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Thursday, October 22, 2020

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Sunday's Service - October 25, 2020

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Sermon Series ~ Shelter in Grace

The featured Scripture is: Job 9:1-8
for Mike's message: Shelter in Grace Part 4:
How Do I Know I'm Sheltering in Grace?

2020 has been a prolonged season of suffering and, in times of prolonged suffering, most of us have unresolved questions. As Job’s losses turned into prolonged suffering, he too struggled with deep issues and asked a question many in suffering end up asking - Job 9:1 (NKJV) But how can a man be righteous before God? In part 4 of our series "Shelter in Grace" we will discover how we can know we're sheltering in God's grace.

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

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A Note of Appreciation From the Hilemans

On behalf of my wife Stacy and our girls, we want to say thank you to all those who have encouraged us with cards, gifts, and texts. We are overwhelmed at everyone's generosity!
We are so thankful to serve the Lord and Connecting Life Church and Common Ground Church Community. As Pastor's Appreciation Month comes to a close, there would be no greater gift than for you to engage with the Body of Christ this Sunday @ 11:00am for worship, in person or online. THANK YOU! - Pastor Mike


Scenes From Last Sunday



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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

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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Our Volunteers Rock!

THANKS to everyone who helped to make the Giveaway such a wonderful outreach to the community! On Saturday, we had more than 140 people walk through the doors...and that doesn't even include the 25 volunteers that were keeping things running smoothly. (We didn't have time to get pictures of all our volunteers, but we sure do appreciate each and every one!!!) We also had a bunch of additional visitors stop by this week to find items for themselves and for others. Thanks to our friends at Midway Mennonite for helping to spread the word, bringing in more folks on Monday and Tuesday! We had absolutely no idea what to expect during this COVID-19 pandemic, but we feel blessed to have provided some assistance and joy to this amount of people! The coats and warm weather gear will be going to help homeless people in our area through the Youngstown Blue Coats and then the St. Vincent de Paul Society will pick up everything else next week, so all leftover items will be put to good use! Finally, thanks to everyone who was able to join in and help with the clean up! It is true that many hands make light work.

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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
Psalms this Sunday, Starting Pilgrim's Progress November 1st
9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room.

Ladies Bible Study
Friday, at 9am
Who Do You Say That I AM? by Becky Harling ~ "This study in the “I AM” statements of Jesus will help women move from knowing about Him to knowing Him personally."

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, 6pm ~ Meeting this week one half hour earlier than normal to enjoy a bonfire up at the fire pit.
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, 6pm ~ Meeting this week one half hour earlier than normal to enjoy a bonfire up at the fire pit.



Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday In this week's lesson, we welcome Collide Crew Leader Danielle and Collide Kid Kaia to teach us about making mistakes. Have you ever made a mistake? Of course! We all have! We can learn a lot from our mistakes. In fact, God can help us not repeat the same mistake twice. Watch today's lesson and see how!

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!

Youth Group 2020-2021


Kids in 5th-12th Grade ~ Sunday, 6-7pm

Well, we can call this the year "the year without a corn maze!" We are not happy about making this decision, but the threat of rain is too high and we don't want to spend another weekend fretting over the go vs. cancel decision. So, we will meet like normal this week, from 6-7pm. We will be getting ready for our Christmas project, decorating our "Giving Tree" for the food bank.

Big thanks to our Youth who came out and helped at the Giveaway!
You guys are greatly appreciated!

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


Youth Group Christmas Project 2020

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 this holiday season, the Youth have decided to collect donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. The collection will run from November 1 through December 6. Our Christmas giving tree will be set up this Sunday evening, with "ornaments" for you to take with you as shopping reminders. Whether you choose to make a monetary donation or donate non-perishable food items, your giving will help Second Harvest distribute daily to 160 hunger-relief organizations and programs located throughout our tri-county area! We hope to help the food bank spread a little joy and feed hungry people, for Christmas and beyond!



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.

"God is certainly good to each of us! His mercies are new every morning. I am truly thankful for that. We could all learn to show mercy and grace every day. Just like our heavenly father showers us with."

"My word for this week is “HIGHER”. Who is ready to go “higher” in Him? That is my desire, to go “higher” to where God wants me. In the bible there was a lot of examples of people going “higher”. Ezekiel went “higher” and experienced the Glory of the Lord. Zacchaeus went “higher” because he was determined to see Jesus. Moses went “higher” to get instruction from God. Moses went “higher” and was obedient to God. Jesus went “higher” to pray, to teach and most importantly to show us how to LOVE……like He did. When we go “higher” in Him, there will be bumps along the way. The enemy wants to keep us from climbing “higher”. Let us stay strong – stay determined – stay focused – stay in the Word – stay in prayer – Let the Holy Spirit guide us. Even though we cannot see the whole picture, God is right there behind the scenes, drawing us closer to Him. Come on – let us go “higher” in Him!"

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV)


A Note of Thanks From the Shannons

Dear church friends,
Our family would like to express our heartfelt love and appreciation to all of you who have surrounded us with your care and prayers during our time of need. It has been a time of learning and growing and depending on our Lord and His church as we were caring for Pat's parents and their many medical and emotional needs. We thank you for your lantern & flowers at the funeral, food at the house, cards, presence, and prayers. You have certainly been a blessing to us and to our extended family as well. May you be as blessed in your giving as we are in receiving.
~ Pat, Jen, Kelly, Audrey, & Nathan Shannon



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!



