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Thursday, July 15, 2021

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Sunday's Service - July 18, 2021

The featured Scripture is: James 3:13-18; Galatians 5:22-23
for Mike's message: The Fruit of the Spirit Part 8: Gentleness.

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

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Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ in-person or online at 11:00am.
Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's grow together through
Worship, Praise, and Prayer, in the Sanctuary and on Facebook.
Check out the Media Library on the CLC website to watch recent sermons.

Please send your prayer requests in for our Joys & Concerns email that goes out on
Monday morning! The CGCC website has a Contact/Prayer Request page, you can
email Jen Lynch directly, or use

Following the current health guidelines, mask are now optional here at the church.
We ask that you use your own discretion about what you feel is best
for you and your family regarding masks and social distancing.


Bible Studies & Ministries

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

*Please Note: Class will not meet this Sunday or on August 8 & 15.


Wednesday Morning Prayer Group ~ 10am
At Rick & Joyce Jackson's house and on Zoom
Zoom Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer
You are welcome to join us in-person or online!



Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesday, 10am in the pastor's office & on Zoom

CGCC/CLC Children's Ministry

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

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

Collide Kids Wednesdays ~ On Summer Break


Collide Middle School Scrappers Game
Thursday, July 22, 5:30-10pm
Students in grades 5-8 are invited to go to Buck Night at the Scrappers Game. Students are to meet at Common Ground and leave for the game at 5:30pm. Students will return for pick up at 10:00pm. Bring cash for food and souvenirs. Tickets are covered. Please RSVP to Austin Young no later than Tuesday, July 20 so we can be sure how many drivers/chaperones will be necessary. Text or Call Austin at 330-284-2610.

Youth Group

Grades 5-12

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Work Day With GG a Success
Great big thanks go out to all the youth who gave of their time and energy to help improve the property! These kids have the ability to make anything, even shoveling mulch, fun!! Thanks also to Rachel, Cam, and the rest of the GG crew for leading a fun service day! Now we are looking forward to the August Work Day.

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Swim Night at the Snyder’s
Thanks, Snyders, for once again hosting the youth! You are appreciated. (Nicolette feels we should do this every week, by the way!) After the summer of 2020 (which Caitlin says is a year we don't talk about) it was pretty awesome to be able to enjoy our traditional swim and s'more time! We had a great meal (thank you again to our generous donor), made some new friends, had a time of devotion, and then jumped in the pool. We finished the night by roasting marshmallows and relaxing. For once, we didn't even have any rain. It was an absolutely fabulous night! Thank you to all who participated and made this such a fun event.

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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!

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

"Take delight in the Lord today! He loves us so much. I went to my brother-in-law Dennis’s celebration of life service this weekend and that is where God gave me the Word for this week. It was such a moving service, full of love, laughter and tears of a life so well lived and so well deserved of that celebration. God was certainly there with us and we could feel His presence. He is with us in everything we go through every day. I am so thankful for that."

My Word for this week is “PICTURE.” As I looked at each “picture” that my sister had so carefully chosen, there was a sweet story to tell in every one of them. The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” rang so true. In each “picture” was love, smiles, happiness, family, friends, adventure, more love, and so many memories. As I was watching the “picture” appear and disappear on the screen I thought to myself, take the “picture,” tell the story, share the love, share the memory. I am praying this week that we spend more time with the Holy Spirit, so we see the “picture” so specially painted for us all. A “picture” of love, compassion, sweet memories to share the story with others. Stories of redeeming grace the Father has for us all. Take your “picture,” tell your story. There is someone out there anxious to hear!"

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies announce what his hands have made.
Day after day they tell the story; night after night they tell it again. They have no speech or words; they have no voice to be heard. But their message goes out through all the world; their words go everywhere on earth. The sky is like a home for the sun.
~ Psalm 19:1-4 (NCV)

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Free GG Produce This Sunday

As zucchini does, ours has taken off and grown like crazy. We had more than we could use for our CSA subscribers this week. Look for a zucchini table on Sunday when you come to Worship and take one home. Bigger zucchinis are still terrific for shredding to make bread, cookies, and casseroles galore. Shredded zucchini freezes well, so you could pull a bit of summer out of your freezer in December! The button below will take you to some helpful zucchini tips and recipes.

