Countryside Church Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9 AM - 2 PM
Office phone: 570-587-3206
Pastor Mark's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Rickaby's email: email@example.com
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Bulletin Announcement Due Date
All announcements for the November 30th bulletin must be to Karen by 9 am on Wednesday (11/26). Thank you!
42nd Annual Seminar to Global Ministries Headquarters - NYC
January 25-28, 2015
475 Riverside Drive, New York City
The bus will be depart from the
Forty Fort United Methodist Church,
26 Yeager Ave, Kingston, PA 18704
Cost: Estimated cost of $398 includes bus fare, 3 nights double occupancy one block from Times Square, baggage handling, all seminar materials, and tours. Participants pay for all meals and subway transportation.
Lodging, seminar information, and registration information can be found on the flyer attached to the lobby bulletin board.
Registration deadline is November 30th!
A Special Adult Sunday School Class will be held on the Sundays of Advent (November 30, December 7, 14, 21)
Pastor Mark will be leading a Sunday school class for adults, in the chapel, on “small groups”. These manageable social networks have been a key ingredient in the spread of Christianity in general and Methodism specifically. Please let Pastor Mark know of your interest so that a book can be
e-mailed to you or printed.
Resources for #GivingTuesday
We are excited to let you know that plans are under way for this year’s UMC #GivingTuesday!
On December 2, you can extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday. Every gift made online through The Advance at www.umcmission.org/give on Dec. 2 will be matched up to $1 million.*
*Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 2 between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.
Last year on UMC #GivingTuesday, United Methodists collectively raised a record $6.5 million on line in through The Advance. 11,000 individuals and churches in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts to mission and ministries they believe in. It was a wonderful sign of commitment and extravagant generosity, maximizing the impact of thousands of United Methodists coming together on one day to transform the world.
UMC #GivingTuesday is part of an international movement to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season. It offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting by supporting organizations that are transforming the world.
to search for Advance projects and give.
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Membership Class Forming
For those interested in considering membership at Countryside Community Church, a 5-session class will be offered on Sundays, December 14 and 21, as well as January 4, 11 and 18. Classes will begin at 11:15 am and end at 12:45 pm. Members are also invited to attend one or all of the classes. The December 14th session will cover basic United Methodist beliefs, the focus of the UM Church and a study of our membership vows. Please contact the church office or Rev. Mark Terwilliger if you’re interested in attending!
Mission Basket News
The missions' baskets for November will go to
The Salvation Army.
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 388-6609.
The cost is $35.
Hanging of the Greens
Please join us after the worship service on Sunday,
November 30th as we decorate the church for Christmas! The hospitality time will also be a covered dish that Sunday, so it’s sure to be a festive holiday celebration!
Kids’ Day Out
Countryside Youth will be hosting a "Kids' Day Out" for
children ages 3 to 10 on Saturday, December 6 from 10 am to 1 pm. Parents can drop their children off at the church and then go spend a few hours Christmas shopping, having lunch, or just enjoying some alone time. The children will play games, make crafts and watch a movie. There is no charge but children do need to bring a sack lunch and parents will need to RSVP by December 3. Please contact Scott Miller with questions.
Susan Duncan Book Club
The Susan Duncan Book Club will meet Monday, Dec 8th at 7:00pm at Phyllis Terwilliger's home. We will be discussing the book, "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant. This is the story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob and sister Joseph. We will be going over the first of three parts of the book, 'My Mother's Stories'. Everyone is
invited for great discussion, fellowship, and light snacks. Come join the fun! Any questions, please call Anne Mecca @ 570-586-0512.
Angel Tree Project
Please help us make Christmas a little brighter for children in our community by taking a colored tag from the Angel Tree located in the vestibule. On each tag will be the age of a boy or girl, along with a gift suggestion. Please return your wrapped gift, with the colored tag attached to the outside of the gift, by
Sunday, December 14th.
Rev. Marian Hartman will be leading a work/study team to Puebla and Tlancualpican, Mexico, February 6-15, 2015. We will participate in the AWARE (Alternative Work And study Reality Experience) that is part of the Give Ye Them to Eat Mission. Cost for the trip is
tentatively set at $1800 which includes travel to/from Mexico and all travel, lodging, food and admissions while in Mexico. Anyone who is 18 or over and in good health may join the trip, which is limited to 17 people.
Projects are varied - people with mechanical, electrical, plumbing and masonry skills are welcome. There are also many jobs which require no special skill sets. Knowledge of Spanish is not necessary. The areas of Mexico in which we travel and work are safe as they are NOT in the areas of drug and gang violence.
For more information or an application, contact Rev. Marian Hartman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-344-8313 (email is preferred).
The Dalton Food Pantry (located in the Dalton United Methodist Church) is looking for help sorting food on Saturday, November 22nd from 9 am - 1 pm. If you are able to help out for part or all of that time, the help will be appreciated.
Homemade Countryside Candy
We have milk and dark chocolate peanut
clusters, raisin clusters, and mixed clusters (peanut and raisin mixed) for $9.50 per pound. They make “sweet” gifts and are a great way to thank someone or to tell them that you’re thinking of them. See or call Barb Wetzel (388-6609) or Jane Suprick (388-6407) to buy some of this delicious candy.
Our Christmas Cantata will be held on Saturday, Dec 13th entitled "Hope of the Broken World" and will feature two performances at 1:30 and 4:00 PM
@14011 Orchard Dr, Clarks Summit 570-587-3206.
Refreshments will be served from 3:00-4:00 PM. Event will highlight principal musicians, soloists, and music directors who will be joined and supported by a 40 voice choir comprised of members of more than 10 local Christian faith communities.
Cantata Cookies Needed
If would like to donate cookies for the cantata,
please drop off cookies at the church
on Saturday, December 13th before 1:30 PM.
Please Note: Due to insurance restrictions,
No Peanut or Peanut Butter cookies are allowed.
Walnuts, Pecans, etc. are fine.
NRVFC Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Party
The Newton-Ransom Volunteer Fire Company Ladies
Auxiliary invites ladies of the community to join them for their Annual Christmas Party.
The cost is $10 per person.
Call Joyce LaRue (570-586-8657) for reservations.
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 for Christmas presents?
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.
To make this process easier, we will have members available in the social hall after worship to help you register your Shursave Gold Card or to set up your UMC Market Account. We appreciate the community help these programs provide and hope everyone will help us benefit by registering either/both ASAP!