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Thursday, October 1, 2020

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Sunday's Service - October 4, 2020

Due to this Sunday's weather forecast, Worship will be indoors.

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The featured Scripture comes from: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV)
for Mike's sermon: Shelter in Grace Part 1: "A Strong Shelter."

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

"Since it seems that the present pandemic the world is facing will require more time to sort out and more patience on our part, I want to begin a new series called "Shelter in Grace." Even the strongest, bravest, and most spiritual among us need God’s sheltering presence in the days ahead. I am praying that as life’s circumstances close in around us, God’s grace will open up for us new ways to grow and new joys to experience. Let’s consider someone in Scripture who discovered the need for a strong shelter in crisis: Job." ~ Pastor Mike

Join us Sunday ~ In-Person & Online ~ for Worship at 11am
Connecting Life Church Facebook Page

Come Grow With Us!


Scenes From Last Sunday

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October is National Pastor Appreciation Month Did You Know...

Pastor Appreciation Day began with the establishment of Clergy Appreciation Month. In 1 Timothy 5:17, Paul began the concept of clergy appreciation when he stated that the elders of the church are worthy of double honor. He reiterated this idea in
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 when he stated that those who work hard among you should be held in the highest regard for their work. In 1992, this idea became Clergy Appreciation Month, with a mission of uplifting and encouraging pastors, missionaries and religious workers. Eventually, Pastor Appreciation Day (always the second Sunday in October) would form out of this month. Pastor Appreciation Month is the perfect reminder to all of us that pastors are human and, therefore, they need and appreciate our encouragement! This article - What Your Pastor Won’t Tell You (But Wishes You Knew) About Pastor Appreciation Month - gives plenty of food for thought about the importance of this special month and about saying thanks to those who do the important work of providing spiritual leadership. Thanks from all of us, Pastor Mike!

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

We would love to see and pray for the prayer needs of everyone from Common Ground and Connecting Life as well as anyone else in need of the power of prayer!

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Awning Repair Work Day ~ Saturday, 10am

Hope to see you this Saturday, October 3 from 10am-1pm for a work party out front! We will be re-covering the awnings in the raised bed garden area with new plastic. If you are comfortable climbing a ladder, using tools, and helping to unroll and hook down a new layer of plastic to keep us all dry - stop by and join in! If you have work gloves and ladders that are 8-12 feet tall, please bring them with you. If the day is a windy one, we won't be able to undertake the project this week. If we should have to reschedule, we will announce it on the CGCC Facebook page.
NOTE ~ There will also be an opportunity for inside volunteers to help with hanging a new television in the Sanctuary.


Collide Kids Family Fun Day ~ Sunday, 4-7pm

Collide Kids families and friends are invited to enjoy an afternoon at the Maze Craze in New Springfield this Sunday, October 4, from
4-7pm. For kids PreK-4th grade and their family. Maze fee will be covered by CLC. Other paid activities and concessions are available, parents are responsible to cover. RSVP with the number of people you'll be bringing by Saturday, October 3rd by texting Stacy Hileman at 330-503-7713. October 11, 4-7pm is the rain date. If we have to cancel, it will be announced on the CLC Facebook page.

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Volunteers Needed to Prepare for Giveaway

Do you like to sort/organize/fold clothes? We hope so, because we have a mountain of clothing to get ready for October 17! Starting Tuesday, October 6, if you have free time, stop by the church any week day between 8:30am and 1:30pm. Tables will be up and it will be time to start getting ready for the big day. All help is greatly appreciated!!

Stewardship Update

We would like to thank everyone who has been sending their offering through the mail
or dropping it off at church. Thank you for your continued support & faithful giving!

Bible Studies & Ministries

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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!

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Studying the Book of Psalms
9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room.

Ladies Bible Study
He is Enough: Living in the Fullness of Jesus (A Study in Colossians) by Asheritah Ciuciu
Friday at 9am
This study will be ending soon so we will be picking a new topic. We'd love to have you join in!

