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Thursday, September 16, 2021

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Sunday's Service - September 19, 2021

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The featured Scripture is: 1 Peter 1:6-7
for Mike's message: Sojourners Part 5 ~ The Love/Hate Relationship With Trials.

Outdoor Worship Service
We'll have seating available under the awning. Bring your family, a friend, your Bible,
a camping chair, and your voice to join us in outdoor worship this week!

Join us Sunday ~ In-Person & Online
Worship at 11am

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Scenes From Last Sunday



Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ in-person or online at 11:00am.
Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's grow together through
Worship, Praise, and Prayer, in the Sanctuary and on Facebook.
Check out the Media Library on the CLC website to watch recent sermons.

Please send your prayer requests in for our Joys & Concerns email that goes out on
Monday morning! The CGCC website has a Contact/Prayer Request page, you can
email Jen Lynch directly, or use

Following the current health guidelines, mask are optional here at the church.
We ask that you use your own discretion about what you feel is best
for you and your family regarding masks and social distancing.


CLC Membership Sunday

This Sunday, we are excited to welcome Austin Young and Delania Link into the partnership
of membership. They are such a blessing to us and we praise God for sending them to us!
Join in celebrating their partnership with us!


Bible Studies & Ministries

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Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ 9:30am
Studying 1 Thessalonians

Ladies Morning Bible Study
Fridays at 9am, beginning tomorrow
Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer
Please read the Introduction before we meet.


Wednesday Morning Prayer Group ~ 10am
At church and on Zoom
Zoom Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer
You are welcome to participate in-person or online.


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers.
Hileman LifeGroup: Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm
Bartholomew LifeGroup: Resumes Friday, September 24, 6:30pm
Weimer LifeGroup: Resumes Tuesday, September 28, 10am
Young LifeGroup: Sunday, 6pm at Hileman's

Found People Find People.
Growing People Change.
Saved People Serve People.
Life is Better Together.


CGCC/CLC Children's Ministry

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Collide Kids Sundays

Available During Worship at 11am
* Nursery Care (Newborn-3 in Nursery)
* Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6 in Sprouts Room)
* Collide Kids Church (Grades 1-4 in Activity Room)

Collide Wednesdays & Youth Group

Collide Wednesday and Parent LifeGroup ~ Wednesday at 6:30
Students ages 3-8th Grade are invited to join us for Collide Student Ministries.
We have three areas to serve our kids on Wednesday Nights:
* Collide Kids Jr. ~ Ages 3-PreK
* Collide Kids ~ Grades 1-4
* Collide Middle School ~ Grades 5-8

There's Still Time to Be a Collide Volunteer!
We are looking for faith-filled volunteers to serve our students on Sundays and Wednesdays! We put people in teams to help lead the lesson, craft, and snack...and have FUN! Please fill out and return a Collide Volunteer Application and a Background Check Release form so we can approve you for service. Forms are located on the library table as you walk into the Great Room. Thank you for your prayerful participation in the Body of Christ.

Senior High LifeGroup Information Will Soon Be Ready to Share!!!!
We will be launching this brand new group to serve our students in Grades 9-12. Details to come!

2022 Directory Family Information Form

Please send in your information or turn in your card by September 26 to help us complete new combined directories. Thanks to everyone who has already filled out a card!

Giveaway Prep News

We will let you know when we start moving donations and getting things organized and set up
for our first Giveaway in the warehouse. You can start helping right now by collecting boxes and bags that people can use to take their items home as well as hangers we can use for coats and clothes. Feel free to bring in those items anytime. You can also help by spreading the word
to everyone you can think of that we accept donations of all clean, useful items and that
everyone is welcome to come to the Giveaway. Your help is so appreciated!

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For whom are you praying today?
How can we pray for you?

We are here to pray with and for you, anytime! Prayer needs sent by early Monday morning will be included in the weekly Joys & Concerns email. We are also glad to send out prayer requests and praise reports anytime throughout the week!



Thank you to Marcia Kreps for sharing and Darla Smith for writing these weekly bits of encouragement.

