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Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Sunday's Service - February 28, 2021

New sermon series, "Red Letter Prayer," begins this week.

We will journey to Easter Sunday by looking at the greatest prayer of Jesus.

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The featured Scripture is: John 17:1
for Mike's message: Red Letter Prayer Part 1 - The Story Behind the Prayer.

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

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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


Bible Studies & Ministries

We will be following the health and safety directives during small group meetings and events 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!

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Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ 9:30am
Studying the Book of Jude. We will be planning our next study, as Jude is coming rapidly to a close. You are invited to jump into a study whenever you can!

Ladies Bible Study ~ Friday, 9am
The Armor of God, Bible Study Book This week, we are working on Week Six. We will be choosing our next topic of study, as we are finishing up our current book, so please read and think about Jen's message below. We would love to have YOU join us!

Ladies Bible Study Message from Jen Shannon

We are about to finish our "Armor of God" study and need to be looking ahead at what to do next.

This Friday morning, we will discuss what we've learned about the Helmet of Salvation in our lessons and watch the final teaching on the Sword of the Spirit. There are no lessons in our book following this, but my plan was to use our time on March 5th to discuss the teaching on the Spirit and share what YOUR TAKE-AWAY was from this study.

In the meantime....please be considering what you would like to do next. Always, the studies from Moody publishers are GREAT! Link here: Moody Women's Bible Studies.

Last time I found this one, Jesus in Me, about the Holy Spirit that I liked and sent it to you to look at, too.

Also, Priscilla Shirer has done other studies that are listed in the back of our books and can be seen in the link here: Lifeway.

It would be GREAT to have an idea of what we want to do THIS FRIDAY so we can get books ordered to start-up mid-March. What do you think? Do you have anyone you'd like to invite to join us? What study can you get excited about and want to have a friend come learn with you?

I'll be praying for a good discussion and God's leading in our direction as we move forward together.


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


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Taylor LifeGroup: Sundays, 6pm at the Taylor house
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesdays, 10am on Zoom
* Bartholomew LifeGroup: Meeting tomorrow, February 26, 7pm at CGCC


Children's Ministries Meetings

Sunday Children's Ministry Volunteer Meeting: Brief meeting to follow Worship THIS Sunday. We'll set up a schedule and go over policy and procedures for Nursery Care,
Toddler Care, and Children's Church.

Collide Kids Crew Leader Volunteer Meeting: Wednesday, March 3, 6pm at CGCC.
We'll put together teams, select times, go over curriculum, ​and review policies and procedures.

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Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Online When you say yes to Jesus, you’re choosing to make Him the leader of your whole life. But how do you get closer to Him? You’ve got to train your spirit! In this four-part series, kids will learn that following Jesus isn’t a one-time thing. To do big stuff for God, we need to practice following Him daily, and these tips will help kids grow in faith and discipleship.

Grab your kid(s) and spend 25 minutes together singing, dancing, laughing, and learning! We would love for you to also have your child(ren) 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!

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Youth Group

We will resume meetings in the spring - after Easter - when the weather is better and we can spend some time outside.

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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.

"I pray you are all doing great this week! Better than last week for most, I am sure. Winter weather clobbered all of us. God is still good! He is still in control! We are blessed!"

"My word for today is kind of a two-part word. “CARE-FULL.” Definition of care is, "to feel concern or interest." Definition of full is, "as much as possible." we feel concerned for others as much as possible? Hmmmmm, something to ponder. My desire and prayer every day is that God leads me to someone I can be “care-full” with. My heart is overflowing with God’s love and I want to share it. Everyone needs to know how “care-full” God is for them. It is up to us to show them the way. I feel so blessed that God is showing me and using me to be “care-full” of everyone I meet or talk to. I pray He will use us all to be “care-full” in our workplace, grocery store, or neighborhood. Being “care-full” is an honor. When we are “care-full” with others – we are in return “care-full”. That is just how it works. God’s love is so wonderful, why wouldn’t we want to share it? I challenge us all this week to really be mindful of who we can be “care-full” with. Let the Holy Spirit guide you. Let us look forward to every opportunity He puts in our path to be “care-full.” You will be surprised how “care-full” you will feel! Be blessed through your “care-full” this week!"

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
~ Matthew 5:7 (MSG)

Plastic Grocery Bags ~ Not Needed Currently!

Thank you for your generous response to the food pantry's need of grocery bags! Their supply is currently full, so hold on to those bags for the next time we hold a collection. Thanks!

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A Bicycle Built for Two

Do you find yourself wishing you could have someone help you peddle when you are out on the bike paths? Are you someone who is handy with repairing old bicycles? If you answered YES to these questions, then we have just what you need! We find ourselves in possession of this two-seater yellow bike that needs a new home and a person who can restore it to riding condition. Is that home yours? Let us know!



