March 23 , 2016
Upcoming Events
 
* 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. The deadline for registration is Monday, March 28. 
* July 10-15 - Malone University "Youth on the Way" Leadership Academy  at Malone University for high school students.  More information, including application/registration information, is available on Malone's website:  www.malone.edu/youthontheway
* July 23-26 - Friends Youth United  at Malone University in Canton, OH for students in 6th-12th grade. 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 women's 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

YM 2015  Delegates Ballots to extend the General Superintendent's call have been mailed to each delegate. Each individual delegate will complete a ballot. The ballots should by postmarked by this Friday, March 25. 

We are looking for someone willing to do child care for the Spring Pastors' Conference in May. This would be Tuesday, May 10, morning (for MAB interviews) through Thursday, May 12, night and only during conference session meetings (Tuesday night, Wednesday & Thursday mornings and evenings). All lodging and meal expenses will be covered. Contact Pastor Pete Fowler (petefowler@salemfirstfriends.org) or Pastor Rich Bennett (pastorrich@noefc.org). 

- Dan Cammack (Executive Director of Evangelical Friends Mission, pictured right) will be in Eastern Region the first two Sundays in May. If you would like to schedule him to speak in your church Sunday morning or evening, please call or email Julie (jjenkins@efcer.org) at the office. 

- We wanted to let you know last week we received a note from EFM that Debbie A.'s father passed away on February 12, 2016. 

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.
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Keeping it Fresh: Monthly Communication Tip
How Do You Repurpose Your Sermons?
Compiled by Pastor Chad DeWeerd on behalf of the Communications Board

Evangelist Billy Graham was once criticized for having only a handful of different messages that he would preach from revival to revival. His response was equally elementary: "God's Word doesn't change, and if it was good enough to preach once - then it's good enough to preach again!"  With pastors investing so much of their time and energy to the task of sermon preparation, how do we best repurpose these messages?

Consider the following ways to extend your sermon's life:
- RECORD: weekly sermons (audio and/or video) to be distributed, downloaded online, or live-streamed with a simple service such as "Boxcast."
- REACH OUT: to a broader audience. Look for opportunities within the community to share an appropriate message at a school function, nursing home, prison chapel, hospital, inner-city mission, civic organization, conference, camp, or community event.
- RADIO: broadcasting can be a cost-effective way to reach a mass audience and can give greater identity to your ministry and credibility to your message.
- REALIZE: the possibilities of social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc.). Find ways to create interest in an upcoming message, gain feedback on last week's sermon, or invite others to engage through links to a sermon or archived messages.
- REVISIT: your weekly message through the use of sermon-based Bible studies that expand on the sermon. These groups can be held in homes, work, schools, or church with the use of study guides and a means of viewing or listening to the original message.
- REPURPOSE: an individual message or sermon series by turning it into a printed or digital booklet.
REPRINT : excerpts from your weekly message in a midweek or monthly online newsletter. Ask for responses to key questions. Print testimonies or stories that best illustrate the sermon. 
- RECIPROCATE: with another fellowship by taking part in a pulpit exchange. Sometimes the same truth from a different voice captures our attention and our hearts. 
- REQUEST: listener feedback. Use this information to connect with prayer concerns/praises and to plan future messages.
- READY: a young preacher in response to his/her call by walking with and working through past sermons as a teaching tool.
- REPLAY: many churches are using video messages to help launch multi-campus church sites. 
- REVIEW: your preaching from time to time. Where are we strong? Weak? How can we be more effective?
- REPREACH: a sermon from the pastor's archives. Chances are with fresh illustrations, insights, and a little more experience we can all do better. (Just ask Billy Graham.) 
The deadline for registration is Monday, March 28! 
Celebrating Friends 

Cornerstone Friends Church in Madison, Ohio hosted  an Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Carnival on  Saturday, March 19th. 
Praying for Friends

1 - Please pray for P.K. Sam (missionary in India) who has been admitted in a hospital in India for hematuria. We pray for a quick recovery for him.
2 -  We lift up Tom Showalter who has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
3 - Continue to pray for Fred Clogg who is in a rehabilitation center after surgery for cancer of the spine.
Quotes for the Week

" But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed." - Isaiah 53:5 (ESV)

" Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" - I Corinthians 15:55 (NIV)
Julia McDonald, Editor | 1-800-334-8863 | jmcdonald@efcer.org | www.efcer.org
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