Lanse Link – 3 March 2024

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Church Family News

Communion Sunday
Today we will be passing communion plates for those partaking in the auditorium. There are pre-packaged communion elements for anyone, inside or outside, who would prefer to use them as we worship together at the Lord’s Table. We have a gluten free option for those with special dietary needs.

Wild Game Dinner Meeting
The last meeting will be held today after service. Please see Abe for any questions.

Baby Bottle Blessings
Our church is participating in the PRC’s Baby Bottle Blessing campaign. Please fill your bottle with your extra change and bills. Bottles are due back today.

Spring Forward
Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead by one hour on Saturday night so that you arrive at church on time next Sunday morning.

Pop-Up Baptism Classes
Pastor Matt is teaching baptism classes on Sunday mornings at 8:30am. There will be make-up classes scheduled if you are still interested.
Adults: March 10th – Part B                 Kids: March 17th – Part B

Challenge Fundraiser
Our church is currently sending over 10 students to Challenge 2024 in Kansas City, MO! We will be conducting some fundraisers for the remaining third of the cost and to give our group opportunities for team building before we hit the road. Our first fundraising effort is an “Egg Your Yard” event. For a suggested donation of $50 (for 100 eggs) or $75 (for 150 eggs), you can wake up to an egg hunt in your own yard on Easter morning! Sign-ups and envelopes are available in the foyer and will be posted on our church’s Facebook wall for family and friends of LEFC. Please see Cody or Holly Crumrine for questions or more information.

PRC Banquet
You are invited to join PRC for their Annual Fundraising Banquet on Tuesday, April 9th at the Bryce Jordan Center. There is no cost to attend this event, however, LEFC is looking for a table host to help organize our table and communicate with attendees for this event. A reservation is required for each person planning to attend. The deadline to RSVP is March 26th. You can register online at Anyone interested in hosting the table or attending the PRC banquet can contact Jenni English or Pastor Matt.

Easter Egg Hunt
The Family Ministries Team is organizing an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30th at 10:00am here at the church. In addition to the hunt, we’ll be organizing indoor crafts and activities to enjoy. Children ages 0-12 are invited to participate. Registration will begin at 9:30am. Pre-registration is available for children who are attenders of LEFC. Donations of plastic eggs, candy, and prizes are needed, as well as volunteers. See Jordyn Skacel, Holly Crumrine, or Vicky Albert with questions, to pre-register, or to get involved!

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 20-50  and join as we study this through the Spring Quarter, starting today. These booklets are available in the foyer.

Opportunities at River of Life Camp
Chip and Kim Wolfe serve every summer at River of Life Camp in Irasburg, Vermont ( The Wolfes train the ministry staff in personal evangelism and teach the Bible to campers. There are many opportunities to volunteer at River of Life Camp–cabin counselors, kitchen staff, maintenance workers, etc. If you are interested in getting involved even for just a weekend or up to a whole summer, talk with Chip or Kim.

It Is Not Too Late to Go to Summer Camp
Thinking about attending summer camp at Miracle Mountain Ranch? The church will pay the first $75 to register your child. The cost per camper for regular camp (ages 8-16) will be $275, Buckaroo camp (ages 6-9) will be $110. A designated giving fund has been opened to support kids heading to camp. Mark your gift “camp fund” and put it in the offering. Interested in attending, see Marilynn Kristofits.

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.

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
We’re half way through our class for youth, Chasing Love: Sex, Love, and Relationships in a Confused Culture (Sunday evenings at 7:00 in the upstairs Youth Room). Chasing Love is led by Keith & Heather Hurley and Joan Page. Other parents are always welcome and invited to participate, too.

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 Keith & Heather Hurley.

Ladies’ Fellowship Hour
Ladies, join us Wednesday, March 6th 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 leaders are Judy Carlson and Kim Wolfe. 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 20-50  and join as we study this week with Session 1: A Substitute. The Spring quarter resources are available in the foyer.

This Week in Kids Bible Class
Why did Jesus become a person? Jesus became a person to rescue sinners. Today, the Little Learners and Bible Explorers will be studying Acts 5 learning about how The Apostles Were Arrested. 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 31, 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