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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Sunday's Service - April 7, 2019

We welcome back Phil Bartholomew to lead us in Worship this week.

The featured scripture verses are: Matthew 18:1-35
for Phil's message: "Sheeple."

Join us this Sunday for Worship!



Hunger in Our Community

Sunday is the last day to donate!
In 2018, the Food Bank distributed over 10 million pounds of food, including over 3 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. Currently, member agencies handle nearly 13,000 requests for food assistance per week.

Now through Sunday, donate right here at Common Ground! Drop off monetary donations and
non-perishable food items on our Food & Funds Drive table. Now's the time to check your pockets and cupboards or head out to the store to see what you could purchase to help! Thank you to all who have already donated!
Every donation helps folks right here in our valley!

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Bible Studies

Sunday Morning Class: Romans

Wednesday Morning Ladies Study: Hosea, 9:30am at Jen Shannon's

You are welcome to join in studies at any time!


Garden & Nursery News

Jennifer Lynch will be in the Garden, with a lesson about taking steps in faith. Activity pages will be on the table by the Sanctuary doors. Children 3 & younger are invited to the Nursery for Bible story time.

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Playing "The Game"

Youth Group

Last Sunday we talked about belief and dove into the reactions people had in Jesus' hometown when he returned there to preach.
We also explored our thoughts about the ideal characteristics of a friend, worked on a craft to donate to Whispering Pines, and played The Game. Hope to see everyone this week at our normal time. Snack: Audrey & Nathan

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Last Sunday

Thank you to Reverend Randy Brown, The Restored Quartet, and everyone who came out to Worship with us last week! We had an amazing, inspiring service and a wonderful time of fellowship. It was a definite joy to visit with old friends and make some new ones. Seeing the littlest church-goers clap and tap along to the music was also a treat!

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April Speakers

April 14 - Phil Bartholomew
April 21 - Adam Shank - Communion Sunday
April 28 - Brad Weber



Crochet Class ~ Saturday at 10am

Don't miss out on your chance this weekend to crochet with Jessica Deeter. All skill levels welcome!

Wonder film

Family Movie Night ~ Friday, April 12th at 6:30pm

The movie has been set! Join us for a viewing of "Wonder." Popcorn provided. Bring other snacks if desired.

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Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast ~ April 14th at 10am

It is almost time for our annual breakfast tradition! Join us for pancakes, sausage, egg casserole, orange juice, milk, and coffee, all provided by the Worship Committee. If you would like to volunteer to help, just let us know...all hands appreciated!

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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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April Adventures

We started off this week with a field trip to the home of Ralph and Doris Witmer (Ellen Bowman's dad and mom), where we had an awesome time. Thank you to the Witmers for their gracious hospitality and to Ralph for teaching us about purple martins. We are so lucky to live in a community where people are so willing to share their time and knowledge!

Now that spring has really sprung, our clients and classrooms are enjoying outside tasks. We worked on flower beds and raised beds with Leetonia on Tuesday, PLUS we created a delicious baked potato bar lunch with Mrs. Weaver. Wednesday brought Don Fisher to share some of his repair skill knowledge with us in the front greenhouse. Thanks, Mr. Fisher! When our Mohawk friends arrived, we worked in the warehouse and cleaned up one of our hillsides. We are doing more work in the warehouse with Salem today. We will wrap up our week tomorrow with Crestview, as we work on a gourd project. It has been a jam-packed week!

Next week will start with our bi-weekly trip to volunteer at Whispering Pines. We can't wait!

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CSA Time!

Spots are starting to fill up fast! Pick up will be Thursdays, weekly or bi-weekly, over a period of 18 weeks. We will provide a variety of produce from early June to mid-October. Pay by April 30th to get the EARLY BIRD Price of $325, which equals $18.05 per week. After April 30th, the cost is $360 for a weekly share, which equals $20 per week. Or, do a bi-weekly share from mid-June to mid-October for $200, which equals $22.22 per week. Refer a friend who purchases a subscription, get $20 back! Limited number of shares, deadline May 27th.

What is the benefit of a CSA? You know where your money is going. You know your farmers. You get local produce, harvested fresh on the day of pick-up. Additionally, your subscription supports our work here in North Lima and benefits local families, as we aim to donate at least 10% of our harvest to area food banks.

GG Restaurant Fundraisers

If you want to Dine for a Cause again, head to Chipotle in Boardman (near Target) on Sunday, April 28 from
4-8pm. Chipotle does not require printed flyers. You can show it on your smartphone, inform them you are supporting Goodness Grows, or you can grab a flyer (or several) from our GG table and share them with your friends. Eating dinner out is an easy way to help Goodness Grows earn money for our programs!



