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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sunday's Service - March 24, 2019

We welcome Greg Bowman, student at Ashland Theological Seminary,
​member at Midway Mennonite Church, and former director of Goodness Grows
to lead us in Worship this week.

The featured scripture verses are: Isaiah 40:1-4, 9-11, 21-23, 28-29; 41:17-18
for Greg's message: Comfort, Courage, and Imagination.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



Hunger in the Mahoning Valley

1 in 6 people in the Mahoning Valley faces hunger.
Right here in our community, too many seniors, families, and children continue to struggle with hunger every day. Unemployment, underemployment, low wages, and rising utilities, medicine, gas and food costs often make it difficult for many families to make ends meet. Although the economy is slowly recovering in our area, our pantries are still seeing more individuals and families who were once stable and are now asking for help to put food on their tables. You can help! Now through April 7th, donate right here at Common Ground. Drop off monetary donations and non-perishable food items on our Food & Funds Drive table. Every donation will help folks in our valley!

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Game Night ~ Full of Family Fun!

Thanks to everyone for a lighthearted evening
of friends and laughter.

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Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: Romans study begins Sunday

Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: 9:30am, at Jen Shannon's - Next week, we will be starting the book of Hosea.

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!


Garden & Nursery News

Frank Snyder is in the Garden this week, with a lesson about relying on God to bring you through tough situations. Activity pages will be on the table by the Sanctuary doors. Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

Youth Group

Looking forward to seeing all our youth this Sunday from 6-7:30pm! Snack: Caitlin


March & April Speakers

March 31 - Rev. Randy Brown (with the Restored Quartet, a southern gospel group)
April 7 - Phil Bartholomew
April 14 - Phil Bartholomew
April 21 - Adam Shank - Communion Sunday
April 28 - Brad Weber



Crochet Class ~ Saturday, April 6th at 10am

Come learn some crochet skills or refresh your old skills with our resident crochet expert, Jessica Deeter. All skill levels welcome. We had a blast when we did this last year! Sign up to participate.

Family Movie Night ~ Friday, April 12th at 6:30pm

There is still plenty of time to sign up on the bulletin board to vote for one of three movie selections. Currently, 'Wonder' is in the lead.

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Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast ~ April 14th at 10am

We hope you will be able to join us for pancakes, sausage, egg casserole, orange juice, milk, and coffee, all provided by the Worship Committee. If you would like to volunteer to help, just let us know...all hands appreciated!

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




Spring Has Sprung!

We have plants growing upstairs, apple trees sprouting, and...peas growing outside! Spring is definitely here!

Along with growing things returning, our classroom friends from local schools are back. Mohawk came on Wednesday, next week Salem and Crestview return, and soon Leetonia will be with us. We are so excited to welcome all the students, teachers, and staff back to GG! Mohawk got right to work, making space for some flower beds outside the back greenhouses.

We also spent time this week in the kitchen. We made our own bread, for the second week in a row. Sue Weaver joined us on Tuesday to make homemade lasagna. Being a volunteer at Goodness Grows is delicious and fun! You are welcome to join in anytime. Next week, we head to Whispering Pines on Monday for our volunteer time.

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CSA Crops Are Growing!

We are now taking subscription orders. Pick up will be Thursdays, weekly or bi-weekly, over a period of 18 weeks. We will provide a variety of produce from early June to mid-October. Pay by April 30th to get the EARLY BIRD Price of $325, which equals $18.05 per week. After April 30th, the cost is $360 for a weekly share, which equals $20 per week. Or, do a bi-weekly share from mid-June to mid-October for $200, which equals $22.22 per week. Refer a friend who purchases a subscription, get $20 back! Limited number of shares, deadline May 27th.
Why CSA? Because your money stays right here, helping our program and you get fresh, local, sustainable produce weekly. It's a win-win! Our CSA spots are starting to fill up - don't miss your chance to join in! I

GG Restaurant Fundraisers

Some area restaurants have programs that allow you to dine in and earn money for non-profit organizations. We have an event at BJ's THIS WEDNESDAY, March 27 from 5-10pm and at Chipotle on Sunday, April 28 from 4-8pm. Grab a flyer (or several) from our GG table, share with your friends, and eat dinner out for a great cause and an easy way to help Goodness Grows earn money for our programs!

March 27th Flyer

BJ's Restaurant requires a printed flyer to be presented to the server in order for sales to benefit Goodness Grows. Print from here or stop by Common Ground to grab one...or more! Please help us spread the word - the more diners, the better!

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Jungle Jam Contest ~ March 27th!

Win 2 jars of Jungle Jam - your choice of flavors, just by eating dinner and posting a picture!
1) Print a flyer for BJ's Goodness Grows Fundraiser.
2) Take flyer to BJ's Restaurant at 7327 Market Street (by the mall in Boardman) on March 27th between 5-10pm.
3) Purchase your meal, taking a picture of the meal and flyer together (can include yourself, your family, and friends - have fun with it!) inside of BJ's.
4) Post the food/flyer pic on the Goodness Grows Facebook page, on March 27th between 5-10pm.
5) On Thursday, March 28th, we will put all names of those who enter with a valid picture into a pot and have one of our Goodness Grows crew draw the winner out. Video will be posted to Facebook.
6) Winner will need to contact Goodness Grows to make pick-up or drop-off arrangements. Jam cannot be mailed.
NOTE: 20% of total food and soft beverage purchases from all guests who bring in flyers for this event will be donated back to Goodness Grows. A copy of the flyer is included above, and is available on our Facebook page and website, as well as on the GG table in the Great Room.




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.

Food & Funds Drive ~ Through April 7th

Donations to our Food & Funds Drive will assist the Second Harvest Food Bank in stocking their shelves for the upcoming summer season. Donate whatever you are able!


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?



North Lima Mennonite Church

Special Event
Ventriloquist and Chalk Artist Rod Snow will be performing
at 6pm on Sunday, March 24.

Mill Creek Park Events

Introducing the Dinosaurs

March 23rd, 4-5pm at Fellows Riverside Gardens
For all ages. Dale Gnidovec, of OSU's Orton Geological Museum, will describe how we find, excavate and reconstruct these marvelous beasts, discuss the major groups of dinosaurs, and share some of the other animals (such as the swimming and flying reptiles) that lived at the same time. Registration requested, not required. Register at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 330-740-7116.

Naturalist Series: Teeth, Jaws & Claws

March 23rd, 6-7pm at Fellows Riverside Gardens
Dale Gnidovec, of OSU's Orton Geological Museum, gives us a look at the tremendous diversity of theropods, the carnivorous dinosaurs, and why scientists say birds are living dinosaurs. Registration requested, not required. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116.

Traveling Naturalist at the Lily Pond

March 24th, 1:30-3:30pm
Enjoy the changing of the seasons at the Lily Pond and chat with a naturalist about the signs of spring and remnants of winter you may find. Call Ford Nature Center for details, 330-740-7107.

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



Today! - World Down Syndrome Day
Today! - World Poetry Day
March 22 - World Water Day
March 23 - National Puppy Day
March 25 - Sarah Bendersmith

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


March 21-27 . . .
Through April 7 - Food & Funds Drive for Second Harvest
Tonight, 6:30pm - GG Board Meeting
Sunday, 9:30am - Romans Class Begins
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - Youth Group
Monday, 9:30am - GG at Whispering Pines
Wednesday, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday, 10am - GG/Mohawk Class
Wednesday, 5-10pm - GG Fundraiser at BJ's

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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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