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Thursday, September 10, 2020

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Sunday's Service - September 13, 2020

In-Person & Online @ 11am

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

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The featured Scripture is: Romans 8:1-11
for Mike's message: In Christ: We Are Safe and Secure

As the old saying goes, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” That’s certainly true of Paul’s authorship of this book. He closes chapter 7 on a low note, only to crescendo to a swelling high point in chapter 8. “Don’t despair! You’re in secure hands and you’re safe,” Paul tells us. He reminds us of four facts that should settle every heart. Please join us Sunday, online or in person, at 11:00am to hear how,
In Christ, you are safe and secure. ~ Pastor Mike

Join us Sunday ~ In-Person & Online ~ for Worship

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Outdoor Worship ~ Weather Permitting

We will have a number of canopies set up out front to provide shade and space to allow us to follow the social distancing guidelines. You may want to bring an umbrella in the event you are not under the canopies. Come ready to enjoy worshiping the Lord together again out in His creation, with your Bible, your mask (just in case), a camping chair, and your smile! Invitation to Worship from Pastor Mike

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Rachel shared this shot of a visitor to Worship on Sunday morning. Even the garden creatures are enjoying outdoor services!

My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. ~ Psalm 145:21

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!



We're Dreaming of Lysol!

Lysol Donations Appreciated

With all the extra cleaning and disinfecting, we are going through cleaning supplies quicker than ever. Since we currently need to keep a Lysol spray in every bathroom (a total of 5 bathrooms) for people to use after each visit, that is our most important cleaning item. Unfortunately, Lysol has been unusually difficult to find. If you have any spare cans of Lysol or you are lucky enough to locate it in a store, please think about donating it to the church. Your generous donation will help us to help everyone stay as safe and healthy as possible during this time. Thank you!

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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!

Sunday Morning Bible Study
Studying the Book of Psalms
9:30am, upstairs in the Activity Room.

Ladies Bible Study
He is Enough: Living in the Fullness of Jesus (A Study in Colossians) by Asheritah Ciuciu
Friday at 9am

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group ~ Change of Time
10am, participate via Zoom ~ Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer

LifeGroup Meetings
Meetings resume this month and will run through October. More info coming soon.

▪ Tuesday, 10am, here at CGCC
Tuesday, 10am, here at CGCC

Meal Making Evening

Wednesday, September 16, 6-8pm
You are invited to join in to prepare freezer meals that we will have on hand to share when needed. Food to be prepared will be provided. Call Danielle Taylor at 330-271-1835 if you are able to help. We will continue
to follow the health and safety guidelines, including wearing masks, as
we work on this ministry project.




Children's Ministry

Collide Kids Wednesday ~ God offers forgiveness when we feel guilty.

Have you ever done something wrong and have felt horrible about it. Maybe you wish you could go back in time and right your wrong? Well, in this lesson, from 1 John 1:9, we learn that when we feel guilty, God has the power to forgive! Take 25 minutes with your child(ren) and learn this important truth!

Join Collide Crew Leader Delania and spend some time together singing, dancing, laughing, and learning! We would love for you to also have your child 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 would you do if you found someone's diary? Share your answers by email or on Facebook!

Youth Group 2020-2021

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Youth Group Returns!

Sunday, September 20
Of course, with the addition of COVID-19, there will be some changes to our normal format. We will still begin at 6pm but, for now, we'll end at 7pm, one half hour earlier than normal. (This is a tentative schedule and may change at any time, depending on conditions at church and in our area.) We will follow all health and safety directives, including mandatory masks, social distancing, and meeting outside when possible. We will also skip the snack portion of our evening, so make sure to grab a bite to eat before you arrive! If you aren't feeling well, please know that we will miss you but we ask you to stay home until you bounce back. We hope that if we all work together and take care of each other, we can have a fantastic year delving into the Word, having fun, helping others, and growing together!

Youth Group is open to kids in 5th through 12th grade ~ Sundays, 6-7pm
We meet upstairs in the Activity Room, so please enter through upper door.

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



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!

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

This is the day the Lord has made - Let's Rejoice! I pray you all are doing fabulous this week. The fall season is knocking on our door. I know some of you are excited and some not so much. But every season is God's masterpiece. Let us enjoy all He has for us to experience.

The word that God gave me this week is STALLED. Has your car ever stalled out? Have you felt maybe your walk with God is at a stall? Are you feeling maybe your diet/healthy lifestyle is at a stall? Maybe you feel stalled at your job? Possibly stalled in your time of healing. Stalled in your time of grief. I have been feeling stalled in my healing. I kinda felt like maybe some of you have felt stalled as well. Whatever time we are at in our walk - sometimes we may feel stalled. Being stalled could possibly be our time of refreshment. Maybe God is ministering to us in His loving way. Being stalled does not mean we are there to stay. We are going through - we are not here to stay. We are passing through just maybe stalling for a bit. Let's be refreshed in our stalling. The scripture I have for us is one of my favorites. I pray you are encouraged, refreshed, renewed, restored this week.

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. ~ Isaiah 43:1-2 (NLT)

Devotionals Available

Devotionals are available on tables throughout our Great Room. Take one home today to incorporate into your daily routine. Take one (or more) home to share with a friend!