February 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
at all times. We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!


FCA Gathering with Virtual Event Featuring Jim Tressel

Sunday, March 7, 6-8pm at Common Ground Church Community
In-person gathering during which we will get to hear Jim Tressel speak via livestream.
RSVP to Common Ground by Tuesday, March 2.

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Common Ground Church Community and Connecting Life Church invite you to take part in a special evening of fellowship, sponsored by our local Steel Valley chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). To directly quote Pat Shannon, "FCA is a great organization that brings the Gospel into the schools through interactions with coaches/athletes. It greatly influenced me as a high school/college athlete." If you have been touched by FCA, we hope you will share your story with us on March 7!

This event is a fundraiser for FCA, but it is completely free to attend! Please call 330-549-9408 or email to sign up. We need your name, the number of people you will be bringing, and the best way to contact you in the event we have to make any changes. So that we have enough time to set up and plan for food, the deadline to RSVP is March 2, and that date is fast approaching!

We will be following COVID protocols - masks are required at all times other than when eating dinner, attendance will be limited to the first 50 people who RSVP, social distancing guidelines will be followed, precautions will be taken to serve dinner, and we ask anyone who is not feeling well to refrain from attending that night. Thank you for helping us keep our community as safe and healthy as possible!

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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

After last week's icy cold days, it was a treat to get outside on Monday! We were able to take a walk in the woods, work in the warehouse, and even visit with some of our doggy friends. On Tuesday, we spent time in the front greenhouse cleaning, demolishing, and planting. We're experimenting with some new growing containers and are very glad to be sinking our hands back into the soil! Wednesday's weather was gorgeous, so we headed outside to clear brush, spend time in the woods, and enjoy the sunshine. Today we plan on pressure washing the greenhouse and doing some cleaning. It has been a busy week!

Click the green button below to check out this month's Goodness Grows News!

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CSA Info Available

Click this GG Link to learn about our
2021 Community Supported Agriculture Program.

Brochures are available on the GG table in the Great Room.

Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam available at Reach for the STARS online: 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. Check out our jam table in the Great Room.



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 through Amazon Smile ~ Volunteering ~ Donating Items
Purchasing Our Products ~ Charitable Giving ~ Telling Others

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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.
Sponsorships 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:

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!


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Kid Day - Planting Party

Paladin Brewing, 6520 Mahoning Ave, Youngstown, OH 44515
Saturday, February 27, 5-7pm
Kid day is on!! Completely free, as always. Masks and social distancing required. Tables will be prepped so you can stay as a family. We will be planting seeds, decorating pots, and other garden/planting themed fun. Yes, February may seem early for such spring activities but we are all in need of something to look forward to! We will not be providing any dinner. Open house style event from 5-7 so please plan to eat before or after you come.

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Full Moon Night Hike

J. T. Huston - Dr. J.D. Brumbaugh Nature Center
16146 Daniel Street NE, Minerva, OH 44657
Saturday, February 27, 6-8pm
Take a walk under the light of the full Snow Moon! We’ll walk to the east end of the trail system to view the moonrise, listen for owls, and walk by the light of the moon. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. This is a moderately strenuous walk suitable for older children and adults.
Registration is required. Call (330) 823-7487 or email the Nature Center to register. Participation is limited and participants will be expected to wear a face covering and respect six feet of physical distance among other CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines. Events may be canceled due to prescribed COVID-19 protocols. Registration is required to participate.

Mahoning County Library ~ February Story for Kids


Columbiana Library Upcoming Events

Rainbow Cupcake Decorating Take & Make
Available starting March 1st, while supplies last!
Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a rainbow cupcake! Kids in preschool through 4th grade pick up a rainbow cupcake kit with all supplies and instructions beginning March 1, while supplies last.

Lego Challenge on Zoom
Thursday, March 11, 4pm ~ Advanced registration required!
Love Legos? Want to build with other Lego lovers? Join our Lego Challenge on Thursday, March 11 at 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. Open to kids in Grades K-4. Register for the class (330-482-5509 or and receive a Lego challenge through your email. Have the challenge built to share at our Zoom meeting then receive another quick challenge to build during the meeting. Let’s get creative together!



February 26 - Chris Lynch
February 27 - Sam Hartley
February 28 - Kaia Griffith
March 1 - Tori Griffith
March 2 - Barb Doran
March 2 - Dr. Seuss's Birthday/Read Across America Day
March is National Crafting Month.

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



February 25 - March 3, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 4:30pm - GG Board Meeting
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 7pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup
Sunday, 9:30am - Sunday Morning Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
After Worship - Children's Ministry Volunteer Meeting
Sunday, 6pm - Taylor LifeGroup
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 12pm - Collide Kids Online
Wednesday, 6pm - Collide Kids Volunteer 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!

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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