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Thursday, September 24, 2020

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Sunday's Service - September 27, 2020

Worship will take place out front at the raised bed garden - weather permitting.

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Pat Shannon will lead us in Worship this week.

The featured Scripture comes from: Romans 5:1-11
for Pat's message: Standing in Grace.

Join us Sunday ~ In-Person & Online ~ for Worship
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Come Grow With Us!


Scenes From Last Sunday


Thanks to Audrey Shannon for sharing her musical gifts with us.



Outdoor Church

Outdoor Worship

We will have canopies set up out front to provide shade and space to follow the social distancing guidelines. You may want to bring an umbrella in the event you are not under the canopies. Come ready to enjoy worshiping the Lord together again out in His creation, with your Bible, your mask, a camping chair, and your smile!

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

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!

Stewardship Update

We would like to thank everyone who has been sending their offering through the mail
or dropping it off at church. Thank you for your continued support & faithful giving!

Bible Studies & Ministries

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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!

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
10am, participate via Zoom ~ Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer

LifeGroup Meetings
Meetings resume this month and will run through October. More info coming soon.

▪ Tuesday, 10am
Tuesday, 10am
▪ Mission Weekend ~ Young Adult LifeGroup! A group of six are heading to Luray Virginia to assist Luray Church of the Brethren with clearing land for Pastor Mike's mom and helping to supply four families with firewood for winter heating. Danielle Taylor, Delania Link, Austin Young, Micah Guy, Nancy Taylor, and Pastor Mike will be leaving Saturday morning at 4:00am to work a full day and heading home Sunday morning following worship at Luray Church of the Brethren. Pray for safety, success, and for God to be glorified in our service!
Mission Weekend ~ Young Adult LifeGroup! A group of six are heading to Luray Virginia to assist Luray Church of the Brethren with clearing land for Pastor Mike's mom and helping to supply four families with firewood for winter heating. Danielle Taylor, Delania Link, Austin Young, Micah Guy, Nancy Taylor, and Pastor Mike will be leaving Saturday morning at 4:00am to work a full day and heading home Sunday morning following worship at Luray Church of the Brethren. Pray for safety, success, and for God to be glorified in our service!

Meal Making Evening ~ Full of Fun & Fellowship!

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For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. ~ Matthew 18:20



Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday ~ It may seem like happiness is often hard to find. Little things can become irritating, frustrating, and difficult. However, a relationship with Jesus allows us JOY! Real joy! Joy that can't be taken away! Today's lesson will help you rely on the joy that is found in Jesus. Happy Wednesday, Collide Kids!

James 5:13: "...Are any of you happy? You should sing praises."

Join Crew Leader Delania, Collide Kid Sarah, and spend 25 minutes together singing, dancing, laughing, and learning! We would love for you to also have your child(ren) memorize this week's scripture verse and motions and upload a video of them in the comment section under the video on the CLC Facebook page! Have a great week, Collide Kids!

This week's discussion question - If your friends helped you make a video, what would it be about? Share your answers by email or on Facebook!

Youth Group 2020-2021 ~ Sundays 6-7pm

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Welcome Back!

Youth Group started off the season happy to be back together, even with masks and social distancing. We made some plans for the fall, picked a Christmas project, wrote to a sick friend, spent time in prayer, and even played a game. Over the next few weeks, we plan to go to the corn maze, work on sorting and organizing for the Giveaway, dig into God's Word using popular songs, and more.

Youth Group is open to kids in 5th through 12th grade
We meet upstairs, so please enter through upper door.

Parents, we have a YG permission waiver we need you
to fill out next time you're here.

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Youth Group Christmas Project 2020

This year the youth felt that our Christmas project should reflect the current situation in our country. With the pandemic and the quarantine resulting in job losses and economic hardship for many, food insecurity issues have increased in our valley and across the country. As a way to reach out and help our
community, we have decided to collect donations for the
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.

From the Food Bank's website: "In 2019, Second Harvest Food Bank distributed more than 11.5 million pounds of food to hungry individuals and families in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re already on pace to considerably exceed that amount in 2020. As of the end of March, the Food Bank had already distributed 41 percent more food compared to the same time period last year."

After the Coat & Clothing Giveaway, we will put up our collection area for non-perishable food items as well monetary donations. Please prayerfully consider how you might help.

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Youth Group Memory Verse:

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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!

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Thank you to Darla Smith for writing and Marcia Kreps for sharing Darla's uplifting words with us. These encouraging words fit in perfectly with Mike's message from last Sunday and his challenge to commit yourself to grow in Christ, get in the Word, get in prayer, and grow in grace and knowledge.

