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Thursday, August 27, 2020

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Sunday's Service - August 30, 2020

In-Person & Online @ 11am

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Worship will take place outside this Sunday, in front of the church at the raised bed garden area.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion, in-person and online.

Pastor Mike will be starting a new Sermon Series this week:

We've all heard the phrase "In Christ," but what does that mean?
Being "In Christ" is one of the New Testament's most used phrases and
is both theologically rich and practically important.

When you are In Christ, all that is true of Him changes what is true of you.
Not only are we going to unpack what it means to be In Christ, we are also going to
unpack what this looks like in the life of a Christ follower. Please join me as we journey to
discover what God's Word says to those who are "In Christ." - Pastor Mike Hileman

Join us Sunday ~ In-Person & Online ~ for Worship

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Scenes From Last Sunday


Thanks to John Muckridge, President & CEO of the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley,
for bringing an inspiring message last week.



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The Raised Bed Garden

Outdoor Worship This Sunday

We will have a number of canopies set up out front to provide shade and space to allow us to follow the social distancing guidelines. You may want to bring an umbrella in the event you are not under the canopies. You will also need to BYOCC ~ bring your own camping chair! Come ready to enjoy worshiping the Lord together out in His creation, with your Bible, your mask (just in case), and your smile! Invitation to Worship from Pastor Mike

Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ online or in-person at 11:00am.
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!


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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.




Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday ~ In this week's lesson, we learn that we can overcome fear with God's help, faith in Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit. You can do whatever God wants you to do, fearlessly!

The lesson comes from 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

Join Collide Crew Leader Delania and 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 - What's a weird dream you've had? We'd love to hear your answers! Feel free to let us know by email or on Facebook.

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Youth Group

Due to COVID, this youth group season will not look like it normally does. We will keep you posted as we make decisions. Youth Group is open to kids in 5th through 12th grade. Parents, we have a YG permission waiver we need you to fill out next time you're here.



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 Darla Smith. Thank you to Marcia Kreps for sharing Darla's uplifting words with us.

"This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice! I pray this finds you all doing exceptionally well. God is certainly good to us all. His blessings are countless every day!"

"God gave me a word this week that has a lot to do with our current situation going on around us. SEPARATE - cause to move or be apart. We are asked to wear a mask to keep others and ourselves protected from a virus. We feel separate when we feel grief with the loss of someone dear. We may feel separate when one of our kids goes off to college or is away from us. We may feel separate when our spouse may need to go away for a job. We may feel separate when we are not able to go to church and fellowship like we used to. Sometimes you may even feel separate in your own home. Whatever the case may be I am here to tell us all - NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD! He will never leave us or forsake us. He loves His children with an everlasting love. Let us all feel His love right now. No matter where you are or what you are doing, He is giving us His hugs right now. I heard a song today that confirmed my word for us this week. Listen to it if you get a chance. Matthew West - The God Who Stays. Be blessed this week. Remember, God loves you!"

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)

Devotionals Available

Devotionals are available on tables throughout our Great Room. Take one home today to incorporate into your daily routine. Take one (or more) home to share with a friend!

News from World Gospel Mission


Pastor Mike opened a letter full of goodies from the Pepsny family. Check out their letter and photo on our Outreach/Missions bulletin board near the front desk.



August Worship ~ Online & In-Person

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

August 30 ~ Communion Sunday & Outdoor Worship
September ~ New Sermon Series Begins

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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Superhero Bunnies!

News of the Week

Mrs. Weaver came to visit on Tuesday, so everyone enjoyed giving her a tour of the gardens. It is always nice to spend time with one of our favorite volunteers! We also spent time this week doing a deep clean upstairs as well as working on the never-ending task of weeding.

We are looking forward to next week, when our friend Sara and the therapy bunnies from F5RS Bunnies in Baskets will be here to work on a fundraiser. We are getting prepped for that exciting Monday event by making some signs to cheer the bunnies on in their race to earn money for "OutRunning Osteosarcoma" ~ A Virtual 5K / 10K / Half Marathon to Make It Better for Kids with Cancer!

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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 GG. Both Peach Habanero and Peach Lemonade - made from Huffman Fruit Farm's Red Haven peaches - are available!

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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.

Goodness Grows

The non-profit ministry of Common Ground Church Community, Goodness Grows is always busy on our property. GG works with students and adults with disabilities, providing vocational habilitation training in a fun and hands-on way. The GG crew also maintains the grounds and cleans the church building. There are many ways to support GG, including:
* Online Shopping ~ Just use Amazon Smile - choose Goodness Grows as your charity of choice.
* Volunteering ~ Give of your time and get back lots of love & smiles!
* Donating Items ~ We are always in need of items like basic jam making supplies such as regular 8oz. canning jars, lids, sugar, and white vinegar.
* Charitable Giving ~ As a small non-profit, Goodness Grows depends upon generous supporters who give monetary support. A contribution to Goodness Grows is tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law. Your donations help us to continue our mission of working with people of all abilities.

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

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.
Big thanks to everyone who helped with, donated to, or shopped at our yard sale!

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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F5RS Therapy Bunnies MIB Virtual Race

Are you looking for a good cause to support? The therapy bunnies from F5RS Bunnies in Baskets - Therapy Bunnies are raising money for MIB Agents and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Goodness Grows is looking forward to helping with this cause on Monday!

MIB Agents is a leading pediatric osteosarcoma nonprofit dedicated to Making It Better for our community of patients, caregivers, doctors, and researchers with the goal of less toxic, more effective treatments and a cure for this aggressive bone cancer.


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 Sing (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.

Support Our Troops - Military Appreciation Night

Friday, 6-9pm
Hosted by Mission BBQ
1051 Boardman Poland Rd, Youngstown, OH 44514
Join us in supporting our Uniformed American Heroes as MISSION BBQ hosts Military Appreciation Night. All proceeds for the evening will benefit USO of Northern Ohio

Diesels and Donuts

Sunday, 10am-4pm
Hosted by High Octane Coffee Company
Diesels & Donuts is back for one big event in 2020 with a new twist! The meet will begin at High Octane Coffee in Boardman at 10am and then there will be an organized convoy at 12 Noon to Canfield Rhino where the party will continue until 4pm! High Octane will have drink and ice cream specials going on and Canfield Rhino will have food and music.



August 28 - Kelly Shannon
August 30 - 14th Anniversary of Purchasing Mellinger's Nursery
August 30 - Erika Wittenauer
August 31 - World Distance Learning Day
September 2 - Darren Hill
September 2 - VJ Day
September - National Learning and Development Month

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



August 27 - September 2, 2020 . . .

Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Today, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-up
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship ~ Communion Sunday
Wednesday, 9am - Prayer Group via Zoom
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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