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Thursday, August 13, 2020

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We're in This Together

The button below will take you to a message from Pastor Mike about gatherings at Common Ground and our decisions to follow the Governor's mask mandate. If you haven't yet done so, please take a few minutes to watch this video and learn about our leadership's plan to take care of each other.
We are looking forward to gathering ~ online or in-person ~
to Worship with you this Sunday!

Sunday's Service - August 16, 2020

In-Person & Online @ 11am

Our Summer Series ~ One Another ~ finishes this week.
A new series will begin in September.

Message ~ Comfort One Another
There is no greater comfort than knowing that the God who created all things and put everything into motion has a great plan to free His Children from Sin and Death. Jesus is coming again!
Let all Christ followers put our attention on the most comforting of thoughts;
Jesus coming back for those who believe in Him!

Featured Scripture ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 (NKJV)
The Comfort of Christ’s Coming
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming
of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore comfort one another with these words.

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Join us this Sunday ~ In-Person & Online ~ for Worship - 11:00am

Come Grow With Us!


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Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ online or in-person.
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

We would love to see and pray for the prayer needs of everyone from Common Ground and Connecting Life as well as anyone else in need of the power of prayer!


Wednesday Words from Mike

Take a few minutes to watch this video Message from Pastor Mike to learn what is happening here with Connecting Life Church and Common Ground Church Community, including encouragement to reengage in the church. Plans are in the works to improve our online Worship and we hope you can experience it with us!

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Bible Studies & Ministries

We will be following the health and safety directives during small group meetings 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
Studying the Book of Psalms
9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room.

Ladies Bible Study
He is Enough: Living in the Fullness of Jesus (A Study in Colossians) by Asheritah Ciuciu
Friday at 9am

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group
9am, participate via Zoom ~ Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer

LifeGroup Meeting
Meetings will resume in September.

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Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday's Weekly Video: God Will Help Us!

The lesson comes from Isaiah 41:13 ~ "...the Lord your God... says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

Join Danielle Taylor and Hannah Hileman as we learn that we don't need to be afraid because God will help us!!!! Spend some time with your child(ren) singing, dancing, laughing and learning! We would love for you to also have your child memorize this week's scripture verse and motions and upload a video of them in the comment section on Facebook! Have a great week Collide Kids!

This week's discussion question - Talk about a mistake you made that turned out to be really funny. We'd love to hear your answers! Feel free to let us know by email or on Facebook. Big thanks to Hannah, Danielle, and Pastor Mike for all their work on this weekly online way to connect and grow!


Youth Group

YG Events ~ Weather & COVID Permitting

▪ August 14: Bonfire at Vignon's, 6-8pm
▪ August 19: Service Day with GG, 9am-12pm
August 14: Bonfire at Vignon's, 6-8pm
August 19: Service Day with GG, 9am-12pm

Youth Group is open to kids in 5th through 12th grade.
Rising 5th graders are invited to join in with these currently scheduled events.
Parents, we have a YG permission waiver we need you to fill out next time you're here.

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Youth Group Bonfire Tomorrow!

August 14: Bonfire at Vignon's, 6-8pm
Weather permitting. Let Rachel or Jen know if you need the address. Dress for outdoor fun that includes running around (No flip-flops or slides!) and make sure you have your mask. We will provide hot dogs, beverages, and s'mores. We ask everyone to bring a snack to share. Phones are also needed for a photo game, so please bring them with you! Rising 5th through 12th graders invited.
Parents ~ We will need you to fill out a permission waiver if you haven't done so already.

Youth Group Service Day with Goodness Grows

Wednesday, August 19, 9am-12pm
Bring lunch, a water bottle, and dress for working outside and getting dirty! Please bring work gloves if you have them and wear sneakers or boots. (Close-toed shoes required for safety.) We will spend the morning working with GG, helping Rachel and the crew however we can. At 11:30am, we will eat lunch together and recap our day. Hope to see all our youth there! Parents ~ We will need the permission waiver if we don't have one already.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2



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!



Today's encouragement comes from Pastor George Vink and was first posted in October 2015. As we continue to make our way through these unprecedented times, may we all strive to look to Jesus as our example. This devotional and many more can be found at: Devotional Library.

"Giving and Being Refreshed"
Proverbs 11:24-31
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25)

What we call “blessings” are not always blessings. Having or hoarding plentiful possessions doesn’t guarantee happiness. Saving funds for a lengthy retirement doesn’t mean you’ll live to reach the age projected to enjoy it. It’s what we do with what we have that determines a sense of prosperity. What matters is looking at stuff with eternity in mind.

