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Thursday, September 3, 2020

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Sunday's Service - September 6, 2020

In-Person & Online @ 11am

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Worship will take place outside in front of the church at the raised bed garden.

The featured Scripture is: Philippians 4:6-7
for Mike's message: In Christ: I Have Peace

We all battle anxiety from time to time, but it's a losing battle to try to beat it on our own. We simply cannot create true peace on our own. It is only In Christ we experience true peace of heart, soul, and mind. Join us this Sunday as we explore how to find peace in Christ. ~ Pastor Mike

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

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

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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 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 ~ Note from Jen Shannon: Hello Ladies! Since we had a small group last week, I thought I'd let you know where we left off in our study. We started through Week 4 and did the first two days. So, Friday morning we will do a quick review, and begin with Week 4, Day 3 (page 141) in your study guides. Look forward to seeing you there!

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

LifeGroup Meetings
Meetings resume this month and will run through October.

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



Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday ~ We face many emotions in life. All of us have felt sad from time to time, but did you know, God can bring comfort when you're sad? Watch today's lesson and see how you can turn to God and be comforted when you're sad!

The lesson comes from 2 Corinthians 1:4, "He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others..."

Join Collide Crew Leader Danielle and spend some time with your child(ren) singing, dancing, laughing, and learning! We would love for you to also have your child 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 would you put on the perfect sandwich? We'd love to hear your answers! Feel free to let us know by email or on Facebook.


Youth Group

Due to COVID, this youth group season will not look like it normally does. We will keep you posted as we make decisions. Youth Group is open to kids in 5th through 12th grade. Parents, we have a YG permission waiver we need you to fill out next time you're here.

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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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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Today's encouragement comes from Darla Smith. Thank you to Marcia Kreps for sharing Darla's uplifting words with us.

"God is certainly blessing us with some gorgeous weather! Let the sun shine in! I pray this finds you all full of God's love and blessings overflowing! He certainly cares about each one of us and I do too!"

"My word for this week is "HIRED." I struggled a bit with this but God assured me that this was the one. Have you ever been hired for a job for which you may not have had any experience whatsoever? But, the employer saw something in you and took a chance on you. Well, our Heavenly Father has done the same. He "hires" us, so to speak to, do His work. We don't need any experience at all. Just come as you are."

"In the Old Testament there are numerous times God "hired" someone to get the job done that had no experience. David was a young shepherd boy that slew a giant, Goliath. Moses led the people out of Egypt and he had a speech impairment. Rahab was a harlot and she helped God's people and is in the lineage of Jesus. The worshipers went before the soldiers in battle to prepare the way. Joshua helped tumble down walls with praise. Mary was Jesus' mama. The misfit disciples traveled and were taught by Jesus. Paul was once a murderer and yet God used him mightily. We all have God's potential to do the job set before us. Even if we think, "No. Not me?" Oh yes, you! Let the Holy Spirit guide you in the job God has just for you. Let's all do our part to help others find their way. I love you all and am so glad God "HIRED" us to do our part. Have a wonderful rest of the week!"

Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood, may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. ~ Hebrews 13:20-21 (NLT)



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!


Meal Making Evening

Wednesday, September 16 at 6pm ~ More details to come.

Men's Ministry Gathering

We'll let you know the new date for this Bonfire & Bible Study as soon as
we get it scheduled, sometime this fall!

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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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Dustin with Violet

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The Finish Line

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Tori with Little Man


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Superhero Bunnies!

News of the Week

We ended last week with a donation to the food pantry in Washingtonville. This year our tomatoes are producing abundantly, and we were so pleased to be able to share with folks in our community. The Lord's Blessing Food Pantry just opened last fall but has been able to help people from all over Columbiana County.

Monday was a crazy busy day and an exciting start to the week! Mrs. Kromer subbed for Rachel, we pollinated with q-tips in the greenhouse, Ethan and his mom visited and brought us farm-fresh fruit, we had a butterfly release, and it was virtual race day with the therapy bunnies from F5RS Bunnies in Baskets as they race to earn money by "OutRunning Osteosarcoma" to Make It Better for Kids with Cancer! It was a fantastic day and we are pleased to report that the race was a definite success!

Tuesday was Jade's first day leading the clients on her own and she did a terrific job! The crew worked outside around the pepper and tomato plants for a large portion of the day. They filled four wheelbarrows full to the brim with weeds. As you know, there is always weeding to be done here...and they sure did it!

Today marks the last month of the 2020 CSA program. Our folks are having the adventure of harvesting in the rain. After today, there are only three more pick-up days. Then we get to start planning for CSA 2021!

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Canning Supply Emergency

Did you know that...
A) making and selling Jungle Jam is our biggest fundraiser?
B) the pandemic is making canning intensely popular?
C) stores everywhere, online and brick-and-mortar, are running out of canning jars and lids?

Without 8oz. jars and new lids, our clients won't get the life skill/job skill training that working in the kitchen on this project provides. Without 8oz. jars and new lids, we won't be able to bring in needed funds that help support our program. Without 8oz. jars and new lids, Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam fans won't be able to have the jam they love.

If you have any old 8oz. canning jars that need a new home, we would love to provide that home.
If you would like to donate new jars and/or packs of lids, we promise to put them to good use. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Jam For Sale

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam available at Reach for the STARS online. Here is the link to their website: 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. Both Peach Habanero and Peach Lemonade - made from Huffman Fruit Farm's Red Haven peaches - are available!

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Ethan Brought Us Fruit


Butterfly Release



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This Week's Clothing Donation!

Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ October 10

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.
* 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.

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.
Big thanks to everyone who helped with, donated to, or shopped at our yard sale!

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!


Lutz Greenhouse Shop For A Cause

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Drive Thru Food Truck at East Palestine Park

Information on how this event works available: Here.

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Special Saturday Market Days at Rogers Flea Market

Saturday Market Times are 8am-4pm
More information HERE



Next Week ~ Beaver Township Firefighter Fundraiser

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Today - Steve Brink
September 4 - Jennifer Shannon
September 5 - International Day of Charity
September 6 - Bob Yoder
September 7 - Labor Day
September 7 - Jill Snyder
September 8 - International Literacy Day
September 8 - David Bodendorfer
September - NICU Awareness Month

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



September 3 - 9, 2020 . . .

Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Today, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-up
Today, 6pm - Praise Team Practice
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Monday - GG & Office Closed
Tuesday, 10am - LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom (New Time)
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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