"I pray your week has been blessed so far. God is certainly showing us His beautiful glory in the changing of the seasons. The sunsets have been spectacular as well as the sunrises! I pray my eyes are always engaged in noticing His beauty all around us."

"That brings me to this week’s Word, “MOVING.” Something my husband posted on FB this week really made me take notice. “If you are going to ask God to guide your footsteps, be willing to move your feet.” Yowzah! What have we been dragging our feet about? I can tell you for me – there is a lot! Made me think about the Israelites at the Red Sea – Moses told them we need to get “moving.” As soon as they started across – God did the “moving” of the water. Obedience is a big key in “moving.” I pray the Holy Spirit will reveal in each one of us what we need to get “moving” about. Open the eyes of our heart, dear Jesus, and reveal what we need to be “moving” about and getting done. Let us see what you want us to see. And once we see it – let us get “moving” to achieve all you have for us to do. There are so many hurting people in the world right now. Let’s get “moving” to reach out to them. Let’s get “moving” and let our faith rise in us as we do our Father’s work. Let’s get “moving” and accomplish much for His kingdom! Let’s get “moving” higher in Him together!"

Now that we know what we have - Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God - let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all - all but the sin. So, let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. ~ Hebrews 4:15-16 (MSG)



September Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life
We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

Church Goodness Grows Work Day

October 9, 9:30am
Handy volunteers needed to help install our new wet wall!


Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway 2021

Saturday, October 16, 10am-1pm
For the first time ever, in the warehouse!


Freezer Meal Prep

Watch for a date and time to be announced.

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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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News of the Week

This week we have spent a lot of time outside working in the raised beds and gardens. We have been getting areas ready for winter and planting cover crops to enrich our soil and lessen erosion. It is an interesting point in the season, with some crops still growing and others finished and ready to be cleaned out.

On Tuesday, we headed to Huffman Fruit Farm to do some apple picking. We had a fun time and highly recommend that you take a trip out and have some fall fun in the orchard! After that, we were busy working outside and then washing tomatoes and tomatillos that we picked Monday, getting ready for CSA goodies.

Yesterday was a kitchen day. We made jam, salsa verde, tomato salsa, and caramel corn. It was controlled chaos, full of delicious scents and tastes. Plus we were visited by our friends Sue Weaver and Sally Carrier! We love visitors! Today we are so excited to share our fresh-made goodies with all of our CSA subscribers. It is so hard to believe that tonight is the final pick-up day for our Bi-Weekly folks. Next week we will get to see our Weekly people one last time and then CSA season 2021 will be over. Then we start looking ahead to CSA 2022!

Today is Taco Thursday, thanks to Pastor Mike and Stacy. We can't wait until lunch! Last week we enjoyed smoked goodies, so we are eager to try this week's exciting creation! Everyone enjoys having Mike spend lunchtime with us...and Stacy is a bonus treat today!

It's Apple Picking Time!

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Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam are available in several flavors at
Reach for the STARS in Salem as well as in Columbiana at
the Columbiana Chamber of Commerce office.
We are also very glad to arrange a jam pick up at GG.

Jungle Jam: Blueberry Jalapeno, Hot, Cherry Habanero, Peach Habanero, and our new flavor ~ Dragon Jungle Jam
Juicy Jam: Peach Lemonade

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Donations of Jam Supplies Needed

If you are looking for a way to help Goodness Grows,
donating needed items is a huge help!
We are currently in need of:
8oz. Canning Jars (Regular)
Canning Jar Lids
* Sugar
And, of course, monetary donations are always appreciated. We are truly grateful for your support to keep our mission growing!

Note from GG Treasurer, Jill Snyder ~ Cook's Corner in Columbiana often has the best prices for canning jars. Lately, prices are up and canning supply shelves are frequently empty. Please don't pay more than $10 for 12 jars...and Cook's has had them cheaper than that. We can use plain or quilted regular mouth 8oz. jars. Thank you!

Do You Eat Eggs?

