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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sunday's Service - June 21, 2020


The featured scripture verse is: Matthew 6:9-13
for Mike's message: "Our Father in Heaven".

Join us this Sunday for Worship - 11:00am

Online and In-Person


Scenes From Last Sunday's Return to Church

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Connecting Life is Moving on Saturday!

THIS Saturday, June 20 @ 10:00am
Meet at the old South Range Middle School, help load the truck, and then proceed to CGCC to unload and store. We need strong arms and legs. All help is much appreciated!

For your GPS, the school address is 7600 W. South Range Rd. Unit #9, Salem, OH 44460. The adress for CGCC is 2310 W. South Range Rd., North Lima, OH 44452. It will certainly be an easy drive!


Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us - at Common Ground or online. Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's grow together.

We welcome you to join us online for as long as it takes you to get comfortable with gathering in a group again. (Pastor Mike and his team have been busy this week, researching and learning all they can about making the online experience smooth. We have some bumps to work out, but everyone is working hard and will have it straightened out as quickly as possible. Big thanks to everyone who is helping with this and to all the online worshipers for their patience. You are all appreciated!) Whether we are worshiping in person or online, we can continue to join together in Worship and Praise and Prayer.

We will invite you to share your prayers and praises in person after the sermon ends. If you are worshiping online, or if you prefer communicating by email, 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 or you can email Jen Lynch directly or use

We would love to see and pray for the prayer needs of everyone from Common Ground and Connecting Life as well as anyone else in need of the power of prayer!

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"The Giving Corner"

Offering Boxes

One of the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is in the way we have offering. Rather than passing our wooden bowls through many hands, an offering station has been set up in the Great Room. Both Common Ground and Connecting Life have their offering boxes and envelopes there, along with a shiny, clean bottle of hand sanitizer.


Hello! My name is...

On your way into the Sanctuary for the next few Sundays, please stop at the round table in the Great Room. We are asking folks to take a minute to pop on a name tag so we can begin the process of learning about each other as we embark on this journey together. We look forward to greeting you by name!

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Prepared for Worship

Our round table is usually full of information and reading material. Due to the current need to follow new health and safety guidelines, we have packed away the papers and pamphlets and restocked the table. This is where you will find the name tags, "Busy Bags" and snacks for kids, and of course, more hand sanitizer!


Bible Studies

Our Sunday Morning Bible Study is currently paused, but we are thinking about how we can best resume our meetings. We hope to have some news in the near future.

The Ladies Bible Study will meet tomorrow (Friday) at 9am at the church. We are currently studying the book "Parables" by John MacArthur. We'd love to have you study and chat with us!

Do you have a favorite Scripture or an uplifting devotion that has helped you get through
the last few months?
Please send them in and share with your church family!


Garden & Nursery News

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Missing Our Garden/Sprout/Nursery Kids!

Bible lessons at home. This week's featured lesson from Ministry-To-Children is all about Father's Day and focuses on God, the Father. Head on over to that lesson right here: “Abba! A Father Who Provides”. They also have plenty of Father's Day Coloring Pages, if you are in need of a project.
Next week in this space, look for a children's lesson from Pastor Mike and Danielle Taylor ~ info below!

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We are excited to announce Collide Kids Online kicks off this coming Wednesday @ Noon on CLC & CGCC’s Facebook Pages! Danielle Taylor will lead an online time of learning for kids in 1st-4th Grade!!! We’ll have songs to sing & dance to and a Bible lesson to learn! It’ll be a great way to draw your kids closer to God!!!!

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Youth Group Quarantine Challenge Ends Tonight!

Youth Group is finishing the last Bible Search Challenge today, with answers due by midnight. (Keep an eye on the clock, Youth, and send those answers in if you haven't already!) All the participants in the challenges have done great! Even apart, our youth have continued to spend time in the Word, share joys and plans, do some unconventional service projects, and have some fun. We will meet soon for awarding prizes and doing some planning. This summer will look different but we will still fit in some fun and service together!

Youth, remember as you do your final Bible Search Challenge, this is an excellent resource to access a ton of different Bible translations: Bible Gateway.



For whom are you praying today?
How can we pray for you?

Whenever you have a prayer request, please don't hesitate to send it in! We are here to pray with and for you.

We will be sharing prayers and praises in church this week, during our "Joys & Concerns" time. If you are worshiping with us online, please take a minute to send in your prayer needs by early Monday mornings for inclusion in the weekly Joys & Concerns email. We are also glad to send out prayer requests and praise reports anytime throughout the week! Thank you!

“We do not make requests of you because we are righteous,
but because of your great mercy.”
~ Daniel 9:18




This week our encouragement comes by way of Marcia Kreps. Besides being a part of Connecting Life Church, the Kreps family also attends church in North Canton. Marcia has a friend at that church who sends out a weekly encouragement to the ladies of the congregation. We thought everyone would be encouraged by her beautiful words:

"This week, God confirmed to me the "word" of the week. It is direction or instruction. If you are like most of us, you are too anxious to read all the directions when you get something new. Sometimes it works out not reading the directions, sometimes not so much....

God is the Word, or our directions/instructions, on how to live. He directs our steps, our ways, our lives - if we just read the Word. Hide it in your heart. Sing the Psalms as worship to Him.

Sometimes directions can get confusing or mixed up. Same with God's Word - if we need understanding, ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding when you are reading and He will reveal Himself to you.

