Lanse Link – 16 October 2022

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Lanse Evangelical Free Church

Church Family News

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.

Church Family Meeting

The next church family meeting has been scheduled for October 30th immediately after worship in the auditorium. Members will receive updates on finances, facilities projects, the potential missions trip, pastoral sabbatical plans, and also discuss next steps for the recommendations from the Family Discipleship Vision Team. See chairman Keith Folmar with any questions.

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.

Celebration Choir

The next rehearsals for choir will be on November 3rd, November 10th, and November 17th at 7:30 pm. Please note the time change. Contact Amy Jo Belko with any questions.

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, October 23rd for their next class. Questions? See Keith Hurley.

Harvest Party For LEFC Families

Families, join us Wednesday, October 26th from 6:30-8:00pm for a time of fun and fellowship. There will be a bonfire and other activities for kids and parents to enjoy together.

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 will enjoy visiting with each other, praying for one another and missionaries, reading Scripture, and enjoying occasional snacks. The first Ladies’ Hour will be Wednesday, October 19th 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.

Jesus is the Light of the World – Packing Party

This year, our church family is going to bless all of the children attending the West Branch Elementary Safe Trick-or-Treat event (October 18th) by giving each one a fun Glo-Stick with a card that proclaims the truth that Jesus is the light of the world. Today during the fellowship time after worship, we are going to assemble 800 of these gifts, and we need your help! Join us in the Fellowship Hall to help prayerfully pack the gifts for each student. See Pastor Matt if you have any questions.

Nursery Meeting

The Nursery Team will have a brief meeting on Sunday, November 6th after the worship gathering for current nursery workers and anyone interested in joining this ministry team. See Becky Schiefer if you have any questions about the meeting.

Pastor Appreciation Month

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Remember to thank Pastor Matt & Heather for their hard work, sacrificial dedication, and multiple blessings they have provided to us by serving our Lord here at LEFC. As our gift of appreciation to Pastor Matt & Heather, we are sending them to the Allegheny District Pastors and Wives retreat October 21-23.

Office Hours

Misty will be out of the office on Thursday. Office hours this week are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-3. If you would like information to be in next week’s bulletin, please have it in by 9:00am Friday.

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 in the foyer and fill it up. The shoeboxes need to be returned to the church by Sunday, November 13th. 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.

Red Cross Blood Drive

On Tuesday, October 25th, our church will host the Morrisdale Community Blood Drive from 1:00-6:30pm. If you are eligible to donate, consider making an appointment at edcrossblood.org.

LEFC Book Club – Praying the Bible

Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney is our newest book to read as a church family. There are multiple copies on the table next to the church office door–one per participating family. Pick up yours and start reading today! Are you interested in participating in a pop-up class to discuss what the book teaches in a group setting? See Abe Skacel who is our new coordinator of adult discipleship pop-up classes to find out more.

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. 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 God like? God is holy, good, and loving. Today, the Little Learners and Bible Explorers will be studying Numbers 21 and learning about how God healed the people. 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. Make sure to pick up their take-home sheet to spark your family’s discussions. For more information about this week’s lesson, check out The Gospel Project Big Picture Card for Volume 2, Unit 6, Lesson 3 which your family received in your foyer mailbox this summer.

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 7: The Unfaithful Bride. The Fall quarter resources are now available in the foyer.

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