cgcc masthead

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Sunday's Service - December 1, 2019

We welcome Andrew Stauffer to lead us in Worship this week.

Andrew and his wife, Leah, are both on the Campus Ministry staff for YSU through CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach). Andrew, who graduated from Liberty University in 2014 with a degree in religious studies, is a Campus Minister. They live with their daughter in Youngstown.

The featured Scripture comes from: Hebrews 12
for Andrew's message: Endurance, Discipline, Grace, and the Kingdom of God.

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



51AutPpr BL. SY679

Advent Candle Lighting

This week marks the first Sunday of Advent and the first of our special readings that we look forward to yearly. “Advent” is a word that means “to come” and it refers to Jesus’ coming to earth as a baby on Christmas Day. It's a time when we get ready and prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ Child. One of the ways we can begin to prepare for a meaningful celebration of Christ’s birth is with the lighting of the candles of our Advent wreath. The circular wreath of evergreen boughs reminds us of God’s forever love. The four purple and pink candles - Hope, Faith, Joy, and Peace - will help to focus us on the true meaning of this holy season. Christmas Eve will bring the lighting of the white Christ candle, to remind us that Jesus has come as the Light of the World.

On this first day of Advent, Bill Coler will light the Hope candle and lead us in our reading.


Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: 9:30am
Study of Psalms

511OPQt8FEL. SY346

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!

78402729 525113274736982 3468775481292095488 n1

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 are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

76726005 687942398405517 4713245094281478144 n

Youth Group

For youth in 5th grade & up

Last Sunday, we discussed how Jesus treated the "least of these." We also wrote thank you notes to parents and spent some time playing games. Our Youth Group bulletin board is now complete, so check it out and see our kid's thoughts about our Sunday evenings together.

This week we will not have a normal Youth Group meeting. Instead, our youth will participate in "decking the halls" for Christmas. All ages welcome to help as we enjoy the start of the festive holiday season! See you this Sunday at 6pm!

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:
December 8
​December 15 - YG Christmas Party

76759959 1028467837505512 2569585105341251584 n1
78406678 2466443256808710 8172854509773520896 n
76751598 2361158893988943 5561901409013596160 n
75332781 978795769147126 1048963410345066496 n

Last Sunday's Special Music

Big thanks go to Denise Gane and Lynn Deeter - Tried & True! We were once again blessed by their gift of song. Their brand of Worship music tied in perfectly with Pastor Hill's topic of Thanksgiving. We are certainly thankful for Denise and Lynn and their generosity in sharing their love of music with us!


Christmas Decorating ~ THIS SUNDAY, 6-7:30pm

The Youth Group invites you to a Sunday evening of decking our halls! We hope to see you for this time of tree trimming and ribbon hanging. We guarantee smiles, laughter, and Christmas music! All ages are invited to come decorate, just like always. No one is too young or too old to join in the festive spirit! Hope to see you on Sunday!

Time for New Devotionals

If you didn't pick them up last Sunday, don't forget to check out the new devotionals in the Great Room. The quarterly edition of Our Daily Bread is here to carry you in to the new year. We are also ready for the start of the Advent season (on Sunday!), 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. Take them home to enjoy with your family all season long!


Advent Reading Plan

If you are searching for another meaningful way to mark the Advent season, pick up a copy of the "Advent Reading Plan." This is a calendar with Scripture verses for each day from December 1-24. Start a new tradition...or continue an old one...with the calendar and your Bible as we count down to the birth of our Lord.




November & December Speakers

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

clip art church

Special Events

Save the Date for...

Congregational Meeting ~ December 8, after Worship
Everyone welcome to stay!

Soup & Baked Potato Lunch ~ December 22, after Worship
Have you signed up?

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship ~ 3:30pm
Invite a friend!

GG Logo

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



Happenings at GG

75450134 527522571164193 6331192839854096384 n

Happy Birthday, Dustin!

We kicked off this short week with a shopping trip to stock up on cooking supplies for our Tuesday lunches. We celebrated Dustin's 24th birthday with a delicious cookie cake. Our folks worked this week on taking down our autumn decorations and getting out the Christmas decorations in preparation for this weekend's decorating evening, preparing for Friendsgiving, cleaning up in the back greenhouse, cleaning the church, and, of course, making jam. It has been a busy three days!

