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Thursday, July 30, 2020

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The button below will take you to a message from Pastor Mike. Please take a few minutes to
watch this video and learn about our leadership's plan to move forward to ensure we can
gather while keeping everyone as safe as possible. We are looking forward to gathering
online and in-person to Worship with you this Sunday!

Sunday's Service - August 2, 2020

In-Person & Online @ 11am

The featured scripture verses are: Colossians 3:16 & James 5:16
for Mike's message: One Another Part 6 ~ Teach & Pray for One Another.

This week's message focuses on the collaborative life of Christ followers through ministry of accountability. Accountability is part of the Christian Life. For accountability to take place in the life of the Christ follower, the believer needs to remain teachable. In order to be teachable, we need to remain approachable. Being approachable allows others to show us our blind spots. Blind spots come in all shapes and sizes; whether those blind spots are: moral, ethical, theological, or spiritual, we need to remain open to others speaking truth into our lives. When a brother or sister has permission to speak truth into our lives, it gives us the opportunity to grow. It's through the ministry of teaching and prayer that we see brothers and sisters restored, healed, and growing in the
grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Church, let us teach and pray for one another!
Accountability is not bad, it's vital to your growth in Christ!

"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another
with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God
with gratitude in your hearts." Colossians 3:16

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16

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

Masks Required as per Ohio's Mask Mandate

Would you like to attend in-person Worship but you don't have a mask? Don't worry! We have extra masks here at church. We will give you one to wear while here in the building and then you can take it home with you to continue putting it to good use. We'd love to give our masks a good home!

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Scenes From Last Sunday

Thank you to Marilee and David Bodendorfer for sharing the ministry of Rock Kidz Uganda with us!



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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

We will be following the health and safety directives during small group meetings as well as Worship. Masks and social distancing are required 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. Class is back to the normal time of 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
Next meeting tomorrow, Friday, July 31, at 9am.

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group

9am, participate via Zoom.

LifeGroup Meeting

Meetings will resume in September.


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Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday's Weekly Video:
Trust in God!

The lesson comes from 1 Peter 5:7 ~ “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” This week, we are learning how to give our worries to God and trust Him! Remember, you don't have to be a BIG kid to make a BIG difference!

Danielle gives good discussion starters in these lessons, like this week's question - Talk about a time you were so sick, you had to miss school. 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.

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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 Marcia for sharing and Darla for writing these weekly words of encouragement. With all that is going on in the world today, this is certainly a timely topic to take to heart.

"I pray your week has been over the top wonderful so far. God is certainly a good, good father. Every day I can find numerous things that have God's name written all over them. Behold the glory of our Savior."

"Our word for the week is ATTITUDE. How is our attitude this week? Funny story about me yesterday. Was trying to hurry and boil eggs before leaving for work. (Please note the other word hurry - should have been done the night before.) I thought I had put the egg carton the whole way on the counter, not just halfway. You get the picture..... a carton with 6 eggs ended up on the floor. Now scrambling to clean up eggs off the kitchen floor put me behind. I got in the car and realized I should have gotten gas before I was running late. Get to the pump and for some reason the card reader was not working - well you get where I am going now. When I got back into my car I had to laugh. As sure as I was sitting there the enemy tried to mess up my day and my ATTITUDE. But I declared - NOT TODAY! I thanked the Lord I have a job to go to. ATTITUDE is everything. It could have changed the whole outcome of my day. Now I know all of us may be going through tough times, decisions, sickness, discouragement, fatigue, or maybe just "dropped eggs." Whatever it is, make sure to check your ATTITUDE. In all things we need to be thankful and grateful. I know that is hard for our human heart to sometimes understand, but that is how I have been trying to be every day. Thankful and grateful no matter what comes my way. Let's make sure our ATTITUDE will be pleasing to our Good Good Father!"
~ Darla Smith

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength. ~ Proverbs 17:22



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August Worship ~ Online & In-Person

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, so we will be requiring masks 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. Keep your camp chair and bug spray at the ready! We are looking toward the cooler temperatures of fall being the ideal time to enjoy this event.

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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

We have been busy outside this week, working on our never-ending weed battle as well as wielding chainsaws while cleaning up some downed trees. Everyone has definitely used their muscles this week! We are now at the part of the summer where crops are growing like crazy and need plenty of water, which is another task that takes up much of our crew's time. We've also enjoyed some critter visits this week, including with our new frog friend who likes to hang around on the patio as well as Chewy the dog who joined us for the CSA harvest! It has been a fun week with the animals! Our duties this week also have us working to reconfigure the seating in Common Ground's Sanctuary again, to help the congregation observe the social distancing guidelines. We are all trying to do our part here at GG to help keep everyone as safe as possible and to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Perhaps the highlight of the week was cucumber baseball with Cam and Darius!

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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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Ready for CSA Pick-Up!



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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.

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.

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Rescue Mission Fundraiser for August

Nemenz IGA in Struthers is doing something special throughout the month of August! They are asking their customers if they would be willing to "Round Up" their total purchase to donate to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley. What an easy way to support the Mission while shopping for your family!


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!



Marine Education Center Virtual Tour

Friday, July 31, 10:30am
Watch the Marine Education Center Virtual tours of differ topics related to the Long Island Sound! This summer they will be weekly, Tuesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. Click HERE to get to their Facebook page.

Summer Movies at Firestone Farms in Columbiana

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Movies will be shown at 1pm and 7pm on Fridays. This week is Onward (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.

Fireman's Festival ~ Food Drive Thru

Saturday, August 1, 4-8pm
Hosted by Green Township Volunteer Fire Department
The 75th Annual Fireman's Festival has been adapted for the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic to become a Festival Food Drive Thru.
The Food Menu will include the following Festival Food Items:
Pulled Chicken Sandwich ($4.00)
Italian Sausage (with Peppers & Onions) ($7.00)
Cheeseburger ($5.00)
Hamburger ($4.00)
Hot Dogs($2.00)
Potato Salad ($2.00)
Baked Beans ($1.00)
Chips ($1.00)
Water ($1.00)
Coke ($1.00)
Pepsi ($1.00)
Diet Pepsi ($1.00)
Mountain Dew ($1.00)
Sprite ($1.00)
Lipton Brisk Iced Tea ($1.00)

All of the ODH food preparation requirements will be followed and guests will be asked to stay in their cars to have their order brought to them. Any businesses who would like to sponsor the festival contact the Green Township Volunteer Fire Department though Facebook or via email Keep watching the Green Township Fire Department Facebook page for any updates.

Online with the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County

The Library has been – and still is – working for you! From the time our libraries closed due to COVID-19 spread, the Library has been providing information and services and presenting virtual programs. Check out the ways the librarians provide programs of interest on virtual platforms:
Virtual Programming and Events Calendar



Today - Bob Rupert
Today - Mickey Heestand
August 1 - "Dogust" 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
August 1 - Kitty Kromer
August 2 - National Friendship Day
August 4 - Micah Guy
August 4 - National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
August 5 - James Wittenauer

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



July 30 - August 5, 2020 . . .

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