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Thursday, April 29, 2021

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Sunday's Service - May 2, 2021

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Dedicating the school in Masaka.

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Mission Sunday ~ Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.

Join us as Marilee Bodendorfer shares about her trip to Masaka, Uganda and brings news of the work that is being done in and through Rock Kidz and Divine Ministries.

Collide Kids Church (Grades 1-4) will stay for this service. Nursery and Collide Jr. will remain available.

Submit questions via this link, Mission Sunday for Q&A.

The featured Scripture is: Jeremiah 29:11-13
for Marilee's message: Living Hope.

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



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!

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Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ 9:30am
Studying Psalms.

Ladies Bible Study ~ Friday, 9am
Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson

You are always welcome to join a study or a group!

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


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Taylor LifeGroup: Sunday, 6pm at the Hileman's
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesday, 10am in the pastor's office & on Zoom
* Hileman LifeGroup: Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm in the Sanctuary
* Bartholomew LifeGroup: Friday, 6pm under the warehouse awning


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 ~ During Worship at 11am
* Nursery Care (Newborn-3 in the Nursery)
* Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6 in the Sprouts Room)
* Collide Kids Church ~ Remaining in Worship this week.

Collide Kids Wednesdays ~ 6:30-7:30pm
* Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6 in the Sprouts Room) with Stacy Hileman
* Collide Kids (Grades 1-4 in the Activity Room) with Delania Link
* Collide Middle School (Grades 5-8 in the Blue Room) with Austin Young

We will follow COVID-19 CDC guidelines to provide the safest environment to our kids.

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Fun & delicious!

Youth Group

Grades 5-12, Meeting Every Other Weekend

Spring Schedule:
​Saturday, May 8 (9am-1pm) for the Spring Work Day
Sunday, May 23 (6-7pm) Upstairs at CGCC
Friday, June 4 (6-8pm) Bonfire at the Vignon's

Last Sunday, YG members spent the evening candy making! We created chocolate treats for the Goodness Grows crew, to show our gratitude for all they do here at Common Ground.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ~ So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are doing.

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Connecting Life Church Membership Class

The six week class, “Six Steps to Loving My Church," begins next Sunday, May 9th at 9:30am in the Pastor's Office with Pastor Mike. If you're considering becoming a member of CLC, this class is required as part of the evaluation of their membership. Sign up sheet at front desk.




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.

"God is so good – His lovingkindness shown to us everyday is beyond words. I pray you all are having a super blessed week. The sun is shining today and that makes everything so much better."

"I have been praying everyday that I see things the way Jesus would. My Word for this week is “MEND." I have been seeing so many hearts and minds that are needing to “mend,” myself included. The devil is working overtime to distract, hurt, and separate. There are so many families and friends that are not speaking to one another for maybe an unkind word, disagreement, misunderstanding, addiction, or just because. It is all the enemy's plan, but we need to stand strong and united and “mend” our families, our relationships, our friends. I thought of my sister’s expert sewing skills. If something has a rip or a tear in it, she can “mend” it and you would not even be able to tell anything was ever wrong. I pray we all can do just that. I pray we can reach out and “mend” any relationship that may be broken. Let us make prayer our first resort to “mend” and God will do His part. Holy Spirit, “mend” our hearts and minds to see things through Jesus’ eyes. I pray we can all do our part to “mend” whatever we need to. May we all have a healing week!"

"A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak."
~ Ecclesiastes 3:7 (NLT)

"Making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
~ Ephesians 4:3 (NRSV)


Pastor Mike on Vacation

Pastor Mike is on vacation through May 4. If you have a physical need, please contact your Deacon. If you have a spiritual need, please contact one of the Elders.

Volunteer Weeders Always Welcome

Want to play in the soil and enjoy nature anytime from now through the fall?
Weeders are always needed and dearly loved! Stop out anytime to pull some weeds and take a stroll through our grounds. There are tools in the bench under the front awning, with buckets and (sometimes) a wheelbarrow near by. Stow your weeds in the buckets or wheelbarrow and then leave them under the awning for GG to dump, or if Rachel is here, she can show you where our weed pile is. There are areas all around the property where you can enjoy some good old-fashioned weeding time. Feel free to contact Rachel or stop by M-F between 8:30am-2pm and she will be glad to give you her famous tour of "Great Places for a Perfect Weeding Experience!"

Egg Cartons Needed

If you have egg cartons to donate, please bring them in and drop them at the front desk.
Thank you to all who have already dropped off some cartons.