"Our heavenly Father is certainly blessing us with this spectacular weather! He has made me glad! Try to enjoy some outside time if you can. Fall is upon us."

"My word for this week is "SEEK." God has really been dealing with me to have a deeper relationship with Him, so it was no wonder this word is the one! Do you remember playing "hide & seek" when you were little? Our one main focus was finding the one we were "seeking." They didn't want to be found. The big difference here is when we "SEEK" Him - He wants to be found. It is His desire that we "SEEK" Him with our whole heart. Nothing else will do. We will find His strength, His joy, His peace by immersing ourselves in Him. Let's make it our desire to be in His presence. He wants to be found. He wants us to spend time with Him. Let's "SEEK" to have a closer, deeper relationship with Him. He has promised us a heavenly inheritance - Let's "SEEK" Him more this week - His promises are sure!"

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. ~ Jeremiah 29:13

Devotionals Available

Devotionals are available on tables throughout our Great Room. Take one home today to incorporate into your daily routine. Take one (or more) home to share with a friend!

Donations Arriving for the Coat & Clothing Giveaway ~ October 17

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September Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life

Pat Shannon ~ September 27

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


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Awning Repair Work Day ~ Mark Your Calendars!

It's all hands on deck on Saturday, October 3 from 10am-1pm for a work party out front! The awnings in the raised bed garden area need to be re-covered with plastic. (And, our goal is to have this done before the Coat & Clothing (& More!) Giveaway so that we can utilize that space for items, too!) We have the plastic and now we just need the workers. If you are comfortable climbing a ladder, using tools, and helping to unroll and hook down a new layer of plastic to keep us all dry...we've got the job for you! We will have a sign up sheet out on Sunday morning, but you are also welcome to stop by that day if you suddenly find yourself able to join in. If you have work gloves and ladders that are 8-12 feet tall, please bring them with you.

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Youth Group Annual Corn Maze Visit

Sunday, October 11, 4-7pm
Autumn means it is time for the Youth Group's traditional visit to the corn maze - and you are invited! Head on out, bring your family, and join the youth for some seasonal fun, all ages welcome. We will meet at the Rolling Acres Corn Maze in Leetonia at 4pm. We'll assemble for a group photo and then families and groups can head into the maze or enjoy the extras, however they choose. A parent or responsible adult must be present for the duration.

Maze - $10.00 ages 3 & under free, includes Maze, Hayride, Mini Golf, Sling Shot
Hayride - $3.00
Kids Barrel Train Ride - $1.00
Mini Golf - $5.00
Sling Shot - $3.00 a bucket

They do offer a special rate for groups of over 20 people, so the above pricing may change depending on participation. Please sign up at church, or call 330-549-9408 and we will sign you up so we can get a count. (Rain date - October 18)

Coat & Clothing (& More!) Giveaway ~ Saturday, October 17, 10am-1pm

Spread the Word!
Donations accepted right up until the event. Everyone welcome.

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Men's Ministry Gathering ~ Date to Come

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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

This week has been full of jam making, weeding (So. Much. Weeding.), harvesting and getting ready for the final CSA of 2020, and carrying bags and boxes of new donations for the Giveaway. On Wednesday, we even brought all the stored donations down from the Green Room, filling up the Sprouts Room and the Nursery. There hasn't been a dull moment! We even had a particularly interesting butterfly release, as our winged friend didn't actually want to leave the jar he had adopted as his home.

On Tuesday, we happily greeted the delivery driver who brought a giant roll of plastic for the awnings out front. Rachel and Jade pitched right in, helping to carry the 80lb. box to the greenhouse for storage until the October 3 work day.

Sadly, this is our last week with our intern, Jade. We have been so lucky to have her on our crew this season! She and her family are moving out of the area. We wish her all the best as she embarks on this exciting, new adventure. Remember, Miss Jade, you will always have family at Goodness Grows!

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We'll miss you, Jade!

Jam For Sale

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam available at Reach for the STARS online: 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 GG.
The next event we will be at with our jam is Columbiana Uncorked, on October 3.



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Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ October 17

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.

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 ~ Just use Amazon Smile - choose Goodness Grows as your charity of choice.
* Volunteering ~ Give of your time and get back lots of love & smiles!
* Donating Items ~ We are always in need of items like basic jam making supplies such as regular 8oz. canning jars, lids, sugar, and white vinegar.
* Purchasing Our Products ~ Proceeds from jam & crafts go right back to our programs.
* Charitable Giving ~ As a small non-profit, Goodness Grows depends upon generous supporters who give monetary support. A contribution to Goodness Grows is tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law. Your donations help us to continue our mission of working with people of all abilities.

