Lanse Link – 24 December 2023

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Church Family News

Christmas Eve Candlelight ServicePlease join us this evening at 7:00pm for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. All are welcome!Holiday Office HoursPastor Matt will be on vacation starting December 26th and will be back in the office on January 3rd. Jenni will be on vacation December 26th and will resume normal office hours the rest of the week.Christmas Carols by RequestToday we will be taking hymns by request again during our Worship in Singing time. Be sure to have your request and the reason it is special to you ready to share as we lift our voices together. Please check out the slide for songs we sang last week.There’s Music In The Air!The Bible Explorers Kids Bible Class will be sharing their HANDBELL number this evening during the 7:00pm Christmas Eve Service. All KBC Kids in Grades 1-3 are welcome and encouraged to participate. Kids need to meet in the Bible Explorer Classroom at 6:45pm for a quick practice.Read Your Bible in 2024Get ready to read through your Bible this year! There are two different reading plans for free on the Bible table in the foyer. Stop by and take a plan home with you today.Recycled Cards for CharityPlease save the fronts of your recycled cards (except for Hallmark, American Greetings and Disney which are unable to be accepted due to copyright laws). New cards (any occasion) with or without envelopes are also being accepted. There will be a box in the foyer labeled “Recycled Cards.” These recycled cards are part of a program to provide teens with life and work skills. For more information, please see Jenni English.Directory Information NeededIt’s time to update the LEFC Directory for 2024. If you would like added or if you need your current information/picture updated, there will be forms printed to fill out in the foyer or you may click here to update your information online. Please email all photos to Feel free to see Jenni English.Snow Removal SignupOur 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. Questions? See George Leathers.Red Cross Blood DriveOn Tuesday, January 2nd, our church will host the Morrisdale Community Blood Drive from 12:30-6:00pm. If you are eligible to donate, consider making an appointment at VolunteersJenni 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!Wild Game Dinner – Team Members NeededWe would like to have another Wild Game Dinner next year on March 16th. Abe Skacel is looking for some people to help him lead this outreach. Talk to Abe soon so that he can gauge interest. And, hunters, save some meat from this year’s harvest to share. Open Staff PositionWe 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.Church OfficeOur church office is open every week, Tuesday – Friday from 9-3. You can reach Jenni in the office by phone (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.

Snack and YackThere will be no “Snack n’ Yack” meeting on December 24th. It will resume on December 31st with leaders Pastor Matt & Donnie Rosie.Ladies’ Fellowship HourThere will be no Ladies’ Fellowship Hour on December 27th. The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 3rd  at 10:30am.Join Us at Prayer MeetingThere will be no prayer meeting on December 27th. The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 3rd at 7:00pm.Community GroupThe community group will resume in the new year. See Abe or Jordyn Skacel for more information!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 4: The First Christmas. The Winter quarter resources are now available in the foyer.This Week in Kids Bible ClassHow do we know that God wants us to know Him? We can know that God wants us to know Him because He has revealed Himself through His Word.  Today, the Little Learners and Bible Explorers will be studying Matthew 28 learning about how God Wants Us to Know Him. 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 28, Session 4 which your family received in your mailbox.

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 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