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Thursday, October 29, 2020

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Sunday's Service - November 1, 2020


Sermon Series ~ Shelter in Grace

The featured Scripture is: Job 19:23-27
for Mike's message:
Shelter in Grace Part 5: The Ultimate Shelter

Job was impressive at the beginning of his trials. He immediately sheltered in grace by worshiping God and trusting His wisdom (see Job 1:20-22). But the sheer physical pain, emotional turmoil, and outside criticism wore him down, moving him out of his shelter. Now there is a sudden change in Job’s tone and outlook as he looks to the future to his ultimate shelter. This week, we will turn a corner from HOPING to KNOWING. Please join us as we learn from Job 19:23-27. - 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


Stewardship Update

We would like to thank everyone who has been sending their offering through the
mail or dropping it off at church. Thank you for your continued support & faithful giving
that allows our ministry to continue to be a part of the community.

CGCC Website Updates

Have you visited Common Ground Church Community's website lately?
All sorts of info is available there, including pages for:
YG Christmas Project
Turkey Jive Drive: Part Deux
Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc
and more!


Bible Studies & Ministries

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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!

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

Ladies Bible Study
Friday, at 9am ~ 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:

▪ Hileman LifeGroup: 2020 season has ended
▪ Bartholomew LifeGroup: Friday, 6:30pm - This week is the final meeting of the year.
▪ Taylor LifeGroup: Sundays, 6pm at the Crawford/Taylor house - Will continue to meet weekly.
▪ Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesdays, 10am on Zoom - Will continue to meet, moving to every two weeks, starting November 10th.
Hileman LifeGroup: 2020 season has ended
Bartholomew LifeGroup: Friday, 6:30pm - This week is the final meeting of the year.
Taylor LifeGroup: Sundays, 6pm at the Crawford/Taylor house - Will continue to meet weekly.
Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesdays, 10am on Zoom - Will continue to meet, moving to every two weeks, starting November 10th.


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Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday ~ In this week's lesson, we learn that the church is on mission together! Did you know that you are important to God's church? We're better together!

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 2020-2021

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Kids in 5th-12th Grade ~ Sunday, 6-7pm

The youth had fun last Sunday getting the Giving Tree ready as we begin this year's Christmas service project. Please check it out next time you're here, grab a can ornament marked "Shopping List," and see how you can help! The donation boxes and giving jar are ready and waiting by the tree.

Hope to see the youth here this Sunday at 6:00.

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

Youth Group Christmas Project 2020

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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.

"Another week of encouragement in store. God has been so good to us all. I am amazed at His love for us. Every day He shows up to teach us new things about His sweet love."

"My word for this week is “REBOOT." When we think of "REBOOT," we think of possibly doing that with our computer/phone/tablet etc. Too much junk has accumulated in it and it needs to start fresh. I think sometimes we are the same way. Day after day, too much stuff accumulates in our lives and we need to "REBOOT” to get back to where we can hear God’s voice. Possibly re-prioritize our priorities. Be anchored in Jesus. My dad always said to me – "put God first in your life and everything else will fall into place." Maybe check our schedule – we do not always need to help everyone all the time. Even though we want to – we can let someone else do it. Make daily time for prayer and devotion. Make family time every day. Always remember to be thankful in ALL things. God is worthy of our love and admiration. Let us clean out our stuff/junk, "REBOOT” and get a fresh, clean slate where God can be our center. Let us keep God first and let the Holy Spirit continue to guide us in everything we do!"

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers - most of which are never even seen - don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met." ~ Matthew 6:30-33 (MSG)



November 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.
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. 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

This week started with errands. First, we visited the OSU Extension office in Canfield, where they had more signs for us, courtesy of a pandemic grant. We also took a trip to Hilltop Lawn & Garden for a new chainsaw blade. Having a property with so many acres of woods does lead to high turnover in the blade department!

The rainy weather this week made it perfect for working inside, so we dove into sorting out the contents of the warehouse. We also spent time this week cutting up trees, cleaning out the back greenhouses, cleaning inside, making cards to send to the folks at Whispering Pines in Columbiana, and more. Today we will be making some seasonal favorite jams - Cranberry Jalapeno Jungle Jam and Cranberry Orange Juicy Jam. There is always something to do here at GG!

October Newsletter

Use the button below to check out our October newsletter.

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Jam For Sale

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!

Thank you to all who have already signed up to donate. Items have started arriving!
If you take a "1 Jar of Jungle Jam" tag, talk to Rachel, Jill, or Jen - we will be glad to help you purchase Goodness Grows' jam. There is room in the kitchen freezer if you're donating a turkey.

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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News from Our Friends at Reach for the STARS

Check out this fun opportunity to create an ornament and raise funds to help get books
in to the homes of children under age 5 in Columbiana County!

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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.

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.


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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Kufleitner/Southwoods Health First Annual Trunk or Treat

Friday, 6:30-8pm
Hosted by Kufleitner Chrysler Dodge Jeep & RAM Trucks at 7901 Market St. in Boardman
This is the first annual Trunk or Treat being held at Kufleitner Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Boardman. Welcome to all trunk or treaters!

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Pick Your Own Pumpkin Hayrides at Detwiler's

This Saturday
Detwiler Farm
4520 Renkenberger Rd,
Columbiana, OH 44408

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Maze Craze Annual Dog Day at the Corn Maze

Sunday, November 1, 11am-9pm (last ticket sold at 7pm)
14070 Woodworth Rd,, New Springfield
Normal maze admission of $10 applies, plus $5 for each dog. The money from the animals will be donated to a local animal charity. All owners must sign a waiver before entering the maze. To print the waiver, go Here.


Seasonal Events at the Library

Friday Game Night
Friday, October 30, 7-8pm on FaceBook Live
A special Halloween edition of Friday Game Night, playing spoooooooky Pictionary!

Friday, October 30: All Day - Library Anywhere
Call 330-259-3393 to listen to a librarian read a story. There is a new story every week! Geared toward early learners.

Honor a Veteran
This Veteran’s Day, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County would like to honor your favorite Veteran(s). We’ll pay tribute to military service members through history with a video presentation that will air on Facebook on November 11. Please email a photo of your Veteran, preferably in uniform, to Please include their first and last name. You may also include their branch of service, the years served, or birth and death dates if applicable.

Happenings in Salem

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October 30 - Gabriel Guy
October 30 - Melissa Short
October 31 - Tom & Lorri Bagley
October 31 - Halloween
November 1 - Amy Rupert
November 1 - National Author's Day
November 2 - Barry Lynch
November 3 - Election Day
November 4 - Daphne Snyder
November 4 - Jill Griffith
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.
November is National Family Caregivers Month.

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



October 29 - November 4, 2020 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Thursday, 6:30pm - Praise Band
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 6:30pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup
Sunday, 2:00am - Fall Back ~ Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, 9:30am - Sunday Morning Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Sunday, 1pm - Cafe in Use - Baby Shower
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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