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Thursday, November 5, 2020

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Sunday's Service - November 8, 2020


Sermon Series ~ Shelter in Grace

The featured Scripture is: Job 42:1-6
for Mike's message: Shelter in Grace Part 6:
The Ultimate Discovery

As we stay in our ultimate shelter, we will find the ultimate discovery! This weekend we come to the conclusion of the book of Job, where he finally meets up with God and makes three powerful discoveries followed by one essential decision. His armchair-philosopher friends are silenced as God reveals Himself to Job. What he discovers about God and himself is humbling and insightful. ~ Pastor Mike

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

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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


CGCC Website Information

Have you visited our website lately?
All sorts of info available there, including pages for:
YG Christmas Project
Turkey Jive Drive: Part Deux
Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc
and more!



Bible Studies & Ministries

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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
9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room ~ Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Ladies Bible Study
Friday, at 9am in the Activity Room ~ Who Do You Say That I AM? by Becky Harling

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


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Taylor LifeGroup: Sundays, 6pm at the Crawford/Taylor house
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesdays, 10am on Zoom - Next meeting November 10th.


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Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday - Don’t stop at accepting Jesus’ love for yourself. Put it into action by putting others first! In this four-part series, kids will learn that knowing about God’s love means nothing if we don’t accept it for ourselves and express it to others. We’ll find out what loving God and loving others looks like - accepting God’s forgiveness and extending it to others through love, forgiveness, and selfless service.

Grab your kid(s) 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!

Youth Group


Kids in 5th-12th Grade ~ Sunday, 6-7pm
We had to unexpectedly cancel Youth Group last Sunday. As long as all goes well, we will meet as normal this Sunday! We'll have a lesson, a Thanksgiving-y project and, hopefully, time for a game. Hope to see the youth here this Sunday at 6:00.

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

Youth Group Christmas Project 2020


About Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank is a member food bank of Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The Food Bank solicits, stores, and distributes food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties; and provides education and advocacy. They believe that no one should go hungry, and are dedicated to building a community that makes food accessible to all people.

The Food Bank is a storehouse for large quantities of donated food and USDA commodities that are distributed to 160 hunger-relief organizations and programs located throughout our tri-county area. These member agencies include church pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens, shelters for battered women and after-school programs.

Organizations cannot require any fees for meals or pantry bags of food. All products must be distributed at no charge to recipients, with no suggested or implied donation amount or volunteer requirement. Participation or attendance in a religious service or ministry in order to receive food or a meal is not permitted.




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!



Thank you to Darla Smith for writing and Marcia Kreps for sharing Darla's uplifting words with us.

"Today is a beautiful sunshiny day here in Ohio. God has blessed us with His glory once again. I pray this finds you all doing spectacular! Basking in God’s goodness. No matter what may be on our plate at the present time."

"My word for this week is “IMAGINATION” – thoughts wrapped in a strong emotion. Oh, how a child’s imagination is truly priceless. Fun and happiness abounds. Unfortunately, as an adult, sometimes the enemy uses our own “imagination” to discourage, disappoint, beat down, give up, just to name a few. The enemy uses false “imagination” and deception to lead us away from God’s path. The cares of our life can overtake our thoughts and imaginations in such a negative way that the result will be negative consequences. We need to guard our hearts and minds with God’s Word. When all the cares of life are displaced, they can be replaced with God’s peace, comfort, and joy! Fellowship and relationship with God in praise and worship will stop the enemy in his tracks. When we stay in God’s presence, we will walk victorious and have heavenly “imaginations.” Can you just imagine what Heaven will be like? Let us keep our minds focused on heavenly “imaginations.” I CAN ONLY IMAGINE………."

"I pray the rest of your week is victorious."

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (MEV)



November 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!


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Catalyst Men's Ministry ~ Turkey Jive Drive Distribution Day

Saturday, November 21 at 12pm ~ pack and prepare the bags for distribution. (Please drop off all donations by 11am on the 21st.)
Deliveries will be made between 1-5pm.
Pick-up will be available at Common Ground between 1-3pm.

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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 started out with snow and a walk in the woods to collect bugs for the frogs and toads and salamanders. Some of us enjoyed the white stuff more than others! Luckily the snow didn't stay around too long, because we still have work to do to get the property ready for a long winter's nap. We stayed very busy this week hauling mulch to fill in wet patches on trails, working in the greenhouse, and making jam. We also enjoyed giving a family a tour and showing them what kinds of things we do here. Today we are having a bonfire to burn one of our stick piles and we will be enjoying hot dogs and s'mores around the fire on this beautiful day. Each day at GG sure does bring new adventures!

