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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!
We're looking for quality photos and we need them fast!  We are collecting photos to start a photo library that will be used as part of our new website and future print brochures explaining who we are as Friends. 

If you have  quality, high-definition, digital photos that you'd be willing to share, please contact Donna Neff ( dneff@efcer.org ) and she will send specific directions on how to upload your photos or where to send flash drives. We'd like a wide assortment of photos in hand  by Sept. 16th . (To be used on the new website, we would like them in the next week.)  

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 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 is this week's request: 

1 - Please pray for Mary Evelyn Moore (Canton First and former missionary to Taiwan) who has been hospitalized and is being evaluated for the possibility of a stroke. 
Upcoming Events:
* Please send in your VBS monies to Debbie Entwistle (Treasurer) as soon as possible. Thank you! 

Upcoming Events:
* September 12th 
- Beth Moore Simulcast
available at three of our churches:
* September 18-19 
- Hispanic Pastors Retreat
at the World Outreach Center.
* 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, watch the video to the right or v isit  www.focusconference.info  for more information and to register.
* 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.
October is Missions Emphasis Month!
Great Commission Budget (GCB) promotion materials will be sent in September for your use during October. Please watch for those boxes as they will include materials for adults and children.

Roy Twaddell (EFM) is available to speak in our churches during October. To take advantage of this opportunity, contact Julie Jenkins. As Sunday dates are limited, consider hosting Roy for smaller gatherings where you will get to know him one-on-one. 
Focus on Discipleship Conference
" 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, download the brochure here . If you would like copies of the brochure to be mailed to your church, please call the World Outreach Center.
The International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world. Their team includes hundreds of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists, and other professionals. To learn more about how you can help, visit  www.ijm.org.
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTE  FOR THE WEEK:

"Am I prepared to let God grip me by His power and do a work in me that is worthy of Himself?"
 - Oswald Chambers

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 .