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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.
Pastors' Conference 2016
Pastors and Spouses: Mark your calendars for Pastors' Conference on May 10-13, 2016 at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.  You can check out the resort at   http://www.oglebay-resort.com
Tuesday, May 10: 4:30pm - 6:30pm - Arrival and Registration
Friday, May 13: 7:30am - 9:30am - Breakfast and Depart
Update and Prayer Requests from the Revision Team
On behalf of the 11 member EFC-ER Revision Team we want to thank everyone who has prayed for the Team's work during the October 20-22 and January 5-7 meetings. As we approach the February 2-3 meeting we are asking for continued prayer for this extremely important process.
What has been accomplished through two meetings gives clear evidence of God's leading and direction as we have worked to revision EFC-ER. With expert facilitation by NCS Consultant, Lonnie Bullock, the Team has developed the proposed EFC-ER Mission, Desired Outcome, and Core Values. During the January meeting work began to develop an organizational structure (delivery system) that could implement the Mission, Desired Outcome, and Core Values. At the February meeting the Team will refine this initial work and arrive at the delivery system that will be reported at Yearly Meeting in July.
So you will be able to pray specifically we have included the Mission, Desired Outcome, and Core Values that have been developed here Please pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit as the Revision Team, on February 2-3, works to develop the delivery system (organizational structure) that will implement these goals.

In Christ,
Ruth Harsh and Ron Johnson
Revision Team Prayer Coordinators

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

1 - Please lift up Josh (Pastor at Valleyview Friends) and Betsie (Camp Cmte. and Christian Ed.) Walker and Betsie's father who has just been diagnosed with melanoma cancer and will have surgery on February 9. 
Upcoming Events
* January 22 
- 43rd March for Life 
Alliance Friends Church will be taking a chartered bus to Washington DC. The cost is $75 for adults; $65 for teens (12-20) and senior citizens (over 60); and $50 for children (11 and under). There are only 56 seats available and no seats will be reserved without full payment. Forms are available at www.alliancefriendschurch.org and more information can be found at http://marchforlife.org/mfl-2016/. 
- Youth Awakening: "
Get Weaponized" has been postponed due to severe weather forecasts. Visit www.nccalive.org for updates and information.
* February 11 
- Grand Board Retreat and Executive Board 
in Canton, Ohio.
* March 18-20 
- Reconnect 
retreat for youth workers at Orange Friends Church in Columbus, Ohio. 
* April 22-24  
- Soul Blast
in Battle Creek, MI. Visit www.soulblast.org for registration and details. Check it out the promotional video here: https://vimeo.com/148521620.
* April 22-24 
- Senior Adult Trip to Lancaster, PA
with Canton First Friends Church. Download the brochure here. Visit www.firstfriends.org or call (330) 966-2800 for more info.
* April 29 - May 1  
- Men in Missions Retreat 
visit www.meninmissions.org for updates.
* May 7 
- Malone Commencement  
in Canton, Ohio.
* 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.
News from EFC-ER
Please return the  Christian Education reports and end-of-the-year statistical forms by February 5th! The Christian Education report may be downloaded  here and returned to Regina Evans ( revans@efcer.org). The end-of-the-year report may be downloaded  here and returned to Julia McDonald ( jmcdonald@efcer.org).

Pastors:  Voluntary Life enrollment  is open until 1/31/16.  If you are a pastor who would like additional life insurance for yourself or your spouse, contact Quinn Parker, of GDK, at 1.800.589.2692 or email quinn@gdkandco.com for more   information. This is the plan for EFC-ER pastors that was offered last year.
Camp Gideon is pleased to welcome Paige Showalter as the Summer Camp Program Director. She grew up as a camper at Camp Gideon and served as Program Director in the past. Paige is the daughter of Tom Showalter (former pastor at Barberton Friends) and graduates in May from Malone University  with a degree in nursing. More information about this year's summer program to come!
Congratulations to Greg (Pastor at Alum Creek Friends) and Pam (Pension Board) Rice on the birth of Jonathan Joseph Rice on January 16th!
There are currently pastoral openings at Barberton, Gilead, Urbana, and Deerfield Friends Churches. Contact Randy Heckert (rheckert@efcer.org) for more information. 
Ministry Job Opportunities at Alliance Friends Church in Alliance, Ohio
These paid positions are ready to be filled with the person(s) the Lord has in mind. Might that be you? 

FULL TIME with benefits

1 5 HOURS per week.  

15 HOURS per week.  

Inquire to Donna Carr Jenkins (donnacj2532@sbcglobal.net) or Pastor Rick Sams (rsams53@gmail.com) or the church office (330-823-4210). Applications are available at the church office or you may submit your resume to the church or the above emails.
Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Life at East Richland
Dear Friends, please join us for this special evening of Prayer for Life. Please join as we pray for the unborn, for women and men facing unplanned pregnancies, post abortive women, the defunding of Planned Parenthood, the elderly, and for the spiritual health of our nation. 
East Richland Friends Church in St. Clairsville, Ohio
January 24, 2016 at 6:30pm

For more information: 
(740) 310-1424.

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward." - Psalm 127:3
The Christian Education Board has extended the deadline for the $25 voucher to the Lion & Lamb bookstore. You can either visit or call the store at (330) 332-8501 to make your order.
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTES  FOR THE WEEK:

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever." - Isaiah 40:8

"The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether." - Psalm 19:7-9

"We would be foolish to approach God's Word looking only for how it applies to us or others, 
forgetting to find what it says about Him." - She Reads Truth

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 .