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Thursday, August 19, 2021

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Sunday's Service - August 22, 2021

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Welcome back, Pastor Mike!
Join us Sunday, 11am, for an Outdoor Worship Service with Potluck Luncheon to follow. Bring your Bible, family, camping chairs/blanket, canopy (if desired), and a dish to share! Collide Kids (Grade 1-4) will join us outside as we sing and learn from 1 Peter as Pastor Mike begins a new series!

The featured Scripture is: 1 Peter 1:1-2
for Mike's message: The Call of All Christians.

Join us Sunday ~ In-Person & Online
Worship at 11am ~ Outside This Sunday!

Connecting Life Church Facebook Page

Come Grow With Us!


Scenes From Last Sunday

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Worshiping Together

Spend Sunday morning with us ~ in-person or online at 11:00am.
Use the Facebook link Connecting Life and let's grow together through
Worship, Praise, and Prayer, in the Sanctuary and on Facebook.
Check out the Media Library on the CLC website to watch recent sermons.

Please send your prayer requests in for our Joys & Concerns email that goes out on
Monday morning! The CGCC website has a Contact/Prayer Request page, you can
email Jen Lynch directly, or use

Following the current health guidelines, mask are now optional here at the church.
We ask that you use your own discretion about what you feel is best
for you and your family regarding masks and social distancing.


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Potluck Luncheon

This Sunday After Outdoor Worship
Please bring a covered dish to share and join us
for this time of food and fellowship.

Bible Studies & Ministries

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


Wednesday Morning Prayer Group ~ 10am
At Rick & Joyce Jackson's house and on Zoom
Zoom Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer
You are welcome to participate in-person or online.


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
On Summer Break. Info to be announced soon.

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

Prayers for all the students, teachers, and staff as they head back to school.



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.

"This is the day the Lord has made – I will REJOICE! I am so thankful for every blessing God shows me every day. He showers His love on us and our cups are full and overflowing. I am so humbled to be able to share what God lays on my heart every week. This is truly an encouragement to me as well. The words I type are exactly what I need to hear. I pray you are all getting some little nugget each week to carry with you."

"My Word for this week is “SECRET.” As I began to think about it, my mind was going so many different directions – here goes….. “Secret” can be something you want to keep from others. Maybe good or bad. Sometimes our emotions can keep us “secret” or hidden from others. My thought was that if we happen to see or notice one of our friends or family that maybe is keeping themselves “secret” or alone – let’s reach out to them. You or I may be just the one that helps them through their day. Just a note, text, card, or phone call. We all go through our “secret” times for sure. Let someone know they are in your thoughts and prayers. While we are in our “secret” times – God’s presence is always there. His love will overflow into us in the “secret” place, and we will share His love with others. The Holy Spirit will guide, teach, and minister to us in our “secret” place. Keep your hearts and minds open to reaching out to those in need. Let the Holy Spirit guide us in all our ways. Keep in tune! I pray you find your way in your “secret” place with God."

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust."
~ Psalm 91:1-2 (NKJV)

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New Devotionals

Our Daily Bread for September/October/November is now available.
Pick one up to take home and maybe one to share!



August Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life
We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!

August 29 ~ Communion Sunday
Collide Kids (Grades 1-4) in Worship

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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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News of the Week

Last Friday, we celebrated Cameron with a Nerf Day and a pizza lunch...of course with Miss Jill's brownies too! Even though we are all sad to say goodbye to Cam, we had a great time. Thanks to everyone who helped Cam's last day be full of fun. We look forward to his return next spring and wish him a fantastic school year.

The rain this week, and the newly paved parking lot, kept us inside quite a bit this week. We had plenty to do with peach jam making, cleaning, and organizing. Even though everyone pitched in on Friday to clean up all the Nerf projectiles, we still spent time this week finding more. We think our church mice also like to play with them!

We did have some time outside, releasing butterflies, finding new creature friends, prepping and harvesting for CSA. Everyone is outside right now harvesting and enjoying these moments of no rain!

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Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam are available in several flavors at Reach for the STARS in Salem. Or, check them out online:
Shop Local. We are also glad to arrange a jam pick up at GG.

Jungle Jam: Blueberry Jalapeno, Hot, Cherry Habanero, Peach Habanero
Juicy Jam: Blueberry Lemonade, Peach Lemonade

It's peach season! We now have Peach Habanero and Peach Lemonade,
made with Huffman Farm's Red Haven peaches.




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, hands-on way. The GG crew
maintains the grounds and cleans the building.

There are many ways to support GG, including:

Online Shopping through Amazon Smile ~ Volunteering ~ Donating Items
Purchasing Our Products ~ Telling Others ~ Charitable Giving
Thank you to all our supporters! We appreciate you!


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Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.

To Advocate, Advise, Advance the ministries of Divine Soccer in Masaka, Uganda for the benefit of the children of the community.

Sponsorships and donations 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:

Check out the Rock Kidz table in the Great Room. Sponsors are needed for children in Masaka. Sponsors support Bible teaching, food, housing, education, and parent training.


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!


Firestone Park: An Early History

Tonight, August 19, 5:30-6:30pm
At the Columbiana Public Library
As summer winds down, you may find yourself spending more time at Firestone Park, enjoying the recent renovations and improvements. Do these visits have you interested in learning more about our local park and how it came to be? Local historian Jay Groner will present a program about the first 25 years of Firestone Park history. Free program open to all ages, registration requested - call (330) 482-5509.

Columbiana Library Book Sale This Saturday

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Tales & Treats with Tricia

Saturdays, 10-11am
Event by Supplement Station
Nature + nurture will fuel your child's brain every week with wonderful and thematic tales while Back Home will be fueling your child's bodies with delicious homemade cookies & milk. FREE and kid & family friendly! Weather permitting, this will be in the pavilion but will be moved inside to café accordingly.

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2021 Summer Tea & Tour

Saturday, August 21, 1-4pm
Event by Columbiana Women's Club
RAIN OR SHINE, the gardens in the 2021 Summer Tea & Tour are a sight to behold! Between 1-4pm THIS Saturday, enjoy self-guided tours of 4 area gardens and stop by the Columbiana Women's Club Afternoon Tea with Canterbury Teas.
Tickets: $25/person available at Park Avenue Marketplace, Columbiana Women's Club and The Willows by Wehr. (Day-of sales only at the Women's Club). More info Here.

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Music in the Park Concert Series

Free Concerts in Boardman Park at the Maag Outdoor Theatre, sponsored by Cortland Banks. Bring your blanket and folding chair.
August 28 - Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, 7pm with fireworks after



Today - World Humanitarian Day
August 20 - Brianna Windon
August 20 - Maci Vignon
August 21 - National Senior Citizens Day
August 22 - Trey Snyder
August 23 - Alis Rocha
August is National Eye Exam Month

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



August 19-25, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-Up
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Outdoor Worship
Sunday, 12:15pm - Potluck Luncheon
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group

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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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