Lanse Link – March 17

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Church Family News

KBC Kids Singing on Easter Sunday

Our Little Learners and Bible Explorers Classes are practicing a song to present during Easter Sunday Worship. Practices take place each Sunday leading up to Easter during the first 10 minutes of KBC Classes. Parents, please plan for your kids to be here each Sunday in March for practice and on Easter morning to sing!

Church Family Meal

April 7th is our next family meal and meeting. Be thinking now about what tasty Italian dish your family might bring to share with everyone. A main dish, side dish, or dessert are all fair game! Please help the Hospitality Team prepare by filling out the sign-up sheet in the foyer.

2024 Directories

There is a new directory placed in your mailbox. There are extras on the tables in the foyer if you do not have a mailbox. If you are not in the directory or do not have a mailbox, please see Jenni if you would like to get added.

Easter Literature

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

Resurrection Sunday Refreshments

On Resurrection Sunday, March 31st 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 March 31st ready to serve. There will be tables set up in the foyer for them.

PRC Banquet

You are invited to join PRC for their Annual Fundraising Banquet on Tuesday, April 9th at the BJC. Joe & Molly Quick will be our table hosts. There is no cost to attend this event. A reservation is required for each person planning to attend. The deadline to RSVP is March 26th. You can register online at

Leadership Transitions in the EFCA and TIU

EFCA President Kevin Kompelien has been named as the 17th President of Trinity International University. Carlton Harris, Vice President of EFCA National Ministries, will start serving as the Acting President of the EFCA. President Kompelien will continue to serve the EFCA as President Emeritus while he serves as TIU President. The EFCA is calling for prayer for the renewed partnership between Trinity and the EFCA and blessing on both our association of churches and our school.

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.

Mission Team Bake Sale

Are you an exceptional baker? The Malawi Mission Team is looking to include a “Bake Sale” table at the family egg hunt on March 30th in hopes of raising some of the remaining money for our trip. We would love to have an assortment of whole pies, specialty Easter desserts and cakes, and expertly decorated cookies to sell. A sign up for donations is in the foyer. Please contact Mary Beth Moslak ( or 814-553-0706) with any questions. Thank you for your continued support for our team.

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!

Time With Tobi Magill

Tobi will be joining us on Sunday, April 7th for a visit. We’re going to have a special time at 8:30am to hear from her. All are welcome to join!

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 for providing your own gas and equipment. Send your bids by a written document or email to by Sunday, April 7th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact George Leathers at 814-496-5615.

Men’s Breakfast & Fellowship

Starting Saturday, April 20th at 8:00am in the fellowship hall at LEFC will be a men’s breakfast. All men are invited to come out, bring something to share for breakfast and enjoy some time with men sharing. Please see Keith Folmar or John Forcey for more information.

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.

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 Challenge Conference, Malawi trip, 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.

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 Pastor Matt + Joel Zaborowski.

Ladies’ Fellowship Hour

Ladies, join us Wednesday, March 20th at 10:30am for a time of fellowship with one another, praying for one another and missionaries, reading Scripture, and enjoying occasional snacks. 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 3: A Deceiver. 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 6-7 learning about how Stephen Was 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 3 which your family received in your mailbox.

Opportunities for Service

Become 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 Jennie English.

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