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Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Sunday's Service - November 17, 2019

We welcome Rev. Dr. David Hill to lead us in Worship this week.

David and his wife, Deborah, recently retired and moved to the Poland area. They have
served both denominational and interdenominational churches in several states. David
received his BA from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his MDiv and DMin from
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He strives to “stick to the teaching and
application of God’s Love and His Word for our lives.”

The featured Scripture comes from: Mark 4:35-41
for David's message: Hope for the Weary Heart.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!




Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: 9:30am
Study of Psalms begins November 24.

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Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: 9:30am
Parables: The Mysteries of God's Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told by John MacArthur. This book is available on Amazon and through Kindle. We would love to have you study with us!

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!


Garden & Nursery News

Garden kids remain in Worship for Communion Sunday. Activity pages for kids on the table by Sanctuary doors. Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

Want to volunteer in the Garden and/or with the Sprouts and
Nursery age kids? We would love to have you jump on board! Talk to Jen L. for more information.

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Youth Group

For youth in 5th grade & up

Last Sunday, we discussed how Jesus intervenes in our lives to save us from sin. We also enjoyed time playing a variety of games together. See you this Sunday at 6pm! Snack: Chris Lynch

Christmas project info below in OUTREACH and MISSION OPPORTUNITIES section.

We invite all the youth to join us for fun, fellowship, and learning this year,
most Sunday evenings from 6-7:30pm.

Dates for the Rest of 2019:
November 17
November 24
December 1 - Christmas Decorating, all ages invited
December 8
​December 15

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Root Beer Floats

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Freeze Tag

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Unusual Suspects

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Exciting Morning Here at CG/GG!

There were some friendly neighborhood power line workers on South Range Rd. today. They asked to use our parking lot to land their helicopter. Who wouldn't say yes to that?!? Common Ground staff, Goodness Grows staff, and clients enjoyed this unexpected surprise very much.




November & December Speakers

11/24 - Rev. David Hill
12/1 - Andrew Stauffer
12/8 - Phil Bartholomew
12/15 - Phil Bartholomew
12/22 - Adam Shank
12/24 - Adam Shank
12/29 - Andrew Stauffer

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Special Events

Save the Date for...

Christmas Decorating ~ December 1, 6-7:30pm

Congregational Meeting ~ December 8, after Worship

Soup & Baked Potato Lunch ~ December 22, after Worship

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship ~ 3:30pm

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Our Mission Statement: To cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities.



Christmas Market - Location Change

Come see us tomorrow, November 15, at Austintown Farmers Market's Christmas Market. We will be at St. Joseph's Social Hall (snug and toasty inside) from 5-8pm. Join us for free photos with Santa, Hot Chocolate and S'mores Bars, Santa's Workshop, live music and more! Now's the perfect time to start stocking up on Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam to have jars on hand for all your holiday needs.

Happenings at GG

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November brings different projects as we get ready for holiday markets. We have been busy this week making reindeer food, which was a big hit with customers last year. We have also been keeping up the jam production. You definitely need to try our seasonal favorites, Cranberry Jalapeno Jungle Jam and Cranberry Orange Juicy Jam!

Tuesday's lunch was homemade pepperoni rolls and fresh garden salad. A delicious treat for a cold and snowy day! As you can see from the picture to the left, it was all-hands-on-deck for salad prep.

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Cooking Day!

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Reindeer Food

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Watching the Helicopter!

Friendsgiving 2019

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Join us for a GG fundraiser at Diletto Winery in Boardman the night before Thansksgiving, November 27 from 6-9pm, complete with a basket raffle. The band On the Rocks will be playing. Come out & enjoy some relaxation with good friends, good food, & good music for a good cause! We'd love to see you there!

Basket Raffle Donations Needed & Appreciated!

Would like to put together a basket from yourself, your organization, or your business? Have a friend that might want to publicize their business with a basket donation? Please let them know that we are in need of raffle donations. All donations very much appreciated! We love to share donation photos and information on our Facebook page, website, and in our newsletter, and we will eagerly share your donation! There is a basket donation sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the Great Room.


Bakers Needed & Also Appreciated!

Is pie baking one of your skills? If it is, we could use any pies you'd like to donate! We are looking for a few good pies to share with all our friends at Friendsgiving. Customers will receive happy tummies and GG will receive the proceeds of pie sales. It's a win-win for all! If YOU would like to donate a pie, please let Jen or Kitty know. You will have our never-ending appreciation!!!

Why Support Goodness Grows?

