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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. 

Featuring Musical Concert with Soul'd Out Quartet.

Registration: $29.00. No refunds, but you may send a substitute.
Return your registration form and payments to 5350 Broadmoor Circle NW, Canton, OH 44709. 
Checks should be made payable to Friends Adult Ministries.
Please call Harry Mosher, chairman with any questions:
(614) 882 - 6822.
EFC-ER Photo Contest!
We would love to see your pictures! 
We've extended the photo contest deadline to October 10th. So far, we have received photos from around 10 photographers. And, many of the photos are amazing!  

We'd love to see a few photos from mission trips from our other fields. Also, we' have received photos of only 10 churches. We'd love to have a photo of EVERY FRIENDS CHURCH in Eastern Region - including pictures of your facilities or worship center. 

Please send photos via email to Donna Neff or, mail a flash drive or CD. The photos have been arriving from across the region. 

We will be offering a prize for the following:
  1. Most photos submitted by one person
  2. Best action photo
  3. Best scenic photo
  4. Best photo representing worship
We are looking for a variety of photos to set the theme for the different types of web pages. Here's a starting point on types of photos we'd like:
  • Action photos of people out of doors
  • Children & adults interacting
  • Photos that reflect worship (in church, in nature, in prayer groups, etc.)
  • Good close-ups of faces reflecting the variety of people who attend our churches
  • Scenic views from your region of the country and around the world from mission trips
  • Scenic photos of our church buildings - we have so many different types of churches  within our church family.
  • Photos of elements of service - meals, helping in community clean up, working around the church, etc.

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 the family of Don Kensler (former EFC-ER pastor and father of Fred (Linda) Kensler, Assistant Superintendent), who went to be with the Lord on September 17th. The memorial service was on September 20th and you can read his obituary here:
2 - Our love and sympathy to Kay Jones (Friends Action Board), whose husband Bill passed away on Friday, September 19th.
News from the Office:
* If your church or WMF group is looking for a special fundraising project to help the EFC-ER , contact the WOC for some ways you can help. 
* We have a new number for  Camp Gideon Reservations . To contact Julie Martin, please call (330) 247-2474.

Upcoming Events:
* September 25-27 - Focus on Discipleship Conference at East Richland Friends Church. Use the discount code EFCER50 to receive $50 off the cost of registration. To find out more, v isit  www.focusconference.info . Tickets will be available at the door for $115.
* October 4 
- Western OH District Rally
5pm at Goshen Friends Church, featuring the Malone University Chorale. Download the flyer here
* October 4 
- NEO District Rally
6pm at Lisbon Trinity Friends Church. 
* October 9-11 
- Northern WMF Retreat 
at Heartland Retreat Center. There will be several workshops offered during the retreat. Check here for 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. 
With Yearly Meeting and vacations, we are delayed in celebrating the birth of Saylor Joy, on June 30th, to Matt and Stacy Sandlin (Pastor at Bellefontaine Friends). Little Saylor Joy was 6lbs. 3 oz. and 20 inches. Congratulations!

Ladies, there is still room to sign up for the Women's Retreats! Download the Northern retreat flyer 
here and the Southern Retreat flyer here.
Visiting Missionaries
Email Julie Jenkins or call the World Outreach Center to schedule these missionaries to speak in your churches. 
Arun and Shobha Massey will be available to speak in our churches during October. 
Roy Twaddell (EFM) will visit us in October and is still has a few openings to speak in churches. Consider hosting him for a smaller gathering where you can get to know him one-one-one.  
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.
Missions House Open House
We are pleased to announce that we will have a new Missionary House available to missionaries.   

There will be an open house on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 12:15-1:45pm. Contact Alliance Friends Church for more information at (330) 823 - 4210. 

We are looking for people who may want to help with the cost of utilities and/or rent for the house. If you are interested in giving, please contact Julie Jenkins.
"Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.- Proverbs 31:8

September is Friends Action Month, and this year the Friends Action Board is advocating against human slavery. To learn more about ways you can help, download the brochure here

Caring Hands is a ministry in India  led by Arun and Shobha. Their mission is to is to reach the women and children trapped by the devadasi system, giving families better futures through the power of Jesus Christ. They have an excellent video titled: Restoring Hope on their website at 
caringhandsindia.com and more information about their organization.
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTE  FOR THE WEEK:

"Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship." 
- A.W. Tozer "The Pursuit of God"

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 .