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Thursday, September 17, 2020

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Sunday's Service - September 20, 2020

In-Person & Online @ 11am

Worship will take place out front at the raised bed garden - weather permitting.

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The featured Scripture is: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
for Mike's message: In Christ: We are Reconciled.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NIV)

Jesus came to be our defense against the accuser, Satan, and renders us guiltless. We may be feeling guilty but the Bible says, if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and cleans us from all unrighteousness. It is the gift of God by His grace to grant to those who seek Him and ask Him into their life. All of God's redemptive grace is given to those who ask of Him to be their Lord. Join me this week as we learn how we are reconciled IN CHRIST. - Pastor Mike

Join us Sunday ~ In-Person & Online ~ for Worship

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Scenes From Last Sunday


Thanks to Rick & Joyce Jackson for sharing their musical gifts with us.



Outdoor Church

Outdoor Worship

We will have a number of canopies set up out front to provide shade and space to allow us to follow the social distancing guidelines. You may want to bring an umbrella in the event you are not under the canopies. Come ready to enjoy worshiping the Lord together again out in His creation, with your Bible, your mask (just in case), a camping chair, and your smile! Invitation to Worship from Pastor Mike

Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ online or in-person at 11:00am.
Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's grow together! We can continue to join
together in Worship and Praise and Prayer, whether in the Sanctuary or on Facebook.

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

We would love to see and pray for the prayer needs of everyone from Common Ground and Connecting Life as well as anyone else in need of the power of prayer!


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Bible Studies & Ministries

We will be following the health and safety directives
during small group meetings and events as well as Worship.

Masks and social distancing are required anytime you are
in our building, as we try our best to stay healthy together.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Studying the Book of Psalms
9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room.

Ladies Bible Study
He is Enough: Living in the Fullness of Jesus (A Study in Colossians) by Asheritah Ciuciu
Friday at 9am

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group
10am, participate via Zoom ~ Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer

LifeGroup Meetings
Meetings resume this month and will run through October. More info coming soon.

▪ Tuesday, 10am, here at CGCC
Tuesday, 10am, here at CGCC

Meal Making Evening

Thank you to all who made this project possible! These meals will be in the freezer, ready to be pulled out and shared when there is a need.

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2




Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday ~ How do you handle your anger? Often, we do not handle anger well. Thankfully, God is always there to help us in our anger. Enjoy today's lesson and we pray this helps you know God and His love for you more!

Scripture says, “When you are angry, do not sin.” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. ~ Ephesians 4:26 (NIRV)

Join Collide Crew Leader Danielle and spend 25 minutes together singing, dancing, laughing, and learning! We would love for you to also have your child(ren) memorize this week's scripture verse and motions and upload a video of them in the comment section under the video on the CLC Facebook page! Have a great week, Collide Kids!

This week's discussion question - What are your top three favorite cookies? Share your answers by email or on Facebook!

Youth Group 2020-2021


Youth Group Returns ~ Sunday, September 20, 6-7pm

This Sunday will be our first Youth Group meeting of the fall. We are not sure how long we will be able to meet, but we do want to give it a try and see how it goes! So much has changed this year, so we hope to give our young people a little spot of "normal" in an ever-changing, high pressure world. As long as the weather cooperates, we can meet outside to help with social distancing. Masks will be mandatory indoors and outside when distance isn't possible. Please make a note of our other changes - no snack, stay home if not feeling 100%, and meeting from 6-7pm only.

Youth Group may be canceled at any time, depending on conditions at church and in our area. In the event of a cancelation, we will put the info on Facebook and send out a text. We hope that if we all work together and take care of each other, we can have a fantastic year delving into the Word, having fun, helping others, and growing together!

Youth Group is open to kids in 5th through 12th grade ~ Sundays, 6-7pm
We meet upstairs in the Activity Room, so please enter through upper door.

Parents, we have a YG permission waiver we need you to fill out next time you're here.

