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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. 

Keeping Prayer a High Priority
News from the office:
* The World Outreach Center will be closed April 3rd, 2015 for Good Friday.

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:
* April 14-17 - Pastors Conference at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For details an d registration: http://efcer.org/spring-pastors-conference . You can still sign up, but there will be a $50 processing fee. 
* April 25 and 26 - NEO District Seminar and Rally "Building Bridges to Change the World" at Damas cus Friends Church. Details and registration may be found on the website at http://www.efcer.org/neo-district-spring-seminar . The seminar registration deadline is April 18th.
* May 1-3, 2015 - Men in Missions Retreat "In the Yoke with Jesus Christ." Details and brochures available at http://efcer.org/media/1/31/15-Men-in-Missions-brochure.pdf. Registration encouraged before April 17, 2015.
* July 14-17, 2015 - Aliquippa Missions Trip Join us in Aliquippa, PA as we come together to share the love of Jesus with the community. More details to come. 
Damascus Friends Church - Salem Campus
Grand Opening! 

Damascus Friends Church launched a new campus: DFC - Salem this past Palm Sunday, 3/29/15. More than 50 volunteers helped prepare the building for the grand opening. 
288 people were in attendance between the two services! 

Pastor John Ryser (Damascus Friends) will "speak" each week from the main campus on a life-sized screen at the Salem Campus. 

In the first service, 18 children paraded through the congregation waving palm branches in worship.

Thank you to Damascus Friends Church and Pastor Craig Henry (DFC-Salem Campus Pastor) for the pictures and updates! 
More information can be found online at:
Easter Open House 
at Camp Gideon on  Saturday,  April 4th 
from 11-2pm

Sponsored by Sebring Friends Youth 30-hour Famine

This open house is for all ages, but especially designed for parents seeking to present Easter to their children in a way that is Christ-centered and engaging. 

The cost is $2 per person. All proceeds will go toward Camp Gideon and World Vision. 

If the weather is bad, the event will be held indoors.  More information can be found at:
25: Summit - A Seminar for Worship Leadership Teams
"Designed to teach the Biblical foundations of worship and then work with worship leadership teams." 

For more information and to register, visit: 
This year's Easter Offering will go to India. EFM Director Dan Cammack said, "One thing is for sure: The need and opportunities for the gospel in India are as immense as they have ever been.  There is much to be done in that country, and EFM counts it an honor to be a part of it." You can read his full l etter  here . Visit: friendsmission.com/easter-offering-2015 for more information and materials. 
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:

"Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 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. 
A ll we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned-every one-to his own way; 
and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." - Isaiah 53: 4-6 (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 ( jmcdonald@efcer.org ) any of your suggestions, quotes, 
and/or ideas for weekly encouragement.