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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Sunday's Service - October 7, 2018

Featured scripture verses are: 1 Corinthians 14:1-25
for Adam's message: Tongues and Prophecy.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



Fall Bible School Day 2 on Sunday!

All ages are invited to join in the fun and learning in the Orchard this Sunday! We had a blast last week at our first Fall Family Bible School. Kids and adults alike participated and explored the Word, learning about hospitality, hunger in America, and each other! As Sarah taught us, "Is there anything too wonderful for God?" (Genesis 18:14)

Bring your lunch again this Sunday and next Sunday. We will eat a quick meal together right after Worship and then jump into our adventure from 12:30ish to 2:00ish. Please Note ~ Some of our games will involve movement, so please wear safe and appropriate footwear for active games.

October 7, and October 14 after Worship until 2:00ish
October 20 from 3-5pm, Fall Fest included, with bonfire dinner after 5:00

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Resting with Sarah

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Thankful orchard display.

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What are you thankful for?

FBS News

At Common Ground, we do a lot of things during Bible School. Two of the big things we highlight are God Sightings and a mission project:

▪ God Sightings ~ Are you watching for God at work? Get ready to share and hang up some apples on Sunday!
God Sightings ~ Are you watching for God at work? Get ready to share and hang up some apples on Sunday!
▪ The Mission Project ~ Help us help those in our valley who are experiencing food insecurity. We will collect money and non-perishable food items throughout FBS to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. The Food Bank can turn $1 into $11 worth of food! They also appreciate donated food items, with the most requested being cereal, peanut butter, canned veggies, fruits & soups, tuna fish, dry pasta, and macaroni & cheese. For more info about Second Harvest, click HERE
The Mission Project ~ Help us help those in our valley who are experiencing food insecurity. We will collect money and non-perishable food items throughout FBS to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. The Food Bank can turn $1 into $11 worth of food! They also appreciate donated food items, with the most requested being cereal, peanut butter, canned veggies, fruits & soups, tuna fish, dry pasta, and macaroni & cheese. For more info about Second Harvest, click HERE
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Potato games.

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FBS day 1 group.

Bible Studies

Sunday Morning: 9:30am - The book of Ecclesiastes (Meets in the pastor's office.)

Wednesday Morning: Ladies Study - 9am - The book of Job (Currently meeting at Jen Shannon's house. Give us a call for directions.) Next week, October 10th, we will meet at church.

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

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Garden & Nursery News

The Garden meets this Sunday, with Jen Lynch leading
a lesson about standing firm on God’s Word. Kids, bring your Bibles!
As always, activity pages are on the table by the Sanctuary doors for kids who remain in Worship. Nursery kids (age 3 & younger) are invited to the Nursery for a Bible story time.

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Youth Group

Our youth are having fun at Fall Bible School! The Youth Group won't officially meet again until October 28, when we go to The Music Man in Columbiana. Sign up to participate!

Coat & Clothing Giveaway

October 13 from 10-2

Word of our giveaway is spreading! Armstrong Cable's "Out 'n About" program came to interview us about it. This interview is now running on Armstrong channel 20 and their You Tube and Facebook pages. If you still have coats and clothing to donate, bring them in whenever you can.Tell your family and friends that they are welcome to donate and to come on October 13th and choose some items for their family. We hope to help out as many people as possible!

Let us know if you'd like to volunteer to help at the event or bring cookies for it. Sign up sheet on the bulletin board! Thank you to all who have already signed up!



Fall Fest ~ October 20 ~ 3-5pm

This year we're trying something new! Fall Fest, our annual tradition, will be a part of our FBS wrap-up! On Saturday, October 20, we will gather at 3pm. We will conclude our fun in Abundance Orchard and we will celebrate fall with games, costumes, and trick-or-treating. Bring your costumes with you and we will have time to change into them before having a costume parade and collecting treats.

Weather permitting, stay after 5 for a special dinner of hot dogs and s'mores up at our fire pit! Don't miss this new twist on an old tradition!

The Music Man

Sunday, October 28
Youth Group members and interested adults are invited to bring their lunches and stay after Worship for an afternoon meeting. We will eat and enjoy time together, then carpool to the special needs production of The Music Man (featuring Tori Snyder as Marian the Librarian and Dustin Snyder as the farmer) at Main Street Theater in Columbiana. You can also sign up for tickets and just meet us at the theater at 1:45pm. Tickets are $13.

Please sign up by October 14 so we can order the tickets.

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Transition visited for lunch!

