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Thursday, September 19, 2019


Sunday's Service - September 22, 2019

We welcome Connor Holloway, Ministry Apprentice
at Old North Church, to lead us in Worship this week.

The featured Scripture comes from: Luke 15
for Connor's message: Lost and Found.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!




Our Story Continues

Common Ground Church Community has recently and officially severed its ties with Eastminster Presbytery and the PCUSA. The Session is excited about the prospects for our future, but we need the congregation's input and support to chart a course for our walk with Christ. Look for the announcement of a meeting in the near future.

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Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: Romans, 9:30a.m.

Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: 9:30am
Best Friends with God: Falling in Love with the God Who Loves You by Christy Bower.

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

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Garden & Nursery News

The first week back in the Garden was excellent! We focused on the Fruits of the Spirit and how to apply them at school. Jen Shannon will lead the Garden this Sunday. The following Sunday we will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion, and Garden kids will remain in Worship. Activity pages on the table by Sanctuary doors for children who stay in Worship. Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

Want to volunteer in the Garden and/or with the Sprouts and Nursery age kids?
We would love to have you jump on board! Talk to Jen L. for more information.

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Youth Group

For youth in 5th grade & up

We had a fantastic return to our school year routine last Sunday as we kicked off YG 2019-2020! We spent time discussing all the treasures we have in our lives as well as the most important treasure of all. Our youth are full of good insights as well as good humor! We invite all the youth to join us
for fun, fellowship, and learning this year, most Sunday evenings from 6-7:30pm.

Check the bulletin board for the snack sign up sheet.

Snack this week: Tyler Gane

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This school year started with Play-doh and ice cream!


Youth Group Maze Craze Visit ~ September 29

It's time for our annual autumn adventure in the corn...and you are invited! The Youth Group, and anyone else who wants to participate, will meet in New Springfield at the Maze Craze at 4pm on Sunday, September 29. We'll assemble for our traditional group photo and then the explorers will head into the maze while the rest of us wait and watch from a nice bench or picnic table. The ending time is up to you and your kids. Admission for ages 5 & over - $10. Click here for more Maze Craze info: Fall Fun at the Corn Maze!

Maze Craze
14070 Woodworth Rd (ST Rte 165)
New Springfield, OH 44443




September Speakers

29th - Adam Shank - Communion Sunday

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YG Service Opportunity at Our Giveaway

Saturday, October 12 from 9:30am – 1:30pm
Many hands make light work! We can use all hands on deck before, during, and after our Coat & Clothing Giveaway. Youth Group will not meet on Sunday evening the weekend of the Giveaway, so youth are encouraged to spend some time with us on that Saturday, helping to serve the community.

“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”
Proverbs 11:25

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Fall Harvest & CG Birthday Celebration

Save the Date ~ Saturday, October 19

Are you ready to gather and celebrate the fall harvest, like we do each October? This year we are adding a little twist! On this exact date in 2008 (11 years ago!), CGCC held our first service in our building! Since it is our 11th "birthday" we felt it would be a great time to celebrate. So, we will continue our tradition of costumes and candy and add in some birthday fun! Keep an eye out for further details and times to be announced soon.

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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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Winston stole our hearts.

September at GG

This Monday took us out of the building for some shopping in North Lima. We visited Gardening Indoor and got to meet the wonderful dog, Winston. The staff was incredibly helpful and we highly recommend heading there for your gardening needs.


Chef Tori & Chef Dustin

Since it is now mid-September, we are starting to prep gardens and beds for winter. Pulling plants, weeding, and cleaning up outdoors are all very important parts of running a farm. We are lucky to have our friends from Leetonia, Mohawk, and Transition here during this busy season!

Tuesday's lunch was chicken parmigiana, homemade herb bread, and a salad of spaghetti, charred corn, zucchini, and feta. Dining at GG is like dining at a five star restaurant...just ask Janine! Thanks for enjoying lunch with us this week, Janine!!

Today is CSA day. Only three more weeks after this. Our crew made fresh salsa for this week's shares. It sure makes it smell delicious here!

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Lunch with friends is the best!

On Saturday, we will be in Canfield at the Market on the Green, from 10am-4pm, with jam, tie-dyed bags, and birdhouse gourds. Come check out this amazing market full of so many makers, vendors, and artisans. Fun for the whole family. We would love to see you!

We will start next week with a Whispering Pines morning and a trip to the grocery store. Looking forward to another busy week!

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This week's butterfly release.




Coat & Clothing Drive

Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity
Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room, anytime throughout the year!

Let your friends and family know that we accept donations year-round. Help us spread the word!

