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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Office Hour Change this week
Karen will be out of the office on 5/28 and 5/29.
Special Church Council Meeting
A special Church Council meeting will be held immediately after our worship service on Sunday, May 31st. (before the covered dish luncheon) The subject of the meeting is to vote on modifying the budget for the possibility of Scott Miller being appointed to Countryside as a 1/2 time local pastor effective July 1st.
Covered Dish on Sunday, May 31st
Come and share your favorite as well as enjoy everyone else's favorite dish as we celebrate the 5th Sunday of the month with a covered dish luncheon after worship.
Family Ministries Committee Meeting
The first meeting of the Family Ministries Committee will be held in the meeting room on Sunday, May 31st following the covered dish luncheon. At this first meeting we'll discuss the purpose of the committee, do some basic organization, and discuss upcoming ideas and plans.
If you are unable to attend, please let Scott Miller know.
Special Church Conference
All Countryside Church members are invited to attend a special Church Conference immediately after our worship service on June 7th to possibly vote on the request for appointment of Scott Miller as a 1/2 time local Pastor, effective July 1st.
A meeting to discuss this year's mission trip will be held on Sunday, June 7th immediately following worship in the
meeting room. This year's mission trip will be to Mission
Central in Mechanicsburg. The date of the trip is July 30 through August 1. We'll be staying at Camp Hill UMC again this year.
The last choir practice before Summer will be held
on Wednesday, June 3rd.
Take-Out Only Pasta Dinner
Saturday, June 20th - 3 to 5 pm
Pasta with homemade sauce and meatballs, salad,
bread & butter, and dessert
$6.00 Children under 10 years old
Advance Tickets ONLY.
Advance sale tickets will be available in the lobby on May 31st and in the church office starting June 1st.
Tickets will be sold until Sunday, June 14th.
We are planning to recognize spring (or recent) graduates of high school or higher education on Sunday, June 14th. If you are a graduate or parent of a graduate who are CCC members, contact the Church office at 570-587-3206 to let Karen know the names and contact info of graduates by Friday, June 5th.
If you have a key or access to the code to the church building and are ever responsible for opening and locking up, please see Karen for new information.
Tuesday, June 16th. Present a flyer and Countryside will receive 10% of total bill. Valid from 11:00 AM through 11:00 PM. Also valid on take-outs!
Mexico Work/Study Mission Trip
Rev. Marian Hartman will be leading a work/study team to Puebla and Tlancualpican, Mexico, November 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. Learn more about the mission and the AWARE program at www.gytte.org Cost for the trip is tentatively set at $1,800 which includes travel to and from Mexico, lodging, food and admissions while in Mexico. Anyone who is over 18 and in good health may join the trip (limited to 17 people).
The SWB District will be offering scholarships of $300 per
person. Projects are varied-people with mechanical, electrical, plumbing & 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).
Safe Sanctuaries Background Checks
For the next several months CCC is updating background checks. These checks are part of the child abuse prevention program of our Conference and church. Alfredo Chavez is the contact person for completing the paperwork. A few of you have recently had one done therefore we will not redo those. However, most of us have gone more than three years so a new check is required. A table will be up for the next two weeks to hand out blank forms along with an instruction sheet on how to complete the paperwork. Alfredo Chavez can be reached at 570-702-3244 C, 570-388-3159 H or email ChavezA4@aol.com
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.
Mission Basket News
The mission baskets for May will go to
Youth Camping Scholarships.
There is life left in their soles…
Mission Central is asking you to put your best foot forward by donating your new and gently used shoes to help micro-businesses around the world. All types of footwear will be
accepted as long as they are a complete pair and there is life left in their soles. Donations can be deposited in the designated box in the lobby! The last day to donate shoes is Sunday, June 7th.
Sunday Morning Adult Faith Formation
Faith Formation for adults is being offered for adults at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings. Doug Griffing is facilitating Bible study in the Meeting Room, currently focusing on Luke's gospel. The program includes a daily one-year Bible reading plan. Mark Terwilliger is hosting, in the Chapel, readings and discussions on our United Methodist Social Principles.
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.
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 Peg Davis at
(570) 586-0626. The cost is $35.