Lanse Link – 7 January 2024

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Church Family News

Wild Game Dinner – Planning Meeting Today

The 2024 Wild Game Dinner will be Saturday, March 16th at the Morris Township Recreational Center. Abe Skacel is assembling a team to provide this outreach event to our community. There will be a brief meeting today in the auditorium after worship to get the planning underway. See Abe for further information.

Undeck the Halls

Many hands make light work. Please join us on Wednesday at 5:30pm as we will take down the decorations from the Christmas season. See Maria Jackson with questions.


If you purchased a poinsettia to help decorate our sanctuary, thank you!  Please take it home with you today and enjoy it into the new year.

Community Group

The community group will resume meeting together on January 21st at 7pm in the Skacel home. See Abe or Jordyn Skacel for more information.

New Leaders in Family Ministries

Holly Crumrine, Jordyn Skacel, and Vicky Albert have begun serving as the Interim Family Ministries Leadership Team while we continue our search for a part-time Director of Family Ministry. If you have questions, ideas, or concerns about ministry to children, youth, and parents, please see one of them.

Save The Date – Stay Sharp

Our annual Stay Sharp theology conference will be held February 26-27 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.

Tax Receipts

If you need a tax receipt for your giving in 2023 and have not gotten one in previous years, please let Anita Allen know so that she can prepare one for you.

Annual Reports

Attention all ministry leaders: It is time once again to prepare for our Annual Reports and Vision Meeting to be held on January 28th. Please turn in your review of 2023 and vision for 2024 to Jenni English by Friday, January 19th. Thank you for serving our church in 2023!

Attendance Volunteers

Jenni 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!

Read Your Bible in 2024

Get 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!

Snow Removal Signup

Our 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.

Recycled Cards for Charity

Please 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.

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.


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.

Directory Information

It’s time to update the LEFC Directory for 2024. If you would like added or if you need your current information/picture updated, there are forms in the foyer or see the Lanse Link email to complete the information online. Please email all photos to Feel free to see 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.

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