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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. 9 - Southern District Rally at Hanover (Richmond) next Sunday afternoon.
* 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 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 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. Brochures will be mailed soon, but more details may be found here.
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.

3 - Praise! William Bertrand will finish the last of his radiation treatments this week. He thanks everyone for their prayers. God has been answering those prayers in remarkable ways! He hopes to return to Haiti in the next two weeks.

4 - 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.

5 - Remember our leaders and representatives as they go to the EFC-NA Fall Meetings in Oregon this week. Participants include: Marva Hoopes and Krista Mitchell (Christian Ed.), Mike Dennis and Donna Neff (Communications), Quint Bryan and John Grafton (Youth and Summit 2014), Matt Chesnes and Chris Jackson (EFM), Heather Graham, Anita Williams, and Barb Miller (WMF), and Wayne Evans (General Council and Superintendents). Pray for safety as they travel and discernment in the meetings. 

6 - Continue to pray for Pastor John Glenn as he recovers from surgery at Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH.

Trunk or Treat?
Morningside Friends Church in Port St. Lucie, Florida hosted a Trunk or Treat event this past weekend, and had around 2,500 people in attendance! Pastor Tom Crawford and Molly Colian at Morningside said, "Hundreds of families showed up for our annual Trunk-or-Treat event this year! We had nearly 50 trunks decorated with themes that passed out candy and interacted with the kids. Some themes this year were Frozen, American Girl, Iron Man, Disco Dancers, and Under the Sea Aquarium. Hot dogs, drinks, sno-cones, and popcorn were provided for free to the families. This year for the first time we also featured a "Stunt Jump," which people loved. We awarded our coveted title of "best trunk" to the trunk that received the most number of votes. The community loves this event every year because they know they can come and enjoy great food (for no cost), great fun, and a safe place to allow their children to trick or treat. We are always thankful for how the body of believers comes together for this outreach event." Several other churches including Alliance Friends and Damascus Friends also held similar outreach events. 

Please send any stories and pictures from your church's "Trunk or Treat" or Harvest Festival to dneff@efcer.org.

Lion & Lamb Bookstore invites area pastors to 
"2014 Pastors' Coffee." 
* free continental breakfast       * great fellowship 
* lots of give-aways                    * special discounts
* Zondervan Publishing's presentation of their        campaign "Believe"
* Nov. 11 - Salem, OH
10:00 am at Tri-County -
Tri-County next door to 
Lion & Lamb Bookstore
To register for Salem, call:

* Nov. 12 - Niles, OH
10:00 am at Grace Fellowship Church
To register for Niles, call:
Pre-registration is requested for this FREE event to minister to area pastors. Associate pastors, music minsters, youth & children's pastors are welcome, too! 
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 5, 2014
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: 
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.
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 

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.

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

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.
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. 
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
 A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:
"The likeness we bear to Jesus is more essential than our notions of Him."
- Lucretia Mott (1793-1880) 


We hope you've enjoyed catching up with news from the EFC-ER office.

More information and news will be coming each week.
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