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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 World Outreach Center office will be closed Nov. 27-28.
* The apportionment for 2015 is $74. Yearly Meeting will be held at Malone University on July 18-21, 2015. 

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:

* Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Eve Service 7:00-8:00pm at Canton Friends Church. Details below. 
* 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. 

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 - Please pray for Joe Kirby, who has been having heart problems, and his wife Mary as they decide which steps to take next. He will soon see a neurologist for therapy and is on medication. Cards may be sent to 1540 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, NC 27919.

2 - Morningside Friends Church in Port St. Lucie, Florida has purchased property and plans to open a second campus in December. Please keep them in your prayers as they expand.

3 - Keep Elizabeth Reich in your prayers as she prepares for breast cancer surgery on Nov. 24 and again on Dec. 11.

"Join us for a time of praise and worship as we give thanks to the Lord for His goodness."
November 26th from 7:00 - 8:00pm 
at Canton First Friends Church 
Jackson, Canton, Brewster, Barberton, and Akron Community Friends will come together in fellowship and worship. A special offering will be taken to help with repairs to the roof at Akron Community Friends. Childcare is available for children 4 years old and under. 
For more information, visit www.firstfriends.org or call (330)-966-2800. 
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. Thank you for your assistance in this transition! 
Weekly Encourager for November 19, 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.
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)
white-baby-shoes.jpgCongratulations to Amy (Notturno) and Andy Black with the birth of their daughter! Andy is the Worship & Ministries Director / Associate Pastor at Salem First Friends Church. 
Grand Board Meeting
The Grand Board Meeting will be held at Canton First Friends on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Thanks to First Friends Church of Canton for graciously hosting the event! Details will be sent as the "grand" day approaches. Board chairs, if you have not confirmed that your board will be meeting that day, please call the World Outreach Center and let us know. 
Orange Friends Church is looking to hire a
Director of Worship Ministries.
If you or someone you know is interested in this 10-hour-per-week Worship Leader position, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Pastor David Mabry at 
Prayer Resource:
WayMakers has published a forty-day prayer guide entitled,
Seek God for the City 2015. Pastors, mission leaders, and positioned prayer leaders can call 1(800)-264-5214 for a complimentary review copy. For more information and details about bulk orders, click on the image above or visit
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. 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.

The 2014 Evangelical Friends Mission Christmas Catalog will be available soon. They are also adding an online store which will be available at  www.friendsmission.com
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:
"If 
God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; or even if He has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him.
" - Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (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 any of your suggestions and/or ideas for this weekly encouragement.

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