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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sunday's Service - March 3, 2019

We welcome back Phil Bartholomew to lead us in Worship this week.

The featured scripture verses are: Daniel 6:1-28
for Phil's message: FEARLESS.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



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Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: 9:30am - Philippians ~ This Sunday will be the final class on Philippians. We will take a two week break and begin a study of Romans on March 24.

Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: 9am - Jude, at Jen Shannon's

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

Garden & Nursery News

Jen Shannon will be in the Garden this week, with a lesson teaching that we show hope by how we live. 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 we dove into Acts 9, discussing the conversion of Saul. Our group enjoyed a floating brick challenge, a game of Straight Line/Squiggly Line, and then we laughed our way through three rounds of Serpent & Saint. Youth Group nights are always chock-full of learning and laughter!

This week we will spend time on service work for Goodness Grows, which Miss Rachel will be leading. She has decided that we will remain inside instead of venturing into the woods just yet. But, we will still be digging into soil and planting, so wear clothes that can get a bit messy. We will also be decorating a drop-off area for our Second Harvest Food Bank Food & Funds Drive. We have a lot going on and we hope to see everyone on Sunday at our regular Youth Group time, 6-7:30pm! Snack: Maci Vignon

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March Speakers

March 10 - Adam Shank (Communion Sunday)
March 17 - Brad Weber
March 24 - Greg Bowman
March 31 - Rev. Randy Brown



Outreach Potluck Soup Lunch ~ Sunday, March 10th, 12:15pm

Our soup luncheon to celebrate Adam and his family is next week! You are invited to stay after Worship and help us thank the Shank family for all their involvement at Common Ground. Sign up this Sunday! Tomato soup and bread provided.

Game Night ~ Saturday, March 16th at 6:00pm

Join in for a fun evening for all ages. Board games and laughter for everyone! Bring a snack to share and come ready for a good time. Please sign up on the bulletin board to help us plan.


Crochet Class ~ Saturday, April 6th at 10am

Ready to learn some crochet skills or refresh your old skills with our resident crochet expert, Jessica Deeter? All skill levels welcome. We had a blast when we did this last year! Sign up to participate.

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

There is still plenty of time to sign up on the bulletin board to vote for one of three movie selections. Currently, 'Wonder' is in the lead.

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Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast ~ April 14 at 10am

It's almost time for our annual breakfast tradition. 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!

Spread the Word About CG & GG

Share the news about all the happenings here at CG.
Invite a friend to Worship. Bring them to a special event. Tell them about the work of Goodness Grows. We really do have a lot to share with the community!

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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 February

Our Whispering Pines volunteer time saw us putting away Valentine decorations and spreading some spring joy with flowers, birds, and bunnies as we anticipate Easter. We also had a special volunteer work with us on Tuesday - Sue Weaver! Thanks to Sue for working on wine charms with us. There was plenty of kitchen time this week. We made Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam as well as a wonderful chicken casserole lunch. Due to Sunday's exciting wind storm, we had some trees come down on the property, which meant time outside with the chainsaw to make things look neat and tidy. We never know what exciting work we will find to do at Common Ground & Goodness Grows!

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Fresh Produce Coming Soon

2019 CSA enrolling now! Get fresh, naturally raised produce 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?

Your produce will vary from week to week, depending on what is in season, and may also include value added items like fresh salsa and zucchini bread. We utilize a variety of practices that make our vegetables better for the environment and healthier for your body. Produce will include a wide assortment, from acorn squash to zucchini, grown right here by Goodness Grows staff, clients, and area students. 10% of our harvest will go to local food banks. Your subscription fee will be used to keep the programs of Goodness Grows running.

GG Restaurant Fundraisers

Some of our area restaurants have programs that allow you to dine in and earn money for non-profit organizations. We have an event at BJ's in March and Chipotle in April. Grab a flyer (or several) from our GG table, share with your friends, and eat dinner out for a great cause to help Goodness Grows earn money for our programs. Every dollar counts!




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.

Common Ground & Second Harvest Food Bank

This month, the Food Bank kicked off their annual Harvest for Hunger campaign. Harvest for Hunger is a month-long food and funds drive that runs through April 7. Donations are typically down this time of year and the funds raised and food collected help stock the shelves of the Food Bank during the summer months when children are home from school. Common Ground wants to help this important cause, so we are hosting a Food & Funds Drive from Sunday, March 3 through Sunday, April 7. We will have a drop-off area for non-perishable food items and monetary donations in the Great Room on one half of our Library table. Every donation will help folks in our valley!


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?



Open House ~ Today from 4-6pm

Sophia House in Salem invites the community to learn more about their mission.

Mill Creek Park Events

Sugar Shack Shindig ~ March 2 from 1-3pm
In 1951, the park planted a grove of maple trees to honor Charles S. Robinson, a friend of Volney Rogers and the original owner of the mansion that now houses the Ford Nature Center. The Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association saw the potential and started a maple project in 2013. Come out to their Sugar Shack to see what it takes to make our favorite sugary breakfast treat.

Maple Syrup Saunter ~ March 2 from 1-2:30pm
Join Naturalist Nick Parish on a hike that will include a stop at the maple syrup making demonstration put on by the Rocky Ridge Neighborhood Association. Moderate, 2 mi.

Chat with a Naturalist ~ March 2 from 1-3pm
Stop by the Nature Center to chat with a Naturalist and learn about seasonal and phenological happenings here at Mill Creek MetroParks. Feel free to bring questions!

Call Ford Nature Center for details about any of the above programs, 330-740-7107.

Lunch with the Leprechaun ~ March 9 from 11am-1:30pm
Fellows Riverside Gardens - Rossi Auditorium
Enjoy a traditional Irish buffet, Irish Music by County Mayo, Irish inspired activity/craft, magic time with Seamus O’Foole the magical leprechaun, and Burke Irish Dancers. Space is limited. Call 330-779-8201 to register/pay by 3/6. $19.95 adults, $10.95 kids 4-12, under 4 free with adult.
Buffet Includes:Corned beef and cabbage, vegetarian cabbage-potato-carrots, Ruebens, chicken fingers, coleslaw, tater tots, scrambled eggs, fruit salad, Irish Brownies and Irish Cream cheese cake.

New Waterford Lions Roast Beef Dinner

Saturday, March 9th at Crestview High School from 4-7pm
Served family style. Carry out available. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for kids at the door. Pre-sale tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. See Frank Snyder for tickets.
Menu: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, bread & butter, pies & cakes, iced tea, lemonade, and coffee

Chili at the Chamber ~ Salem Second Saturday

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



March - National Music in Our Schools Month
March 1 - Jonathan Shank (12!)
March 1 - Lee & Judi Bender
March 2 - Barb Doran
March 3 - World Wildlife Day
March 6 - Ash Wednesday

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


February 28 - March 6 . . .
Sunday, 9:30am - Final Philippians Class
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - Youth Group
Wednesday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study

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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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