Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9 AM - 2 PM

Office phone: (570) 587-3206
14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit, PA 18411 

Pastor Mark's email:
Pastor Scott's email: somiller@susumc.org
en Rickaby's email: countrysideoffice@yahoo.com

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Thought(s) to Ponder...

Are wills for rich people? 
Yes... and poor people and everyone in between!

Honor a loved one through a memorial gift.

Is God's will in yours?

The mission baskets for August will go toward this year's Christmas Cantata.

Youth Group Site
Countryside Youth Group information can be accessed by clicking on the following link 

”Save the Date”
Countryside is hosting a free wills and estate planning seminar where you can get answers to any questions you may have, participate in open discussions, and pick up free literature on wills, trusts, and estate planning.  Of course we will also have a free lunch following the seminar!!!
The date is Saturday, September 12th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.  Our guest speaker/presenter will be
Rev. Phyllis Bowers who is the Executive Director of the United Methodist Stewardship Foundation. There is absolutely no obligation and no one will be trying to sell you anything.  We will have much more information for you in the upcoming weeks.  Nursery care will be available as well as transportation (upon request).  Since we need to know how many will be attending, a sign-up sheet is in the church lobby or you may RSVP to Karen by  Friday, September 4th at


This is another example of
our ministry shares at work for us!

  Countryside’s Fall Mum Sale
will be held Saturday, September 12th with orders due by Sunday, September 6th.  Pick up ordered flowers at 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit (lower church entrance) from 1-3 PM.
1-2 plants @ $7 each and 3 or more plants @ $6.50 each
9” size in color choice of Red, Orange, Purple, White, or Yellow. Orders to Sue Youtz 570-947-2474 or syoutz812@comcast.net

Cookie Bake
On Sunday, September 13th following our hospitality hour, Sunday School students 4th grade and up will be baking cookies for our upcoming "Hug Day".  Please bring an electric griddle without sides if possible.

CPR/AED Training Class
A CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and
AED (automated external defibrillator) training
class (not for certification) will be held on
September 17th at 6 pm.
Free to interested members and friends.
No prior training is necessary !
If interested, sign up in church lobby or by clicking on following email

Countryside Community
Church "Hug Day"

On Sunday, September 20th following our hospitality hour, children of all ages, Youth Group, and adults are invited to join us as we caravan to our homebound members.  Sign up to go on the sheet in the lobby.  We will be divided into groups with each group will visit three members to pray with them, give them cookies, a song, a Son Catcher, and a hug.

Susan Duncan Book Club
The Susan Duncan Book Club will resume on Sept 21st at 7 pm at the home of Elis Wetzel.  You have probably seen the movie and may have even read the book! But now you can read the book and have stimulating conversation about "To Kill A Mockingbird".  We are going to discuss parts of the book a little at a time (so no one is expected to have read the whole book by Sept 21st). Come and enjoy lively discussion and light snacks!  If you have any questions, please contact Anne Mecca at 570-586-0512 or annemecca@vidsure.net

Warm Hugs
Our next Warm Hugs gathering will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd @ 9:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come and help with this very rewarding outreach to our community. You do not need to have any sewing skills, there are many other ways to help. We would also like to ask for the following items for the pockets; wrapped hard candy and small hand sanitizers.
Thanks for your continuing support!

 Countryside Yoga!
Our Yoga class will start back up on Saturday, September 26th!  Walking is at 9:30 a.m. and yoga is at 10:15 a.m. and everyone is invited to attend! Classes will be held in the fellowship hall on the lower level and there are no fees to attend. Please wear appropriate, comfortable clothing /shoes and bring a yoga mat(s). Other optional items you may want to bring: yoga strap, yoga block, old tie/belt, and a small blanket. Questions?  Contact Sue Youtz at 947-2474.

"Ladies of the Lake"
October 9 - 11, 2015
Come away and rest awhile as you spend a weekend at Sky Lake free of the distractions of the outside world. Enjoy the company of fellow Christian women as you take advantage of the various activities that will be offered. Dine on healthy and delicious meals prepared by our kitchen staff. Read a book, knit, or even nap by the fireplace in Riley Lodge. Be inspired by your new prayer journal. Go home rejuvenated.  Cost is $200 or $240 depending on which lodging you choose.  If you’d like more information, please contact Missy Yusinski.

Sunday Morning Adult Faith Formation
Faith Formation for adults is being offered for adults at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Douglas Griffing is facilitating the Bible study in the Meeting Room, currently focusing on Luke's gospel.

