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Wishing You a Safe & Happy July 4th!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Sunday's Service - July 5, 2020

The featured scripture verse is: Ephesians 4:1-3
for Mike's message: One Another Part 3 - Bear with One Another.

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every
effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Join us this Sunday for Worship - 11:00am

Online and In-Person

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Scenes From Last Sunday

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Pick Up Your Bulletin & Sermon Outline Here

Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us - at Common Ground or online. Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's grow together.

We welcome you to join us online for as long as it takes you to get comfortable with gathering in a group again. Whether we are worshiping in person or online, we can continue to join together in Worship and Praise and Prayer.

You will be invited you to share your prayers and praises in person after the sermon ends. If you are worshiping online, or if you prefer communicating by email, 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 or you can email Jen Lynch directly or use


We would love to see and pray for the prayer needs of everyone from Common Ground and Connecting Life as well as anyone else in need of the power of prayer!



Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Bible Study
We will meet at 9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room. We are studying the Book of Psalms.

Ladies Bible Study
Meets Friday at 9am at the church. We are finishing the book "Parables" by John MacArthur and will soon be picking a new book. Our meeting day occasionally changes due to schedule conflicts.

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group

9am, upstairs in the Activity Room
Participate via Zoom or gather in person at Common Ground for this time of sharing and prayer.

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LifeGroup Meeting

The Friday evening LifeGroup will not meet this week.
Check out some of the fun they had last week at their bonfire. Thanks to Frank Snyder for the photos!

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Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday's Weekly Video:
"What is the body of Christ?"

This lesson teaches that the church is not the building that we meet in, but rather the people of God that gather. Watch the video together to see that each person in the body of Christ has a unique role to play, including YOU! Yes! You have a special role within the church too! Have fun learning what that may be!

Danielle also gives some great discussion starters in these lessons, like this question - Would you rather be a mouth or an eyeball? We'd love to hear your answers! Feel free to let us know by email or on Facebook. Big thanks to Danielle Taylor and Pastor Mike for all their work on this weekly online way to connect and grow!

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Youth Group

Youth ~ We need you to send us dates that you know you will be unavailable this summer. (Thanks to those who already have!) This will help us schedule a few events that work for the most people's schedules. Also, if you have any ideas of things you'd like to do, please let Jen L. know! Check out the event in the "Upcoming at CG" section that was suggested by one of you. We know that we are hoping to have some service days with GG, a swim evening at the Snyder's, a bonfire, and (maybe) our traditional lock-in.

YG Events Scheduled so Far (Weather & COVID Permitting) ~
* July 15: Service Day with GG, 9am-12pm
* August 14: Bonfire at Vignon's, 6-8pm
* August 19: Service Day with GG, 9am-12pm

Youth Group is open to kids in 5th through 12th grade. Rising 5th graders are invited to join in with these currently scheduled events.

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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 here to pray with and for you.

We will be sharing prayers and praises in church, during our "Joys & Concerns" time. If you are worshiping with us online, please take a minute to send in your prayer needs by early Monday mornings for inclusion in the weekly Joys & Concerns email. We are also glad to send out prayer requests and praise reports anytime throughout the week! Thank you!

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”
~ 1 Chronicles 16:11


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Marcia Kreps shared the weekly encouragement from her North Canton friend, Darla. Her words this week fit in perfectly with Pastor Mike's summer series, "One Another." Thank you to Marcia and Darla!

"I pray your week is off to a great start. The weather sure has been cooperating in a "hot way." Looking forward to what God has in store for each and every one of us. He certainly loves us. HE calls us His own."

"The word that God has been laying on my heart is ONE. A single digit in the number family but, oh, how enormous in God's family. We are all different members, parts, sisters (and brothers), but we are ONE in HIM. He takes all our individuality and puts us together as a great warrior team for His kingdom. When one of us hurts - we should all hurt, when one of us rejoices - we should all rejoice, when one of us needs some encouragement - we should all be there to lend a kind word or gesture, when one of us needs extra understanding - we should all be there to lend advice. God took all our individual personalities and is helping us mesh together in Unity through The Holy Spirit. Let us strive to be ONE in HIM. Let us be united for ONE cause. We are all so important and needed in HIS KINGDOM. Let our Unity with each other SHINE!"

~ Darla Smith

This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.
If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
1 Corinthians 12:25-26



July Worship ~ In-Person and Online

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.

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Chalk the Lot

Friday, July 10, 6:30-8pm
Event for all ages!
Youth Group member, Audrey Shannon, and her friend Alaina came up with a summer-fun activity that is packed full of social distancing potential. Way to be creative, ladies! So, we are inviting you to come Chalk Our Lot next Friday evening. We will have some sidewalk chalk available here or you can bring your own. (We will have hand sanitizer available.) With chalk in hand, families or individuals can disperse throughout our parking lot and fill the lot with chalk art! Draw pictures, write Scripture, chalk encouraging thoughts...the sky is the limit, as long as it is family friendly. We will have a designated parking area, along the bottom of the lot under the trees, leaving the rest of the parking lot a blank canvas for your art. Drop in anytime from 6:30-8:00 and let your creativity flow! (This is, of course dependent on the weather cooperating! We will reschedule in the event of storms.)

Ecclesiastes 3:11 - He has made everything beautiful in its time.

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Men's Ministry Gathering

Saturday, July 11, 6:30pm
Only nine days until this special event! Bible reading and bonfire. Bring a camp chair and bug spray to join in a socially distanced men's fellowship! James Crawford is leading this ministry event and can answer any questions you may have.

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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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One of our amphibian friends.


