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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Maundy Thursday Communion & Tenebrae Service
Tonight, 7:00pm

The featured scripture verses are: John 3:14-15
for Adam's message: "Jesus like a Snake?"

The Service of Tenebrae
Tenebrae is the Latin term for "shadows" and is a Holy Week tradition dating far back into the history of the Christian Church. It is characterized by the twelve disciples at the Last Supper, each one reading a brief passage by candlelight. The gradual loss of light is symbolic of the flight of the disciples. The moment of total darkness recalls the days Jesus spent in the tomb. This moving tradition prepares us to break out on Easter morn with great joy.


Sunday's Service - April 21 - Easter Sunday

He is risen!

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

The featured scripture verses for Easter are: 1 Peter 1:10-12
for Adam's message: "The Main Thing."

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



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Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast

Thanks to everyone who helped us have another special time of fellowship and food!

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Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: Romans
Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: Hosea, 9:30am at Jen Shannon's (Actually meeting today, April 18!)

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!


Garden & Nursery News

Garden kids will remain in Worship to celebrate Easter. Activity pages will be on the table by the Sanctuary doors. Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

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Youth Group

Last Sunday we delved into the extraordinary things done by Jesus (like feeding the 5,000) and discussed the extraordinary we can accomplish. We also took the time to watch a video of the Wintergatan Marble Machine. If you've never seen this musical marvel, you need to Google it! We will not meet this Sunday ~ enjoy Easter evening with your families! Our next meeting will be on April 28th.

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April, May, & June Speakers

April 28 - Brad Weber
May 5 - Bruce Irwin
May 12 - Pat Shannon
May 19 - Brad Weber
May 26 - Adam Shank
June 2 - Phil Bartholomew
June 9 - Phil Bartholomew
June 16 - 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.



Spring Fundraiser!

Gorgeous ferns will be available in May. We had these last year and they went like hotcakes! Buy some beauty for your home, porch, or yard while raising money to support the work of Goodness Grows. Ferns also make great gifts!

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Spring Has Sprung!

Sunday's storm seems to have carried us into spring weather. We have been able to spend much time outside this week with classrooms, clients, staff, and volunteers getting things spruced up, weeded, and planted. It's such an exciting season at Goodness Grows! On Tuesday, Mrs. Weaver came again for more cooking adventures, making some amazing chicken and a broccoli side dish with our clients. Miss Jill joined in too, baking brownies with Tori. It certainly was a delicious day! We will be off on Friday but will jump back into our routine next week, as we head to Whispering Pines Monday morning.

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It's "thyme" to join the CSA!!!

CSA Time!

Twelve days left for the Early Bird price! Pick up will be Thursdays, weekly or bi-weekly, over a period of 18 weeks. We will provide a variety of produce from early June to mid-October. Pay by April 30th to get the EARLY BIRD Price of $325, which equals $18.05 per week. After April 30th, the cost is $360 for a weekly share, which equals $20 per week. Or, do a bi-weekly share from mid-June to mid-October for $200, which equals $22.22 per week. Refer a friend who purchases a subscription, get $20 back! Limited number of shares, deadline May 27th.

GG Restaurant Fundraisers

If you want to Dine for a Cause again, head to Chipotle in Boardman (near Target) on Sunday, April 28 from
4-8pm. Chipotle does not require printed flyers. You can show it on your smartphone, inform them you are supporting Goodness Grows, or you can grab a flyer (or several) from our GG table and share them with your friends. Eating dinner out is an easy way to help Goodness Grows earn money for our programs!




Coat & Clothing Drive

Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity
Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room, anytime throughout the year! Let your friends and family know that we accept donations year-round. We are happy to take coats, clothes, shoes, purses and bags, jewelry, hats, gloves and mittens, scarves, and even small household items. Anything that is clean and in good repair that you think someone else might be able to use!

Cards for Heroes

Take a minute to stop by the table in the Great Room to write a card for military personnel, veterans, and/or first responders. Help us spread some joy and appreciation. Grab a card, write a note, and then pop it into the appropriate envelope. More instructions are on the wall by the table. We will send off our missives of thanks in the beginning of May.


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!

Springtime at Mill Creek Park

Bunny Hunt

April 18, 19, & 20 from 10am-5pm
Bring the family to Ford Nature Center and look for the 20 hidden paper rabbits. Then go for a hike and keep your eyes open for the cottontails that call this area home. Call 330.740.7116 for details.

Dazzling Flights

April 18, 7:30pm-9pm
Meet at the Bikeway Trailhead at MetroParks Farm for this seasonal hike. Spring is in the air and so are male woodcocks! Witness the dazzling courtship flight of these amazing birds. Wear boots. Call 330.740.7116 for details. Moderate, 1.5 mi.

Voices of the Night I

April 19, 8:30pm-10pm
During spring, male frogs serenade the females. Join Naturalist Arika Preas at the Vickers Nature Preserve to listen, search, catch, and release in the “froggiest place” in Mill Creek MetroParks. Flashlights recommended and boots required. Call 330.740.7116 for details. Easy, 1 mi.

Birding the Sanctuary

April 20, 8am-9:30am
Enjoy an early morning walk at Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary with Jeff Harvey to look and listen for the birds of spring. Space is limited. Boots required. Call 330.740.7116 by 4/18 to register. Moderate, 1.25 mi.

Into the Woods at YSU

April 18, 19, & 20, 7:30pm
At Bliss Hall, 1000 Ford Theater
The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family, and the choices we make. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The wonderfully creative book and score are both enchanting and touching. A masterful commentary surrounding one simple, famous saying: be careful what you wish for. Come experience the charm and magic of this multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award winning musical! Call the University Theatre Box Office at 330-941-3105 or go to
Production highly recommended by Carl & Janine Landis!

Beaver Township Crimewatch

Tuesday, April 23, 7-8pm
Held at Shepherd of the Valley's Western Reserve Rd. location.
Monthly on the fourth Tuesday.

Annual Men's Rally in the Valley



April 20 - Husband Appreciation Day
April 21 - Easter
April 22 - Earth Day
April 23 - World Book Day (Take a break today to read!)

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


April 18-24 . . .
Today, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study
Tonight, 7:00pm - Maundy Thursday Service
Friday - Office & GG Closed
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Easter Sunday Worship
Monday, 9:30am - GG at Whispering Pines
Tuesday, 10am - GG/Leetonia Class
Wednesday, 10am - GG/Mohawk Class

A Prayer for Maundy Thursday

From Praying Through the Holy Week: An Easter Prayer Guide

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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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