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Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Sunday's Service - October 11, 2020

Worship will take place out front at the raised bed garden - weather permitting.

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The featured Scripture comes from: Job 1:13-22; 2:7-8
for Mike's sermon: Shelter in Grace Part 2: From Riches to Rags.

For the next two weeks, we will examine Job’s pain. Clearly his is an extreme example, but eventually everyone will pass through such waters of affliction. So, why does evil seem to dominate our world? How can anyone believe in a good and loving God while bad and unloving things happen all around us? Not only is this a major “deal breaker” for many people believing in God; this is also a quandary for believers who want to “make sense” out of everything in life. This Sunday, we’ll see how Job suffered and how Jesus meets the deepest cry of the suffering heart.
~ Pastor Mike

Join us Sunday ~ In-Person & Online ~ for Worship at 11am
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Scenes From Last Sunday



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October is National Pastor Appreciation Month ~ Did You Know...

Pastor Appreciation
Regardless of where you fall on the introvert/extrovert scale, regardless of your role in the church and regardless of how much you think your pastor likes you or doesn’t like you, you can and should appreciate your pastor.

We can easily and far too often take our pastors for granted. It can be easy for us to criticize them on how good of a job they did on their sermon, saying things like:
“I wasn’t a big fan of their sermon today.”
“I didn’t really connect with their sermon.”
“I think they could have done a better job preparing or delivering their message.”

We far too often forget that they are human, and have a life, family and other responsibilities they have throughout the week. We can easily think that a pastor is just there to serve us and deliver a sermon that we want to hear and if either of these doesn’t go the way we want it to, we forget that our pastor also is pastoring an entire congregation. If we are not careful, we can fall victim to the spirit of entitlement where it becomes all about us.

Now, while this isn’t always the case and it may not be this extreme, it is something we all need to keep in consideration and remember that even if one person’s life is changed by the pastor’s message, then isn’t that what it’s all about?

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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Awning Repair Work Day Part 2

THIS Saturday, 9:30am
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the fabulous volunteers that came out on the 3rd!!!!! You all rock!
Did you miss our work day and would like a chance to help? Did you find it so satisfying that you want to do it again? Then you are in luck! We are working again this Saturday, October 10, beginning at 9:30am. We still have one half of the awning to re-cover, so that we can use the area for Worship and for the upcoming Coat & Clothing (& More!) Giveaway. If you have work gloves and ladders that are 8-12 feet tall, please bring them with you. If you are not up for an outdoor work day, head on over anyway. We have plenty of inside tasks to do as we prepare for the Giveaway! If we should have to reschedule, we will announce it on the CGCC Facebook page.

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Youth Group Invites You to the Corn Maze

Sunday, October 11, 4-7pm
Autumn means it is time for the Youth Group's traditional visit to the corn maze - and you are invited! Head on out, bring your family, and join the youth for some seasonal fun, all ages welcome. We will meet at the Rolling Acres Corn Maze in Leetonia at 4pm. We'll assemble for a group photo and then families and groups can head into the maze or enjoy the extras, however they choose. A parent or responsible adult must be present for the duration.

Maze - $10.00 ages 3 & under free, includes Maze, Hayride, Mini Golf, Sling Shot
Hayride - $3.00
Kids Barrel Train Ride - $1.00
Mini Golf - $5.00
Sling Shot - $3.00 a bucket

They do offer a special rate for groups of over 20 people, so the above pricing may change depending on participation. Please call/text Jen at 330-881-8692 or call the church at 330-549-9408 so we can get a count. (Rain date - October 18)


Collide Kids Family Fun Day ~ Rescheduled to This Sunday!

New Date ~ Sunday, October 11, 4-7pm
Collide Kids families and friends are invited to enjoy an afternoon at the Maze Craze in New Springfield this Sunday, October 11, from
4-7pm. For kids PreK-4th grade and their family. Maze fee will be covered by CLC. Other paid activities and concessions are available, parents are responsible to cover. RSVP with the number of people you'll be bringing by Saturday, October 10th by texting Stacy Hileman at 330-503-7713. If we have to cancel, it will be announced on the CLC Facebook page.

