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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sunday's Service - December 2, 2018

The featured scripture verse is: 1 Corinthians 15:29-34
for Adam's message: Don't be Misled.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



Advent Begins

Sunday marks the start of the Advent season. We will observe this time of anticipation and waiting with readings and the lighting of our Advent wreath. This year, we will focus on selected Christmas carols as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ.
Lily Shank will lead us in the first reading as she lights the candle of "Hope."

Advent Celebration ~ Sunday 3-5, Dinner 5-6

Join in our annual tradition of celebrating the start of Advent! Beginning at 3:00, we will have crafts, games, a special reading, and songs as we enjoy time together. Then, at 5:00, we will have a potluck soup dinner. You are invited to come for the entire event or head out before the meal, once the seasonal activities wrap up. You bring the soup and we'll provide bread and dessert.

Bible Studies

Sunday Morning: Advent Class Starts Sunday at 9:30am (December 2, 9, and 16) ~ ”The Theology of Christmas Carols.” We will look at the lyrics of some common Christian carols and the meaning behind them.
In January, we will start a study of Philippians.

Wednesday Morning: Ladies Study - 9am - The book of Job (Meets at Jen Shannon's.)

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!


Fun in the Nursery

Garden & Nursery News

Jen Lynch will lead the Garden this Sunday, with a lesson that reminds us that God gives us hope through Jesus. As always, activity pages will be on the table by the Sanctuary doors for kids who remain in Worship.

Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time. Spend some time in our Nursery and get some quality time with our youngest church family members! Volunteers needed and greatly appreciated! Talk to Jen Lynch to find out how YOU can help.

Youth Group

We hope to see all the youth at our Advent Celebration on Sunday!

Time changes for the final two meetings of 2018:
December 9 ~ 1:00-2:30pm, after the Outreach Luncheon
December 16 ~ 12:30-2:00pm, bring your lunch & we'll eat before enjoying Art with Adam Pratt

Regular YG schedule will resume January 6, 2019.

Dates & Times may change due to weather & special events.


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Youth Group Christmas Project 2018!

We are collecting toys this year for the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office 9th Annual Toy Drive. The donations will be going to Columbiana Children's Services as well as to Heroes & Halos, who support area children and their families with special needs.

Donate new, unwrapped gifts like toys, books, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, and other comfort items. We will be dropping the items off on December 14th, so please stop in with your items by December 13th or bring them with you on any Sunday! Tell your friends and family...the more donations, the more kids who are helped! Thank you to all who have already donated!

Please help our kids help area kids have a brighter Christmas!

Christmastime Devotionals

Two devotional booklets are available on the round table in the Great Room. This year, we have a ten day Christmas reflection from Our Daily Bread as well as an Advent book called "Surprises Along the Way" from the Society of St. Andrew. Take one or both home to enjoy with your family.

Christmas Decorating

Big thanks to all who were able to come out and deck our halls!

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Outreach Luncheon ~ December 9th at 12:15pm

The Outreach Committee is hosting a very special December luncheon right after Worship. Join us for a veritable smorgasbord of tasty treats! We will have a baked potato bar with plenty of "fixin's" as well as fruit, bread, beverages, and a surprise dessert. Don't miss out on this delicious fellowship opportunity. Please sign up on the bulletin board so we can plan.

Christmas Play ~ Sunday, December 23rd at 9:30am

Meet at North Lima Mennonite to enjoy the Shank family in this Christmas play and then head to Common Ground for our regular 11am service.

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Christmas Eve Service ~ December 24th at 3:30pm

Come Worship with us during our afternoon service, complete with special music and candle-lighting.

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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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Reindeer Food

Happenings Here

We have been hard at work making jam, cleaning, stringing lights outside, visiting with Bob the Toad, emptying buckets in the warehouse, prepping for our last three shows of 2018, and more. We always keep busy at Goodness Grows! Drop in sometime this winter to visit and see what we are up to.

We have a new Juicy Jam (no peppers) for you to try - Cranberry Orange! Perfect for winter time treats. If you would like to purchase jam, reindeer food, or catnip toys for the holidays, let us know! Stop in to see us (we are usually here M-F from 8:30-2:30) or visit one of the events listed below.

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Hard Working Volunteers

Thank You

We appreciate the support of so many wonderful people! Our fundraiser at Diletto Winery was a definite success. We also thank everyone who gave on Giving Tuesday to support our work here. Every little bit makes a huge difference!

GG News

Did you know that we publish a newsletter every month to tell you all about Goodness Grows? This month, among other topics, learn how to support us when you shop online at Amazon through the Amazon Smile program. Click here to read the: November News

On the Goodness Grows Schedule

Holiday Flea ~ Friday, 4-8pm & Saturday, 9am-1pm
Canfield High Craft Show ~ Saturday, 10am-4pm
Austintown Winter Market ~ Dec 14, 5-9pm
GG Christmas Break ~ Dec 24 - Jan 1
Whispering Pines ~ Monday, December 3



The Rescue Mission

Thank you to Crystal Eckman for delivering the message this past Sunday. We learned so much about the history of the Rescue Mission and all the good it brings to our valley. Learn about how you can help the Mission here: Rescue Mission


Coat & Clothing Drive

Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity
Bought some new winter clothes and need to clear space in your closet? Just realized the old winter coat no longer fits? We will gladly take all of that! Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room.

Youth Group Toy Drive

This is the time of year to think about giving and making children smile. One easy way to reach out and do that is by donating to the toy drive! Drop your unwrapped gifts off under the tree in the Great Room up through December 13. The drive will benefit children in our community through Columbiana County Children's Services and Heroes & Halos. The donations will be shared to benefit children being placed in foster care and/or needing assistance as well as those with special needs.


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?



Columbiana Joy of Christmas Drive Thru Light Show

Over 75 scenes, with interactive displays at the Gingerbread House and Santa's Ice Castle. Mrs. Claus will be there for story time on select Thursdays and Sundays thoughout the show.
Open: November 29, 30, December 1 & 2, 6-9, 13-26 from 6:00pm- 9:00pm Cost: $10/car, $25/season pass

Crown Theater Productions

The show starts this weekend! Now is the time to enjoy Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Look for some familiar faces, including Trey Snyder, Isabella Henceroth, Lyddie Pratt, Darius, Keaton, Mia, and Ethan Surgenavic, and Cameron Fortune! Break a leg, everyone!!
November 30 and December 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9 ~ Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm

Mill Creek Park Winter Celebration: Frozen in Time

December 1 @ 10:00 am - December 30 @ 5:00 pm
Enjoy a sparkling winter wonderland brought indoors and celebrate the Garden’s Diamond Anniversary! Don't miss the holiday tree walk, scavenger hunt, and seasonal blooms. Accepting donations of non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.

If you know of any interesting news or events,
please let us know, so that we can pass it on to others!



National Mason Jar Day - November 30 - Jungle Jam comes in Mason jars!
Hanukkah - December 2-10
National Mutt Day - December 2
Read a New Book Month - December - Stay inside, get cozy, and read a book!

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


November 29 - December 5 . . .
Friday, 4-8pm - GG at Holiday Flea at DeYor
Saturday, 9am-1pm - GG at Holiday Flea at DeYor
Saturday, 10am-4pm - GG at Canfield H.S. Craft Show
Sunday, 9:30am - Advent Class
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 3pm - Advent Celebration
Monday, 9:30am - GG at Whispering Pines
Wednesday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study

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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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