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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. 
For details, visit:  www.efcer.org/retreats/men-in-missions or download the brochure here. Send registrations to the World Outreach Center at 5350 Broadmoor Circle NW, Canton, OH 44709. 

Please send in your registration  next week. They are due April 17, 2015. 
Keeping Prayer a High Priority
News from the office:
* We have had a couple requests for a mailing address for Victor and Lori Tovar in Panama. The address to send mail is: 705 - 12th Street NW, Canton, OH 44703. Mail will be held there until they are able to come home or forwarded as needed. 

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:
* April 14-17 - Pastors Conference at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach
* 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  Details above. 
* May 7, 2015 - National Day of Prayer Service at Jackson Friends Church on the corner of Portage and Arlington in Massillon, OH. We will pray for the church, family, schools, businesses, government, etc. 
* July 14-17, 2015 - Aliquippa Missions Trip in Aliquippa, PA. Join as we come together to share the love of Jesus with the community. More details to come. 

Planning for 2016:
* January 23-25, 2016 - Youth Awakening

Update by Julie Martin and Chris King
ReConnect this year lived up to its intended name as a refreshing and revitalizing time of reconnecting among youth leaders. Throughout the retreat, attendees were challenged to rethink evangelism and discipleship, how each work on their own, and how they work together. There were 59 youth leaders representing 15 EFC-ER churches at the weekend. 

Pastor Pete Fowler (Salem First Friends) began the journey Saturday morning with the challenge, "What does it mean to reach out in this day and age?" Saturday night, Randy Heckert (Malone University Chaplain) shared his thoughts on the subject. Youth Board President Chris King closed the retreat on Sunday morning and encouraged the leaders to take the challenge home.

"It boils down to loving teens where they are and not just forcing our beliefs on them. They are able to see the real person, not just the 'perfect youth pastor' through a relationship where we can be honest about where we have been, where we are, and where Christ is taking us on this journey."

A special thanks to Chris King who organized the weekend, and Orange Friends Church for opening their doors!
25:7 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: 
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
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:

"Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshiped Him, but some doubted. And Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.' " Mathew 28:16-20 (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.