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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.
Upcoming Events
* February 11 
- Grand Board Retreat and Executive Board
 
in Canton, Ohio.
* March 18-20 
- Reconnect 
retreat for youth workers at Orange Friends Church in Columbus, Ohio. Download the brochure here
* April 22-24  
- Soul Blast  
in Battle Creek, MI. Visit www.soulblast.org for registration and details. Check it out the promotional video here: https://vimeo.com/148521620.
* April 29 - May 1 
- Men in Missions Retreat 
visit www.meninmissions.org for updates.
* May 10-13 
- Pastors' Conference
 
at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia ( www.oglebay-resort.com). Details to come. 
* July 23-26  
- Yearly Meeting
at Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

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

1 - Keep the Revision Team in your prayers as they finish meeting this week and prepare to present at the Grand Board Retreat next week. 
Celebrating with Friends
Canton First Friends held a debt-free celebration on January 31st after paying off the mortgage on the new building. To celebrate God's faithfulness and the generous giving of members, the morning service included a video of the history of the church (to watch it, click here:  https://vimeo.com/153698771 ), prayer and worship, cardboard testimonies, mortgage shredding, and a debt-free celebratory yell with confetti poppers. In the evening, a dinner was served to over 700 people, and fun activities included a photo booth and balloon animals. We continue to pray for guidance as they consider the future. 
 
Mount Carmel Friends Church paid off their final loan in December and are now also completely debt free! One loan was paid off last January, and the final one this December. The photo above shows Stewardship Commission members, Mike Rucker and Lowell Kennedy holding the stick with a copy of the mortgage papers on it, Stewardship Elder (and retired Friends minister) John Morris overseeing, and Presiding Clerk David Turner lighting the carefully-controlled fire.
News from the Center
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The staff will be
out of the office to attend the Grand Board Retreat next week on Thursday, 2/11. 

Please send in your end-of-year giving right away so we can close 2015. Thank you for your help! 
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The deadline to send in Christian Education reports and end-of-the-year statistical forms  is this Friday, February 5th!
  
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Please return yo ur church's updated  Yearbook page  ASAP. Thank you to those that have already sent them. 

There are church pastoral openings at Barberton; Gilead; Portsmouth, RI; Urbana; Smithfield; and Deerfield Evangelical Friends Churches. Contact Randy Heckert for information. 
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During tax season, our Treasurer, Debbie Entwistle will have abbreviated hours. She will be in early mornings Monday through Friday. 
CONTACT US
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
1-800-334-8863
Julia McDonald, Editor
jmcdonald@efcer.org

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A Little Extra.... QUOTE  FOR THE WEEK:

"The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord." - Samuel Stone, 1866

"However, as it is written, 'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived"
 - the things God has prepared for those who love Him." - 1 Corinthians 2:9

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 .