Lanse Link – 23 January 2022

Sunday, January 23, 2022
Lanse Evangelical Free Church

Church Family News

New Year, New Prayers

As we enter a new year, Pastor Matt would like to know how to best pray for each of the families in our church. Please take a moment and fill out the half sheet bulletin insert [or e-version link here], to update him on things for which you are praising God and requests you would like Pastor Matt to take before the throne grace (Hebrews 4:16).

Wild Game Dinner Planning Meeting

Join us after church today for the first planning meeting for our 2022 Wild Game Dinner. Our dinner is scheduled for March 19th from 5:00-8:00 and our speaker will be Kim Cone. Stay in the auditorium and learn how you can be a part of this outreach ministry opportunity. Our coordinator for this event is Jamie Morgan.

Fellowship and Prayer Meeting on Zoom

Reconnect! Pastor Matt will be leading a fellowship and prayer meeting over Zoom on Sunday February 6th at 6:30pm. Everyone in the church family is invited to catch up with one another, share a praise report and/or a prayer request, and pray alongside your brothers and sisters in Christ. Connection details can be found in the Lanse Link email.

“Custom Rebuild” Team for Children & Youth Ministry at LEFC

“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done” (Psalm 78:4b). It’s time to re-think, re-imagine, and re-build our children and youth ministries at LEFC to fit the changing needs of families today. The Elders are looking for people, especially younger parents, with an interest in making disciples of the next generation to team up to make recommendations for new and renewed programs, events, structures, and leadership for children and youth ministry. Talk with Pastor Matt if you have interest in or ideas for this “Custom Rebuild” team.

Going to Summer Camp?

It is once again time to register for summer camp at Miracle Mountain Ranch! Early registration forms need to be turned in to Marilynn by January 30th to take part in the $30 discount. As a reminder, the church will pay the first $75 to register your child. The early registration cost per camper for regular camp (ages 8-18) will be $190 Buckaroo camp (ages 6-9) is also available for our younger campers at a cost of $90. (June 23-25 or August 8-10) Information is available in the foyer.

Stay Sharp

Our annual Stay Sharp theology conference will return to in-person meeting. It will be held February 21-22 at Waterdam Church. The theme this year is the theology propelling our gospel mission. For more information, pick up a flyer in the foyer and see Pastor Matt to join our group.

Annual Reports & Vision Meeting

Members, plan now to stay after church on January 30th for our Annual Reports and Vision Meeting. We will briefly meet in the auditorium (FM transmission available), review the reports of 2021, set some goals for 2022, and make any necessary decisions.


There are still some poinsettias left on the table in the foyer. Feel free to take one home with you today.

Greeter Ministry Help Needed

We are looking for a few more people to add to our greeting team. If you can come to church a bit early and greet people as they come, please reach out to Jordyn Skacel or Haylee Simler. Schedules are made every 3 months, and the commitment is only once a month.

Snow Removal Signup

Our Facilities Team is looking for a few individuals to help maintain our walkways during the winter months. Are you able to help with removing snow and salting the sidewalks Sunday mornings here at the church this winter? Sign up in the foyer.

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.

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 Explore the Bible: Ezekiel; Daniel and join them as they begin with Session 8: Integrity Established.

Search for New Administrative Assistant

Marilynn Kristofits has accepted a full-time position with Penn State starting February 1. The Elder Board will soon begin the search for a new administrative assistant to serve our church family in the office. Pray for the Elder Board as they evaluate the church’s needs and work through the process of hiring a new Administrative Assistant. Marilynn will continue to serve some evenings and Saturdays to provide essential support during the transition.

LEFC Book Club

In October, every family received a copy of Dane Ortlund’s book, Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers. Did you miss getting yours? We have more copies in the foyer. Are you interested in joining a small group in discussion in person or online? John Forcey would meet over Zoom. Amy Jo Belko would host a discussion group in her home. Reach out to them to be a part of either of these opportunities.

Updated Mailboxes & Directories

The mailboxes have been updated to add in some of our newest families here at the church. In your mailbox is the 2022 Church Family Directory. Take it home so you can get in touch with and get to know some of the new people worshipping here.

Tax Receipts

If you need a tax receipt for your giving in 2021 and have not gotten one previously, please let Anita Allen know so that she can prepare one for you.

Additional Indoor Seating Options

We are broadcasting the audio of the worship gathering into the Fellowship Hall, Foyer, Ladies’ Classroom, Prayer Room, and the upstairs Youth Room on Sunday mornings. Now that the weather has turned colder, those who have been worshipping outside may find these spread-out indoor seating options more comfortable.

All Church Notification Email List

Do you receive our weekly news bulletin (Lanse Link) and special notifications from the church? We use this list to keep you up to date on any special announcements and changes to our regular worship service. To be added, send your email address to the church office ( and Marilynn will include you.

Continuing 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