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Welcome Home, Fishers!

We had special visitors that came to see us this week - Peggy and Don Fisher! It was a treat to have the youth here and get to visit with the Fishers. We are all grateful that the vaccine has let us get back to hugging!

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July Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life
We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

August Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike will be taking a summer break for the first two Sundays of August.
The pulpit will be filled by the following special guests:
* August 1 ~ "Minute for Mission" with Kitty Kromer & Goodness Grows, with
the message given by guest pastor Rev. David Hill
* August 8 ~ guest speaker Austin Young

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Youth Group Work Day at GG

August 10, 9am-12pm
Youth will need to bring boots, water, and a lunch.
Mark your calendars so you don't miss
this day of service and fun!

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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

There are yummy flavors of Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam available, including summer favorites made with our own strawberries and Dillon's blueberries. Check out the GG table to enjoy the summer goodness!

We are definitely deep into the growing season. The harvest of zucchinis and cucumbers this week was unbelievable! It is so exciting to see the hard work of gardening come to fruition!

This week was a busy one. We hosted the Youth Group on Tuesday and we really appreciate their help as we work on making trails through the woods more accessible. We are glad they will be back in August, with their high spirits and willing hands! The youth were even able to enjoy a butterfly release with us after we all ate lunch. This week also found us planting an assortment of leafy greens, onions, and microgreens for our CSA subscribers to enjoy later in the season. We also harvested, weeded, mowed and weed-whacked. Outside work was made much more pleasant by these cooler temperatures.

Our other big news was an amazing donation of seeds from the Liberty WalMart, due to our friend Barb thinking of GG. Thanks, Barb!! We are stunned and excited by the variety and amount of wonderful seeds, for everything from jalapenos to strawberries to nasturtiums. We already planted some today!

Next week we will be welcoming youth from Western Reserve United Methodist Church to a Service Day here. Our old friend, Lisa Velker, has been here before with Canfield Pres. Now she will be bringing a whole new crop of young people to learn about and volunteer at GG!

Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam are available in several flavors at
Reach for the STARS in Salem. Or, check them out online: Shop Local.
We are also glad to arrange a jam pick up at GG.

Currently we have:
Jungle Jam: Blueberry Jalapeno, Strawberry Jalapeno, Hot, Cherry Habanero
Juicy Jam: Strawberry Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade



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, hands-on way. The GG crew maintains the grounds and cleans the building.

Easy Ways to Support GG:
1. Online Shopping ~ If you shop Amazon, anytime during the year, you can support GG for free at the same time! Just use Amazon Smile and choose Goodness Grows as your charity of choice. Then, you get your items and we get 0.5% of the purchase price through this program! Check it out online at
2. Volunteering ~ Give of your time and get back lots of love & smiles! We enjoy having people pitch in to help with weeding, jam making, crafting, gardening...whatever we're working on. Maybe you even have a skill you could teach us!
3. Donating Items ~ We always need basic jam making supplies such as regular 8oz. canning jars, lids, sugar, and white vinegar. Supplies for gardening and crafting also much appreciated.
4. Purchasing Our Products ~ Proceeds from jam & crafts go right back into our programs.
5. Charitable Giving ~ As a small non-profit, Goodness Grows depends upon generous supporters. A contribution to Goodness Grows is tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law. When you research organizations to support, please consider a gift (one-time or on-going) to Goodness Grows. Your donations help us continue our mission of working with people of all abilities. Our clients receive paychecks for the work they do here. Those paychecks are funded entirely by charitable donations and product sales. Money we receive from the state for being a DODD work site may not be used to pay the clients.

There is good work being done here and we would love for you to be a part of it!


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Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.

