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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. 
How do we raise up the next generation of Friends leaders?
Invest in them early and often! Experiences of Camp and Mission trips offer pivotal moments in the spiritual lives of our young people. Here's a list of this summer's region-wide activities for children and youth. Programs that are carefully planned to inspire our youth.
* June 15th Gideon's Summer schedule begins. Details here.
* June 23-25 Youth Leadership Intensive* 
* July 15-18 Youth Aliquippa Adventure* 
* July 19-22 FY United*
* Dec. 28-Jan. 1  Friends Summit, San Diego, CA. Details here
* Please note brochures without links are in production now. Links to more information will be posted with this newsletter when available.
We're highlighting quality, training & leadership development opportunities being offered at a few local churches. 

* May 3, 2014 - East Richland Friends Church, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
ALONGSIDE COACHING CLINIC is based on the book, "The Ways of the Alongsider" and will be led by author and Regional Dir. for The Navigators Church Discipleship Ministry, Bill Mowry. 
Cost of the clinic includes a copy of the book, breakfast and lunch! Participants will learn practical ways to come "alongside." Discipleship making does not always have to be a mentor/student situation. Registration information here, More information about Alongsider can be found at their website: www.alongsider.com

* May 15-16, 2014 - Canton First Friends SPORTS CONFERENCE
"The Sports Conference" - 3 levels of training in one conference!

Conference will cover starting sports ministry, "Ministry to the Bleacher" (ways to minister to the entire family, not just the kids), and much more! Brochures and details available on the EP & E Board webpage.


* August 14-15, 2014 - Willoughby Hills Friends Church

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT - Willoughby Hills is a Premier Host Site for this powerful simulcast for Christian leaders who want to be better and unleash the full potential of their teams. Details available here. 

Spring means transitions for some church leadership. Please be in prayer for these churches with pastoral openings this spring.
* Penn Friends Church (Michigan District) *
* Raisin Valley Friends (Michigan District)
* Goshen Friends (Western Ohio District)
* Mt. Carmel (Western Ohio District)
* Salem Southeast Friends (Northeastern Ohio District)
* Portsmouth, RI (Colonial District)
      (*Penn Friends is a new affiliate, pending delegate approval.)
Northeastern Ohio Golfers! 
Mark your calendars to attend the Randall A. Neiswanger Memorial Golf Outing at Buck Run Golf Course in 
Salem, Ohio  Saturday, June 7th - Format- 4 Man Scramble
Registration Deadline May 27th
Contact Beloit Friends Church for more information.
More details on Facebook. Search for Randall A. Neiswanger Memorial Golf Outing on Facebook.
Staying connected with Friends, April 16, 2014
Have you noticed the new look of our Logo?
Evangelical Friends around the cross, around the world.  
A complete media kit with suggested guidelines, images and fonts are available.
Need a Speaker 
for your church? 
* Todd James,
missionary from Ireland and leader with Church Sports & Recreation Ministry (CSRM), is available to speak in churches May 11-18th for services and small groups.
Contact Julie Jenkins at 1-800-334-8863 to schedule Todd. 
* Randy Heckert, chaplain at Malone U.,
is available to preach in churches. Contact Malone at 330-471-8280 to schedule Randy.
Men - Register TODAY  for the Men in Missions Retreat May 2-4, 2014.

There's still time to register for the Spring Pastors Conference 
May 6-9, 2014. 
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Donna Neff, Editor
 A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:
3 Tips to Keeping Easter fresh this year:
1 - Read the scriptures and walk with Jesus through His 
last days on earth and His miraculous resurrection.
2 - See Easter through the eyes of someone experiencing it 
for the first time as a new believer.
3 - Remember where you came from. Recall the freedom 
you felt when you came to the Lord.
Let gratitude restore you... He is risen! He is risen indeed!"
(a few thoughts from Dr. Wayne's Easter letter mailed to pastors)

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 Donna any of your suggestions and/or ideas for this weekly encouragement.
Stay tuned.... we've just begun!

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