Sunday, December 17, 2017
Lanse Evangelical Free Church

The Online News Bulletin of Lanse Free Church

This Week at LEFC

Tuesday (12.19)
– MOPS, 9:15-11:25am

Wednesday (12.20)
– FBN Christmas Program, 7:00pm

Sunday (12.24)
– Refreshments, 9:30am
– Worship, 10:00am
– Candlelight Service, 7:00pm

Serving: December 17 — December 24

Greeters: Carolyn Dobo + Jamie Johnston — Ruth Murray + Velma Francisko
Nursery: Ruth Murray + Kaitlyn McGonigal — Marilynn & Dalton Kristofits
Children’s Church: Misty & Laura Michaels — No Children’s Church
Prayer Room: John & Becky Forcey — Bob & Sylvia Gisewhite
Coffee Ministry: Andy & Bonnie Dobash — Hospitality Team
Church Lock Up: Andy Dobash — Marilynn Kristofits

Church Family News

Celebrating Christ’s Birth at Lanse Free Church
Join us as we celebrate this Christmas Season!
– December 20 @ 7:00pm – Family Bible Night Christmas Program
– December 24 @ 9:30am – Christmas Sunday Refreshments
– December 24 @ 10:00am – Christmas Worship
– December 24 @ 7:00pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight service

Family Bible Night Christmas Program
Our Family Bible Night Christmas program is Wednesday at 7pm. Please join us as we celebrate our Savior’s birth and hear what the kids have been learning so far this year. Stay after for a time of refreshments. FBN teachers are reminded to bring two dozen cookies to share for this event.

Christmas Eve Service and Offering
Plan now to join us for our Christmas Eve service next Sunday at 7:00pm. Many in our church family are preparing special music to share as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We will be taking a special Christmas Eve offering to help families with financial needs in our church and community.

Be a Part of Our Christmas Eve Service
If you still want to be a part of our candlelight service, it is not too late! See Pastor Matt today and share your musical talent, perform a short drama, or offer a special reading, etc. with us on Christmas Eve.

Children’s Christmas Presentation
Thank you, parents, for bringing your kids to our decorating party. The photos taken that night will be part of our Christmas Cantata next Sunday morning.

Christmas Sunday Refreshments
The hospitality team is organizing refreshments before church on Christmas Sunday, December 24th. Sign up in the foyer today if you can provide orange juice, pastries, or other finger foods. Please bring these snacks before 9:15 on December 24th ready to serve. There will be tables set up in the foyer for them.

Mitchell Christmas Gift
Today is the last day to give a gift of appreciation this Christmas for the Mitchell family, please mark your check or envelope “Pastor Christmas.”

Gideon Fund
On December 31st we will be highlighting the Gideons and the work they do in spreading God’s Word. We have opened a designated giving fund to enable you to better support their mission. Mark your gift “Gideon Fund” and place it in the offering. Plan to join us to learn more about the work being done by these local businessmen.

Read Your Bible in 2018
Get ready to ready through your Bible next year! There are two different reading plans for free on the small table in the foyer. Stop by and take a plan today.

Red Cross Blood Drive
On January 4th, our church will host the Morrisdale Community Blood Drive from 1:30-6:00pm. We need volunteers to work the drive, donations of snacks and cookies, and someone willing to hang posters around the area. See Marilynn Kristofits if you can assist the Red Cross with any of these needs.

Children’s Church Helpers
Our Sunday morning Children’s Church program needs volunteers for 2018. The commitment is for one Sunday every four to six weeks. Parents, consider taking a turn teaching. See Tanja Hayles for more information and a copy of our child protection policy.

Wild Game Dinner 2018
Mark your calendars and join us for our 2018 Wild Game Dinner on Saturday, March 17th at 5:00pm with special speaker Ted Seibert. The first planning meeting will be held Sunday, January 7th after church. We would love to have you join us and be involved this year. See Andy Dobash if you have any ideas, needs, or questions.

Snow Removal Signup
We are looking for a few individuals to help maintain our walkways during the winter months. Please sign up in the foyer to help.

Save the Date – Stay Sharp
The 12th Annual Stay Sharp conference will be held February 15-16 at Waterdam Church. We have a group from LEFC planning on attending this conference, and there is still room for more to join us. For more information, pick up a flyer in the foyer and see Pastor Matt.

Amazon Smile
Do you shop with Amazon? Amazon Smile offers you a way to have a percentage of your sales be donated to a participating nonprofit organization. Simply go to smile/ and select your charity. Here is a list of participating organizations our church partners with: Evangelical Free Church of America, Pregnancy Resource Clinic, Miracle Mountain Ranch Missions, and Cru/Campus Crusade for Christ.

End of Year Giving Opportunities
A designated giving fund has been opened here at the church for the following organizations: Miracle Mountain Ranch has kicked off their end of year giving campaign. Their giving campaign focuses on three areas: Scholarship Fund, Projects and Improvements, and Staff Support. You can read more about these needs on the bulletin board above the water fountain in the foyer. VOHM continues impact the lives of those they are serving in northern Haiti. VHOM helps support their Christian school, an orphanage, and through staff training to help the young become future leaders in Haiti. They have opened an end of year campaign to help continue the work there and meet a budget deficit. You can give to either organization by going to their website, or through offering here.

End of Year Giving – Pregnancy Resource Clinic
State College Pregnancy Resource Clinic exists because they believe people matter. They seek to educate, encourage, and empower men and women to make informed life choices. SCPRC provides services related to pregnancy, parenting, and sexual health, and are able to offer services free of charge because of the generosity of our community. You can be a part of helping provide these services. Check out their current list of needs listed on Amazon here.

Gospel Project Sunday School Class
Our Adult Sunday School classes will not meet next Sunday. Take some time this week and work through the Special Session: The First Christmas Carol. We will continue our study in The Gospel Project: The Church on Mission in 2 weeks. Pick up a free book in the foyer and join us for Lesson 4: A Spirit – Empowered Testimony unto Death.

Hide The Word
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9