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Thursday, October 17, 2019


Sunday's Service - October 20, 2019

We welcome back Adam Shank
to lead us in Worship this week.

The featured Scripture comes from: 1 Peter 2:9-10
for Adam's message: A People of Praise.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



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Fall Harvest & CG Birthday Celebration

THIS Saturday from 2-4pm

Join us to celebrate the fall harvest as well as the "birthday" of Common Ground! On this exact date in 2008 (11 years ago!), CGCC held our first service in our building! Since it is our 11th birthday, we will be having cake & beverages, fun & games, and plenty of good fellowship.


What will you carve?

Since we are also celebrating this beautiful fall season, we will be having our very first Pumpkin Carving Contest! All ages are invited to carve a jack o'lantern (or two) at home and bring them here, already carved, for judging and fun.

SO, what do you need to bring on Saturday?
Family & Friends
Costume (if you're dressing up)
Candy (to pass out)
Carved Jack O'Lanterns (if you're participating in the contest)
* Readiness to play & have fun!

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Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: Romans, 9:30am
(Only 1 more chapter left in Romans!)

Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: 9:30am
Best Friends with God: Falling in Love with the God Who Loves You by Christy Bower.

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

Garden & Nursery News

Garden children will remain in Worship this Sunday for Communion. Activity pages for kids on the table by Sanctuary doors. Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

Want to volunteer in the Garden and/or with the Sprouts and Nursery age kids?
We would love to have you jump on board! Talk to Jen L. for more information.

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Youth Group

For youth in 5th grade & up

Last weekend, some of our youth were able to put in time on Friday and Saturday helping with the Giveaway. This weekend, our youth are all invited (with their families) to come celebrate Common Ground and Fall Harvest Time on Saturday from 2-4pm. We hope to see everyone here!! Remember, no Youth Group this Sunday.

We invite all the youth to join us for fun, fellowship, and learning this year,
most Sunday evenings from 6-7:30pm.


YG Service for Our Giveaway

Thank you for your work for the community!
Your service is appreciated!

Flu Shot Sunday

A great big thanks to our own Dr. Pat for once again providing flu shots to our church family! As long as his flu shots arrive this week, we will have shots here this Sunday, October 20! There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Jot your name on there, then head to the Cafe before or after Worship on flu shot Sunday. While not perfect, the seasonal flu shot protects against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season and can reduce the severity of a bout of the flu. Get protected this season!

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Musical Volunteers

We have had a variety of talented folks participate in our music Worship lately. Big thanks go to Janine, Jack, Audrey, and Mike, as well as to our regulars, Jessica and Rachel! Are you interested in sharing your musical gifts through singing or playing an instrument during Worship? We would love to have you jump on board. Just let us know!




October Speakers

27th - John Muckridge

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



Fall at GG

We began this week with a field trip to the OSU Extension Office in Canfield to drop off soil samples. These folks will test soil from all of our fields so that we can add the proper nutrients back into the soil in order to grow the best produce possible next year. Then we made a stop at the wonderful (and local) Rhodes Farm Market for a few items. Some of our clients really enjoyed exploring all the goodies this market has to offer...especially the enormous variety of chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels. If you ever want to stop by with pretzels, we wouldn't say no!

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Tuesday's lunch was ground beef stroganoff over egg noodles with spinach, apple slices, and bread. Even such a simple meal is tasty in the expert hands of Sue and the GG team! Nancy Snyder came for lunch and Frank Snyder stopped by to say hello. It was a very exciting Tuesday! We love having visitors!

Tuesday was also our last fall day with our friends from Leetonia. We appreciate all their help and hard work this season and we look forward to their return in the spring! Luckily, our Mohawk and Transition classes will still be with us for a couple more weeks.

On Wednesday, GG and Mohawk packed up the leftovers from the Giveaway and moved furniture. We also delivered some produce to the 3C's for this week's food distribution. The rest of the week will be full of cleaning inside and prepping areas outside for winter. There is always something to work on at GG!

