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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Youth "Pumpkin Patch" at Countryside...
Countryside Youth Ministries will be holding a "Pumpkin Patch" fundraiser on the weekends of September 25-27 and October 2-4. The fundraiser will be held during limited hours at the church. The proceeds from the sale will go towards next summer's youth mission trip which has yet to be decided. The Pumpkin Patch will be open to the community.   
Sunday, October 4 - 11 AM to 2 PM

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 by November 1st, then passing them on to Elm Park UMC for distribution.
Items can be lightly used, but need to be clean. 

Red Bird Mission
Several churches in Eastern New York and Northeast Pennsylvania have helped support the Red Bird Mission each year with the Adult Shoe Box Mission at Christmas time. 
Last year this group of churches contributed and transported 739 adult shoe boxes filled with necessary personal items.  For a complete list of requested items and how to go about
contributing, please see the bulletin board
outside of Karen’s office. 

BOO! October!
Vividly colored leaves, bright sunshine, crisp evenings, and Halloween!  It’s really a fun time.  Lets put     together a hearty meal for the Dalton Food Pantry
(and maybe a bag of treats for our Trick or Treaters).

Large Can of Beef Stew
Jar of Applesauce
Box Cake Mix
Can Frosting
Bag of Candy (optional)

Please take the month’s menu and a green bag for shopping and bring it to church any time during the month of October.  Your gift will then be taken to the Dalton Food Pantry.  The menu is just a monthly suggestion.
Any donation of non-perishable food is both
welcome and appreciated.

"Boscov's Friends Helping Friends Day"
 Countryside will be participating by selling 25% Off Shopping Passes for $5.00 each.  Passes are valid
Tuesday, Oct 20th at any Boscov's store.  They are available now from members or on Oct 20th at the Scranton Boscov's.  Any questions call Sue at 947-2474 or email her at  syoutz812@comcast.net

Countryside Walking/Yoga!
Our Walking/Yoga class resumed after summer break on Saturday, September 26th and will continue every Saturday.  Walking is at 9:30 AM and yoga is at 10:30 AM 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.

Sunday Afternoon Youth Group Returns
Sunday afternoon youth group has returned to 3 to 5 PM. Youth in grades 5 to 12 are invited to join us for snacks, games, worship, lesson and small groups. Please note the new ending time, as we are adding a half hour for small groups and fellowship. We hope to see you there and as always, friends are welcome!

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

Welsh Cookie Prep

We'll be mixing Welsh Cookie dough @ 9 AM on
Monday, October 5th in preparation
the bake sale at our Turkey Supper on
Saturday, October 17th

Mark your calendars !

Social Media and Communications Clinic

Tuesday, October 6th from 10 AM - 2 PM

Countryside Community United Methodist Church

14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit, PA 18411-9623

Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, Scott Vaughan Communications

Lexington, South Carolina (pictured left)

10 Things To Know About People – The church’s role is to build relationships. It’s often easy to see the crowd rather than the individual. Learn to understand the audience, what’s happening with families, and how people respond to church promotion.

10 Things To Improve Your Communication Mix – Here is a checklist to drive your church’s communication methodologies. We’ll talk about everything from websites to social media, print management to worship announcements.

10 Things To Know About Hospitality Ministry – As we communicate in today’s marketplace, we must be prepared for people to respond and visit with us. How is your church preparing to receive and love guests? This segment will give you information to help your ushers, greeters, and welcome center volunteers.

Registration for the event is $35 per person online only and is non-refundable. Register at 



"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.

Annual Turkey Supper & Bake Sale 
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Take-outs available at the lower level
From  2:30 PM to 4 PM  ONLY
Our "Family Style" sit down dinner
in the fellowship hall begins @ 4 PM
(enter at main church entrance under canopy)

Adults $14   Child 4 -12   $8

A $1 discount on Adult Advance Sale tickets is available
from members & at the church office
until Friday, October 9th.

