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Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Sunday's Service - August 1, 2021

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Mission Sunday ~ Goodness Grows

Join us as Board President Kitty Kromer shares about the
ministry of Common Ground Church - Goodness Grows. Learn about what
GG does here on this property, for the community, and how you can be a part of it!
Improving people's lives through social and therapeutic gardening practices.

We welcome back Rev. Dr. David Hill to lead us in Worship this week, bringing a message
to tie into Mission Sunday. He and his wife, Deborah, have served both denominational
and interdenominational churches in several states. David received his BA from WV Wesleyan College and his MDiv and DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He strives
to “stick to the teaching and application of God’s Love and His Word for our lives.”

The featured Scripture is: Mark 4:35-41
for David's message: Who Is This?

Collide Kids (Grades 1-4) will remain in Worship for this special service.

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

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Come Grow With Us!


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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 now 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 Psalms.

*Please Note: Class will not meet on August 8 or 15.


Wednesday Morning Prayer Group ~ 10am
At Rick & Joyce Jackson's house 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:
* Weimer LifeGroup: On Summer Break ~ Resumes September 28.

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 ~ Remaining in Worship this week.

Collide Kids Wednesdays ~ On Summer Break
Big thanks to all who helped make the Scrappers Game a terrific outing last week!

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Youth Group

Grades 5-12

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Next Service Day With GG
August 10, 9am-12pm ~ Mark your calendar!
Come spend time working on projects here with Goodness Grows. Youth need boots, water, and a lunch. Dress for working out in the woods. We hope to see you here!

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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!

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Thank you to Marcia Kreps for sharing and Darla Smith for writing these weekly bits of encouragement.

"How blessed we are by our wonderful God. I pray you all are doing well. A lot has happened in my garden this past week. The birds seem to like my sunflowers this year. Cucumbers are doing so well this year along with yellow squash, zucchini, some peppers and we got our first red tomato this weekend. Bountiful harvest. God cares so much for us – he even feeds the birds my sunflowers! It is all good. I feel so blessed everyday and am thankful."

"The Word for this week God gave me is “SURROUNDED.” Have you ever felt “surrounded?” My garden is getting “surrounded” by weeds because I haven’t kept up on them. Do we have any weeds that may have “surrounded” us? Maybe something that we have let creep in our heart and mind? Could be “surrounded” with bad things or emotions. When we feel “surrounded” by unpleasantness – just know that God is there, “surrounding” us with His goodness. He has us “surrounded” with His Love that is so sweet. The Holy Spirit will “surround” us with a faith shield. When we feel we can’t go on because we feel “surrounded” on every side – pray the Holy Spirit flow through us with clarity of heart and mind. He wants us to be “surrounded” in His victory! Press though – push through – victory is ours! I pray this week and the weeks to come, God’s Holy presence will consume us so none of the bad can penetrate. We may need to go through some not so pleasant experiences – but we will be victorious here and on the other side. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE! Surrounded by His Glory!"

For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.
~ Psalm 32:7 (NLT)


Pastor's Vacation News

Pastor Mike and family will be on vacation through August 9. If you have any physical needs (visit, food, clothes, shelter, finances) please contact CLC's Deacon Chair, Danielle Young at 330-271-1835. If you have a spiritual need (prayer, anointing, reconciliation) please contact CLC's Elder Chair, James Wittenauer at 330-692-4732.



August 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!

August 8 ~ guest speaker Austin Young

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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

Our seed sorting project has come to an end and we are so excited to have such a wonderous abundance of seeds and to be so organized. Come on CSA 2022! Our crew has also been busy planting some of these seeds for this year's CSA shares. We are so very thankful for this blessing that is such a benefit and help to our program! Thanks again to Barb and Liberty Wal-Mart.

On Sunday, we hope to see you here at Common Ground or on Facebook Live. Our GG Board President, Kitty Kromer, will be speaking. She will explain some of GG's history as well as our role here on the property and within the community. You'll learn about what we do and why we do it. Kitty will also mention how you can help keep our mission operating, how you can join in and be a part of growing goodness! We will be sure to share this August 1 service on our Goodness Grows Facebook page.