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Coat & Clothing Drive

Ongoing Outreach/Mission Opportunity
Drop items off in the collection barrel or take them up to the Green Room, anytime throughout the year! Let your friends and family know that we accept donations year-round. We are happy to take coats, clothes, shoes, purses and bags, jewelry, hats, gloves and mittens, scarves, and even small household items. Anything that is clean and in good repair that you think someone else might be able to use!

Food & Funds Drive ~ Through April 7th

Why support Second Harvest & our Food & Funds Drive?
The Food Bank solicits, stores, and distributes food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties; and provides education and advocacy. They believe that no one should go hungry, and are dedicated to building a community that makes food accessible to all people.

The Food Bank is a storehouse for large quantities of donated food and USDA commodities that are distributed to hunger-relief organizations located throughout our tri-county service area. These member agencies include church pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens, shelters for battered women and after-school programs.

As you can see - your donations will have an impact!


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?



Mill Creek Park Events

MetroMutts: Hike into Spring

April 6, 11am at the East Newport Boat Launch
Spring has sprung, and if we’re lucky, the daffodils have too. We’ll continue our tradition and take our spring hike up East Newport Drive past spectacular Daffodil Meadow. Easy, 2 mi. Call Wick Recreation Area, 330.740.7114, for details. We’ll also have a special guest from the Mahoning County Dog Pound: their adoptable dog of the month!

Animal Baby Shower

April 7, 10am-4pm at MetroParks Farm
Welcome new arrivals to the barns and see who might still be expecting this season. Petting and touching permitted if the babies are not napping. Enjoy cake and punch while supplies last as part of a Shower tradition. Additional concessions available for purchase; cash only. Free

Hike with a Volunteer Naturalist

April 7, 1pm-2:30pm at the Scholl Recreation Area
Enjoy this afternoon hike with Volunteer Naturalist Jim Thornton to Lanterman’s Mill. Call 330.740.7116 for details. Moderate, 2.5 mi.

City Nature Challenge BioBlitz

April 11 | 6:30-8 pm at MetroParks Farm
April 26 | 7-9 pm
April 27 | 7-9 am
April 28 | 12-2 pm & 3-5 pm

Join the City Nature Challenge BioBlitz at Mill Creek MetroParks. A BioBlitz is a biological inventory, essentially you find as many species as you can in one particular area. This year, iNaturalist is hosting the City Nature Challenge and we are going to Mill Creek Preserve to discover the biodiversity that resides there. On Thursday, 4/11 take advantage of a free training at the MetroParks Farm to learn how to use iNaturalist. Then come out any or all days and times of the BioBlitz at the Preserve. All you need to do is take as many photos of as many species and upload them to iNaturalist for experts to identify. On Friday, 4/26 we will be focusing on insects and frogs. Saturday, 4/27 the focus is on birds. Then on Sunday, 4/28 it is everything and anything.

Spa Day at Reach for the STARS

April 13, 1-4pm
Come to Spa Day to relax and be pampered! There will be manicures, chair massage, relaxation techniques, essential oils, spa hand treatments as well as vendors of great products and services! Enjoy some spa water and snacks, take a chance at our basket raffle, and receive a voucher for a free glass of wine Saturday April 13th only at neighbor Liebe Wein! Door prizes drawn every half hour! Arrive early to sign in for your favorite service! Proceeds benefit Transition programming for students with disabilities. Tickets available for $20 at Reach for the STARS or Columbiana County ESC office. Call 330-853-5721, talk to Kitty Kromer, or check Facebook for further details!

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If you know of any interesting news or events,
please let us know, so that we can pass it on to others!



April - World Autism Month
April 5 - Abbie Passmore (13!)
April 8 - Jen Lynch
April 10 - National Hug Your Dog Day

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


April 4-10 . . .
Through April 7 - Food & Funds Drive for Second Harvest
Today, 10am - GG/Salem Class
Friday,10am - GG/Crestview
Saturday, 10am - Crochet Class
Saturday, 12pm - Session Meeting
Sunday, 9:30am - Romans Class
Sunday, 11am - Worship
Sunday, 12pm - Worship Committee Meeting
Sunday, 6-7:30pm - Youth Group
Monday, 9:30am - GG Whispering Pines
Tuesday, 10am - GG/Leetonia Class
Wednesday, 9:30am - Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday, 10am - GG/Mohawk Class

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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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