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Thursday, August 6, 2020

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Just in case you didn't have a chance to watch this last week,
the button below will take you to a message from Pastor Mike.
Please take a few minutes to watch this video and learn about
our leadership's plan to keep everyone as safe as possible.
We are looking forward to gathering online and in-person
to Worship with you this Sunday!

Sunday's Service - August 9, 2020

In-Person & Online @ 11am

Our Summer Series ~ One Another ~ continues this week.

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Join us this Sunday ~ In-Person & Online ~ for Worship - 11:00am

Come Grow With Us!


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Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ online or in-person.
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

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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Bible Studies

We will be following the health and safety directives during small group meetings as well as Worship. Masks and social distancing are required as we try our best to stay healthy together. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Studying the Book of Psalms
9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room.

Ladies Bible Study
He is Enough: Living in the Fullness of Jesus (A Study in Colossians) by Asheritah Ciuciu
Friday at 9am

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group

9am, participate via Zoom.

LifeGroup Meeting

Meetings will resume in September.


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Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday's Weekly Video: We Live Only for God

The lesson comes from Proverbs 29:25 ~ “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.”

We welcome a new Crew Leader, Delania!!! She's going to lead us in this lesson, showing that we LIVE ONLY FOR GOD! Enjoy the lesson and remember, parents, we'd love to see your child memorize the scripture verse with motions and post in the comment section under this video on the CLC Facebook page!

Delania gave this week's question - How would you trap a mouse? We'd love to hear your answers! Feel free to let us know by email or on Facebook. Big thanks to Delania, Danielle, and Pastor Mike for all their work on this weekly online way to connect and grow!


Youth Group

YG Events ~ Weather & COVID Permitting

▪ August 14: Bonfire at Vignon's, 6-8pm ~ More info below in "Upcoming at CG" section
▪ August 19: Service Day with GG, 9am-12pm
August 14: Bonfire at Vignon's, 6-8pm ~ More info below in "Upcoming at CG" section
August 19: Service Day with GG, 9am-12pm

Youth Group is open to kids in 5th through 12th grade.
Rising 5th graders are invited to join in with these currently scheduled events.
Parents, we have a YG permission waiver we need you to fill out next time you're here.

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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. 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!



Today's encouragement comes from Pastor Laurie Zuverink and was actually posted in April 2018. As we are in the fruitful harvest season at Goodness Grows, and we are looking ahead at all the decisions and difficulties that are looming with back to school upon us, this reading contained plenty of timely wisdom. May we all seek to cultivate joy and gratitude, even when (or especially when!) circumstances are less than ideal. This devotional and many more can be found at: Devotional Library. (Lately we have been sharing words from Darla Smith in this space, but she had retina surgery on Wednesday. Please continue to keep Darla in your prayers. We look forward to sharing more of her inspiring writing with you soon.)

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind. . . . Psalm 107:8, 15

A couple of years ago we decided to plant a garden. Our kids had been bugging us to try one, so we made it a family project. We did some research and got started, learning by trial and error as we went along. We took time to nurture the soil and worked hard to protect our plants from the various creatures that also wanted to eat from our garden!

One of the fruits we planted was strawberries. They did okay the first year, but much better the next year. Our time and energies paid off, and we had a nice crop of tasty berries.

It also takes time and effort to harvest a fruitful spirit of joy. One of the ways we cultivate joy is to practice gratitude, making an effort to be thankful to God and to others. We cultivate joy when we spend time with God in his Word and let him remind us of his faithfulness throughout the ages. We cultivate joy when we recognize God’s redemption story as our own story, pondering with gratitude the gift of salvation offered to us in Jesus.

Today, as you reflect on what is happening in your life, take some time to give thanks. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1) The Lord is indeed good!

Lord Jesus, we thank you for all you have done, all you do, and all you will continue to do. Help us to cultivate lives of thankfulness and joy as we live in your faithfulness. In your name, Amen.




August 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 in our building. We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

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Youth Group Bonfire

August 14: Bonfire at Vignon's, 6-8pm
Weather permitting. Right now the weather forecast looks less than promising, but all we can do is wait and watch. Let Rachel or Jen know if you need the address. Dress for outdoor fun that includes running around and make sure you have your mask. We will provide hot dogs, beverages, and s'mores. We ask everyone to bring a snack to share. Phones are also needed for a photo game, so please bring them with you! Rising 5th through 12th graders invited.

Men's Ministry Gathering

We'll let you know the new date for this Bonfire & Bible Study as soon as we get it scheduled, sometime this fall!