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Volunteers Needed to Prepare for Giveaway

Do you like to sort/organize/fold clothes and organize items? We hope so, because we have a mountain of clothing and other great items to get ready for October 17! If you have free time, stop by the church any week day between 8:30am and 1:30pm or come in this Saturday at 9:30am. All help is much appreciated! Great big THANKS to everyone who has already come out to help!!! Volunteers also needed on Giveaway day to help everything flow smoothly. Let us know if you'd like to help.

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
Studying the Book of Psalms
9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room.

Ladies Bible Study
Next Meeting ~ Friday, October 16 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, 6:30pm outside of CGCC
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, 6:30pm outside of CGCC



Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday
In this week's lesson, we learn where to look for wisdom. Many times we can learn from the Godly leaders that God puts in our path. It's important to listen to the right people when we have questions. Those who look to Godly leaders show a lot of wisdom!

"My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction."
~ Proverbs 1:8

Join Crew Leader Danielle, 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!

This week's discussion question: What's the latest you've ever stayed up at night?

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Last Sunday, we spent time in prayer and then focused on set up for the Giveaway. Our crew toted tables all over the building in preparation. We hope to see youth here volunteering on the 17th as well!

This Sunday, we will meet at Rolling Acres at 4pm. Remember your masks, money, and a parent and be ready for an evening of fun and fellowship!

Youth Group is open to kids in 5th-12th grade.

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

Youth Group Christmas Project 2020

This year the youth felt that our Christmas project should reflect the current situation in our country. 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, we have decided to collect donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. After the Coat & Clothing Giveaway, we will put up our collection area for non-perishable food items as well monetary donations. Please prayerfully consider how you might help.

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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!



Thank you to Darla Smith for writing and Marcia Kreps for sharing Darla's uplifting words with us.

"I pray your week is flowing smoothly with God’s help. I thank God for you all every day. Truly honored to reach out to you all each week with a little something God has placed on my heart. It is my joy and blesses my heart!"

"This week’s word I am gleaning from Pastor’s message on Sunday. ‘PURSUE OR PURSUIT” What are we pursuing? Are we pursuing God with our whole heart? When a policeman is trying to catch the bad guy – he is in pursuit of catching him. When a young man would like to date a young lady – he is in pursuit of her. When the Israelites were fleeing Egypt – Pharaoh was in pursuit of them. Nothing would stand in their way. I want to PURSUE God with everything that is within me. Let us PURSUE Him and let nothing stop us. Pursuing God is like a game of hide-n-seek and God always lets us win! He will always let us “catch” Him. His desire is for us to have a personal relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit. He always gives us more to discover, learn, to grow and to experience. Communion with Jesus should be our #1 desire. Let us become more disciplined and let our prayer life enrich our PURSUIT!"

That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! ~ Ephesians 1:15-19 (MSG)



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!


Coat & Clothing (& More!) Giveaway ~ Saturday, October 17, 10am-1pm

Spread the Word!
Donations accepted right up until the event. Everyone welcome to come find items
that they could use. We will be following COVID-19 precautions.

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Men's Ministry Gathering ~ Date to Come

We hope to gather one evening this month. October 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

This week we processed some peppers, spent a brief time outside, and worked on cleaning the church. Mostly we have been getting ready for the Coat & Clothing (& More!) Giveaway! We have moved tables, carried boxes and bags, sorted clothes and other items....the list goes on. This is definitely a busy time of year for us! It seems sad not to have our school friends here with us working on these tasks, but we are still getting lots done. We just hope the classrooms can return next year.

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.



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Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ October 17

Keep saving all your clothing and outerwear items for our fall giveaway. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we accept donations all year! Clothes for all ages and sizes needed, along with coats, bags, purses, shoes, housewares, books, stuffed animals, toys...whatever clean and useable items you think might help someone in need. Bags and boxes for people to carry their "new" items home with them are also needed! We could also use any hangers that you no longer need. Thank you for all the donations that have been coming in!!! Drop items off under the front awning by the glass doors facing the road or stop by if there are cars in the parking lot.

