March 16 , 2016
Upcoming Events

* March 18-20 - Reconnect retreat
for youth workers at Orange Friends Church in Columbus, OH. 
* April 10 - Virginia District Rally at 4:45pm at Hampton Friends Church with guest speaker Dr. Wayne Evans, General Superintendent. 
* April 22-24 - Soul Blast youth retreat for students in 6th-12th grade (especially designed for youth groups) in Battle Creek, MI. Visit www.soulblast.org for registration and details or watch the  promo video here:  https://vimeo.com/148521620 .
* April 29-May 1 - EFC-ER Men's Retreat at Heartland Retreat Center in Marengo, OH. Details at   www.meninmissions.org.  
* May 10-13 - Spring Pastors' Conference  at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV.
* July 23-26 - Friends Youth United  at Malone University in Canton, OH for students in 6th-12th grade. New this year: the group will head to the Alive Music Festival on Saturday night. For updates, photos, and videos, like Friends Youth United on Facebook. Like us on Facebook Download the flyer here and brochures here
* July 23-26 - Yearly Meeting  at Malone University in Canton, OH.
* September 23-25 - Southern Women's Missionary Fellowship Retreat  at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
* October 7-9 - Northern Women's Missionary Fellowship Retreat  at the Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, OH. The guest speaker for both retreats will be Stephanie Fast who will share on the topic of "All Things Are Possible." Check out her website at www.stephaniefast.org. 
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News You Can Use

- We welcome Pastor Mark Carpino as the new pastor at   Smithfield Friends Church  in Smithfield, Ohio !

YM 2015  Delegates Ballots to extend the General Superintendent's call have been mailed to each delegate. Each individual delegate will complete a ballot. Ballots need to be postmarked no later than March 25, 2016. 

We are looking for someone willing to do child care for the Spring Pastors' Conference. This would be Tuesday night through Thursday night and only during conference session meetings (Tuesday night, Wednesday & Thursday mornings and evenings). All lodging and meal expenses will be covered. If you are interested, contact Pastor Pete Fowler (petefowler@salemfirstfriends.org) or Pastor Rich Bennett (pastorrich@noefc.org).

Dave and Debby Thomas  (EFM missionaries to Rwanda, pictured right) will be in Eastern Region for just a few days. They have an opening on Sunday evening, April 10, in Ohio. If you would like to book them for your Sunday evening service, please call  or email Julie at the office.

For more information and updates, please visit our website at www.efcer.org or contact us at 330-493-1660. We will be glad to assist you.

Praying for Friends

1 - Please pray for Jim and Wanda Weeks as Wanda struggles with health issues and Jim recovers from brain surgery. 
2 - We lift up Tom Showalter (former pastor at Barberton Friends Church) as he recuperates from an emergency appendectomy.  
3 - Please continue to pray for Fred Clogg as he is in rehabilitation after surgery for spinal cancer. 
4 - We pray for Marybeth Dentler (EFC-ER Data Secretary) who is recovering from surgery as well. 
Malone to Host "Youth on the Way" Leadership Academy July 10-15, 2016

The Youth on The Way Leadership Academy will help high school students to deepen their understanding of vocation and calling, to explore ministry careers, and to develop as Christian leaders. The six-day, on-campus summer experience will include leadership training activities, intensive teaching of the story of Scripture, field trips to explore the intersection of faith and work, theological reflection, and worship to encourage deep consideration of God's calling.

In addition, the academy will not end with the on-campus experience. Once students leave, they will work with a leader in their home church to develop a ministry project that will both serve the local community and hone the student's leadership skills. Finally, the youth will return to campus for a weekend the following May to celebrate their experiences and further consider their calling.  More information, including application/registration information, is available on Malone's website:  www.malone.edu/youthontheway .
Watch the summer camp promo video!
Camp Gideon 2016

Camp Gideon is currently booking groups. Ideas for Camp usage include: family camp, youth group retreats, leadership planning weekends, women's or men's retreats, mission trips, etc. To check dates please call Julie Martin at 330-247-2474 or email jmartin@efcer.org

Find out about summer camp at  www.campgideon.org   or see the schedule at  www.efcer.org/boards/camp-gideon . Also, like Camp Gideon on Facebook here  Like us on Facebook .
Churches Partner in Blanket Ministry

In February, several volunteers from  Valleyview Friends Church in Delaware joined volunteers from  Orange Friends Church to assemble 25 fleece blankets for the Bhutanese families who attend  Christian Community Friends Church Columbus . During the work day, some learned to make these type of blankets for the very first time and enjoyed learning from the experts in the group who were great teachers. The volunteers enjoyed a light lunch and had a wonderful time of fellowship together.

God's love was evident as members of the group distributed the blankets to the many families at the Bhutanese Church during their worship service. Pastor Norbu Tamang from Christian Community Friends Church Columbus extends his church's appreciation for the blanket ministry:  "Thank you for your love rendered to our church members by giving the beautiful and valuable blankets. We, the church members, would like to thank you very much for the love."

Join us as we pray for God's ever-warming comfort on their lives through the giving of these blankets. As always, please keep our Bhutanese friends at Christian Community Friends Church Columbus in your prayers. The church has many young families and has great potential in reaching out to other Bhutanese refugees!
2016 Women's Missionary Fellowship (WMF) Love Challenge Designees 

Our goal is to raise $4,000 for each of the following mission ministries:

1) Haiti Nutrition Center
2) EFC-ER Mission House
3) Arun and Shobha Massey, India
4) Dr. Samson and Priscilla R., Nepal
5) Bob and Debbie A., Nepal
Quotes for the Week

" Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet He is humble, riding on a donkey - riding on a donkey's colt. - Zechariah 9:9 (NLT) 

" The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, crying out, 'Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!' And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, 'Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt! - John 12: 12-15 (ESV)
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