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Thursday, December 26, 2019


Sunday's Service - December 29, 2019

We welcome back Andrew Stauffer to lead us in Worship this week.

We will observe the final Sunday of the year with a
morning of Worship through song and prayer.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



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Soup & Baked Potato Lunch Last Sunday

Thanks to all who helped make it a special day!
As always, we had plenty of wonderful food and fellowship.


Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: 9:30am
Study of Psalms

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Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: 9:30am ~ Resumes January 8, 2020
Parables: The Mysteries of God's Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told by John MacArthur

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

Garden & Nursery News

Garden children will remain in Worship today to take part in this special service.
Activity pages for kids on the table by Sanctuary doors.
Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

Youth Group

For youth in 5th grade & up
Youth Group evenings will resume in the new year. Starting date TBA.

2019 Year-End Contributions

The Finance Committee would like to remind you that, to be included in 2019, your contributions need to be received by or postmarked by December 31st. Thank you for your generous support all throughout the year!




January Speakers

1/5 - Jason Norbo
1/12 - Connor Holloway
1/19 - Phil Bartholomew ~ Communion Sunday
1/26 - John Muckridge

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Our Mission Statement: To cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities.



Happenings at GG

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We spent last Friday in a Christmas mood. We baked and frosted cookies with Bonnie Andrusewicz, Dustin Snyder's aunt. (Thanks, Bonnie!) We had a Christmas feast, exchanged gifts, and enjoyed time together completing a new puzzle. Our friends and summer interns, Darius and Cameron, came to enjoy part of the day with us, which we appreciated very much! It was a wonderful way to end 2019! We will be back to our normal schedule on January 2, 2020.

Happy New Year from all of us at Goodness Grows!

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Year End 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. As you are pondering what organizations to support as 2019 draws to a close, please consider a gift to Goodness Grows. Your donations help us to continue our mission of working with people of all abilities.




Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity

Coat & Clothing & More Drive
Keep saving all your clothing and outerwear items for our 2020 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, toys...whatever you think might help someone in need. Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room. Now that Christmas is over, it is a great time to do some closet organizing!

CGCC Mission Giving

We usually end up doing the bulk of our mission giving in December. This year, Common Ground was pleased to be able to offer support to the following organizations that are doing good works locally, nationally, and internationally:
Akron Children's Hospital, Boardman Campus
Wycliffe Bible Translators, for the ministry of Adam & Bonnie Shank
Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley
God's Choice
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Please keep these groups, their work, and the people they touch in your prayers,
now and throughout the coming year.


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!

Christmas Bird Count

Hosted by Columbiana County Park District
Are you a birder? Or do you feed the birds? There is still time to help, on December 28, with the annual Christmas bird count sponsored by the Audubon Society.

The idea is simple: we count all of the birds we see during a one-day span in a designated circle.

On December 28, we will count the birds in a circle that is situated in Salem.

If you're interested in participating, either in the field or at your feeder, call 330-268-1128.

The Festival of Trees

The McKinley Memorial Museum
40 N Main St, Niles, Ohio 44446

Now through January 10th, view a variety of trees decorated by the local community.
Museum hours are 9am - 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Mill Creek Park ~ Winter Scavenger Hunt

December 26, 27, 28, 31 - 10am-5pm and December 29 - 12-5pm
Bring the whole family out to Ford Nature Center to enjoy the season with a Winter Scavenger Hunt. Pick up your list then get outside to discover the wonders of Nature. Bring your camera or phone to document your findings. (Inside hunt also available). Call Ford Nature Center, 330.740.7107, for details.

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Today - National Candy Cane Day
December 28 - National Call a Friend Day
December 31 - New Year's Eve
January 1, 2020 - New Year's Day

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



December 26 - January 1, 2020 . . .
Thru January 1 - GG Closed
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Worship

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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!

Service Time: Sunday @ 11:00am
Common Ground Church Community
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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