Lanse Link – 26 March 2023

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Lanse Evangelical Free Church

Church Family News

Child Evangelism Fellowship

Becca Catherman, local ministry coordinator for Child Evangelism Fellowship, will be sharing about an opportunity today to work as missionaries locally for the summer. Be sure to stop by the table in the foyer and say hello and learn more about this opportunity.

Snack and Yack – NEW!

All young people in grades 3-7 who heard the sermon are invited to grab a plate of food after the service and join Pastor Matt and an elder in his office for a brief interactive conversation about today’s message .To help kids listen closely, they can fill out a “Snack n’ Yack Notes” handout found on the welcome tables in the foyer. Parents are always welcome to join in, too!

“Cold Case Christianity”

How do I answer the questions that my unbelieving friends and family have? Is there evidence that the things we believe are true?  Join us next Sunday at 8:30am for our adult pop-up class as we investigate the Gospels, study the evidence, and examine the witnesses from a detective’s perspective. If childcare is required, it can be arranged, let Abe Skacel or Keith Hurley know.

Church Family Meal & Meeting

Please join us after the service today for a time of food and fellowship at our Church Family Meal  and stay for our quarterly church family meeting. During the meeting learn about the plans for ministry this summer during Pastor Matt’s sabbatical, find out about upcoming facilities improvement projects, be updated on the future Malawi Missions Trip, and make more decisions together about Family Ministry including by-law revisions and the proposed Director of Family Ministry position. See Church Chairman Keith Folmar with any questions.

Cemetery Care Bids

The Facilities Team is now accepting bids through the month of March to mow the cemetery April through the end of September. You are responsible to provide your own gas and equipment. Send your bids to George Leathers at 814-496-5615 or by today.

Easter Literature

We have Easter books and pamphlets for you to read or to share with others on the table by the office.

Red Cross Blood Drive

On Tuesday 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 We are also looking for people willing to work in the canteen. See Misty Michaels if you can help.

Resurrection Sunday Refreshments

On Resurrection Sunday, April 9th at 9:30am the Hospitality Team will be serving coffee and refreshments. They are asking people to bring cookies, breads, and finger foods to share. Please have the snacks here before 9:15am on April 9th ready to serve. There will be tables set up in the foyer for them.

Children’s Church Team Meeting

A meeting will be held on Sunday, April 16 following the morning worship service in the ladies’ classroom for current teachers/volunteers and anyone who may be interested in serving on the Children’s Church Team. Some exciting new enhancements are being planned for this ministry! Mark your calendars!

Church Workday

Come out and join the Facilities Team to help them spruce up our church grounds on Saturday, April 22nd. They will clean up the leaves, plant some grass, and repair any damage to the ground from the winter plowing. Bring your rakes and leaf blowers at 9:00am and lend a hand!

Volunteer Needed for Outdoor Floral Display

For Resurrection Sunday this year, we’d like to set up a floral display outside to celebrate the resurrection and provide a place for families to take a picture together after the worship gathering. If you have ideas for creating that display, see Pastor Matt.

2023 Church Directory Updates

It is time to gather all the details for our next church family directory. Please stop by the table in the foyer today and update your personal contact information. If you are new to Lanse Free, we want to help you to connect to our church family. Fill out an information sheet so we can add you to the directory. If you would like to update or submit a digital picture to be included in the directory, please email it to Misty at

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.

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.

PRC Banquet

Are you attending the PRC Banquet on Tuesday, April 18th?  A reservation is required for each person planning to attend. Please RSVP by April 4th. Find out more information and register online at There is no cost to attend this event; however, an opportunity to make a financial investment will be extended during the evening.

Easter Dinner Food Bank Donations

The West Branch Food Bank is preparing supplies for Easter Dinner for families in our area. Supplies are running low for canned fruits, vegetables, or cereals. Donations can be dropped off at Gethsemane United Methodist Church office Monday thru Thursday between 9:00am – 12:00pm. If you have any questions, call 814-345-6860.

Lenten Worship Services

Each year the ministers of the West Branch Churches plan Lenten Services on Sundays throughout our area. A schedule of this location and speakers for these services is located on the community bulletin board in the foyer. This year, the services will each be at 3:00 in the afternoon.

West Branch Ministerium Scholarship

The H. Lee Hebel Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship given to a high school graduate or those pursuing a second career, and will, in the next 9 months, be enrolled in college, seminary, or Bible school. They should be pursuing full time Christian service, including pastoral ministry, counseling, youth ministry, or teaching in a Christian school. Applications should be postmarked by May 1st and can be found in the foyer on the Community Bulletin Board.

Worldview Training for Youth

Youth, join us tonight for our last class at 7:00pm as we study TACTICS: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christians Convictions. All youth (grades 7-12) are invited to attend. Questions? See Keith Hurley.

Ladies’ Fellowship Hour

Ladies, join us Wednesday, March 29th 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 will be Amy Jo Belko. All ladies are invited to attend.

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. 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 grace? Grace is when God gives us something good even when we do not deserve it. Today, the Little Learners and Bible Explorers will be studying 2 Samuel 11-12 learning how David sinned and was forgiven. 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 4, Unit 11, Lesson 4 which your family received in your mailbox.

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 John 12-21 and join as we study this week with Session 4: Peace I Leave. The Spring quarter resources are available in the foyer.

Solar Generator Giving

Due to skyrocketing costs and diesel fuel shortages in Haiti, Vision of Hope Ministries are raising funds for a solar generator for their school/church in Cap Haitian. You can give to help them with this project by marking your gift “Solar Panel” and dropping it off in the offering plate.

Giving Opportunities

Designated giving funds remain open for our 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 & Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pastor 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 Pastor Matt or Misty Michaels.

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 ( 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:

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