If you eat eggs, you can help us out! We are looking for two things ~ Egg Cartons and Egg Shells. If you have extra cartons, please leave them at the front desk. Our egg lady will put them to good use. If you would like to help feed our fields and gardens, saving your egg shells is a wonderful way to do that. When you are creating kitchen delights that involve eggs, just take an extra bit of time to rinse your egg shells, put them aside to dry, and then pop the dry shells into a bag or container and bring them in to church. These can also be left at the front desk for us. Eggshells improve soil by adding calcium, reducing acidity, helping to aerate the soil, and helping newly planted plants thrive.

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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, hands-on way. The GG crew
maintains the grounds and cleans the building.

Stop in to see how you can help goodness grow!


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Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.

To Advocate, Advise, Advance the ministries of Divine Soccer in Masaka, Uganda for the benefit of the children of the community.

Sponsorships and donations can be made to:
Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc., 1814 E. 3rd St., Salem, OH 44460
or via Pay Pal at
Learn more at: Rock Kidz Uganda and on:

Check out the Rock Kidz table in the Great Room. Products from Uganda still available.
Sponsors are needed for children in Masaka! Sponsors support Bible teaching,
food, housing, education, and parent training.


Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway 2021

Saturday, October 16, 10am-1pm
In the warehouse!

Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we collect items year-round! We are happy to take clothes for all ages and sizes, along with coats, hats, bags, purses, shoes, housewares, books, school supplies, stuffed animals, puzzles, toys... anything clean and useful.

Please drop your items off in the barrel by the GG table in the Great Room
or pop them into the Green Room upstairs. Thank you!

Please take info cards from the round table to share with family, friends, & neighbors.

Coat Giveaway 2021 Info Sign


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!


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No Limits Café Fall Open House

This is an open invitation to welcome anyone and everyone to the open house for fall this year! Thanksgiving and Christmas sweets, treats, and homemade décor will be introduced. We will be selling a lot of our treats by the dozen in the case, and we will also have samples available for you to try as well! There is no age limits or entry fees, all are welcome to attend! Our open house will be 3 days long (Thursday 16th, Friday 17th, and Saturday 18th) from 9am to 4pm each of those days!
No Limits Café's mission is to provide work opportunities for individuals with special needs and to support them in refining their fullest potential. From serving, baking, and creating, each individual can find their strongest skill and flourish.

Family Fun ~ Fall Festival

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Saturday, 9am-3:30pm
Leetonia Community Public Library
The sale is located in the annex building behind the library.
Proceeds benefit the Leetonia Community Public Library.

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53rd Johnny Appleseed Festival

Saturday & Sunday in historic downtown Lisbon
Schedule of Events

Beech Creek Gardens Butterfly Weekend


Join the fun at Beech Creek Gardens (11929 Beech St NE, Alliance) during their annual Butterfly Release Celebration and enjoy a day full of outdoor family fun with creative, educational activities and the release of hundreds of butterflies!! The Butterfly Release is an important fundraiser for this nonprofit organization.
* Monarch Tagging Demonstration
* Insect & Pollinator Parade
* Butterfly Release (You can even Preorder a Butterfly!)
* Raptor Flight Shows
* Interactive Areas & Crafts

The purpose of this annual celebration is to...
Educate participants about native butterflies, pollinators, and their importance to the environment.
Inspire people to make better choices to help preserve all pollinators and increase their populations. And most importantly, offer opportunities for children and adults to be outside engaging with nature, enjoying quality family time, and experiencing the beauty of hundreds of butterflies lifting off in flight.

Silly Science Sunday in Youngstown

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Looking Toward Next Month



Today - National Stepfamily Day
September 17 - National Tradesmen Day
September 18 - National CleanUp Day
September 20 - Bob & Amy Rupert
September 21 - Monica Guy
September 22 - Phil McMaster
September 22 - Dawna Earl
September is Classical Music Month

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



September 16-22, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 8:30am-2:30pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-Up
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship and Collide Sunday Ministries ~ Outdoor Worship
Sunday, 6pm - Young LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group at Church
Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm - Collide Wednesday & Hileman LifeGroup

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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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