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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
* March 18-20 
- Reconnect 
retreat for youth workers at Orange Friends Church in Columbus, Ohio. Download the brochure  here
* April 22-24  
- Soul Blast  
in Battle Creek, MI. Visit www.soulblast.org for registration and details. Check out the promotional video here: https://vimeo.com/148521620.
* April 29 - May 1 
- Men in Missions Retreat 
visit www.meninmissions.org for updates.
* May 10-13  
- Pastors' Conference
at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia ( www.oglebay-resort.com). Details to come. 
* July 23-26  
- Yearly Meeting
at Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

Celebrate with Friends
Last Thursday, February 11, over 80 people including members from nine of our boards, EFC-ER staff, and the Revision Team gathered at Canton First Friends Church for the Grand Board Retreat. We enjoyed a time of worship led by TJ McDonald (Worship Leader at Canton First Friends) and a devotional from Randy Heckert, Interim Associate Superintendent. Randy asked, "What does love look like in our Board Meetings?" and encouraged members to listen, be gracious, and ask how they can help others succeed. The Revision Team presented the new vision and gave an update on their progress so far. A time of questions and answers followed. Jim Brantingham was moved by the presentation to share, "I thank God that the efforts of my generation are being evaluated not to be discarded but to be built upon." Boards met individually to discuss current action items. Everyone shared a delicious lunch together before departing. The Executive Board also met in the afternoon at the World Outreach Center. Thank you to everyone who traveled to Canton for the day! We appreciate your dedication and time. 

An update on GCB giving: We received around $1,000 in donations and $1,000 in pledges. If you pledged an amount at the Grand Board Retreat, misplaced your slip, or you just want to give, please send donations to the EFC-ER this week so we can close the books for 2015. Thank you for your generosity! 
News from the Center
Pastors, as we move toward sending more important forms and correspondence by email, please be sure to notify the staff if you change your email. We want to effectively communicate with our people and need your help. Thank you! 

The  final deadline to send in Christian Education reports, statistical forms, and Yearbook
 pages  is   Friday, February 19!
   We appreciate everyone's hard work to complete these forms to help gather a snapshot of what God is doing through EFC-ER.   

During tax season, our Treasurer, Debbie Entwistle will have abbreviated hours. She will be in early mornings Monday - Friday.
Damascus Friends Church will hold a dessert reception on Saturday, March 19th at 6pm with representatives from Barclay College. They will provide delicious desserts, coffee, and the latest news about what God is doing through the college. Visit www.dfcnow.org for more information.

World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor

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A Little Extra.... QUOTES  FOR THE WEEK:

"By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers." - 1 John 3:16

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 .