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Interactive Online Worship - Sunday, December 20, 2020

This will be an interactive live-streamed event at 10:00 am.
This worship service will also be streamed on our website and on Facebook.


Quick Updates:

  • The church office will be closed from Friday, December 25 - Sunday, January 3. Online worship will be available on our website. Emergency contact information will be made available.
  • The January/February 2021 issue of The Upper Room daily devotional guide are now available and can be picked up at the church during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm). We can also mail copies to you if needed.


Looking for addresses to send holiday greetings to your Countryside family and friends?

  • Lois Doble has offered to provide address information from our church directory to anyone who needs it. Message her on FB or email
  • You can also view the church directory online, as well as update your personal information. Email to request access.
  • Hardcopies of the directory will be printed as requested. Contact the church office to arrange for pickup or delivery.

We want to include you in our Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Worship Video!

Upload a photo or video showing you and/or your family lighting a candle. Your submission will be used in the online worship video on Christmas Eve. Photos and videos must be submitted TODAY!!! (Friday 12/18/2020)


When writing out your holiday greeting cards...

Don't forget Countryside's friends and family who reside in nursing homes, assisted living, or long term care situations.
Click here for the most recent address list.
Please contact the church office with any corrections or additions.

Upcoming Events:

** Masks will be worn and social distancing will be observed for all group gatherings and meetings.

Sunday, December 20:
This Sunday (December 20, 2020 at 10 am) we will host an interactive live-streamed worship event Zoom. The service will also be streamed on our website and on Facebook.
At 10 am on Sunday, December 20:
Click Here for the December 20 Zoom link; or
Click Here to watch on our website; or
Click Here to watch on Facebook; or
Call 888-832-3818 to listen by phone.

Tuesday, December 22:
  9:30 am - Incarnation Bible Study (via Zoom) - click here for Zoom link
  7:00 pm - Incarnation Bible Study (via Zoom) - click here for Zoom link

Thursday, December 24:
Christmas Eve - Click here for online worship information

Friday, December 25:
Christmas Day - Office Closed

December 25 - January 3
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, December 27:
  9:30 am - Incarnation Bible Study, final session - click here for Zoom link
  7:00 pm - Incarnation Bible Study, final session - click here for Zoom link





QuietChurch plans to host a QuietChurch online quiet worship session on Monday, December 21, 2020, at 7:00PM.

The worship session is online, free, and open to all. Just join us online via Jitsi (a community driven online platform, no annoying registrations or accounts needed).

The December 21, 2020, occurs during Winter Solstice and Advent—waiting and the longest night of the year.

As the fields grow barren, winter sets in (at least in the northern hemisphere), cardinals stand out on the bare tree limbs, warm gloves go on, darkness presses, and the sometimes frantic Christmas rush descends, this time of year, seems particularly appropriate to gather in simple, quiet, reverent worship.

More information about QuietChurch can be found at




Mission Team Update

During the month of December, the Mission Team will continue to collect NEW towels, washcloths, twin bed sheets, blankets, pillows, bar soap, dishwashing liquid, hand soap, and deodorant for St. Francis Commons.
Items can be dropped off at the church during office hours.
December’s basket offering will also go to St. Francis Commons.
November’s basket offering collected $969.65 for Countryside’s Angel Tree program.




Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas
Join us for a Special Advent

His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. Along with Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, by best-selling author Adam Hamilton, this  Advent we will examine the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. Starting November 29, our church family will have the opportunity to come together to remember what’s important. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. That opportunity will come in two ways:  Incarnation will be our theme for worship and we will offer small group studies using this book as our starting place for Bible Study and discussion on the first four Tuesdays of December. 

We’ll have a daytime (9:30 am) and an evening (7:00 pm) group every Tuesday, so start thinking about what would work best for you.  Information can be found at

Now more than ever, we invite you to reflect upon the significance of the Christ child for our lives and world today! Make your plans to join us as we seek to make the weeks leading up to Christmas 2020 the best yet.



Attention Ransom Township Residents

If you have been notified by the township that your mailing address has changed effective November 30, please email or call the church office at (570) 587-3206 to update your contact information in our Member Directory. Thanks!



Announcement Deadline

Please submit any bulletin announcements or Prayer List updates before 12 pm on Thursday to be included in the following Sunday’s bulletin or in the 10 am video service. Please email announcements to or call the office at (570) 587-3206.



Contact Information

Church Office
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 2 pm
Phone: 570-587-3206

Pastor Jim Hollister

Holidays may affect office hours.

After Hours Emergency Phone Numbers:
Pastor Jim: (814) 496-5223