GG Candle Fundraiser

In this very strange year, full of the unexpected, we decided to try something unusual at GG.
Hopefully this is a more fun "unusual" than many of the events of 2020 have been!

In order to meet our fundraising goals of the year, since so many markets and shows have been canceled, we’re partnering with Beaver Creek Candle Company on a fundraiser. We thought that this was the perfect time of year to sell these locally made candles, as people start thinking about the holidays and gift buying. AND, Goodness Grows will receive 50% of the price of every candle sold! All of the money will be put right back into our programs.

Another exciting thing about partnering with the Beaver Creek Candle Company is that they work with adults with disabilities, and every candle purchase goes to supporting their workers and facilities. So, it is a win-win all around! If you would like to learn more about this amazing candle company, check out their website at

If you or your friends/family would like to purchase from this fundraiser, please let us know or order on the GG table in the Great Room. Orders and payment (cash or checks made out to Goodness Grows) due no later than the morning of Monday, November 30. We will then place the order and have the candles here 10-12 days later, in time for Christmas.

Thank you for your support of GG and for trying this new way of raising money with us,

GG Staff & Board

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Jam Table in Great Room

Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

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.




Turkey Jive Drive: Part Deux

Now through November 21st

Catalyst Men’s Ministry invites the congregations of
Connecting Life Church and Common Ground Church Community to participate in this special holiday outreach opportunity. Look for the donation board and collection area in the Great Room by the front window. Please check it out and see how you can help to gather the supplies and foods needed to feed up to 25 families this year for Thanksgiving! Donations need to be dropped off no later than 11am on November 21.

If you take a "1 Jar of Jungle Jam" tag, talk to Rachel, Jill, or Jen - we will be glad
to help you purchase Goodness Grows' jam.

On Saturday, November 21, the men will gather at church at 12pm to pack and prepare the boxes for distribution. Deliveries will be made between 1-5pm. Pick-up will be available at Common Ground between 1-3pm.

If you would like to join in the packing and delivering, or if you have any questions, please contact James Crawford. All help will be appreciated as we strive to help those in need in our community!

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Thank you to all who have already signed up to donate! Items have been arriving, as you can see. There's room in the kitchen freezer if you're donating a turkey. The donation board is currently looking bare but will soon be refilled with more donation opportunities!

Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ 2021!

Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we collect items year-round...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! We have a donation barrel and storage space ready to go.

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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 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

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!


Rogers Saturday Markets

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Science Rocks with Jason Lindsey

Saturday, 11am-2:30pm at the Eastwood Mall
Wild, wacky, astonishing experiments. Jason Lindsey, aka “Mr. Science," will be in Center Court performing his show. Shows will begin at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, and 2pm. Space is limited and face coverings are required. Prepare to be amazed!

November Rain Fireworks

Saturday, 9-9:30pm at the Eastwood Mall Complex
Experience the tradition that is November Rain Fireworks, in the Eastwood Mall Parking Lot. It's a one-of-a-kind fireworks show that is sure to entertain. Sponsored by Northeast Ohio Pyrotechnics Group, Hot 101, Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley, Hampton Inn, and Residence Inn.

Animal Charity's 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Sunday, 1-4pm at Blue Wolf Event Center, 1555 S Meridian Rd. in Youngstown.
This event will be "drive-thru" fashion, with pickup times between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday, November 8th. The dinner will include: pasta, meatball, salad, and a roll & butter. All food will be prepared in commercial kitchens to make this a safe and enjoyable dinner for all. All proceeds raised from this event will go towards helping the most vulnerable animals in our community. Animal Charity is Mahoning County's only Humane Society, rescuing animals from neglect, abuse, abandonment, and fighting for justice for each one of them. Purchase tickets through November 6 here: Tickets.



Today - Lisa Archer
November 6 - Frank & Jill Snyder
November 7 - National Bison Day
November 8 - Phil & Megan McMaster
November 9 - Lynn Yoder
November 11 - Veterans Day
November is National Diabetes Month.

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



November 5-11, 2020 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Thursday, 6:30pm - Praise Band
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - Sunday Morning Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Sunday, 6pm - Youth Group
Sunday, 6pm - Taylor LifeGroup
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup via Zoom
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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