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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Sunday's Service - December 23, 2018

The featured scripture verse is: 1 Corinthians 16
for Adam's message: Church Life ~ Part 1.

Join us on Sunday for Worship!



Advent Reading

Jennifer Lynch will lead us in the fourth reading, lighting the candle of "Love."

Christmas Play ~ This Sunday at 9:30am

We hope to see you at North Lima Mennonite
(90 Mennonite Dr, North Lima, OH 44452) to enjoy the Shank family in this musical Christmas play. Lily is Mary, Adam is Joseph, Jonathan is the innkeeper's son (and he has a singing part), Josiah and Manny are background boys, and Bonnie is a towns-person (and also sings)! Then head to Common Ground for our regular 11am service.

Christmas Eve Cookies

If you are bringing cookies to our Christmas Eve service for fellowship time, please have them here around 3pm. Thank you!

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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. Invite friends and family
to join us for the service and fellowship. It is a joyous time to welcome friends old and new!


Garden & Nursery News

Frank Snyder will be in the Garden this week, with a lesson about God giving us hope through His strength. As always, activity pages will be on the table by the Sanctuary doors for children who choose to remain in Worship.

Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time. Spend time in our Nursery and get some quality time with our youngest church family members!

Bible Studies

Sunday Morning: January 6th, 9:30am - Philippians study begins
Wednesday Morning: Ladies Study - New study to begin in January.

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

Youth Group

YG will resume January 6, 2019. Snack sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Our Art with Adam has been rescheduled for January 13, after Worship.

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

YG Christmas Project

Our toy drive was a great success! We delivered 152 items to the sherrif's office, to benefit Columbiana Children's Services and Heroes & Halos.

Thank you to all who were able to donate!

2018 Year-End Contributions

The Finance Committee would like to remind you that to be included in 2018, your contributions need to be received by or postmarked by December 31st. Thank you!



Guest Speakers for January

6 - Phil Bartholomew
13 - Emaline Smith (Director of the Needle's Eye)
20 - Greg Bowman

Sip & Paint ~ February 1, 7pm

Adam Pratt is going to lead a "Sip & Paint" event here for the grown-ups of Common Ground! Ladies and gentleman are all invited to attend. We will sip on coffee, cocoa, or tea while exploring our artistic side. Think you aren't artistic? Adam will prove differently to you! Reserve the date.

Ladies Tea

Mark your calendars for February 9th, for our annual tea party! Details coming in the new year.

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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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Christmas Shopping with GG

Christmas is almost here! If you are still looking for a special gift, we have four flavors of Jungle Jam right now as well as Cranberry Orange Juicy Jam!! Our jams make sweet gifts for folks of all ages. They're great as hostess gifts for all those holiday parties too!

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Happenings Here

We are wrapping up the year with all sorts of activities, from removing downed trees from our trails, to cleaning, and celebrating this special Christmas season. On Monday, we spent time at Whispering Pines (and at Common Ground) assembling blankets for "Making Kids Count." What a joy to be able to give back and do for others, especially at Christmastime!

Goodness Grows will be on Christmas Break from December 24th through January 1st. If you want to see what we are all about, you are welcome to visit us any week day once we are back to our regular schedule. We would love to have you be a part of our day!

Hard at Work at GG

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Support Goodness Grows

Doing some online shopping for Christmas? If you shop Amazon (anytime during the year!), you can support GG for free at the same time! Just use Amazon Smile and choose Goodness Grows as your charity of choice. Then, you get your items and we get 0.5% of the purchase price through this program! Check it out online at



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Year-end Giving

If you are still looking for a year-end giving opportunity, our non-profit mission, Goodness Grows, always appreciates the support. Goodness Grows is working "to cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities." Donations are tax deductible, to the extent allowed by law. There is good work being done right here at Common Ground. We would love for you to be a part of it!


Coat & Clothing Drive

Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity
Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room, anytime throughout the year! Let your friends and family know that we accept donations year-round.

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?



Season of Lights at Boardman Park

Through January 6
Enjoy a Holiday drive through the park to marvel at the beautiful light displays. It’s free and open from 6-10pm each night. Tune into 88.9FM to enjoy the music with the light show.

Christmas in Columbiana

Rockin' Around the Town Square

December 21, 22, 23
Crown Theater Productions is excited to add Rockin' Around the Town Square, "RATTS," to their 2018 season. RATTS will be rockin' the stage at Main Street Theater in Columbiana, Ohio with their 10th annual show! Click here for Info.

Local Events

Check out all that Columbiana has to offer at this festive season: Christmas Events

Seasonal Fun at Mill Creek Park

Winter Solstice Hike

December 21 6-7pm
Astronomical Winter arrives at 5:23 pm. Join in a walk beneath “The Long Night Moon.” Call Ford Nature Center at 330-740-7107 for details. Moderate, 1 mi. Sets out from Calvary Run parking area (near Lake Glacier Boathouse).

Winter Celebration at Fellows Riverside Gardens

Through December 30, 5:00 pm
Winter Celebration: Frozen in Time, a sparkling winter wonderland brought indoors to celebrate the Garden’s Diamond Anniversary! Plus, enjoy the annual holiday tree walk, scavenger hunt, and the 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!



Madigan Bendersmith - TODAY! (1!)
Winter Solstice - December 21 ~ the longest night of the year
Nathan Shannon - December 25 (14!)
Merry Christmas!! - December 25

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


December 20 - 26 . . .
Sunday, 9:30am - "Bethlehem's Big Night" at NL Mennonite
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Monday, 3:30pm - Christmas Eve 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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