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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. 
Please Register by Friday!
May 1-3, 2015 - EFC-ER Men in Missions Retreat
For details, visit:  www.efcer.org/retreats/men-in-missions  or download the brochure here . Send registrations to the EFC-ER at 5350 Broadmoor Circle NW, Canton, OH 44709. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:30am-2:30pm - "Building Bridges to Change the World" seminar. Download the br ochure  here

Sunday, April 26, 2016 at 6pm - District Rally. Download the flyer here or visit http://efcer.org/neo-district-spring-seminar for details. 

Both events will be held at Damascus Friends Church and will feature guest speaker Dr. Jim LeShana from Barclay College. 

The seminar is free, but registrations need to be sent to Pastor Vance Weeks (Brewter Friends) so we can plan accordingly. 
Keeping Prayer a High Priority
We trust that every church is sharing these prayer requests within their local prayer community. Here are this week's requests: 

- Our love and prayers to the family of Dr. John P. Williams, Sr., former Malone professor, EFC-ER missionary and board member, and father of Dr. John Williams Jr. (former EFC-ER General Superintendent) who passed away on April 11, 2015. His obituary may be found here: http://www.reedfuneralhome.com/obituary/Dr.-John-P-Williams-Sr/Walnut-Creek/1499371. A celebration of life service will be held at 11am on Friday, April 17, 2015, at Damascus Friends Church with visitation from 10-11am. 
2 - Please keep Sue and Allan Swinderman in your prayers. Sue is seriously ill in the Massillon Hospital with an abdominal infection and other complications. 
3 - Remember our pastors and spouses as they attend the 2015 Pastors Conference in Myrtle Beach this week.
News from the office:
* We have pastoral openings at Portsmouth, RI; Colony; and Mt. Pleasant Friends churches. 
* When sending checks to the Center, please make them out to "EFC-ER" instead of the "World Outreach Center" so they can be properly cashed. Mail should be addressed to EFC-ER, not the World Outreach Center. 
* Camp Gideon brochures will be mailed this week and Yearbooks will be mailed next week. 

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:
* April 25 and 26 - NEO District Seminar and Rally "Building Bridges to Change the World" at Damascus Friends Church. Details above. 
* May 1-3 - Men in Missions Retreat  Details above. 
* May 7 - National Day of Prayer Service from 5:50-6:30pm at Jackson Friends Church on the corner of Portage and Arlington in Massillon, OH. We will have music and pray for the church, family, schools, businesses, government, etc. 
* May 9 - Malone Graduation  at 10am at Faith Family Church (8200 Freedom Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720)
* May 29 - 25:7 Summit worship leadership seminar from 6-9pm at North Olmsted Friends Church. For information and registration, visit:  http://www.noefc.org/257summit. Registration is free. 
* July 14-17 - Aliquippa Missions Trip  in Aliquippa, PA. Join students in 6th-12th grade as we come together to share the love of Jesus with the community. The brochure is available here
* July 18-21 - Yearly Meeting at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. 
* September 25-27 - Focus on Discipleship Conference at East Richland Friends Church. Registration is now open! Details to the right. 

Planning for 2016:
* January 23-25, 2016 - Youth Awakening
* November 11-13, 2016 - Youth Explosion
* July 23-26, 2016 - Yearly Meeting

Spring has sprung and the weather is warming up, which means it's almost time f or camp! The Camp Gideon brochure can be downloaded at  http://efcer.org/645. Visit www.campgideon.org for more information about the camp. Please send all registrations to 5350 Broadmoor Circle NW, Canton, OH 44709 c/o Julie Martin, with checks made out to "EFC-ER". 

Randall A. Neiswanger Memorial Golf Outing
sponsored by Beloit Friends Church 
Saturday, June 6, 2015
at Buck Run Golf Course

There will be a shotgun start at 8am and the format will be a four-man scramble. 

18 holes and cart - $50 per person ($200 team) includes lunch.
If you are unable to participate and would like to make a donation, or sponsor a hole ($25 per hole), you may send a check made out to Beloit Friends Church. Please include "Neiswanger Memorial donation" or "NM Hole Sponsor" on the memo line. 

Registrations are due by May 27, 2015. More  information available is here

Focus on Discipleship Conference
Sept. 25-27, 2015
East Richland Friends is hosting the 2015 Focus on Discipleship Conference in partnership with EFC-ER and the Navigators. This conference is designed to help disciples build a firm foundation in Christ to be able to equip others do the same. 
Follow the conference on Facebook here

They have given EFC-ER churches a special $50 discount. Enter "EFCER50" to receive $50 off the cost of the conference. 

Register now and find more information at www.focusconference.info. 

MATT MAHER - Because He Lives (Amen): The Song Sessions (Acoustic)

MATT MAHER - Because He Lives (Amen): The Song Sessions (Acoustic)
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTE  FOR THE WEEK:

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." - Exodus 14:14 (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 .