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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

2016 Church Ministries and Activities Report

If you would like a PDF copy of our 2016 Report,
please click on the email address below.
The report will be sent to you as an email attachment.


Ninth Annual Dutch Auction
Saturday, April 29th at 5:00 pm

Our ninth annual Dutch Auction will be held on Saturday, April 29th at 5:00 pm in the fellowship hall at Countryside Community Church. We will start with a POT LUCK dinner and then quickly move right into the auction. If you are able, please bring a gift or two to be auctioned off that night. They can be wrapped or unwrapped gifts, baskets or gift certificates. Whether you can bring a gift or not, please come and join in the FUN. We will have GREAT FOOD, MANY LAUGHS and GOOD FELLOWSHIP! Our door prizes are three $100 dollar bills and everyone who attends will receive a ticket for the drawing. One additional ticket will be given with each purchase made.

The proceeds from the Auction provide the funds to continue our WARM HUGS/ KIDS HUGS outreach. This ministry makes warm fleece shawls (with goodies in the pockets) for people who are going through chemotherapy or radiation, guests at nursing homes, the Children's Advocacy Center, Ronald McDonald House, area ambulances or any of our family, friends or neighbors who need to know we care about them. We have distributed over 2300 “hugs”, but more importantly, have touched the lives of that many people within our community and beyond helping us to fulfill our mission statement. They are available in the upstairs meeting room for anyone to take with no need to ask.

Many thanks to God and to everyone who has supported this outreach during the past year. We couldn’t have accomplished what we did without the people who prayed, made the hugs, donated the pocket items, made the “cross in the pockets” or supported us monetarily. Come and enjoy the night with family, friends and neighbors—everyone is welcome! Any questions, please contact Donna Urbaniak at 570-955-9381 or at urban01@epix.net or the church office at 570-587-3206 or countrysideoffice@yahoo.com

Friday May 5th and Saturday May 6th

Wednesday, May 10 at 7 PM - 8 PM 

Countryside Community Church 14011 Orchard Dr
Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon discusses the battle against the horror of heroin in Lackawanna County. The event is open to the public

The Family Ministries team is looking for individuals/families willing to host our monthly Movie or Family Game Nights. Your commitment could be for as little as one month/one event and would still have a tremendous impact. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact any Family Ministries' team member for more details

Ongoing Shaklee Fundraiser.

All-natural nutrition, cleaning, and beauty products ordered benefit us up to 20%+ depending on total orders in a given calendar month.

Orders can be placed through our own Shaklee website here under the "Shopping" tab,
http://countryside.myshaklee.com/us/en/ by calling 1-800-SHAKLEE or by contacting Sue Youtz.
2017 Update
In our second full year with the fundraiser, many church members have already told other family members, a friend or neighbor and shared a catalog.

This is a great way to redirect dollars we are already spending to help support the church.

Some of the popular items have been:

· Nutrition
o Vitalizer daily multi-vitamin strip
o Life Shake protein
o Incredivites kids multi-vitamin
o Vita-D3
o Optiflora Probiotic pearl
o VitalMag
o CoQ10
· Beauty
o Enfuselle AM repair moisturizer
o Enfuselle hydrating moisturizer
o Multifpurpose cream
· Cleaning
o Basic H2 organic super cleaning concentrate w/ spray bottles
o Dish washer automatic powder concentrate
o Hand dish wash liquid concentrate
o Scour Off Paste
o Germ off disinfecting wipes
o Laundry liquid detergent and fabric softener

Any questions, feel free to call Sue: 570-947-2474 or email,

Products are plant-based. Safe, Proven, 100% Guaranteed. Trusted by astronauts, Olympians & nutritionists.
2-min video on the Shaklee Differenceà
20-question Healthprint customized questionnaireà https://countryside.myshaklee.com/us/en/healthprint
Start your longer, healthier life with the Shaklee Healthprint digital health assessment.
Healthprint instantly connects you with the expertise of award-winning Shaklee doctors and scientists. Your answers to 20 simple questions generate over 1 trillion health and lifestyle combinations and one product recommendation that’s right for you.
Thank you again for supporting the Shaklee fundraiser!

Developing Hearts for God + Creating Healthier Lives

How many we could feed if we only


Boxed Pizza Kit
Canned Vegetable
Can of Fruit
Jar of Fruit Juice
Box of Brownie Mix
Bag of Dried Beans (just for the shelf)

Please take the month’s menu and a green bag for shopping and bring it to church any time during the month of  April. 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, March 21st @ 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.


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

Class Cancelled March 11
Walking only March 18th.

Sunday Afternoon Youth Group

Youth Fellowship is the youth ministry of Countryside Community Church for teens in grades 5-12.

We meet every other Sunday from 3-5pm.

If you enjoy games, snacks, teaching times, mission work, small groups and loads more fun this is the place for you to get connected. If you haven’t had the opportunity to join us, you are missing out!

If you are not a member of Countryside, we still want you to be involved so you are able to connect with other teens and grow in your relationship with Christ.

We also have great leaders who oversee this youth-lead fellowship and would love to help you in any way.

For more information, contact Sal or Debra through the church office at 570.587.3206.

The Family Ministries team is organizing a DVD Lending Library. Movies will be available to borrow, the same way items in the Spiritual Lending Library are. Would you consider donating some of your DVD’s to create a large library? (DVD’s only! Please, no VHS tapes.) Please keep the movie rating and content in mind when you donate. We should be up and running soon. In the meantime, a box will be available in the church lobby for your DVD’s.

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 continues its' New Testament study.  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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