Lanse Link – 13 November 2022

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Lanse Evangelical Free Church

Church Family News

Meet Caleb Lucien

Join us at 9:00am on Sunday to meet our missionary Caleb Lucien and learn about his ministry in Haiti with Vision of Hope Ministries.

Today’s Guest Speaker

Caleb Lucien, our missionary with Vision of Hope Ministries in Haiti, is visiting with us today. Be sure to greet him and ask questions about his work after today’s service.

Church Family Fellowship Meal

Join us after the service today in the fellowship hall for our Church Family Fellowship Meal and to meet Caleb Lucien.

Church Family Budget Meeting

The annual budget meeting will be held Tuesday, November 15th at 6:00pm. All interested people are invited to join the Elder Board and help make the budget plans for 2023. 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.

Thanksgiving Baskets

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 20th. 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, Betty Leathers, Cindy Michaels, Renee Mostyn (Lead), or Ildiko Schall.

Celebration Choir

Interested in singing with the LEFC Celebration Choir? Join us on Thursday at 7:30pm as we rehearse in preparation for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and morning worship services. Questions? See Amy Jo Belko.

Help Needed – Decorating Project

A volunteer or two is needed to reorganize the church family photos in the hallway to fit in another decade of photographs. If you have an eye for decoration or love hanging pictures, see Pastor Matt to find out what all is involved.

Food Bank Donations Needed

The West Branch Area Food Bank at Gethsemane UMC will be handing out Holiday Meals and Happy Birthday Jesus Kits throughout the month of December. They are in need of the following items: stuffing, canned sweet potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, gravy, cake mixes and icing, or monetary gifts to help purchase turkeys or hams. They are also taking donations of cereal, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, and spaghetti sauce for the months of January and February. Questions? Contact Mary Ann Moriarty at (814) 345-6860.

Holiday Open House – Pregnancy Resource Clinic

You are invited to an open house at the PRC. On Monday, December 5th, the team at PRC would be honored to show you the space at 421 & 423 Pugh Street where so many people are offered education, encouragement, and empowerment to make healthy decisions for their present circumstances, future goals, dreams, and plans. Spend some time over light refreshments getting to know the people who carry out the work for the PRC. RSVP at scprc.com.

“The Family Table” Email

All parents of LEFC Kids are receiving a weekly email called “The Family Table.” This new Family Ministry initiative is designed to provide helpful resources for feeding the faith of our LEFC families including access to a family devotional guide centered on the lesson being taught each week in Children’s Church. Grandparents, guardians, care-givers and other adults who want to make disciples of the next generation are also invited to sign up to receive “The Family Table.” Confirm your email address with Misty Michaels today.

Deaconess Compassion Fund

Our Deaconess Compassion Fund helps assist families with a gift to help ease their financial strain. Prayerfully consider supporting those in our church family experiencing a crisis by giving a gift to the deaconess fund. Use the small envelopes found on the resource tables or mark your gift “Deaconess Compassion Fund”.

Mailbox Shifts

The mailboxes in the foyer have been updated and shifted to make space for our new families. Be sure to check your mailboxes when you come to church. Don’t have a mailbox yet? Please let Misty Michaels know. Thanks!

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, please let Curtis Quick know by Sunday, November 20th.

Worldview Training for Youth

“Ideas Have Consequences.” Keith Hurley is offering a worldview training class for youth (grades 7-12) in the upstairs Youth Room every other Sunday evening at 7:00pm. Make plans now to join them Sunday, November 20th for their next class. Questions? See Keith Hurley.

Ladies’ Fellowship Hour

Ladies, are you interested in meeting with other women for a time of fellowship with one another and supporting each other in your faith? During the Ladies’ Fellowship Hour, women enjoy visiting with each other, praying for one another and missionaries, reading Scripture, and enjoying occasional snacks. Join us each Wednesday at 10:30am in the fellowship hall. If you have questions or ideas, see Judy Carlson or Ruth Murray. All ladies are invited to attend.

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 Prayer Room. Some who attend find it to be one of the most heartening hours of their week. Pastor Matt is leading us through a study in Exodus. 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.

This Week in Children’s Church

What is the Bible? The Bible is God’s Word. Today, the Little Learners and Bible Explorers will be studying 2 Timothy 3 learning how the Bible helps us live for God. Parents, reinforce today’s lesson by asking your kids what they learned in class and talking about how it might apply to their lives in the week ahead. More resources for family worship centered on this lesson are available through the link you will receive in “The Family Table” email arriving this afternoon. See Misty Michaels to confirm your email address. For more information about this week’s lesson, check out The Gospel Project Big Picture Card for Volume 3, Unit 7, Lesson 3.

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 study this week with Session 11: Leaders Needed. The Fall quarter resources are 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, OCC shoeboxes to help pay shipping costs, 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 ([email protected]) 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: [email protected]

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 [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.

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