Volunteers will be needed on the 17th to help with the Giveaway. Let us know if you would like to help, or just show up that day and we will be glad to put you to work!

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.

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Update from Masaka

It has been a busy summer in Masaka! We thank the Lord so much for His faithfulness and provision on the school project. We have seen progress everyday. The builder's dedication, our staff involvement, the participation of the boys and the community, and the donors' giving has helped us to reach this point. Despite plans not always proceeding as intended, the roofing phase is about 70% complete. The next step is putting on the metal sheets. Our need now is to complete all the roof over the two new additions at a cost of $3,452.00. Complicating this is the excessive inflation that has happened due to the pandemic as well as difficulty in obtaining building materials. The following are the items needed to complete the roof: 30 metal sheets ($3000.00), nails, 15 valleys, 85 ridges, rubber washers, and the labor. We ask for your prayers to complete this project and to bring additional donors on board. Earlier this week we sent a donation of $1100.00 for the roof, leaving a need for an additional $2,500.00.

The schools will be opening on October 15 for students in their last year of school. This will affect eight of our Divine kids. We await further word from the Ministry of Education as to how this will proceed. We have been saving a portion of the sponsorship money for future tuition. During the pandemic, we have provided food and medical support and other needs for the children and their families.

Churches are permitted to meet at last and this has been a great joy! Pius continues his street ministry, which has brought souls into God's kingdom. Several of the kids accompany him in this activity. Along with the ministry, bibles continue to be distributed. This is wonderful for the many who can at last read God's word in their language. So many have expressed their thanks for this. We continue to get messages of thanks for the food provided as well. These have been tough economic times for our families and children in Masaka.

If anyone is interested in accompanying David and Marilee on a mission trip to Uganda, please let them know. The hope is to go soon, while airfares are still reasonably priced. You would need a passport, visa, negative COVID test, and a yellow fever shot.

Saying thank you for your financial support does not seem to sufficiently express our appreciation. Divine Ministry and Rock Kidz are growing and God has blessed us abundantly. We pray for the Holy Spirit to continue to direct our missions for His purposes. Truly lives are being changed for God's glory.

Hebrews 13:16 ~ Don't forget to do good and share what you have with those in need,
for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.


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!


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Night Hiking

The Columbiana County Park District will hold a night hike tonight at 7:15pm. Meet at the Teegarden parking lot on Eagleton Road, to possibly hear owls and maybe a coyote or two. Bring a flash light and insect repellent for this four mile walk. Masks and social distancing will be followed.

Canfield Fair ~ Fair Food Extravaganza

October 9th & 10th from 10am-6pm both days.

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Men's Rally in the Valley

More information on this yearly event HERE.

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Victorian Days

Jello Molds? In the 1800s?!
Saturday, October 10, 2pm
This week, visit the library’s Facebook page or YouTube channel to watch a short video about the different meals and food that would have been consumed in Victorian America.

Fall Colors in Ohio

Take a family drive to see the changing leaves.
More info here: ODNR Fall Sights

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Today - Kim Harberson
Today - National Pierogi Day
October 10 - Shirl Criss
October 10 - World Mental Health Day
October 12 - Farmers Day ~Take a moment to thank the farmers who work to feed us.
October 13 - Navy Birthday
October 14 - Rebecca Hileman
October 14 - Frank Snyder
October 14 - National Fossil Day
October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

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



October 8-14, 2020 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Friday, 6:30pm - Bartholomew LifeGroup
Saturday, 9:30am - Awning Repair Work Day ~ Part 2
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Sunday, 4-7pm - Youth Group at Rolling Acres
Sunday, 4-7pm - Collide Kids at Maze Craze
Sunday, 6pm - Taylor LifeGroup
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Tuesday, 6pm - Hileman LifeGroup
Tuesday, 6:30pm - CLC Deacons/CGCC Session Meeting
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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