Countryside Church Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9 AM - 2 PM

Office phone: 570-587-3206 

Pastor Mark's email: mterwilliger@susumc.org
Karen Rickaby's email: countrysideoffice@yahoo.com

THANK YOU to everyone for your support and help during our annual turkey supper!  Our dinner was very successful and gave us all a chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones as well as providing support for our church ministries. Over 945 delicious home made dinners were served !

Spiritual Pilgrimage
Please join Rev. Hartman, Rev. Robert Kazinski and
Pastor Brent Stouffer at Countryside on November 6th from 10:30 am until noon as they share information from their recent Spiritual Pilgrimage to Korea.

Trunk or Treat!
Join us on October 24, 2014 from
6-7 pm for treats, games, a craft, snacks, and a hayride!  Then join us at 7:15 pm to watch Hotel Transylvania
outside (weather permitting - otherwise movie will be shown inside).  If you would like to decorate a trunk and
distribute a treat, please see Wendy Molitoris or call her at 570-587-2391  by October 19, 2014.
Donations are also appreciated.


Church Conference
The Annual Church Conference will be held on October 22nd at 7 pm at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church.

Winter Clothes Drive
Please help to provide winter weight coats, hats, boots, scarves and gloves/mittens to those in need. We will be collecting these items for children and adults until November 2nd.  Items can be lightly used, but need to be in clean condition.  Items will be distributed on November 11th, 14th, & 15th at Elm Park Church in Scranton.

Children’s Books and Stuffed Animals Needed
The Sunday School will be collecting children's books and stuffed animals, both can be new or lightly used, for the Children's Advocacy Center. The Center works with children who are abused or neglected.  We will be collecting until Sunday, November 9th.  There are boxes by the Sunday school room and in the church lobby.

Join us for Youth Group
Every Sunday at Countryside Church

For grades 5 to 12
Sundays from 3:00 – 4:30 PM
In the Youth Room

Youth Group News
Countryside Youth is in need of a female chaperone to hang out during our meetings on Sundays from 3 to
4:30 pm. We currently have parents or grandparents who stay, but we'd like to find someone willing to give our moms and grandmas a break.
If you'd be willing, please see Scott Miller.
Countryside Youth will be selling pumpkins upstairs in front of the church during the turkey supper. The
pumpkins will vary in size and price from small to large. The proceeds will go towards youth missions trips.

Flapjack Fundraiser
Countryside Youth will be hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser to benefit youth missions on Saturday, November 15 at the Viewmont Mall Applebee's in Dickson City. The event runs from 8 to 10 am and is open to the community. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased in advance in the church foyer or from one of the youth. Tickets will also be available the day of the breakfast but tickets are limited!  Please help us make this a successful event by joining us and passing the event info along to others!

Susan Duncan Book Club
The Susan Duncan Book Club will meet on Monday,
October 20 at the home of Anne Mecca at 7:00pm. This meeting will conclude the book, "Bad Girls of the Bible". Come and enjoy the fellowship and snacks! We will be looking for the next book to read and discuss, so if you have a favorite book to suggest, please join in the fun! Any questions, please contact Anne Mecca
at 570-586-0512.

Boscov’s Day
We are currently selling 25% Off Shopping Passes for $5.00 each. Passes are valid Tuesday, Oct 21st at any Boscov's store. It is a great opportunity to get a jump start on Christmas Shopping! Passes are valid on sale items so it is a terrific value and the $5 goes back to our church.  Please consider buying one for yourself or a friend.  The shopping passes can also be used as a small token gift to say… thinking of you, thank you, or welcome to the neighborhood! Also, if you can volunteer to sell tickets for a 2 hour shift between the hours of 9 AM and 8 PM on Tues., Oct 21st at the Scranton Boscov's, please see Sue Youtz or contact her @  syoutz812@comcast.net   or   570-947-2474.

Chi Rho in Concert
October 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Come & Join Us For A Night Of Music Fellowship
as the Clergy Choir of the
Susquehanna Conference United Methodist Church
Performs at the Lakeland High School
1355 Lakeland Drive Scott Township, PA 18433

Sponsored by the
SUSUMC S/WB Carbondale Cluster Group
Free Admission ~ Free Will Offering Taken

Holy Yoga!
A Beginner Yoga class started at Countryside on Saturday, October 4 will continue on October 25th at 10:30 AM.  Class will be held in the fellowship hall on the lower level and  Sue Youtz will be using a DVD called “Holy Yoga” so there will be no fees.
 Please bring yoga mat(s).  Other optional items: yoga strap, yoga block, old tie/belt and small blanket.  Any questions, contact Sue at 947-2474.
All are welcome!


Warm Hugs
  Warm Hug shawls are located in the meeting room which is on the left of the sanctuary. If you know anyone who could use the comfort of knowing that you and
Countryside care about them, please take one for them. They are for all of the congregation to distribute, so there is never a need to ask.  
No experience is necessary.  Come and enjoy the
fellowship.  We are in need of tissues, wrapped hard candy, and small hand sanitizers for this project.
If you would like to donate these items, please leave them in the upstairs café.  Check our calendar/events page on this site for Warm Hugs Days. Thank you!

Items Needed For UMCOR Layette Kits
The mission team is planning to make Layette Kits for UMCOR sometime in the future.  There is a container in the lobby to be used for donated items.  All items must be new and unwashed.
The following items are needed:  cloth diapers,
undershirts or onesies, infant-size washcloths, gowns or sleepers, diaper pins with protective plastic closures,
hand-knitted, crocheted, or sewn sweaters or jackets that open from the front, receiving blankets (sizes may range from 26”x28” to 32”x32”).
Please contact Midge Dingee at 570-587-3105 if you should have any questions.

The Cookbooks Are In !
Cookbooks are $16 each and available in the cafe.

Equal Exchange Coffee Project
Countryside will be begin an exciting ongoing mission through UMCOR called the "Equal Exchange Coffee Project".  This will not be a fundraiser, rather a mission to support Fair Trade.  Phyllis Fayocavitz will be spearheading and will have coffee available for sale in the café after church if anyone is interested.

Here is a link for more details:


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!

ShursSave Community Rewards Program
Countryside Community Church is now participating in the ShurSave Community Rewards Program where we will earn $.03 for every Shurfine and/or Western Family item purchased by registered Gold Card members. To register your card, click on the following web address www.shursavemarkets.com  then click on ‘Register’ in the upper right corner of the shursave website.  Select the store where you most often shop (Gerrity’s, Ray’s, Brick’s, etc.).  Choose and enter your own user name and password, then enter your Gold Card number.  Once you are registered, click on ‘My Community Rewards’, choose ‘Countryside Community Church’ in the drop box, then click ‘donate’!  You’re all done!  If you have any problems registering, please see Karen Rickaby or Ron Imdorf.

Dalton Food Pantry
The Dalton Food Pantry gives free food to those in need.  Countryside Community church supports this mission and   collects an average of 10 boxes of food items each month. A special thanks to Emmett Dingee who delivers the items collected to the food pantry.  Green canvas bags are available for your use.  They are located to the right of the Church office.  If you forget to take on, just use a store plastic or paper bag.  Some suggested items are: Spam, canned tuna, hash, chili, juices, evaporated milk, pancake mix, pancake syrup, cereal (low sugar), peanut butter, jelly, laundry detergent, dish detergent, canned fruits and canned vegetables.  All canned and dry goods are accepted.  Please remember to support this cause!

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!

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.

 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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