As a grateful recipient of people’s generosity, I’ve learned that giving freely and generously has more to do with our way of thinking than with having an abundance to give. Whether we share our time or donate our funds, the reward is in the giving. The giver experiences a sense of community as she shares with someone, imitating her Creator in doing so. She helps to refresh others, and in doing so she is refreshed. Doing what God uniquely designed us to do promises blessing for both giver and receiver.

Jesus provides the example of how to live our lives as generous givers. He gave his all, a living sacrifice (see Romans 12:1). The Father rewarded him with the accomplishment of a kingdom being established, a church growing in grace, and individuals living with a purpose. If Jesus had withheld himself, we would have no future, no refreshment. Our blessings are entrusted to us for blessing ­others. In refreshing others, we too will be refreshed!

Heavenly Father, Giver of all good gifts, we praise your name. Help us see that what you entrust to us is ours to share with others. In Christ’s name, Amen.

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New Devotionals Available

From Our Daily Bread Ministries, this little devotional reminds us that, "you can trust God in the storm." If you would like to explore this edition of their Discovery Series, pick one up next time you are at Common Ground. Available in the Great Room on the round table and by the Sunday bulletins.




August Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life

August 16 ~ Special Music provided by Audrey Shannon
August 23 ~ Pat Shannon will be preaching for us.
August 30 ~ Communion Sunday

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!

Men's Ministry Gathering

We'll let you know the new date for this Bonfire & Bible Study as soon as we get it scheduled, sometime this fall!

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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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Jade & Cam Harvesting Tomatoes During Cam's Last Week Here


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News of the Week

We started off the week with one of our favorite things ~ a butterfly release! We had one little guy who didn't want to say goodbye to Miss Rachel. More caterpillars and chrysalises are in our butterfly house and we eagerly look forward to more butterflies.

Now that it is late summer, we are busy every day with weeding, watering (Does anyone know a good rain dance?!?), and harvesting. The tomato crop has been phenomenal this year! We have been harvesting tomatoes with wonderful names like Black Beauty, Rebel Starfighter Prime, Atomic Grape, and many more. It has been so exciting to sample them and to pack the CSA shares with them, as well to be able to share them with others.

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Jam For Sale

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam available at Reach for the STARS online. Here is the link to their website: 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 Goodness Grows.

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Weeding Time



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Pull a Weed...Find a Bird?!?

Weeding Opportunities Here!

You are invited to spend some time enjoying the beauty of God's creation right here on our property. Take time to appreciate His handiwork while pulling some weeds in the flower beds!
Why do we need to weed? "Weeds compete for nutrients. You’ll usually find that in a weed-infested bed, what you planted on purpose (be it flowers or food crops) will not do as well as in a bed devoid of weeds. There is only so much water and food available and weeds generally take more than other plants. So that is the most important reason to get rid of weeds." Source: All About Weeding


Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ 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 under the front awning by the glass doors facing the road or stop by if there are cars in the parking lot. Goodness Grows is here M-F from 9-2.

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

Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc. ~ Yard Sale
August 20 & 21, 9am to 4pm at 1814 E 3rd St, Salem
Toys, household goods, collectibles for sale, with all proceeds going to the
building fund of Divine Junior School in Masaka, Uganda.

DID YOU KNOW? We have some handmade bracelets and necklaces for sale at the Rock Kidz table in our Great Room. Proceeds will go to the construction of Divine Junior School.

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.


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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!


Summer Movies at Firestone Farms in Columbiana

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Movies will be shown at 1pm and 7pm on Fridays. This week is Frozen II (PG).
Free Family-friendly movies on the big screen! Lots of seating in the Courtyard, or bring your own lawn chair or blanket! There will be a different movie every week, with a mix of old and new releases, rated G, PG, or PG-13. Stay tuned to the Movie Night Event Page on Facebook for movie titles as they get scheduled. (Movies may be cancelled or changed at any time due to weather or movie studio changes. Children must be supervised at all times.)

COVID-19 Safety Note: "We are very excited to bring you family-friendly movies in our Courtyard; and the health and safety of our guests is of the highest importance to us. In our effort to meet safety, sanitation, and social distancing requirements set by the State of Ohio, we have created “sections” in our Courtyard. Each “section” will hold 4-6 seats (provided by us sanitized, or you can bring your own) with room between for social distancing protocol. Sections are available on a first-come first-serve basis. For us to continue with our summer schedule, we need your help and support. Please follow social distancing guidelines. Masks are appreciated, but not required. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home." MOVIE NIGHTS MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO ONGOING COVID-19 HEALTH CONCERNS AND RESTRICTIONS.

