Swedish Evangelical Free Church, 1900

Our history began with a vision over a century ago, when a group of Swedish families gathered in a home in Lanse to worship their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Lord blessed their faithfulness, and they soon erected the Swedish Free Church in the town. God blessed them and gave yet another vision. So, in 1933, they pulled down the walls of the church and erected a new building. From the late 1940's until 1966, the church was pastored by several young student ministers, and for the first time, the English language was spoken in the services.

Swedish Free Church Sunday School class, 1932

In 1966, however, the congregation had diminished. Many had moved away and most of those dedicated Christians who had founded the church were home with their Lord. To the seven faithful members left in the church, the future looked bleak. Again, however, they looked to their Lord, and He gave yet another vision. The seven members called a full-time pastor, Rev. Robert Ritchie, to the church, and for the next four years the Lord began to grow the church both numerically and spiritually.

In 1970, Pastor Jack Kelly accepted a call to come here, and two years later, the Lord touched the hearts of these people with a new vision. They ventured out again in faith to expand their facilities. By 1974, the Lord gave yet another vision--a burden for people, not just programs and buildings--for those in our area who needed to be introduced to the Savior. That vision continues today. As the church grew, the congregation began plans to relocate. The new church (our fourth and present facility) was erected and dedicated on November 20, 1977.

Golden Jubilee Celebration, 1942

In 1998, Pastor Matt Mitchell and his family joined us here to serve as our pastor to guide, lead, and equip us to further the kingdom of Christ.

The Ark Park, a delightful playground for church and community children, was dedicated on August 27, 2000. We went online with www.lansefree.org in April of 2001.

For over 120 years, God has been faithful to Lanse Free Church, so we are excited to look to the future to see what He has in store!

History Compiled by Vera Edgren, Sue Swisher, and Pastor Matt

Lanse Free Church

255 Cotohisc Road
Lanse, PA 16849
Phone: 814.345.6500

Sunday School: 9:00am
Worship: 10:00am

Prayer Meeting: Wednesday, 7:00pm

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Dear Church Family,

In 586BC, the city of Jerusalem was attacked and overrun by the Babylonians, who then also destroyed the beloved temple of the LORD. And when that happened, the weeping prophet Jeremiah composed the long poem that we call “Lamentations.”

Lamentations is a sad but beautiful poem filled with sorrow over the good things that the people of God had had ripped away from them.

I love it that there is a whole book of the Bible dedicated to sadness–because grief and sadness and loss and sorrow are a normal part of life in our broken world. Good things get taken away from us, and when that happens, it is right to be sad.

And the Bible provides a God-authorized way of expressing our sadness to the Lord in prayers of lament. They’re not just in Lamentations, but all through the Bible, especially the Psalms.

I’m thankful that in these days of the Coronavirus where so many things we love are being taken away from us, that God has given us good ways to talk to Him about our sadness. To take our sorrow to Him.

In light of the expanded social distancing guidelines and the current statewide stay at home order, our church will not be gathering for in-person corporate worship for at least the month of April.

We will continue to provide a weekly Guide to Worship at Home and a recorded video message from me.

I think the experiment we tried last week with a Family Fellowship Meeting on Zoom went really well, so we’re going try it again this Sunday at 11am. This week, Matt Cox is planning to visit with us during that time and give us a little update on things up at Miracle Mountain Ranch. Check your email from the church office for information about how to connect. Let us know if you need any technical help started.

We are also going to postpone and reschedule the April Church Family meeting as there is nothing that the congregation needs to decide together at this time. We are asking all of our ministries and ministry teams to only meet in-person if it is necessary. See your ministry team or Link Group leader for further plans.

It is going to be really hard for us to not be together for a whole other month. Not sharing the Lord's Supper will be hard this coming Sunday, but how sweet will it be when we can do it again?! And Resurrection Sunday next weekend will be especially painful.

It’s right for us to be sad about these losses. It’s right for us to cry and to express our grief to the Lord.

And you might wonder how we will we ever get through this extended time of trial?

Right in the middle of the saddest poem in the Bible are these words:

“Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV).

Yes, we get the lyrics to that precious hymn from one of the saddest parts of the Bible!

No matter how bad it gets we know that God is faithful and that every single morning, He serves up new mercies for that day.

Every single day.

His compassions are every morning without fail. With the dawn comes a new wave of God’s mercy.

Remember, Jesus doesn’t want us to worry about tomorrow. Each day has a enough trouble of its own. But each day also has all of the grace we need to trust and follow Him.

"Strength for today
and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord Unto Me."

In His Grip,

- Pastor Matt Mitchell
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