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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Sunday's Service - March 10, 2019

We welcome back Adam Shank to lead us in Worship this week.

The featured scripture verses are: 1 Peter 1:3-9
for Adam's message: A Living Hope.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion this Sunday.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



Outreach Potluck Soup Lunch ~ This Sunday After Worship

Our soup luncheon to celebrate Adam and his family is this week! You are invited to stay after Worship and help us thank the Shank family for all their involvement at Common Ground. Tomato soup and bread provided by the Outreach Committee, the rest of the feast provided by everyone. Guaranteed to be a delicious time of fellowship!

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Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: We are currently on a two week break. Romans study will begin on March 24.

Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: TIME CHANGE to 9:30am - Jude, at Jen Shannon's

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!

Garden & Nursery News

Garden children will remain in Worship for Communion this week. Activity pages will be on the table by the Sanctuary doors. Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

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Youth Group

A great big thank you goes to Miss Rachel for leading last Sunday! The group planted seeds for Goodness Grows, decorated our Food & Funds Drive donation area, and enjoyed snack and a game together.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday at our regular Youth Group time, 6-7:30pm!
Snack: Audrey & Nathan Shannon


March Speakers

March 17 - Brad Weber
March 24 - Greg Bowman
March 31 - Rev. Randy Brown



Game Night ~ Saturday, March 16th at 6:00pm

Join in for a fun evening for all ages. Board games and laughter for everyone! Bring a snack to share and come ready for a good time. Please sign up on the bulletin board to help us plan!

Crochet Class ~ Saturday, April 6th at 10am

Ready to learn some crochet skills or refresh your old skills with our resident crochet expert, Jessica Deeter? All skill levels welcome. We had a blast when we did this last year! Sign up to participate.

Family Movie Night ~ Friday, April 12th at 6:30pm

There is still plenty of time to sign up on the bulletin board to vote for one of three movie selections. Currently, 'Wonder' is in the lead.

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Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast ~ April 14 at 10am

It's almost time for our annual breakfast tradition. We hope you will be able to join us for pancakes, sausage, egg casserole, orange juice, milk, and coffee, all provided by the Worship Committee. If you would like to volunteer to help, just let us know...all hands appreciated!

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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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March Has Arrived

This week saw us in the kitchen with a volunteer! Sue Weaver came to make homemade macaroni and cheese with us on Wednesday, and it was amazing. We also experienced baking a yeast bread - Herb & Butter - from scratch. Of course, we also made some Jungle Jam, as we start gearing up for spring and summer events. Additionally, we spent time taking care of our newly started seeds, cleaned, took a trip to Menard's, had a few community members stop by to purchase jam, and much more! On Friday evening, GG will be in the big tent at the Austintown Plaza selling jam during the Youngstown Craft Beer Fest. Monday will kick off a new week with some Whispering Pines' volunteer time.

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Fresh Produce Coming Soon

Common Ground's Youth Group helped us kick off this year's planting season! The kids planted the first seeds of the year for our 2019 CSA program...and we already have tiny broccoli shoots starting to grow! We are now taking subscription orders. Pick up will be Thursdays, weekly or bi-weekly, over a period of 18 weeks. We will provide a variety of produce from early June to mid-October. Pay by April 30th to get the EARLY BIRD Price of $325, which equals $18.05 per week. After April 30th, the cost is $360 for a weekly share, which equals $20 per week. Or, do a bi-weekly share from mid-June to mid-October for $200, which equals $22.22 per week. Refer a friend who purchases a subscription, get $20 back! Limited number of shares, deadline May 27th.

GG Restaurant Fundraisers

Some of our area restaurants have programs that allow you to dine in and earn money for non-profit organizations. We have an event at BJ's on March 27 from 5-10pm and Chipotle on April 28 from 4-8pm. Grab a flyer (or several) from our GG table, share with your friends, and eat dinner out for a great cause and an easy way to help Goodness Grows earn money for our programs. Every dollar counts!




Common Ground & Second Harvest Food Bank

This month, the Food Bank kicked off their annual Harvest for Hunger campaign. Harvest for Hunger is a month-long food and funds drive that runs through April 7. Donations are typically down this time of year and the funds raised and food collected help stock the shelves of the Food Bank during the summer months when children are home from school. Common Ground wants to help this important cause, so we are hosting a Food & Funds Drive from Sunday, March 3 through Sunday, April 7. We will have a drop-off area for non-perishable food items and monetary donations in the Great Room on one half of our Library table. (Thanks to the Youth Group for their festive decorations. Great job!) Every donation will help folks in our valley!


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.


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?



Davis Family YMCA Event

Stolen Childhood Movie ~ Friday, March 8th from 6-7:30pm
Boardman's YMCA location is hosting a free showing of the Award Winning documentary Stolen Childhood. The movie will be played in the Recreation Room in the Davis Family YMCA and is open to the public. Limited seating only 50 seats available. The screener is 53 minutes long and will be followed by a Q&A. What happens when familiar signs of mental illness - rapid-onset OCD, tics, hyperactivity - are misdiagnosed? This is the unfortunate reality for children living with the auto-immune disease known as PANDAS. Many families who turn to medical professionals for answers are often forced into a long journey filled with misdiagnoses and a lack of awareness. "Stolen Childhood" takes an in-depth look at​ the lives of these families, the impact of PANDAS, and the consequences of medical misdiagnosis. Follow this link to register: Stolen Childhood Documentary Screener about PANDAS /PANS

New Waterford Lions Roast Beef Dinner

Saturday, March 9th at Crestview High School from 4-7pm
Served family style. Carry out available. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for kids at the door. Pre-sale tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. See Frank Snyder for tickets.
Menu: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, bread & butter, pies & cakes, iced tea, lemonade, and coffee

Chili at the Chamber ~ Salem Second Saturday

Mill Creek Park Event

Mudilicious! ~ March 10 from 2-4pm
As spring draws near and the earth begins to thaw, patches of gooey mud begin to appear. Join Naturalist Marilyn Williams on a moderate 1.4 mile hike through Hitchcock Woods (8156 Deerpath Dr., Youngstown, OH 44512) in celebration of mud, and the warmer weather it foretells. Call Ford Nature Center, 330-740-7107, for details.

If you know of any interesting news or events,
please let us know, so that we can pass it on to others!



March - National Nutrition Month (Perfect month for the Food & Funds Drive!)
March 10 - Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2am ~ Spring Forward!
March 11 - National Napping Day
March 12 - National Girl Scout Day
March 13 - National K9 Veterans Day

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


March 7-13 . . .
Through April 7 - Food & Funds Drive for Second Harvest
Friday, 6-10pm - GG at Craft Beer Festival
Sunday, 11am - Worship with Communion
Sunday, 12pm - Potluck Soup Luncheon
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - Youth Group
Monday, 9:30am - GG at Whispering Pines
Wednesday, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study

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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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