Full Price Tickets sold at the door on 10/17
Info? 570-587-3206

Fresh roasted turkey, "real" mashed potatoes and gravy, local butternut squash, peas, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter, choice of... apple pie, pumpkin pie, or chocolate cake, and beverage. (beverage at sit down only)

Like to Help?
No need to sign up for the following, just come!

Welsh cookies...  Monday, October 5th @ 9 AM
Peeling Squash... Tuesday, October 13th @ 6 PM
Peeling Potatoes...  Thursday, October 15th @ 6 PM
Kitchen Preparation... Friday, October 16th @ 8AM

If you would like to pitch in during the supper, Please fill out a form distributed in our bulletin, or click on the following email to let us know of your interest.   

Mission Central Month
district-wide prayer vigil

Join a district-wide prayer vigil for Mission Central’s
Unfolding Story, its works of mercy to millions,
and ongoing ministry needs.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 8 A.M.—8 P.M.
Four UMC churches will serve as host sites:
Countryside Community: 8 A.M.—11 A.M.
(14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit, PA)
Lehman-Idetown: 11 A.M.—3 P.M.
(1011 Mountain View Drive - Lehman, PA)
Elm Park: 3 P.M.—6 P.M.
(712 Linden Street, Scranton, PA)
Beach Lake: 5 P.M.—8 P.M.
(7 Milanville Road, Beach Lake, PA)

Pray at one of these locations or individually in your home.
Mission Central has served millions since it began in 2002. This amazing ministry brings us together in “one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.”
Intercessory prayer binds us to each other in love.

Trunk or Treat at Countryside Community Church
October 23, 2015 from 6 to 7 PM.  Enjoy treats, games, crafts, snacks and a Hay Ride.  If you would like to decorate a trunk and distribute a treat, forms can be picked up in the lobby and given to Wendy Molitoris by October 18th. Any questions call her at 570-947-4951.
Donations are also appreciated.

Welsh Choir
A 50-voice male Welsh choir, along with the Scranton High School Chorus, will be performing at Elm Park Methodist Church on October 27th at 7 pm.  For questions or tickets
($15 per ticket), contact Kitty at 570-878-3250.

Support Group
A Support Group for Alzheimer's Caregivers and anyone     interested in learning more about it meets this month at the Clarks Summit library at 6:30 pm. Featuring guest speaker   Jim Siberski MS, CMC. He is Coordinator & Assistant        Professor of Gerontology Education, Center for Professional Development at Misericordia University.  Other meetings for this group are on the last Tuesday of every month at Elan     Gardens in Clarks Summit from 7pm - 8pm.  If you have any questions, contact Rita at 570-586-0179.

Pill Containers Needed For Jamaica!
Lackawanna County Library System
September Library Collection

Do you wonder what to do with old pill bottles you get from the pharmacy once they are empty?

If you’re inclined to just throw them away, stop!
Lackawanna County libraries are collecting pill containers during the month of September and sending them to Mandeville, Jamaica, where they are needed. 

Peel the labels and bring your empty pill bottles to Barb Gallagher at the church or drop off at the library.

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

Mission Trip to Mexico
If you have eaten at Taco Bell, you haven’t eaten authentic Mexican food.  Want to try the real thing?  Besides enjoying the food, come and meet the people and participate in hands on ministry!  You are invited to become “AWARE” (Alternative Work/study Awareness Program) in Mexico, November 6-15, 2015.
This trip is open to anyone age 18 or older who has a desire to work and learn in another culture.  Working with the
missionaries and staff of the Give Ye Them To Eat program (
www.gytte.org), we will work alongside Mexican workers on construction projects, repairs and upgrades in and around the Tree of Life Training Center in Tlancualpican.  We will visit villages, participate in health programs, learn about agricultural & livestock development, participate in worship at local Methodist Churches as well as have some time to shop and do some touring.  Cost for the trip is $1800.  Scholarship assistance of up to $300 is available through team leader Rev. Marian Hartman. Costs include transportation, meals, lodging and admissions to tourist attractions. Contact Rev. Marian Hartman, mhartman@susumc.org or 814-441-0235 for more information or an application.  Please note that this area of Mexico is NOT a high risk area for violence.

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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