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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The Ad Council meeting postponed on
Monday, January 26th,
Has been RESCHEDULED for
Monday, February 2nd @ 6:30 PM.

Mission Basket News
The mission baskets for February will go to Mission Central to  "Buy-A-Day"--one day of operation at Mission Central. Our goal is to purchase a "Half Day” for $750. This will help them to keep their good work going.

In the event of a weather related change to scheduled church activities, we will post the changes on the top of this website page
as soon as they become available.

We still need a few more volunteers to handle clearing the sidewalks at the church.  If you can help out as an "as needed" volunteer, we will get in touch with you when stormy weather requires your assistance.  At least two people will be asked to work together to make the work load lighter.
Please see Ron Imdorf or get in touch with him
@ 570-586-9092  or  rj.imdorf@gmail.com
if you can help.

"Souper bowl" Party
Countryside Youth will be hosting our second annual chili and soup cookoff on Superbowl Sunday, February 1st, immediately following worship. Cooks are invited to bring their favorite soup or chili to enter and share. Salad, bread, drinks and table service will provided. Everyone is invited to come and sample all of the recipes. A freewill offering will be taken for everyone who comes and you can vote for your favorite recipe for a penny a vote.
Cooks... Please sign up in the foyer. 
See or contact Scott Miller if you have questions.

Family Ministries News
Marilyn Major, a former Director of Children’s Ministries, will be at Countryside next Sunday (2/8) after the worship service to meet with us as we discuss expanding our Family Ministry.  Anyone who is interested in Family Ministries is invited to attend! 

Church Men United’s 66th Annual Lenten Communion
Service and Breakfast
Sunday, February 22nd at 7:45 am at Elm Park UMC (Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street / Scranton).  The speaker will be Reverend Clinton Randall (Pastor, Hickory Street Presbyterian Church) and music will be provided by The Gospelaires.  All are encouraged to attend the service whether or not they can remain for breakfast.
Music and preparation for worship begins at 7:30 AM
Tickets are $9 each and can be bought from Emmett Dingee (570-587-3105).

Warm Hugs News
The next meeting to make Warm Hugs will be Tuesday,
February 10th at 9 am.  We are in need of small hand
sanitizers for this project.  If you would like to donate these items, please leave them in the upstairs café.  Thank you!

Uno Pizzeria and Grill
"Dough Raiser"
On Sunday, March 8th, we'll have a "Dough Raiser" at Uno Pizzeria and Grill located at 3905 Commerce Blvd, in Dickson City, off the same exit as Kohl's, to benefit Countryside Community Church.  Simply bring the small Countryside dough raiser green tickets (in vestibule) and present to server between 12:00 noon- 8:00 PM.  Uno will donate 20% of your check to the church! Please take one for yourself and a few for friends, neighbors or co-workers. Valid on dine in or take out.  No cooking or cleaning up required!
If you are unable to make it on March 8th, please consider making a donation!

Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers to put the garbage out on Thursday and return the cans on Friday.  A sign-up list is on the bulletin board outside Karen’s office.  Thank you!

Cleaning Team Help Needed
The Cleaning Teams are looking for a temporary volunteer to begin in February.  Male or female, no experience necessary, to be part of a 5 person team responsible for regular cleaning of the building once every 6 weeks.
Please see Jill Imdorf, call 570-686-9092 or click on
imdorfj@gmail.com  to let her know you're interested.

Shed Fund
Last year, a large tractor was donated for the church’s lawncare.  It is currently being stored off-site, but it would be safer and more convenient for our volunteers if it could be stored in a shed onsite.
To date, we’ve collected $4,270 but still need $2,800 to fund the complete cost of the 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!

"Give Ye Them To Eat"
Mission Trip Rescheduled

Rev. Marian Hartman will be leading a work/study team to Puebla and Tlancualpican, Mexico. The trip has been
rescheduled to October 9 - 18, 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 $1800 which includes travel to/from Mexico and all travel, lodging, food and admissions while in Mexico. Anyone who is 18 or over and in good health may join the trip (limited to 17 people).  Projects are varied - people with mechanical, electrical, plumbing and 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 mhartman@susumc.org or call 570-344-8313
(email is preferred).

Countryside Community Church
Shrinking Mortgage !
Two years ago, our mortgage was $635,636.81.  As of this month, it is down to $498,803.36!  Since the start of the Mortgage Reduction Program (MRP) on October 6, 2013, we have been able to decrease the principal of our mortgage drastically.  Envelopes are available in the pews or at the office if you would like to contribute.  Watch the "Candle of Hope" in the lobby fall each month as the principal dwindles!
Thank you for your continued support !

The Cookbooks Are Almost Gone !
Cookbooks are $16 each and available in the cafe.