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Thursday, November 21, 2019


Sunday's Service - November 24, 2019

We welcome back Rev. Dr. David Hill to lead us in Worship this week.

The featured Scripture comes from: Psalm 95:1-7
for David's message: Two Thanksgiving Tables.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!




We Welcome Back Tried & True!

We are excited to announce an extra-special Worship service this week. Our friends Denise Gane and Lynn Deeter - the father/daughter duo Tried & True - will be with us again to provide their special brand of gospel music! We had a wonderful service with them in May and they have agreed to return to help us praise the Lord this Thanksgiving week. Invite your friends and family to church to enjoy this special service, with David preaching and Tried & True singing. We will have the "love offering" container available in the Great Room, if you wish to express your thanks to the musicians.


Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: 9:30am
Study of Psalms starts this week.

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Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: 9:30am
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!

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Garden & Nursery News

Jen Shannon will be in the Garden this week, with a lesson about Goodness. Activity pages for kids on the table by Sanctuary doors. Children 3 & younger 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.

Youth Group

For youth in 5th grade & up

Last Sunday, we got so deeply involved in our activities that I completely forgot to take any pictures! We discussed regular thirst vs. spiritual thirst and delved into the story of the woman at the well. These young people see and know more than we often give them credit for. We also laughed our way through the game of Scattergories and played a high-energy flashlight game. The bulletin board in the stairway hall is in the process of being updated to share some thoughts about Youth Group from the youth. Check it out!
See you this Sunday at 6pm! Snack: Tyler Gane

Christmas project info below in OUTREACH and MISSION OPPORTUNITIES section.

We invite all the youth to join us for fun, fellowship, and learning this year,
most Sunday evenings from 6-7:30pm.

Dates for the Rest of 2019:
November 24
December 1 - Christmas Decorating, all ages invited
December 8
​December 15

New Devotionals

Now's the time to pick up some new devotionals in the Great Room. The quarterly Our Daily Bread is here to carry you in to the new year. We are also ready for the upcoming Advent season, with two devotional books. Our Daily Bread has "Joy to the World," containing 10 Christmas reflections. The Society of St. Andrew's book, "Written in the Stars," will provide you with Scripture readings, reflections, and prayers for the entire season from December 1st through Christmas.




December Speakers

12/1 - Andrew Stauffer
12/8 - Phil Bartholomew
12/15 - Phil Bartholomew
12/22 - Adam Shank
12/24 - Adam Shank
12/29 - Andrew Stauffer

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Special Events

Save the Date for...

Christmas Decorating ~ December 1, 6-7:30pm

Congregational Meeting ~ December 8, after Worship

Soup & Baked Potato Lunch ~ December 22, after Worship

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship ~ 3:30pm

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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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Happy Birthday, Morgan!

This was a Whispering Pines week, so we spent Monday morning working there. We sorted mountains of decorations to get prepared for the Christmas decorating that will happen soon.

After volunteering, Monday continued to be full of fun. Rex came out to help with getting our fields ship-shape for next year. We worked on tilling and adding nutrients into the soil so all is ready for spring sprouts. We also enjoyed celebrating our friend Morgan's 39th birthday with fresh brownies made by Beth Kufleitner. It was definitely a fabulous Monday!

Tuesday's lunch was an old favorite, teriyaki chicken with rice and a side of edamame. As always, our cooks worked hard, had fun, and did a fantastic job! The rest of our crew worked on tree clearing and other outside tasks. Outdoor autumn jobs continued throughout the week, along with jam making, stuffing catnip toys, and more. Everyone definitely earned their two day vacation that is coming up next week!

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Prepping Reindeer Food Last Week

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Clearing the Stick Pile

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Enjoying Tuesday's Lunch

Friendsgiving 2019 - Wednesday Evening - Thanksgiving Eve!

A fun and easy way to support Goodness Grows.
Have a good time while helping us raise money for the coming year!

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Thanks Nancy!

Please join us for a GG fundraiser at Diletto Winery in Boardman next week, the night before Thansksgiving, November 27 from 6-9pm, complete with a basket raffle. The band On the Rocks will be playing. Come out & enjoy some relaxation with good friends, good food, & good music for a good cause! We'd love to see you there!

Last Call for Basket Raffle Donations

Please let us know if you would like to donate a basket. All donations very much appreciated! We love to share donation photos and information on our Facebook page, website, and in our newsletter, and we will eagerly share your donation! Thanks to everyone who has already donated or pledged a basket! We will make sure they head off to good homes, in support of a good cause!


Still Looking for Pie Bakers

Is pie baking (or pie buying) one of your skills? If it is, we could use any pies you'd like to donate! We are looking for a few good pies to share with all our friends at Friendsgiving. Customers will receive happy tummies and GG will receive all the proceeds of pie sales. It's a win-win for all! If YOU would like to donate a pie, please let Jen or Kitty know. You will have our never-ending appreciation!!!

