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Thursday, March 4, 2021

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Sunday's Service - March 7, 2021

Sermon Series "Red Letter Prayer"
We will journey to Easter Sunday by looking at the greatest prayer of Jesus.

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The featured Scripture is: John 17:1-5 and Philippians 2:5-11
for Mike's message: Red Letter Prayer Part 2 -Father, Son Reunion.

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 finishing Jude this week and returning to Psalms the following week.

Ladies Bible Study ~ Friday, 9am
This week, we will be sharing about the Armor of God and finalizing plans for our next study. There were links in last week's Scoop to consider. This week, Jen Shannon sent out this option, Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul, for you to check out.

You are always welcome to join a study!


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 (Not meeting this Sunday as they will be attending the FCA event.)
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesdays, 10am on Zoom
* Hileman LifeGroup: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm at CGCC in the Sanctuary starting on March 10. We will be serving parents and guardians during Collide Kids. Pastor Mike and others will help lead an hour of conversation around the Word and help give applications to life.
* Bartholomew LifeGroup: Planning a bonfire on Friday, April 9 at 6:30pm; hoping to add more outside meetings in April.

Found People Find People.
Growing People Change.
Saved People Serve People.
Life is Better Together.
Get involved in a LifeGroup today!


Children's Ministries Meetings

Sunday Children's Ministry Volunteer Meeting & Collide Kids Crew Leader Volunteer Meeting
Thanks to all who were able to stay and participate! We appreciate all our volunteers!!!

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Children's Ministry

COLLIDE KIDS WEDNESDAY KICK OFF! Wednesday, March 10 from 6:30-7:30pm at CGCC! Collide Kids Wednesday serves kids ages 3 through 8th Grade. We have Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6) with Stacy Hileman as Lead Teacher, Collide Kids (Grades 1-4) with Delania Link as Lead Teacher, and Collide Middle School (Grades 5-8) with Austin Young as Lead Teacher. We will be following COVID-19 CDC guidelines in order to provide the safest environment to our kids. Make Collide Wednesdays part of your week and part of your child's discipleship!

Collide Kids Online: You can’t grow your spirit just by trying when you feel like it. You’ve got to plan to do something every day to get closer to God, and do it! So, grab your kid(s) and spend 25 minutes together singing, dancing, laughing, and learning!

COLLIDE KIDS SUNDAY KICK OFF! On Sunday, March 14, we will begin offering Nursery Care (Newborn-3), Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6), & Collide Kids Church (Grades 1-4)!! We are excited to serve our kids! They will experience worship and a lesson then apply it through crafts, games, and other fun ways to grow in Jesus.

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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.


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.

You have until TONIGHT, MARCH 4th to reserve your seat at this event.
This is a firm deadline, so we must hear from you by tonight.
Email or call 330-549-9408.

We will be ordering the food and setting up a safe, socially distanced dining area
on Friday, following COVID safety guidelines. Please send in your name, number of folks
coming with you, and your best contact number tonight.

Only 24 seats left, so respond asap in order to attend! Thank you!

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We will be following COVID protocols. Masks are required at all times other than when eating dinner, 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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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 have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine God has been providing. Just makes me feel a whole lot better seeing it here in northern Ohio in the winter."

"The word God gave me this week is “MENTOR.” God has blessed me with many fantastic “mentors” in my life so far. The definition is a wise and trusted counselor or teacher. Do we always listen to our “mentor?” Uhm…. not so much. Looking back at the times in my life that may not have gone as smooth as possible was probably those times I did not heed my “mentor’s” advice. “Mentor” – someone whose hindsight can be our foresight. They have walked the walk and lived the life. A pint of examples can be worth a gallon of advice. Watch very carefully at your "mentor’s” witness. Let the Holy Spirit guide you to find a “mentor” that will help you grown in your walk with God. Be a “mentor” to someone that may have lost their way. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to lead us to someone that needs a “mentor.” Our number one “mentor” is Jesus. We all need to follow in His footsteps showing love and compassion to those we meet. I pray we can all “mentor” someone at some point in our life. The benefits of being a “mentor” are so numerous. What an honor!"

