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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-the minute 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. 
EFC-ER Mission Overview for 2015
EFC-ER Mission Overview for 2015
News from the office:

* Have you checked out EFC-ER's YouTube channel?
* Check out: 
EFC-ER Mission Overview Video for 2015
This video will be a helpful tool to use during your Missions Emphasis month. It explains our 
EFC-ER missions and Great Commission giving.
To view, click on the image above.
* Final call for FAB Grant applications! Please submit them to jjenkins@efcer.org by Thursday (10/30).

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:

*Nov. 13 - Malone University 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 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 - Continue to pray for Pastor John Graham (Wadsworth Bethany Friends).

3 - Our deepest prayers and sympathy to Lois Wood and family in the passing of retired pastor, Roger Wood. His memorial services were held on October 28th and 29th. A copy of his obituary can be found here

4 - Please pray for Joe Kirby, who has been having heart problems, and his wife Mary as they decide which steps to take next.

5 - 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.

6 - 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.

Our new Weekly Encourager Editor is Julia McDonald. Announcements and pictures 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! 

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! 
Sharing Our Stories
We'd like to hear about what is happening in your area! Our hope is to share it with our wider Friends family via website, print, or other media venues as they are developed. Please continue to send your pictures and stories of mission trips, church events, etc. to Julia (Barber) McDonald: jmcdonald@efcer.org.
Weekly Encourager for October 29, 2014

Attention Pastors:
Randy Heckert, chair of MAB, is offering the following: 
Any pastor who wishes to participate in the Myers-Briggs Workshop on Nov. 13th should submit their name and email to  jjenkins@efcer.org by Nov. 4th. Names will be forwarded to Celia King, who will be in contact with them about taking the survey. 

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: 
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. 
Congratulations to Seth Wenger, Minster of Music and Young Adults at Willoughby Hills Friends, and Hannah (Williams) Wenger as they were united in marriage on October 18, 2014! 
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 and missionaries 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.
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:
 "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness 
and the world's deep hunger meet." 
Frederick Buechner in Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC


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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