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Thursday, August 12, 2021

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Sunday's Service - August 15, 2021

We welcome John Muckridge, Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley
President and CEO, to lead us in Worship this week.

The featured Scripture is: John 14:1-17
for John's message: Peace Comes When You Believe Jesus Is...

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

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Come Grow With Us!


Scenes From Last Sunday


Thank you to everyone who helped with last week's service!



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 now 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.


Bible Studies & Ministries

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Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ 9:30am
Studying Psalms.
*Please Note: Class will not meet this Sunday.


Wednesday Morning Prayer Group ~ 10am
At Rick & Joyce Jackson's house 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:
NOTE ~ Schedule change for the Bartholomew LifeGroup ~
The group has decided to resume at the end of September instead of this week.

CGCC/CLC Children's Ministry

Check out these Christian Education opportunities for kids of all ages! Everyone welcome.

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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)

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Collide Middle School

Grades 5-8

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this Saturday's
Collide Middle School Swim Party has been cancelled.

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Youth Group

Grades 5-12
Service Day With GG

Tuesday was a fantastic day with our Youth! Thanks to everyone who was able to come help GG in the woods and warehouse. It means a lot when young people are willing to give up time during their summer vacation to put in work at their church home. It wasn't all work and no play for this Service Day! Rachel took everyone on a walk to the creek and, after lunch, we enjoyed some games before closing with a prayer for the upcoming school year.

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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!

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

"The rain this week has been refreshing for our wilderness week last week! I pray you all have been restored in God’s fresh rain of His presence. He longs for us to spend time with Him every day! Drop off your bags and stay a while in His presence."

"This brings us right into the Word for this week that God gave me - “BAGGAGE.” Made me think of packing for a trip. We try to get the most we can in the smallest space, so we are not charged for extra “baggage.” So obviously, extra “baggage” isn’t that good. There is a cost that goes with it. Often, we carry extra “baggage” that may cost us living the best life God has for us. Extra “baggage” could be unforgiveness, bitterness, misunderstandings, hurt feelings, gossip, jealousy, and even hatred. We need to throw off any extra “baggage” the enemy tries to trick us into having or believing. God’s “baggage” is easy, and His burden is light. (Paraphrasing Matthew 11:30) Let’s get moving on the easy and light path God has for us. This doesn’t mean we will not go through some stuff but through the stuff – God will be with us every step of the way. He will be carrying our burdens and lightening our “baggage” – if we let Him. Let the Holy Spirit minister to you today to enjoy a Light as a feather load!"

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. ~ Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)



August 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!

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August 22 ~ Outdoor Worship & Potluck Luncheon
Please bring a covered dish to share.

August 29 ~ Communion Sunday
Collide Kids (Grades 1-4) in Worship

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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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Saturday from 9am-3pm

News of the Week

Come see us at the Youngstown Flea (365 E Boardman St.) on Saturday! We'll be there with jam and cat toys. There will be plenty of great vendors, the pop-up Library, and fun for all ages.

It's Cameron's last week, so we are all rather bummed. He has promised to come back next summer and we are going to hold him to that!!! We will be celebrating Cam with pizza and fun tomorrow.

We spent time this week shredding zucchini for future baking endeavors, cleaning all over the church, weeding and working outside, and we even had five butterflies emerge from their chrysalises. We love butterfly release days! Today everyone is busy getting ready for CSA pick-up. We are so thankful that our harvest continues to be bountiful. Share days are so exciting!

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Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam are available in several flavors at
Reach for the STARS in Salem. Or, check them out online: Shop Local.
We are also glad to arrange a jam pick up at GG.

Currently we have:
Jungle Jam: Blueberry Jalapeno, Strawberry Jalapeno, Hot, Cherry Habanero
Juicy Jam: Strawberry Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade




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.

There are many ways to support GG, including:

Online Shopping through Amazon Smile ~ Volunteering ~ Donating Items
Purchasing Our Products ~ Telling Others ~ Charitable Giving

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Some of our Goodness Grows crew with our wonderful Youth Group volunteers. We love volunteers!!!


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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. Sponsors are needed for children in Masaka. Sponsors support Bible teaching, food, housing, education, and parent training.

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Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway 2021

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!


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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Outdoor Movies 2021

Fridays at Firestone Farms in Columbiana, 1pm & 7pm
Free family-friendly movies on the big screens. Lots of seating in the courtyard, or bring your own lawn chair.
August 13th: Monsters, Inc. (G)

Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Movies may be cancelled/delayed/changed due to movie studio changes, weather, or other circumstances.

VBS 2021 B

Anchored Two Day VBS

August 13, 5:30-8:30pm & August 14, 10am-2pm
Our friends at Western Reserve United Methodist Church asked us to help spread the word about their "two days of fin-tastic fun" at Vacation Bible School. They will be using a curriculum from Group during this event. Click Here to learn more and to get to a link for their registration form.

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Music in the Park Concert Series

Free Concerts in Boardman Park at the Maag Outdoor Theatre, sponsored by Cortland Banks. Bring your blanket and folding chair.
Saturday August 14 - Family Night 7pm: Backbeat Movie: Frozen 2, 9pm
• August 28 - Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, 7pm with fireworks after

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Library Events

Pop-Up Library - Bikeway at MetroParks Farm, Canfield
Friday, August 13, 2-5pm
The Pop-Up Library will be at Mill Creek Park's Bikeway entrance at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield! Sign up for a library card with us and browse and check out our collection of books and more.

Take a Walk at the Library - For Your Health
Monday, August 16, 10-11am
Adults are invited to the Poland library for a leisurely walk around the neighborhood.

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Beaver Creek State Park Events

Stream Stomp
Saturday, August 14, 10am
Join the Park Naturalist and staff from Scenic Rivers this Saturday, August 14, for a stream stomp! We'll wade in the water and learn about what lives in Beaver Creek. Meet at the iron bridge in the main park at 10AM. Shoes required.

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Once Loved Cookbook Sale
Sunday, August 15, 8am-2pm
Event by Friends of Beaver Creek State Park and Pioneer Village
The Friends of Beaver Creek will be having a used cookbook sale on August 15. This picture represents a fraction of the books they will have to offer, featuring thousands of mouth watering recipes to try. Sale will be held on top of the barn. Anyone that would like to donate cookbooks can drop them off at the trading post or bring them Sunday morning.



Today - International Youth Day
August 13 - Lela McClaren
August 14 - James & Tiffany Crawford
August 14 - Marilee Bodendorfer
August 16 - Curtis Veiock
August is National Traffic Awareness Month

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



August 12-18, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-Up
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Saturday,9am-3pm - GG at the Youngstown Flea
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship and Collide Sunday Ministries
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group

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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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