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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sunday's Service - January 20, 2019

We welcome Greg Bowman, former director of Goodness Grows and current student
of Pastoral Ministry at Ashland Theological Seminary, to lead us in Worship this week.

The featured scripture verses are: Isaiah 40:1-4, 9-11, 17-18, 28-29 and 41:17-18(NRSV)
for Greg's message: Fear not. I will make a way, yes?

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: 9:30am - Philippians study

Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: 9am - Study on the book of Jude Starts January 23rd, at Jen Shannon's.

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

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Garden & Nursery News

Garden children will remain in Worship this week. 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

Youth Group meets Sunday from 6-7:30pm.
(Snack: Colin Snyder)
Should the predicted snow storm make canceling necessary, YG parents will receive a text from Jen Lynch. We will definitely be keeping an eye on the weather!

A great big THANK YOU to Adam Pratt for leading us on another fun art adventure last Sunday!
We enjoyed learning from you again.

Dates & Times may change due to weather & special events.

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Upcoming Speakers

January 27 - AJ Platt

February 3 - Adam Shank (Communion Sunday)

February 10 - Rev. Bruce Irwin

February 17 - Steve Scott



Sip & Paint ~ February 1, 7pm

Adam Pratt will be leading a "Sip & Paint" event here for adults to get in on the fun that the youth have had with him! In order to cover the cost of the supplies, there is a fee of $15, due on of before February 1st. We will sip on coffee, cocoa, or tea while getting creative. Light snacks, like cookies and chips, will also be provided. Feel free to bring a snack to share, if desired. Invite a friend to join us in this new CG experience! Sign up on the bulletin board by Sunday, January 27th.

Outreach Potluck Soup Luncheon ~ February 3

Stay after Worship to enjoy lunch and fellowship as we say a big thank you to Adam Shank (and his family!) for spending so much time with us over the past year. We'll provide tomato soup, bread, salad, and drinks. Please sign up to bring a pot of soup and/or a dessert.

Souper Bowl of Caring ~ February 3

The first Sunday in February is Super Bowl Sunday, and more importantly, it is the SOUPER BOWL OF CARING! Our youth will join youth all across the country in collecting money to donate to local food banks to help people in the community who are dealing with food insecurity. So, as you plan for our soup luncheon to thank the Shank family, give some thought to helping us fill our soup pot with donations to help others!

Ladies Valentine Tea ~ February 9, 1-3pm

Mark your calendars for our annual tea party! Ladies of all ages invited to bring your favorite teatime treat to share. Invite a friend to join the fun. Sign up sheet on the bulletin board.

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



Winter Work

We ended up being closed on Wednesday due to weather conditions, but that didn't stop us from accomplishing plenty this week! Monday was our first visit of the new year to Whispering Pines, where we undecorated some areas and hung out for part their exercise time. The rest of the week saw us organizing in the warehouse, cleaning, cooking, planning for the upcoming growing season, and making batches and batches of Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam.

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Jungle Jam

Jam is always available and is a great way to brighten a gloomy winter day! Check out the display on the GG table in the Great Room. ​Available now:
Jungle Jam: Cranberry Jalapeno, Berrylicious (Mixed Berry Jalapeno), Blueberry Jalapeno, Hot (Jalapeno Habanero), Pineapple Habanero, Cherry Habanero
Juicy Jam: Cranberry Orange, Blueberry Lemonade (Special fruit jams, made with no peppers.)


Follow this link to read our first news update of 2019:

January News




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.
Note ~ We received a call this week from a community member who said she was "blessed" by our Giveaway. She will be stopping by soon to donate for next fall!

Reach Out to Someone You Know!

Looking for a way to invite a friend or family member to come to church? A special guest speaker, like Greg Bowman this Sunday, can be a great way to introduce the topic of a church visit! Nevertheless, not everyone is comfortable with their first visit to a church occurring for Sunday Worship. Sometimes a special event is what opens that door. (Note: Did you know that, on average, people need to receive six invitations before attending church or events? Don't be disheartened, just keep inviting!) Now is a great time to reach out and invite folks to our February events ~ Sip & Paint, Soup Luncheon, and Ladies Tea ~ or even to look toward Outreach's March and April plans. We have a Family Movie Night on March 1st (*Please vote for your movie choice on the bulletin board.), Family Game Night on March 16th, and a Crochet Class on April 6th. Check out the bulletin board for more details.

Youngstown's Needle's Eye

Last Sunday's Worship was led by Emaline Smith, executive director of the Needle's Eye Christian Life Center. It was powerful, timely, and full of encouragement! Her inspiring words included:

▪ If you are breathing, do something! Encourage one another.
▪ Step up. You were chosen. You have everything you need.
▪ Train your thinking.
▪ You need to know who you are and walk in that. Nobody can take what God put in you!
▪ It's not your circumstance, it's how you react to that circumstance.
▪ Don't give up. You are chosen. You're made for your journey. You have power within you.
▪ If the only time you spend with God is when you are here, you're in trouble. You need to spend time with Him to know Him.
▪ No matter what you are going through in life, know you will survive because you were meant for that journey and God knows you can handle it.
If you are breathing, do something! Encourage one another.
Step up. You were chosen. You have everything you need.
Train your thinking.
You need to know who you are and walk in that. Nobody can take what God put in you!
It's not your circumstance, it's how you react to that circumstance.
Don't give up. You are chosen. You're made for your journey. You have power within you.
If the only time you spend with God is when you are here, you're in trouble. You need to spend time with Him to know Him.
No matter what you are going through in life, know you will survive because you were meant for that journey and God knows you can handle it.

We thank Emaline for spending time with us and sharing such an encouraging message that reminded us that we need to rely on each other and work together to succeed. She said that she felt led to tell us to be encouraged, and she certainly did that!

More about the Needle's Eye:
The Needle's Eye Christian Life Center, as an arm of the Christian faith, works to bring about change in the lives of individuals in the Youngstown Metropolitan Area. If you would like to volunteer, call 330-744-1582. As a non-profit ministry, donations are always appreciated.


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?



The Journey to Today

Saturday, Jan. 26, 10am - 9pm
Join the Columbiana Chamber's First Committee, the Historical Society of Columbiana and Fairfield Township, and the Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau for the unveiling of the anticipated project "Journey to Today," a visual tour of downtown Columbiana business sites from 1806 to the present. From 10am to 5pm, visit local establishments to view video frames featuring fascinating photos and information on the past of each storefront. At 7pm, head to Main Street Theater to enjoy the short film "Harvey's Legacy: The Story of Columbiana, Ohio" and hear speaker Jay Groner.

2019 Dinner Benefit for the Rescue Mission

Friday, Feb. 15th at Mr. Anthony’s
An evening of music, inspiring testimonies and a great buffet meal in support of the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley! Call for $50 reservations during regular business hours. 330-744-5485

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



January - National Oatmeal Month
January 19 - Janine Landis
January 20 - Martha Centofanti
January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 21 - National Squirrel Appreciation Day

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


January 17 - 23 . . .
Tonight, 6:30pm - GG Board Meeting
Sunday, 9:30am - Philippians Class
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 6pm - Youth Group
Monday - Office & GG Closed
Wednesday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday, 6pm - Session 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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