New Sunday Morning Bible Study

Pilgrim's Progress ~ Starting November 1
A Christian allegory written by English writer and Puritan preacher John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious, theological fiction in English literature. It has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print. Join the Sunday morning class as they put the Book of Psalms on hold to journey through Pilgrim's Progress.

Men's Ministry Gathering ~ Date to Come

We hope to gather one evening this month. Fall 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

Cleaning was the word of the week here. GG spent Monday and Tuesday doing small after-Giveaway clean up jobs and giving the upstairs a good deep clean. Wednesday brought packing day and, finally, some good weather to get back outside! Our crew enjoyed a walk through the beautiful woods, one of our favorite year-round activities. Today we are outside again, tackling the jobs that need done to prep our garden beds and fields for winter.

We are excited to participate this Saturday in Pumpkin Pandemonium at the Supplement Station, 1139 E Pidgeon Road in Salem. This is a free and family-friendly event! Children are invited to Trick or Treat from 5-8pm. There will be a raffle, with some awesome prizes, including a basket of our Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam. They will also be accepting food and monetary donations for The Lord's Blessing Food Pantry. (Give a donation and be entered into a raffle for a room of painting by Charlie the Painter!) There will be snacks and games and the Glow Fest, full of carved pumpkins, will begin at dusk. Pumpkin creations that are submitted by carvers will be on display for viewing and for crowd voting. We will be carving and entering one of our very own, GG grown white pumpkins! Follow the Pumpkin Pandemonium link to learn how to enter a pumpkin yourself and to learn more about this great community event!

Summer Intern Cameron Came for a Visit!

We love it when our friends stop by to see us! Cam surprised our crew by having lunch with
us today and then heading out to tour the gardens. During lunch, we even got to have a
video call with Darius. Those young men made our Thursday!

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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.




Turkey Jive Drive: Part Deux

Starting this Sunday through November 21st

Catalyst Men’s Ministry invites the congregations of
Connecting Life Church and Common Ground Church Community to participate in this special holiday outreach opportunity. Look for the donation board and collection area in the Great Room by the front window. Please check it out and see how you can help to gather the supplies and foods needed to feed up to 25 families this year for Thanksgiving!

On Saturday, November 21, the men will gather at church at 12pm to pack and prepare the boxes for distribution. Deliveries will be made between 1-5pm.
Pick-up will be available at Common Ground between 1-3pm.

If you would like to join in the packing and delivering, or if you have any questions, please contact James Crawford. All help will be appreciated as we strive to help those in need in our community!

Scenes from CLC's Turkey Jive Drive Last Year

How can YOU help make Thanksgiving brighter for valley families this year?
Take a tag from the display board and have fun shopping for supplies!

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News from Our Friends at Reach for the STARS

Check out this fun opportunity to create an ornament and raise funds to help get books
in to the homes of children under age 5 in Columbiana County!

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Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ 2021!

Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we collect items year-round...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! We have a donation barrel and storage space ready to go.

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

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!


The Brightside Project

Check out the work the Brightside Project is doing in our area, including
Columbiana County's Imagination Library.

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Drive-Thru Trick or Treat

Friday, 5-7pm
16 Boardman Blvd, Youngstown, OH 44512
Join Boardman Nissan and LOUD 102.3 for another year of candy-filled fun! Boardman Nissan's Drive-Thru Trick or Treat is open to children and adults of all ages! Dress up in your costume and drive down to 16 Boardman Boulevard where you will drive thru a spooky lot and receive individually-wrapped bags of candy to minimize contact. One staff member from each organization will be dedicated to passing out candy and/or toys, and there will plenty of hand sanitizer to go around! An outdoor photo booth will be available for children and their families to snap some photos of awesome costumes! PLUS there will be a costume contest where someone will win an AWESOME prize! Questions? Give us a call at (330) 726-5555.

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DEA National Rx Take Back Day

Saturday, 10am-2pm
Beaver Police Department
601 W South Range Rd, North Lima, Ohio 44452
Bring your unused Rx to Beaver PD and place them in the Rx box conveniently located in our lobby. NO Liquids and NO syringes please!!!

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Times Are Ruff Raffle

Saturday, 11am-2pm
Friends Of Fido MCDP/Mahoning County Dog Warden
Drawing will be held at Davidson’s Family Restaurant (outside in patio/parking lot area) on October 24th!! Staff will be there from 11:00am- 2:00pm selling tickets for the raffle as well as t-shirts and masks! Drawing for raffle will be at 2:00!

The pandemic has affected all of us in so many ways. As a local non-profit who covers the costs of the veterinary bills of the Mahoning County Dog Pound pups, we are always in need of funding. Not being able to hold public events is devastating to us. Last Fall we hosted our Golf outing and Lake Club events, which usually bring in the majority of the funds that we raise throughout the whole year. We are unable to have either this year due to Covid-19.
This raffle is being held to hopefully recoup what will be lost. More info Here.

Trunk-or-Treat in Boardman

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October 24 - Emily Faulkner
October 26 - Barry & Jen Lynch
October 26 - Ava D'Andrea
October 26 - National Pumpkin Day
October 28 - Megan Tehua
October 28 - Mickey & Laura Heestand
October 28 - National First Responders Day
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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



October 22-28, 2020 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Thursday, 6:30pm - Praise Band
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 6:00pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Sunday, 6pm - 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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