Tuesday's lunch was beef enchiladas topped with shredded lettuce and sour cream with a side dish of corn. It was just like eating in one of our favorite, local Mexican restaurants!

Everyone at Goodness Grows wishes you a blessed Thanksgiving!

78088768 496019314331853 7480013595586068480 n

Claire & Walter Visited!

78162029 731544370697083 2258887059479461888 n

Claire's Friendsgiving Basket

79017052 566610024127428 1675203585228406784 n

Our Top Chefs!

Friendsgiving 2019 Tonight!

Join us for a GG fundraiser at Diletto Winery in Boardman TONIGHT, Thanksgiving Eve 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!

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. At Friendsgiving, 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! Your support does matter!




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. 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!

Seasonal Fun at Mill Creek Park

Winter Celebration: The Magical Woods at Fellows Riverside Gardens

11/30-12/28 | 10am-5pm CLOSED MONDAYS
Join us for The Magical Woods – Come visit a magical land of gnomes and fairy families throughout the Davis Center lobby, and discover other mythical creatures in The Enchanted Hollow. Plus, enjoy the annual holiday tree walk, scavenger hunt, and season's flowers. Accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.

Winter Nights at Fellows Riverside Gardens

11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28 from 5-7pm
Saturdays, we are open late until 7 pm. Experience the outdoor light display and the Unicorn Games and crafts. Plus, find that perfect gift at the Shop in the Gardens and savor refreshments available for purchase in the Garden Cafe. Craft fee: $1, cash only. Call FRG at 330.740.7116 for details.

Olde Fashioned Christmas at Lanterman's Mill

11/30 & 12/1 from 11am-5pm
Enjoy the traditional holiday atmosphere at Lanterman’s Mill. Fire-roasted chestnuts, artisans demonstrating crafts, unique handcrafted gifts for sale, and festive entertainment will lift your spirits. To share the holiday spirit with others, bring a new hat, scarf, or pair of mittens to decorate a “Giving Tree.” Donated items will warm up children in need this winter. Call Wick Recreation Area at 330.740.7114 x282 for details.

Celebrate the Season in the Library

Stamping With Cindy at Austintown
December 2 from 6:30-7:30pm
Learn to create your own handmade cards using stamps, punches and other fun tools. Registration is required. To register, please call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Austintown Library. For adults.

Live Holiday Music at Poland
Enjoy Christmas and the winter holiday season with live music. Holiday classics and carols performed by local guitarist Tyler Guerrieri. Relax by Pressed Café and let the music put you in the holiday spirit on three days: Dec. 4 from 12-2 p.m., Dec. 19 from 4-6 p.m., Dec. 23 from 12-2 p.m. Also, join us in the large meeting room for a concert featuring guitarist Tyler Guerrieri and accompanying vocalist on Dec. 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Cross-Stitch Ornament Making at Canfield
December 4 from 6:30-8pm
Warm up at the library with this wonderful winter craft- hand stitched winter ornaments in a simple and timeless snowflake pattern. All supplies are provided. Sign up online or by calling 330-744-8636. For Adults and Teens.

Teen Gingerbread House Holiday Program at Poland
December 9 from 6:30-7:30pm
Build and decorate a miniature gingerbread house using graham crackers, icing, gumdrops and more. For teens grades 7-12. Registration is required. Call 330-744-8636, or register at the Poland Library.

Check out their calendar here: Library Event Info.



Tonight! - Friendsgiving
November 28 - Adam Shank
November 28 - Happy Thanksgiving!
November 30 - Small Business Saturday ~ Shop local!
December 1 - First Day of Advent
December 2 - National Mutt Day
December 3 - Giving Tuesday ~ Donate money or time to benefit your community.

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


November 27 - December 4 . . .
TONIGHT, 6-9pm - GG's Friendsgiving
Thursday & Friday - Office & GG Closed
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - Worship ~ First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - Christmas Decorating
Monday, 9:30am - GG at Whispering Pines
Wednesday, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday, 6pm - Session Meeting

CG Logo w GreenBackground

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

Powered by Mad Mimi®A GoDaddy® company