Lanse Link – 18 February 2024

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Church Family News

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 Genesis 20-50  and join as we study this through the Spring Quarter, starting on March 3rd. These booklets are available in the foyer.

Challenge Commitment Deadline
For students in grades 6-12 who are considering joining the Challenge Crew this year, keep in mind that the deadline to commit is today. A $100 deposit secures your spot and allows us to start booking hotels, planning transportation, and fundraising. You can email the church office, Cody, or Holly Crumrine for more information. (Financial assistance available if needed.)

Pop-Up Baptism Classes
Pastor Matt is teaching baptism classes on Sunday mornings at 8:30am. There will be make-up classes scheduled if you are still interested.
Adults: February 25th – Part A                                Kids: March 17th – Part B
March 10th – Part B

Baby Bottle Blessings
Our church is participating in The Pregnancy Resource Clinic’s Baby Bottle Blessing campaign. Please fill your bottle with your extra change and bills over the next few weeks. Bottles are due back by March 3rd.

Wild Game Dinner Meeting
The final preparation meeting will be held Sunday, March 3rd after service. Please see Abe for any questions.

Our Daily Bread
We now have large print copies of Our Daily Bread for January, February, and March available on the worship resource tables and by the Community Bulletin Board. We will continue to receive large print copies. There are also small print copies available for the months of March, April and June until the large new copies come. After this, there will be no more small print copies.

Easter Egg Hunt
The Family Ministries Team is organizing an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30th at 10:00am here at the church. In addition to the hunt, we’ll be organizing indoor crafts and activities to enjoy. Children ages 0-12 are invited to participate. Registration will begin at 9:30am. Pre-registration is available for children who are attenders of LEFC. Donations of plastic eggs, candy, and prizes are needed, as well as volunteers. There are posters, a donation information sheet, and sign-up sheets in the foyer. See Jordyn Skacel, Holly Crumrine, or Vicky Albert with questions, to pre-register, or to get involved!

Lenten Worship Services
Each year the ministers of the West Branch Churches plan Lenten Services on Sundays throughout our area. There is an updated schedule of location and speakers for these services located on the community bulletin board in the foyer.

Opportunities at River of Life Camp
Chip and Kim Wolfe serve every summer at River of Life Camp in Irasburg, Vermont ( The Wolfes train the ministry staff in personal evangelism and teach the Bible to campers. There are many opportunities to volunteer at River of Life Camp–cabin counselors, kitchen staff, maintenance workers, etc. If you are interested in getting involved even for just a weekend or up to a whole summer, talk with Chip or Kim.

It Is Not Too Late to Go to Summer Camp
Thinking about attending summer camp at Miracle Mountain Ranch? The church will pay the first $75 to register your child. The cost per camper for regular camp (ages 8-16) will be $275, Buckaroo camp (ages 6-9) will be $110. A designated giving fund has been opened to support kids heading to camp. Mark your gift “camp fund” and put it in the offering. Interested in attending, see Marilynn Kristofits.

Open Staff Position
We are searching for a Director of Family Ministry (part-time, salaried) to lead our ministries to children, youth, and parents. The job description for this new ministry position is available in the foyer. To apply, please send a resume and a letter of application to Pastor Matt.

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

Thank you for continuing to support our ministries and missionaries. The offering plates are available at the back of the auditorium. Gifts can also be mailed to the church or given electronically through your bank’s bill pay program or through online platforms: PayPal and Venmo. Our account address is Questions? Contact Jenni English.

Church Office
Our church office is open every week, Tuesday – Friday from 9-3. You can reach Jenni in the office by phone (814-345-6500), or email at If you would like information to be in next week’s bulletin, please have it in by 1:00pm Thursday. Last minute prayer requests need to be submitted to the office by 9:00am on Friday.

Chasing Love – Bible Study for Teens by Sean McDowell
The “Chasing Love” curriculum is designed for teens.  However, due to the subject material, young adults who believe they might benefit from this discussion are welcome to attend, as are concerned or curious parents of any youth attending. This is a 9-week study that meets Sunday Evenings at 7:00 here at Lanse Free.

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” handouts that are in the foyer. Parents are always welcome to join in, too! Leading this week are Pastor Matt & Heather Mitchell.

Ladies’ Fellowship Hour
Ladies, join us Wednesday, February 21st at 10:30am for a time of fellowship with one another, praying for one another and missionaries, reading Scripture, and enjoying occasional snacks. This week’s leader is Nancy Wertz. All ladies are invited to attend.

Community Group
The community group meets Sunday evenings at 7:00pm 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!

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 Psalms. 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.

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 Genesis 1-19  and join as we study this week with Session 12: Established. The Winter quarter resources are available in the foyer.

This Week in Kids Bible Class
Why does God command Christians to tell others about Jesus? We tell others about Jesus so they will hear and believe the good news. Today, the Little Learners and Bible Explorers will be studying Acts 4-5 learning about how Peter Confronted Sin. 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 10, Unit 30, Session 4 which your family received in your mailbox.

Opportunities for ServiceBecome a part of our ministries! To get started serving in our church, contact the following people: Attendance (Jenni English), Coffee Ministry (Cody & Holly Crumrine), Kids Bible Classes (Vicky Albert), Nursery (Becky Schiefer), Greeting Ministry (Jordyn Skacel & Haylee Simler), Prayer Corners (Jenni English), and Worship Team (Pastor Matt Mitchell).

Sermon Publications
Missed a Sunday? You can read, listen to, or watch the message online in multiple ways throughout the week (YouTubeFacebookApple Podcast, 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 we 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