Lanse Link – 11 September 2022

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Lanse Evangelical Free Church

Church Family News

Celebration Choir

Are you interested in singing with the LEFC Celebration Choir? Now is your chance!  Choir will rehearse at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 22nd and will present their special number on Sunday, September 25th. Here is your opportunity to praise God through song. Please contact Amy Jo Belko with any questions.

Celebration Sunday

Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 9th as we celebrate our 130th anniversary. Joining us will be guest speaker Greg Strand from our EFCA national office. More details will be coming as we prepare to celebrate our 130th anniversary.

Pastor Matt’s Prayer Retreat

Tuesday, September 13th, Pastor Matt will be devoting the day to praying for our Lanse Free family. He would love to specifically pray for you and your family’s needs. Please fill out the red prayer card and drop it in an offering plate on your way out today.

Worldview Training for Youth

“Ideas Have Consequences.” Keith Hurley is planning to offer a worldview training class for youth (grades 7-12) in the upstairs Youth Room every other Sunday evening at 7:00pm beginning today. See him for more details.

Missionary Christmas in September

Each year we collect a special offering aimed to bless the missionaries we support and give them some extra money to use in whatever way they like. Donations will be accepted throughout the month of September. There are envelopes in the foyer on the resources tables or you can place it in the offering plate marked “Christmas.”

Office Hours

Misty will be out of the office on Wednesday. Office hours this week are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9-3.

Mission To Malawi?

The Missions Ministry Team is prayerfully exploring the possibility of a short-term missions trip to Malawi in the future to work with our missionaries, Fred & Cindy Cressman. If this is something you may be interested in, see Curtis Quick for more information.

Join Us at Prayer Meeting

Each Wednesday at 7:00pm, a group of Christians meet to pray and to study God’s Word in the Fellowship Hall. Some who attend find it to be one of the most heartening hours of their week. Currently, Joel Michaels is leading us through a study of the Gospel of Mark. Nobody is put on the spot to pray out loud, but all are encouraged to attend and help lift up the needs of our church, community, nation, and world.

Children’s Church Meeting

The Children’s Church Team (teachers/helpers) will have a brief meeting on today after the worship gathering. Are you interested in helping with children’s church? We are looking for one more regular classroom helper or two to three more occasional substitutes. See Pastor Matt for more details.

Recommendations for Family Ministries

At the last church family meeting, the Family Discipleship Vision Team presented six formal recommendations for the congregation to prayerfully consider for next steps in our ministries to children, youth, and parents. These recommendations, including a draft of a potential job description for a future part-time director of family ministries, are available in the foyer to spark discussion among the church family. The next congregational meeting is scheduled for October 30th. If you have insights you want to share, talk with Pastor Matt or Cody Crumrine who are the elders overseeing the FDVT. Please keep praying for the FDVT as they continue their work.

Operation Christmas Child

Our church will once again participate in the OCC Shoebox campaign this year. With school supplies on sale, now is a great time to pick up some items in preparation for packing a shoebox to bless a needy child.

 “Blessed to Be a Blessing”

The West Branch Ministerium will be holding a “Blessed to Be a Blessing” generosity fair on October 2nd from 2pm-4pm at Gethsemane UMC.  In advance of this event, they are raising funds for the WB Ministerium Compassion Fund and the local Salvation Army Service Unit. These organizations help people in our community that have financial difficulty. You can donate by marking your gift “Blessing” and dropping it in the offering plate.

You Matter 5K & 10Mile Ride

The Pregnancy Resource Clinic will be hosting their annual 5k walk/run and 10Mile bicycle ride on Saturday, October 1st. For more information see the flyer on the Community Bulletin Board or visit their website

Kentucky Flood Response Giving

Five eastern Kentucky EFCA churches were recently impacted by flooding. The EFCA is currently raising funds to help with immediate needs. You can make donation by marking your gift “Kentucky” and dropping it in the offering plate.

Ark Park Meet n’ Play

Moms and their littles are invited each Wednesday for a time to play outside and have fun together! We’ll meet at the Ark Park at 9:00am or come and go as you please. The church building will be open for restrooms and water, and juice boxes will be provided. Event is cancelled in the event of rain.

Explore the Bible at Home

Many adults in our church are utilizing the Explore the Bible resources to dig deeper into God’s word. Pick up your free copy of Amos; Jonah; Hosea; Micah and join as we start our study this week with Session 2: Turn to God. The Fall quarter resources are now available in the foyer.

Giving Opportunities

Designated giving funds remain open for our deaconess compassion fund to help those in need within our church family, for Ukraine to help ReachGlobal minister to the refugees, and a future pavilion here at the church. Please mark your gifts and drop them in the offering plate.

All Church Notification Email List

Do you receive our weekly news bulletin (Lanse Link) and notifications from the church? We use this list to keep you up to date on any key announcements and changes to our regular worship service. To be added, send your email address to the church office ( and Misty will include you.

Continue 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:

Prayer Items

Need Prayer?

Our church and our pastor love to pray for you. If you have a need for prayer, you can email us at 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.

Contact the church office for this week’s prayer requests from the bulletin.

Lanse Free Church

255 Cotohisc Road
Lanse, PA 16849
Phone: 814.345.6500

Worship Service: Sunday, 10:00am

Prayer Meeting: Wednesday, 7:00pm