Church Updates

Weekly Encouragement from Pastor Dan

Brothers & sisters,

During this time of sheltering at home your Elders desire to encourage you in your faith.  We know that you have many resources available to uplift you but we felt it was important for you to hear from us as well.  Because of our desire to love you and serve you we will be sending out a weekly 3-5 minute encouragement video from one of your Elders.

The first one is from me, Pastor Dan.  Please check out the video below. May you rejoice in the great salvation Jesus provided joyfully for you!  He is risen!

Only by His grace,
Pastor Dan for the Elders



Weekly update for LEFC April 2nd, 2020

Hello LEFC Church Family!  Please see the most recent LEFC updates.  We pray you are staying safe!

Based on the most recent Safer at Home edicts from the government, the LEFC Elders have decided to suspend in-person services and ministries at LEFC through April 30th.

In addition, we will postpone the LEFC Annual Members Meeting (previously scheduled for April 19) until we can meet again as a body in person.  We will keep you posted as soon as a date for the meeting is able to be scheduled.

Join us for on-line Mandy Thursday service next Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Listen Online We will have communion at this service, and we encourage you to participate by partaking of the bread and wine/juice as you are able.  (Please note that there is no communion this Sunday.)

On Saturday April 11 at 8:00 a.m. Men’s Ministry will be having a virtual meeting utilizing Zoom. Our study will be in Chapter 7, God Most Faithful, in the book In His Image. If you have any questions, contact Steve Thompson or check your email for the link.

Pastor Dan’s sabbatical
 is postponed until further notice so that he and the Elders are available to minister to the body of LEFC.  Please see contact information for the Elders at the end of this email. 
 
Worship with us this Sunday, April 5: Sermon Verse – Romans 8:1
 
There will be a new audio sermon – complete with worship music and message from Pastor Dan – posted on our website Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.  Song lyrics are attached to this email. You can access the message on our website and click on the “Listen” tab or use this link  Listen Online

Prayer Requests:  Please send any prayer requests/concerns/praises you may have to the church office email at LEFCoffice@lacrescentfree.org.  Prayer requests received will be sent in the weekly prayer email.  Urgent prayer requests can be sent to LEFCoffice@lacrescentfree.org or directly to one of the pastors.

Needs:  If you have any needs, or if you are available to help people and meet needs that arise in the LEFC body, please contact contact one our pastors. 

Be Encouraged: Stay in the Word! Last week Pastor Dan reminded us to take our thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).  Please also be in prayer for our church family, our communities, and our nation.  Stay encouraged by drawing close to the One Who Holds It All. 

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23



LEFC Weekly Update for March 26th, 2020

Hello LEFC Church Family!  We hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy.  Listed below are some reminders from LEFC.

Worship with us this Sunday, March 29: Sermon Verse – Romans 12:2

Due to technical difficulties, we will not be able to livestream the worship service this Sunday.  However, there will be a new audio sermon – complete with worship music and message from Pastor Dan – posted on our website Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.  Song lyrics are attached to this email. You can access the message on our website and click on the “Listen” tab or use this link  Listen Online

Prayer Requests:  Please send any prayer requests/concerns/praises you may have to the church office email at LEFCoffice@lacrescentfree.org.  Prayer requests received will be sent in the weekly prayer email.  Urgent prayer requests can be sent to LEFCoffice@lacrescentfree.org or directly to one of the pastors.

How You Can Help the LEFC Family

  1.  Keep in Touch – Reach out to each other in the LEFC church body.  Stay in touch by phone, email or text.  If you can skype, zoom or facetime – even better! If you need a phone number or email address of someone, please email me (Jodi) at LEFCoffice@lacrescentfree.org or text 608-397-5119, and I will get you the contact information. 
  2. Pray – pray for our world, our country, our pastors, elders and their families, LEFC church family, and opportunities to share the Gospel. 
  3. Continue to Give – If you are able, please continue your financial commitment to LEFC through our General and Elder funds.  Giving options are listed below.  Feel free to contact me with questions. 

