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.

"Thou shalt know Him when He comes, not by any din of drums, 
Nor manner, nor His airs, nor by anything He wears. 
Thou shalt know Him when He comes, not by any crown or by His gown,
But His coming known shall be, 
by the holy harmony which His coming makes in Thee. - Anonymous

Merry Christmas from the staff at the World Outreach Center! 
We pray that you feel the peace of Christ during the Christmas season and throughout the new year. 
Upcoming Events:
* January 22-23  
- Youth Awakening 
details to come.
* February 11 
- Grand Board Retreat and Executive Board 
in Canton, Ohio. Details have been emailed to board members. Contact Julia at jmcdonald@efcer.org with questions.

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

1 - A praise that Wayne Evans returned safely from his travels to India. 
2 - Please remember the Revision Team as they meet January 5-7 with consultant Lonnie Bullock. Also, pray for discernment and flexibility in the Eastern Region during this new year of change. 
Visit  http://efcer.org/donate/fund-request to learn more!
Celebrate with Friends!
Fulton Creek Evangelical Friends put on a live nativity this past week in Richwood, Ohio. They made homemade popcorn balls and handed out treat bags!
Above Left:  The Children's Ministry at Morningside Church dropped off toys at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children as part of a compassion challenge.  Middle and Right: The Little Friends Preschool at Morningside performed their Christmas concert Thursday night. 
Above: Colony Friends Church's children's program entitled: Finding Christmas and a Family. 
Merry Christmas from Salem First Friends Church and Little Friends Preschool! Click here for video:  https://www.facebook.com/salemffc/videos/1230222467004640/.  
News from the World Outreach Center
There will  not be an edition of the Weekly Encourager next week (12/30). 

Pastors & Statisticians: the  Christian Education reports and end-of-the-year statistical forms will be sent in the new year to be completed by February 5th. If you would like them now, the CE report sheet may be downloaded here and returned to Regina Evans. The end-of-the-year report may be downloaded here  and returned to Julia McDonald.
Treasurers : Remember to send in your 2015 apportionments, GCB giving, and Faith Promise giving by the middle of January so we can close the financial year. 

There are still pastoral openings at Urbana, Gilead, and Barberton Friends churches. Contact Randy Heckert for information. 
Instead of the Christian Education Board giving out curriculum materials this year, they have gifted each church with a $25 gift certificate to Lion & Lamb Bookstore. These gift certificates need to be used by  Monday, December 28. You can either visit or call the store (330) 332-8501 to make your order. Even if you don't need it until January, you can still make the purchase, pay now, and receive it later.

From left: Jennifer, Sydney, Pastor Mark and Lily Winner (Cornerstone Friends Church in Madison, OH) were featured in the New-Herald on December 19 regarding the Hope Shoppe, an event for children whose families otherwise couldn't afford to pick out Christmas gifts for friends, family and loved ones. Sydney came up with the idea five years ago after visiting Project Hope with her family. She worked with her family's 
help, along with support from Cornerstone Friends Church, a number of other area churches, groups and individuals to establish it. 
To read the full article, click  here.

Orange Friends Church and Friends Church: Willoughby Hills have partnered with the new Bhutantese church: Christian Community Friends Church. OFC donated 28 "shoe boxes" of gifts to the children, Kroger gift cards to each of the 18 families, and a new guitar and tambourine. The worship director from FCWH went with Norbu and Bhakta Tamang to purchase a new sound system with gifted money from the church. Above: retired pastor Roger Sorensen prayed a blessing over the church.
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTES  FOR THE WEEK:

"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." - Luke 2:10-11 (ESV)

"The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God."- C.S Lewis (Mere Christianity) 

"He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. 
He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute." - Augustine

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 .