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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.
Upcoming Events:
* December 11 and 12 
- Christmas at Malone
presents Handel's Messiah at 7:30pm. Details to the right. 
* December 11 and 12 
- Live Christmas Drive-Thru Nativity
at Sebring Friends Church (615 South Johnson Road, Sebring, OH) from 6-8pm. 
* December 12 
- Live Christmas Nativity Scene 
at North Olmsted Friends Church (5665 Great Northern Blvd., North Olmsted, OH) from 5-8pm. Details to the right. 

As You Look Ahead to 2016:  (may be subject to change)
* January 22-24 - Youth Awakening
* February 11 - Grand Board Retreat at Canton First Friends Church
* April 29 - May 1 - Men in Missions Retreat
* May 7 - Malone Graduation in Canton, Ohio
* July 22-26 - Yearly Meeting 2016
* November 1-4 - EFM and EFC-NA in Ohio
* November 11-13 - Youth Explosion at Friends Church: Willoughby Hills

We trust that every church is sharing these prayer requests within their local prayer community. Here is this week's request: 

1 -  Remember our pastors, spouses, and the EFC-ER staff as they gather for a time of fellowship and renewal at the Pastors' Mini-Conference in South Hill, Virginia this Thursday, December 3.
2 - Lift up Dave Aufrance who is in the hospital after receiving a heart stint yesterday. He is still undergoing testing to determine the next steps. 
3 - Please pray for Jean Steel (wife of Tom Steel, pastor at Peniel) as she recovers from back surgery. 
Celebrating Stories with Friends!
This past week, several churches held Thanksgiving outreach dinners. Thank you to all the volunteers and churches who made a difference in their communities! 

Morningside Church (above) served the homeless and encouraged those in need in Port St. Lucie, FL.  Hughesville Friends Church in Hughesville, PA served 235 people at their outreach dinner.  Gilead Friends Church (below) in Mt. Gilead, OH hosted over 180 people in their Family Life Center. 
Missions Updates

The EFM Christmas Catalog online store is now open! For more information and a letter from Director Dan Cammack, visit www.friendsmission.com.
To help finish 2015 well, please send your VBS, Easter, and other special offerings to Debbie Entwistle at the World Outreach Center before the end of the year. 
North Olmsted EFC Presents: 

Visit  www.noefc.org/nativity   for more information and updates. 

Usher in the holiday season as the Department of Music presents Christmas at Malone. This much-loved concert combines Scripture and music in a joyful celebration of the Lord's nativity. This year's performance will celebrate the season with performances of Handel's Messiah and other Christmas favorites.

Friday, December 11 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 12 at 7:30pm

Tickets are $5 or $8 for preferred seating locations. Visit www.malone.edu to purchase tickets. 
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTE  FOR THE WEEK:

"We say things like, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,' and 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart.' Then we live and plan like we don't believe God even exists. We try to set our lives up so everything will be fine even if God doesn't come through. But true faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God's fidelity to His promises." - Francis Chan

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 .