We have established an avenue via our Elder Fund for providing for the members of our church and community who are experiencing financial hardship.  If you would like to help with Elder Fund giving, please make sure to direct your funds to the Elder Fund account. 

Giving Options:
Mail
 send your check to Bookkeeper, LEFC, PO Box 262, La Crescent MN  55947. 
Online Bill Pay through your bank.  
Online Giving on our website:  www.lacrescentfree.org or use this link Give Online
Text Giving coming soon!

 Psalm 18:1-2

I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold



COVID-19 Update for Our Church Family

Dear Church Family,

We, as your elder council, hope that this letter finds you well. We understand that many of you may be experiencing fear and uncertainty over the spread of COVID-19 and the immediate and long-term impacts that it will have on our lives and the lives of our loved ones. It is in times like these that we need to cling to the certain and sure hope that we have in Christ. He is our Savior, he is our Lord, and he is sovereignly in control of all that has happened, is happening, and will happen. As it says in Psalm 103:19:
 

[19] The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. 

 

We are called, as Christians, to live in faith and not in fear. We live in the certain hope of God’s sovereignty. And we live knowing that all of his promises, even in the dark times, are yes and amen for those who are in Christ (2 Cor. 1:20). However, we also know that we are called to diligently seek wisdom from God (Prov. 2:1-5) and obey the governing authorities that he has rightly put above us (Rom. 13:1-5).

With all of this in mind, we, as your elder council, have made the following decisions regarding ministry here at La Crescent Free in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis:
 

1. We will temporarily suspend all in-person services for the next three Sundays through April 5th.

 

This includes our worship services, the prayer ministry, Sunday schools, nursery, and our monthly meal. However, we will still provide our services online in a digital format. For this Sunday, March 22 we will provide our normal audio recording of the sermon, which will be available by 10:30am. For the two Sunday’s after that we will be live streaming our services which will include worship and preaching. Stay tuned for more information on this in the coming week.

 

2. We will temporarily suspend all other ministries and events that are apart of La Crescent Free for the next three weeks through April 5th.

 

This will include small groups, women’s/men’s ministry, youth group, and any other events that would normally be sponsored by our church during this time. We believe that this is best to not only help do our part in flattening the curve of the virus, but also to be in accordance with the federal and local guidelines that have been laid out by our government.

 

3. We have decided that Pastor Dan will postpone his sabbatical by one month until April 13th so that all pastors and elders are available to minister to the body during this time.

 

With that in mind, if you need to talk or pray with a pastor or elder you can do one of the following things. You can either call us or send us an email. Also, Pastor Dan is willing to meet with people during his normal office hours which are on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s from 10am-4pm. We would ask that you call ahead of time to make an appointment and if you are sick. please stay home. 

 

4. Lastly, if you find yourself in a place of need for any reason please let us know.

 

If you are experiencing a financial hardship, we do have money available in our elder fund. If you are unable to get out and get groceries and other necessities, we have people available who would love to help meet those needs. As Proverbs 17:17 says:

[17] A friend loves at all times,

and a brother is born for adversity.

 

Also, if you are available to help people and meet needs that arise in the body please contact us via email or by telephone. As the body of Christ, it is our joy to bear one another’s burdens and to have this be a testimony to the greatness and goodness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

We understand that we are in uncharted territory, but we are still committed to being the church in this season of crisis and beyond. As time goes on, and we have a better grasp of what we can and can’t do, there may be other avenues for ministry, fellowship, growth, and even outreach that become available. We would simply ask that you be in prayer with us as we seek guidance in the days and weeks ahead. Let us also pray for our communities, nation, and world that everyone would respond to this crisis with wisdom, and that God would use this to draw the lost to himself. We believe that God is going to use this for the spread of his kingdom and ultimately for his glory and our joy as we fix our eyes upon him, the sovereign author and perfecter of our faith.

 

With much love and affection,

The Elder Council
 
John Young
Dan Cravillion
Ryan Perry
Steve Thompson
Eric Mattie