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Thursday, August 20, 2020

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We're in This Together

The button below will take you to a message from Pastor Mike about gatherings at Common Ground and our decision to follow the Governor's mask mandate. If you haven't yet done so, please take a few minutes to watch this video and learn about our leadership's plan to take care of each other.
We are looking forward to gathering ~ online or in-person ~
to Worship with you this Sunday!

Sunday's Service - August 23, 2020

In-Person & Online @ 11am

Pat Shannon will be leading us in Worship this week,
as Pastor Mike finishes up some time off.

The featured scripture verses are: Romans 5:1-11 & 2 Peter 1:13-15
for Pat's message: Remembering Things You Should Never Forget.

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

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Come Grow With Us!


Scenes From Last Sunday



Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ online or in-person.
Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's grow together! We can continue to join
together in Worship and Praise and Prayer, whether in the Sanctuary or on Facebook.

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 & Ministries

We will be following the health and safety directives during small group meetings as well as Worship. Masks and social distancing are required anytime you are in our building, as we try our best to stay healthy together. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Studying the Book of Psalms
9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room.

Ladies Bible Study
He is Enough: Living in the Fullness of Jesus (A Study in Colossians) by Asheritah Ciuciu
Friday at 9am

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group
9am, participate via Zoom ~ Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer

LifeGroup Meeting
Meetings will resume in September.




Youth Group

Big thanks to all who helped make our summer events a success! We will soon be planning for fall. Due to the COVID situation, this youth group season will not look like it normally does. We will keep you posted as we make decisions.

Youth Group is open to kids in 5th through 12th grade.
Parents, we have a YG permission waiver we need you to fill out next time you're here.

Youth Group Bonfire Fun

Thanks to Rachel, Maci, Nicolette, and Mike for hosting a fun evening!
We spent time on a devotional, read Psalm 150, and listened to Chris Tomlin's Forever. We
roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, played games, enjoyed each other's company, and
prayed for this upcoming school year. It was a perfect summer evening!

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Youth Group Service Day with Goodness Grows

Many hands really do make light work! Thank you to everyone who dove into this service
project with us. Special thanks go to Mike Ashby for all his work on designing, prepping, and carrying out this project. Our youth had a blast working with you and learning some tricks of the stone mason trade. Whether working or playing, we always enjoy our time together! In 3 hours,
our crew laid out a patio and walkways, harvested tomatoes, ate lunch, and spent some time in conversation and prayer. It was a marvelous way to wind up this unusual summer and start
sending our youth back to school covered in prayer.

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Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2



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!



Today's encouragement comes from Darla Smith. Thank you to Marcia Kreps for sharing Darla's uplifting words with us.

My word for today is SURPRISE! This meaning can be good surprise or bad surprise. It can be in celebration or in sorrow. Some of us are planners so, when surprises get mixed in, that may cause us to become anxious. We have all experienced some kind of surprise in our lives this year as well as in the past. Just know whatever has surprised you has never been a surprise to God. He has walked the path before we even think to walk it. He goes before us to guide our steps. He surrounds us with His Holy Spirit to keep us protected. He prepares our table in the midst of the enemy. HE LOVES US! Know today whatever has been your SURPRISE - it is no surprise to our God. Be encouraged, uplifted, refreshed, renewed, restored, loved by your Heavenly Father. God is saying to us - "come up higher - rest in me." Next time a not so good SURPRISE comes your way - just whisper - God already has this handled for me.

“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (The Message)

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New Quarterly Devotional Available

The next Our Daily Bread devotional has arrived. This booklet has daily readings for September through November. Pick one up next time you're at Common Ground. Available in the Great Room on the round table and by the Sunday bulletins.



August Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life

August 23 ~ Pat Shannon will be preaching for us.
August 30 ~ Communion Sunday

We will continue to be guided by the health and safety guidelines
set forth by the governor and the health department,
so we require masks to be worn in our building.
We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

Men's Ministry Gathering

We'll let you know the new date for this Bonfire & Bible Study as soon as we get it scheduled, sometime this fall!

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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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Working on the Butterfly Garden Project


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News of the Week

Monday brought another butterfly release as well as the return of our client, Keegan, back from a long vacation. It was certainly a great start to what has been an exceptionally beautiful week. The weather has been wonderful, our crew has been working hard and having fun, CG's Youth Group joined us on Wednesday to help us complete the re-do of the butterfly garden, and our longtime friend Trevor came to visit. All definitely reasons to be thankful!

We spent some time in the kitchen this week and we're excited to announce the return of Peach Habanero Jungle Jam and Peach Lemonade Juicy Jam!! We also made two kinds of salsa for our CSA subscribers, using our own produce. Yum!

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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.

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Trevor Visited & Helped with the Butterfly Garden! Thanks Trevor!




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.

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

Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc. ~ Yard Sale ~ Starts Today!
August 20-22, 9am to 4pm at 1814 E 3rd St, Salem
Toys, household goods, collectibles for sale, with all proceeds going to the
building fund of Divine Junior School in Masaka, Uganda.

DID YOU KNOW? We have some handmade bracelets and necklaces for sale at the Rock Kidz table in our Great Room. Proceeds will go to the construction of Divine Junior School.

Sponsorships 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 Aladdin (PG) (2019).
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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Hogs & Hotrods

Saturday at 11am-4pm
Hosted by Youngstown Cycle and Speed, Adam Pratt's business, located just a few minutes away at 6915 Market St. in Boardman.
From their Facebook page:
"Hogs & Hotrods Car and Bike Show, August 22nd. For this first show of ours, all proceeds are going to benefit the Huston family. Neale and Melissa Huston, friends and customers of ours, were involved in a severe motorcycle accident a few weeks ago. They suffered critical injuries but are making progress and improving every day. We will be giving out three awards; Best Car, Best Truck, and Best Bike. Registration will be $5 dollars. We are also going to be doing a Chinese auction the day of the show. Anybody that would like to donate anything at all for the Chinese auction, please message or call the store at (234) 241-1689 and let us know or just bring your item(s) by the store. All Chinese auction items need to be at Youngstown Cycle by August 21. Social distancing and masks are encouraged inside the showroom."


Pick Your Own Sunflowers at Molnar Farms

Saturday from 5-8pm
Molnar Farms, 3115 E. Western Reserve Road, Poland, OH
The sunflower field will be open Saturday, August 22, from 5-8 pm. Pick your own for $2/stem. Photography is welcome during this time with no additional fees. The market will close at 5pm, so please arrive and do your shopping by 5pm if you wish to get produce, baked goods, or other grocery items. This event is weather permitting - if anything for the event changes, it will be added to their Facebook page. Follow signs for 'you pick sunflower parking' to park next to the field. This will likely be the last opportunity to visit the sunflower field.



Today - Maci Vignon
Today - Brianna Windon
Today - Jim & Barb Hrovatic
August 21 - National Senior Citizens Day
August 22 - Trey Snyder
August 23 - Alis Rocha
August 25 - National Banana Split Day
August 26 - National Dog Day

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



August 20-26, 2020 . . .

Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Today, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-up
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Wednesday, 9am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 12pm - 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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