Lanse Link – 15 October 2023

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Lanse Evangelical Free Church

Church Family News

Guest Preacher

Dave Catanzaro is preaching today while Pastor Matt is away at the Allegheny District Pastors & Wives Retreat. Dave is a retired West Branch School teacher and long-term member of the LEFC congregation.

Office Hours

Starting on Monday, Misty will no longer be in the church office during normal business hours. Misty will check emails ( on Thursday evenings. If you need something during the day, contact Pastor Matt ( during this transitional period.

Renewing the Prayer Guide

During this time of transition in the church office, we will be refreshing the “Ongoing Health Concerns” and “Cancer Treatments” section of the prayer guide. If you have a loved-one listed in those sections and want them to remain in the prayer guide, please indicate that via email ( or a written note in the offering plate by October 29th. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Matt.

Email Prayer Chain Coordinator

We are looking for a trustworthy person with discretion and editorial ability to coordinate the prayer emails ministry. Training is available. See Pastor Matt if you are interested in helping with this ministry.

Bulletin Board Decorators

We are looking for people who would like to decorate the bulletin boards throughout the building to mark the seasons, emphasize current ministries, and celebrate biblical truth. Training is available. See Pastor Matt if you are interested in helping with this ministry.

Malawi Missions Trip Meeting

There will be a planning/organizing meeting on Sunday, October 22nd after the service for those going on the Malawi Missions Trip. If anyone is still interested in joining the team, see Curt Quick.

Church Family Meal

Join us for our next church family meal on Sunday, October 29th following the service. Be thinking now about what tasty dish your family might bring to share with everyone. A main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert are all fair game!

Church Family Meeting

Sunday, October 29th is our next quarterly church family meeting. Members, plan to stay after the fellowship meal to hear ministry updates and plans. See Church Chairman Keith Folmar with any questions.

Operation Christmas Child

Our church is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. If you feel led to pack a shoebox for a child, take one of the boxes next week in the foyer and fill it up. The shoeboxes need to be returned to the church by Sunday, November 12th. Please bring any extra items that don’t fit in your shoeboxes as often we need an item or two to fill out other boxes. Each box will cost $10 to ship. If you are interested in sponsoring one or more of the shoeboxes we hope to send, mark your donation “Shoeboxes.” Questions? See Mary Beth Moslak.

Director of Family Ministry

The job description for the new part-time ministry position is posted in the foyer. If you are interested in knowing more about the vision for this new role at LEFC, talk with any of the church elders.

Follow the Lord in Water Baptism

We are planning for more baptisms again soon. 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.

Snack and Yack

When the auditorium empties after worship, young people in grades 3-7 who heard the sermon are invited to meet in Pastor Matt’s office for a snack and a brief interactive conversation about today’s message. To help kids listen closely, they can fill out a “Snack n’ Yack Notes” handout. Parents are always welcome to join in, too! Leading this week is Joel & Misty Michaels.

Community Group

The community group meets Sunday evenings at 7pm in the Skacel home for fellowship and Bible study. People of all ages are welcome (including kids!). See Abe or Jordyn Skacel if you want to check it out!

Ladies’ Fellowship Hour

Ladies, join us Wednesday, October 18th  at 10:30am for a time of fellowship with one another, praying for one another and missionaries, reading Scripture, and enjoying occasional snacks. Judy Carlson will be leading. 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. We are going through a study of the book of Acts. 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 Kids Bible Class

How should we feel when we sin? When we sin, we should feel sorry that we have disobeyed God and choose to obey Him. Today, the Little Learners and Bible Explorers will be studying Jeremiah 31 learning how God can always be trusted. Resources for family worship centered on this lesson are available through the link you will receive in “The Family Table” email arriving this afternoon. For more information about this week’s lesson, check out The Gospel Project Big Picture Card for Volume 6, Unit 18, Session 1 which your family received in your mailbox.

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 Mark and join as we study this week with Session 15: Strengthens. The Fall quarter resources are available in the foyer.

Giving Opportunities

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

Sermon Publications

Missed a Sunday? You can read, listen to, or watch the message online in multiple ways throughout the week (YouTubeFacebookApple & Google Podcasts, SpotifyPastor Matt’s blog, or the LEFC website [audiovideo]). Audio CDs are also available in the foyer under the community bulletin board. Need help subscribing or finding a particular sermon? See Misty Michaels.

Email Subscriptions

We want everyone to know what is happening at LEFC! Are you on the “All Church Notifications” email list to get key announcements such as cancelations and other schedule changes? Subscribers also receive “The Lanse Link,” our weekly news bulletin. In addition, parents can subscribe to “The Family Table,” a Sunday newsletter filled with useful resources for family discipleship. Subscribe on the church website or send your email address to the church office and Misty Michaels will add you to the list.

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