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Digital Reprise Performances

Stambaugh Auditorium presents a Weekly Digital Watch event of past performances. Since opening in 1926, Stambaugh Auditorium has hosted countless concerts and events providing entertainment, education, and celebration for the people of the Mahoning Valley. Due to the unprecedented situation that has changed so much, it will most likely be sometime before large events will return. Until then, we will revisit some of the performances of the past on Friday evenings, following the below schedule:

August 14, 2020, 7:00 PM - Stambaugh Youth Concert Band (07-08 Season)
August 21, 2020, 7:00 PM - Opera Western Reserve Presents La Traviata (2010)
August 28, 2020, 7:00 PM - Stambaugh Youth Concert Band (08-09 Season)
September 4, 2020, 7:00 PM - Opera Western Reserve Presents Tosca (2011)
September 11, 2020, 7:00 PM - Stambaugh Youth Concert Band (09-10 Season)
September 18, 2020, 7:00 PM - Opera Western Reserve Presents La Boheme (2013)
September 25, 2020, 7:00 PM - Stambaugh Youth Concert Band (11-12 Season)
October 2, 2020, 7:00 PM - Opera Western Reserve Presents Don Giovanni (2013)
October 9, 2020, 7:00 PM - Stambaugh Youth Concert Band (12-13 Season)
October 16, 2020, 7:00 PM - Opera Western Reserve Presents Elixir of Love (2015)
October 23, 2020, 7:00 PM - Stambaugh Youth Concert Band (13-14 Season)
October 30, 2020, 7:00 PM - Opera Western Reserve Presents MacBeth (2019)

Please visit for more information about each performance and to find out how you can support some of our local performing arts organizations.

COSI Camp-Out

Friday, August 14 from 7:30-9pm
Hosted by COSI Columbus' Dynamic Hands-On Science Center!

For 48 years, campers have flocked to COSI to spend a night in the museum and experience the hands-on learning and fun that makes COSI so special. Because many of us are unable to
Camp-IN this year, we invite you to Camp-OUT with us, virtually!

At COSI Camp-Out, you’ll learn about the natural world and the stars above us, make a tasty snack, hear a camp story, do some hands-on science and crafts, meet some animal friends, and dance the night away! So grab your supplies, gather around the “campfire,” and join us for camp like you’ve never experienced it before! Make your free camp reservation here: COSI Camp-Out

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Dog Days of Summer

Hosted by Southern Park Mall
Saturday, August 15 at 11am-3pm
Enjoy a day of summer fun with your pup. You and your dog can socialize with other four legged friends and their humans as you shop select retailers! Enjoy fashion shows with adoptable dogs from local animals rescues, Every Dog Matters Rescue & Animal Charity of Ohio, at the Center Court Stage. There will be dog vendors like Paws on Main, Piddles And More LLC, Doggie Style Pet Barkery, New Lease on Life Rescue, All About Paws, LLC..

First 50 guests who enter at the Buffalo Wild Wings Mall Entrance receive a FREE doggie goodie bag! After you are done shopping, enjoy Yappy Hour on the Buffalo Wild Wings patio from 3-7pm.

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Pick Your Own Sunflowers

Hosted by Angiuli's Farm Market
Sunday, August 16 at 5-8pm
Planted over 150,000 sunflowers this year!
•$2 per stem
•bring your own scissor
•no pets please
•social distancing is expected
•please respect other people’s experiences (no blocking areas for photography/only amateur photos allowed)
•field is only open for this special event, rental available for photography - MUST make a reservation through Carl at 330-360-3409



Today - Lela McClaren
Today - International Lefthanders Day
August 14 - Marilee Bodendorfer
August 14 - James & Tiffany Crawford
August 15 - Marc Centofanti
August 15 - International Homeless Animals Day
August 16 - Curtis Veiock
August 18 - Carl & Janine Landis
August 18 - Laura Heestand
August 19 - World Humanitarian Day

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



August 13-19, 2020 . . .

Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Today, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-up
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 6-8pm - YG Bonfire
Saturday, 9am-3pm - GG at Youngstown Flea
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Wednesday, 9am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 9am-12pm - YG Service with GG
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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