Lanse Link – 21 January 2024

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Church Family News

Annual Reports & Vision Meeting and Meal

Next Sunday, January 28th, is our next family meal and the annual reports & vision meeting. Members, please plan to stay for both and help the Hospitality Team prepare for the potluck meal by bringing a main dish, side dish, or dessert! If you have any questions, contact Linda Carlson (814) 592-7975.

Wild Game Dinner Information

Posters are available in the foyer. Take one (or a few) today and hang it in your local post office, at the gym, at your place of employment, or any place of business you feel will help us reach people. Letters are in the foyer for local businesses thanking them for their past help and a promise to purchase something from their business as a door prize. Please help in getting these handed out and purchasing door prizes. Tickets are printed and available, please see Andy Dobash for tickets.

Celebration Choir

Come and join the choir for practice this Thursday, January 25th at 7:30pm.

Community Group

Don’t forget that Community Group starts back this evening at 7:00pm at the Skacel home.

Challenge Meeting

There will be a brief informational meeting after church next week, January 28th (in the auditorium before the church family meeting). The EFCA Challenge conference is for students in current grades 6-12 and runs July 1-5 in Kansas City, MO. Any eligible students and their parents are invited to attend and find out more, ask questions, etc. See Cody & Holly Crumrine for more information.

Facilities Team Meeting

There will be a facilities team meeting held on Tuesday, January 30th at 7:00pm at LEFC. Please see George Leathers if you have any questions.

Wild Game Dinner – Next Planning Meeting

Join us for a brief meeting February 4th in the auditorium after worship to continue planning and to learn how you can be a part of this outreach ministry opportunity. See Abe for further information.

Going to Summer Camp?

It is once again time to start thinking about summer camp at Miracle Mountain Ranch! Regular camp (ages 8-16) will be $275. Buckaroo camp (ages 6-9) will be $110. Register early to get a $30 discount. See Marilynn Kristofits soon with your preferred camp dates.

Save The Date – Stay Sharp

Our annual Stay Sharp theology conference will be held February 26th-27th at Waterdam Church. The theme this year is “Always Making Disciples.” For more information, pick up a flyer in the foyer, and see Pastor Matt.

Tax Receipts

If you need a tax receipt for your giving in 2023 and have not gotten one in previous years, please let Anita Allen know so that she can prepare one for you.

New Leaders in Family Ministries

Holly Crumrine, Jordyn Skacel, and Vicky Albert have begun serving as the Interim Family Ministries Leadership Team while we continue our search for a part-time Director of Family Ministry. If you have questions, ideas, or concerns about ministry to children, youth, and parents, please see one of them.

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.

Attendance Volunteers

Jenni is still looking for a few more volunteers to help with weekly attendance. It’s super easy, and there will be help available if you need it!

Read Your Bible in 2024

Get ready to read through your Bible this year! There are two different reading plans for free in the foyer. Grab one to take home with you today. They are bright orange!

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

Is it possible to follow God’s design for love?  We live in a society that constantly challenges us when it comes to sexuality.  Thankfully, God doesn’t leave us to find the answers on our own.  He shows us His design for sex, relationships, marriage, and gender in his Word.  Join Keith Hurley as we look at God’s Word to answer some of the toughest questions about love, sex, gender, and relationship.

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 will meet Sunday Evenings at 7:00 here at Lanse Free starting January 28th.

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 Abe & Jordyn Skacel.

Ladies’ Fellowship Hour

Ladies, join us Wednesday, January 24th 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 8: Protect. The Winter quarter resources are available in the foyer.

This Week in Kids Bible Class

How does the Holy Spirit help Christians? The Holy Spirit comforts us, shows us our sin, and guides us as we live for God’s glory. Today, the Little Learners and Bible Explorers will be studying Galatians 5 learning about how The Holy Spirit Changes Us. 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 29, Session 4 which your family received in your mailbox.

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