In early 2007, a small group of individuals met to discuss starting a Bible believing, Christ following, independent church. Under the leadership of Pastor Dale Anscheutz, we formally became a new church in September of that year, when we voted in the Articles of Faith and approved the church constitution. By this time we had grown to approximately 40 charter members. We spent the first year at the Abell family pond facility in Warren Center, PA. But by the winter of 2008-2009, we had outgrown this facility due to the number of children in Sunday school classes. We then proceeded to spend the winter in the Warren Center Community Building, using it as our primary location, going back to the pond for our summer services. In 2010, the Lord provided our current church building in Little Meadows, PA. Our first church service in it was held on November 7th, that year.
Community Independent Bible Church is, as the name states, an independent church. We are affiliated with no denomination, which is how the churches in the Bible are described. We believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. The Bible is God's revelation to man and cannot be altered in any way (II Tim. 3:16-17, II Pet. 1:20-21, Matt. 5:18, 24:35, John 10:34-35). We strive to be the Body of Christ as the Bible calls us to be.
Like the beautiful seasons of Northeast Pennsylvania, our church body represents a range of ages, from growing families to older members, babies and youth. Our people represent the many seasons of life. Currently, we have a membership of 66 faithful individuals, with a regular attendance of about 80 every Sunday. We are a relatively small, but growing church. Yet our size is a blessing in that we are able to know one another, nurture one another, support one another, pray with one another, and love one another. We are family.
On a regular Sunday, we have Sunday school classes available for all ages, as well as an adult class and women's class prior to our regular service. During the morning service, we are also blessed with a Seekers in Sneakers ministry, which teaches our small children about God's truth during the sermon. We have been blessed with a facility that does provide space for our current ministry needs, with a capacity of over 200. We also have several different small Bible Study groups, hosted at some of our member's homes throughout the week, as well as a Wednesday night prayer and Bible study in the sanctuary. During the Wednesday Bible study time, we have also been blessed to have a children's ministry, called God's Promise club which serves to share the gospel with children in our area, from kindergarten through sixth grade. Also, we have a Ladies Outreach Ministry, which meets once a month to plan events, take care of our church hospitality needs, and reach women in the area with God's love. Truly we have been blessed with a church membership where everyone has a place to serve and serves with all of their heart. We pray that the Lord will continue to use us, and grow our ministry opportunities in the community, by providing the workers and the calling.
Here at CIBC, we also have a heart for missions. God has financially blessed us to faithfully support ten different missionaries in five continents around the world. We also faithfully support several local ministries and encourage one another to support these local ministries throughout the year, in order to share God's love in our community. We believe that it is part of our purpose, as a church, to support the hands and feet of the gospel. Due to the faithful giving of our members, God has enabled us to do just that.
Our church is located in the borough of Little Meadows, Susquehanna County. Susquehanna County is located at the top of the Endless Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania, along the I-81 corridor. Susquehanna County is situated between Binghamton, NY (22 miles south) and the Wilkes-Barre- Scranton (79 miles north) metropolitan regions. We are about a 3.5 hour drive from New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA. Little Meadows was incorporated in 1859, encompasses a total area of 2.4 square miles, and has a population of 268 as of July 1, 2018. We sit about a mile from the New York state border. The region has its history in coal mining and small farming, and is now involved in the natural gas industry. Our area is predominately rural, including forested hillsides, many lakes and streams, farmland, state game lands, and a state park. Our church includes members from several of the surrounding communities in NY and PA in places like Warren Center, PA and Vestal, NY. Some of the nearby colleges/universities are SUNY, Ithaca College, Cornell University, and Misericordia University.