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Thursday, June 17, 2021

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Sunday's Service - June 20, 2021

The featured Scripture is: Ephesians 1:3-14; Matthew 7:7-11; John 1:6-14
for Mike's message: The Fatherhood of God.

Join us Sunday ~ In-Person & Online
Worship at 11am

Connecting Life Church Facebook Page

Come Grow With Us!


Scenes From Last Sunday



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 continue to join
together in Worship, Praise, and Prayer, whether in the Sanctuary or on Facebook.
Check out the Media Library on the CLC website to watch recent sermons.

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

Following the guidelines of the CDC, the ODH, and the Governor, mask wearing is now
optional here at the church. We ask that you use your own discretion about what you
feel is best for you and your family regarding masks and social distancing.


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Graduation Sunday a Success

Thank you for helping us celebrate our graduates!
They certainly felt the love. What a blessing it is to
be part of a church family!

Bible Studies & Ministries

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Sunday Morning Bible Study ~ 9:30am
Studying Psalms.


Wednesday Morning Prayer Group ~ 10am
At Rick & Joyce Jackson's house and on Zoom
Zoom Personal Meeting ID: 6936117456, Password: prayer
You are welcome to join us in-person or online!


Designed to help adults grow as Christ followers:
* Taylor LifeGroup: On Summer Break for the month of June
* Weimer LifeGroup: Tuesday, 10am in the pastor's office & on Zoom
* Hileman LifeGroup: On Summer Break
* Bartholomew LifeGroup: Special meetings through June then on Summer Break until August 13.

CGCC/CLC Children's Ministry

Check out these Christian Education opportunities for kids of all ages! Everyone welcome.

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Collide Kids Sundays ~ During Worship at 11am
* Nursery Care (Newborn-3 in Nursery)
* Collide Kids Jr. (Ages 3-6 in Sprouts Room)
* Collide Kids Church ~ (Grades 1-4 in Activity Room)

Collide Kids Wednesdays ~ On Summer Break - watch for some summer activities!

Youth Group

Grades 5-12
Watch for some summer YG activities to be announced!


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Rocky Railway VBS

Thank you for all the donations for VBS!! The donation board is now empty, thanks to your generosity! Please drop off all donations here by this Sunday, June 20. The VBS table is still stocked with registration forms for kids who have just completed Pre-K through 6th Grade. Take some this week to share with kids you know. There is also still space to sign up on the volunteer sheet. Everyone welcome to join in and see how Jesus' power pulls us through anything!




For whom are you praying today?
How can we pray for you?

We are here to pray with and for you, anytime! Prayer needs sent by early Monday morning will be included 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 Marcia Kreps for sharing and Darla Smith for writing these weekly bits of encouragement.

"Another beautiful day God has given us. Another day to embrace all His Glory laid out before us. I find myself more thankful every day that I get the opportunity to share my heart with you all. I thank God for this gift He has given me, and I always want to be mindful to what He wants us to hear."

"The Word He gave me this week is “SHIFT.” I thought of all kinds of “shift.” Like gear “shift” – “shift”ing sands – “shift” in weight of something heavy – a gear “shift” changes the direction of a vehicle of some kind. “Shift”ing sands go here and there – no real direction. “Shift” in weight of something heavy can be very dangerous. Sometimes our thinking needs a “shift” to something more positive. Maybe our attitude needs a “shift” from "stinkin’ thinkin’." We need to “shift” our perspective to open the possibilities, they are endless! “Shift” our thinking to the way God thinks. “Shift” our attitude and see things through God’s eyes. Our prayers “shift” things in the spiritual realm. When we pray – situations “shift.” When the dust settles from the “shift,” God’s Glory will be all around. I pray we all keep our eyes on the prize, Jesus. Have a fantastic week (even in the “shift”)."

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. ~ Philippians 4:6-9 (MSG)


Stove Usage

Remember, if you're interested in being able to use the stove, for safety reasons, we must show you the special "tricks" to operating it! Please let Jen Lynch or Rachel know if you are interested in being a stove user.



June Worship ~ Online & In-Person

Pastor Mike Hileman ~ Sundays at 11:00am
Join us at church or online via Facebook Live: Connecting Life

We're excited to welcome you to Worship, in church and online!


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Rocky Railroad VBS ~ June 28-July 2

Eleven days until the journey begins!

Partnering with Zion Hill to bring a faith filled week to kids Pre-K - 6th Grade.
Zion Hill Church of the Brethren, 14550 New Buffalo Rd, Columbiana, OH 44408

Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. Details here: VBS.

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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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Into the Woods with CPC

News of the Week

It's all about JAM this week at GG. Both Rachel and Cam have lead jam making crews, getting strawberries, cherries, peppers, and lemons all turned into delicious Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam. What a blessing it is to see the bounty of summer turned into a fresh and tasty homemade treat! Of course, when they weren't being jam chefs, our folks were busy taking care of the fields and gardens that will soon be producing more beautiful veggies and fruits.

