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COVID-19 Update

We appear to be on the downside of our COVID-19 situation and we look forward to making some announcements very quickly about how we will proceed going forward. Please watch for announcements coming this week with an update.

The church office will tentatively reopen on Tuesday, December 1. Office hours will be Monday - Friday, 9 am - 2 pm.

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 all who are 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

Countryside's yearly Church Conference session was held on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 2:30 pm via Zoom. District Superintendent Rev. Judy Walker led the session.

Finalized reports and session minutes are available at




Upcoming Events:

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

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

Monday, November 30:
  6:30 pm - Reopening Task Force Meeting (via Zoom) - THIS IS A DATE CHANGE!!!

Tuesday, December 1:
  9:30 am - Incarnation Bible Study (via Zoom)
  7:00 pm - Incarnation Bible Study (via Zoom)

Thursday, December 3:
  6:30 pm - Church Council Meeting (via Zoom)





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 November, the Mission Team will be collecting NEW towels, washcloths, twin bed sheets, blankets, pillows, bar soap, dishwashing liquid, hand soap, and deodorant for St. Francis Commons. December’s basket offering will also go to St. Francis Commons.
October’s basket offering collected $684.15 for Countryside’ Community Outreach programs.
November’s basket offering will be used to purchase gifts for Countryside’s Angel Tree program.
December’s basket offering will go to St. Francis Commons.



Incarnation - 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 will change 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.



Church Contact Information:

Phone: 570-587-3206


Holidays may affect office hours.

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




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
Timber Ridge Care Center, Wilkes Barre: Gene Bedell


The Circle of Prayer Churches:

There are no specific “Circle of Prayer Churches” for this week.

Instead this week pray for:

  • All of our churches in our conference
  • Our Conference Camp Sites
  • All of our Sierra Leone Partner Churches
  • Our Bishops
  • Our Global Church