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 Crawford/Taylor house
▪ Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesdays, 10am at CGCC or on Zoom
▪ Hileman LifeGroup: Tuesdays, 6pm on Zoom
▪ Bartholomew LifeGroup: Friday, 6:30pm outside of CGCC
Taylor LifeGroup: Sundays, 6pm at the Crawford/Taylor house
Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesdays, 10am at CGCC or on Zoom
Hileman LifeGroup: Tuesdays, 6pm on Zoom
Bartholomew LifeGroup: Friday, 6:30pm outside of CGCC



Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday
Wisdom is knowing and choosing God’s way. Getting wisdom is like a journey that lasts your whole life - and the first step is choosing to follow Jesus as your leader and number one friend. Watch and see how you can know Him in your life and help you become wise!

James 1:5: "If any of you need wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you..."

Join Crew Leader Danielle, 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!

Youth Group 2020-2021 ~ Sundays 6-7pm


Last Sunday, we talked about filling our "blank space" with God and read about Jacob in the book of Genesis. We started sorting clothes, as Giveaway day is fast approaching. We also had a few minutes for one quick round of "the game!" This Sunday, we will dive back into God's Word and do some additional tasks to prepare for October 17.

Youth Group is open to kids in 5th-12th grade.

Parents, we have a YG permission waiver we need you to fill out next time you're here.

Youth Group Christmas Project 2020

This year the youth felt that our Christmas project should reflect the current situation in our country. With the pandemic and the quarantine resulting in job losses and economic hardship for many, food insecurity issues have increased in our valley and across the country. As a way to reach out and help our community, we have decided to collect donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. After the Coat & Clothing Giveaway, we will put up our collection area for non-perishable food items as well monetary donations. Please prayerfully consider how you might help.

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The youth serving and playing together!


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For whom are you praying today?
How can we pray for you?

Whenever you have a prayer request, please don't hesitate to send it in! We are here to pray with and for you. Please take a minute to send in your prayer needs by early Monday mornings for inclusion 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 Darla Smith for writing and Marcia Kreps for sharing Darla's uplifting words with us.

"I pray your week has been blessed. Oh, I love the fall! Such colors God paints for us. Behold God's beauty set before us! Take some time outside to enjoy and soak it in."

"My Word that God gave me this week is "JOURNEY." How is your JOURNEY going? We are all in a different place in our JOURNEY. God wants to remind us...…There is someone that has been through the same JOURNEY as us. Someone maybe that has been sick and healed. Someone that has lost someone very near and dear to their heart (my hand is up). Someone that has a child that may not be possibly doing what we think they should be doing (hand again). Maybe someone that is sick and still waiting on their healing to manifest (I am raising my hand). Possibly someone that has been through planning a wedding - or possibly a divorce? Going through weight gain/loss issues (hands up). So many JOURNEYS that we can all relate to. So many opportunities to reach out to someone and encourage. Let's keep our hearts in tune with the Holy Spirit to who/when/where we are needed to help on another's JOURNEY."

"I pray you are blessed each week with our Words that God is speaking to us."

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4



October 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.
We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!


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Youth Group Invites You to the Corn Maze

Sunday, October 11, 4-7pm
Autumn means it is time for the Youth Group's traditional visit to the corn maze - and you are invited! Head on out, bring your family, and join the youth for some seasonal fun, all ages welcome. We will meet at the Rolling Acres Corn Maze in Leetonia at 4pm. We'll assemble for a group photo and then families and groups can head into the maze or enjoy the extras, however they choose. A parent or responsible adult must be present for the duration.

Maze - $10.00 ages 3 & under free, includes Maze, Hayride, Mini Golf, Sling Shot
Hayride - $3.00
Kids Barrel Train Ride - $1.00
Mini Golf - $5.00
Sling Shot - $3.00 a bucket

They do offer a special rate for groups of over 20 people, so the above pricing may change depending on participation. Please sign up on the bulletin board at church, or call 330-549-9408 and we will sign you up so we can get a count. (Rain date - October 18)

Coat & Clothing (& More!) Giveaway ~ Saturday, October 17, 10am-1pm

Spread the Word!
Donations accepted right up until the event. Everyone welcome.

