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Thursday, September 16, 2021

You Are Invited to Celebration Sunday 2021!

Dear Church Family,

I am so pleased and excited to get to invite you to this year’s special Celebration Sunday worship time at Lanse Evangelical Free Church!

On Sunday, September 26th at 10:00am we are going to have another special outdoor worship gathering here out in the field on our church campus, and I’m hoping that everybody can come.

We’re celebrating 129 years of God’s faithfulness to us as a church family with some really special events.

Matt Cox from Miracle Mountain Ranch will be our guest preacher that Sunday, and he’s promised to bring along some four-footed friends to help him with his message. If you’ve never heard Matt Cox do a “Message from the Mount,” you’re in for a treat! I think he’s planning to bring at least a steer, a horse, and a dog. And maybe they’ll get to pose with us in our annual church family photo! I don’t think we’re going to have to use a drone this year. We’ll get to be closer together than we were last year for the picture though we’ll make sure that everybody still feels safe.

Even more special, we are planning to have testimonies and baptisms on Celebration Sunday. It’s been a while since we have done baptisms, and we’re still working out the final logistics, but I’m excited to assist a few people to publicly proclaim their faith in Christ and identify with His death, burial, and resurrection! 
Here’s what you need to know to prepare:

Weather-permitting, we’re all going to be out the field like we were last year. We’ll have some chairs set up and also available for you to put where you are comfortable, but you’re also welcome to bring along your own lawnchairs and canopies and even park out in the field for tailgate style worship. We may not have FM transmission, but we will have a strong sound system so that everybody can hear.

If you are able-bodied and not tailgating, please park on other side of the church and walk over. Let’s leave the prime parking spots for those who need the shorter walk or are going to worship from their cars. There will be welcome tables to grab a worship bulletin and to give your offering, and after the photo to enjoy some celebratory sweets and fellowship.

Live music will begin at 9:30am, and the service will begin promptly at 10:00. Pray for nice weather just like last year. Especially for those of us who are going to get wet with the baptisms!

If we are outside, we are not going to have children’s church or nursery because everybody will want to watch Matt Cox and the “critters” in the Message from the Mount. If it’s too wet, we’ll move inside and offer our usual outdoor options. And even then, we’ll have nursery but not children’s church because I expect Matt’s message to be one the little kids won’t want to miss.

This will be last month for having a totally outdoor worship time like we have on the last Sunday of the month all summer so, again, please pray for nice weather.

Regardless of the weather, however, please plan to come and invite your friends. This is a great opportunity to gather together, to all worship in one place at one time, and to praise our God for His great faithfulness to Lanse Free Church for 129 years.

See you at Celebration Sunday on September 26th at 10:00am!

-Pastor Matt