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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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Investigating the Corn Attack!

News of the Week

This week brought more weeding and tree cutting and a surprise attack on our corn crop by a band of marauding raccoons. Rachel has photographic evidence that those masked bandits ate the beautiful sweet corn that was carefully grown for the CSA shares! While our GG crew was understandably devastated, our subscribers still had plenty of delicious corn to enjoy, straight from McMaster Farms. If you haven't tried their corn yet, you are missing out!

Tomorrow we will be having a pizza party to recognize two of our summer interns, Darius Surgenavic and Cameron Fortune. This is the last week we will have Darius with us, as he will be heading back to Trine University for his Sophomore year. Next week, we will be saying goodbye to Cameron as he gets ready for his Freshman year at Ohio University. We love having these guys as part of our GG family, we will miss them lots, and wish them a safe and successful school year.

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Jam For Sale

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam available at Reach for the STARS online. 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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Waiting for Wings

Tori Snyder snapped this photo today of our current "house guests." Our crew has been finding tons of caterpillars and bringing them inside to watch their life cycle. One of our favorite parts of summer! Now we wait with anticipation for these four little guys to emerge from their chrysalises. Thanks, Tori, for the picture!

Check Out Our August Newsletter



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Weeding Benefits Everyone!

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!
Physical perks: Weed pulling is a full-body exercise, strengthening legs and arms while walking and carrying tools, then using arms and back for pulling up weeds. Pulling weeds can burn 200-400 calories per hour! Other benefits: Getting to be outside, working hard to benefit our environment.

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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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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.

Sponsorship can be made to Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc., 1814 E. 3rd St., Salem, OH 44460 or via Pay Pal at Learn more on Facebook at: Rock Kidz Uganda.

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Rescue Mission Fundraiser for August

Nemenz IGA in Struthers is doing something special throughout the month of August! They are asking their customers if they would be willing to "Round Up" their total purchase to donate to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley. What an easy way to support the Mission while shopping for your family!

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!


Summer Movies at Firestone Farms in Columbiana

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Movies will be shown at 1pm and 7pm on Fridays. This week is Playing with Fire (PG).
Free Family-friendly movies on the big screen! Lots of seating in the Courtyard, or bring your own lawn chair or blanket! There will be a different movie every week, with a mix of old and new releases, rated G, PG, or PG-13. Stay tuned to the Movie Night Event Page on Facebook for movie titles as they get scheduled. (Movies may be cancelled or changed at any time due to weather or movie studio changes. Children must be supervised at all times.)

COVID-19 Safety Note: "We are very excited to bring you family-friendly movies in our Courtyard; and the health and safety of our guests is of the highest importance to us. In our effort to meet safety, sanitation, and social distancing requirements set by the State of Ohio, we have created “sections” in our Courtyard. Each “section” will hold 4-6 seats (provided by us sanitized, or you can bring your own) with room between for social distancing protocol. Sections are available on a first-come first-serve basis. For us to continue with our summer schedule, we need your help and support. Please follow social distancing guidelines. Masks are appreciated, but not required. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home." MOVIE NIGHTS MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO ONGOING COVID-19 HEALTH CONCERNS AND RESTRICTIONS.

St. Jude & Our Lady of Lourdes Drive Thru Food Fest

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Live Online Simulcast Market Project Junior Fair Sale

Saturday, August 8, starting at 9am
Hosted by Columbiana County Fair
Junior Fair Livestock Sale ~ Animals raised with quality care, dedication and hard work by our Columbiana County Fair Youth. Details to participate in bidding here: 2020 Junior Fair Auction

Salem Second Saturday Party

Saturday, August 8, 10am-4pm
Hosted by Burchfield Homestead Society, Salem Historical Society, and Salem Second Saturday
Historic Downtown Salem Ohio ~ 478 E State St, Salem, OH 44460
Celebrate the arts with demos and activities at the Salem Historical Society and LiB’s Market


Model Train Show

Saturday, August 8, 10am-5pm
Hosted by Crouse Mill True Value Hardware
There will be vendors and operating layouts of ALL sizes and gauges of trains. The show is sponsored by Crouse Mills Hardware Store and North Lima Trainworks, located in North Lima. This will be an outdoor event under tents located in the yard between the two businesses. Rain or shine.



August 6 - National Root Beer Float Day
August 8 - International Cat Day
August 9 - National Book Lovers Day
August 12 - International Youth Day
August 12 - Purple Heart Day

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



August 6-12, 2020 . . .

Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Today, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-up
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Wednesday, 9am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 12pm - Collide Kids Online

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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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