cgcc masthead

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Serving Together Logo color-02


Sunday's Service - April 25, 2021

Holy Spirit

The featured Scripture is: John 14:15-17; Revelation 3:20-22
for Mike's message: The Holy Spirit Part 3: The Spirit With Us.

Join us Sunday ~ In-Person & Online
Worship at 11am

Connecting Life Church Facebook Page

Come Grow With Us!


Scenes From Last Sunday



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



Bible Studies & Ministries

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!

download 6

Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ 9:30am
Studying Psalms.

Ladies Bible Study ~ Friday, 9am
Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson

You are always welcome to join a study or a group!

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group
10am, participate via Zoom ~ Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Taylor LifeGroup: Sunday, 6pm at Guy's in April & Hileman's in May
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesday, 10am in the pastor's office & on Zoom
* Hileman LifeGroup: Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm in the Sanctuary ~ Not meeting on April 28.
* Bartholomew LifeGroup: Friday, 6pm under the warehouse awning


CGCC/CLC Children's Ministry

Check out these Christian Education opportunities for kids of all ages! Everyone welcome.

122831665 501008817524745 6762856510535554480 n

Collide Kids Sundays ~ During Worship at 11am
* Nursery Care (Newborn-3 in the Nursery)
* Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6 in the Sprouts Room)
* Collide Kids Church (Grades 1-4 in the Activity Room)

Collide Kids Wednesdays ~ 6:30-7:30pm
* Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6 in the Sprouts Room) with Stacy Hileman
* Collide Kids (Grades 1-4 in the Activity Room) with Delania Link
* Collide Middle School (Grades 5-8 in the Blue Room) with Austin Young

We will follow COVID-19 CDC guidelines to provide the safest environment to our kids.

172283734 231578618716650 2860235914399135855 n

Youth Group

Grades 5-12, Every other Sunday from 6-7pm
Hope to see the youth upstairs this Sunday, April 25th.


Connecting Life Church Membership Class

Pastor Mike will be teaching a six week class, “Six Steps to Loving My Church," beginning on Sunday, May 9th at 9:30am in the Pastor's Office. If you're considering becoming a member of CLC, this class is required as part of the evaluation of membership. Sign up sheet located at front desk.


download 4


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

We are here to pray with and for you, anytime! Prayer needs sent by early Monday morning will be included in the weekly Joys & Concerns email. We are also glad to send out prayer requests and praise reports anytime throughout the week!

unnamed 20


Thank you to Marcia Kreps for sharing and Darla Smith for writing these weekly bits of encouragement.

"This is the day the Lord has made, and I will rejoice! The weeks seem to be flying by – not sure if they are for you? Before you know it, summer will be here!"

"My WORD for this week is “GROW.” I had said in weeks past I planted some seeds and when they get big enough, I will plant them in my garden and in bigger pots to enjoy all summer long. I looked at the one tray I had planted, and a sprout was pushing its way up to the top in spite of a small piece of mulch that had landed on top of it. The mulch was pushed up so the spout could be blessed by the sunshine. God said to me “grow” to share with you all. “Grow” and be blessed by His Son shine. Despite things going on around us “grow.” Push through all the obstacles that try to stunt our “grow” in Him. Push through the sadness and pain that try to keep us in the darkness. Let the Holy Spirit surround us with His presence and “grow” closer to Him. Let us keep watch over others to make sure their “grow” is not stopped. Encourage, exalt, love, show kindness, help, exhort, brighten their day, cheer them on, comfort them. Oh, God’s love and Son shine helps us all “grow” and become all that He wants us to be. Let us not miss out on the great harvest to come! It will be Glorious! Praying we all “grow” closer to Him this week. Shine down on us Jesus!"

So let us not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we do not give up or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
~ Galatians 6:9-10 (The Message)


Egg Cartons Needed

A local "chicken lady" is in need of egg cartons, so we are getting back into the carton collecting habit. If you have egg cartons to donate, please bring them in and drop them at the front desk. Thanks to those who have already dropped off some cartons. The chickens will be very happy!

Website Information for CLC & CGCC

CLC has new a website and mobile app,, that will soon include LiveStreaming, Group Messaging for LifeGroups and Ministry Teams, a Sermon Archive, and more. Sunday morning Worship will be available on this website and on Facebook Live.

CGCC's website remains the same,, and has info that includes happenings at the church, bulletins & sermon outlines, newsletters, and more.

CLC & Zion Hill Church VBS Partnership

Rocky Railroad VBS ~ June 28-July 2
Zion Hill Church of the Brethren, 14550 New Buffalo Rd, Columbiana, OH 44408
CLC is once again partnering with Zion Hill to bring a faith filled week to children age 3 through 6th Grade. More information to follow.


Local Job News from Janine

The Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley has several job openings, for both part-time and full-time. So, if you or someone you know is looking for a fulfilling job with an organization that does much good in our community, this may be the place for you! The Mission is in need of a full-time cook and has positions open in client services and in the development department. You can email the Mission at or call 330.744.5486. Learn more about the Rescue Mission on their website: Rescue Mission. Common Ground has certainly been blessed by working with the Mission throughout the years and we will be praying that the right folks for the jobs will soon walk through their doors.



April 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 to be worn in our building
at all times. We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

Pastor Mike on Vacation

Pastor Mike will be on vacation April 26-May 4. If you have a physical need,
please contact your Deacon. If you have a spiritual need, please contact one of the Elders.
There will not be a Wednesday LifeGroup on April 28th.

20210327 090039

Mission Sunday ~ May 2

Join us for a special Mission Sunday service as Marilee Bodendorfer shares about her trip to Masaka, Uganda. She will bring news of the exciting work that is being done there, in and through Rock Kidz and Divine Ministries.