The other big news of the week was the return of Mission Trip Work Days. We had an absolutely fabulous day on Tuesday with our friends and mission trip partners, Canfield Presbyterian Church. Their Youth Group came out to spend the day learning and working here in North Lima. The day was filled with a tour and explanation of GG, working on clearing and mulching a walking path in the woods, lunch together, and then end of the day popsicles as a cool reward for hard work. We were so excited to finally be able to have a mission group join us once again! Big thanks to CPC for making this day possible!

On Saturday, Jill and Jen will be manning a table at the Columbiana Chamber of Commerce's Block Party. Come on down to Columbiana between 1-4pm, check out all the fun, stop by to see us, and get some freshly made Jungle Jam or Juicy Jam. It should be a beautiful day in the village.

If you would like to have fun here during the week with us, volunteers are always welcome, loved, and appreciated! We would be glad to put you to work weeding or doing one of the myriad other tasks that are done here weekly. Talk to Rachel about volunteering or just stop by, Monday through Friday between 9am-2pm.

Jungle Jam & Juicy Jam

Goodness Grows Jungle Jam and Juicy Jam are available in several flavors at
Reach for the STARS in Salem. Or, check them out online: Shop Local.
We are also glad to arrange a jam pick up at GG. Currently we have:
Jungle Jam: Blueberry Jalapeno, Strawberry Jalapeno, Hot, Cherry Habanero
Juicy Jam: Strawberry Lemonade.

Check out our most recent newsletter below!



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, hands-on way. The GG crew maintains the grounds and cleans the building.
There are many ways to support GG, including:
Online Shopping through Amazon Smile ~ Volunteering ~ Donating Items
Purchasing Our Products ~ Charitable Giving ~ Telling Others

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Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc.

To Advocate, Advise, Advance the ministries of Divine Soccer in Masaka, Uganda for the benefit of the children of the community.

Sponsorships for kids can be made to:
Rock Kidz Uganda, Inc., 1814 E. 3rd St., Salem, OH 44460
or via Pay Pal at
Learn more at: Rock Kidz Uganda and on:

If you are interested in purchasing baskets, purses, sandals, or bracelets from Uganda to help
Rock Kidz, stop by the church, give us a call, or contact Marilee through the links above.

Coat & Clothing & More Giveaway 2021

Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we collect items year-round! We are happy to take clothes for all ages and sizes, along with coats, hats, bags, purses, shoes, housewares, books, school supplies, stuffed animals, puzzles, toys... anything clean and useful.

Please drop your items off in the barrel by the GG table in the Great Room
or pop them into the Green Room upstairs. Thank you!


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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Outdoor Movies 2021

Fridays at Firestone Farms in Columbiana, 1pm & 7pm
FREE family-friendly movies on the big screens!! Lots of seating in the Courtyard, or bring your own lawn chair! A different movie every week, with a mix of old and new releases, rated G, PG, or PG-13. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for movie titles, which will be posted as they get scheduled. This year, there will also be a couple Double Feature nights! Some Double Feature late night movies may be rated R; please plan accordingly.
June 18th: Remember the Titans (PG)
June 25th: Abominable (PG)
July 2nd: TBD
July 9th: TBD
July 16th: 6pm DOUBLE FEATURE: Groundhog Day (PG) and Caddyshack (R)
July 23rd: A Christmas Story (PG) It's Christmas in July at TownCenter!
July 30th: TBD
August 6th: TBD
August 13th: TBD

Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Movies may be cancelled, delayed, or changed at any time
due to movie studio changes, weather, or other circumstances.

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Library Book Sale

Saturday, June 19 from 9am-3:30pm
Leetonia Public Library will be having a Friends of the Library book sale.

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Disc Golf for Beginners

Saturday, June 19, 10am-12pm
Meet at the pavilion at Scenic Vista Park in Lisbon to receive an introduction to Disc Golf from the course co-designers:
J. Gary Dropcho and Jason Reynolds.
Registrants will receive a beginning level golf disc.
Limited to 50 registrants. Register Here.

Saturday Block Party in Columbiana

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Summer Fun at Your Local Library!


Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Carry Forward® Virtual 5K

Megan McMaster is doing a virtual 5k for WWP and anyone who wants to join her is more than welcome. She will be doing it on July 2nd. The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP serves to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women; help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. Contact her on Facebook at Megan McMaster for more information or to join in. Donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project through her fundraiser Here.



TODAY! - Global Garbage Man Day
June 18 - National Go Fishing Day
June 19 - Danielle and Austin's Wedding!
June 19 - James Hagy
June 19 - Juneteenth
June 20 - Father's Day
June 21 - First Day of Summer
June 22 - Don & Peggy Fisher
June is National Camping Month.

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



June 17-23, 2021 . . .
Weekdays, 9am-2pm - GG at Work
Tonight, 6:30pm - Praise Team
Saturday, 1-4pm - GG at Columbiana Block Party
Sunday, 9:30am - Bible Study
Sunday, 11am - In-Person & Online Worship & Collide Sunday Ministries
Tuesday, 10am - Weimer LifeGroup
Wednesday, 10am - Prayer Group

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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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