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Thursday, July 23, 2020

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Sunday's Service - July 26, 2020

An invitation to this Sunday's Worship from Marilee Bodendorfer:
"I would like to invite you to view Connecting Life Church/Common Ground Community Church this Sunday. David and I will be sharing about the Ministry of Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc and Divine Soccer Ministry. We will have pictures of the ministry in Masaka, Uganda. Many activities have been happening there for the children and families in this Ugandan city. Please join us and be a part. We also have video of the new school that is being built. They are a wonderful people there, most grateful for the chance to get an education and be a part of the kingdom of God. The program begins at 11am Sunday, July 26. Y'all come!! It will be live on the CLC Facebook page. Thank you so much. These ministries exist to be the hands and feet of Jesus and for His honor and glory."

The featured Scripture for this special mission-focused service is: Isaiah 6:8.
Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people?
Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

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Join us this Sunday ~ Online ~ for Worship - 11:00am


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Worshiping Together Online

Spend Sunday morning with us online. Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's
grow together! We can continue to join together in Worship and Praise and Prayer.

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

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!

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Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Studying the Book of Psalms. Class will meet this Sunday at 9am, upstairs in the Activity Room.

Ladies Bible Study
He is Enough: Living in the Fullness of Jesus (A Study in Colossians) by Asheritah Ciuciu
Next meeting scheduled for Friday, July 31 at 9am.

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group

9am, participate via Zoom or in-person for this time of sharing and prayer.

LifeGroup Meeting

Next Meeting - Friday, July 31 at 7pm at Common Ground

Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc. Presentation ~ Online

Sunday Worship, July 26 at 11am
Worship with us and learn what is happening in Uganda with Divine Soccer Ministry and the lives being changed. Marilee & David Bodendorfer will share all about their experiences with this ministry, including opportunities for possible mission trips.

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Large Print Devotionals

Our Daily Bread, in large print format, is now available in the Great Room. If you need one, let us know and we can get a copy to you. You are also welcome to stop by during the week between 9am-2pm to pick one up.

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Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday's Weekly Video:
Lets Go Fishing for People!

This lesson comes from Mark 1:17 ~ “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Danielle gives good discussion starters in these lessons, like this week's question - Would you rather be a goldfish, a fisherman, or an evil doctor? 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!


Youth Group

YG Events Scheduled so Far (Weather & COVID Permitting)
* 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.
Parents, we have a YG permission waiver we need you to fill out next time you're here.



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. 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 to Marcia for sharing and Darla for writing these weekly words of encouragement. Let us all accept the challenge to serve, wherever and however we can.

"I pray your week is especially blessed. God certainly has let us enjoy this Summer season we are in. Can you say 'HOT'? Hot or not hot - we are still so blessed. God is good ALL THE TIME. The word God gave me this week was SERVE."

"To serve is to "attend to". There are numerous ways to serve. God gives us so many opportunities during the day to serve or attend to. Hold the door for someone, let that person have your closer parking space (What!!!! LOL), take a meal to someone, pay for someone behind you in the fast food line, pray for someone when you say you will, wave at someone with a smile, call and check on someone you may have not seen in a while, ask your Pastor if there is anything he may need help with, help out at a food kitchen or church pantry. God has given us means to serve. I find myself always looking for ways to serve others. I am so thankful and blessed when I find someone to serve. Let's look each and every day for something, someway, someone to serve. Watch and see how happy you will be!"

~ Darla Smith

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake
in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless - cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident
in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything -
encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! (1 Peter 4:7-11 The Message)



July Worship ~ Online

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us 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.

Check out this message from Pastor Mike below, recorded last Sunday before Worship:
Pre-Worship Message

Men's Ministry Gathering

We'll let you know the new date for this Bonfire & Bible Study as soon as we get it scheduled. Keep your camp chair and bug spray at the ready!

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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 week's rain gave us some extra time to spend indoors. While inside, we are following the Governor's request to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by wearing our masks, as well as continuing to social distance and making sure we wash hands frequently. We worked in Common Ground's sanctuary, moving chairs around to help the church encourage social distancing when in-person worship resumes. Some of our folks worked on cleaning the toys in the Nursery and Sprouts rooms while the rest of the crew made Pineapple Habanero Jungle Jam. We also spent time outside this week, picking some berries in the woods, tying up tomatoes in the field and, of course, weeding our gardens. Today we will be getting ready for the CSA, which always keeps us busy with harvesting and setting up for the shares.

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Welcome, Jade!

Our big news of the week is our new GG employee, Jade Rector. We welcomed Jade to our GG family on Tuesday and she fit right in! Jade is from Salem and just graduated from high school this spring. She has taken the required training from DODD, so she is ready to be Rachel's right-hand girl. Jade enjoys both working with people, having volunteered in the special education classrooms while in school, and with animals, having been an Angels for Animals volunteer. We are so glad to have her on our team!

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Jam For Sale

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam available at Reach for the STARS online. 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.



Drive Through Food Drive

Pointer Creek will be hosting a Drive Through Food Drive, to benefit 21 WFMJ's Feed Our Valley
for the benefit of Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.

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You might meet a new friend!

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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Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.

Their mission is to Advocate, Advise, Advance the ministries of Divine Soccer in Masaka, Uganda for the benefit of the children of the community.

Sponsors needed! Sponsorships support so many things, including:
* Bible Teaching
* Education
* Housing
* Food
* Medical Care
* Hygiene Care
* Parent Training

Sponsorship can be made to Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc., 1814 E. 3rd St., Salem, OH 44460 or via
Pay Pal at Learn more on Facebook at: Rock Kidz Uganda.


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!


Summer Movies at Firestone Farms in Columbiana

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Movies will be shown at 1pm and 7pm on Fridays. This week is The Santa Clause (PG).
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." MOVIE NIGHTS MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO ONGOING COVID-19 HEALTH CONCERNS AND RESTRICTIONS.

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ONLINE – History To Go | Upper Fifth Avenue Tour

Saturday, July 25, 12-1pm
MVHS will partner with Fifth Avenue Neighbors to showcase 8-10 sites along the upper north side corridor, covering more northern properties than our previous tours of Lower Fifth Avenue and the Crandall Park neighborhood. The south and north boundaries for this tour will be Tod Avenue to Gypsy Lane. Learn about the architecture, residents, and interesting facts about this historic area.

You don’t have to register for this online event. Just visit the MVHS YouTube channel on Saturday, July 25 at noon or anytime after its debut: MVHS YouTube

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Cinderella through the Ages

Saturday, July 25, 3-3:30pm
Host by McKinley Memorial Library
Visit the library's Facebook Page or YouTube Channel to learn how the story of Cinderella has changed through various cultures and centuries!

Looking for More Ideas?

Check out 1000 Things to Do During COVID-19. This is a list of more than 1000 online events and activities for kids, teens, adults, and families during COVID-19, from all over North America. This includes a daily live events calendar of 24/7 experiences, classes, and more. This website is also a great resource of things to do in-person around our region as well, including plenty of free activities.



July 24 - Brendan Cole
July 24 - National Cousins Day
July 26 - National Aunt and Uncle Day
July 26 - National Parents Day
July 27 - Phil Bartholomew
July 27 - James Crawford
July 28 - Bob Faulkner

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



July 23-29, 2020 . . .

Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Today, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-up
Sunday, 9am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Online Worship
Wednesday, 9am - Prayer Group, Zoom and in-person
Wednesday, afternoon - Collide Kids Online

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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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