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Redistribute 2017

Over the years during the Advent/Christmas season, we've often done something called "Redistribute." Redistribute is an intentional effort to spend less money during the holidays, and to give more to those in need and our missions partners doing Kingdom work around the world. This year, we are encouraging our church to spend less, and consider giving to one of these needs from our missions partners. 

Redistribute is a great way to talk to your family, friends, and house church about rejecting materialism, being sacrificial, and good financial stewardship (2 Corinthians 8; 16.) It can be a great source for dialogue. Feel free to invite friends and family members to give to Redistribute in place of giving them a Christmas list! It can also be a great opportunity to give in secret (Matthew 6:4.)

If you would like to contribute to Redistribute 2017, please bring cash or a check to church any Sunday in December. We will have special envelopes designated to Redistribute, where you can place your gift and put it in the offering box. 

Questions about Redistribute or our missions partners? Email the missions team

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VISION NICARAGUA visionnicaragua.org 

  • Need: Used pickup truck       
  • Cost: $7,000

Transportation is part of the life blood of ministry in Nicaragua. Some remote villages are on roads that are nearly impassable without 4-wheel drive especially during rainy season. Since many people in the villages don’t have cell phones, it is necessary to visit the villages before the day of an event to coordinate. Having transportation would allow VN to be more mobile and less reliant on other larger trucks. The truck will allow VN to pick up small groups or make an “emergency” trip to Managua to buy parts for other vehicles or the mission house when necessary.

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SAFE FAMILIES safe-families.org

  • Need: Yearly office space rental       
  • Cost: $5000

Office space allows Safe Families to work to place children with host families, house supplies for clients and host families, and give the staff a much needed place to work. Covering this yearly cost would free up money to cover other needs.

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PURCHASED purchased.org

  • Need: Training for 3 people to be trained to facilitate "My Life, My Choice Curriculum"            
  • Cost: $4050

My Life My Choice is an exploitation-prevention curriculum which aims to change girls' attitudes and perceptions of the commercial sex industry, as well as build self-esteem and personal empowerment.

Pastoral Candidate Announcement

At the end of 2016, the Common Ground West leadership discerned that it was time to look for a long-term lead pastor. Jeff Krajewski served our congregation as the lead pastor on an interim basis, and together with our leadership discerned that 2017 was the time to look for a long-term pastor. Our leaders were edified and encouraged at that time, when the Spirit highlighted the story of Moses handing off his leadership before the Israelites entered the Promised Land.

The first step the elders took last winter was approaching Nick Morrow (our worship pastor) with the possibility of stepping into the lead pastor role. After much prayer and consideration, he and his wife Melissa discerned he was called to be the worship pastor and therefore declined the lead pastor role.

The elders then gathered a Pastor Search Committee, formalized a pastor search process, and started pursuing people within our network of relationships. The first thing the committee did was gather to pray and listen for the voice of God. He highlighted the passage in Samuel when David is anointed as king. The Spirit called our attention to the process Samuel had to go through in order to find David, who was the unlikeliest candidate that was already tending the sheep. The word “process” was highlighted throughout the search and especially that we were to pay attention to what the Lord was going to do through this process.

The elders and search committee talked with many wonderful candidates, and in each case it seemed the Spirit was closing the door. During that time, Nick agreed to function as an interim lead pastor for us. The Lord used that time to speak to the leaders and to Nick. Nick approached the elders in August rather bravely, and told us he felt the Spirit prompting him to "Ask are you open to the conversation (of being the lead pastor)?” The Pastor Search Committee and the elders interviewed Nick and Melissa and have spent time praying, listening, and discerning alongside them.  

We have also spent time discerning what the role would specifically look like for Nick, who has a love for leading worship, a growing call to lead and preach, and shares the passion to help everyone step into their unique giftings. Nick would be the consistent voice as a teacher and worship leader, but continue to train and equip others to lead and teach. Together with the elders, Nick would also help discern the Lord's will for our congregation and cast that vision as a team.

We feel confident that the pastor search committee and the elders have done our due diligence in this process, especially in trying to hear the voice of God throughout it all. We would now like to invite the congregation in fasting, praying, and discerning with us regarding Nick Morrow as our lead pastor and an elder. It is our tradition that anytime we bring an elder candidate for consideration, we create space for congregational discernment regarding that person. It’s important to us that you pray and discern with us. Over the next month we invite you to ask the Lord for wisdom and clarity regarding Nick stepping into this role of elder and lead pastor. As you pray, please share with us any concerns that come to mind, as well as affirmations concerning Nick stepping into this role.

As always, we are available to discuss anything that is on your mind. The elders can be reached at elders-west@cground.org.

Sunday October 1, 2017 Service Cancelled

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IMPORTANT CHURCH UPDATE: Deer Run Elementary had a water main burst, and we are unable to host church there this morning. We will not be having a church service today, but we are currently checking in on how to help DRES clean up the school. Stay tuned for relief effort info.

Leadership Training - Global Leadership Summit

On August 10-11, you’re invited to join other leaders from Common Ground and thousands of leaders across North America for a live simulcast of The Global Leadership Summit.

This annual event is designed to stretch and challenge you with world-class speakers, interactive dialogue, and practical training.  Our simulcast location is St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86 th St., 46260. To register, visit the GLS website.  Have questions? Email jim@cground.org.

Good Friday and Easter

You’re invited to join us on Friday, April 14 for a Good Friday service. Midtown and West will meet at 6:30 pm at 4550 N. Illinois Street. Limited childcare is available for newborn-3 years on a first come, first served basis. Northeast will meet at 6:30 pm at 7440 Hague Road. Limited childcare is available for newborn-4 years by registration only.

Easter worship gatherings will be held at 9 am and 11 am at Midtown, 10 am at Northeast, and 10 am at West on Sunday, April 16. We look forward to celebrating with you on Easter!

Nicaragua Vision Trip

Join West Vision Partners Ron and Marty Read in their journey to Nicaragua June 16-23. The team will determine the itinerary, which may include a medical clinic, food distribution, minor construction/painting, activities/sports for children, widows, etc.

Cost for the trip is $1,700, and the application and $100 deposit are due by April 2. For full details, an application and additional resources, please visit our website.

Have questions? Send us an email.

Lent began Wednesday, March 1 and is marked by the 40 days, not including Sundays, between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. We observe Lent as a deliberate way to join with the church around the world in preparing ourselves for celebrating Easter (resurrection).

Instead of charging ahead to Easter, Lent calls us to think about our relationship with God and the ways we respond or fail to respond to His love and care for us. Lent is a time of repentance, an opportunity to experience God’s mercy, to be set free from patterns of behavior, and to embrace a life of love and holiness…a time to experience the depths of the Easter message.

This year Common Ground has created a weekly Lent Devotional, that includes a daily experiential calendar, as a resource for you during the Lenten season. Clay to use for your devotional is available at Midtown and West.

Have further questions about Lent? Please contact Jim Matthies.

Empowered to Connect Conference

All Common Ground attenders are invited to the Empowered to Connect Conference on April 7-8, from 10 am–6 pm at Midtown. Empowered to Connect is a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.

The Empowered to Connect simulcast is brought to you by Show Hope and The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, and sponsored by the Midtown Vision Team. Cost to attend is $15 per person and includes printed materials. Childcare is not available, and lunch is on your own for the extended lunch break.

Space is limited to the first 50 registrants, with priority given to Common Ground attenders. The deadline to register is April 3. To register, click here.

Have questions about the event at Midtown? Please send us an email

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