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We invite you to join us for...
Children and Adult Christian Education
every Sunday at 9 AM
Worship at 10 AM &
light refreshments after worship.

Church Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9 AM - 2 PM

Contact Information

Office phone: (570) 587-3206
14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit, PA 18411 

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


Project Afghanistan

Project Afghanistan - Countryside's Youth Fellowship, along with the Mission's Team, are collecting items for troops currently serving in a medical unit in Afghanistan. A box is in the lobby to collect all donated items. Requested items include powdered creamer, beef jerky, gum/mints, chips, nuts, magazines/newspapers and new sweatshirts/sweatpants (Please, no logos). Letters and cards, especially from children, are always appreciated.

"Praise in Motion" returns on October 1st and will run for 6-weeks on Saturday mornings @ 9:30 am  


This informal, children's activity is designed for toddlers and up!

The hour will include singing, dancing, and gathering for a snack.  Parents/grandparents, etc. are invited to sit-in or gather in the cafe for light refreshments. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring a friend.  

A sign up sheet is available on the table in the hallway.  If you have any questions, please see Barb Gallagher.

Common Ground
A coffeehouse worship setting

resumes second Sunday of the month
6 PM lower level
Join Us:

November 13, "Rich" Is it possible that God blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others??

December 11, "You" "Do we get so hung up on debating and defending our faith that we miss the point?"

Countryside's Youth Fellowship will be selling pumpkins starting the weekend of September 9th and each weekend from 11-1 throughtout the harvest.

T-shirt Sale
Members of Countryside's Youth Fellowship will be taking orders for these embroidered tees. Shirts are available in gold or light grey in sizes S thru XL for just $8 each. If you need larger than the XL; there is an additional $1 fee per size. All proceeds go to the Youth Fellowship General Fund. To order, please see Sal Sollami or any Youth Fellowship member.

Countryside Community Church has made the collection of Flood Buckets/Supplies an ongoing mission of our church. These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane. A list of needed items can be found at http://missioncentral.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Cleaning-Bucket-Instructions.pdf
Please consider purchasing a few of these items on your next shopping trip and dropping them into the marked buckets in the church lobby. Volunteers will then deliver the items to Mission Central in Mechanicsburg, PA. Please see Jill Imdorf if you have any questions.

Thank you for supporting the Shaklee Kick Off Fundraiser for Countryside! This is going to be an ongoing fundraiser similar to Maines Source. If you are in need of cleaning, beauty/skin care or nutritional/wellness products, contact Sue Youtz 570-947-2474 or syoutz812@comcast.net. Prevention is so key. Products are safe, pure and plant based. Trusted by Olympians & astronauts! Visit us at

Thank you!



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 Trick or Treaters).


Large Can of Beef Stew
Jar of Applesauce
Box Cake Mix
Can Frosting
Bottle of Fruit Juice
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 be taken to the Dalton Food Pantry.  The menu is just a monthly suggestion.  We also put out a suggested quarterly menu for those of you who look for grocery sales.   Any donation of non-perishable food is both welcome and appreciated.

Donna Urbaniak and Joyce LaRue represented the Warm Hugs team when they donated 30 Warm Kid's blankets to the Children's Advocacy Center recently. This was the first visit to the center and the start of an ongoing mission that will that will impact 100's of children at a time in their lives when they need it most. Please visit http://cacnepa.org/ to learn about the center! Thank you to everyone who is a part of the Warm Hugs/Kid's Hugs program.

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.  

Our next Warm Hugs gathering will be held Tuesday, October 18th @ 9 AM.  Everyone is welcome to come and help with this very rewarding outreach.  You do not need to have any sewing skills, there are many ways to help.  We are in need of lip balm, hand sanitizer, tissues and 'crosses in pocket.' Thank you for the continued support.


Want to Help and have fun at the same time?

If you would like to join our volunteer Grounds Maintenance Crew for the upcoming grass cutting season, please let me know as soon as you can.  You will be contacted when needed... usually 2-3 times from May through September, and will be asked to cut/weed whack an area in need of care... usually 1-2 hours of your time.  Our tractors and a new battery powered weed whacker are available for your use.  If you worked on our crew last year, but are no longer available, please let me know that as well. Thanks, Ron Imdorf  586-9092  or rj.imdorf@gmail.com 

Countryside Exercise Program!
Exercise Class to begin Sept. 24th
Walking- 9:30
Yoga 10:30
  Contact Sue Youtz at 947-2474.

Sunday Afternoon Youth Group

Beginning Sunday afternoon October 6/16/2106 the youth group will meet from 3 to 5 PM.  After this meeting the group will meet every other Sunday.  
Youth in grades 5 to 12 are invited to join us for snacks, games, worship, lessons, 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!

Safe Sanctuaries Questions
Please direct any inquiries for Safe Sancutaries training and requirements to Alfredo Chavez.  570-702-3244 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.

Bible Study News
Our Monday morning study is currently in The Book of Pslams and the Thursday morning group has begun Luke's Gospel.  Both classes begin at 10 a.m. and run appoximately one hour.  

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.

Online shoppers 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 Church'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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