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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Sunday's Service - November 18, 2018

Featured scripture verses are: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
for Adam's message: Christ is Risen.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



Bible Studies

Sunday Morning: Next class coming soon!

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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Garden Kids Comparing Chains

Garden & Nursery News

The Garden kids will remain in Worship for Communion this week. As always, activity pages will be on the table by the Sanctuary doors for kids who remain in Worship.

Nursery kids (age 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! Volunteers needed and greatly appreciated! Talk to Jen Lynch to find out how YOU can help.

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Eyeball Tag

Youth Group

We continued on the topic of kindness last Sunday, highlighting Ephesians 4:32, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." We also delved in to the idea of our hidden identities, through a game and discussion. Our youth are very perceptive! Our night concluded with Eyeball Tag (Ask one of the kids what that is and what their reaction was to the name of the game!) and our Question Beachball.
Hope to see everyone this Sunday evening from 6-7:30pm!
Snack this week provided by: Christopher Lynch.

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Snapshots of Hidden Identity

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Look for Our Christmas Posters Around the Building

Youth Group Christmas Project 2018!

The youth voted to collect 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 or bring them with you on any Sunday! Tell your friends and family...the more donations, the more kids who are helped!

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

New Devotionals

Our Daily Bread for Dec/Jan/Feb has arrived. Copies of devotionals are always available in the Great Room. Take one home this Sunday! Feel free to take one for a friend and share the encouraging words.

Christmas devotionals will be available soon.



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November & December Youth Group Schedule

November 18 ~ Snack: Christopher Lynch
December 9 ~ Snack: Maci Vignon ~ *Time Change:1-2:30pm
December 16 (Christmas Party) ~ Snack: Audrey & Nathan Shannon
Dates & Times may change due to weather & special events.


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Christmas Decorating ~ Saturday, November 24th

Join us at 10am to work off your turkey dinner
and deck our halls for Christmas!

Rescue Mission Sunday ~ November 25th

Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to welcome the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley. Join us for Worship and hear from Mission employee, Crystal Eckman. She will be filling us in on all the happenings at the Rescue Mission and letting us know how folks can get involved. Learn more about their programs here: Rescue Mission

Advent Celebration ~ Sunday, December 2nd at 3pm

It's almost time for our annual tradition of celebrating the start of the Advent season together! This year we will take time for crafts, games, a special reading, and songs to begin this beautiful season of waiting and anticipating our Savior's birth. Then, at 5:00, we will enjoy a potluck soup dinner together. So, you are invited to come for the entire event or head out before dinner after the seasonal activities, if you prefer to call it an early night! Please sign up on the bulletin board so we can get a count of participants and soups.

Outreach Luncheon ~ Sunday, December 9th at 12:15pm

The Outreach Committee is hosting a special December luncheon right after Worship. Join us for a veritable smorgasbord of tasty treats! We will have a baked potato bar with plenty of "fixin's" as well as fruit, bread, beverages, and a surprise dessert. Don't miss out on this delicious fellowship opportunity. (Youth Group will have an afternoon meeting, right after our luncheon, from 1-2:30.)

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

Meet at North Lima Mennonite to see 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 this afternoon service, complete with special music and candle-lighting.

Looking Ahead to January

Adam will be away for the first few Sundays of the new year. On January 13, we will be hearing about all the good that the Needle's Eye is continuing to do in downtown Youngstown. Director Emaline Smith will give the message that day and is eager to share her stories with us! Learn more about this Christian Life Center, a mission of Southside Ministries, here: The Needle's Eye

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Our Mission Statement: To cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities.



Friendsgiving Fundraiser in 6 Days!!

Support Goodness Grows at Diletto Winery at the Friendsgiving Wine & Wings fundraiser taking place from 6-9pm on Wednesday, November 21, featuring:
• Live music by The Black Wolf and the Thief
• Wings and wine by Diletto Winery
• Jams, wine charms, and other products for purchase

No cover. Wine and beer available for purchase; Wine & Wing Sampler $15. One night only. Individuals must be 21 years of age or older to participate. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Kitty Kromer at 330-727-5900.

In addition to proceeds from the Wine & Wings event, Goodness Grows will also benefit from wine sales at Diletto Winery on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24.

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Happenings Here

Our clients made fried apples and a delicious apple cake to use up the last of our apple picking trip's bounty. Tori graciously served all of us cake at lunch so that we could enjoy the treat together. This week has been full of fun, including cooking together, cleaning and organizing, and making many batches of Jungle Jam to get ready for all the upcoming shows. Now is the time to get your Jungle Jam for holiday gifts and parties. Pour any flavor of our jam over cream cheese and serve with crackers for an instant hit!

On the Goodness Grows Schedule

Friendsgiving Fundraiser ~ Nov 21, 6-9pm
GG Closed for Thanksgiving ~ Nov 22 & 23
Holiday Flea ~ Nov 30, 4-8pm & Dec 1, 9am-1pm
Canfield High Craft Show ~ Dec 1, 10am-4pm
Austintown Winter Market ~ Dec 14, 5-9pm
GG Christmas Break ~ Dec 24 - Jan 1
Whispering Pines ~ Every other Monday, including this coming Monday




Coat & Clothing Drive

Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity
Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room.

Out shopping and see a great sale on mittens/gloves/hats/scarves?
*It's never too early to get ready for next fall's giveaway!*


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?



Christmastime in Columbiana

Friday, November 16th
Christmas Caroling at 5:30 pm.
Join in the holiday cheer in front of Main Street Theater, part of the Columbiana Chamber of Commerce Joy of Christmas Parade Celebration. Caroling hosted by Crown Theater Productions.

17th Annual Joy of Christmas Parade at 6:30pm
Kick off the holiday season on Main Street with this annual tradition!

Free Bingo at 7:40pm & Free Movie at 8pm
End your evening inside Main Street Theater with family fun and Elf on the big screen!

Community Lecture Series: Tish Harrison Warren "Liturgy of the Ordinary"

November 16 from 7-9pm
Trinity United Methodist, 30 West Front Street, Youngstown
How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God's presence in surprising ways. Join Anglican priest and author Tish Harrison Warren as she explores ordinary life through the lens of liturgy. Learn how to recognize His presence while making the bed, brushing your teeth or even losing your keys. Harrison Warren will open up a practical theology of the everyday, while drawing on her unique life as a campus minister, Anglican priest, friend, wife and mother. Come and discover the holiness of your every day. More info Here.

Beaver Township Crime Watch

Tuesday, November 27 at 7pm
Meeting at Shepherd of the Valley (Main Building), located at 9111 Sharrot Road. Beaver Township Trustees Pamela Simmons and Erik Tabor will be the guest speakers. They will discuss their role as township trustees and the operations of the township. Local crime statistics will also be discussed. This program is open to the public.

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



Caitlin McMaster - Today! (11!)
National Philanthropy Day - Today! Perfect day to buy a toy for the toy drive!
World Prematurity Day - November 17
Daniel & Meagan Tehua - November 19
Natasha Bachelder - November 19 (9!)

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


November 15 - 21 . . .
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study at the Shannon's
Sunday, 11am - Worship with Communion
Sunday, 12pm - Worship Committee Meeting
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - Youth Group
Monday, 9:30am - GG at Whispering Pines
Tuesday, 6:30pm - GG Board Meeting
Wednesday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday, 6-9pm - GG Friendsgiving Fundraiser

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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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