My desire is to know Him more and more. I want to put Him first in all I do. I want to check with Him first - seek Him first - clarify with Him first - before anything. Let God Guide our paths and let the Holy Spirit reveal what He has for us all!"

~ Darla Smith

Thank you to Marcia for sharing this and to Darla for offering encouragement and food for thought to her church and beyond. May we all remember to follow His instructions and seek Him first as we journey through this world together.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach me to look to Your face first, to always seek You… before I simply seek things from You. Thank you for Your loving patience with me. I ask this in Jesus’ strong name, Amen.



June Worship ~ In-Person and Online

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.

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Men's Ministry Gathering

Saturday, July 11, 6:30pm
Bible reading and bonfire. Bring a camp chair and bug spray to join in a socially distanced men's fellowship! James Crawford is leading this ministry event and can answer any questions you may have.

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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

GG had a fantastic weekend at the Youngstown Flea! Kitty manned our tent, selling jam while keeping masked and socially distant. The weather was perfect and folks flocked to the market. We sold 59 of the 62 jars of Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam she had available! A great start to a very unusual season! We are so grateful to all our customers and supporters.

The rest of the week brought a trip to Home Depot, lots of tomato staking, weeding, cleaning, and laughter. Kitty joined us today to make jam with Tori and our youngest volunteer, Nicolette. We will wrap up the week with more cleaning and disinfecting to make sure the building is ready for church on Sunday.

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CSA Starts Next Thursday!

It's that time of year - CSA pick-up time! Our first share day is next Thursday, June 25. We are looking forward
to seeing all our Weekly and Bi-Weekly subscribers!
We so appreciate the support of all our
Community Supported Agriculture customers!

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Jam For Sale

Check out Reach for the STARS online to get your Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam. Here is the link to their website: 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 Goodness Grows.

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Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ October 10

Keep saving all your clothing and outerwear items for our fall giveaway. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we will accept donations all year! Clothes for all ages and sizes needed, along with coats, bags, purses, shoes, housewares, books, stuffed animals, toys...whatever clean and useable items you think might help someone in need. Bags and boxes for people to carry their "new" items home with them are also needed!

Drop items off under the front awning by the glass doors facing the road or stop by if there are cars in the parking lot. Goodness Grows is here M-F from 9-2.

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How does your garden grow?

Weeders Always Welcome!

You are invited to spend some time enjoying the beauty of God's creation right here on our property. Take time to appreciate His handiwork while pulling some weeds in the flower beds! Goodness Grows works to try to keep the beds looking good but with the CSA pick-ups starting next week, time is often scarce. All help is appreciated!

"Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds." ~ Gordon Hinckley

Rescue Mission Monthly Need

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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!


Awareness Walk ~ Last Saturday

Purple Stride - Save 22 - Relay for Life - Heart Walk

Sharing some shots from Rachel and her walking buddies!

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Free Cinema Under the Stars at Southern Park Mall

June 18-21 at 9pm
Grab your blankets and snacks for a FREE Cinema Under the Stars at Southern Park Mall. Guests can reserve a ticket through EventBrite. Info Here.

Please reserve one ticket per vehicle. Movies will take place in the JCPenney parking lot. Signage will direct guests to the Check-in area where an attendant will let you in and direct you where to park. Movies will begin promptly at 9PM. Event parking will begin at 8PM. We will not allow guests into the Drive-In after 9:15PM.

Thursday, June 18th – “Sonic the Hedgehog”
Friday, June 19th – “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
Saturday, June 20th – “The Lego Batman Movie”
Sunday, June 21st – “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Help support the Salvation Army! Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items like canned goods and unused personal care items like tooth paste or deodorant. Your donation helps change lives for the better.

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Dairy Day at Angiuli’s Farm Market

Saturday, June 20 at 9am-3pm
Angiuli's Farm Market
9600 Columbiana Canfield Rd, Canfield, Ohio 44406
Join us as we celebrate Dairy Month and support local dairy farms. Come out and enjoy free samples and learn about dairy farming!
•Marburger Farm Dairy-ice cream samples topped with Angiuli’s homegrown strawberries & chocolate milk samples.
•Baker’s Golden Dairy-flavored milk samples.
•Middlefield Original Cheese Co-Op-cheese samples.

Event will take place outside the farm market, please wear masks and practice social distancing!

Mahoning County Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 9am-3pm
At the Canfield Fairgrounds: 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Gate 9
More Info Here.

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Star Party

Saturday, June 20, starting at dark
Hosted by the Beaver County Amateur Astronomers at the ballfields at
Brady's Run Park, Beaver, PA.
Gather with the Beaver County Amateur Astronomers to observe Spring and Summer constellations, double stars and nebula.
"We will hold a star party this Saturday if the weather is clear. Bring a telescope or binoculars if you have them. Or observe through scopes that are there. I would encourage everyone to bring a mask. Although we are outside and there will be plenty of space between us, it is probably best that they be worn while going up and viewing through the telescopes."



TODAY - National Go Fishing Day
June 19 - James Hagy
June 19 - Mya Hill
June 20 - 1st Day of Summer
June 21 - Father's Day
June 22 - Don & Peggy Fisher
June 22 - National Take Your Cat to Work Day

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



June 18-24, 2020 . . .

Saturday, 10am - CLC Moving Day
Sunday, 11am - In-Person and Online Worship
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tuesday, 2:15pm - GG Board Meeting

We are taking it slowly as we return to in-person events and activities. As we see how the summer unfolds, and as we follow the health department guidelines, we hope to add many more dates to this calendar. We'll keep you posted!

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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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