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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. 
News from the office:
* Pastors: We are more frequently using email to communicate information. Please update your email addresses so we can be sure to send it to you. You may send your correct contact information to jjenkins@efcer.org
* Pastors, Board Members, and Leaders: This week you should receive a survey from Dr. Wayne Evans. Please look for it in your email. He would really like your feedback if you could take a minute to complete it. Thank you! 
* February mission bulletin inserts were recently mailed to your church. As of March, we are pausing the production of these inserts to evaluate their quality and usefulness. Meanwhile, we will continue to post mission updates via the Weekly Encourager. 

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:
* February 12 Pastors of the Virginia District will meet at Angelo's Pancake House in Newport News for brunch and fellowship. 
*March 20-22 - Reconnect Youth Leader Training hosted by Orange Friends Church. Reconnect is a weekend event for youth leaders hosted in Columbus, Ohio. The registration brochure and more information may be downloaded from our website:  http://www.efcer.org/boards/friends-youth. NOTE: There are new hotel arrangements this year. See brochure for details. 
Youth Board: Chris King will send more information about meeting on Friday morning.
* March 21 Taking Your Church to the Next Level: One-day seminar with Dr. Gary McIntosh from 8:30am-2:15pm at North Olmsted Friends Church. Details to the right. 
Keeping Prayer a High Priority
Looking Ahead:
As you plan your 2015 vacation and work schedule, keep these events in mind. We will send more information as each event approaches. 

Pastors Conference- April 14-17, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Men in Missions Retreat - May 1-2, 2015 in Marengo, Ohio

Yearly Meeting - July 18-21, 2015 in Canton, Ohio

Focus on Discipleship Conference - September 25-27, 2015 at East Richland Friends Church 

Northern Women's Retreat - October 9-11, 2015

Southern Women's Retreat - October 16-18, 2015

Pastors Mini-Conference - December 2 and 4, 2015
Church Leaders:
Looking to unleash your church's ministry potential in 2015?
The brochure can be downloaded here
The deadline for registration is March 11, 2015.
Aufrances' Schedule Update
The Aufrances' schedule is filling up for the remainder of their deputation. They will be in our Virginia and Piedmont Districts from April 19 - April 29 and in the Michigan District from May 13 through May 24. There are still available times for them to speak at your church. Please email Julie Jenkins (jjenkins@efcer.org)
or call the World Outreach Center (1-800-334-8863) to schedule. 
Pastors & Leaders:
Mark Your Calendars!
(More information soon)
Thank you to those who have given your Yearbook updates! We still have some churches missing. Please send or email your updates to Regina Evans at revans@efcer.org. We want your church's page to be correct for the new Yearbook. 

Also, we still need several more Statistical Reports and Annual CE Family Life reports. Please send these documents to Julia McDonald jmcdonald@efcer.org as soon as possible. Thank you! 
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
  A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, 

but have not love, I gain nothing." - 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (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.