Youth Group Memory Verse:

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Happy Anniversary!!

Congratulations to Connecting Life Church!

Connecting Life Church celebrates 2 years of ministry!!!
September 9th marked the two year Anniversary since launching as a Church Community! We praise God for His faithfulness thus far and pray for many more years of ministry as we stay faithful to His call.



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

Whenever you have a prayer request, please don't hesitate to send it in! We are here to pray with and for you. Please take a minute to send in your prayer needs by early Monday mornings for inclusion 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 Darla Smith for writing and Marcia Kreps for sharing Darla's uplifting words with us.

Great is His faithfulness to us each and every day! I am getting excited for Fall to be here. My favorite time with the cool crisp mornings and evenings. Probably not all of you would agree with me on that one. I pray you are all doing simply fabulous!

The Word God gave me this week is IMAGE. There were a lot of things that went through my mind on this one word alone. What image are we representing during our day? God created us in His IMAGE. Think about that for a minute. The Savior of the universe made us in His IMAGE. We were loved in heaven before we were known on earth. We are not defined by the pounds we weigh, the car we drive, the likes we get on Facebook, the house we live in, the job title we hold - these are endless. We are made in God's IMAGE. We are a diamond, a rose, a jewel purchased by the blood of Jesus. Everyone we see was created by God to bear His IMAGE, and so deserves to always be treated with God's love. What IMAGE are we representing again? When we are around others they should see God's IMAGE in us. Let the Holy Spirit check us every day to represent God's IMAGE.

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord - who is the Spirit - makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
2 Corinthians 3:18

Devotionals Available

Devotionals are available on tables throughout our Great Room. Take one home today to incorporate into your daily routine. Take one (or more) home to share with a friend!

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News About the Coat & Clothing Giveaway ~ October 17

Due to the pandemic, we have had to make some changes to this annual event. First, please note that the date has changed, moving one week later, to the third Saturday of October. The time, 10am-1pm, remains the same. We will not be offering drinks, cookies, or crafts this year, in order to keep visits shorter. Additionally, we will follow the health and safety guidelines - masks are required, stay home if feeling unwell, observe social distancing, hand sanitizer available, etc. We will ask attendees to limit the number of folks they bring with them as well as the time they spend browsing. These changes will help us to serve the most people in the safest way possible. If you would like to volunteer to help, we would love to have you! Let us know.

Anyone in need is invited to come select items they could use - no income information or proof of residence required. In addition to outerwear, there will be all sorts of clothing and a variety of other items available - bags, purses, shoes, baby clothes, blankets, miscellaneous household items, etc. - all donated by members of the congregation as well as community members from all over the area. (We are still accepting donations.) Please share this information and help us get the word out to as many people as possible. Thank you for your support as we endeavor to reach out to folks in our community!

More Improvement Projects This Week

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September Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life

We will continue to be guided by the health and safety guidelines set forth by the
governor and the health department, so we require masks to be worn in our building.
We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

Men's Ministry Gathering ~ Date to Come

Coat & Clothing (& More!) Giveaway ~ Saturday, October 17, 10am-1pm

Spread the Word!

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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

The weather cooperated this week and we were able to spend a lot of time outside on our never ending battle against weeds. We marvel at how fast those bits of green grow! Along with our outside work, we had time for fun. We enjoyed time with butterflies, a toad, a snake, and a wide array of insects. These discoveries make our days very interesting.

Our other huge project this week was making homemade spaghetti sauce, following Rachel's family recipe. We were able to pack it full of GG's own fresh picked tomatoes, peppers, and celery. Our CSA subscribers will receive a jar today and we had enough for all of our GG family to take home a jar too! Thanks, Rachel!

We had a bountiful harvest today, which will be the last one for our Bi-Weekly subscribers. Next week will be the final pick-up for our Weekly folks. If you have any thoughts about CSA 2021, let us know.