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These smiling faces say "Thanks!"

Why support Goodness Grows?

Goodness Grows, the mission of CGCC, helps grow goodness, right here on our property. We work daily with clients in our vocational habilitation program, providing training in a wide array of life skills. Staff and clients work all around the building and property, helping to keep things running, volunteer in the community, donate to food pantries, and more. In the fall and spring, area schools use Goodness Grows as a job site, learning all sorts of skills. All proceeds from fundraisers, like Friendsgiving, go right back into our programs, to keep our mission operating. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Goodness Grows is always looking for creative and fun ways like this to raise money to fund our programs.

Wondering how we earn money through a Friendsgiving fundraiser?

Proceeds will go toward Goodness Grows' programs with students and adults with disabilities. We will earn 10% on total sales, $1 from each signature drink, and all funds raised through the sale of pie slices, raffle tickets, and our GG products. Diletto's wine will be available for carryout. As you might imagine, every dollar helps! On the Rocks is donating their time and talent to make this fundraiser a success! We so appreciate all these generous folks, and all the attendees, who are giving their resources, talents, and time!! We sure hope to see you on November 27 for a great evening!!! 6-9pm at Diletto Winery, Market St., Boardman!




Youth Group Christmas Project ~ Toy Drive for ACH

A gift of toys, games, or activity supplies can make a big difference to children and families spending time in the hospital. Children can learn and find comfort in play while dealing with the big emotions of being in the hospital. Games and toys foster a playful atmosphere, which has the ability to bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike. Donating a wish list item to our Christmas Toy Drive is one way to bring cheer to a sick child’s day. Akron Children's Hospital is always in need of toys, craft supplies, and other items throughout the year for children from infancy through age 18. Grab a wish list in the Great Room or click HERE to view it online. Drop items off at the donation table anytime through December 15.

You can’t imagine the difference your gift can make to a hospitalized child & their family.

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.


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!

Botanical Mornings at Mill Creek Park

November 22, 9-10am, Cost - $5
Discover the progress of seasons here at Fellows Riverside Gardens with Lynn Zocolo. Then, enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or tea in Kravitz’s Garden Café. Register/pay by 11/22, 330.740.7116.

Concert at Trinity Fellowship

Donations of boxes of macaroni & cheese or canned green beans requested to help support
their NOW Youngstown Thanksgiving food drive that will take place on November 23rd.
NOW Youngstown is a non-profit organization working to bring peace, restoration, and
hope to the city of Youngstown.

Columbiana Christmas Parade

Friday, November 22 - parade at 6pm, festivities continue until 9pm
Come kick off your holiday season in Columbiana! Join us on the town circle for caroling, hot cocoa, the tree lighting ceremony, and the annual Christmas Parade.

Columbiana's Joy of Christmas Light Show

At Firestone Park from 6-9pm
* Thursday - Sunday, Nov. 21, 22, 23 & 24
* Thursday - Sunday, Nov. 28, 29, 30 & Dec. 1st
* Thursday - Sunday, Dec. 5, 6, 7 & 8
* Thursday, Dec 12 - Thursday, Dec. 26

Mrs. Claus will be at the Gingerbread House 6:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. Thursdays and Sundays throughout the season.

* Friday, Nov. 22: Columbiana Chamber's annual Christmas Parade
* Saturday, Nov. 16: Hayride/Petting Zoo night
* Saturday, Dec. 7: "Senior Night" (details TBA)
* Tuesday, Dec. 10: Santa’s Special Night (details TBA)
* Wednesday, Dec. 11: 5-K Race Night

Donations: $10/vehicle; $2/person motor coach, support Firestone Park restoration. In addition to the light displays, guests can stop at the Gingerbread House and Santa’s Ice Castle to enjoy Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and food (for purchase); pictures with Santa in the Ice Castle (for purchase); Mrs. Santa’s Story Time in the Gingerbread House; crafts and face-painting; a collection of more than 100 decorated gingerbread houses; coloring contest; live holiday music and more. The event also features designated nights for senior citizens and children with special needs.

Joy of Christmas is an event of the Columbiana Area Tourism Bureau, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Columbiana’s unique heritage and sustainable tourism designed to contribute to the area’s economic growth. For more information on Joy of Christmas, please call 330.482.2282, or visit



Today - Great American Smokeout
November 24 - Nancy Snyder
November 25 - Dustin Snyder
November 26 - National Cake Day
November 27 - Friendsgiving!

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


November 21-27 . . .
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study ~ Psalms
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - YG
Wednesday, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday, 6-9pm - GG's Friendsgiving

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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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