May 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
at all times. We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

Spring Work Day 2021

Volunteers Needed

Join us out front next Saturday, May 8, from 9am-1pm as we refurbish the landscaping. We'll be removing mulch, landscape fabric, and weeds, laying down a new weed barrier, and spreading rock throughout the entire planted area. Come for however long you can...all help will be greatly appreciated!!

Youth Group members are highly encouraged to participate in this day of church teamwork! This will be the YG activity for this weekend. If inclement weather looks likely, we will reschedule for May 22. Watch email and Facebook on May 7 in case we must make notification of date change.

Catalyst Bonfire

Saturday, May 29th, 7pm at the CGCC fire pit
Come enjoy community and discuss possible ideas for upcoming local missions. Food and drinks provided, you just need to bring a camp chair. Childcare will be available. Open to everyone!

Communion Sunday

We will celebrate the sacrament of Communion together on Sunday, May 30. Collide Kids Church (Grades 1-4) will remain in Worship on Communion Sundays. Nursery and Collide Jr. will be available for Parents/Guardians.

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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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Enjoying treats from the Youth Group.

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News of the Week

Another early spring week of busyness here at GG. We all enjoyed a beautiful butterfly release and are looking forward to many more over the coming months. Our crew was also thankful for the chocolate goodies that the youth made for us. Chocolate really does make anything better!

Our trash dumpster arrived bright and early Monday morning and we put in many hours of packing it full of the pile of rubbish we unearthed out back. Miss Rachel truly has mad skills when it comes to fitting as much stuff as possible, neatly, in any container! She is probably a champion Tetris player!

This week has been full of walking in the woods, weeding, and planting...all excellent spring activities! We also had a visit from our new friends Adam and Logan from Central State University. They walked the woods with us and did an impressive job of skipping stones on our stream. They will be advising us on caring for the woods and improving the back greenhouses. Everyone truly enjoyed their visit and we are all so excited to be working with them!

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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. Check out our jam table in the Great Room.



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

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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 at: Rock Kidz Uganda and on:

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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SAVE22's 5th Annual Hike for Veteran Suicide Awareness

Saturday, May 1, 7am-6pm
At the Carroll County Vets Club
2038 Brenner Road NE Carrollton, OH 44615
The 5th Annual Hike for Veteran Suicide Awareness will happen on Saturday May 1st at the Carroll County Vet’s Club. SAVE22 has submitted a plan and received clearance from the Ohio State Department of Health as well as Carrollton Village leadership. Registration/check-in will open at 7am at the Vet’s Club. Opening ceremonies will start at 9am and our 5th deployment will step off at 10am! Learn more about this organization here: SAVE22.
SAFETY GUIDELINES: Mask wearing where social distancing is not possible is mandatory at ALL times. We ask that you hike with the group you’re attending the hike with.
Hikers can sign-up here: HIKE. Volunteers can sign-up here: VOLUNTEER.

Free Paper Shredding Event

East Palestine Memorial Public Library
Saturday, May 1 from 10am-12pm
Free paper shredding event is scheduled for Saturday in the library's rear parking lot. There is a limit of five standard boxes or garbage bags of personal documents per vehicle. Please no magazines, newspapers, or phone books. Following no-contact procedures, please place your items to be shredded in your trunk or in the back of your vehicle. Please enter the parking lot on N. Walnut Street entrance. Protect-N-Shred of Cortland, Ohio, will provide the service and it is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For more information, call the library at 330-426-3778.

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Celebrate National Dog Park Day, shop pet-friendly vendors and see the future home of the Firestone Dog Park during Bark in the Park 2021 this Saturday! Held near the Walking Trail (behind the Clipper Baseball Field) in Harvey S. Firestone Park, you’ll enjoy:
• Scenic location near the future site of the Firestone Dog Park
• Pet-related vendors
• Tricks for Treats
• Pet Costume Contest
FREE and open to the community. Donations to Firestone Dog Park appreciated: Donations.



TODAY - Andrew Passmore
April 30 - Pastor Mike
April 30 - National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day
May 1 - Free Comic Book Day
May 3 - James & Erika Wittenauer
May 4 - Bob & Shirley Bartholow
May 4 - Teresa Faulkner
May 4 - National Teacher Day
May 5 - Kim Cole
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
May is Military Appreciation Month.

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



April 29 - May5, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday - Early Bird Deadline for GG's CSA
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 6pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship ~ Mission Sunday
Sunday, 11am - Collide Kids Jr. & Nursery Care
Sunday, 12pm - CLC Deacon's Meeting
Sunday, 6pm - Taylor LifeGroup
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 6:30pm - Collide Kids
Wednesday, 6:30pm - 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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