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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. 

Soul Blast - March 27-29, 2015 at Battle Creek in Michigan
Soul Blast is a Youth Retreat set up for Students, ages 6th grade through 12th grade.  It is especially designed for Youth Groups to come to. The cost for the weekend is $45 per person ($3 discount per person with groups of 20 or more). Registration forms are due by March 21, 2015 but earlier forms from youth groups will help ensure your place and allow us to plan appropriately for the weekend. 
Visit  www.soulblast.org  for more information and to download the registration form. If you have any questions, contact John Grafton at (269) 209-2992. 
Keeping Prayer a High Priority
News from the office:
* Flying to Pastors Conference? The resort recommends flying into Myrtle Beach International Airport. Alternative airports would be Charleston or Florence. 

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:
* March 20-22 - Reconnect Youth Leader Training hosted by Orange Friends Church. Reconnect is a weekend event for youth leaders hosted in Columbus, Ohio. 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. 
* March 27-29 Soul Blast: at Battle Creek Church in Michigan. Details above.
* April 14-17 - Pastors Conference at Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For details an d registration: http://efcer.org/spring-pastors-conference . You can still sign up, but there will be a $50 processing fee. 
* April 25 and 26 - NEO District Seminar and Rally"Building Bridges to Change the World" at Damascus Friends Church. Details and registration may be found on the website. The seminar registration deadline is April 18th.

Malone University is preparing to launch a new academic summer camps initiative this June. Their hope is to connect high school students with Malone faculty members in several areas including:
- Zoo and Wildlife Biology
- Nursing
- Creative Writing
- Science Careers (forensics, environmental science, medical careers)
- Computer Science
- Chamber Music (in collaboration with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, for grades 7-12) 

The programs are designed for sophomores through seniors who are engaged in their high school communities. Cost: varies by length of camp; includes meals, lodging, transportation/ admission to activities, and a t-shirt. Register and pay online by Friday, May 29, 2015. Each camp is limited to 24 students, so sign up today!

For more information, download the brochure here or visit: 
http://www.malone.edu/summercamps.Questions? Contact: Connie Brannon, (330) 471-8526 or cbrannon@malone.edu. 
NEO District Seminar "Building Bridges to Change the World" 
at Damascus Friends Church April 25, 2015


Join with Friends who want to build bridges of influence, starting in their neighborhoods and reaching into the world. This free one-day seminar's morning session will include insights from Dr. Jim LeShana who brings both the practical and academic perspectives to local and global outreach efforts. Enjoy a free lunch before re-grouping for round table discussions and strategizing for each local church and their volunteers. Bring your Outreach Team to discuss the next steps in your church outreach. 


More information and registration may be downloaded at the website: http://www.efcer.org/neo-district-spring-seminar or by downloading the brochure here. The seminar registration deadline is April 18th.

A special thank you to the Camp Gideon Committee, Friends Disaster Service, and special volunteers who helped with the Camp Gideon spring clean-up day! A report to come soon. 
Men In Missions Retreat
May 1-3, 2015 at  Heartland Conference Center 
in Marengo, Ohio

The Men in Missions Retreat is an annual weekend offered to men of all ages from EFC-ER churches. Expect a great weekend of fellowship and lots of fun! A great location with activities for everyone with activities planned for all ages. The weekend has also become a great memory for fathers and sons.

For more information and the registration form, download the brochure here :  http://efcer.org/media/1/31/15-Men-in-Missions-brochure.pdf  

Registrations are encouraged before April 17, 2015.  
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor

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

"Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory." 
 - William Barclay

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing 
with the glory that is to be revealed in us." 
- Romans 8:18 (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.