"Have a special, blessed week with “mentor” on your mind!"

Don’t forget the example of your spiritual leaders who have spoken God’s messages to you,
take a close look at how their lives ended, and then follow their walk of faith.

~ Hebrews 13:7 (TPT)



March 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!


Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service ~ Thursday, April 1 from 7-8pm

The Service of Tenebrae: Tenebrae is the Latin term for "shadows" and is a Holy Week tradition dating far back into the history of the Christian Church. It is characterized by the twelve disciples at the Last Supper, each one reading a brief passage by candlelight. The gradual loss of light is symbolic of the flight of the disciples. The moment of total darkness recalls the days Jesus spent in the tomb. This moving tradition prepares us to break out on Easter morn with great joy.

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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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A Butterfly Hatched

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Buds Appearing

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Walking in the Woods

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New Fish Friends

News of the Week

This week we received a brand new, handmade butterfly house from our friend, Mike Ashby. Thanks, Mike! We can't wait to watch caterpillars become butterflies in this snazzy new home. We also spent time outside catching bugs and worms for our frogs and toads...and enjoying feeding them. Keegan even brought in some new friends for us to care for - two little fish named Firey and Spotty. The weather this week allowed us time to take a walk and examine the creek as well as work on getting some more old trash cleaned up on the property. Since we like to be busy, we also cleaned in the greenhouse, cleaned in the building, played some cornhole, and more. Feel free to stop by during the week and see what we are up to!

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New Butterfly House


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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Edible Cookie Dough Making Class

Today, Thursday, March 4 at 6:30pm on Facebook Live
Hosted by One Hot Cookie
Follow along with your own ingredients or just watch and comment along with Morgen and Bergen as they show you how to make "doughlicious" edible cookie dough.
If you're planning on following along at home, here is what you'll need...
-unsalted butter
-pasteurized egg whites
-all purpose flour (heat treated)
-white sugar
-brown sugar
-baking soda
-vanilla extract
-chocolate chips
to heat treat flour bake at 300° stirring every two minutes for 6 minutes or until flour reaches 165°


How to Build a Standing Raised Garden Bed

Friday, March 5 at 12pm
Join AARP Michigan and attendees from across the United States for a free interactive dialogue. AARP membership not required. Learn how to build your own Standing Raised Garden Box! This project is easy to accomplish at home with minimal materials and tools. A fun engaging event that helps individuals create their own Standing Raised Garden Bed to grow vegetables or flowers without the need to bend to plant, weed, or harvest. All skill levels welcome. Register HERE. *A link for this live event will be emailed 48 hours prior to the event start time. If you do not find this email, please be sure to check your email spam folder.

Virtual Performance of Guys and Dolls

Lisbon's own Stage Left Youth Players (SLP) are putting on "Guys and Dolls" this weekend and next in a virtual performance. The SLP are such an asset to the community and their productions are great entertainment! Consider "attending" a show from your own home! Get your tickets HERE.

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Hudson Antique Show at the Canfield Fairgrounds

Saturday, March 6 from 11am-5pm & Sunday, March 7 from 11am-4pm
New Location for 2021 ~ The Canfield Fairgrounds Event Center, Gate 9
Celebrating their 50th year, the Hudson Antique Show is one of Ohio's longest running antique shows. Purchase tickets HERE.



March 5 - Kay'lee Rocha
March 6 - National Dentist's Day
March 9 - Elias Hartley
March 10 - Sarah Hileman
March is National Music in Our Schools Month.

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



March 4-10, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Sunday, 9:30am - Sunday Morning Class
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Sunday, 6-8pm - FCA Fully Vested Event
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 12pm - Collide Kids Online
Wednesday, 6:30pm - Collide Kids Wednesday Kickoff
Wednesday, 6:30pm - Hileman LifeGroup

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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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