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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sunday's Service - December 9, 2018

The featured scripture verse is: 1 Corinthians 15:35-49
for Adam's message: Raised Imperishable.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



Advent Reading

Peggy Fisher will lead us in the second reading as she lights the candle of "Peace."

Outreach Luncheon ~ Sunday at 12:15pm

We are ready to celebrate with a buffet of potato goodness this Sunday! Lunch, beverage, and dessert all provided by the Outreach Committee for a lunchtime of food and fellowship. (Youth Group to follow at 1pm.)

Bible Studies

Sunday Morning: Advent Class - 9:30am (9th and 16th) ”The Theology of Christmas Carols.” We are looking at the lyrics of some common Christian carols and the meaning behind them.
January 6th - Philippians study begins

Wednesday Morning: Ladies Study - 9am - The book of Job (Meets at Jen Shannon's.)

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

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Nursery Storytime

Garden & Nursery News

Jen Shannon will lead the Garden this Sunday, with a lesson about hope. As always, activity pages will be on the table by the Sanctuary doors for kids who remain in Worship.

Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time. Spend some time in our Nursery and get some quality time with our youngest church family members!

Youth Group

Final two meetings of 2018:
December 9 ~ 1:00-2:30pm, right after the Outreach Luncheon
December 16 ~ 12:30-2:00pm, bring your lunch & we'll eat before enjoying Art with Adam Pratt

Regular YG schedule will resume January 6, 2019. Snack sign up sheet on the bulletin board.

Dates & Times may change due to weather & special events.


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YG Christmas Project ~ Final Weekend to Donate!

We are collecting toys this year for the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office 9th Annual Toy Drive. The donations will be going to Columbiana Children's Services as well as to Heroes & Halos, who support area children and their families with special needs.

Donate new, unwrapped gifts like toys, books, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, and other comfort items. We will be dropping the items off on December 14th, so please stop in with your items by December 13th! Tell your friends and family...the more donations, the more kids who are helped! Thank you to all who have already donated!

Please help our kids help area kids have a brighter Christmas!

Advent Celebration Fun

Thanks to all who were able to attend our delicious and joy filled Advent Celebration last Sunday!

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Microwave Magic!



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Christmas Pictionary



Christmas Play ~ Sunday, December 23rd at 9:30am

Meet at North Lima Mennonite to enjoy the Shank family in this Christmas play and then head to Common Ground for our regular 11am service.

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Christmas Eve Service ~ December 24th at 3:30pm

Come Worship with us during our afternoon service, complete with special music and candle-lighting.

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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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Proud of the tree!

Happenings Here

This week saw us decorating at Whispering Pines as well as putting up outside decorations here at Common Ground. We also made more catnip toys, made pancakes, made Jungle Jam, and more!

If you would like to purchase jam, reindeer food, or catnip toys for the holidays, let us know! They make perfect gifts. Stop in to see us (we are usually here M-F from 8:30-2:30) or visit us at the Austintown Market!

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Stringing up the lights.

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Festive trees at CG.

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Catnip toy making.

Support Goodness Grows

Doing some online shopping for Christmas? If you shop Amazon, you can support GG for free at the same time! Just use Amazon Smile and choose Goodness Grows as your charity of choice. Then, you get your items and we get 0.5% of the purchase price through this program! Check it out online at

On the Goodness Grows Schedule

Austintown Winter Market ~ Dec 14, 5-9pm
GG Christmas Break ~ Dec 24 - Jan 1
Whispering Pines ~ Every other Monday




Coat & Clothing Drive

Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity
Cleaning out closets? Finding a great deal while shopping? Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room.

Youth Group Toy Drive

One week left to donate! This drive benefits children in our community through Columbiana County Children's Services and Heroes & Halos. The donations will be shared with children being placed in foster care and/or needing assistance as well as those with special needs.

Rescue Mission Christmas Needs

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?



Crown Theater Productions

Final weekend! Now is the time to enjoy Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Look for some familiar faces, including Trey Snyder, Jack Snyder, Isabella Henceroth, Lyddie Pratt, Darius, Keaton, Mia, and Ethan Surgenavic, and Cameron Fortune! Break a leg, everyone!!
December 7, 8, & 9 ~ Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

Santa at Reach for the STARS

Santa's coming! Kids can make a Christmas craft and visit Santa on Saturday Dec. 8th from 11-1 at Reach for the STARS in Salem! Sponsored by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and Columbiana County Educational Service Center. Cocoa and cookies for a donation also available to benefit our Outdoor Education Camp for students with disabilities.

Christmas in Columbiana

Dutch Village Inn Christmas Events

The glorious hymns of Christmas performed in southern gospel style by the world-famous Chuck Wagon Gang of Morristown, Tennessee.

1940’S RADIO CHRISTMAS CAROL - December 14 & 15
All-new Christmas-themed Broadway musical with a talented 55+ senior cast playing all the roles. Sequel to “1940’s Radio Hour,” the hit show of the 2017 season. Produced by the Dutch Village Inn.
For tickets and information: Shows

Santa's Special Night ~ A Night For Special Needs

The Joy of Christmas Light Show at Firestone Park in Columbiana is excited to welcome Santa on Monday, Dec. 10th & Tuesday, Dec. 11th from 5:30-8:30pm for a private, special needs night event. Participants will enjoy a magical drive though the lights, a visit with Santa at the Ice Castle, and a therapy dog at the Gingerbread House. Photo will be available for purchase through our photo operator. Tickets in advance online - register today to reserve your spot! Only one ticket per vehicle required. Spots are limited to 20 total per day. After you register online, you will be contacted by Kathy Keaggy Brown to schedule your arrival time. Questions? Contact Kathy at 330-853-9834 or

If you know of any interesting news or events,
please let us know, so that we can pass it on to others!



National Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance - December 7
National Brownie Day - December 8 - Perfect day for Miss Jill's brownies!
National Gingerbread House Day - December 12

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


December 6 - 12 . . .
Sunday, 9:30am - Advent Class
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 12pm - Outreach Luncheon
Sunday, 1-2:30pm - Youth Group
Wednesday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study

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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!

Service Time: Sunday @ 11:00am
Common Ground Church Community
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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