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Men's Ministry Gathering ~ Date to Come

We hope to gather one evening this month. October is perfect for a bonfire, cider, and the Word!

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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

Now that CSA season is over, our crew started the process of getting ready for the winter by clearing out beds and fields. We are hoping for continued nice weather as we have plenty more outside work to accomplish. We also spent time this week making jam, harvesting for the food pantry in Washingtonville, decorating the Great Room and outside for autumn, and more.

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Our other exciting news this week was the adoption of our two toads by our new friend, Ray! Ray already takes care of his toad, Henry, and he (and his family) offered a permanent home to our toads. We are looking forward to some progress reports on how our little amphibian friends are settling into their new family. Thanks, Ray, for caring about all of God's creatures!!

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Jam For Sale

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.
The next event we will be at with our jam is happening this Saturday at Firestone Farms ~ Columbiana Uncorked.



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Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ October 17

Keep saving all your clothing and outerwear items for our fall giveaway. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we will accept donations all year! Clothes for all ages and sizes needed, along with coats, bags, purses, shoes, housewares, books, stuffed animals, toys...whatever clean and useable items you think might help someone in need. Bags and boxes for people to carry their "new" items home with them are also needed! Thank you for all the donations that have been coming in!!!

Drop items off under the front awning by the glass doors facing the road or stop by if there are cars in the parking lot. Goodness Grows is here M-F from 9-2.

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 ~ Just use Amazon Smile - choose Goodness Grows as your charity of choice.
* Volunteering ~ Give of your time and get back lots of love & smiles!
* Donating Items ~ We are always in need of items like basic jam making supplies such as regular 8oz. canning jars, lids, sugar, and white vinegar.
* Purchasing Our Products ~ Proceeds from jam & crafts go right back to our programs.
* Charitable Giving ~ As a small non-profit, Goodness Grows depends upon generous supporters who give monetary support. A contribution to Goodness Grows is tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law. Your donations help us to continue our mission of working with people of all abilities.

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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

We have some handmade bracelets and necklaces for sale at the Rock Kidz table in our Great Room. Proceeds will go to the construction of Divine Junior School.

Sponsorships can be made to Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.,
1814 E. 3rd St., Salem, OH 44460 or via Pay Pal at
Learn more on Facebook at: Rock Kidz Uganda.


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!


Green Team Event This Saturday


Fall Fundraiser ~ Saturday & Sunday

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Rowan Sweeney Memorial Toy Drive

Sunday, October 4th from 12:30-6pm
Toy drive at two locations: Struthers Parkside Church and Poland High School Stadium, in the parking lot of both facilities from 12:30pm-6:00pm, collecting toy donations in honor of Rowan Sweeney's 5th birthday. Able to accept only NEW, UNWRAPPED TOYS. Toy donations will go to Toys for Tots and to the Salvation Army Angel Tree program to help our community this Christmas.


World Explorer Calendar

October Activity Calendar
Every day the calendar offers activities introducing world holidays, food, dance, stories, art, and did we mention food? It's one fun thing every day that you don't have to think about.


Upcoming ~ NEXT Saturday

Men's Rally in the Valley
More information on this yearly event HERE.



Today - Mike Ashby
Today - Danielle Hartley
October 2 - Rich Weimer
October 2 - Pat Shannon
October 4 - Townsend & Sarah Bendersmith
October 4 - Tracy Hartley
October 4 - World Animal Day
October 5 - World Teachers' Day
October 6 - Bob & Lynn Yoder
October 6 - Paxton Bachelder
October 6 - Mike & Stacy Hileman
October 6 - Rich & Barb Weimer
October is National Book Month.

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



October 1-7, 2020 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Today, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 6:30pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup
Saturday, 10am-1pm - Awning Repair Work Day
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Sunday, 4-7pm - Collide Kids at Maze Craze
Sunday, 6-7pm - Youth Group
Sunday, 6pm - Taylor LifeGroup
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Tuesday, 6pm - Hileman LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 12pm - Collide Kids Online

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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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