Countryside Church Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9 AM - 2 PM

Office phone: 570-587-3206 

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

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Lenten Service Schedule

Thursday, April 2nd
Maundy Thursday - Seder Meal
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Friday, April 3rd - Good Friday
Tenebrae Service  7 PM

April 5th  - Easter Sunday
Sunrise Service
6:30 am


Easter Worship Service
10:00 am

Covered Dish Scheduled for
Sunday, March 29th
Following our hospitaility custom of having a covered dish on the last Sunday of every month that has 5 Sundays, we invite everyone to bring in their favorite covered dish to share during hospitality time after worship.

Ad Council will meet on
Monday, March 30th at 6:30 pm.
All are invited to attend!


The Thursday in Holy Week, just before Easter, is called “Maundy (mandate in Latin) Thursday”.  Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples, washed their feet and gave them a new mandate – that they love one another as he has loved them. (John 13:34)  He then took the bread and the wine from the Passover meal and gave them new meaning, indicating they were his body and blood.
Our Hebrew forebearers were very intentional in thinking about children when they celebrated Passover.  Their liberation from slavery in Egypt was explained and illustrated in ways that children could remember and understand.  The goal, for those eating the Passover meal, was to vicariously experience liberation as if they themselves were slaves in Egypt who God freed.
This is a “hands-on” worship/meal.  
You and your children are invited to share in this Passover/Communion meal with us on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 pm.  The meal will feature lamb, matzo, and grape juice.  If you plan to attend and/or help with food preparation/set up, please sign up on the list in the foyer or contact the church office by clicking on the following email address  
or calling  570-587-3206, so we can prepare adequate food and set the tables appropriately.

Easter Egg Hunt
April 04, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Countryside Community Church
The Easter Egg Hunt at Countryside Community Church is scheduled for April 04, 2015 at 1:00 pm.  All ages thru 6th grade are invited to attend. Come for FUN, FOOD, and FELLOWSHIP.  Please register your child or children by emailing Wendy Molitoris at (click on email address)  KenM14064@comcast.net  and fill out the form included in the email and send when complete.
Register by March 31, 2015, so we can have plenty of eggs to find. If you would like to make a donation of individually wrapped candy to fill the eggs, cookies, snacks, drinks or a monetary donation, please see Wendy or Kelly by March 29, 2015. Also, we are looking for some volunteers to help that day, please let us know. If you have any questions, call Wendy Molitoris at 570-947-4951.

Save The Dates
Annual Rummage Sale - Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd - Starting your Spring cleaning???  Save your good, usable clothing, household items, tools, toys, etc..
Don’t forget Grandma’s Attic - we need antiques, vintage items and collectibles.  More info will follow.


Small Group Study - Schedule Change
This week the Monday evening Bible Study called ‘What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do’ will be meeting on Tuesday (3/31) at 6:30 pm to avoid conflicting with the Ad Council meeting scheduled for Monday 3/30.
If you are interested in attending the study, please see Cindy Brady or contact the  church office.

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.

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.

Pasta Take-Out Dinner?
The Ministry Support committee is looking for someone to organize a Pasta Take-Out Dinner this June
(date is flexible).
If interested please contact Elis Wetzel.

Shed Fund
Last year, a large tractor was donated for the church’s lawn care and it is currently being stored off-site. It would be much safer and more convenient for our volunteers if the tractor could be stored in an appropriate shed onsite.
To date, we’ve collected $5,710, but still need $1,360 to fund the complete cost of a new, larger shed (including gravel and electricity).  If you would like to contribute to this fund, please drop off your donation in the office or in the offering plate in an envelope marked "Shed Fund".
Thank you for considering this cause.


Vision Forward To...  Update
  We will be conducting a one day workshop including lunch on Saturday, May 9th, to invite input from everyone concerning our current and future church ministries.
This is an important next step for our church now that the building is complete, functioning,
and ready to be utilized.
Mark your calendars and come share your ideas !
If you would like to help plan the workshop, you are invited to attend a planning meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 16th @ 6:30 PM.

Lay Servant Training
Lay Servant Training is being offered at Trucksville UMC, Tuesdays April 14 to May 5, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm and at Fairdale UMC on Saturdays May 2 and May 16, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Those interested in learning more and registering may pick up brochures in the lobby.

Ministry Support Committee
The goal of the Ministry Support Committee is to raise money to cover the mortgage of Countryside Community Church.  Our goal is to raise $36,000 annually. Last year we fell just short of our goal but did raise $33,239.96.
Thank you for supporting our fund-raising activities when we sold pizza, hoagies, Gertrude Hawk candy bars, homemade Christmas candy, spring flowers and Mums in the fall.  Also for supporting the Chicken BBQ & Turkey Dinners, rummage sale, Boscov’s Day, soup & bread sale at the NR Vol. Fire Co. craft fair and attending Uno Chicago & Texas Roadhouse for which we received a percentage of what you spent.
We also raised money by hosting two Consistory dinners and participating in the Rt. 81 rest stop over Memorial Day
weekend, where hot dogs, fruit, baked goods, and drinks were provided free to travelers with donations accepted.
Your participation in and support of our fundraisers is
providing a beautiful and functional facility for the fulfillment of our church's mission...

To develop hearts for God in a spirit-filled community and to spread God's love and grace
throughout the world.

Ayers' Country Market
Fundraiser for Countryside

Show an "Ayers Country Market" card with each purchase over $10 through Mar 30th at Ayers' Country Market and
Countryside will receive 5% of your purchases.
Cards are available in the lobby.

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 Peg Davis at (570) 586-0626.
The cost is $35.

Scranton Wilkes Barre Railriders
"Faith Night"
vs Pawtucket Red Sox

Friday, April 24th @ 7:00 PM  
$5.00 ticket/Field Reserve (Seating Bowl)
**Fireworks After the Game**
If interested, please sign up in the vestibule.

Safe Sanctuaries News
Safe Sanctuaries is part of the church's comprehensive strategy against child abuse. Those in our church who are involved with any ministry where they are directly responsible for the care of a child are required to attend this training. Upcoming training events:
Saturday May 2, Lakeville UMC
registration deadline
April 27.

You can register online at www.susumc.org under the Safe Sanctuaries banner or you can find registration forms on the bulletin board. Please direct any questions to
Alfredo Chavez 570-388-3159.

Warm Hugs News
The next Warm Hugs get together to make our shawls will be Thursday, April 16th at 9 a.m. We are in need of some small hand sanitizers and lip balms.  Thanks for all of your support.


for our annual "Dutch Auction " on Saturday, May 16th. We'll get an early
start at 5:00 p.m. so we will be up and ready for church on Sunday.
Hope to see you there for all the fun !!!!!