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Thursday, September 9, 2021

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Sunday's Service - September 12, 2021

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The featured Scripture is: 1 Peter 1:3-5
for Mike's message: Sojourners Part 4 ~The Benefits of New Birth.

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

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Scenes From Last Sunday


A Message from Pastor Mike

Well friends, it's that time again! Summer is coming to an end and fall is just about to begin! I love the fall. In fact, I love when the new season begins. It always reminds me that God offers us new beginnings as well.

I will be the first to admit that life can easily become distracted with non-eternal things. Summer fun and vacations turn into school schedules for the kids, soccer games, dance lessons, and Steeler football. (Hey, don't judge! I know Browns fans can relate! lol) It doesn't take much to take our focus off of our faith in Christ and our commitment to His church does it? We can quickly and easily get distracted and build new, and not so healthy, spiritual habits.

Let me invite you to recalibrate your faith. Let me invite you to be refreshed once again by the Gospel. The good news of what Jesus has done for us on the cross. Simple faith in His redemptive work can change a heart, a life, a home, an eternity, and set you in motion to live in God's will and be obedient to His word. God, in His mercy and grace is ready to refresh your faith even as you read this. He can do it in a moment. All it takes is a heart that wants Him above all things.

This Sunday, I will be preaching on 1 Peter 1:3-5 (ESV). "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."

Our New Birth in Christ gives us a living hope, an eternal inheritance, and a secure salvation. Take time today to consider the words of Peter and come close to God in thanksgiving and prayer. Then we'll gather on Sunday, in person or online, to celebrate the new birth He has given us!

Blessings to all of you as we serve together!
Pastor Mike Hileman



Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ in-person or online at 11:00am.
Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's grow together through
Worship, Praise, and Prayer, in the Sanctuary and on Facebook.
Check out the Media Library on the CLC website to watch recent sermons.

Please send your prayer requests in for our Joys & Concerns email that goes out on
Monday morning! The CGCC website has a Contact/Prayer Request page, you can
email Jen Lynch directly, or use

Following the current health guidelines, mask are optional here at the church.
We ask that you use your own discretion about what you feel is best
for you and your family regarding masks and social distancing.


Bible Studies & Ministries

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Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ 9:30am
Studying 1 Thessalonians

Ladies Morning Bible Study
Fridays at 9am, beginning September 17
Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer
Please read the Introduction before our first meeting.


Wednesday Morning Prayer Group ~ 10am
At church and on Zoom
Zoom Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer
You are welcome to participate in-person or online.


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers.
Currently on Summer Break.
Hileman LifeGroup: Begins this Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm
Bartholomew LifeGroup: Resumes Friday, September 24, 6:30pm
Weimer LifeGroup: Resumes Tuesday, September 28, 10am
Young LifeGroup: Meeting Sundays, 6pm at Hileman's

Found People Find People.
Growing People Change.
Saved People Serve People.
Life is Better Together.


CGCC/CLC Children's Ministry

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Collide Kids Sundays

Available 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)

Move Up Day ~ THIS SUNDAY!
Students that are now in 1st and 5th grades will be moving up to the next age group!

Collide Wednesdays & Youth Group

Collide Wednesday and Parent LifeGroup Kicks Off This Wednesday @ 6:30!!!!
Students ages 3-8th Grade are invited to join us for Collide Student Ministries.
We have three areas to serve our kids on Wednesday Nights:
* Collide Kids Jr. ~ Ages 3-PreK
* Collide Kids ~ Grades 1-4
* Collide Middle School ~ Grades 5-8
With Collide Wednesday resuming, Collide Parents LifeGroup is back! Pastor Mike leads a time of teaching and discussion around the Word. If you drop your kids off, stick around and join us!

Collide Volunteers Needed
We are looking for faith-filled volunteers to serve our students on Sundays and Wednesdays! We put people in teams to help lead the lesson, craft, and snack...and have FUN! Please fill out and return a Collide Volunteer Application and a Background Check Release form so we can approve you for service. Forms are located on the library table as you walk into the Great Room. Thank you for your prayerful participation in the Body of Christ.

Senior High LifeGroup Information Will Soon Be Ready to Share!!!!
We will be launching this brand new group to serve our students in Grades 9-12. Details to come!


