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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Announcements Due By December 24th
Karen will be out of the office on Friday, December 26th. Please have all announcements for the December 28th bulletin to her by 9 am on December 24th. Thank you!
Come Join us on Christmas Eve !
We will be having two services on Christmas Eve.
Our Family Friendly service will be held at 6 PM and our traditional Candlelight Service begins at 7:30 PM.
We welcome you to worship with us!
Two years ago, our mortgage was $635,636.81. As of this month, it is down to $498,803.36! Since the start of the
Mortgage Reduction Program (MRP) on October 6, 2013, we have been able to decrease the principal of our mortgage
drastically. Envelopes are available in the pews or the office if you would like to contribute. Watch the "Candle of Hope" in the lobby fall each month as the principal dwindles!
Thank you for your continued support!
Offering envelopes are available in the lobby. If there is not a box with your name on it, but you’d like to use offering envelopes, please take a blank box and put your name and address on the list along with the number that is on the box. Thank you!
Sunday School Schedule
Sunday School will not be held on
December 28th or January 4th.
Enjoy the holidays!
Updated List of 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, and gowns or sleepers.
Also needed are hand-knitted, crocheted, or sewn sweaters or jackets that open from the front.
Please contact Midge Dingee at 570-587-3105 if you should have any questions.
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.
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.
Membership Class Continues!
New member classes will continue on 12/21 from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM in the Meeting Room. Today's class will look at the worldwide Church, the meaning of biblical authority and the promises we make as members. January classes will be held on the 11th, 18th and 25th. Anyone who is already a member is also welcome to join the class.
Mission Basket News
The mission baskets for December will go to
The Newton-Ransom Volunteer Fire Company.
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.
The cost is $35.
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).
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.
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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!