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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. 
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"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In His hands are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land." - Psalm 95:1-5 (ESV) 

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 to the right. 
* 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 - 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 will receive medical treatment for the next 10 days. 

3 - Please pray for the family of Irving "Jack" Mayo (EFC-ER beloved member, Camp Wakefield director, and Wakefield Board Chairman) who passed away Friday, November 20th. His memorial service will be held at Hampton First Friends Church on Saturday, November 29 at 4pm. Dinner will be served in the fellowship hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to Hampton FFC to be applied toward the renovation of Camp Wakefield's dining hall. Details may be found here: http://www.rhaydensmith.com/sitemaker/memsol.cgi?user_id=1465419

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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! 
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 November 26, 2014

"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.

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)
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.
Congratulations!
Sherri Lynn Lyons and Jeffrey Andrew Bartolet were married Saturday, November 22nd at First Nazarene of South Charleston, WV. Jeff is pastor at Hunter Hills Evangelical Friends in Greensboro, NC. Sherri teaches 5th grade at George Washington Elementary in Eleanor, WV. They appreciate your prayers for guidance and direction as they seek God's plan for the future!
Congratulations to Eric and Allison Love (Raisin Center Church) in
the birth of their son, Isaac, Monday morning! Isaac is 19 and 3/4 inches long, and weighs 6lbs and 14 oz. 

The 2014 Evangelical Friends Mission Christmas Catalog have 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.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:

"Every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." - James 1:17 (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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