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Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Sunday's Service - April 11, 2021

Holy Spirit

A new Sermon Series begins this Sunday, simply titled, "The Holy Spirit."

The featured Scripture is: John 14:16-18
for Mike's message: The Holy Spirit.

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 Psalms.

Ladies Bible Study ~ Friday, 9am
Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul by Hannah Anderson. Tomorrow we will be discussing Chapter 3 and the accompanying questions from the guide as well as doing a brief review of Chapter 2. Hope to see you there!

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: Sunday, 6pm at the Taylor house
▪ Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesday, 10am on Zoom
▪ Hileman LifeGroup: Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm
▪ Bartholomew LifeGroup: Bonfire this Friday, April 9 at 6:30pm
Taylor LifeGroup: Sunday, 6pm at the Taylor house
Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesday, 10am on Zoom
Hileman LifeGroup: Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm
Bartholomew LifeGroup: Bonfire this Friday, April 9 at 6:30pm

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


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Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Sundays ~ During Worship
* Nursery Care (Newborn-3 in the Nursery)
* Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6 in the Sprouts Room)
* Collide Kids Church (Grades 1-4 in the Activity Room)

Collide Kids Wednesdays ~ 6:30-7:30pm
* Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6 in the Sprouts Room) with Stacy Hileman
* Collide Kids (Grades 1-4 in the Activity Room) with Delania Link
* Collide Middle School (Grades 5-8 in the Blue Room) with Austin Young

We will follow COVID-19 CDC guidelines to provide the safest environment to our kids.

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Fun Together in Fall 2020

Youth Group

Grades 5-12, Sundays from 6-7pm

We have not met since early November, so we are excited to get the Youth Group ball rolling again! All our youth are invited to meet upstairs in the Activity Room this Sunday for an hour of learning and growing together. We will be following COVID guidelines, with masks and social distancing required. We can't wait to see everyone again!



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!



Thank you to Marcia Kreps for sharing and Darla Smith for writing these weekly bits of encouragement.

"I pray you all had a Blessed Easter weekend. The weather was fantastic here in Ohio! Lots of sunshine for sure. A memory came up on my Facebook page from 2013. My sister had said something that I loved so I saved it. “A great life is always one exciting turn after another. You must be stretched beyond your comfort zone to discover how much you can accomplish.” Wow! Just wow! God is always right on time for the Word for the week. To say I am surprised would not be correct. I am humbled that He is using me for such a time as this."

"The Word God gave me is “STRETCH.” Are we willing to say, "Ok God – I am here. You can “stretch” me." I read this today, a modern-day beatitude could be, "Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken." Do we feel flexible? You know, when I get out of bed in the morning, sometimes I “stretch” my arms or bend back a little to get moving, if you know what I mean. An athlete does some “stretch” exercises before going full force into movement with all they have. Possibly, if we do not “stretch,” there may be aches and pains to contend with. Even though sometimes we may not want to “stretch," in the long run, it is better for us. Same with God. Do not resist the “stretch. Go with His plan. There is victory in the “stretch.” We will grow in the “stretch.” God wants to “stretch” our confidence. God wants to “stretch” our self-esteem. Our faith builds in the “stretch.” Being “stretched” by God, we will be able to cover more ground to be a blessing to others. Jesus did the ultimate “stretch" for us – He “stretched” out His hands and loved us! I pray we will embrace the “stretch.”

“Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes. ~ Isaiah 54:2 (NKJV)

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Men - Mark Your Calendars!

Men’s Rally in the Valley 2021 ~ Be United in Christ
October 9, doors open at 7am
Covelli Centre, 229 East Front Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44503
"The Rally is produced by Men of Faith and exists to bring men together in Christian unity for prayer, fellowship, worship, and teaching."
We'll share more details as the date draws closer, but we urge you to mark your calendars and prayerfully consider attending this event that will allow you to experience God in remarkable ways! Learn more and read about the nationally known speakers that are lined up at, where you can also sign up for their Rally News emails. Business card sized reminders are available on the round table in the Great Room.



April 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!

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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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Happy Birthday, Bradly!

