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Thursday, December 19, 2019


Sunday's Service - December 22, 2019

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

The featured Scripture comes from: 1 Peter 5:12
for Adam's sermon: The Message of 1 Peter - Stand Fast in God's Grace!

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



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Advent Candle Lighting

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, Bonnie Shank will light
the Peace candle and lead us in our reading.

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Part of the CGCC family, always.

Soup & Baked Potato Lunch ~ This Sunday, after Worship

Help us thank the Shank family for their time here with us at CGCC! Stay after Worship to enjoy fellowship and a meal together. Baked potato bar and beverages provided by the church with soup and Christmas cookies provided by YOU! All leftover cookies will be used for Christmas Eve on Tuesday.

Adam's Big News

Adam’s last day preaching here is on Christmas Eve. Starting this month, Adam will preach monthly at North Lima Mennonite Church. In September, he will become a part time pastor at there, working on ordination, while continuing to work for Wycliffe Bible Translators. We thank Adam and his family for being a part of our church family and wish them well on their new adventures! All of us at Common Ground have been blessed by their friendship, kindness, and clear example of Christ's light in the world. Thank you, Shank family, for being part of our church family. You will always be in our prayers.

To stay connected and receive updates on the Shanks and their ministry with Wycliffe Bible Translators, check out this page from the Wycliffe site: Adam & Bonnie Shank.


Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: 9:30am
Study of Psalms

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Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: 9:30am ~ Resumes January 8, 2020
Parables: The Mysteries of God's Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told by John MacArthur

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!


Garden & Nursery News

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

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Youth Group

For youth in 5th grade & up

Last Sunday, we had our Christmas celebration full of fun and laughter. It was a perfect way to end Youth Group for 2019! Youth Group evenings will resume in the new year. Starting date TBA.

Thank you for all the awesome donations to our YG Christmas project to
benefit the kids at Akron Children's Hospital!

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Christmas Eve Service ~ December 24th at 3:30pm

Come Worship with us during our afternoon service, complete with special music and candle-lighting. Invite friends and family to join us for this time of service and fellowship as we celebrate Christ's birth. It is a joyous time to welcome friends old and new!

2019 Year-End Contributions

The Finance Committee would like to remind you that, to be included in 2019, your contributions need to be received by or postmarked by December 31st. Thank you for your generous support all throughout the year!




December Speakers

12/24 - Adam Shank ~ Christmas Eve
12/29 - Andrew Stauffer

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Our Mission Statement: To cultivate personal, social, and community growth through gardening, education, and opportunity for people of all abilities.



Happenings at GG

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Monday was full of excitement. We volunteered at Whispering Pines, dropped all the donations off at Akron Children's Hospital, and went grocery shopping. It was a day full of holiday spirit!

The rest of the week has been equally festive and fun-filled. Tuesday brought our cooking day with Sue. We all enjoyed chicken fajitas, salsa and chips, and rice. We will miss our Tuesday lunches over this holiday break! Kelly came to visit on Wednesday, which brightened everyone's week. It is always a joy to have a special visitor like our Miss Kelly! We will end the week with a Christmas party on Friday to celebrate the season. Then, we will be on break until January 2, 2020. Come see us in the new year!

If you are still Christmas shopping, we have plenty of jam for your gift giving needs!
Contact us anytime.

December Newsletter

Check out what we have been up to this month. Click below to read our newsletter.

Support Goodness Grows While Shopping Online

Doing some online shopping for Christmas? If you shop Amazon (anytime during the year!), you can support GG for free at the same time! Just use Amazon Smile and choose Goodness Grows as your charity of choice. Then, you get your items and we get 0.5% of the purchase price through this program! Check it out online at




Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity

Coat & Clothing & More Drive
Keep saving all your clothing and outerwear items for next year's 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, toys...whatever you think might help someone in need. Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room.

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Youth Group Christmas Project

Thank you for your amazing support of our Akron Children's Toy Drive! We dropped off the many boxes and bags on Monday morning. Your donations will, in part, be used to brighten the Christmas morning of all the children who must wake up that day in the hospital. Each child will awaken to find wrapped packages waiting just for them!


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!

Christmas Bird Count

Hosted by Columbiana County Park District
Are you a birder? Or do you feed the birds? If so, please help on December 21 and December 28 with the annual Christmas bird count sponsored by the Audubon Society.

The idea is simple: we count all of the birds we see during a one-day span in a designated circle.

On December 21, we will count the birds in a circle that is centered in Beaver Creek State Park; the December 28 count is in a circle situated in Salem. Those two circles encompass a large swath of the county.

If you're interested in participating, either in the field or at your feeder, call 330-268-1128.

MAKE! Gingerbread Edition at Oh Wow!

Join us for our next MAKE! program on Saturday, Dec. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. Participants will be encouraged to think outside the typical gingerbread house box and WOW! us with an original gingerbread and icing creation!

Program cost = $2 Members, $10 Non-members (includes general admission)
OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones
Children's Center for Science & Technology
11 W. Federal Street, Youngstown, OH 44503
(330) 744-5914

Live Nativity at Zion Lutheran Church in Youngstown



Today - Megan McMaster
December 20 - Madigan Bendersmith
December 22 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 25 - Nathan Shannon

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


December 19-25 . . .
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Worship ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent
Sunday, 12pm - Baked Potato & Soup Luncheon
Monday Thru January 1 - GG Closed
Tuesday, 3:30pm - Christmas Eve Service

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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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