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Washing CSA Produce

News of the Week

No rain this week has given us plenty of time for outside work...and there surely is always something to do in fields and gardens! We have weeded, watered, and harvested a-plenty! Today is CSA day, so we are washing and packing goodies for our weekly subscribers. As always, cleaning is also on our schedule, as we work to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Next week, July 11, will find us back at the Youngstown Flea. A Flea day also means a jam session. Now that it is blueberry season, we will be jumping into making some fresh Blueberry Jalapeno Jungle Jam.

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Our fishing trip with Marilee and David and their friends was awesome! We thank everyone involved! Never knew that GG had so many good fishermen on our crew. We now know they are as good at fishing as they are at farming and jam making!

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Caring for All Animals

Our GG family members care about taking care of the earth and all its creatures. GG client Ethan missed working on Monday because he found a bird in distress. This beautiful cardinal got caught in netting as he tried to reach some seed. Ethan freed him and remained at home to nurse him back to health. We were sad Ethan couldn't be with us, but we are so proud of him for his heart for the animals!

Jam For Sale

Check out Reach for the STARS online to get your Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam. Here is the link to their website: 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 Goodness Grows.

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Save flowers, not weeds!

Weeders Always Welcome!

You are invited to spend some time enjoying the beauty of God's creation right here on our property. Take time to appreciate His handiwork while pulling some weeds in the flower beds!


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! 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 or stop by if there are cars in the parking lot. Goodness Grows is here M-F from 9-2.

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July 4th Virtual 5k for Autism Speaks

Saturday, 9:30am - 12:30pm
We know many summer plans are being adjusted and then re-adjusted again but here’s one plan we’ll hope you can make with us! We’re excited to announce our Autism Speaks Virtual 5K.

Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, July 4. Run (or walk) whenever you can.
WHERE: Wherever you can! In your neighborhood, at a park or on a treadmill! Participate however you can practice safe social distancing based on your community’s regulations.
WHO: Anyone and everyone! We want people across the country come together to support people with autism and their families.
HOW: To join us, register for at
WHY: Now, more than ever the autism community needs our support. By signing up and raising funds for the Autism Speaks Virtual 5K, you’ll make a meaningful impact for our entire community.

Every great race comes with great swag. Every registered participant will be sent a commemorative event shirt and finisher medal to show off your accomplishment and support for a kinder world.

If you'd like to contribute a monetary donation to Autism Speaks, you may do so here: NEO Support Solutions ~ Autism Speaks

This family-friendly virtual event is designed to shine a light to help increase understanding and acceptance for the autism community.


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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Virtual Classroom: Edible Backyard Plants

Today from 1-1:30pm
Hosted by Cleveland Metroparks
Join us on Facebook Live to ID some common, edible plants that can be found growing in the average backyard, and get ideas for how to add tasty native plants into your garden or landscaping.
Online Event

Celebrating Freedom

Today from 2-3pm

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Singing some of your requests, along with songs celebrating our freedom in Christ and Country.
Facebook Live Link

Virtual Tap N' Read Storytime

Livestream, Fridays from 11-11:30am

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Join Ms. Tawnee for a virtual Tap n' Read. The Storytimes are live streamed on the KFPL YouTube channel every Friday at 11:00 a.m. Stories and rhymes as well as a craft idea and fun games that parents or caregivers can download.

Can't attend the live-stream? That's okay! These events will be recorded for you to access on the KFPL YouTube channel anytime after the live-stream is over. YouTube Playlist: Kinsman Library Storytime

July 3: Fairytales
July 10: Sea Creatures
July 17: Friendship
July 24: Dragons

Pittsburgh History Virtual Trivia Night

Wednesday, July 8 from 7-9pm

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Think you can name all of the roller coasters at Kennywood or the department stores that were Downtown Participate in a night of fun Pittsburgh history trivia and see just how much you truly know about the city! This trivia night is being held virtually – so you provide the snacks and we’ll provide the facts.

To join us for this first ever virtual Pittsburgh History Trivia Night, you will need two devices – one to watch our hosts on Zoom, and another to answer the questions using the CrowdPurr app. We will send detailed instructions to everyone who registers. So sign up online, and we’ll see who emerges as our first ever virtual trivia winner!

Prizes will include free passes to the History Center and some of the latest books written by History Center staff so you can brush up on your Pittsburgh facts for next time.

Tickets Required: Get Free Tickets Here!

This program is being offered free of charge, but donations are crucial to helping us sustain our virtual programs. Please register online in advance. You will have the opportunity to make a donation during the registration process.

Summer Movies at Firestone Farms in Columbiana

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Movies will be shown at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Fridays. This week is Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13).
Free Family-friendly movies on the big screen! Lots of seating in the Courtyard, or bring your own lawn chair or blanket! There will be a different movie every week, with a mix of old and new releases, rated G, PG, or PG-13. Stay tuned to the Movie Night Event Page on Facebook for movie titles as they get scheduled. (Movies may be cancelled or changed at any time due to weather or movie studio changes. Children must be supervised at all times.)

COVID-19 Safety Note: "We are very excited to bring you family-friendly movies in our Courtyard; and the health and safety of our guests is of the highest importance to us. In our effort to meet safety, sanitation, and social distancing requirements set by the State of Ohio, we have created “sections” in our Courtyard. Each “section” will hold 4-6 seats (provided by us sanitized, or you can bring your own) with room between for social distancing protocol. Sections are available on a first-come first-serve basis. For us to continue with our summer schedule, we need your help and support. Please follow social distancing guidelines. Masks are appreciated, but not required. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home."



July 3 - National Stay Out of the Sun Day
July 4 - Independence Day ~ Happy 4th of July!
July 7 - National Strawberry Sundae Day
July 8 - Danielle Taylor

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



July 2-8, 2020 . . .

Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Today, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-up
Today, 6pm - Praise Team Practice
Friday, 9am - Ladies Morning Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - Sunday Morning Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person and Online Worship
Wednesday, 9am - 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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