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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Sunday's Service - December 16, 2018

The featured scripture verse is: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
for Adam's message: And Yet....

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion this Sunday.

Join us on Sunday for Worship!



Advent Reading

Jack and Tori Snyder will lead us in the third reading as they light the candle of "Joy."

Bible Studies

Sunday Morning: Advent Class - 9:30am
This Sunday is the final in our series ”The Theology of Christmas Carols.”
January 6th - Philippians study begins

Wednesday Morning: Ladies Study - We finished the book of Job and will be planning our next study, which will begin in January.

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

Christmas Cookies Needed

Do you like baking, buying, or eating cookies? Then we've got the opportunity for you! Sign up on the bulletin board to bring two dozen cookies to our Christmas Eve service! Please have cookies here around 3pm. Thank you!

Thought for the Day

Church is not something you go’s a family to which you belong.
Thanks for being a part of our family!

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Outreach Luncheon

We had a fantastic time at the luncheon celebrating Don Fisher and all he has done and continues to do for CG and GG. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped us pull off this surprise to celebrate his 'official' retirement!

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Garden & Nursery News

Garden children will remain in Worship for the celebration of Communion this week. As always, activity pages will be on the table by the Sanctuary doors.

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

Youth Group

December 16 ~ Art with Adam Pratt is back to normal meeting time from 6:00-7:30pm.

YG 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

Today is the final day to donate to the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office 9th Annual Toy Drive. We will be delivering the donations tomorrow, to benefit Columbiana Children's Services as well as Heroes & Halos, who support area children and their families with special needs.

Thank you to all who were able to donate!

2018 Year-End Contributions

The Finance Committee would like to remind you that to be included in 2018, your contributions need to be received by or postmarked by December 31st. Thank you!



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

Meet at North Lima Mennonite
(90 Mennonite Dr, North Lima, OH 44452) to enjoy the Shank family in this Christmas play and then head to Common Ground for our regular 11am service.

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

Come Worship with us during our afternoon service, complete with special music and candle-lighting. Invite friends and family to join us for the service and fellowship time.

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



Happenings Here

Christmas is almost here! If you are still looking for a special gift, we have six flavors of Jungle Jam, Cranberry Orange Juicy Jam, our handmade organic catnip toys, and Reindeer Food! Rachel and our "kids" have been hard at work on all these items this week! Let us know if we can help you. We can arrange a pick up here, or we may be able to deliver. You can also visit us tomorrow evening at the Austintown Winter Market - at Austintown Township Park - to shop from a wonderful assortment of local creators, makers, and growers!

Goodness Grows will be on Christmas Break from December 24th through January 1st. If you want to see what we are all about, you are welcome to visit us any week day once we are back to our regular schedule. We would love to have you be a part of our day!

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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 ~ Tomorrow, 5-9pm
GG Christmas Break ~ Dec 24 - Jan 1
Whispering Pines ~ Dec 17 (Last visit of 2018!)




Coat & Clothing Drive

Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity
Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room, anytime throughout the year! Let your friends and family know that we accept donations year-round.

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Year-end Giving

If you are still looking for a year-end giving opportunity, our non-profit mission, Goodness Grows, always appreciates the support. Goodness Grows is working "to cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities." Donations are tax deductible, to the extent allowed by law. There is good work being done right here at Common Ground. We would love for you to be a part of it!

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?



Christmas Bird Count 2018

December 15, 9am-11am
The Great Christmas Bird Count is a century old tradition that transpires from the Arctic Circle to the tips of South America. You can participate this year, right here at Mill Creek MetroParks. The event starts out at the Ford Nature Center and heads to the Lily Pond. Moderate hike, 2 miles. Call Ford Nature Center, 330-740-7107, for details.

Christmas in Columbiana

Dutch Village Inn Christmas Musical

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 at Orange Leaf

December 16, 4-7pm
Santa Claus is coming to town, and he is stopping at Orange Leaf for his favorite frozen treat! Take your picture with old Saint Nick, and tell him your Christmas wish.

Rockin' Around the Town Square

December 21, 22, 23
Crown Theater Productions is excited to add Rockin' Around the Town Square, "RATTS," to their 2018 season. RATTS will be rockin' the stage at Main Street Theater in Columbiana, Ohio with their 10th annual show! Click here for Info.

Local Events

Check out all that Columbiana has to offer at this festive season: Christmas Events

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



Jack Snyder - TODAY! (13!)
National Wreaths Across America Day - December 15
Megan McMaster - December 19

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


December 13 - 19 . . .
Today - Youth Group Collection Ends
Friday, 5-9pm - GG at Austintown Market
Sunday, 9:30am - Final Advent Class
Sunday, 11am - Worship with Communion
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - Youth Group Drawing Event
Monday, 9:30am - GG at Whispering Pines
Wednesday, 6:30pm - GG Board 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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