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Thursday, January 23, 2020


Sunday's Service - January 26, 2020

We welcome back John Muckridge to lead us in Worship this week.
The featured Scripture will be: John 1:19-34
for John's message: Behold the Lamb of God.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!




Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: 9:30am
Study of Psalms

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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

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!


Garden & Nursery News

Jen L. will be in the Garden this week with a lesson about Gentleness. Activity pages for kids will be on the table by the Sanctuary doors. Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

Youth Group

For youth in 5th grade & up
Youth Group Sunday, 6-7:30pm.
Mark your calendars - we will not meet on February 2 or 9.
Please check out the snack sign up sheet on the bulletin board!
Snack this week: Audrey & Nathan Shannon

YG parents, watch for texts and/or emails to alert you if we have to cancel or change
our schedule due to bad weather.

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We will be working on a special project for the bunnies at the Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies, & Feathered Friends Rescue & Sanctuary. Toilet paper/paper towel tubes are needed for this project, as soon as possible. We're also in need of small, clean socks and craft stuffing (poly-fil) for another upcoming project. If you can donate these, or any other craft-type supplies you want to clear out of your collection, it would be much appreciated! Thank you!

Annual YG Service Project

It's almost time for the Souper Bowl!
Learn more below.


Did you check your file in the family file folder box at the front desk???
The youth made Souper Bowl of Caring postcard reminders for you
to take home!

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Souper Bowl of Caring Next Sunday February 2, 2020!

Donations can be dropped off now at the desk, or look for a youth group member holding a soup pot on the big day! Thank you for your donations to our community!

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February Speakers

2 - Pastor David Hill
9 - Pastor Mike Hileman & Connecting Life Church
16 - Bill Coler
23 - Martin Dunham

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Ladies' Valentine Tea

February 8, 2020 from 1-3pm
Ladies of all ages are invited to join us for this annual event. Sign up on the bulletin board. Bring your favorite teatime treat to share and plan to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of hot tea, good conversation, and delicious food!


Special Worship Service & Potluck Luncheon

February 9
On the second Sunday in February, we will have some special guests joining us. Pastor Mike Hileman will preach, his praise team will provide the music, and congregation members from Connecting Life Church will be worshiping with us. This service will combine elements of Worship from both churches. Afterward, we will gather for fellowship and food to enjoy a potluck meal together. We hope everyone can attend this special combined day of Worship and community! Please sign up on the bulletin board to let us know if you will be able to stay for the luncheon and think about what dish you want to bring to share.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another
with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God
with gratitude in your hearts. ~ Colossians 3:16

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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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Our week started on Tuesday, with some cleaning and organizing as well as our normal Tuesday cooking with Mrs. Weaver. We enjoyed homemade chicken bacon ranch pizza with green beans on the side. As you can see from Dustin and Tori's smiles in the picture to the right, cooking is a favorite activity each week!

The rest of the week has been filled with a little time outside, cleaning, organizing the greenhouse, doing some drawing, and even creating some acrostic poems using everyone's names. Check those out below!

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Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity

Coat & Clothing & More Drive
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, toys...whatever 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 in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room. January is a perfect time to do some closet and drawer organizing!

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Donations for the 3C's

Donate through February 2 to raise money for our local, North Lima food bank - the 3C's. We have a donation jug all ready for you at the front desk. Our youth will also be manning our trusty soup pots on the day of the big game to collect donations!


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!

Winter Fun in Mill Creek Park

Signs of Life: Tracking Wildlife
January 25, 11am-1pm
Explore the winter wilderness of rugged Vickers Nature Preserve with Naturalist Emily Greve. Deer, owl, coyote, and many other creatures frequent this preserve – if you know where and how to look. We will search for and identify animal tracks and signs in the snow as well as keep an eye out for wildlife. Boots and appropriate clothing for the season are required. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens, 330.740.7116, for details. Moderate, 3 mi.

Jewels of Winter
January 28 - February 7, 10am-5pm
Orchids are the jewels of the plant world, full of color, let them dazzle you with their brilliance and splendor. During the heart of winter, find the spirit of the tropics here at the Davis Center as you observe these exotic beauties on display. Bring your camera, as there will be plenty of amazing flowers to photograph.

Keep Warm at the Library

Winter Painting Party for Grades 5-12 ~ Poland Library
Today, January 23 from 6-7pm
Create your very own painting! Snacks will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Poland Library to register. For grades 5-12.

Upcycled Book Snowflakes ~ Main Library
Today, January 23 from 6:30-7:30pm
We'll re-purpose the pages of previously-loved books to create glitzy snowflakes, perfect for the snowy season. Call 330-744-8636 to register. For Adults and Teens.

Gong Hei Fat Choy! ~ East Library
Saturday, January 25 from 12-1pm
"Gong Hei Fat Choy" or "Happy New Year!" Come celebrate and learn about the Chinese New Year with us through stories, songs, and a craft. Snack provided. For school age children.



January 24 - National Peanut Butter Day
January 25 - Chinese New Year
January 26 - National Spouses Day
January 27 - International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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



January 23-29, 2020 . . .
Today, 6:30pm - GG Meeting
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - Youth Group
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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