On the Goodness Grows Schedule

Fall Fest - Summit Co. Fairgrounds ~ Oct 6, 10am-4pm
Mission Night Market ~ Oct 12, 6-10pm
Youngstown Flea ~ Oct 13, 10am-4pm
Health Fair ~ Nov 2, 10am-4pm in Salem
Namaste in the Yo ~ Nov 11, 5-9pm at YSU
Canfield High Craft Show ~ Dec 1, 10am-4pm
Austintown Winter Market ~ Dec 14, 5-9pm
Whispering Pines ~ Every other Monday


Our 2018 season is over. We appreciate all our loyal subscribers! If you have any ideas about what we should plant or local products we might want to consider, let us know! We will soon begin planning for the 2019 CSA program and all input is appreciated. Our order form will be updated online and on Facebook early next year.

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Happenings Here

Our clients, staff, and classrooms have been busy decorating for fall, making jam, working to get the gardens and raised beds ready for winter, sorting items for the Coat & Clothing Giveaway, and more. Our friends from Transition came for a special visit on Monday to have lunch with us. Next week, Mohawk High School will start coming weekly on Wednesdays. The building and property bustles with activity during the week...come check it out!

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Jam time with Leetonia.


Making friends with a snake!

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In the kitchen with Salem.

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Grab a Gourd!

Check out the courtyard on Sunday to see the cool gourds we grew this year. A limited number are available, free, to go home with you! Choose one, dry it, and make a snazzy new birdhouse for your feathered friends.



Coat & Clothing Drive

Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity
Our Coat & Clothing Giveaway is SATURDAY!!! Drop off clothing and outerwear this week, in the barrel in the Great Room or in the storage room by the Cafe.

Please help us spread the word. Let people know we are accepting donations and tell people who might need a little helping hand to come see us on October 13th!

Second Harvest Food Bank

Can't make it to FBS but would still like to help with our mission project? Monetary donations and canned/boxed food items will be accepted through October 20th to help Second Harvest feed hungry local families.
Why are we collecting for the Food Bank this year? Because hunger is a serious problem in our country and our community. Did you know that 50 million Americans struggle to put food on the table? In fact, according to Second Harvest, almost 30,000 children in our 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. Our donations will make it into the hands of kids and families right here to help them have a little less to worry about!


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?



An Evening of Prayer at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center

Taizé Prayer is happening tonight at 7:30pm in the Magnificat Chapel. This Christian interdenominational prayer form includes music, scripture, and silence. Light refreshments and an opportunity for fellowship follow the prayer service. This event's theme is "Ordinary Time," with music director Brenda Kostial. Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center is located at 2067 Evergreen Rd, Villa Maria, PA 16155.
Future program dates:
December 6, 2018 - Advent
March 21, 2019 - Lent
May 16, 2019 - Easter

Crown Theater October Events

The Addams Family starts tomorrow! Break a leg Isabella, Jack, & Trey! You can see this fun show on October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14.

The Music Man, with our own Dustin Snyder, Tori Snyder, and many other friends of Goodness Grows, will be performed on October 27 & 28.

Get more information or purchase tickets Here.

Book Sale

The Friends of the Library is having a Book Sale this month at the Columbiana Public Library. Preview for Friends members is October 12th from 5:30 to 7:30. The sale is open to the public on October 13th from 9:00 to 7:00. Prices are $0.25 for paperbacks, $0.50 for hardbacks, and $1.00 for audiovisuals. There will be a special Bag of Books sale for $3.00 in the late afternoon.

Anyone who would like to help set up on the 11th, or work at the sale is asked to leave their contact information at the library desk.

New Waterford Lions Roast Beef Dinner

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Crestview High School from 4-7pm
Tickets are adults are $11, children are $6 and pre-sale tickets are $10 and $5 respectively. The menu consists of roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, bread & butter, dessert, and beverage served family style with carry-out available. Talk to Frank Snyder if you would like to order tickets. After celebrating FBS and Fall Fest (including our campfire dinner at 5pm) with us, you could warm up with a hearty roast beef dinner!


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



Townsend & Sarah Bendersmith - Today
National Do Something Nice Day - October 5 ~ Doing good deeds makes the world better!
Bob & Lynn Yoder - October 6
Paxton Bachelder - October 6
National Pierogi Day - October 8

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


October 4 - 10. . .
Today, 10:00am - Salem Class
Friday, 9:30am - Crestview Class
Saturday, 10am-4pm - GG at Fall Fest, Summit Co. Fairgrounds
Sunday, 9:30am - Adult Class
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 12-2pm - Lunch & FBS Day 2
Monday, 9:30am - GG at Whispering Pines
Tuesday, 9:30am - Leetonia Class
Wednesday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study (Meeting at church this week.)
Wednesday, 9:30am - 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


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