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Thursday, November 12, 2020

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Sunday's Service - November 15, 2020

The featured Scripture is: Philippians 1:3-8
for Mike's message: The Family Business.

"No matter what you may do for a living, there is a higher purpose for your life. No matter what you do for work, God is at work in you and through you. You may have a career in mind, but God has a calling in mind. These are not contradictory paths but complementary ones. The apostle Paul assured his audience of God's work collectively, personally, and practically. We are the objects as well as the instruments of God's work in the world. Join us for this weekend in person or online!"
- Pastor Mike

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

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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 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

Bible Studies & Ministries

We will be following the health and safety directives during small group meetings and events 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!

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Sunday Morning Bible Study
9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room ~ Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Ladies Bible Study
Friday, at 9am in the Activity Room ~ Who Do You Say That I AM? by Becky Harling

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group
10am, participate via Zoom ~ Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Taylor LifeGroup: Sundays, 6pm at the Crawford/Taylor house
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesdays, 10am on Zoom - Next meeting November 24th.


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Thankful Thoughts

Help us fill the foyer window with all the things for which you are grateful. Next time you are here, take a moment to add your thoughts to a seasonal shape and tape it up. Not coming to church in person? Please email us your thankful thoughts and we will gladly put them in the display for you. So many reasons to give thanks!

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Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday - Stop Being Selfish ~ God’s love forgets your sin completely, so put others first by forgiving them. It might be hard to forget what they did, but you can choose to let it go. Join Collide Kid Becca and Collide Crew Leader Danielle for this lesson about Philippians 2:3 ~ Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

Grab your kid(s) and spend 25 minutes together singing, dancing, laughing, and learning! We would love for you to also have your child(ren) memorize this week's scripture verse and motions and upload a video of them in the comment section under the video on the CLC Facebook page! Have a great week, Collide Kids!

Youth Group

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Kids in 5th-12th Grade ~ Sunday, 6-7pm
Last Sunday we had a small group but we still accomplished plenty! We discussed being brave, read Daniel chapter 3, started our Thanksgiving thankfulness display, and played Pictionary. Hope to see the youth here this Sunday at 6:00 for this week's adventures!

Parents, we have a YG permission waiver we need you to fill out next time you're here.

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Youth Group Christmas Project 2020

We appreciate all the donations that have started coming in!

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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!

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Thank you to Darla Smith for writing and Marcia Kreps for sharing Darla's uplifting words with us.

"We have certainly had some spectacular weather here in Ohio. For those not in Ohio, you are certainly missing a blessing. God has blessed us with some gorgeous day full of sunshine!"

"God has put on my heart this week the word “MOMENT.” There are all kinds of moments. Happy, sad, exciting, thrilling, devastating, and more. In a “moment,” life changes as we know it. In a “moment” of time and space, we are changed. We can be changed for the better, like when we have children or maybe get married. In a “moment,” our life can be shattered with the loss of someone dear. In a “moment,” we maybe cannot take that word back that may have just escaped from our mouth without thought of consequence. In a “moment” of quiet prayer, God can reveal his love to us. In a “moment,” our words can lift a dear friend that needs a little boost up. In a “moment,” our actions can make or break a situation. In a “moment,” forgiveness can come. In a “moment,” we can be saturated in God’s presence (one of my favorite "moments!”). Let us make every “moment” count. Let us learn from our not so good “moments.” Let us soak up every “moment” of happiness and look for joy. Let our “moments” be pleasing to God – the ones we have control over. I saved the best “moment” for last. In a “moment,” we will be with our Savior one day!"

"I pray all your “moments” this week will be happy ones!"

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:52 (NKJV)



November Worship ~ Online & In-Person

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

November 22 ~ John Muckridge will be back to lead us in Worship.

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!


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Catalyst Men's Ministry ~ Turkey Jive Drive Distribution Day

Saturday, November 21 at 12pm ~ pack and
prepare the bags for distribution.
(Please drop off all donations by 11am on the 21st.)
Deliveries will be made between 1-5pm.
Pick-up will be available at Common Ground
between 1-3pm.

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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

It has been a busy week here at GG. We had a new client start, and we are very excited! Brista likes drawing and not getting dirty but she joined right in with our outside work like a champ! We will also have a visitor on Friday who is checking out our program to see if he wants to join our crew. This will be a trial work day for him and we are ready to see what we can do together!

The beautiful weather of Monday and Tuesday were perfect outside days. We were able to prepare raised beds for winter as well as clean out weeds and brush from out back. Wednesday's rain kept us inside for the morning, but there was still plenty to do. We rearranged items and cleaned out the music closet, cleaned in the Sanctuary, and, best of all, made Christmas ornaments. The picture above shows everyone with the ornament they made for the Reach for the STARS ornament contest, using wood slices from a tree they cut down on the property. Everyone also made a bonus ornament which will be used to decorate a GG Christmas tree in the Cafe - something we have never done before. Our clients are pretty excited to spend some days inside crafting ornaments for their very own tree.


GG Candle Fundraiser

In order to meet our fundraising goals of the year, since most markets and shows have been canceled, we’re partnering with Beaver Creek Candle Company on a fundraiser. We thought that this was the perfect time of year to sell these locally made candles, as people start thinking about the holidays and gift buying. AND, Goodness Grows will receive 50% of the price of every candle sold! All of the money will be put right back into our programs. (Big thanks to everyone who has already ordered! We appreciate it more than we can express!)

