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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:
* 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. 
* A special thank you to David Byrne and his daughter Andrea for their work to translate the Faith and Practice into Spanish! The Spanish version of the Faith and Practice will be available soon.
* The Winter 2015 edition of the Circle of Friends has been mailed out.

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:
* 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 year See brochure for details.  Youth Board : Chris King will send more information about meeting on Friday morning.
* March 27-29 Soul Blast: At Battle Creek Church in Michigan. The cost for the weekend is $45 per person ($3 discount per person with groups of 20 or more). Registration forms are due by March 21, 2015 but earlier forms from youth groups will help ensure your place and allow us to plan appropriately for the weekend. Visit www.soulblast.org for more information and to download the registration form. If you have any questions, contact Director John Grafton at (269) 209-2992. 
* March 21  Taking Your Church to the Next Level: One-day seminar with Dr. Gary McIntosh from 8:30am-2:30pm at North Olmsted Friends Church. Details to the right. The registration deadline is March 11, 2015.
* April 14-17 - Pastors Conference at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For details and registration: http://efcer.org/spring-pastors-conference . Details below.  *Registration due by March 8, 2015.
Keeping Prayer a High Priority
 Pastors, don't miss out - Registration due Sunday, 3/8! 
Pastors Conference - April 14-17, 2016
at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 
For details and registration: http://efcer.org/spring-pastors-conference.










Dear Co-Workers in Christ,

Three items from the 2015 Easter Offering materials have just been posted to on the EFM website: http://www.friendsmission.com/easter-offering-2015. These items (poster, bulletin insert, and cover letter) will be useful in promoting this year's Easter Offering for India in your church. 

Within the next two weeks we will mail you physical copies of these items along with short lessons that can be used in educating your congregation about work that EFM is already doing in India, as well as the immense opportunities we have to spread the good news of Jesus Christ even further. These lessons will not be posted on the website in order to protect the identities of the Evangelical Friends who are carrying on this work. Persecution against Christians seems to be increasing in India. Our fellow Friends are feeling the heat more and more.

Thank you for supporting the ministries of EFM through the Easter Offering. Many, many churches participate in this offering each year. They don't always do so on Easter itself. Please do feel free to participate in this offering at a time that makes the most sense for your church. 

Your fellow servant in Christ,
Dan Cammack
Executive Director of EFM
Alliance Friends to Launch Alliance Friends Christian Academy This Fall
Alliance Friends Church in Alliance, Ohio plans to open a Christian Academy this fall to accommodate students in first through tenth grade, with the hope to expand in the future. Students will work in "student offices" set up in the church rather than in traditional classrooms. There will be chapels, field trips, devotions, recess, lunch, and other activities for the students. The curriculum will be based on ACE - Accelerated Christian Education. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and are available at the Alliance Friends Church office or  alliancefriendschurch.org.
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Congratulations to Wayne and Regina Evans on the birth of their granddaughter, Amelia Harper Price. Amelia was born on March 2nd to Garret and Denise (Evans) Price.  
Reports & Pages
Churches: if you have not done so, please send in your End-of-the-year Reports and Yearbook Directory pages. We need them this week. We appreciate your help in completing them. 
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Hey, Evangelical Friends Family, the "Praying for Friends" Facebook page is active again! Today's prayer focus is the church in Achilles, VA in the EFC-ER. Be sure to spread the word about EFC-NA's daily prayer focus.The page can be found at  FriendsPrayingforFriendsefcna. Let's get members from every church following and more importantly, praying! Thank you. 

Camp Gideon will be having a spring clean-up day on March 14, 2015 from 8am-4pm. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. Please contact the World Outreach Center at 1-800-334-8863 to sign up. 
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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

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:

"May we be consumed by the Creator of all things rather than with things created." - Author Unknown

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." 
- Hebrews 12:1-2 

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.