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Thursday, August 1, 2019


Sunday's Service - August 4, 2019

We welcome back John Muckridge to lead us in Worship this week.

The featured Scripture verses are: Matthew 26:36-56
for John's message: Comparing Jesus and the Disciples.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



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Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: Romans, 9:30a.m.

Monday Morning Ladies Study: 9:30am
We will be selecting our next topic of study. Join in and help us choose!

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

Garden & Nursery News

The Garden is on Summer Break until September 8th. Activity pages 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

All youth who will be entering 5th grade and up this fall
are invited to join in the fun this summer!

▪ End of Summer Party at the Vignon's ~ Friday, August 16, 6pm Bonfire and hot dogs to get ready to head back to school! Bring a snack, side dish, or dessert to share. Sign up on bulletin board.
End of Summer Party at the Vignon's ~ Friday, August 16, 6pm Bonfire and hot dogs to get ready to head back to school! Bring a snack, side dish, or dessert to share. Sign up on bulletin board.
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Goldfish ~ The Breakfast of Champions?

Lock In 2019

As always, time with our youth was full of fun and laughter. Thanks
to everyone who participated in making this year's Lock In a success! We made pizzas for dinner, acted our way through a special game of Charades with props (Ask Jill how she rock climbs!) which lead into a discussion about imitating Jesus, had a photo scavenger hunt across the property, battled with Nerf guns, enjoyed ice cream, played board games, slept a little, and ended Monday morning with prayers and
a brief devotion about love. It was a jam-packed 14 hours!

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Dinner Making

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Ready for Photo Scavenger Hunt

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Nerf Battles

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Scavenger Hunt Winners

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Game Time

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Steps & Gardens

Our project behind the Sanctuary is coming along nicely. Soon the pavers will be cemented down and the steps will be finished. This cheerful work crew was busy marking off the flower bed edge with rocks on Tuesday. Thanks, Mike and Nicolette!




August Speakers

11 - Steve Scott
18 - David Kohout
25 - Phil Bartholomew

Spaghetti Sauce Canning Class

Saturday, August 24, 10am-2pm (or until we're done)
Sign up on the bulletin board to join us for this tomato extravaganza with Rachel Vignon! She is willing to share her family recipe and teach us all how to make a truly delicious spaghetti sauce. Jars will be provided. There will be a small fee to cover ingredients. (Fee - around $5 or less - to be determined when we have a total count of participants.) The ending time of 2pm is really just a guess. We could be done much faster or a little later...depending on our kitchen skills and number of participants. Rachel's sauce is worth any amount of time...guaranteed!

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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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Summer at GG

The Mission Group from St. Joseph, Michigan's First Congregational UCC marked our final group of the summer. They built raised beds, moved gravel to fill holes, transported pavers, and, of course, painted a rock. (Have you spotted all our new rock memories? Take a walk a see what you can discover!) We thank them, and all of this summer's hard working folks, for helping goodness grow! Big thanks also go to Canfield Presbyterian for their support of Goodness Grows and all their time and effort making the Mission Trips possible!

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Our kitchen crew prepared breakfast for lunch on Tuesday. We enjoyed bacon, eggs, applesauce, and blueberry pancakes. Yum! Perfect for a drab and rainy day! The rest of the week was full of cleaning, weed whacking, staking tomato plants, making seasonal favorite jams Peach Habanero and Peach Lemonade, and much more. This is definitely a busy time of year at Goodness Grows.

Checkout Our Insect Friends

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Butterfly Under the Awning

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Caterpillar House in Maintenance Room

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Living on the Milkweed




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. We are happy to take coats, clothes, shoes, purses and bags, jewelry, hats, gloves and mittens, scarves, and even small household items. Anything that is clean and in good repair that you think someone else might be able to use!

Date for Giveaway Set ~ Saturday, October 12th, 10am-1pm!


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!


Megan McMaster has been published on the Ohio Farm Bureau website! She is the editor of the July 29, 2019 "Growing Our Generation" e-newsletter, featuring insights and ideas directly from Ohio’s young farmers and food and agricultural professionals. Check it out here:
Growing Our Generation
Way to go, Megan!

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Mill Creek Park Events

Guided Herb Walk
August 3, 9-10am at Fellows Riverside Gardens
Join Education Manager Mandy Smith in a walk around the gardens to learn about some of the herbs that grow here and their benefits. Meet in the Davis Center Lobby. Drop-in.

Nature Live!
August 4, 11am-3pm at the MetroParks Farm
Nature Live – Bug Day and Reptile Show all rolled into one great nature experience at Mill Creek MetroParks. This free, fun family event gives visitors a hands-on look at the wonders of nature. Get up-close and personal with live reptiles and raptors, learn about plants and insects, and go on a Bio hunt. Crafts, fun activities, and more are included! Held rain or shine. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116 for details. Free.

Find more fun at the park for all ages this summer right here: Things To Do.

Summer at Mahoning County Libraries

Strategy Board Games at the Library
August 3, 3-4pm in the Austintown Library Meeting Room
Do you like to play strategy board games? Come to the Austintown Library to play games like Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Carcassonne. Play what's here or bring your own to share! Light refreshments will be served. For adults and teens.

Get Walkin' @ the Library
August 5, 9:30-10:00am at the Canfield Library
Get fit every Monday morning and join a librarian for a 20-30 minute walk along the Canfield Library walking path and nearby neighborhood. Make new friends and join the fun. In the event of rain, we'll walk inside the meeting room. For adults.

Pop-Up Library at Austintown Farmers Market
August 5, 5-8:30pm at the Austintown Township Park
The Pop-Up Library goes out into the community to serve you! Stop by and check out Library materials, sign up for a Library card, or learn about our digital resources and branch services. For all ages.

Help Wanted

Legacy Christian Home Care contacted us for help in spreading the word that they are hiring. Following is the text of the email we received:
We are a local non-medical home care agency looking to hire caregivers from our local churches. If you can let your congregation know, we would really appreciate it! Our office number is 234-759-3303 or email Thank You!
If you or someone you know is interested, they are located at 11836 South Avenue, Unit 22 in
North Lima. Their Facebook page states that they, "offer safe trustworthy Companion Care/PCA for clients/families serving Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Portage, and Stark Counties. Honoring God in all we do."



Today! - Kitty Kromer
August 3 - National Watermelon Day
August 4 - National Sisters Day
August 5-11 - International Assistance Dog Week

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


August 1-7. . .
Today, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-up
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Monday, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study
Monday, 5-8pm - GG at Austintown Farmers Market

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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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