We are happy to take coats, clothes, shoes, purses and bags, jewelry, hats, gloves and mittens, scarves, and even small household items. We will accept anything that is clean and in good repair that you think someone else might be able to use! Last year, items like purses, shoes, and baby clothes were in high demand. Folks also enjoyed the random item table that had pictures, blankets, glasses, etc. You never know what might make someone's day. One man's trash is another man's treasure!

Date for Giveaway ~ Saturday, October 12th, 10am-1pm!

Here is the link on Facebook:
Giveaway Event

Here is the link on website:
Coat & Clothing Giveaway

Please share this event with everyone you know. Some folks may have items to donate,
some folks may want to attend, some may want to do both, and we would love to reach them
all! Text, call, or email all your friends and family!


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!

Amish Market Charity Auction for the Rescue Mission

Come out to the Amish Market Benefit Auction on Friday, September 20th starting at 6:30pm. All proceeds will benefit the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley. Shop owners at the Amish Market and local businesses have donated lots of great items to be auctioned! Bring a chair & see you under the tent in the parking lot at The Amish Market! More info Here.

Mill Creek Park

Birding the Sanctuary
September 21, 8-9:30am
Enjoy fall birding with Jeff Harvey on this early morning hike at Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. Space is limited. Boots required. Register TODAY at Fellows Riverside Gardens, 330.740.7116. Moderate, 1.25 mi.

Plenty of things to do for all ages at Mill Creek Park: Mill Creek Park Events

Aspire 2019 Tour in Hermitage

Sunday, September 22
Grace Chapel Community Church
4075 Lamor Rd.
Hermitage, PA 16148

5:00 pm Show
4:30 pm GA Doors Open
4:00 PM VIP Doors Open

Aspire is a 1 night, 3-hour event just for women full of laughter, learning, stories and music. It is like a weekend retreat packed into one evening with National Speakers, Authors, Comedians, and Worship. We hope you can join us.

PSALM 71:23
"My Lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed."

Friends Fall Book Sale at the Columbiana Library

Thanks to the large number of donations, a wide selection of fiction hardback and paperback books as well as non-fiction and audiovisual materials will be for sale. Adult hardback books will be $1.00 and paperbacks $0.50. Children's hardback books will be $0.50 and paperbacks $0.25. Magazines are $0.10. Audiovisual (DVDs. tapes, and CDs) are $1.00.

Friday, September 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Friends Only Preview)
Individual memberships are $5.00 and family memberships are $7.00. Memberships may be purchased any time at the library, including the day of the sale.

Saturday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Open to the Public)
Don't miss the bag of books sale from 3:00-4:30 p.m. for only $4.00. Paper sacks will be provided for you to fill as full as you can.

Urban Community Supported Agriculture Farm Tour with Sophia Buggs

Saturday, September 28, 1-3pm
Lady Buggs Farm, 536 Carroll St, Youngstown, Ohio 44502
Once upon a time, Sophia Buggs worked here with Goodness Grows and she remains a friend to GG still. Now Sophia works on her own urban farm, sharing her knowledge, skill, and passion for doing good. Her stated mission for Lady Buggs Farm is "to restore, revamp, and revitalize the neighborhood community by providing fresh foods, gardening, cooking education, and wellness products that are affordable and accessible, while creating a loving urban homestead. Farmer Sophia Buggs believes that reclaiming the sacred roots of farming through sustainable living is vital to the sustainability of urban America. She believes that strengthening families and beautifying communities is not an option; it’s what’s required as a full participant in creating vibrant communities." Join Sophia on her farm to learn about the role of farming in the city and how you could help.

For questions or to learn more, contact Sophia Buggs at (330) 406-9961 or by email at

This event is presented by OEFFA as part of the 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted in the tour brochure. For more information about all events in the series, go to

Benefit Car Show for the Rescue Mission



September 20 - National Queso Day (The idea of using Velveeta to make queso was first published in a cookbook in 1939! Who knew!?!)
September 21 - International Day of Peace
September 22 - Phil McMaster
September 23 - Lily Shank
September 23 - First Day of Fall

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


September 19-25 . . .
Today - Transition Class
Today, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-up
Saturday, 10am-4pm - GG at Canfield Market on the Green
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 12pm - Worship Committee Meeting
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - YG
Monday, 9:30am - GG at Whispering Pines
Tuesday - Leetonia Class
Wednesday, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday - Mohawk Class
Wednesday, 6pm - Session 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!

Service Time: Sunday @ 11:00am
Common Ground Church Community
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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