Kinship Kitchen
We are currently looking for volunteers who would like to   assist with a free community meal (Kinship Kitchen) that is held on the third Thursday of each month at the Court Street United Methodist Church (816 Court Street in the Bulls Head section of North Scranton).  The meal itself goes from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, but volunteers are welcome before, during, and after that time slot.

Generally, Embury United Methodist Church volunteers bring the desserts around 3:30 PM which are cut into portions and put on plates.  Drinks (iced tea, lemonade) need to be mixed and refrigerated; side dishes need to be prepared; serving dishes will be set up; we have people who serve the food; used dishes and silverware need to go back to the kitchen for washing; the floor needs to be swept; tables and chairs need to be cleaned off.

Since our first meal in May, we have gotten a lot of positive feedback from our diners, our volunteers, guest speakers, and vocalists.   We are appreciative of any time you can spare: one, two, three, four hours.  Try it out and see what you think.  We enjoy talking with the “regulars” and with newcomers.  It’s a great time of fellowship.

Time Capsule Suggestions
 The Heritage Team would like your suggestions for what you would like to see included in the time capsule that was made for the church.  If you have a suggestion, please email Sue Schaffer schaffer_sue74@yahoo.com or place the suggestion in the offering plate.

Safe Sanctuaries Online Training
Employees and volunteers may go to the Conference Website   www.susumc.org   and take the Safe Sanctuaries Online Training.  It can be found on the Safe Sanctuaries page of the website. The process will take you through Trak-1, using the Susquehanna Conference Training.  If you have questions, please contact Anne Horton, ahorton@susumc.org

Contact Information Updates
So far we have received a few address updates. The printout on the table by the main doors is what we have so far. Please check your contact information and make additions or corrections as needed. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are very helpful for the office to have, in addition to your street and mailing addresses. If relatives or friends on the list need their information updated, you may do it as long as you have their permission. Thank you for your help with this.

Bible Study News
The Spiritual Nurture team continues the Thursday Bible Study class on Thursdays from 10 - 11 am. The study focuses on the New Testament beginning with Matthew's Gospel. Alfredo Chavez is leading the discussion.
No materials are needed - just your well-worn Bible.
Our Monday morning class continues its study in 2 Samuel at the regular 10 o'clock start time.

Altar Flowers

If you are interested in ordering altar flowers in honor of or in memory of someone, please pick up an order form in the office or contact Barbara Wetzel at
(570) 388-6609.  

Equal Exchange Coffee Project
Countryside has an exciting ongoing mission project through UMCOR called the "Equal Exchange Coffee Project".  This is not a fundraiser, but rather a mission to support Fair Trade.  Phyllis Fayocavitz is spearheading the project and has coffee available for sale in the Welcome Center/cafe' after church if you are is interested.
For more details, follow this link...


Started in 2002, the UMCOR Coffee Project is a collaboration between Equal Exchange and the United Methodist Committee on Relief to involve more Methodist communities and individuals in supporting small farmers around the world.
For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods Methodists purchase through the UMCOR Coffee Project, 15 cents per pound goes to UMCOR's Small Farmer Fund, helping to increase the capacity of two coffee co-ops, Sopacdi and Muungano in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The projects improve quality management processes and strengthen their commercial relationships in the international market. That Fund amounted to $19,604.17 in 2012 alone!

Do you shop at Shursave markets or 
do online shopping?

If you do, and have an active email address, your regular purchases can help support our church ministries
with a few simple steps.

Register your Shursave Gold Card @ www.shursavemarkets.com  and go to their "Community Rewards" tab so any purchase of Shursave and/or Western products you make using your card will provide a 3 cent contribution to
Countryside Community Church.

If you shop online, you can register on the UMC  Market (United Methodist Church) website @  www.umcmarket.org 
that allows you to shop at many online merchants that will donate a % of your purchase to Countryside Church with no additional cost to you.
  We appreciate the community help these programs provide and hope everyone will help us benefit by registering either/both


Mailing List Addresses
If you would like to be added to our mailing list OR if you are on the list but have moved in the past 4 months, please contact the office at countrysidechurch@yahoo.com  or  587-3206
to give us your information.
Thank you!

Would you like to be on Countryside's email list?
Click on the following church office email address
countrysidechurch@yahoo.com   to be added!

MaineSaver GiveBack Program
  If you are a MaineSource shopper, please stop in the church office to join the GiveBack Program.  Once you join, MaineSource will issue a Fundraising Card to you and they will give the church 5% of what you spend there when you use your Fundraising Card!

 Countryside Community Church is a member of the newly formed Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church and was established on July 1, 2008 from the merger of four local churches near Clarks Summit, PA.

Our Mission...

To develop hearts for God in a spirit-filled community and to spread God's love and grace throughout the world.

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 
~ Colossians 2:2-3


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