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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:
* Save the Date! Pastors Conference April 14-17, 2014.
* Special fall 2014 rate and details for the H.H. Mosher fund found here.

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:

* Nov. 13 - Malone will begin their first annual
Wesleyan Scholars Lecture entitled, "Holiness and Mediation: A Wesleyan Recipe for Renewal." Dr. Jason Vickers will deliver the first lecture. Dr. Vickers is a well respected Wesleyan scholar and author. Registration and details available online.
* Nov. 14-16 - Youth Explosion at Willoughby Hills Friends. Details available below to the right.
* Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Eve Service 7:00-8:15pm at Canton Friends Church with Jackson Friends and Akron Community Friends. Details below. 
* Dec. 6 & 7 - Christmas at Malone entitled, "Savior of the Nations, Come." Dec. 6th at 7:30pm and Dec. 7th at 3pm. Details to the right. 
* Dec. 9 & 11 - Pastors' Mini Conference: Mentoring Mentors. Two locations: The Amish Door (North) on Dec. 9th and Brian's Steakhouse (South) on Dec. 11th. Registration is $10. To register, call the World Outreach Center at 1-800-334-8863. Payment in advance is welcomed. Details may be found here. 

Thanksgiving Eve Service
"Join us for a time of praise and worship as we give thanks to the Lord for His goodness."
November 26, 7:00 - 8:15pm
Multi-purpose Room at Canton First Friends Church
Jackson, Canton, and Akron Community Friends will come together in fellowship and worship. A special offering will be taken to help with building repairs at Akron Community Friends. For more information visit www.firstfriends.org or call (330)-966-2800. 

Keeping Prayer a High Priority 

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

1 - Please lift up Dave and Cindy Aufrance as they return to the States from Hong Kong. Also, for the Long family as they try to sell their house so they can take Dave and Cindy's place while they are here.

2 - Please pray for Joe Kirby, who has been having heart problems, and his wife Mary as they decide which steps to take next. He will soon see a neurologist for therapy and is on medication. Cards may be sent to 1540 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, NC 27919.

3 - Morningside Friends Church in Port St. Lucie, Florida has purchased property and plans to open a second campus in December. Please keep them in your prayers as they expand.

4 - Please pray for Ernie Lauffenburger and his family with the passing of Elizabeth (Betty) Lauffenburger. Visitation will be held Nov. 14 from 5-7pm at Twiford Funeral Home. The funeral will be held Nov. 15th at 11am at the Salvation Army Church. The obituary may be found here http://www.twifordfh.com/elizabeth-lauffenburger.  

5 - The leaders and representatives who traveled to Oregon for the EFC-NA fall meetings report that it went very well! They look forward to "a refreshed and reimagined" vision in the months to come. 

The Tovars are partners in ministry with EFC-ER and Interlink. Victor and Lori, and their daughters Tori and Dalia, have been working in Panama at a Mission Intensive School. Below is an excerpt from Victor and Lori Tovar's November newsletter.

"We have been working towards this moment for 12 weeks. 11 students from 5 different countries praying through their personal passion for missions and what God has for them in their callings. We were extremely privileged to walk beside them on this journey and to witness God meeting them, speaking to them, and giving them specific callings. Many of them came not knowing exactly where God was leading, and to watch them hear His voice, wrestle with His will, and then embrace their callings was both humbling and exciting! 
As always we are grateful for your partnership in the Gospel. We hope that you rejoice with us that more workers are being sent out to the field and that you feel the burden to pray for each of these young workers being called to such difficult places. We know that they would truly appreciate it. We will maintain contact with them and are already making arrangements with them for future training and contact."
With much love, 
Victor, Lori, Tori & Dalia Tovar

Please keep the Tovars and their students in your prayers as they move forward in the Great Commission to, "Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations..." (Matt 28:19). 
Church Treasurers and Pastors: 
As you are finalizing your budgets, please email your GCB and Faith Promise Budgets to Debbie Entwistle at 
dentwistle@efcer.org. Thank you! 
Also, be watching your mail for the church annual apportionment letter stating how much you have paid for apportionments in 2014, and your projected amount to send in for 2015.
Our new Weekly Encourager Editor is Julia McDonald. 
Announcements, pictures, and stories for the Weekly Encourager may be sent to her at (jmcdonald@efcer.org) by 3pm on Tuesdays. Also, please add her email to your email contacts so you will be sure to receive it. Thank you for your assistance in this transition! 
Weekly Encourager for November 12, 2014

Christmas is Coming to Malone! 
Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30pm
Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3pm
Johnson Center for Worship & Fine Arts
Tickets: $10 for general admission or $7 for adults over 60.
Visit: malone.edu or call (330) 471-8271 for more details and tickets.
Welcoming the Legends!
The EFC-ER has started a new ring of pastoral care called the Ministry of the Legends. These "legends" are faithful, retired pastors, missionaries, and leaders who are willing to continue to give their time and wisdom to our current pastors. We will share more about their ministry in the weeks to come.
Youth Explosion at Willoughby Hills
November 14-16
Youth Explosion is one of the best weekends for teens in the whole Cleveland area! Area teens and their leaders won't want to miss what God is doing in the midst of over 1,000 teens, great music, and challenging messages.
Youth grades 6-12 are welcome.
Registration fees: $85
Details can be found at: 
Orange Friends Church is looking to hire a
Director of Worship Ministries.
If you or someone you know is interested in this 10-hour-per-week Worship Leader position, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Pastor David Mabry at 

Prayer Resource:
WayMakers has published a forty-day prayer guide entitled,
Seek God for the City 2015. Pastors, mission leaders, and positioned prayer leaders can call 1(800)-264-5214 for a complimentary review copy. For more information and details about bulk orders, click on the image above or visit

Grand Board Meeting
The Grand Board Meeting will be held at Canton First Friends on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Thanks to First Friends Church of Canton for graciously hosting the event! Details will be sent as the "grand" day approaches. Board chairs, if you have not confirmed that your board will be meeting that day, please call the World Outreach Center and let us know. 
Just a reminder, there is a toll-free, anonymous helpline for pastors and their families. Feel free to call 1-800-867-4011 to connect with one of Emerge's caring counselors. For information on their other services, click here or the logo above.
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
  A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:
"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! 
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from trouble 
and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, 
from the north and from the south." - Psalm 107:1-3 (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 any of your suggestions and/or ideas for this weekly encouragement.

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