2022 Directory Family Information Form

CGCC and CLC have been working toward updating information in order to produce a "Serving Together" Family Directory. We now have some nifty info cards for you to fill out. These will help us to be sure we have all pertinent contact info as well as birthdays and anniversaries. These cards can be spotted as soon as you enter the Great Room from the foyer, on the Library Table. Please take one home or fill one out at church and then return it to the front desk or leave it in the basket located by the cards. Still worshiping with us on Sundays from home? Please feel free to send in your information by email. We ask that you turn in your card by September 26. Thank you for you help with this special project! Thanks to everyone who has already filled out a card!

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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.

"God is certainly blessing Ohio with some beautiful weather. Prayers go out to the locations hit with storms and flooding. May the damage be minimal for those dear people. Seasons are changing – you can feel it in the air. Cooler temperatures coming here in the Northeast. An old song just came to my mind, sung by the Byrds. "Turn, turn, turn." It was written in the late 1950’s and based on Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Just a little side note of history."

"That brings me to the Word for the week that God laid on my heart – “TIMING.” God has been giving me lessons on “timing” in the past year or so. Making me more aware of things that happen around us every day. Like possibly spilling my coffee and making me run late – only to see an accident up ahead that maybe just occurred. Just a coincidence? My thoughts are God’s perfect “timing.” Sometimes God’s “timing” doesn’t come soon enough for us – or sometimes we may think God’s “timing” is too late. God dealt with me and His perfect “timing” when my dad wasn’t healed the way I wanted him to be. But through it all – God’s “timing” was right on time. We don’t always understand here on earth and when we get to heaven – “timing” will not matter anymore. Listen to the Holy Spirit and get tuned into God’s “timing.” He will lead us where we need to be right when we need to be there to reach out to a friend in need. Listen for God’s “timing” in the middle of the night when someone crosses our mind. Pray for them. Listen for God’s “timing” when we are in the store, or on the phone, or get a text – let’s be attentive to God’s “timing” in all we do. He has the ultimate plan for our lives. Let’s get tuned in to His “timing” to be our guide. I pray you all have God’s perfect “timing” in your lives."

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years,
and a thousand years as one day.
~ 2 Peter 3:8 (NKJV)



September Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life
We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

Outdoor Worship Service

Sunday, September 19
We'll have seating available under the awning. Bring your family, a friend, your Bible,
a camping chair, and your voice to join us in outdoor worship!

CLC Membership Sunday

September 19
We are excited to welcome Austin Young and Delania Link into the partnership
of membership. They are such a blessing to us and we praise God
for sending them to us! Join in celebrating their partnership with us!


Church Goodness Grows Work Day

October 9, 9:30am
Handy volunteers needed to help install our new wet wall!


Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway 2021

Saturday, October 16, 10am-1pm
For the first time ever, in the warehouse!


Freezer Meal Prep

Watch for a date and time to be announced.

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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 ended last week with a trip to the food pantry. We had a bounty of squash to give away. Any week that brings an abundant harvest to share is a great week!

This week we have all been struggling to remember what day it is. Having Monday off can really mess with one's schedule! With only four days, we have been extra busy. We made many batches of jam and then took time to do some pumpkin bread baking. We were also busy freezing peaches so that we can have Huffman's peaches for jam making at a later date. We did head outside for a while Wednesday to harvest squash, getting CSA prep started. We have tons of produce to harvest today for all our subscribers. Only two more CSA days left in our 2021 season after this!

If you are looking for Jungle Jam or Juicy Jam, you can find it at two locations this weekend! Kitty will be at the Youngstown Flea on Saturday from 9am-3pm with our jam. She would love to see you! If you are heading to the Columbiana Street Fair, stop into the Chamber of Commerce office, right next to the theater. They are now carrying our jam and catnip toys, and it will still be available there even after the Street Fair. Big thanks to our friends at the Chamber for promoting local products!

Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam are available
in several flavors at Reach for the STARS in Salem as well as
in Columbiana at the Columbiana Chamber of Commerce office.
We are also very glad to arrange a jam pick up at GG.

Jungle Jam: Blueberry Jalapeno, Hot, Cherry Habanero, Peach Habanero
Juicy Jam: Peach Lemonade




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, hands-on way. The GG crew
maintains the grounds and cleans the building.

There are many ways to support GG, including:

Online Shopping through Amazon Smile ~ Volunteering ~ Donating Items
Purchasing Our Products ~ Telling Others ~ Charitable Giving
Thank you to all our supporters! We appreciate you!


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Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.

To Advocate, Advise, Advance the ministries of Divine Soccer in Masaka, Uganda for the benefit of the children of the community.

