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This Week @ Countryside:

Sunday February 23:
9:00 am - Sunday School for Children & Youth
10:00 am - Worship
11:00 am - Fellowship Time

Monday February 24:
10:00 am - Bible Study
7:00 pm - Book Club

Wednesday February 26:
6:30 pm - Ash Wednesday Service
7:30 pm - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday February 27:
6:30 pm - Church Council Meeting

Saturday February 29:
9:00 am - Exercise @ Countryside
12:00 pm - Fellowship Hall Rented

Upcoming Events:
March 7 - Fellowship Hall Rented
March 8 - Daylight Saving Time starts
March 9 - Trustees Meeting (6:30 pm)
March 10 - Warm Hugs (9 am)
March 12 - Mission Team Meeting (6:30 pm)
March 14 - Spring Pizza Sale
March 16 - Worship Team Meeting (6:30 pm)
March 26 - Church council Meeting (6:30 pm)
April 3 - Egg Filling
April 11 - Easter Egg Hunt
April 12 - Easter Sunday
April 24-25 - Spring Rummage Sale
May 16 - Spring Chicken BBQ


Lenten and Easter Services at Countryside
Ash Wednesday, February 26 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, March 4 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, March 11 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, March 18 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, March 25 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, April 1 - 6:30 pm
Palm Sunday, April 5 - 10:00 am
Holy Thursday, April 9 - 6:30 pm
Good Friday, April 10 - 6:30 pm
Easter Sunrise, April 12 - 6:30 am
Easter Worship, April 12 - 10:00 am


Spring Pizza Sale
Countryside’s Spring Pizza Sale will be held on Saturday, March 14.  Cost is $10 for plain, $12 for pepperoni, both with or without onion.  All orders need to be in by Sunday, March 8th at 8 PM. Pay when you pick up between 11 AM & 1 PM on the 14th.  Order forms are available in the bulletin and on the reception table.  You can also order by email at: 
or call  570-586-9092.


Lenten Pantry Fast Challenge
The Mission Team invites you to participate in our annual “Lenten Pantry Fast Challenge”. Can you set aside or purchase one (1) nonperishable item from your pantry or cupboard for each day of Lent, beginning on Ash
Wednesday? Imagine what we can do if 10 people give 40 items... if 20 or more give the same number! All donations will be counted and distributed to the shelters and food pantries which we support. Let’s all take the challenge and see what good we can do!! (Please bring whatever you can, even if it’s not 40!) For canned items, pop-tops are preferred, as the recipients may not have access to a can opener. Also, please check the expiration dates on all food items - expired food cannot be distributed.


Book Club
The next meeting of the Susan Duncan Book Club will be on February 24 at 7 pm at the home of Holly Ostopick.  The book we will be discussing will be The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf. The  Weight of Silence is a tense and profoundly emotional story of a parent's worst nightmare, told with compassion and honesty. Heather Gudenkauf skillfully weaves an explosive tale of suspense and ultimately, the healing power of love. Beautifully written, compassionately told, and relentlessly suspenseful. Any questions, please contact Anne Mecca at


Church Cancellations
During the winter months, information about church closings will be distributed by email and posted on Facebook and our church website. You can also call the church office at 570-587-3206 any time, day or night, for a recorded message about worship service and other event cancellations. Contact the church office to be added to the email distribution list:


Exercise Classes at Countryside
Free Beginner Exercise classes. All ages and levels welcome. 
9 am - Indoor Walking (light weight optional)
10 am - Beginner yoga. 


Announcement Deadline
Please submit any bulletin announcements or Prayer List updates before 12 pm on Thursday to be included in the following Sunday’s bulletin. Please email announcements to or call the office at (570) 587-3206.