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Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Sunday's Service - May 16, 2021

The featured Scripture is: John 14:15-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
for Mike's message: Holy Spirit Part 4: The Spirit IN us, and UPON us.

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
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, participate via Zoom ~ Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Taylor LifeGroup: Sunday, 6pm at the Hileman's
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesday, 10am in the pastor's office & on Zoom
* Hileman LifeGroup: Wednesday, 6-8pm this week for picnic (Final spring meeting.)
* Bartholomew LifeGroup: Friday, 6pm under the warehouse awning


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 ~ 6-8pm this week for final spring meeting
* Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6 in Sprouts Room) with Stacy Hileman
* Collide Kids (Grades 1-4 in Activity Room) with Delania Link
* Collide Middle School (Grades 5-8 in Blue Room) with Austin Young

We will follow COVID-19 CDC guidelines to provide the safest environment to our kids.

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Thanks to the Youth who were able to help on Saturday!

Youth Group

Grades 5-12, Meeting Every Other Weekend

Spring Schedule:
Sunday, May 23 (6-7pm) Upstairs at CGCC
Friday, June 4 (6-8pm) Bonfire at the Vignon's


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Church Work Day Thanks

Great big thanks to all who pitched in last Saturday to freshen up the landscaping out front! It was a big job,
but you all absolutely ROCKED it!

As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Thanks for being so great!!!

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Collide Family Picnic

May 19 during Collide Kids/Hileman LifeGroup, 6-8pm
(Please note the date change!)
Collide and the Hileman LifeGroup's spring season will end next Wednesday, wrapping up spring and kicking-off summer break with a family picnic. Burgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks, and dessert provided. Please sign up at the front desk. Thanks for being a part of this ministry!

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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 your week is going great! God is good all the time. We had some crazy weather here in Ohio on Mother’s Day. Downpouring of rain, sleet, snow. It was still a good day. My rain barrel is full. Always try to find the good in everything is my motto. Never let the weather put a damper on your situation. God knows what He is doing. Trust Him."

"My Word for this week is “VIEW.” How is your “view?" Are we looking for the good, bad, or the ugly? God wants us to change our “view” to what He says our “view” should be. A lot of times we may tend to see the glass half empty, so to speak. We need to “view” the beauty of all He does for us every day. We need to change the “view” we may see of ourselves. We are worthy, overcomers, daughters and sons of the Most High God. We have been given an inheritance with Him. We are His masterpiece and when we realize His “view” of us, well, it is spectacular. We can then “view” others as spectacular as well., showing His love and grace to others. Let’s step into the “view” God has for us. His “view” is glorious. See you and me from the breathtaking “view!” Have a wonderful, blessed week!"

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)



May Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or 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, so we require masks to be worn in our building
at all times. We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

Catalyst Bonfire

Saturday, May 29th, 7pm at the CGCC fire pit
Come enjoy community and discuss possible ideas for upcoming local missions. Food and drinks provided, you just need to bring a camp chair. Childcare will be available. Open to everyone!

Communion Sunday

We will celebrate the sacrament of Communion together on Sunday, May 30. Collide Kids Church (Grades 1-4) will remain in Worship on Communion Sundays. Nursery and Collide Jr. will be available for Parents/Guardians.

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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

With the front landscaping looking so spiffy, we turned our attention to other areas. We are trying to tame the weeds that dwell in the flowerbed behind the sanctuary, and we have gotten some planting done there. Keep an eye out as the season goes on and you should see some beautiful blooms!

This week, we have also spent time weed-whacking, tilling, and fertilizing soil out back in the gardens and raised beds, as we get ready for even more planting. The front fence and raised bed area took up much of our attention on Wednesday, as we spread more river rock and, of course, did some weeding.

As you can see, we also had another butterfly release. Everyone enjoyed watching our swallowtail friend fly away.

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Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam available at Reach for the STARS online: Shop Local. We are also glad to arrange a jam pick up here at GG.
Currently we only have Blueberry Jalapeno Jungle Jam in stock at the church.



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 through Amazon Smile ~ Volunteering ~ Donating Items
Purchasing Our Products ~ Charitable Giving ~ Telling Others

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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 to send kids to school 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.
Donations to their fundraiser for a reliable van for Divine Junior School can also be made
through their website, PayPal, or to their address above.

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.

Spring cleaning time is a fantastic time to donate items!

*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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Taste of the Fair

Saturday, May 15 & Sunday, May 16 10am-6pm
All your favorite Fair Food Vendors in one place. This fun park and walk event will give you a "taste" of what's to come at the 175th Canfield Fair.

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Naturalist Series: Wild and Scenic Rivers

Tuesday, May 18, 6:30 pm
Free virtual lecture through Zoom
Speaker: Matthew Smith, Assistant Regional Scenic River Manager, ODNR, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
In this talk, Matthew Smith with the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves will present about Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Program. Matthew will include the areas of two State Designated Wild & Scenic Rivers Pymatuning Creek and Little Beaver Creek.
To register and receive log-in information, please visit the following link: HERE
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.

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Bites & Bits of History: History of Local YWCAs

Thursday, May 20, 12-1pm
Continuing in an online video format, the next Bites and Bits of History lunchtime program for the Spring Series will debut on Thursday, May 20 at Noon, on our YouTube channel.

Learn about the history of the local YWCA and the Belmont Avenue Branch of the YWCA. Explore the mission and purpose behind each of the locations.

Our main presenter will be Leah Merritt, President and CEO, YWCA Mahoning Valley. Also contributing will be Dr. Cryshanna A. Jackson Leftwich, Chair of the Board of Directors, YWCA Mahoning Valley.

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Columbiana Walk 4 Water, 2021 World Vision 6K for Water

Saturday, May 22, 11:30am-1pm, Columbiana Firestone Park
Event hosted by Midway Mennonite Church
Meet at Firestone Park, Shelter #4, at 11:30am. To register or learn more, go to,
contact Brittany Ford (281) 614-9724, or email THIS SPRING, CHANGE A LIFE!
Join us and thousands of people across the globe in our mission to bring life-changing clean water and fullness of life to children in communities around the world. Walk, run, or push a stroller with us at the World Vision Global 6K for Water. Each registration provides lasting clean water to a child!



TODAY - Ascension Day
TODAY - Matt Griffith
May 15 - National Armed Forces Day and Peace Officers Memorial Day
May 16 - Kay Johnson
May 18 - Phil & Cathy Bartholomew
May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

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



May 13-19, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 6pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - CLC Membership Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship & Collide Sunday Ministries
Sunday, 6pm - Taylor LifeGroup
Monday, 6pm - Session Meeting
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 6-8pm - Family Picnic/Final Collide Kids & Hileman Lifegroup for Spring

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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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