News of the Week

Easter Monday brought good outdoor weather to GG. We dove into the front landscaping, weeding and planting some gorgeous Easter flowers for all to enjoy! There is nothing like being outside in the fresh air, enjoying the weather and the new flowers. This first full week of April also saw us getting some more veggies planted outside, moving sprouts out of the building and into the greenhouse, and, of course, watering and weeding. The amount of watering and weeding that will be done from now through September is mind boggling to contemplate...and a sure sign that the growing season is upon us!! If you would like to get in on the outdoor fun, just let us know. We love volunteers!

Tuesday was another GG birthday, so we enthusiastically celebrated Bradly. Happy Birthday, Bradly! Everyone enjoyed ending lunch by singing to Bradly and feasting on a chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake.

So far this week, the weather has cooperated beautifully. We have gotten so much work done and even had time to do some nature walking, worm hunting, rock collecting, and exploring at the creek. Seeing the new growth and the blooming flowers has been a highlight!

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CSA Info Available

Click this GG Link to learn about our
2021 Community Supported Agriculture Program.

Only 2 spots left! The Early Bird deadline is April 30!
Thank you to our subscribers!

Brochures are available on the GG table in the Great Room.
CSA planting has been started and we are so excited!!!

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.
There is only one last Cranberry Orange Juicy Jam left until fall!



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!



Spring 2021 Concert

Stambaugh Youth Concert Band
Congratulations to Audrey Shannon for all her years making music with this amazing group! Your church family is proud of you. Break a leg! If you would like to enjoy the beautiful music of Audrey and all these young musicians, their Spring Concert is next Tuesday. The 2020-2021 season closes on April 13, 7:30pm at Stambaugh Auditorium and online. The doors for the concert will open at 6:45pm. The concert and live stream will start at 7:30pm. It will be live-streamed to the Stambaugh Auditorium website and to the Stambaugh Auditorium YouTube channel at no cost. Visit to purchase tickets, only a limited number available. For the safety of guests, musicians, and staff, there will be no concessions, no walk-up ticket sales, and no items distributed to guests at the concert.

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Mahoning County Farm Bureau Community Breakfast

Saturday, April 10, 8-11am
Canfield Fairgrounds
Come and enjoy breakfast and learn more about local agriculture. We will have livestock and equipment displays. Make sure to get an agriculture education activity pack to take home.
Bring the whole family for some great fun! Menu: Pancakes, sausage, real maple syrup, and a drink for a suggested donation of $2. Proceeds will benefit our program and college scholarship fund. Breakfast will be served until food is gone.

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Birding with Peter Wilson

Saturday, April 10, 9am
Event by Columbiana County Park District
Meet at the Pavilion at Scenic Vista Park outside Lisbon at 9am for a nature hike and morning of birding with knowledgeable local birder, Peter Wilson. Peter will identify local resident birds and teach people to spot early migrants.

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The Youngstown Flea

Saturday, April 10, 9am-3pm
365 E Boardman St, Youngstown, OH 44503
Season six of the Youngstown Flea at the new location. Free admission and free parking. COVID precauions will be followed. Learn more at: Shop Safe at the Flea. (Goodness Grows will start their Flea season in May.)


Blood Drive ~ American Red Cross, Mahoning Chapter

Saturday, April 10, 10am-3pm
Boardman Library large meeting room
Proudly serving the needs of St. Elizabeth Hospital. Taking blood donations to help our community. For appointments call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County

Saturday Crafternoons for Kids
Saturday, April 10, 2-2:15pm
Join the PLYMC children's librarians online for Saturday Crafternoons. A new book talk and craft each week. Perfect for ages 6-10, at "Library Mahoning County" on Facebook.

Pop-Up Library @ Beloit Recycling Center
Wednesday, April 14, 1-4pm
The Pop-Up Library visits the Beloit Recycling Center! Get a library card, check out materials, ask us questions! For everyone's safety, please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distance.



TODAY - Nancy Brink
TODAY - Jennifer Lynch
April 10 - National Hug Your Dog Day
April 10 - National Siblings Day
April 14 - National Gardening Day
April is Autism Acceptance Month.

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



April 8-14, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Friday, 6:30pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup Bonfire
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship & Collide Sunday Ministries
Sunday, 6pm - Youth Group Resumes
Sunday, 6pm - Taylor LifeGroup
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 6:30pm - Collide Kids
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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