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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. 
"I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. " - John 4:35 
    
October is 
Missions Emphasis Month! 
"The month of October is designated as Mission Month for the EFC-ER. Although some churches focus on missions at another time of the year, it is healthy for all to set aside a time to think, talk, and pray about missions annually."

"The mission work to be done is extensive. The need for our missionaries to be fully supported is now. They need encouragement. They need prayer. They need the financial support of EFC-ER churches. Together we have been making an impact in various countries around the world. Let's continue to do so with joy and generosity."

"While most of us are called to stay in our own neighborhood mission fields, we can (and do) send others who are called to make the Lord known among the nations."
- Matthew Chesnes, Chair of the Mission Board

You can learn more about our missionaries on the newly updated Missions section of the EFC-ER website at:  http://efcer.org/missionaries.

One example of the Lord being made known among the nations involves our new ministry to Bhutanese refugees here in the United States. This past Sunday, October 11th, Christian Community Friends Church in Columbus, Ohio had their first official service (photos above). The Nepali-Bhutanese church leaders gave EFC-ER representatives silk scarfs as a sign of respect and hospitality. It is extra special because Everett Cattell (as a missionary  in India 80 years ago) had maps of Nepal sewn onto scarves like those, believing one day the door would open for Friends to go to Nepal. We were able to begin work in Nepal 25 years ago and later added Bhutan as well. Now we have an extension church of Bhutanese refugees in the USA! 
Upcoming Events:
* October 15 
- Adult Ministries Fall Retreat 
from 11am - 3:30pm at the Amish Door in Wilmot, OH. 
* October 16-18 
- Southern WMF Retreat
at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks. For registration, download the brochure here
* October 23-24 
- Equip2Serve
ministry conference at Malone University. The cost is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch, and all workshop materials. For more information and to register visit www.malone.edu/equip2serve or download the flyer here and the schedule here.
* November 1 
- Missions House Open House
from 12:15 - 1:45pm. Contact Alliance Friends Church at (330) 823 - 4210 for details.
* November 13-15 
- Youth Explosion
at Friends Church, Willoughby Hills. To download materials and other details, visit www.youthexplosioncleveland.com. 
* December 1 
- Northern Pastors' Mini Conference
at Church of the Savior in Wooster, Ohio.
* December 3 
- Southern Pastors' Mini Conference
 
at Brian's Steak House in South Hill, Virginia.

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

1 -  Pray for the family of Kelly Willis (daughter of former pastor Jeff Moran) and her husband Mike (former EFC-ER pastor). Kelly passed away on Friday, October 9th, 2015. The memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, October 17th at High Point Church. The obituary may be found here:
Thank You & Congratulations to Chris and Nancy Jackson
from Wayne Evans and the EFC-ER

Chris and Nancy Jackson were young married students at Malone University when they pastored their first church with the EFC-ER at Springdale.  For years now, they have ministered as Springdale's superintendent - along with a host of other churches, as well as Hispanic and Indian ministries across the region. After this week, they will leave us to return to pastoral ministry where Nancy's nephew pastors a church in Florida.

To say they will be missed is totally inadequate. Whether they have been in a pastoral or superintendent role - or Chris' beloved golf outings - they were indispensable to strengthening and shaping people's walk with Christ. For Regina and me, we will always treasure a friendship forged at Malone and blossomed on a double date to see our two rival high schools battle out a homecoming football game. Add to that the endless number of meetings Chris and I have had over the past two years approaching our new responsibilities, believe me...we could not have gotten as far as we have were it not for them.

On our region's behalf, we have bestowed some appropriate gifts on the Jacksons with the most meaningful ones being our gratitude, hearts, and prayers - the same generous gifts they have always given to us.  To Chris and Nancy, thank you and may God bless you.

Also, congratulations on the birth of their new grandson, Owen Robert (to Tricia and Stephen Calhoun) on Thursday, October 8th! 
Malone's "The Quaker" to Sponsor 
Creative Writing Contest for High School Seniors
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T he Quaker, Malone University's national undergraduate literary journal, is sponsoring a creative writing contest for high school seniors.  A $300 prize will be offered for the winner in each category: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, and winning entries. Select finalists will be published in a special folio of The Quaker's spring issue.

The contest's final judge will be John Estes, director of Malone's Creative Writing program, with assistance from senior creative writing students.

Deadline for entry is midnight November 15, 2015, and submissions will be collected electronically at https://thequaker.submittable.com. Full entry guidelines can be found at  www.malone.edu/quaker-contest
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Over 80 years ago, Everett Cattell passed out scarves with maps of Nepal sewn on them. They were given as a reminder to pray that one day we would be able to enter Nepal to do missions. If you happen to have one of those scarves, or know someone who does, please contact the World Outreach Center. Thank you for your help! 

This year's materials include 2016 calendar magnets, a prayer focus insert, bulletin covers, posters, and a children's coloring packet. 
To download Missions Emphasis Month materials, visit www.efcer.org.
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Missions Updates
T here will be an open house at the new Missions House on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 12:15-1:45pm. Contact Alliance Friends Church for more information at (330) 823 - 4210. 
Also, Edwin and Maria Giron (Mexico) will be in the Eastern Region for a limited time in November. Check out the Giron's ministry in Mexico here
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Ladies, Cindy Aufrance is available to speak at Women's Retreats, banquets, seminars, and workships in the spring of 2016. Contact the World Outreach Center for information. 

Email Julie Jenkins or call the World Outreach Center to schedule missionaries to speak in your church. 
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Pastors, Spiritual Life Elders, and Treasurers: 
The annual Pastors Compensation letter has been sent to your church. You can also download the letter   here and the worksheet can be found here . Please call 1-800-334-8863 with any questions. 

Congratulations to Iglesia Evangelical Amigos in Upper Darby, PA who celebrated their first anniversary! 

OCTOBER 23-24, 2015 
Join us for two full days of training and fellowship. Whether you are a veteran pastor, lay leader, or just getting started in ministry, you'll recharge your batteries and refocus your vision in even more powerful ways. For more information and to register, visit: 
Dr. Chris Jakway from Battle Creek Evangelical Friends Church is planning a trip to Israel and there are still some spots available. If you are interested in this life-changing experience, contact him at 
(269) 968 - 9376 or 

Youth Explosion 2015 
November 13-15
for details and registration! 
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:

"You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving." - Amy Carmichael

"In that day you will say: 'Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; 
make known among the nations what He has done and proclaim that His name is exalted. 
Sing to the Lord, for He has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world." - Isaiah 12:3-4 (NIV)

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 .