this ministry!

Catalyst Bonfire

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. Open to everyone!

Communion Sunday

We will celebrate the sacrament of Communion together on Sunday, May 30. Collide Kids Church (Grades 1-4) will remain in Worship on Communion Sundays. Nursery and Collide Jr. will be available for Parents/Guardians.

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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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Working out front in preparation for Saturday's Work Day.

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Butterfly garden re-plant.

News of the Week

The rainy weather this week hasn't stopped our crew from accomplishing all sorts of tasks! Work has been done out front, the butterfly garden has been planted, and we have been very busy in the greenhouses...including doing some demo, which we love to do! It might be wet and gray outside, but we still find the fun in working together.

We are tickled pink to announce that Cameron Fortune, one of our favorite GG interns, has returned for the summer. Welcome home, Cam!!

Our other big news is that our CSA program for this 2021 season is sold out. Woohoo! This may be the earliest we have ever closed subscription sales. We have thirteen wonderful CSA subscribers and we are very grateful for each one of them. We are looking forward to a bountiful harvest. Please keep GG and our crops in your prayers throughout this growing season. Thank you!

Come visit the GG table at the Youngstown Flea this Saturday. Kitty will be there with Jungle Jam, Juicy Jam, and organic catnip toys.

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Hunting for frog food.

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Cam has returned!

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In the back greenhouse.

Use the button below to read our most recent newsletter, which went out last week.

Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam available at Reach for the STARS online: Shop Local. 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 through Amazon Smile ~ Volunteering ~ Donating Items
Purchasing Our Products ~ Charitable Giving ~ Telling Others


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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 at: Rock Kidz Uganda and on:

Thank you to Marilee & David for their work for our Mission Sunday service last week!
If you would like to learn more or 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 their fundraiser for a reliable van for Divine Junior School can also be made through their website, PayPal, or to their address above.

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.
Spring cleaning time 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!


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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, May 8, 9am-3pm
Mahoning County residents may bring select items to this event at the Canfield Fairgrounds.
Acids, Adhesives/Tar, Aerosol Cans, Antifreeze, Asbestos (double-bagged), Automotive Fluids, Bleach, Batteries (Car & Household), Caulks, Fire Extinguishers, Fluorescent Bulbs, Fuels, Greases, Herbicides, Household Cleaners, Insecticides, Lighter Fluid, Mercury, Oil Based Paint, Pesticides, Photo Chemicals, Poisons, Pool Chemicals, Propane Cylinders, Shellac, Solvents, Stains, Thinners, Used Motor Oil, Varnish, Wood Preservatives...NO EXPLOSIVES ~ NO PHARMACEUTICALS

NOTE: There will be a 5-gallon limit on all containers. Latex paint will not be accepted. Dispose of water based paint by hardening with sand or cat litter and placing with regular household waste.

Please Observe the Following Times
If Your Last Name Begins With...
A-F 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
G-N 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
O-Z 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

For more information contact the Green Team at (330) 740-2060.

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Youngstown Flea - May 8 "Mom Flea"

Saturday, 9am-3pm
New Location ~ 365 E Boardman St, Youngstown, OH
Season Six of The Youngstown Flea
Need help picking out just the right thing for your Mother this year? The May Flea - Mother’s Day Edition has got you covered.
Free admission, free parking. Goodness Grows will be there along with so many other amazing vendors! Check out their website to see the plan for keeping everyone safe: Shop Safe.

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Birds of Hellbender Bluff

Event by Columbiana County Park District
Saturday, May 8, 12pm at Hellbender Bluff Park
Join us at the pavilion at Hellbender Bluff Park at noon for a walk along the Meadow Trail to take in a variety of migrants as well as a host of resident birds. Peter Wilson will lead us as we watch and listen for the birds of Hellbender Bluff grasslands.

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TODAY - National Day of Prayer & National Nurses Day
May 7 - Pat & Jen Shannon
May 7 - Elycia DeHaven
May 8 - World Migratory Bird Day
May 9 - Mother's Day
May 12 - Emily & Brandon Fisher
May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month.

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



May 6-12, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 6pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup
Saturday, 9am-1pm - Church Spring Outdoor Work Day
Saturday, 9am-3pm - Goodness Grows at the Flea
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - CLC Membership Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship & Collide Sunday Ministries
Sunday, 6pm - Taylor LifeGroup
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Tuesday, 6-7pm - CG Session/CLC Elders Meeting
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 6:30pm - Collide Kids
Wednesday, 6:30pm - Hileman LifeGroup

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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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