Another exciting thing about partnering with the Beaver Creek Candle Company is that they work with adults with disabilities, and every candle purchase goes to supporting their workers and facilities. So, it is a win-win all around! If you would like to learn more about this amazing candle company, check out their website at

If you or your friends/family would like to purchase from this fundraiser, please let us know or order on the GG table in the Great Room. Orders and payment (cash or checks made out to Goodness Grows) due no later than the morning of Monday, November 30. We will then place the order and have the candles here 10-12 days later, in time for Christmas.

Thank you for your support of GG and for trying this new way of raising money with us,

GG Staff & Board

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Jam Table in Great Room

Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

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




Turkey Jive Drive: Part Deux

Now through November 21st

Catalyst Men’s Ministry invites the congregations of
Connecting Life Church and Common Ground Church Community to participate in this special holiday outreach opportunity. Look for the donation board and collection area in the Great Room by the front window. Please check it out and see how you can help to gather the supplies and foods needed to feed up to 25 families this year for Thanksgiving!

The big day is almost here!! Donations need to be dropped off no later than 11am on November 21. Thank you!

On Saturday, November 21, the men will gather at church at 12pm to pack and prepare the boxes for distribution. Deliveries will be made between 1-5pm. Pick-up will be available at Common Ground between 1-3pm.

If you would like to join in the packing and delivering, or if you have any questions, please contact James Crawford. All help will be appreciated as we strive to help those in need in our community!

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Thank you to all who have dropped off donations and to all who will be dropping donations off soon! You are appreciated.

The board has been refilled, so please take a moment to see how you can help! This is the final Sunday before the big day!

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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 and hands-on way. The GG crew also maintains the grounds and cleans the church building. There are many ways to support GG, including:
* Online Shopping ~ Just use Amazon Smile - choose Goodness Grows as your charity of choice.
* Volunteering ~ Give of your time and get back lots of love & smiles!
* Donating Items ~ We are always in need of items like basic jam making supplies such as regular 8oz. canning jars, lids, sugar, and white vinegar.
* Purchasing Our Products ~ Proceeds from jam & crafts go right back to our programs.
* Charitable Giving ~ As a small non-profit, Goodness Grows depends upon generous supporters who give monetary support. A contribution to Goodness Grows is tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law. Your donations help us to continue our mission of working with people of all abilities.

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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

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.

Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ 2021!

Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we collect items year-round...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! We have a donation barrel and storage space ready to go.

Brightside Toy Drive


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!


Final Call for Handmade Ornaments

There is still a bit of time to create and donate an ornament to Reach for the STARS to raise
funds for the Imagination Library of Columbiana County! Ornaments are due at the store by
tomorrow at 4pm. Then, you can visit through November 25 to vote for your favorite ornament.
Starting November 28, the ornaments will be for sale.

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Salem Events This Weekend

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At the Columbiana Library

Friendship Bracelet Kit
November 9-23 (while supplies last)
Young adults grades 5-12 come and pick up a kit to make a Friendship Bracelet to keep or exchange with a friend.

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Pretzel Bark Take & Make
November 16-21 (while supplies last)
Teens and tweens in grades 5-12 can stop by the library and pick up supplies to make a fall inspired microwave pretzel bark!

More info on their website: Library.


Story Trails from the Mahoning County Library

Visit PLYMC's newly updated Story Trail display at Boardman Park. A Story Trail includes pages of a picture book mounted on numbered signs. Families can walk from sign to sign to read and talk about the story. Each sign also features an activity or question to draw the readers into the story. They’re a great way for kids (and their adults!) to enjoy the outdoors and reading at the same time.

Stop by one of these locations to enjoy a Story Trail: Boardman Park ~ Lowellville Bike Trail ~ Poland Library ~ Boardman Library ~ East Library ~ Tri-Lakes Library
Each location has a different story so you can visit them all! Have fun, and if you share your Story Trail photos online, tag LibraryMahoningCounty and #PLYMCStoryTrail. We’d love to see them!

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Joy of Christmas Light Show Starts Next Week

The Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau’s Joy of Christmas Light Show 2020, a drive-through display, opens Nov. 19 at Harvey S. Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave., Columbiana.

Admission - cash only at the gate - is $10 per vehicle; $3 per person on motorcoach; or $25 for a seasonal pass to support Harvey S. Firestone Recreational Park restoration efforts. 6-9 p. - Nov. 19-22; Nov. 26-29; Dec. 3-6; and then nightly Dec. 10-27
More information on the festivities Here.


Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley

2nd Annual Apple Pie Baking Contest in partnership with Hartford Orchards happening Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Mission! Will you please bake a pie and enter? Please get involved to support Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley! Entry Form due to Mission by noon on 11/23/20. More info HERE.



November 13 - 15th Anniversary of CGCC's Charter
November 13 - Randy Hartley
November 13 - World Kindness Day
November 14 - World Diabetes Day
November 15 - Caitlin McMaster
November 16 - Madelyn Hartley
November 17 - David & Marilee Bodendorfer
November 17 - World Prematurity Day
November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

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



November 12-18, 2020 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Thursday, 6:30pm - Praise Band
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - Sunday Morning Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Sunday, 6pm - Youth Group
Sunday, 6pm - Taylor LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - 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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