Check Out Our September Newsletter

Jam For Sale

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam available at Reach for the STARS online: Shop Local. They even provide curbside pickup in Salem to encourage social distancing.
We are also glad to arrange a jam pick up here at GG.

Thank you to everyone who has donated jars, lids, and rings! If you find any more new or old 8oz. jars and rings, or new lids, we will always be able to put them to good use.




Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ October 17

Keep saving all your clothing and outerwear items for our fall giveaway. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we will accept donations all year! Clothes for all ages and sizes needed, along with coats, bags, purses, shoes, housewares, books, stuffed animals, toys...whatever clean and useable items you think might help someone in need. Bags and boxes for people to carry their "new" items home with them are also needed!

Drop items off under the front awning by the glass doors facing the road or stop by if there are cars in the parking lot. Goodness Grows is here M-F from 9-2.

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 and hands-on way. The GG crew also maintains the grounds and cleans the church building. There are many ways to support GG, including:
* Online Shopping ~ Just use Amazon Smile - choose Goodness Grows as your charity of choice.
* Volunteering ~ Give of your time and get back lots of love & smiles!
* Donating Items ~ We are always in need of items like basic jam making supplies such as regular 8oz. canning jars, lids, sugar, and white vinegar.
* Purchasing Our Products ~ Proceeds from jam & crafts go right back to our programs.
* Charitable Giving ~ As a small non-profit, Goodness Grows depends upon generous supporters who give monetary support. A contribution to Goodness Grows is tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law. Your donations help us to continue our mission of working with people of all abilities.

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Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.

Their mission is to Advocate, Advise, Advance the ministries
of Divine Soccer in Masaka, Uganda for the benefit of the
children of the community

We have some handmade bracelets and necklaces for sale at the Rock Kidz table in our Great Room. Proceeds will go to the construction of Divine Junior School.

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


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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Food Giveaway for Kids at Brightside

Today, September 17 at 5pm
The Brightside Project ~ 138 S. Broadway, Salem
Contact Info: (234) 564-0148 and The Brightside Project
Children ages 3-15 years old living in Columbiana County are invited to come fill a bag with personal care and non-perishable food items.


Local Fall Fun

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Huffman Fruit Farm

Looking for an outdoor adventure, where you can be in nature and have space away from others? Check out this local farm to pick you own apples! They have a variety of types available now, with more ripening each week. Located at 13080 Lisbon Rd., Salem, OH 44460 (just down the road from Greenford), Huffman's is one of Goodness Grows' favorite local farm markets.

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McMaster Farms

Make a stop in Columbiana to see Common Ground's own McMaster family! They are ready for fall now that corn season is over. This farm is another one of GG's favorite local farms and is the perfect spot to grab some pumpkins to take home for some good old-fashioned pumpkin carving! They are located at 345 Old Fourteen Rd., Columbiana, OH 44408.

Outdoor Movie Night in Boardman

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Know How Car Show 2020

Saturday, September 19 from 4-7pm at Firestone Farms
101 TownCenter Ave, Columbiana, OH 44408
From the event page: "And just like that, summer is almost gone and we're wondering where it went. We've been heavily weighing our options, and have decided to continue cautiously with the show this year, and will be following the CDC guidelines for community events. Please see the list below for these guidelines and other changes to the show this year." Details here.

Admission is $5 per car. Spectators get in free! Come out and enjoy a day at Firestone Farms with friends and family. There's plenty of restaurants, shops and activities to enjoy, including a live concert in the courtyard with Midlife Crisis!



September 17 - Constitution Day
September 20 - Bob & Amy Rupert
September 21 - Monica Guy
September 22 - Phil McMaster
September 22 - Dawna Earl
September 22 - Fall Equinox
September 23 - Rich Cole

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



September 17-23, 2020 . . .

Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Today, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-up
Today, 6pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Sunday, 6-7pm - Youth Group
Tuesday, 10am - LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 12pm - Collide Kids Online

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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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