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Thursday, August 5, 2021

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Sunday's Service - August 8, 2021

Austin Young will be leading us in Worship this week, as Pastor Mike is on vacation.

The featured Scripture is: Ephesians 2:1-3
for Austin's message: God's Gift.

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

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Come Grow With Us!


Scenes From Last Sunday


Thank you to everyone who helped with last week's service!



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.


Bible Studies & Ministries

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Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ 9:30am
Studying Psalms.
*Please Note: Class will not meet this Sunday or next Sunday.


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.

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 (Grades 1-4 in Activity Room)


Collide Middle School

Grades 5-8
Pool Party
Saturday August 14, 12-4pm at the Hileman's
Parents can contact Austin Young at 330-284-2610
with any questions.

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Youth Group

Grades 5-12
Service Day With GG
August 10, 9am-12:30pm ~ This Tuesday!

Youth ~ Please note the time change! We will be staying a half hour longer than last time.

Come spend time working on projects here with Goodness Grows. Youth need boots, water,
and a lunch. Dress for working out in the woods. We hope to see you here!

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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.

"Such beautiful weather we are having here in Ohio! God blesses us with every good and perfect gift from above. I pray you are all doing well and are enjoying God’s blessings every day. Funny story about today’s Word. Before me and my husband got married, he wanted to show me where he used to live. It was a nice day for a ride, so I was all for it. As we traveled down some back roads, I noticed they were getting narrower – almost like a dusty dead-end road would look like. I said to him, “honey, did you live in the “wilderness”? He started laughing almost uncontrollably. To this day – he reminds me of that with a chuckle."

"Which leads me right into our Word for this week, “WILDERNESS”. How many of us have had that “wilderness” feeling? I know I certainly have. That feeling of a dusty, dead-end, dry place that we sometimes find ourselves in. In those times, God is still there in the “wilderness.” The Holy Spirit is right there with us when we are wandering in the “wilderness.” Keep pressing on in that dry season. We need to surround ourselves with others in our “wilderness” times. We need to keep worshipping God in our “wilderness” times. The “wilderness” is not easy, but it is never the time to turn back. That next prayer or praise could be the Holy Spirit explosion of a lifetime! Stay close to God in every season and He will break away the “wilderness” into His glorious light. Pray with bold authority that we all have been given. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit. We can live from glory to glory. God’s desire is to always give him the glory and honor He so richly deserves. I pray our “wilderness” experiences will always lead us closer to God."

He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way.
The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his
covenant and obey his commands.
~ Psalm 25:9-10 (NLT)

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Praise Team Performing

Gospel Fest at the Columbiana County Fair ~ August 8
Starts at noon on the Midway Stage. Rich, Fred, and Derrek from our Praise Team will be on with friends at 3pm!


Pastor's Vacation

Pastor Mike and family will be on vacation through August 9. If you have any physical needs (visit, food, clothes, shelter, finances) please contact CLC's Deacon Chair, Danielle Young at 330-271-1835. If you have a spiritual need (prayer, anointing, reconciliation) please contact CLC's Elder Chair, James Wittenauer at 330-692-4732.



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!

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August 22 ~ Outdoor Worship & Potluck Luncheon
Please bring a covered dish to share.

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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Hot Jungle Jam

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Special Soda Pop

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Bradly's Nature Find

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Hope to see you there!

News of the Week

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mission Sunday last week. We were so glad to be able to share more about Goodness Grows and what we do. Kitty's invitation to stop by and see what we're up to, or to join in our activities, is always extended to you!

Come visit the GG table in Columbiana this Saturday, from 1-4pm at the Block Party. We'll be there with Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam.

For the first time in well over a year, our crew went on a shopping field trip. Cherries for jam were ready for us at White House Fruit Farm, so everyone piled into Miss Rachel's van and headed to Canfield. It was a fun excursion that ended with everyone picking out a special donut and soda pop to enjoy back at GG. It was definitely yummy!

This week was full of weeding, harvesting, enjoying nature, baking, pesto making, and more. We even worked on shelf building to store our wonderful seed collection. With two events coming up (the Block Party on Saturday and the Youngstown Flea on the 14th), jam making was also an important task. Our crew did a great job working together to accomplish everything.

Check out our newest newsletter.

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One of Our Sunflowers

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Riding the Dust Mop

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Making Jungle Jam

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.

Currently we have:
Jungle Jam: Blueberry Jalapeno, Strawberry Jalapeno, Hot, Cherry Habanero
Juicy Jam: Strawberry Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade




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


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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!


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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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.
Thursday August 5 - Music 7pm: Youngstown Community Concert Band
• Saturday August 14 - Family Night 7pm: Backbeat Movie: Frozen 2, 9pm
• August 28 - Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, 7pm with fireworks after

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Outdoor Movies 2021

Fridays at Firestone Farms in Columbiana, 1pm & 7pm
Free family-friendly movies on the big screens. Lots of seating in the courtyard, or bring your own lawn chair. This year, there will also be a couple Double Feature nights! Some Double Feature late night movies may be rated R; please plan accordingly.
August 6th: Shrek (PG)
August 13th: Monsters, Inc. (G)

Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Movies may be cancelled/delayed/changed due to movie studio changes, weather, or other circumstances.

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Community Memorial Service

This Saturday, 11am
Zion Hill Church in Columbiana will be holding a community memorial service on August 7 at 11am. This is an opportunity for those who lost a loved one during COVID restrictions to have a chance to get closure. There will be a short sermon and a time during the service for people to get up and say something about their loved one. Refreshments will be offered following the service. If you would kindly spread the word about this, we would appreciate it. If anyone is interested in remembering a loved one they can contact Zion Hill Church at (330) 482-4446 and leave a message. This will help us get a count of how many wish to participate in the service.

The Choose Joy Event


Saturday, August 7, 11:30am-4pm
The Canfield Green, Main St., Canfield, OH
A day of fun and Joy, with face painting, bounce houses, giveaways, raffles, and much more to raise awareness and funds for pediatric brain tumor research. Visit
to learn more and to see some of the amazing raffle baskets!

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A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier

Saturday, August 7, 12-3pm
Beaver Creek State Park
Event by Friends of Beaver Creek State Park and Pioneer Village
Join us as we welcome Ken Meek and local historian Tim Brookes in conjunction with Village Comes Alive. Ken will be presenting the day and life of a civil war Soldier, how they slept, what they ate, how they survived. Learn and participate how to load and shoot a musket. Gather in the Chapel at 2:00pm and listen to Tim as he tells you the connection of Columbiana County with the Civil War. Abe Lincoln and his lovely wife, Mary, will be strolling the village greeting visitors. Stop in the mill and watch the burr stone turn grains to flour and see what the blacksmith is creating in the forge.

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Anchored Two Day VBS

August 13, 5:30-8:30pm & August 14, 10am-2pm
Our friends at Western Reserve United Methodist Church asked us to help spread the word about their "two days of fin-tastic fun" at Vacation Bible School. They will be using a curriculum from Group during this event. Click Here to learn more and to get to a link for their registration form.



Today! - James Wittenauer
August 8 - National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day (GG should celebrate!)
August 9 - National Book Lovers Day
August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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



August 5-11, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-Up
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Saturday, 1-4pm - GG at Columbiana Block Party
Saturday, 2pm - Praise Team Practice for Fair
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship and Collide Sunday Ministries
Sunday, 3pm - Praise Team at Columbiana Fair Gospel Fest
Tuesday, 9am-12:30pm - YG Service Day with GG
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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