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Lunch with Nancy!

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Rachel & Anita with the final share.

Community Supported Agriculture

CSA season has come to a close. Info about our 2020 season will be out in late winter/early spring. Throughout the course of this very unusual growing season, our subscribers received 67 different produce items (veggies, fruits, and herbs), 14 different value added items (jams, salsas, muffins, etc.), and 3 special items (tie-dyed bags, birdhouse gourds, and Boston ferns). We supplemented with produce from some of our very favorite local farms, including McMaster Farm, Huffman Fruit Farm, Van Pelts, Horst, and Angiuli's Farm Market. We also enjoyed sharing fruit and eggs from the family farm of one of our clients and tomatoes and peppers from our friends the Shannons and the Snyders. We so appreciate everyone who helped with this year's CSA and all the people who supported GG by subscribing to it. Goodness grows because of all of you!



Join us for a GG fundraiser at Diletto Winery in Boardman the night before Thansksgiving, November 27, from 6-9pm, complete with a basket raffle. The band “On the Rocks“ will be playing at 6:30. Come out and enjoy some relaxation with good friends, good food, and good music for a good cause!

Basket raffle donations are needed. If you would like to put together a basket from yourself, your organization, or your business, please let us know. All donations very much appreciated! We love to share donations and information on our Facebook page, website, and in our newsletter. There is a basket donation sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the Great Room.



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Giveaway Donations

The Giveaway is over. Long live the Giveaway!
The donation process has already restarted for next year's Giveaway. When you clean out your closets, attics, shelves, and car trunks, think about Common Ground. We are happy to take coats, clothing, and any other items that are in good repair that you think might benefit someone else.

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need,
yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?

1 John 3:17

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Giveaway Volunteers Appreciated!

Thank you so much to all who helped in any way! Because of all of you, the Giveaway was a fantastic success. We enjoyed around 200 guests browsing the tables and racks, munching on cookies, drinking hot cocoa and coffee, and chatting. It was a wonderful day of community and caring!

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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!

Local Fall Fun

Angiuli's Farm Market

Fall Open House
October 19, 9am-6pm
October 20, 9am-5pm
First ever Fall Open House, to say thank you to the wonderful customers for their support over the years! First 200 kids each day get a free pumpkin. Plus: Petting Zoo (Sat. 11am-2pm & Sun. 12-4pm), Unicorn Rides (Sat. 11am-2pm & Sun. 12-4pm), Canned Pepper Contest (Sun. 2pm), Food, and Market Specials. More info HERE.

Mill Creek Park

Pick a Pumpkin at MetroParks Farm
October 19, 10am-2pm
October 20, 1-4pm
Take a tractor-wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick a cannonball size pumpkin. Decorate (no carving) your pumpkin to take home. Dress for the weather, and note that the pumpkin patch could be muddy. Barns are open to visit the animals. Additional size pumpkins will be for sale. Call the MetroParks Farm at 330.533.7572 for details. Ride: $1; Ride + Pumpkin: $3, cash only

Contact Frank Snyder for tickets for the Roast Beef Dinner!

Youngstown Cycle Supply Grand Opening

Congratulations to Adam Pratt on his new business!
Stop by on Saturday between 10am-3pm (before our Common Ground Celebration)
to check out all that is going on at 6915 Market St. in Boardman.
Check out their Facebook Page here.



October 19 - Adam & Bonnie Shank
October 19 - CGCC First Service in New Building, 2008
October 19 - CG Birthday/Fall Harvest Party!
October 20 - International Sloth Day
October 21 - National Apple Day

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


October 17-23 . . .
Today - Transition Class
Saturday, 2-4pm - Fall Harvest/Birthday Celebration
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Monday, 9:30am - GG at Whispering Pines
Wednesday, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday - Mohawk Class

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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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