Lanse Link – 7 November 2021
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Lanse Evangelical Free Church
Church Family News
Blessed to be a Blessing Festival
Watch this video for more information on this West Branch Ministerium sponsored event, then plan to come out and give back to help those in our community that have needs. We are blessed, so be a blessing to others!
All JH/SH school kids and parents are invited to youth night! Join us Sunday, November 7 at 6:30 pm. We will snack on pizza, play some games, hear from Royal Servants. Let’s get together, reconnect, and get on mission to reach our friends and world with the good news about Jesus!
Daylight Savings Time
Next week we ‘fall back’ out of daylight savings time. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night (November 6th) so you arrive at the proper time for our worship gathering on November 7th.
Prepackaged communion elements are available with the worship bulletins in the foyer. Be sure get yours before we worship at the Lord’s Table this morning.
Our Missionary Guest
Tobi Magill, our missionary to Papua New Guinea, joins us today to share about the work she was doing in PNG prior to returning to home assignment and medical leave to assist with her father’s care. Be sure to stay after and visit with Tobi during our coffee fellowship. Parents: Tobi will also have a special presentation for the kids during Children’s Church.
The deaconesses are collecting donations of food items to help brighten the Thanksgiving holiday of needy families in our community. Nonperishable items may be brought to the church through November 21st. Our deaconess team will prepare all donations for safe delivery to needy families in our community. Please be sure to check the expiration dates on your donations to ensure they are fresh. If you know of any families who could use a basket this holiday season, please get in touch one of our Deaconess team members: Sylvia Gisewhite, Becky Hubler, Heather Hurley, Kay Knaul, Cindy Michaels, Renee Mostyn (Lead), Ildiko Schall, or Pam Weaver.
Lanse Free Blessings Tree
Help us fill our Blessings Tree in the foyer! We want to spend some time focusing on all the many blessings in our lives this year. Write down one of God’s blessings in your life on a leaf cutout from the basket in the foyer or pick up a leaf (or more!) and take them home to fill out. Then be encouraged as our Blessings Tree fills up this month. Blessings can also be emailed to the church office.
Church Family Budget Meeting
The annual budget meeting will be held Tuesday, November 9th at 6:00pm. All interested people are invited to join the Elder Board and help make the budget plans for 2022. Leaders of ministries and committees who use church funds are asked to bring or send along their ministry’s needs and recommendations to this meeting. See Keith Folmar if you have any questions.
Ministry of Meals
Our Deaconess Team is looking for people willing to be a part of our meal ministry – blessing families with dinner delivered to their home when they have a significant life change or illness. If you would like to have your name on the list for this ministry opportunity, please fill out the form on the resource tables and drop them off in the offering plate or the box by the office. Thanks!
Operation Christmas Child
Our church is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Praise God that all 122 boxes we had here have been taken to be filled! But don’t let that stop you for participating this year. Boxes can be bought at many stores in the area. Items can also be bagged up and the church will purchase boxes later. Return your shoeboxes to the church next Sunday. Extra items that don’t fit in your shoeboxes will be used to fill out other boxes and/or make up even more boxes. Shipping is $9. If you are interested in sponsoring one or more of the shoeboxes we hope to send, mark your donation “Shoeboxes.”
Maria Jackson has volunteered to head up our decorations team for the upcoming Christmas season. Talk with Maria and let her know your availability as we prepare to deck the halls!
Follow the Lord in Water Baptism
We are planning for more baptisms again this Winter. If you would like to learn more about what it means to follow Christ in water baptism, talk to Pastor Matt for options that fit your schedule. Classes will be set up to meet your scheduling needs.
Explore the Bible at Home
Many adults in our church are utilizing the Explore the Bible resources to dig deeper into God’s word using Explore the Bible: Philippians; Colossians; Philemon. Pick up your free copy today and complete Session 10: The Gospel’s Freedom this week.
All Church Notification Email List
Do you receive our weekly news bulletin (Lanse Link) and special notifications from the church? We use this list to keep you up to date on any special announcements and changes to our regular worship service. To be added, send your email address to the church office ([email protected]) and Marilynn will include you.
Our church and our pastor love to pray for you. If you have a need for prayer, you can email us at [email protected] All emails being sent to this address will be seen by Pastor Matt. Please indicate if this is a private request (for Pastor Matt and the Elder Board) or public request for the prayer chain. Want to join this list? Send an email to [email protected] and we will add you.
Designated giving funds are open for OCC Shoeboxes and a future picnic pavilion. Mark your gift “Pavilion” or “Shoeboxes” and place it in the offering plate.
Continuing to Give
Thank you for continuing to support our ministries and missionaries. Ways to give:
- Mail your offering check to us at PO BOX 114, Lanse, PA 16849.
- Cash or Check in person. Drop off your offering at the church during office hours in the offering plate right inside the office door.
- E-banking – Check with your financial institution about using their bill pay programs to have the bank send us a check directly at no cost.
- Online Payments – PayPal and Venmo are our current e-giving options. Our account address is our email: [email protected]