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Thursday, September 2, 2021

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Sunday's Service - September 5, 2021

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The featured Scripture is: 1 Peter 1:2; Romans 8:28-29, 33
for Mike's message: Sojourners Part 3 ~ Four Foundational Truths of our Faith.

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

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Come Grow With Us!


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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.


Bible Studies & Ministries

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Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ 9:30am
We will be starting a study of 1 Thessalonians this Sunday, September 5. We will return to Psalms at a later date.

Ladies Morning Bible Study
This fall we will be using a study from Priscilla Shirer called Discerning the Voice of God. We will be meeting on Fridays at 9am, beginning on September 17. We would love to have you join us! Books have been ordered, but we can always order more.


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.
Currently on Summer Break.
Hileman LifeGroup: Resumes Wednesday, September 15, 6:30-7:30pm
Bartholomew LifeGroup: Resumes Friday, September 24, 6:30pm
Weimer LifeGroup: Resumes Tuesday, September 28, 10am
Young LifeGroup: Info coming soon.

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 Kids Wednesday is back, starting Wednesday, September 15 from 6:30pm-7:30pm!
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
With Collide Wednesday resuming, Collide Parents LifeGroup is back! Starting Wednesday, September 15 from 6:30-7:30pm. Pastor Mike leads a time of teaching and discussion around the Word. If you drop your kids off, stick around and join us!

Collide Volunteers Needed
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 take a Collide Volunteer Application and a Background Check Release form so we can approve you for service. Thank you for your prayerful participation in the Body of Christ.

NEW Collide Sr. High LifeGroup to begin soon!
We will be launching a brand new Sr. High LifeGroup to serve our students in Grades 9-12. More info coming soon!

Move Up Day ~ September 12
Students that are now in 1st and 5th grades will be moving up to the next age group!

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2022 Directory Family Information Form

CGCC and CLC have been working toward updating information in order to produce a "Serving Together" Family Directory. We now have some nifty info cards for you to fill out. These will help us to be sure we have all pertinent contact info as well as birthdays and anniversaries. These cards can be spotted as soon as you enter the Great Room from the foyer, on the Library Table. Please take one home or fill one out at church and then return it to the front desk. Still worshiping with us on Sundays from home? Please feel free to send in your information by email. We ask that you turn in your card by September 26. Thank you for you help with this special project!

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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.

"I pray you are doing well this week. Give thanks to the Lord, His love endures forever. There has been a lot of uneasiness and unrest going on in the world around us. Join me in prayer for the service men and women that sacrifice their lives for peace. Continued prayers for the families as well. God’s sweet peace surrounds them as only He can do. Comfort beyond measure. Hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight, too. In all the unrest, God spoke to me this week."

"The WORD for the week is “PEACE.” God is the “peace” that passes ALL understanding. I was driving to work yesterday morning and the sky was beautiful. There was a gray on top but bursting through were gorgeous rays of God’s light. There was such “peace” in the beauty. God wants us to live in that “peace” – no matter what situations are happening. God is “peace.” No matter whatever illness is trying to creep in on us – God is “peace.” No matter what storm is raging around us – God is “peace.” Let’s embrace His “peace.” Grab hold to it and let the Holy Spirit flow with “peace” in His wings. Let God handle the unrest, illness, storms, uncertainty, loneliness, or anything else that we are going “through.” God is "peace.” Give it to Him and in return He will be our “peace. I pray you will have “peace” this week like never before."

“I told you these things so that you can have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble
but be brave! I have defeated the world.”
~ John 16:33 (NCV)

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Fall Devotionals Available

Our Daily Bread for September/October/November in the Great Room.
Pick one up to take home and maybe one to share!



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!

Watch for a date to come for another Outdoor Service this month.


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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Signs of Fall Are Appearing!

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News of the Week

The warehouse has the new furniture in it. Mike Ashby and the GG crew are building clothing racks. Things are moving along in preparation for the Annual Giveaway!

Another busy week here, as we transition from August to September. This week, we baked zucchini bread, removed fences, cleaned up in the corn field, weeded out front, worked on CSA, took a nature walk, and had a butterfly release. As the end of the growing season draws near, we are starting to prepare for winter all around the gardens and fields. It will be here before we know it!

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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.

Jungle Jam: Blueberry Jalapeno, Hot, Cherry Habanero, Peach Habanero
Juicy Jam: Blueberry Lemonade, Peach 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
Thank you to all our supporters! We appreciate you!


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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.

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Sponsors Needed


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!

Take info cards from round table in Great Room 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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Saturday Flea Market

Saturday, 8am-4pm
Rogers Flea Market & Auctions, 45625 State Route 154 Rogers, OH
Shoppers enjoy free admission and free parking. Come early for best selection! Shoppers and vendors have glowing reviews of these select Saturdays based on crowd, selection, and variety. Please note that we generally have about 400+ spaces rented on Saturdays. Its still a great selection compared to other markets but not yet surpassing most Friday markets, weather permitting. Friday had a 70 year head start!

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Village Comes Alive Dutch Oven Cooking

Saturday, 9am-3pm
Event by Friends of Beaver Creek State Park & Pioneer Village
At Beaver Creek State Park, 12021 Echo Dell Rd., East Liverpool, OH
We are cooking up something good and invite you to join us. Interested in cooking some delicious stews or cobblers to impress your fellow campers? Join Deb and John at the village for a hands on lesson from fire starting to enjoying a delicious, rewarding meal. Meet behind the barn, starting at 9am, where they will be teaching you how to dig the hole and to get the charcoals ready for optimum cooking. Participants are encouraged to bring a Dutch Oven and ingredients for what they would like to prepare. Charcoal will be provided and we do have a couple Dutch ovens. There will be plenty of food to share afterwards for everyone to enjoy. Mill will be operating as well. As always, there is no charge to participate.

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A-maze-ing Design

Saturday, 9:30-11am
Austintown Library
Join Miss Julie as we explore different building materials, design and create our own ping pong ball mazes, then test and improve them. For children 6-12 and their grown-up. Registration is required, and space is limited for social distancing. Please register each child and adult that will attend. See our Library Service Roadmap for current library safety guidelines.

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Go Wild in the Park: Rock Painting for Kids from 8-89

Wednesday, September 8, 6:30-7:30pm
Waterworth Memorial Park, Salem, OH
Wear some old clothes and join in the fun when Salem Parks & Recreation and Salem Public Library host an evening rock painting program on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 6:30-7:30pm at pavilion #9 in Waterworth Memorial Park, Salem, OH 44460. All materials will be provided for this program that is open to the public and free of cost to attend. Registration required online, call the Library at 330-332-0042, or call the park office at 330-271-8913.

Fireman's Association Benefit Next Weekend!



Today - V-J Day
September 3 - Steve Brink
September 4 - Jen Shannon
September 4 - National Wildlife Day
September 6 - Labor Day
September 6 - Bob Yoder
September 7 - Jill Snyder
September 8 - David Bodendorfer
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

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



September 2-8, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 8:30am-2:30pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-Up
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship and Collide Sunday Ministries
Monday - Office & GG Closed
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group at Church

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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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