Sponsorships and donations 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:

Check out the Rock Kidz table in the Great Room. Products from Uganda still available.
Sponsors are needed for children in Masaka. Sponsors support Bible teaching,
food, housing, education, and parent training.


Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway 2021

Saturday, October 16, 10am-1pm
In the warehouse!

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.

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!

Please take info cards from the round table to share with family, friends, & neighbors.

Coat Giveaway 2021 Info Sign


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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Patriot Day at Austintown Quaker Steak

Annual Patriot Day ceremony will begin TONIGHT at 6pm, honoring 11 local veterans & citizens. Join us to hear their stories and recognize them for their courage & the sacrifices they made for our freedoms. The ceremony will also feature music by Austintown Fitch students & a champion skydiver landing in the parking lot at 6:30pm (weather permitting). The ceremony will take place rain or shine

9/11 Memorial Events


Memorial service 9am Saturday at the Mahoning Valley 9/11 Memorial Park on South Raccoon Road. The service will feature speakers from Austintown police and fire departments and another representing the U.S. military.

Saturday, 10am
Local fire companies will come together Saturday in Beloit to “Walk Because They Climbed.” A 9/11 community commemoration remembering the 20th anniversary of the tragedies is being presented by the Beloit Fire Association. Saturday’s event will start with a parade in silence. Fire engines and other emergency vehicles will only blow their sirens toward the end of the parade where a memorial ceremony will follow with bagpipes and a re-enactment of the iconic picture of the fireman raising the flag at the 9/11 site. The 10am parade will be led by Lee VanCamp, who is in his 90’s and is the oldest active fireman in the state of Ohio. The marchers will leave from West Branch High School and march to Beloit Community Park. The memorial program will follow.

Memorial service 10am Saturday at the memorial display at the fire station on state Route 193. Guest speakers and members of the fire department will share their stories.

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134th Annual Columbiana Street Fair & Parade

Columbiana Street Fair Parade ~ 6:15pm Thursday, September 9
The Street Fair runs the 9th - 11th of September 2021 and is sponsored by the Benjamin Firestone Post 290 of the American Legion. This is Post 290's fundraiser for the year. Come out and explore "the State Fair of Street Fairs." Stop in at the Chamber of Commerce to see products from local makers, including Goodness Grows.

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The Youngstown Food Truck Festival

Saturday, 12-5pm at the Youngstown Playhouse
600 Playhouse Lane
On September 11, we will end the summer right with the first EVER Youngstown Food Truck Fest. Come out and enjoy food, family and fun! Admission is FREE.
Proceeds of this event will go towards The Youngstown Playhouse season opener “The Color Purple.”

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2nd Annual "Back The Blue" Rally

On the Canfield Green, Saturday, 1-5pm
Supporting our law enforcement officers and raising money for the children of the fallen. There will be music with special guests "The House Band," concessions, vendors, basket raffles, 50-50 raffle, and more. The Blue Knights along with other motorcycle enthusiasts, vintage cars and the vintage fire truck will meet at noon at the Manor Restaurant located at 3104 S Canfield-Niles Rd. in Austintown and travel State Route 46 into the Canfield Green to kick off the rally. We will recognize the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy while paying respects to our fallen heroes. Jay McDonald, a 29 year veteran police officer, the President of "Stand With Cops", former President of the FOP of Ohio, former Vice President of the National FOP and current Chief of Police with the City of Marion will be the featured guest speaker. Mahoning Count Sheriff Jerry Greene, Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti, 59th District Ohio House of Representatives Al Cutrona, and 33rd District Ohio State Senator Michael Rulli will also be speaking. Local artists Ray Simon (who is nationally recognized for his artwork during National Police Week in Washington, D.C.) and Ron Moore Jr. (who is also nationally recognized for his artwork) will be auctioning their artwork for the cause.

Fireman's Association Benefit Saturday from 3-7pm!



Today - Teddy Bear Day
September 10 - World Suicide Prevention Day
September 11 - Patriot Day & Libraries Remember Day
September 12 - Sally Carrier
September 12 - Kempsie D'Andrea
September 12 - Grandparents Day
September 13 - Cathy Bartholomew
September 14 - Cormac Bendersmith
September 15 - Sue Weaver
September is National Learning and Development Month

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



September 9-15, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 8:30am-2:30pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-Up
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Saturday, 9am-3pm - GG at the Flea
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship and Collide Sunday Ministries ~ Move Up Day
Sunday, 6pm - Young LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group at Church
Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm - Collide Wednesday & Hileman LifeGroup

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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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