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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

We have some handmade bracelets and necklaces for sale at the Rock Kidz table in our Great Room. Proceeds will go to the construction of Divine Junior School.

Sponsorships 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.


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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Boo-tiful Prom Pick Up Day for Scarecrow Kit

Saturday, 11am-3pm
11836 South Ave., North Lima
"So we know that last year there were no Proms. This was very disappointing to us at DIVA Donations and to students across the country. We have decided this this fall we are going to hold a different kind of Prom where we do not have to worry about anyone possibly getting sick. We are holding a "Bootiful Prom!" So, we're inviting anyone across the Ohio Valley area to create a scarecrow for our Prom. The one with the most votes will become our Prom King and Queen. Families and individuals in our area are invited to come to DIVA Donations on September 26th to pick up your scarecrow kits for a $5 donation which includes picking out your dress from our "Bootiful Boutique filled with dresses that might be out of date, stained, or torn and that can not be used by our DIVAs" for your scarecrow to be entered into our prom contest. Your $5 donation entitles you to be entered. Your scarecrow will be posted on our Facebook page where people will vote for the winner. Winners will be crowned and on display at the Ruli Brothers Trunk or Treat. Winners will receive a complete Halloween pizza party complete with treats! We can't wait to see everyone's creations. Email us at for more information."

Benefit Car Show

Saturday, 3-6pm
"Donnell Ford invites you to be a part of our first annual benefit car show! This year we are raising money for Angels for Animals, a nonprofit cat and dog rescue located in Canfield, Ohio. We are fundraising to help Angels raise money for the completion of the Angel Wing, and for supplies, medication, and countless other resources used in their daily operations. The shelter will receive 100% of the money raised at this event and we are thrilled to be supporting a great cause! so... please mark your calendar for an awesome night of fundraising and fun!
Outdoor event - masks required/encouraged for safety of all guests. Please share this event and create awareness. Thank you!"

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Calvary United Methodist Church ~ Outdoor Concert

12062 South Ave. in North Lima


Happenings at the Columbiana Public Library

Check out their website to see Programs for all ages!

Events include programs directed to kids, young adults, and adults, such as...

American Girl Tea on Zoom
Saturday, October 3rd, 2:00 p.m.
Girls ages 8-12 and their mothers are cordially invited to join our Virtual American Girl Tea on Zoom. After you register, come pick up everything you need beginning September 28, then join in our Zoom meeting where we will drink tea, play games and make a craft. Registration is required.

Fall for a Good Book
October 1st - 20th
Wrapped books are back! Are you looking to add variety to your reading selection? Books of all genres will be wrapped from adult, young adult, and children’s departments. All wrapped books will contain an entry slip for a prize drawing with a winner chosen from each department. Come in and check out or ask for curbside pickup. All entries need to be returned in night drop by 9am Thursday, October 22. Due to quarantine regulations, the winners will be notified the following week.

Adult Grab & Go Crafts
Each kit will be available on the first of the month and only while supplies last. They can be picked up at the Reference Desk and are limited to one kit per person. The October Craft is a Book Pumpkin. Kit includes paperback book, orange paint, leaves and stem. Will need hot glue gun and scissors or knife.

The Columbiana Public Library is creating a Virtual Art Gallery for the members of our community to showcase their artwork. This gallery is open to all ages and art mediums. Learn all about it here: Virtual Art Gallery.

High Octane Coffee Company ~ Cars & Coffee

Sunday, 10am-2pm
695 Boardman-Canfield Rd., Boardman
Presented by Fairway Ford
Cars & Coffee is back for one show at High Octane Coffee in Boardman! All make and model vehicles are welcome. Come hang out and show off your hot rod. We will have music playing outside as well as giveaways from Renegade Products.

Green Team Event Next Saturday



Today - Rick & Joyce Jackson
September 25 - National Daughters Day
September 26 - Johnny Appleseed Day
September 26 - National Bunny Day (A good day to learn about our friends ~ F5RS Bunnies)
September 26 - National Family Day
September 29 - World Heart Day

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



September 24-30, 2020 . . .

Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Today, 4-7pm - Final CSA Pick-up
Today, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Sunday, 6-7pm - Youth Group
Monday, 6pm - CGCC/CLC Leadership Meeting
Tuesday, 10am - LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - 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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