September 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!

Meal Making Evening ~ Wednesday, September 16, 6-8pm

Youth Group Kick-Off ~ Sunday, September 20, 6-7pm

Men's Ministry Gathering ~ Date to Come

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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

It has been a week full of creatures at GG! Butterfly releases, time with toads and frogs, visiting with praying mantises and woolly has been filled with wonder and fun. We never know what interesting thing will happen during a day here in North Lima.

We are gearing up for Saturday's Youngstown Flea, so our crew spent some time in the kitchen making Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam. Kitty will be set up from 9am-3pm, right by the Covelli Centre. Take a trip downtown and check out this fantastic market.

We also spent time cleaning, weeding, and prepping for the CSA. After today, there are only two CSA weeks left. This season sure has flown by. If you have any ideas about CSA 2021, let us know.

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Last Week's CSA

Rachel and two of our clients took a trip to the OSU Extension Office in Canfield on Wednesday, for a free seed giveaway. We are excited about planting these seeds for the fall growing season. Big thanks to the Extension Office and to all those who so generously made this project possible!

From their website: Ohio Victory Gardens ~ "Victory Gardens originated during World War I, an answer to a severe food shortage at the time. People were encouraged to find any usable space, plop in some seeds and contribute homegrown fruits, vegetables and herbs to the effort. The idea was wildly successful, growing an army of amateur gardeners and serving to boost morale and patriotism. While we’re not in wartime, we can all commiserate the past few months have been tough, mood-boosters are welcomed. So the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio State University are reviving the effort and once again inspiring people to get their hands dirty, realize the fruits of their labor and share with others if inspired. We believe a good day in the garden is good for the soul."

Our crew will be growing radishes, turnips, and beets as our Victory Garden project. When they are harvested, we will take them to local food pantries to share with the community. Looking forward to another successful growing adventure! We'll keep you posted on how it goes.

Our Thanks for the Jungle Jam Supplies!

Thank you to everyone who has donated jars, lids, and rings!!! We deeply appreciate your help
and generosity. If you find any more new or old 8oz. jars and rings, or new lids,
we will always be able to put them to good use.

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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. Peach Habanero and Peach Lemonade, made from Huffman Fruit Farm's peaches, and Blackberry Jalapeno, made from GG's own blackberries, are available!



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Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway ~ October 10

Keep saving all your clothing and outerwear items for our fall 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, 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!

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. Goodness Grows is here M-F from 9-2.

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.
* 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.

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

We have some handmade bracelets and necklaces for sale at the Rock Kidz table in our
Great Room. Proceeds will go to the construction of Divine Junior School.
Big thanks to everyone who helped with, donated to, or shopped at our yard sale!

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.


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!



9/11 Memorial Park

1055 S. Raccoon Rd. Austintown, OH 44515
9/11 Memorial Park is dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The paths throughout the park lead visitors to remnants of the World Trade Center beams, building stones taken from the Pentagon, and an urn containing dirt from the crash site of Flight 93. Site also includes memorials to first-responders.

Happenings at the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County

Sale of Items & Books at Main Library
September 10, 11, 12 from 8:30am-2pm
Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown
Surplus items and surplus books from the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) will be offered to the public for sale. More info available here: Library Sale

September 11, All Day
Call 330-259-3393 to listen to a librarian read a story. There is a new story every week!

Learn More About the Library
Virtual Programming from the Library & Library Calendar

Acoustic Concert with JD Eicher

Friday, September 11, 7:30-9:30pm
Canfield Presbyterian Church at 140 W Main St. in Canfield
Admission: Canned goods donation per car
Gates open: 7:30pm
Music: 8:15pm
Outdoor, socially-distanced drive-in concert at Canfield Presbyterian Church. Gates open and cars will be parked starting at 7:30pm. 60-minute concert will begin at 8:15pm. The performance will be projected on a screen to help with visibility, and folks can tune in to the audio on their radio dial! You can set up safely-spaced lawn chairs in front of your car and listen outside as well.
Canned food drive will benefit Operation Blessing - a monthly, non-government funded food pantry run by the church.

Beaver Township Firefighter Fundraiser

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Salem Second Saturday

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NEXT Thursday

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Food Giveaway for Kids at Brightside

Thursday, September 17 at 5pm
The Brightside Project ~ 138 S. Broadway, Salem
Contact Info: (234) 564-0148 and The Brightside Project
Children ages 3-15 years old living in Columbiana County are invited to come fill a bag with personal care and non-perishable food items.



September 11 - Patriot Day (first proclaimed by President George W. Bush on 9/11/2002)
September 12 - Kempsie D'Andrea
September 13 - Grandparents Day
September 13 - Cathy Bartholomew
September 14 - Cormac Bendersmith
September 15 - Sue Weaver

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



September 10-16, 2020 . . .

Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Today, 4-7pm - CSA Pick-up
Friday, 9am - Ladies Bible Study
Saturday, 9am-3pm - GG at the Flea
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship
Monday, 6pm - Session Meeting
Monday, 6:30pm - CLC Deacon Meeting
Tuesday, 10am - LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group via Zoom
Wednesday, 12pm - Collide Kids Online
Wednesday, 6-8pm - Meal Making

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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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