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Welcome to EFC-ER's Weekly Encourager. We trust that this will become a bright spot each week in your emails. The purpose of the Weekly Encourager is to provide up-to-date information about region-wide events, prayer requests, and helpful resources from the local churches. We will close each email with a quick quote and/or survey to gather helpful resources from leaders to share with our wider Friends family. 
News from the office:
* Save the Date! Pastors Conference will be in Myrtle Beach April 14-17, 2015.
* Special fall 2014 rate and details for the H.H. Mosher fund found here.
* The apportionment for 2015 is $74. Yearly Meeting will be held at Malone University on July 18-21, 2015.
* Please send your apportionments and GCB Pledges for 2014 as soon as possible so we can close out the year. 
* We welcome Anthony Green as the new pastor at West Mansfield Friends.

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:

* Dec. 6 & 7 - Christmas at Malone entitled, "Savior of the Nations, Come" Dec. 6th at 7:30pm and Dec. 7th at 3pm. Details to the right. 
* Dec. 9 & 11 - Pastors' Mini Conference: Mentoring Mentors. Two locations: The Amish Door (North) on Dec. 9th and Brian's Steakhouse (South) on Dec. 11th. Registration is $10. To register, call the World Outreach Center at 1-800-334-8863. Payment in advance is welcomed. Details may be found here. 
* Dec. 12 & 13 Christmas Drive-Thru at Sebring Friends from 6 to 8pm. More information below to the right.

Keeping Prayer a High Priority

We trust that every church is sharing these prayer requests within their local prayer community. Here are this week's requests:

 

1 - Keep Elizabeth Reich in your prayers as she recovers from surgery and goes to a follow-up appointment on Dec. 11.

2 - PK Sam (India) has been dealing with diabetes, but has been recently diagnosed with cellulitis that is causing swelling and pain in his legs. He has been hospitalized and is receiving medical treatment.

3 - Sympathy and prayers for Sheila Steer, leader and wife of Pastor Steve Steer, in the passing of her father Gordon Santee. The service will be held at 11:00 on Friday, December 5, 2014 at East Goshen Friends Church with Pastors Gerald Baker and Steve Steer officiating. Burial will be at East Goshen Cemetery. More information may be found at: 

Welcoming the Aufrances!
We are pleased to welcome Dave and Cindy Aufrance back to the States from Hong Kong. Julie Jenkins is scheduling them to speak in our churches beginning in January. Dave will be available through May 24 and Cindy will remain in the States through the first part of September. 

When requesting the Aufrances, please consider the following:
  • April 19 - 29 they will be in our Virginia and Piedmont districts. Dates are still available for those regions during this time.
  • If you are scheduling a Sunday morning, including them in the Sunday school hour for an informal time would allow your congregation and the Aufrances to get to know each other better.
  • There are many ways to have your congregation welcome and interact with Dave and Cindy. Consider mid-week Bible studies, VBS programs, missionary meetings, youth groups, home meals, or coffee get-togethers, or a weekend missions emphasis.
  • Keep in mind that they can speak to specific topics. Along with outreach with the Gospel, they could address specific topics such as intercultural ministry, adjusting to a foreign culture, prayer, church-planting, refugee life, or hospitality, just to name a few.
If you would like to schedule the Aufrances, please contact Julie Jenkins at jjenkins@efcer.org
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Our new Weekly Encourager Editor is Julia McDonald. 
Announcements, pictures, and stories for the Weekly Encourager may be sent to her at (jmcdonald@efcer.org) by 3pm on Tuesdays. Also, please add her email to your email contacts so you will be sure to receive it.
Weekly Encourager for December 3, 2014

Christmas is Coming to Malone! 
Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30pm
Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3pm
Johnson Center for 
Worship & Fine Arts
Tickets: $10 for general admission or $7 for adults over 60.
Visit: malone.edu or call (330) 471-8271 for more information or to order tickets.
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Attention Churches: 
We are about to put up our Christmas tree and would love your help with ornaments! We are asking each church to give a nativity scene ornament - possibly one that is unique to your area or special to your church. Ornaments may be sent or delivered to the World Outreach Center (5350 Broadmoor Circle NW, Canton, OH 44709) or we will pick them up at Mini Conference. Thank you for your help in being a special witness this Christmas season! 
Church Treasurer's & Pastors: 
As you are finalizing your budgets, please email your GCB and Faith Promise Budgets to Debbie Entwistle at  dentwistle@efcer.org as soon as possible. Thank you!  

Also, be watching your mail for the church annual apportionment letter stating how much you have paid for apportionments in 2014, and your projected amount to send in for 2015.
Andy Albertini (previously at Shiloh Chapel) has started the "Evangelism Project" - a board game and DVD curriculum to help the church build confidence in sharing our faith. For more information, check out this website (kickstarter.com)

Sebring Friends Church 
Presents a Christmas Drive-Thru
December 12th & 13th from 6-8pm. 
"Please join us as we celebrate the reason for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior." For more information, download the flyer here or visit www.facebook.com/sebringfriends.

The 2014 Evangelical Friends Mission Christmas Catalog has been sent to our churches. The online store is also available at  friendsmission.com/Christmas
CONTACT US
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
1-800-334-8863
Julia McDonald, Editor
jmcdonald@efcer.org
  A Little Extra.... QUOTES FOR THE WEEK:

"The Christian must treat his enemy as a brother, and requite his hostility with love. His behavior must be determined not by the way others treat him, but by the treatment he himself receives from Jesus; it has only one source, and that is the will of Jesus." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

"Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay,' says the Lord." - Romans 12:19

We hope you've enjoyed catching up with news from the EFC-ER office.

More information and news will be coming each week. 

Please send Julia any of your suggestions and/or ideas for this weekly encouragement.

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