Lanse Link – 28 January 2024

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Church Family News

Annual Reports & Vision Meeting and MealPlease join us after service today for a time of food and fellowship at our Church Family Meal and stay for our Annual Reports & Vision Meeting to hear how the Lord blessed us in 2023 and plans for this year!Wild Game Dinner InformationPosters 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 ChoirCome and join the choir for practice this Thursday, February 1st at 7:30pm.Chasing Love – Bible Study for Teens by Sean McDowellIs 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. Keith Hurley is leading the youth group in a 9-week bible study, which starts this evening at 7:00pm in the youth room.Challenge MeetingThere will be a brief informational meeting after church today (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 MeetingThere 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.Baby Bottle BlessingsOur church is participating in The Pregnancy Resource Clinic’s Baby Bottle Blessing campaign. If you need a bottle and didn’t get one last week, there are more in the foyer. Please fill your bottle with your extra change and bills over the next month.KBC Teacher/ Volunteer BreakfastPlan to gather on Saturday, February 17th from 9am-11am for BREAKFAST, fellowship, classroom tips/training and prayer! Where: LEFC Fellowship Hall, When: Saturday, February 17th from 9am-11am, What to do: Please let Vicky know if you are attending by February 11th, Email: or Text: 814-424-0620. Anyone interested in joining this ministry is welcome to attend!Wild Game Dinner – Next Planning MeetingJoin 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 SharpOur 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.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.Coffee VolunteersCody and Holly are looking for a few more volunteers to help with coffee on Sunday mornings after service. If you are interested in helping, please let the Crumrine’s or Jenni know and we will get you on the list!Read Your Bible in 2024Get 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 OpportunitiesDesignated 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.OfferingThank 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 OfficeOur 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 McDowellThe “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 today.Snack and YackThere will be no Snack and Yack this week due to the meeting. It will resume next Sunday with Cody & Holly Crumrine.Ladies’ Fellowship HourLadies, join us Wednesday, January 31st 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 attendCommunity GroupThe 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 MeetingEach 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 HomeMany 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 9: Stalled. The Winter quarter resources are available in the foyer.This Week in Kids Bible ClassWhy 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 Act 2 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 30, Session 1 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