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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Sunday's Service - May 10, 2020

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Join us this Sunday for Worship - 10:30am

Spend Sunday morning online with us as Pastor Mike delivers his sermon. Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's learn together. Remember that while we are apart, we can still pray and Worship as a church family.
AND, send in your prayer requests for our Joys & Concerns email that will go out on Mondays!

*Since Connecting Life Church has a public Facebook page, you can follow the above link and watch church service. You don't even need to have a Facebook account.




Midweek words from Pastor Mike:

How can you be content in this situation?

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Bible Studies

Our in-person Bible studies are currently paused. The ladies have been keeping in touch by email and met via Google Duo yesterday. Let us know if you want to join in! We'd love to have you study and chat with us!

Do you have any favorite verses, an uplifting devotion, or a prayer request? Please send them in and share with your church family!

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Yesterday's Ladies Bible Study ~ Join Us!


Reach Out & Stay in Touch

One of the easiest ways to stay in touch right now is through social media. If you don't have an account, now may be the perfect time to sign up for Facebook and Instagram. We post at CGCC on Facebook and CGCC on Instagram frequently. We would love to be able to connect more with you through these online platforms. They are excellent at helping us to share thoughts and stick together through this difficult time.

Beyond social media, using the website, email, text, and "snail" mail are also great options! Staff are in and out of the building throughout the week, so we will receive any mail you might want to send. We miss you and look forward to being able to gather together again!

For Your Musical Pleasure

One of the perks of social media is finding entertainment that you didn't know you needed!
Below is a video that our friend Judi Bender shared on Facebook.
Check it out and enjoy the Hallelujah Chorus in a way you probably haven't seen before.
A fun and uplifting video that is perfect for bolstering your spirits!

The Hallelujah Chorus-2020


Garden & Nursery News


Missing Our Garden/Sprout/Nursery Kids!

While we are apart, try some Bible learning at home. This week's featured lesson from Ministry-To-Children reminds us how we can trust and rely on Jesus.. Head on over to that lesson right here: Jesus is the Way the Truth the Life

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Youth Group Quarantine Challenge Continues

Youth Group members will continue to receive a series of challenges over the next few weeks. Participants who complete a challenge and text their answer to Jen by each deadline will earn be translated into prizes when we can meet again. They will be receiving their next Bible Search Challenge today, with a deadline of Friday at 10pm. Parents, if your youth gets stuck, this is an excellent resource to access a ton of different Bible translations: Bible Gateway.

Recently, we have had another round of Bible Search Questions as well as a non-Bible challenge. If you did not send in the seven answers about yourself for the non-Bible challenge last Sunday evening, go ahead and send them asap! We need them for a guessing game this Sunday. Youth will also get another round of Bible Search Questions at some point today.



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 all still here to pray with and for you.

If you want to share your prayers and praises like we do in church for "Joys & Concerns," please take a minute to send them in by early Monday mornings for inclusion in the weekly Joys & Concerns email. Thank you!

Today is the National Day of Prayer

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FaithGateway and Max Lucado partnered to offer: "Eyes on the Father: Magnify the Lord in Prayer" an inspiring devotion that reminds us that when tragedy and crisis strikes, we must understand how to pray despite our doubts and fears. Click here to check it out: National Day of Prayer Resource.




May Worship

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 10:30am online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life

We remain online for now. We will keep you posted as we see how it goes as the state begins to slowly work to reopen.

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



Clients Returning in May

Starting the week of May 10, we will slowly begin transitioning back to our vocational habilitation program. Clients will be able to work one-on-one with Rachel, with each client having their own dedicated day at first. We will follow all the guidelines and procedures laid out by the health department and the CDC. We are very much looking forward to seeing our GG family and hope to return to having the whole crew together as soon as possible!

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Can't Wait to See These Faces!

Almost CSA Time!

CSA2 2020

Green & Growing!

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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! Hanging out at home provides a tremendous opportunity to sort out all the items you no longer need/use!!! 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, stash them away until we meet again, or contact Rachel, Jill, or Jen to see if we are available to accept a drop off.

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Weeds Behind the Sanctuary

Enjoy Nature and Weed!

If you are looking for a way to volunteer and get out in nature, come volunteer right here! We have plenty of weeds to keep you entertained! If you can help, stop out and grab supplies under the front awning near the greenhouse door. You will find buckets, kneelers, and hand tools in and around the brown storage bench as well as a wheelbarrow nearby. You will find weeds in the gravel all around the raised beds in the front garden, in the beds out front beyond the fence and in front of the greenhouse, behind the Sanctuary where the new steps went in, behind the pastor's office and along under the kitchen windows in the courtyard, and in the flower bed made out of railroad ties by the back greenhouse near the butterfly garden area. Weeds can be dumped in the marked weed bin inside the back fence behind the back greenhouse. All weeding efforts will be greatly appreciated!!! So would pictures of your weeding adventures!

Thank you to the wonderful weeders who have already come out to help!!!


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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Mother's Day Shopping Online

From our friends in Salem at Reach For the Stars - run by Kitty Kromer and the students from the Transition Class ~ Tonight, Thursday May 7th at 6 PM is our FB Live Mother’s Day sale! Choose beautiful one-of-a kind jewelry by G&L jewelry and our students and staff, a sassy t-shirt, or some Goodness Grows' Jungle Jam for Mom. We will have a new supply of masks and a surprise as well! Jewelry must be claimed by number and SOLD on our feed to be purchased - only one available of each style. Check out our website for additional products. We offer both curb-side delivery and shipping! Reach For the Stars Live

The Library Goes Virtual

There is still plenty happening at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. From online storytime to stories by phone to online crafts, they do it all! Virtual Storytime

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Online Activities

1000 Things to Do During COVID-19: Online activities for kids, teens, families, and adults.
More than 1000 online events and activities for kids, teens, and families during COVID-19, from all over North America! A daily LIVE EVENTS calendar, 24/7 experiences, classes, and more! Use this as a time to try something new! Click through to the details to find links and registration info, if applicable. Online Activities For All Ages

Take a Museum Tour

Getting tired of not being able to travel? Take a trip to these twelve museums, located around the world, while staying in your living room! Museum Tours



May 6-12 - National Nurses Week
TODAY - Pat and Jen Shannon
TODAY - National Day of Prayer
May 9 - World Migratory Bird Day
May 10 - Mother's Day
May 11 - Judi Bender
May 12 - Brandon Fisher
May 12 - Emily Fisher
May 13 - National Apple Pie Day

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

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May 7-13, 2020 . . .

CGCC staff and leadership are still here and we are still working to be YOUR church! We still must bring in the mail, pay the bills, plan for the future, and reach out to others while GG keeps on working for the growing season...the work continues, both on W. South Range Rd. and as we work from home. We are available if you need us and we cannot wait to gather with you in person!

Hope to see you "at church" on Facebook Live!

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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
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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