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Thursday, June 3, 2021

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Sunday's Service - June 6, 2021

The featured Scripture is: Colossians 1:9-20; Galatians 5:22-23
for Mike's message: The Fruit of the Spirit Part 3: Peace.

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

Connecting Life Church Facebook Page

Come Grow With Us!


Scenes From Last Sunday



Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ online or in-person at 11:00am.
Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's grow together! We continue to join
together in Worship and Praise and Prayer, whether in the Sanctuary or 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 will go out on
Monday morning! The CGCC website has a Contact/Prayer Request page, you can
email Jen Lynch directly, or use


COVID-19 Protocols Have Changed

Following the guidelines of the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Governor,
mask wearing is now optional whenever you are 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. We support whatever makes you most comfortable in these ever-changing times!

Thank you for all the caring and grace you have shown during these on-going and difficult pandemic months. As we have said from the beginning, we will pray for each other,
take care of each other, and work together through whatever comes!


Bible Studies & Ministries

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

Ladies Bible Study ~ Friday, 9am
Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson

You are always welcome to join a study or a group!


Wednesday Morning Prayer Group ~ 10am
Prayer meeting will now be gathering in-person at Rick & Joyce Jackson's house, at 12337 Goshen Rd. in Salem. The time and the Zoom option will remain the same.
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:
* Taylor LifeGroup: On Summer Break for the month of June
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesday, 10am in the pastor's office & on Zoom
* Hileman LifeGroup: On Summer Break
* Bartholomew LifeGroup: Friday, 6pm under the warehouse awning, new info announced soon


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

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Last year's gathering.

Youth Group

Grades 5-12

Final meeting of 2020-2021 school year:
THIS Friday, June 4 (6-8pm) Bonfire at the Vignon's
Let us know if you need the address. Hope to see you there as we celebrate the end of the school year
and kick off summer!

Watch for some summer YG activities to be announced!


Rocky Railway VBS ~ June 28 - July 2 at Zion Hill

Check out the table near the entrance in the Great Room to see how YOU can help with Vacation Bible School 2021! Take a tag off the board if you would like to donate an item. Sign up if you are able to volunteer. Grab a registration form for kids Pre-K - 6th Grade. Everyone welcome!


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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!



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

"I pray you are doing great today. Great is God’s faithfulness to us all. His mercies are new each day! Monday we celebrated Memorial Day, remembering all the fallen Heroes we knew and those we were not blessed to know; the sacrifices made with their lives. Let us never forget."

"God laid this week’s Word on my heart that goes along with Memorial Day. “MEMORY” is the Word. “Memory” is a recollection of things. A “memory” can be happy, sad, overwhelming, hurtful, joyful, shocking, painful, or just enjoyable. A “memory” is a captured moment that lies silently until an emotion, action, or even something tangible happens. I have the most wonderful “memory” of my dad when I smell good men’s cologne. That may sound funny, but it is truth. Some things or feelings can bring back a “memory.” What “memory” are we leaving behind for those who come after you? Are we leaving a loving “memory?” Are we capturing every moment with the best “memory” possible? Are we letting the Holy Spirit guide our thoughts, words, and actions to leave a “memory” worth remembering? I pray every day that I am guided and directed by the Holy Spirit, that my “memory” will be one of leading others to Jesus though His Love and light. We are not here to show off our works but to lead by love and let the Holy Spirit make the “memory” come alive in all that we meet. God blessed me with a wonderful heritage and my “memory” is very thankful. May you reflect in the “memory” that Jesus loves us and sacrificed His life so we can live eternally with Him."

But the Helper will teach you everything and will cause you to remember all that I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name.. ~ John 14:26 (NCV)

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Stove Usage

If you are interested in being able to use the new stove, we must show you the special "tricks" to operating it! For safety reasons, you will need to get a quick stove lesson from Rachel Vignon before you can get cooking. Please let Jen Lynch or Rachel know if you are interested in being a stove user and we will set up a lesson.



June 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!



Graduation Sunday

Help us celebrate our Seniors, Audrey Shannon and Christina Lynch, during Worship on Graduation Sunday, next week! Let's keep our graduates and their families in prayer as they say goodbye to their comfortable high school routines and look toward new beginnings.

God Bless the Class of 2021!

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Rocky Railroad VBS ~ June 28-July 2

Partnering with Zion Hill to bring a faith filled week to kids Pre-K - 6th Grade.
Zion Hill Church of the Brethren, 14550 New Buffalo Rd, Columbiana, OH 44408

Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. Details here: VBS.

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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

This short week is flowing by quickly! The rest of the wet wall arrived...finally! Watch for a date for an installation party to be announced!

We were so glad to get back to jam making this week. Both Rachel and Cam led jam making experiences, to great success. It is good to have the building smelling like peppers and fruit once more! We will be at the Youngstown Flea on the 12th and the Columbiana Chamber's Block Party on the 19th, so jam making had to be kicked into high gear.

The weather didn't always cooperate these last few days, but much was still accomplished by our crew. Planting was done. The areas between the rows in the fields were re-tilled and we covered them with corn gluten meal to help prevent weeds. A handful of strawberries were harvested. (Yum!) Cleaning was done throughout the building. We even had time for a short walk in the woods to celebrate Cam having boots instead of trash bags to keep his feet dry!

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 Blueberry Jalapeno Jungle Jam, Hot Jungle Jam,
Pineapple Habanero Jungle Jam, and Strawberry Lemonade Juicy Jam in stock here.



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.
There are many ways to support GG, including:
Online Shopping through Amazon Smile ~ Volunteering ~ Donating Items
Purchasing Our Products ~ Charitable Giving ~ Telling Others

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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 for kids 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:

If you are interested in purchasing baskets, purses, sandals, or bracelets from Uganda to help
Rock Kidz, stop by the church, give us a call, or contact Marilee through the links above.

Thanks for your generosity! We reached our goal for the new van!

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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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Community Yard Sale

Join the Firestone Farms neighborhood (Homestead Dr. in Columbiana) for their 2021 annual community yard sale. June 4th and 5th from 9am - 4pm.

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Wednesday, June 9 at 6:30pm ~ free virtual lecture through Zoom
Speaker: Laurie Brown, Wildlife Research Technician, ODNR Division of Wildlife
Historically, black bears roamed the Buckeye State, but due to unregulated hunting and habitat loss bears became extirpated from Ohio by 1850. Today, Ohio is again home to a small but growing population of black bears. It is important we understand a little about the biology and habits of the black bear if we are to coexist comfortably with this Ohio resident. To register and receive log-in information, please visit the following link: Ohio Black Bears. Questions? Call 330.533.5538

The Naturalist Series is a collaboration between OSU Extension – Mahoning County Ohio
Certified Volunteer Naturalist program and Mill Creek MetroParks.



TODAY! - National Egg Day
June 4 - National Donut Day
June 6 - Colin Snyder
June 6 - D-Day
June 9 - Jack Snyder
June is Great Outdoors Month.

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



June 3-9, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 6pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup
Friday, 6-8pm - YG Bonfire at the Vignon's
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - CLC Membership Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship & Collide Sunday Ministries
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom & at the Jackson's

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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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