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Quick Updates:

  • Warm Hugs (scheduled on Tuesday 12/8/2020) has been cancelled for December.
  • 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.
  • Please submit all 2020 payment/reimbursement requests to the church office before December 15. No payments will be processed after this date (with the exception of staff payroll).
  • 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.
  • Countryside's Church Directory is available. Email the church office for access.
    • We will print out paper copies of the directory upon request. Call the office at (570) 587-3206 to arrange for delivery or pickup.


Upcoming Events:

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

Monday, December 7:
  6:30 pm - Worship Team Meeting (via Zoom)

Tuesday, December 8:
  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 10:
  6:30 pm - Mission Team Meeting (via Zoom)

Sunday, December 13:
10:00 am - Online Worship -

Monday, December 14:
  6:30 pm - Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, December 15:
  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

Wednesday, December 16:
. 6:30 pm - SPRC Meeting

Thursday, December 17:
  6:30 pm - Finance Team Meeting (via Zoom)

Sunday, December 20:
10:00 am - Interactive Zoom Worship
(Also live streamed to Facebook and our website - details to be announced.)

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




QuietChurch plans to host two QuietChurch online quiet worship sessions on

The worship sessions are 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 7, 2020, session occurs during the traditional Advent Season—a time of spiritual expectant waiting. 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 $779.65 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