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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. 
EFC-ER Photo Contest!
They say "a picture is worth a thousand words," and we would love to use your pictures to help tell stories on our website. Ideas for pictures include special events, mission trips, scenic views and church buildings, elements of service, and close-ups of our people. 
This week is the deadline for the photo contest - October 10th!

We will be offering prizes for the following:
  1. Most photos submitted by one person
  2. Best action photo
  3. Best scenic photo
  4. Best photo representing worship 
Please send pictures via email to Donna Neff (dneff@efcer.org) or mail a flash drive or CD.
Thank you, Chris and Nancy!
from Wayne Evans and the EFC-ER
Chris and Nancy Jackson were young married students at Malone University when they pastored their first church with the EFC-ER at Springdale.  For years now, they have ministered as Springdale's superintendent - along with a host of other churches, as well as Hispanic and Indian ministries across the region. After next week, they will leave us to return to pastoral ministry where Nancy's nephew pastors a church in Florida.

To say they will be missed is totally inadequate. Whether they have been in a pastoral or superintendent role-or Chris' beloved golf outings - they were indispensable to strengthening and shaping people's walk with Christ. For Regina and me, we will always treasure a friendship forged at Malone and blossomed on a double date to see our two rival high schools battle out a homecoming football game. Add to that the endless number of meetings Chris and I have had over the past two years approaching our new responsibilities, believe me...we could not have gotten as far as we have were it not for them.

On our region's behalf, we have bestowed some appropriate gifts on the Jacksons with the most meaningful ones being our gratitude, hearts, and prayers-the same generous gifts they have always given to us.  To Chris and Nancy, thank you and may God bless you.
From Chris and Nancy Jackson:
Thanks for the Region's support over the years as well as the gracious send-off gifts. We love you all and pray for God's very best in the movement!
Upcoming Events:
* October 9-11 
- Northern WMF Retreat 
at Heartland Retreat Center. There will be several workshops offered during the retreat. Check here for the corrected workshop options. For registration, download the brochure here .  
* October 15 
- Adult Ministries Fall Retreat 
from 11am - 3:30pm at the Amish Door in Wilmot, OH. The cost is $29. For more information, visit www.efcer.org or download the brochure here
* October 16-18 
- Southern WMF Retreat
at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks. For registration, download the brochure here
* October 23-24 
- Equip2Serve
ministry conference at Malone University. The cost is $50 and includes breakfast, lunch, and all workshop materials. For more information and to register visit www.malone.edu/equip2serve or download the flyer here and the schedule here.
* November 13-15 
- Youth Explosion
at Friends Church, Willoughby Hills. The cost is $55 before September 25th. To download materials and other details, visit www.youthexplosioncleveland.com. 
* December 1 
- Northern Pastors' Mini Conference
at Church of the Savior in Wooster, Ohio.
* December 3 
- Southern Pastors' Mini Conference
at Brian's Steak House in South Hill, Virginia.

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 - Our prayers for Esther Zinn as she recovers from hip surgery. 
2 - Keep Jim Weeks in your prayers as he is recovering from brain surgery.
3 - Lois Leidig, wife of former pastor Milton Leidig, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the age of 90. You may find her obituary at http://www.foresthillspalmcityflorida.com/. 
4 - Praise that Mary Evelyn Moore is home but continue to pray for her recovery.  She will need outpatient speech and occupational therapy for some time yet.
Visit www.youthexplosioncleveland.com to register. 
$70 Regular Registration (ordered between 9/26 & 10/23/15)
$85 Late Registration (ordered after 10/24/15)
Focus on Discipleship Conference Update
from Rick Sowinski
The 2015 Focus on Discipleship Conference is now history... We are happy to say that the event went very well and was extremely well received by those in attendance.  The conference, which was hosted by East Richland Evangelical Friends Church, had people come from all over, with some attendees traveling from as far away as Canada, Kansas, Virginia, and Kentucky.
The featured speaker, Eddie Broussard, set the tone for the entire conference with his powerful keynote messages! His passion for discipleship and his love for people were an inspiration to us all.  Also, other speakers who presented in the workshops did a great job talking on many topics related to discipleship.  There were speakers from The Navigators, EFC-ER, and Evangelism Explosion.

To download the Missions Emphasis Month materials, visit www.efcer.org.
Missions Updates
T here will be an open house at the new Missions House on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 12:15-1:45pm. Contact Alliance Friends Church for more information at (330) 823 - 4210. 

Arun and Shobha Massey will be available to speak in our churches during October. 

Also, Edwin and Maria Giron (Mexico) will be in the Eastern Region for a limited time in November. Check out the Giron's ministry in Mexico and watch EFM's latest video here

Ladies, Cindy Aufrance is available to speak at Women's Retreats in the spring of 2016. Contact the World Outreach Center for information. 

Email Julie Jenkins or call the World Outreach Center to schedule missionaries to speak in your church. 
Pastors Appreciation Month
October is Pastors Appreciation Month!  Here are some ideas from Lifeway of ways to show your pastors just how much you appreciate all they do:
  • Invite each church member to write a note of encouragement and appreciation.
  • Have children create artwork to be laminated and then allow them to present it to the pastor in person.
  • Order a "Best Pastor" t-shirt, mug, etc.
  • Take a group photo of church members in front of the church. You can also use an extra wide matte and ask members to sign it for your pastor.
  • Create a video presentation of photos and videos to be played as a pre-service video.
  • Supply favorite things (snacks, coffee, etc.). 
"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now." 
- Philippians 1:3-4 (ESV)
Dr. Chris Jakway from Battle Creek Evangelical Friends Church is planning a trip to Israel and there are still some spots available. If you are interested in this life-changing experience, contact him at 
(269) 968 - 9376 or 
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTES  FOR THE WEEK:

"You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy:
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." - Psalm 16:11 (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 .