Goodness Grows, the mission of Common Ground Church Community, helps grow goodness, right here on our property. We work daily with clients in our vocational habilitation program, providing training in a wide array of life skills. Staff and clients keep the church building clean, help set up for special events, and work hard to keep the grounds spiffy. Our clients also volunteer in the community. Every other week, we head to Columbiana's Whispering Pines to visit and work there. We have made blankets for Making Kids Count. We donate to local food pantries. In the fall and spring, area schools use Goodness Grows as a job site, giving their students hands-on job training in gardening, jam making, and more. All proceeds from fundraisers, like Friendsgiving (including the basket raffle and pie sale), go right back into our programs, to keep our mission operating. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Goodness Grows is always looking for creative and fun ways like this to raise money to fund our programs.



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Youth Group Christmas Project ~ Toy Drive for ACH

A gift of toys, games, or activity supplies can make a big difference to children and families spending time in the hospital. Children can learn and find comfort in play while dealing with the big emotions of being in the hospital. Games and toys foster a playful atmosphere, which has the ability to bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike. Donating a wish list item to our Christmas Toy Drive is one way to bring cheer to a sick child’s day. Akron Children's Hospital is always in need of toys, craft supplies, and other items throughout the year for children from infancy through age 18. Grab a wish list in the Great Room or click HERE to view it online. Drop items off at the donation table anytime through December 15.

You can’t imagine the difference your gift can make to a hospitalized child & their family.

Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity

Coat & Clothing & More Drive
Keep saving all your clothing and outerwear items for next year's 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, toys...whatever you think might help someone in need. Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room.


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!

Heroes and Halos Thanksgiving Family Fun Night

November 15, 4:30-7pm at East Fairfield United Methodist Church
Come join us for a Thanksgiving Dinner designed for families of individuals who have loved ones with special needs and/or disabilities. We will be serving a full Thanksgiving dinner. Meals will be served from 4:30-5:30; and 6:00-7:00. (But you are able to stay and visit as long as you wish.)
Angel Tree forms will be available to be filled out at this event for all who qualify.

Abundant Life Fellowship - Free Conference for Girls in 7-12 Grade

November 15, 6-8:30pm and November 16, 9am-9pm
Register Here

Columbiana's Joy of Christmas Light Show

At Firestone Park from 6-9pm
* Friday - Sunday, November 15, 16 & 17
* Thursday - Sunday, Nov. 21, 22, 23 & 24
* Thursday - Sunday, Nov. 28, 29, 30 & Dec. 1st
* Thursday - Sunday, Dec. 5, 6, 7 & 8
* Thursday, Dec 12 - Thursday, Dec. 26

Mrs. Claus will be at the Gingerbread House 6:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. for opening weekend, as well as Thursdays and Sundays throughout the season.

* Friday, Nov. 22: Columbiana Chamber's annual Christmas Parade
* Saturday, Nov. 16: Hayride/Petting Zoo night
* Saturday, Dec. 7: "Senior Night" (details TBA)
* Tuesday, Dec. 10: Santa’s Special Night (details TBA)
* Wednesday, Dec. 11: 5-K Race Night

Donations: $10/vehicle; $2/person motor coach, support Firestone Park restoration. In addition to the light displays, guests can stop at the Gingerbread House and Santa’s Ice Castle to enjoy Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and food (for purchase); pictures with Santa in the Ice Castle (for purchase); Mrs. Santa’s Story Time in the Gingerbread House; crafts and face-painting; a collection of more than 100 decorated gingerbread houses; coloring contest; live holiday music and more. The event also features designated nights for senior citizens and children with special needs.

Joy of Christmas is an event of the Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Columbiana’s unique heritage and sustainable tourism designed to contribute to the area’s economic growth. For more information on Joy of Christmas, please call 330.482.2282, or visit

Santa Arrival Parade

November 16, 11am-1pm at Southern Park Mall
Santa’s on his sleigh and making his way to Southern Park on Saturday. He will be led in a parade featuring the Boardman HS Marching Band to kick off the holiday season. Character meet and greets, prize wheel, and more after the parade.



TODAY - World Diabetes Day ~ Are you wearing blue for awareness?
November 15 - Caitlin McMaster
November 17 - World Prematurity Day
November 19 - Daniel & Meagan Tehua
November 19 - Natasha Bachelder
November 20 - Universal Children's Day
November - National Family Caregivers Month

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


November 14-20 . . .
Friday, 5-8pm - GG at Christmas Market
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - YG
Monday, 9:30am - GG at Whispering Pines
Wednesday, 9:30am - 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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