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Thursday, March 12, 2020


Sunday's Service - March 15, 2020

We welcome Bill Henry to lead us in Worship.

Mr. Bill Henry comes to us this week from Heartland Christian School in Columbiana, Ohio,
where he has taught for over 20 years and currently teaches high school Bible Doctrine, Understanding the Times (worldviews), Life of Christ, and World History. He has also taught
adult evening classes for Moody Bible Institute Extension School and Geneva College.

A graduate of Cedarville University and Dallas Theological Seminary, Bill has pastored
churches in the Baptist General Conference and Evangelical Free Church and
currently leads Bible studies at Poland Village Baptist Church. Bill has been married for
46 years to his wife Beth with whom he shares two children and four grandchildren,
including a two year old grandson (pictures available by request!).

The featured Scripture will be: Acts 17:16-34
for Bill's message: Evangelizing a Post Christian Culture.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



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Open Those Bibles

Trying something slightly different this week. Bill has prepared a special PowerPoint presentation to help deliver his message. We will not have our typical slides containing the Bible verses. As he says, his "slide presentation will contain some of the verses examined, but assumes an open Bible as well." So, we invite you to bring your favorite Bible from home or grab one off the tables in the Sanctuary as we dig into the Good Book together.

Bible Studies


Sunday Morning Class: 9:30am
Meeting in the pastor's office.
Study of Psalms

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Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: 9:30am
Meeting at Jen Shannon's house.
Parables: The Mysteries of God's Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told by John MacArthur
(Note: We are actually meeting tomorrow at Jen's house, as we had to cancel Wednesday this week. Join us at 9:30am on Friday, 3/13!)

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!


Garden & Nursery News

Jen L. will lead the Garden this Sunday, as we study the Lord's Prayer.
Activity pages for kids will be on the table by the Sanctuary doors.
Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

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Youth Group

For youth in 5th grade & up
Hope to see you all on Sunday from 6-7:30pm.
Snack this week: Caitlin McMaster
New snack sign up sheet on the bulletin board.

Everyone has been asking for another Nerf Night for kids and adults to enjoy together, so it is finally on the calendar! We invite everyone to join us for an evening of excitement, fun, and play on March 29 during Youth Group. Please sign up on the bulletin board so we can prepare for participants.

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Last Sunday we had a Bible Treasure Hunt, diving into the Word to look for answers to various clues. Then we spent the rest of the evening on some team building through a variety of games. You may think our youth are a pretty reserved, quiet bunch, but it was definitely not quiet here Sunday evening!




March Speakers

22 - Pastor Mike Hileman
29 - Mick Naples

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Combined Worship Service

Our friends from Connecting Life Church are returning on March 22 for another day of combined Worship. Pastor Mike will preach, our singers will team up with their praise team to bring songs that we all know, and we will follow our order or service. Please join us in this special time of worshiping together!

Dates for Your Calendar

March 29 ~ Nerf Night for Kids & Adults at Youth Group

April 5 ~ Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast, 10am

April 5 &19 ~ Tried & True Providing Gospel Music

April 9 ~ Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service, 7pm

April 12 ~ Easter Sunday

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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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Volunteering at Whispering Pines was our first task this week. We decorated for St. Patrick's Day and then joined the residents for some balloon basketball. After that we headed to Sparkle to obtain the final ingredients for our Tuesday feast of Mexican pizza, veggies with homemade ranch dip, and chocolate pudding cake. This was a labor-intensive meal but it was absolutely worth it and another delicious hit!

The Transition class has jumped right back into working here. This week we worked together to plant a bunch of flower seeds as we prep for this growing season. The students and our clients also worked to once again disinfect the Sprout Room and Nursery. They are working hard to keep the kids who come to CGCC safe and healthy!

The nice, spring-like weather this week had us outside for long stretches. We worked out front, cleaning up around the flowerbeds as well as out back behind the greenhouses, cleaning out the ditch. We also enjoyed walking around the property while thinking warm weather thoughts! When not outside this week, we also focused on cleaning and carefully wiping down high use areas and items. Our folks are on the alert to help us eliminate germs.

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Time to Think CSA

Limited shares are available here this year. April 30 is the last day to get the Early Bird price
on a Weekly Share. The final payment deadline to subscribe is May 29. If you have questions,
want to learn more, or want to subscribe, we'd love to talk to you about it!



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Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity

Coat & Clothing & More Drive ~ October 10
Keep saving all your clothing and outerwear items for our fall giveaway. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we will accept donations all year! Clothes for all ages and sizes needed, along with coats, bags, purses, shoes, housewares, books, stuffed animals, toys...whatever clean and useable items you think might help someone in need. Bags and boxes for people to carry their "new" items home with them are also needed! Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the newly organized Green Room.


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!

Health Resources

With COVID-19 all over the news, it is definitely on all our minds. Sources like the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health are the best resources for learning the facts and how to protect yourself and your family. Below are some helpful links:

Ohio Department of Health - Household Checklist

Ohio Department of Health

CDC - Steps to Prevent Illness

CDC - Frequently Asked Questions

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." ~ John 14:27

Ready for Spring at Mill Creek

MetroMutts: Lucky Dog Hike
March 14, 11am at Pioneer Pavilion
Join us for our St. Patrick’s Day hike as we hike around Lake Cohasset. Spring is just a few days away, so we will be searching for green and signs of spring. Dress your “lucky dog” in a bit o’ color to celebrate the day. Enjoy cookies and treats at Pioneer Pavilion after the hike. Member dogs will receive a special gift. Moderate, 2 mi. Hike is free for all. Refreshments: MetroMutts members free; not-yet-members $2. Call Wick Recreation Area, 330.740.7114 to register.

Lookin’ for Green
March 15, 2-4pm at Scholl Recreation Area
St. Patrick’s Day and Spring’s arrival this week should bring us a bit o’ luck as we go lookin’ for green. Join Naturalist Marilyn Williams on this almost spring hike. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for details, 330.740.7116. Moderate, 2.5 mi.

Birding the Sanctuary
March 21, 8-9:30am
Celebrate Spring with an early morning bird walk at Mill Creek Sanctuary led by Jeff Harvey. Boots required. Call 330.740.7116 for details. Moderate, 1.25 mi Space is limited. Register at Fellows Riverside Gardens by 3/19

Bunny Fundraiser

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This wood project workshop is open to the public, and proceeds will benefit F5RS - Frisky Ferrets, Furries, & Feathered Friends Rescue & Sanctuary. Absolutely no artistic skill or experience required. Detailed instruction provided. Therapy rabbits will be available if you're in need of a little snuggle while you create! Light refreshments included. Preregister by March 19.



TODAY - National Girl Scout Day
March 14 - National Pi Day (Celebrate with pie, of course!)
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
March - Irish-American Heritage Month

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

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March 12-18, 2020 . . .
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - Youth Group
Tuesday, 10am - Transition Class
Wednesday, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday, 6pm - Session Meeting

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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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