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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. 
October is Missions Month for EFC-ER! 
To download materials, visit www.efcer.org/missions-emphasis-materials.
EFC-ER Photo Contest!

It's not too late to send in your pictures for the new website!  We have extended the deadline to October 10th. 

They say "a picture is worth a thousand words," and we'd 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. 

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 or mail a flash drive or CD.
Don't Miss Out on These Opportunities in October:
WMF Retreats: I f you have not registered for the Women's Retreats, there is still space to sign up!  Details below.
News from the Office:
* If you received emails from any of our pastors under the heading "Important Information For Your Website," please ignore them as they are not legitimate. 

Upcoming Events:
* 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. For more information, download the bulletin inserts here
* 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.

Save the Dates:
Pastors' Mini-Conferences

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.
Missions Updates
There 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. 

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.
Arun and Shobha Massey will be available to speak in our churches during October. 
Roy Twaddell (EFM) will visit us in October and 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.

Email Julie Jenkins or call the World Outreach Center to schedule missionaries to speak in your church. 
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTE  FOR THE WEEK:

"People drink their coffee hot or cold. Nobody likes it lukewarm. Not even the Lord." - The War Room

"I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." - Revelation 3:15-16 (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 .