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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-the minute 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. 
If you have leaders who need training, check out these options!
We're highlighting quality, training & leadership development opportunities being offered at a few local churches. 

* May 3, 2014 - East Richland Friends Church, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
ALONGSIDE COACHING CLINIC is based on the book, "The Ways of the Alongsider" and will be led by author and Regional Dir. for The Navigators Church Discipleship Ministry, Bill Mowry. 
Cost of the clinic includes a copy of the book, breakfast and lunch! Participants will learn practical ways to come "alongside." Discipleship making does not always have to be a mentor/student situation. Registration information here, More information about Alongsider can be found at their website: www.alongsider.com
* May 15-16, 2014 - Canton First Friends SPORTS CONFERENCE
"The Sports Conference" - 3 levels of training in one conference!

Conference will cover starting sports ministry, "Ministry to the Bleacher" (ways to minister to the entire family, not just the kids), and much more! Brochures and details available on the EP & E Board webpage.

* August 14-15, 2014 - Willoughby Hills Friends Church

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT - Willoughby Hills is a Premier Host Site for this powerful simulcast for Christian leaders who want to be better and unleash the full potential of their teams. Details available here. 

Spring means transitions for some church leadership. Please be in prayer for these churches with pastoral openings this spring.
* Penn Friends Church (Michigan District) *
* Raisin Valley Friends (Michigan District)
* Goshen Friends (Western Ohio District)
* Mt. Carmel (Western Ohio District)
* Salem Southeast Friends (Northeastern Ohio District)
* Portsmouth, RI (Colonial District)
      (*Penn Friends is a new affiliate, pending delegate approval.)
It's not too late to promote EFM's Easter Offering!
EFM's 2014 Easter Offering materials are now available on-line. Bulletins, posters, helpful summaries of ministry and photos from the Philippines are available through EFM or our website.
2014 EFM Easter Offering
http://www.efcer.org/missions-easter 2014
Staying connected with Friends, April 10, 2014
Have you noticed the new look of our Logo?
Evangelical Friends around the cross, around the world.  
A complete media kit with suggested guidelines, images and fonts are available.
Need a Speaker 
for your church? 
* Todd James,
missionary from Ireland and leader with Church Sports & Recreation Ministry (CSRM), is available to speak in churches May 11-18th for services and small groups.
* Ed & Linda Z will be available to share about their ministry in churches during June and July.
Contact Julie Jenkins to schedule their time in your church! 1-800-334-8863 or jjenkins@efcer.org
Men - Register TODAY  for the Men in Missions Retreat May 2-4, 2014.

There's still time to register for the Spring Pastors Conference 
May 6-9, 2014. 
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Donna Neff, Editor
 A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:
"All God's giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His being with them."
(Henry Hudson)

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 Donna any of your suggestions and/or ideas for this weekly encouragement.
Stay tuned.... we've just begun!

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