Lanse Link – 6 November 2022

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Lanse Evangelical Free Church

Church Family News

Communion Sunday

Today we will be passing communion plates for those partaking in the auditorium. The deaconesses will have 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.

Nursery Meeting

The Nursery Team will have a brief meeting today after the worship gathering for current nursery workers and anyone interested in joining this ministry team. See Becky Schiefer if you have any questions about the meeting.

“The Family Table” Email

All parents of LEFC Kids are receiving a weekly email called “The Family Table.” This new Family Ministry initiative is designed to provide helpful resources for feeding the faith of our LEFC families including access to a family devotional guide centered on the lesson being taught each week in Children’s Church. Grandparents, guardians, care-givers and other adults who want to make disciples of the next generation are also invited to sign up to receive “The Family Table.” Confirm your email address with Misty Michaels today.

Celebration Choir

The choir will be rehearsing on Thursday at 7:30pm in preparation for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and morning worship services. Contact Amy Jo Belko with any questions.

Celebration Sunday Fellowship Meal

Our Hospitality Team is organizing a fellowship dinner with missionary Caleb Lucien Sunday, November 13th following the worship service. We are looking for people to bring a crock pot of chili or soup or to provide a dessert. The sign-up sheet is in the foyer on the table in front of the bulletin board. Planning to stay after church for this meal? Please fill out the  RSVP form in the Lanse Link or fill out the insert in the bulletin and drop it off in the offering plate TODAY.

Mailbox Shifts

The mailboxes in the foyer have been updated and shifted to make space for our new families. Be sure to check your mailboxes when you come to church. Don’t have a mailbox yet? Please let Misty Michaels know. Thanks!

Church Family Budget Meeting

The annual budget meeting will be held Tuesday, November 15th at 6:00pm. All interested people are invited to join the Elder Board and help make the budget plans for 2023. Leaders of ministries and committees who use church funds are asked to bring or send along their ministry’s needs and recommendations to this meeting. See Keith Folmar if you have any questions.

Thanksgiving Baskets

The deaconesses are collecting donations of food items to help brighten the Thanksgiving holiday of needy families in our community. Nonperishable items may be brought to the church through November 20th. Our deaconess team will prepare all donations for safe delivery to needy families in our community. Please be sure to check the expiration dates on your donations to ensure they are fresh. If you know of any families who could use a basket this holiday season, please get in touch one of our Deaconess team members: Sylvia Gisewhite, Becky Hubler, Heather Hurley, Betty Leathers, Cindy Michaels, Renee Mostyn (Lead), or Ildiko Schall.

Operation Christmas Child

Our church is once again participating in Operation Christmas Child, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. There are still a few shoeboxes in the foyer for anyone who wants to pack a shoe box for a child this week. The shoeboxes need to be returned to the church by next Sunday. Extra items that don’t fit in your shoeboxes will be used to fill out other boxes and/or make up even more boxes. Each box will cost $10 to ship. If you are interested in sponsoring one or more of the shoeboxes we hope to send, mark your donation “Shoeboxes.”  Questions? See Mary Beth Moslak.

Deaconess Compassion Fund

Our Deaconess Compassion Fund helps assist families with a gift to help ease their financial strain. Prayerfully consider supporting those in our church family experiencing a crisis by giving a gift to the deaconess fund. Use the small envelopes found on the resource tables or mark your gift “Deaconess Compassion Fund”.

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.

Mission To Malawi?

The Missions Ministry Team is prayerfully exploring the possibility of a short-term missions trip to Malawi in the future to work with our missionaries, Fred & Cindy Cressman. If this is something you may be interested in, see Curtis Quick for more information.

LEFC Book Club – Praying the Bible

Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney is our newest book to read as a church family. There are multiple copies on the table next to the church office door–one per participating family. Pick up yours and start reading today! Are you interested in participating in a pop-up class to discuss what the book teaches in a group setting? See Abe Skacel who is our new coordinator of adult discipleship pop-up classes to find out more.

Worldview Training for Youth

“Ideas Have Consequences.” Keith Hurley is offering a worldview training class for youth (grades 7-12) in the upstairs Youth Room every other Sunday evening at 7:00pm. Make plans now to join them today for their next class. Questions? See Keith Hurley.

Ladies’ Fellowship Hour

Ladies, are you interested in meeting with other women for a time of fellowship with one another and supporting each other in your faith? During the Ladies’ Fellowship Hour, women enjoy visiting with each other, praying for one another and missionaries, reading Scripture, and enjoying occasional snacks. Join us each Wednesday at 10:30am in the fellowship hall. If you have questions or ideas, see Judy Carlson or Ruth Murray. 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. Some who attend find it to be one of the most heartening hours of their week. 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 the Bible? The Bible is God’s Word. Today, the Little Learners and Bible Explorers will be studying Joshua 3-4 and learning how God stopped the Jordan River. Parents, reinforce today’s lesson by asking your kids what they learned in class and talking about how it might apply to their lives in the week ahead. More resources for family worship centered on this lesson are available through the link you will receive in “The Family Table” email arriving this afternoon. See Misty Michaels to confirm your email address. For more information about this week’s lesson, check out The Gospel Project Big Picture Card for Volume 3, Unit 7, Lesson 2.

Giving Opportunities

Designated giving funds remain open for our deaconess compassion fund to help those in need within our church family, OCC shoeboxes to help pay shipping costs, and a future pavilion here at the church. Please mark your gifts and drop them in the offering plate.

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 ([email protected]) 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: [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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