What to expect when visiting Lanse Evangelical Free Church

We're looking forward to meeting and worshipping with you!

Service Times

Our main meeting is our Worship Celebration which begins at 10:00am every Sunday at our church campus in Lanse.
We also offer Sunday School classes for middle school through adult. Sunday School meets at 9:00am. We've got a class for you and for your whole family!

Welcome

When you enter the building, you'll be warmly welcomed by one of our greeters and handed a bulletin that is full of information about what's going on that morning and throughout the week. Most of this information is posted beforehand on our News Page.

What to Wear

People come wearing a wide range of clothes on Sunday mornings. Many people like to dress up. Many dress casually. Some are in jeans and a t-shirt. Some wear dresses and three piece suits. Whatever you choose will be acceptable.

Nursery + Children's Church

LEFC Nursery

During the Worship Celebration, infants and children younger than 3 years old are dismissed to the Nursery. A nursery worker from our congregation will care for them so that you can hear the message and apply it to your life.
All of our child care volunteers have had their clearances.

Children ages 3 through 6 (first grade) are also dismissed at that time to a Children's Church program where they are taught biblical principles on a level that connects with them. They'll meet you in the foyer after the worship celebration is over.

Worship

The purpose of our Worship Celebration is to worship the Lord Jesus Christ.We do this in a variety of ways, but a typical worship celebration might follow this outline:

  • Worship in Singing & Sharing
    A combination of traditional and contemporary worship songs led by a worship band and vocal team.
    We encourage people that if they find it difficult to stand the whole time, to sit and sing.
  • Church Family News
    Announcements about happenings in, around, and through the Church.
  • Worship in Prayer
    A focus on particular needs and the advancement of the Gospel.
  • Worship in Giving
    An opportunity to give an offering. As our guest, please don't feel compelled to give at this time.
  • Worship in the Word
    Pastor Matt normally gives the message, explaining and applying God's Holy Word.
    Previous weeks' messages are available on CD for free in the foyer. You can also listen to sermons and download them online. Past sermon series are available to borrow from our Library.
  • Worship At the Lord's Table
    On the first Sunday of the month and other special occasions, we eat and drink a memorial meal proclaiming the Lord's death until He comes again. All believers but only believers are invited to eat and drink from the Lord's Table with us.
  • Closing Prayer

Pastor Matt often gives an opportunity to publicly respond to the message. There is also a designated Prayer Room where you can confidentially pray with a Prayer Team leader about anything on your heart and mind.

Fellowship

After the Worship Celebration, we like to gather in the foyer (which can accommodate more than 150 people!) to enjoy a cup of coffee, talk, and visit with one another. And when the weather is nice, most of the kids take off for the Ark Park -- our campus playground used by the whole community!

If there is any way we can make you feel more comfortable before you come, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Lanse Free Church

255 Cotohisc Road
Lanse, PA 16849
Phone: 814.345.6500

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

Prayer Meeting: Wednesday, 7:00pm

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Dear Church Family,

In 586BC, the city of Jerusalem was attacked and overrun by the Babylonians, who then also destroyed the beloved temple of the LORD. And when that happened, the weeping prophet Jeremiah composed the long poem that we call “Lamentations.”

Lamentations is a sad but beautiful poem filled with sorrow over the good things that the people of God had had ripped away from them.

I love it that there is a whole book of the Bible dedicated to sadness–because grief and sadness and loss and sorrow are a normal part of life in our broken world. Good things get taken away from us, and when that happens, it is right to be sad.

And the Bible provides a God-authorized way of expressing our sadness to the Lord in prayers of lament. They’re not just in Lamentations, but all through the Bible, especially the Psalms.

I’m thankful that in these days of the Coronavirus where so many things we love are being taken away from us, that God has given us good ways to talk to Him about our sadness. To take our sorrow to Him.

In light of the expanded social distancing guidelines and the current statewide stay at home order, our church will not be gathering for in-person corporate worship for at least the month of April.

We will continue to provide a weekly Guide to Worship at Home and a recorded video message from me.

I think the experiment we tried last week with a Family Fellowship Meeting on Zoom went really well, so we’re going try it again this Sunday at 11am. This week, Matt Cox is planning to visit with us during that time and give us a little update on things up at Miracle Mountain Ranch. Check your email from the church office for information about how to connect. Let us know if you need any technical help started.

We are also going to postpone and reschedule the April Church Family meeting as there is nothing that the congregation needs to decide together at this time. We are asking all of our ministries and ministry teams to only meet in-person if it is necessary. See your ministry team or Link Group leader for further plans.

It is going to be really hard for us to not be together for a whole other month. Not sharing the Lord's Supper will be hard this coming Sunday, but how sweet will it be when we can do it again?! And Resurrection Sunday next weekend will be especially painful.

It’s right for us to be sad about these losses. It’s right for us to cry and to express our grief to the Lord.

And you might wonder how we will we ever get through this extended time of trial?

Right in the middle of the saddest poem in the Bible are these words:

“Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV).

Yes, we get the lyrics to that precious hymn from one of the saddest parts of the Bible!

No matter how bad it gets we know that God is faithful and that every single morning, He serves up new mercies for that day.

Every single day.

His compassions are every morning without fail. With the dawn comes a new wave of God’s mercy.

Remember, Jesus doesn’t want us to worry about tomorrow. Each day has a enough trouble of its own. But each day also has all of the grace we need to trust and follow Him.

"Strength for today
and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord Unto Me."

In His Grip,

- Pastor Matt Mitchell
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Lanse Evangelical Free Church

LEFC Guide for Worship at Home:
lansefree.org/resources/this-weeks-lanse-link/

Message on YouTube:
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Message on Facebook: “If You Are The Son of God” -- Matthew 27:38-50
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A recorded video message (during a thunderstorm!) for the LEFC Church Family from Pastor Matt Mitchell for use in Worship at Home from Matthew 27:38-50. ... See MoreSee Less

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