Collide Kids Church (Grades 1-4) will stay in the Sanctuary for this service. Nursery and Collide Jr. will remain available for Parents/Guardians.

There will be a period of Q&A, and we would like Marilee to have
some time to prepare her answers. Please use this link, Mission Sunday Questions, to submit a question to her.

Spring Work Day 2021

Volunteers Needed

Join us out front on Saturday, May 8, from 9am-1pm. The landscaping out front needs some
tender loving care. We'll be removing mulch, landscape fabric, and weeds, laying down a
new weed barrier, and spreading rock throughout the entire planted area.
Come for the entire time or stay for a portion...all help will be greatly appreciated!!
If inclement weather looks likely, we will reschedule for May 22. Watch email
and Facebook on May 7 for notification of date change.

Want to play in the soil and enjoy the spring weather before May 8? (Or after May 8. We weed
all season here!
) Weeders are always needed and loved! Stop out anytime to pull some weeds
and take a stroll. There are tools in the bench under the front awning, with buckets and a wheelbarrow near by. Stow your weeds in the buckets or wheelbarrow and then leave them
under the awning for GG to dump, or if Rachel is here, she can show you where our weed pile is. There are other areas besides the landscaping out front that require weeding. Feel free to
contact Rachel or stop by M-F between 8:30am-2pm and she will be glad to give you her
famous tour of "Great Places for a Perfect Weeding Experience!"


Catalyst Bonfire

Saturday, May 29th, 7pm at the CGCC fire pit
Come enjoy community and discuss possible ideas for upcoming local missions. Food and drinks provided, you just need to bring a camp chair. Childcare will be available. Open to everyone!

Communion Sunday

We will celebrate the sacrament of Communion together on Sunday, May 30. Collide Kids Church (Grades 1-4) will remain in Worship on Communion Sundays. Nursery and Collide Jr. will be available for Parents/Guardians.

GG Logo

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



174864776 3591869604250488 429955407360210460 na
174594574 486784409032344 2674194522298378467 n
175123926 894512644449172 5718753238544473887 n
174496811 283418379991624 6306643671926469751 n

News of the Week

It has been a weird weather week, but we still managed to accomplish many things here at GG. On Monday, we filled a roll-off up with all the scrap metal from out behind the butterfly garden. Next week we will be doing the same with the pile of rubbish that is still back there. Tuesday was a day of weeding and preparing gardens for planting. Snowy Wednesday had us planting and transplanting in the greenhouse, cleaning, and having a relaxing afternoon of coloring and drawing. Today we have been able to get back outside to do more cleanup and take a walk. This afternoon we hope to work on clearing one of our paths in the woods. Ohio weather and the variety of tasks to be done here means each day can be full of surprises!

Our other big news this week involves the 2021 CSA Program. We had hoped to fill 12 spots this year and we have already reached that goal! Being able to announce in April that we hit our desired number of shares is very exciting. Knowing the number of subscribers this early makes planning and preparing a bit easier. Big thanks to all our CSA subscribers for being a part of GG this season! We appreciate you!

175121797 203906677935609 290400970458215973 na
175866330 1445278375815922 4897840569244186917 n

Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

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. Check out our jam table in the Great Room.



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 through Amazon Smile ~ Volunteering ~ Donating Items
Purchasing Our Products ~ Charitable Giving ~ Telling Others

67716870 468943047234352 8636115789763575808 n

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

Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway 2021

Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we collect items year-round! We are happy to take clothes for all ages and sizes, along with coats, hats, bags, purses, shoes, housewares, books, school supplies, stuffed animals, puzzles, toys... anything clean and useful.

*Please drop your items off in the barrel by the GG table in the Great Room
or pop them into the Green Room upstairs. Thank you!


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!


Angels for Animals Garage Sale at the Canfield Fairgrounds

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday


Small Animal Swap Meet ~ Rogers Flea Market

Saturday, 7am-4pm

164333862 10158315212629302 7159052869911012982 n
download 5

DEA National Rx Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, April 24, 10am-2pm
At the Beaver Police Dept., just up the road from Common Ground
Bring your unused RX Drug to the Beaver Police Department front lobby and dispose of them in the drug bin. NO LIQUIDS!!!
Learn about Take Back Day here.

Spring Fest in Youngstown

Saturday, 12-4pm

175108241 190809469525671 2961304105773663564 n
164341898 4090364604308048 6929865007316066935 n

Spring Wildflower Hike

Saturday, April 24, 12pm
Event by Columbiana County Park District
At Hellbender Bluff Park in East Liverpool
Meet at the Lones Road parking lot (GPS coordinates are 40.70836,-80.65789) at noon and walk the Hemlock Trail with geologist and wildflower expert Cheryl Mattevi, mycologist Walt Sturgeon, and park lore expert Mike West. This walk will take us to the banks of the West Fork of the Little Beaver Creek, a state and national wild and scenic river. We will see trillium, wild geranium, Virginia Bluebells, a variety of spring mushrooms, and any number and variety of birds.



April 22 - Earth Day
April 25 - Gene & Betty Lewis
April 26 - Eileen Kappler
April 26 - JR & Marcia Kreps
April 28 - National BraveHearts Day (Honors the bravery of those affected by pediatric cancer.)
April 28 - JR Kreps
April is National Garden Month.

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



April 22-28, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 6pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship & Collide Sunday Ministries
Sunday, 6pm - Youth Group
Sunday, 6pm - Taylor LifeGroup
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 6:30pm - Collide Kids
Wednesday, 6:30pm - Hileman LifeGroup

CG Logo w GreenBackground

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

Powered by Mad Mimi®A GoDaddy® company