To Advocate, Advise, Advance the ministries of Divine Soccer in Masaka, Uganda for the benefit of the children of the community.

Sponsorships and donations 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:

Check out the Rock Kidz table in the Great Room to see the many kids who are in
need of sponsors! Help Rock Kidz spread the word about them!


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!


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Outdoor Movies 2021

Fridays at Firestone Farms in Columbiana, 1pm & 7pm
Free family-friendly movies on the big screens. Lots of seating in the courtyard, or bring your own lawn chair. This year, there will also be a couple Double Feature nights! Some Double Feature late night movies may be rated R; please plan accordingly.
July 16th: DOUBLE FEATURE: 6:40pm, Groundhog Day (PG) and 8:20pm, Caddyshack (R) - (Groundhog day will also be shown at 1pm)
July 23rd: A Christmas Story (PG) It's Christmas in July at TownCenter!
July 30th: Raya and the Last Dragon (PG)
August 6th: Shrek (PG)
August 13th: Monsters, Inc. (G)

Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Movies may be cancelled/delayed/changed due to movie studio changes, weather, or other circumstances.

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Canoe Camp and Fur Trapping Display

Beaver Creek State Park
Join in the fun as we welcome Ken Hall and Tim Harrison with their interactive display of fur trapping. Ken and Tim will be arriving via canoe on Beaver Creek on Friday July 16 - time to be announced. They will be setting up camp and displaying their furs and trapping tools for all to enjoy and learn about trapping the fur trade, weapons and cooking of the 19th century. Special programs held at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday. This interesting family program is free to attend.

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YSU Summer Festival of the Arts

Saturday, July 17, 10am-6pm & Sunday, July 18, 11am-5pm
Wean Park, 229 E. Front Street, Youngstown, OH
Youngstown State University's 23rd annual Summer Festival of the Arts is July 17 and 18, 2021 at its new location, Wean Park and Huntington Community Alley in Downtown Youngstown. Come downtown to enjoy two days of arts, music, dance, culture, and community. For people of all ages.

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The Historic Main Street Festival

Saturday, July 17, 1-9:30pm
Beautiful Historic Downtown Alliance Ohio
The Historic Main Street Festival is an annual all day outdoor/indoor arts and music festival in Downtown Alliance's Arts District celebrating the history of Downtown Alliance, an Official historic district. Featuring two stages of entertainment, the outdoor Kempthorn Stage and the new Pocket Change stage. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and MoonShine Q Mobile Catering will have a food truck set up with BBQ for purchase, as well as the athletic boosters from local school districts selling snacks. Artwork will be on show as well as a variety of Vendors throughout Downtown Alliance. This event will include live art performances, music, dj's and more brought to Alliance by MoonShine Q, GhostRighterz, Heart of Haven, and a Vintage Car and Antique Show brought to Alliance by Pocket Change. A special thanks to Acathla Clothing for sponsoring the event. Also funded in part by grants by Visit Canton and Arts in Stark.

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Animal Friends Frenzy!

Sunday, July 18, 12-4pm
735 E. Taggart St, East Palestine, OH
Get ready for lots of paws, claws, wiggles, and wags at Animal Friends Frenzy! Alleycat Spay & Neuter Clinic, Columbiana County Humane Society, and Every Dog Matters Rescue Group will be among the special guests. AND, they are bringing some of their furry friends with them for everyone to meet! Come learn about some amazing organizations, grab a bite to eat, and shop some awesome “Pop Up’s!” Bring your animal friend for complimentary pictures and be entered into a Keystone Safari contest! They can also visit the pool area to cool off!



Today! - National Give Something Away Day ~ Perfect time to donate for our October Giveaway!
July 18 - National Ice Cream Day
July 19 - Rich & Kim Cole
July 19 - Candice McDonald
July is National Picnic Month

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



July 15-21, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-Up
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday - GG Cookout
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship & Collide Sunday Ministries
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 9:30am-12pm - WRUMC Mission Day with GG
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group

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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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