This Saturday (April 19th) from 6-9pm, we will have the Common Ground building at 310 Locust open for the public to spend some time in prayer during this Easter season. We will have five prayer stations to move through that use different medias of prayer and worship, including journals and art. This event is for all ages but we do ask for everyone to enter quietly and to continue in silence once inside the front room. All children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to a prayerful evening with you!
Common Ground has been working on a campaign for Phase Two: The Kitchen in the new building at 310 Locust. We are in need of a total of $25,000 to begin construction on the kitchen in order to open the Common Ground bakery/coffee shop. The front room of the building is currently being used for the community-wide youth group and other random events, but we hope to be open to the public with regular hours very soon. Our first fundraiser dedicated to Phase Two was BINGO Night on Saturday, March 29th. We had a relaxing, yet fun-filled evening playing BINGO, eating popcorn, and winning some wonderful prizes. A special thanks to Paisley Lane Soaps for donating a basket full of goodies!
One of our winners, Bethany, with her prize! We had gift cards for Jimmy John’s, Carmike Cinemas and iTunes. Along with a basket from Paisley Lane Soaps, two homemade pies and an assortment of homemade greeting cards.
Thank you for your continued support and stay tuned on more opportunities to support and join Common Ground. Our most recent total for Phase Two is $6,500! Don’t forget to find us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest in order to stay updated on all things Common Ground!
My name is Katelyn Holmer and I am the recently hired executive director of Common Ground of Central Illinois. I wanted to post an update about what’s been going on lately and what we have to look forward to. I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to serve in Delavan and appreciate all of the support through this journey of transition.
First of all, a HUGE thank you to Dee Ann Schaalma and all of the hard work she put into the Common Ground Thrift Store. It’s amazing to see how God has used each woman who has been in charge of the Thrift Store to improve it and make it grow. I’m honored to be joining these women and tacking Thrift Store coordinator onto my job description. I’ve already been overwhelmed by the beautiful stories shared and relationships begun. If you are interested in volunteering, please click this link.
I encourage you to look around the website. I’ve been making some changes but still have quite a few to go, so keep checking in for more updates! Some other things also in the works are more fundraisers (like a BINGO night) and a beginner’s sewing class at the Common Ground North building. If you are interested in joining a fundraising committee, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with fundraising committee as the subject name.
As always, we appreciate your prayers and your support. If you are in need of any assistance, please contact us through email or the Facebook page and we’ll do our best to meet your needs. God is incredibly good and moving in this organization!
What does God have in store for Delavan this year? Let’s find out together!
A new collaborative youth ministry is developing through Common Ground this year! A team of volunteers from many Delavan churches are working together to serve the Jr. High and Sr. High students in our community. You can learn all about the ministry and see the monthly schedules at the Play, Pray, Obey page.
On July 5th, 30 of us traveled to Virginia to serve at a camp for 50 Jr. High kids. God moved in such a powerful way in all of our hearts. Below you can watch a video to get a small glimpse of what went on that week.
What a great day of service at our first OBEY project of the summer. Watch the video below to learn more about the ministry we partnered with. If you weren’t able to come visit kidknits.org to see how you can still get involved! Check out the Play, Pray, Obey page for pictures of the event
We have had one week of Play, Pray, Obey and it has been great! People of all ages are coming together to learn, grow, and have fun. Check out the Play, Pray, Obey page for pictures/video of events and to learn what’s coming up.
Make sure to join us for our first Family Night Cookout this Sunday (June 9th) at 6:00 at Veterans Park! This will be a great time of food, games, and music for the whole family! We will also hear the amazing story of how adopting two children from Albania has led Nathan and Cydil Waggoner to move to that country as missionaries.
Summer is just around the corner and we are so excited about Pray, Play, and Obey for this year. There is a new page above that will help you find out all about this program for the whole family! Below are some pictures from last summer’s Pray, Play, and Obey
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he SAWthe crowds, he had COMPASSION on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. ASK the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 10:1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and GAVE them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” “GO I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” Matthew 9:35-10:1 Luke 10:3
God wants us to SEE all people in our lives the way He sees them. He wants to fill us with such COMPASSION that we ASK for the power that only he can GIVE to love and serve them. He is sending us to GO out to offer His hope and healing that will lead people back to Him. Let’s commit to pray together for God’s glory in our community! Here are five ways that we can pursue this together from now through the end of summer.
EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT at the Waggoner’s (412 W. 3rd St. 6:30-7:30) We will be learning how to pray using a scripture passage each week to call out to God together. Bring your burdens and let’s take them to Him.
2. NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
THURSDAY, May 2nd: “NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER” (MAY 2nd) Come to the Common Ground Thrift Store at 7:00 p.m. to pray for our nation together.
3. 10 DAYS of PRAYER
May 9th –May 18th (10 days of Prayer)
We will be meeting at 8:00 pm at the Common Ground Thrift Store for the 10 days leading up to Pentecost. We will using Scripture passage to guide in praying for God to pour out His Spirit on our community. You can download the prayer guide we will be using here. 10 Day Prayer Guide
THURSDAY: May 9th “Fill Your People”
FRIDAY: May 10th “Empower Your People”
SATURDAY: May 11th “Sanctify Your People”
SUNDAY: May 12th “Guide Your People”
MONDAY: May 13th “Convict Your People”
TUESDAY: May 14th “Comfort Your People”
WEDNESDAY: May 15th “Unite Your People”
THURSDAY: May 16th “Deliver your People”
FRIDAY: May 17th “Teach us to Pray”
SATURDAY: May 18th “Send Your People”
4. MAY 19th Global Day of Prayer (PENTECOST)
We will meet on this night to prayer for God’s Spirit to be poured out on us so that we may live filled, empowered, sanctified, led, convicted, comforted, united, delivered, prayerful, sent lives for His glory! Prayer for the World
5. 90 Days of Prayer and Action
Use the prayer and action guide found here to pray throughout the summer and to live out God’s love to those around you! 90 Day Guide for Prayer and Action