This week saw us cleaning up weeds around the warehouse, weeding the butterfly garden, enjoying the woods and creek, baking zucchini bread (which didn't go quite the way we wanted!), harvesting, and more. No two weeks are ever the same at GG, so it is always an adventure!

Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam are available in several flavors at
Reach for the STARS in Salem. Or, check them out online: Shop Local.
We are also glad to arrange a jam pick up at GG.

Currently we have:
Jungle Jam: Blueberry Jalapeno, Strawberry Jalapeno, Hot, Cherry Habanero
Juicy Jam: Strawberry Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade



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Busy cleaning 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, 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

One of the interesting facts about GG is that we are a non-profit vocational habilitation program licensed by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. We receive money from the
state as a site that trains clients in a wide array of life skills. That money can only be used to pay
for supplies, staffing costs, program needs, etc. Goodness Grows pays our clients for their work here but their paychecks cannot come from that DODD money. So, the client salaries
are entirely funded through product sales and by charitable donations.

Learn more about GG this weekend at Common Ground, Sunday at 11am!


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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 to see the many kids who are in
need of sponsors! Help Rock Kidz spread the word about them!


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.

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!


Christmas in July Church Fundraiser

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Music in the Park Concert Series

Free Concerts in Boardman Park at the Maag Outdoor Theatre, sponsored by Cortland Banks. Bring your blanket and folding chair.
• Thursday July 29 - Music 7pm: Decades
• Thursday August 5 - Music 7pm: Youngstown Community Concert Band
• Saturday August 14 - Family Night 7pm: Backbeat Movie: Frozen 2, 9pm
• August 28 - Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, 7pm with fireworks after

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Outdoor Movies 2021

Fridays at Firestone Farms in Columbiana, 1pm & 7pm
Free family-friendly movies on the big screens. Lots of seating in the courtyard, or bring your own lawn chair. This year, there will also be a couple Double Feature nights! Some Double Feature late night movies may be rated R; please plan accordingly.
July 30th: Raya and the Last Dragon (PG)
August 6th: Shrek (PG)
August 13th: Monsters, Inc. (G)

Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Movies may be cancelled/delayed/changed due to movie studio changes, weather, or other circumstances.

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15th Annual Car & Bike Show

Saturday, July 31, 10am-4pm
Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Drive, Boardman
Sponsored by Bethel Lutheran Youth Group
Registration: 10am to Noon Day of event $10.00 - Pre-registered $8.00
T-shirts & Dash plaques to the first 50 pre-registrants Trophies - Goody Bags - Fun Activities -
Door prizes - 55" TV Raffle - Basket Auction - 50/50 Raffle - DJ Music Man - Food - Crafters - Christmas in July - Visit with Santa Claus (Rain date - August 8th)

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Community Memorial Service

Saturday, August 7, 11am
Zion Hill Church in Columbiana will be holding a community memorial service on August 7 at 11am. This is an opportunity for those who lost a loved one during COVID restrictions to have a chance to get closure. There will be a short sermon and a time during the service for people to get up and say something about their loved one. Refreshments will be offered following the service. If you would kindly spread the word about this, we would appreciate it. If anyone is interested in remembering a loved one they can contact Zion Hill Church at (330) 482-4446 and leave a message. This will help us get a count of how many wish to participate in the service.

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Anchored Two Day VBS

Friday, August 13,5:30-8:30pm & Saturday, August 14, 10am-2pm
Our friends at Western Reserve United Methodist Church asked us to help spread the word about their "two days of fin-tastic fun" at Vacation Bible School. They will be using a curriculum from Group during this event. Click Here to learn more and to get to a link for their registration form.



July 30 - Bob Rupert
July 30 - International Day of Friendship
August 1 - Kitty Kromer
August 1 - DOGust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
August 4 - U.S. Coast Guard Birthday
August 4 - Micah Guy
August 1-7 is International Assistance Dog Week

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



July 29-August 4, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-Up
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Mission Sunday In-Person & Online Worship and Collide Jr./Nursery
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group

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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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