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Friday, March 13, 2020



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Dustin following perfect hand washing technique!

Common Ground Family,

As you undoubtedly have heard, Governor DeWine has implemented school closures and bans on large gatherings in the fight against COVID-19. Churches remain exempt, at least for now. Common Ground's staff and leadership are following developments closely and will decide on protective measures as the need arises.

There is plenty of good, sensible guidance on this situation in which we now find ourselves. We know it is possible to protect ourselves and others from being infected. However, the approaches are so ordinary that we can easily underestimate how effective they can be: Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, be friendly but don’t shake hands (waving or elbow bumping work great), cover those coughs and sneezes with tissues or your inner elbow (then wash hands again), keep away from sick people, and stay home when you are sick.

You don’t have to be afraid when you hear someone coughing near you. If that person is not coughing directly at you and isn't within six feet, the viruses can’t get to you because they are in large respiratory droplets that fall to the ground. The virus does not float and circulate in the air. This is why we keep hearing about "practicing social distancing."

Goodness Grows has stepped up their cleaning regime this week and will continue to clean with the utmost care as the weeks progress. Toys, door handles, light switches, faucets, soap dispensers, drinking fountains, and more have all been disinfected. Our soap dispensers, hand sanitizers, tissues, and paper towels are at the ready. We encourage everyone to use them liberally!

As of now, church will proceed as normal on Sunday. Use your own best judgement on what you feel is right for your family. If anything changes between now and then, we will inform you by email and Facebook as we seek to make the best decisions possible for our church family and the community. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Germ Eradicators!

Look how happy our cleaning crew is today!

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Let Us Pray Unceasingly

As Romans 12:12 instructs us, let us remember we need to be "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; faithful in prayer." At times of uncertainty and stress, it is so easy to get bogged down in worries instead of deliberately turning to God in prayer. May these words below lift you up and begin to give you a starting place as we strive to cover our families and friends, our communities, our first responders and health care workers, our country, and our world in prayer.

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Lord God, heavenly Father,
you know that we are set
in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright:

Grant us such strength and protection,
to support us in all danger,
and carry us through all temptations;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Martin Luther, the German Litany

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Heavenly Father,
When I feel crushed by my own worries,
Lift my mind and help me to see the truth.
When fear grips me tight and I feel I cannot move,
Free my heart and help me to take things one step at a time.
When I can’t express the turmoil inside,
Calm me with Your quiet words of love.
I choose to trust in You, each day, each hour, each moment of my life.
I know deep down that I in Your grace, forgiven, restored by Your sacrifice, You have set me free.

Source: Unknown

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Goodness Grows

The board and staff of GG is also working diligently to have the most up-to-date information to keep our clients, staff, and families safe and healthy. Please see the letter that went home today:

GG COVID-19 Letter

Laughter Amidst the Storm


Advice From the CDC

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March 13-18, 2020 . . .
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - Youth Group
Wednesday, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday, 6pm - Session Meeting

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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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