Sunday, November 18, 2018
Lanse Evangelical Free Church

The Online News Bulletin of Lanse Free Church

This Week at LEFC



  • MOPS, 9:15-11:30am

Wednesday (11.21)

  • Celebration Choir Practice, 7:00pm


  • Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday (11.25)

  • Sunday School, 9:00am
  • Worship, 10:00am


Serving: November 18 — November 25

Greeters: Dottie Glass + Vera Edgren — Ildiko Schall + Nancy Morlock

Nursery: Ruth Murray + Cindy Green — Marilynn & Dalton Kristofits

Children’s Church: Tanja Hayles + Isaac Mitchell + Bonnie Dobash + Andrew Mitchell

Prayer Room: Curt & Steph Quick — George & Betty Leathers

Coffee Ministry: Andy & Bonnie Dobash — No coffee ministry

Church Lock Up: Andy Dobash — Bryce Craft


Church Family News


Treasures for Children

Join the deaconesses as they partner with the Salvation Army to brighten the lives of needy children within the West Branch community. If you would like to participate, please sign out a tag from the table in the foyer. Unwrapped gifts need to be returned to the church by Sunday, December 9th.

West Branch Ministerium Thanksgiving Service

The West Branch Ministerium Thanksgiving Service will be held tonight at 7:00pm at Morrisdale United Methodist Church. The speaker will be Jeff Lauer, the new pastor of the West Branch United Methodist Charge. An offering will be taken to help support those in need within the West Branch Area.

Save the Date – Wild Game Dinner 2019

Mark your calendars and join us for our 2019 Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, March 16th with special speaker Steve Sorensen. Visit his website for more information. Hunters: don’t forget to save some meat for our dinner.  The first planning meeting will be held Sunday, January 6th after church. We would love to have you join us and be involved this year. See Andy Dobash or Jamie Morgan if you have any ideas, needs, or questions.

Office Hours This Week

The office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday this week are Monday and Tuesday 8-2pm and Friday afternoon to print. All items for the bulletin should be submitted by noon on Tuesday. Last minute prayer items can be submitted by noon on Friday.

2019 Church Directory

Please stop by the table in the foyer and update your personal contact information for our directory. If you would like to update or submit a digital picture for the directory, email it to [email protected]

Deck the Halls

You are invited to join our youth and help ready our church for the Christmas season on Wednesday, November 28th as we deck the halls. We will have soup, sandwiches, and salad starting at about 5:00pm. Stop into the Fellowship Hall for a quick bite to eat, then help the youth as they set up the tree, hang banners, and put all the other special touches in and around our church building. Let Marilynn know if you will be joining us for dinner or just coming help decorate before our Family Bible Night programs.

Missionary Christmas Thank Yous

Because of your generous giving we could send a gift to each of our missionary families and bless them this holiday season. They are grateful for your continued support and investment in their ministry.

Rich & Anne Hoyt “Thank you for this extra gift for us at Christmas. May God bless you abundantly as you enter this season of special thanksgiving to our Father for His abundant goodness to us and then the season of remember his most precious gift of Jesus.”

Tobi Magill – “Please thank everyone for me for the Christmas gift. That was very thoughtful!”

Jeff & Kim Powell: “Thank you for your love and support. What a joy and privilege to serve our Lord together!”

Darko Vika: “We love your church because of your love and care for missionaries. May the Lord bless all of you! Love and greetings from Serbia and Merry Christmas too!”

New Greeters Ministry Leaders

Last week we learned that Haylee Shimmel and Jordyn Skacel were taking over our Greeters Ministry. It was announced that they are hoping to expand the ministry and have more teams helping on Sunday mornings. Would you like to greet for Sunday School or Church (or both!)?  Do you want to help out occasionally for special events? Would you like to get involved? Please see them to sign up.

Designated Giving for Paradise, CA Fire

Last week, Paradise, CA was devastated by a wildfire. Their entire town was destroyed, and many have lost their lives or are still missing. ReachGlobal Crisis response team and the EFCA Western District are coordinating response efforts to minister to churches and communities in Paradise. Consider investing financially to help the families affected by the wildfires.For more information about this situation or to give an electronic gift visit this website. You can also give here at the church. Place your gift in the offering plate Sunday morning marked“Fire Response,” and we will forward this gift for you.

Snow Removal Signup

The weather has turned cold, and the snow has begun to fall. We are 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 a few Sunday mornings here at the church this winter? Sign up in the foyer.

Children’s Church

We have four new teachers for our Children’s Church program but could still use some more help. Maybe you don’t see yourself teaching but could spare a Sunday every 6-8 weeks to assist in the classroom. Prayerfully consider helping to make disciples of the next generation. See Tanja Hayles for more information.

Explore the Bible Sunday School Class

Our adult and youth Sunday School classes will finish their journey through Galatians and James using Explore the Bible next week with Session 13: With Anticipation. In two weeks, we will begin the next book in the Explore the Bible series. Join us as we step back into the Old Testament and spend the next three months studying the second half of the book of Genesis. Pick up your free copy in the foyer and join us December 2nd for Session 1: The Deceiver.

Hide the Word

“‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’– which means, ‘God with us.’”   –  Matthew 1:23