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Dear Friends,

It is with a  heavy heart that I write to you today.  We have had a significant COVID event among our Countryside family. Knowing what we know now, in consultation with some of the leaders of the congregation, I have decided that we need to take the following steps:

  • I have entered quarantine, and have encouraged the folks most closely affected to do the same.
  • We will cancel all onsite worship (Drive-In Church and the Service of the Word) for the next two weeks. 
  • Folks who have been in contact have already been contacted.  
  • The church office will also be closed until further notice.  
  • Online worship will be available on our website,
  • Recorded worship services can also be accessed by telephone by calling (888) 832-3818.

This is a fluid situation.  We will continue to respond as things develop.

Please be in prayer for healing, for guidance, and for each other.

Going forward:

  • First, please pray for our friend who is ill.
  • Also please pray that we don’t have an outbreak.
  • Please treat one another with love and care.
  • Be thankful in all things.  God gives us peace when we count our blessings rather than obsess on our challenges. 

Be safe and be blessed.

Grace to you and Peace,
-Jim Hollister, Pastor
Countryside Community Church



2020 Church Conference

Sunday, November 22

This is the annual business meeting of Countryside Community Church and will be held virtually this year at 2:30 pm on Sunday, November 22. This meeting is open to all professing members of Countryside, and your participation is both welcomed and encouraged.

Church Conference Forms and Zoom link information can be found at




Upcoming Events:

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

Sunday, November 22:
10:00 am - Online Worship -
  2:30 pm - Church Conference

Thursday, November 26:
Thanksgiving Day - Church Office Closed

Sunday, November 29:
10:00 am - Online Worship -

Tuesday, December 1:
  6:30 pm - Reopening Task Force Meeting



QuietChurch - Nov. 23, 2020 at 7 pm

Hello All,

I hope to resurrect the online QuietChurch worship. I tentatively scheduled a worship time on November 23, 2020, at 7:00PM. Feel free to post or distribute. If that goes well, I would like to more regularly offer the sessions.

The notice is at or simply link to the quietchurch.orgwebsite and tell people to see the Calendar. http://www.quietchurch.or

QuietChurch is open to all--interfaith, non-denominational. It is just a quiet time to collective gather to worship in reverent silence and quiet.

If anyone wants to help test the platform more fully before the event, please let me know. is a community-developed system with features similar to ZOOM. I would like to run a Jitsi test on November 9 at 7 if you can help.

Again, distribute the link as see you see fit. Hope you can also attend. (If you don't want me to send any future notices to you, just let me know. No offense or problem.)





Mission Team Update:

During the month of November, the Mission Team will be collecting NEW towels, washcloths, twin bed sheets, blankets, and pillows.  They will also be accepting bar soap, dishwashing liquid, hand soap, and deodorant.  These items will be collected in the collection bins at the church and will be donated to St. Francis Commons, a shelter in Scranton that is specifically for homeless veterans.  At this time, all of their residents are male, so please keep that in mind when purchasing items for them.  Thank you!  



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 and an evening group, so start thinking about what would work best for you.  Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

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 will be changing at the end of November, 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.



Church Contact Information:

Phone: 570-587-3206


Holidays may affect office hours.

After Hours Emergency Phone Numbers:
Pastor Jim: (814) 496-5223
Jeff Warren: (570) 800-8353




Prayer List


Personal or Health Concerns:

The Holderman Family

Warren Raker

Douglas Shotwell

Maxine Warren

Johnny Gonzales

Jack Thubbron

Lynn Snyder

Deb Kellogg

Harold Hollister


Jerry Gallagher

Kelly Menichiello

Timmy Starzer

Amy Williams

Allison Green

Nathan Gray

Abby Sutton


 National and World Prayer Requests:

The Global United Methodist Church

Coronavirus  outbreak

Essential workers in all professions

Hurricane and Wildfire Victims

The people of Nicaragua suffering the effects of Hurricane Eta (the first category 5 hurricane of the season)


Grieving Families:

Family of Bonnie Sherman

Family of Ron Thomas

Family of Robert Kester


Long-Term Care:

Clarks Summit Senior Living, Clarks Summit: Neil Bartholme

Gino Merli Veterans’ Center, Scranton: George Warren, Harry Pasternak

The Pines, Clarks Summit: Eleanor Miller


The Circle of Prayer Churches:

Asbury UMC, Altoona

Covenant UMC, Lock Haven

Klinesgrove UMC, Sunbury

*Zion UMC, East Prospect

*Monghere UMC, Monghere - Sierra Leone

*MaSiaka UMC, MaSiaka - Sierra Leone

Abrahamsville UMC, Damascus

Woodvale UMC, Wood

Salladasburg UMC, Salladasburg