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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:
* Pastors, Board Members, and Leaders: You should have received a survey from Dr. Wayne Evans. Please look for it in your email. He would really like your feedback if you could take a minute to complete it.
This is the last week, so please complete the survey by next Wednesday, 3/4/15. Thank you! 
* District Superintendents: Please send Donna Neff (dneff@efcer.org) the 2015-2016 dates for your district rallies. We will be happy to promote them in any way we can. 
* We would like to announce the New Executive Committee for 2015 who will serve with Wayne Evans:
Tom Crawford, President
Geoff Schultz, Vice President/ Finance Board
Matt Chesnes, Secretary/ Missions Board 
Ron Johnson, Presiding Clerk
David Mabry, EP&E Board
Steve Savage, At Large
Randy Heckert, At Large
* A special thank you to David Byrne and his daughter Andrea for their work to translate the Faith and Practice into Spanish!
* This year's EFM Easter offering will go to India. More information will be sent soon.

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:
* February 28 - Exchanged: Christ-Centered Recovery Seminar
held at Providence EFC (Virginia Beach, VA) from 10am-12pm. Details to the right. 
* March 20-22 - Reconnect Youth Leader Training hosted by Orange Friends Church. Reconnect is a weekend event for youth leaders hosted in Columbus, Ohio. The registration brochure and more information may be downloaded from our website:  http://www.efcer.org/boards/friends-youth. NOTE: There are new hotel arrangements this yearSee brochure for details. Youth Board: Chris King will send more information about meeting on Friday morning.
* March 21 Taking Your Church to the Next Level: One-day seminar with Dr. Gary McIntosh from 8:30am-2:15pm at North Olmsted Friends Church. Details to the right. The registration deadline is March 11, 2015.
Keeping Prayer a High Priority
Looking Ahead:
As you plan your 2015 vacation and work schedules, keep these events in mind. We will send more information as each event approaches. 

Pastors Conference- April 14-17, 2015 at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For details and registration, visit: http://efcer.org/spring-pastors-conference
* Registration due by March 8, 2015. 
 
Men in Missions Retreat - May 1-3, 2015 in Marengo, Ohio. More information may be found here: http://efcer.org/men-in-missions 
 
Yearly Meeting - July 18-21, 2015 in Canton, Ohio

Focus on Discipleship Conference - September 25-27, 2015 at East Richland Friends Church 
 
Northern Women's Retreat - October 9-11, 2015

Southern Women's Retreat - October 16-18, 2015

Pastors Mini-Conference - December 1 and 3, 2015

Do We Want To Take Our Churches To The Next Level?

 

Join Gary McIntosh on March 21st from 8:30-2:30 at North Olmsted Evangelical Friends Church, as he guides us in practical steps to:

 

1) Assess whether we are a(n)

      - Emerging Church

      - Growing Church

      - Consolidating Church

      - Declining Church

2) Maximize your church's resources in five key areas

3) Identify how we can implement values and a process to help aim for continual progress

4) Expect and facilitate positive change as we affirm leadership skills necessary to excel in fruitful ministry

 

*Sponsored by the EP&E Board of the EFC-ER

To register either call the World Outreach Center at 1.800.334.8863 or email Julie Martin jmartin@efcer.org. Registration is due by March 11th. More information available on our website at http://www.efcer.org/boards/EPE

Exchanged: 
Christ-Centered Recovery Seminar 
February 28, 2015 
10am-12pm
Providence EFC 
(Virginia Beach, VA)
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Come hear teaching from Pastor Mike Barnes on how a Biblical 12-step program can help those who struggle with addiction, co-dependency, PTSD, and a variety of emotional issues find spiritual answers for their emotional problems. The seminar is free and lunch is provided. Contact Pastor Mike Barnes (757) 478-2971 or David Brady (757) 724-2273 for more information.
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Thank you to those who have given your Yearbook updates! We still have some churches missing. Please send or email your updates to Regina Evans at revans@efcer.org. We want your church's page to be correct in the new Yearbook. 
Also, we still need several more Statistical Reports and Annual CE Family Life reports. Please send these documents to Julia McDonald jmcdonald@efcer.org as soon as possible. Thank you! 
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.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:

"Love never ends. As for prophesies, they will pass away;
as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. 
When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have fully known. 
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
- 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 (ESV) 

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 (jmcdonald@efcer.org) any of your suggestions, quotes, 
and/or ideas for weekly encouragement.