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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. 
New this week:
1.  Pastors, if you have not yet received your pastoral credentials, please call the office or email Julie Jenkins (jjenkins@efcer.org).  
We have a new system in place to try to eliminate delay in issuing credentials next year.  Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused our pastors.

Up-Coming Events:

1 - A Retreat for Young Adults (ages 18-29 or so) has been planned for September 27-29, 2014 at Battle Creek Friends Church  in Battle Creek, MI - Don't miss this time together!

Registration deadline is Sept. 21st.

This year's theme is "Move to Matter."

Join us on this great weekend where we experience community in God's presence together, and learn how we "Move in life to Matter for Christ!"  Click here to download a brochure.


2 - Friends Adult Ministry Retreat Oct. 9th - Register now!

Harry Mosher with Adult Friends Ministry wishes to remind everyone that registrations for the 

19th Annual Fall Retreat on October 9th 

postmarked by September 9th will save $5.00 per person!

Download the promo flyer here.


Follow up  from last week:

1 - Thanks to all who supported EFDS at BBQ last Saturday at Salem First Friends Church. 

Pastor Pete Fowler reports that they raised around $5,000 for E-FDS. It was a great event. "Lots of wonderful fellowship, live music, and (of course) some GREAT food! Thanks to all who came out and participated."


2 - Dr. Wayne has sent a letter to President Obama expressing his concern about the persecution of Christians in Iraq by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

Click here to read a copy or request one from the WOC office by phone: 1-800-334-8863.


Ickes Discipleship & Evangelism Scholarships
Pastors and Outreach Elders:
There are funds available for discipleship training through the 
Ickes Discipleship & Evangelism Scholarship offered by East Richland Friends Church.  If you would like to apply, download the application   here.

We're still collecting stories from our churches!
Has your church experienced a great mission trip, VBS, outreach project or hosted a memorable event lately?
We'd like to hear about it and share it with our wider Friends family via website, print or other media venues as they are developed. 
Please send your pictures and stories of mission trips, church events, etc. to Julia (Barber) McDonald: jbarber@efcer.org.
Missionary Speakers Available
We have several guest missionaries coming to Eastern Region this fall. When hosting one of our missionaries, you might want to consider your options. Among those options are home meals, coffee at your favorite spot, sporting events, mid-week Bible studies or local Men in Missions and WMF groups. 
The list goes on. We ask that during their time with you, 
you offer a meal and a gift of support.
* Flavio Travassos and Tele Moraes (Brazil) in September
* Arun and Shobha Massey (India) in September
* Dan Cammack (EFM) in October
* Todd James (EFM / CSRM) in October
* Dave & Cindy Aufrance (Hong Kong) November - May 2015
For scheduling, email Julie Jenkins (jjenkins@efcer.org)
We ask that you provide a  meal before or after their time with you and overnight lodging if necessary.  
Available dates are limited. 

Speaker & Author, Preston Sprinkle, has a new book!

The Men in Missions team is pleased to report that frequent guest speaker, Preston Sprinkle's most recent book has been published and is available for purchase. 

For more details, and link ot purchase via Amazon, check out the information on the Men in Missions webpage.


Weekly Encourager for August 20, 2014

Still an URGENT NEED for Volunteers for the WMF's Northern Retreat:
Kathy Johnson 
is in need of two women willing to lead teams:
1 - Hospitality Team
Responsibilities include greeting ladies as they come to the retreat and directing them to cabins, along with ushering for both Saturday and Sunday morning offerings.
2 - Decorating Team
Responsibilities would include table decorations 
for Saturday evening banquet and stage decorations for weekend. 
For more information in these areas, please contact Kathy Johnson
directly via e-mail:
or cell phone: 330-853-5288. 


WMF President, Heather Graham


Sisters in the Harvest trip to Jamaica: January 10-17, 2015 


Women join us for a time of ministry to our sisters in

Jamaica. We will be holding one day conferences around the island of Jamaica, for Friends sisters in Jamaica.  At this time we will be presenting these ladies with the  totes we have been collecting.  


If you would like more information 

or an application contact 

Heather Graham at heather.livingbranch@hotmail.com 

or by phone at:

(330) 933-1200 or  

Ruth Harsh at rhrash@northwood.com 

or  by phone at (330) 853-5795


 Click here

for complete brochure.


World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Donna Neff, Editor

 A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:


This week's quote comes from Bill Hybels' book, Too Busy Not to Pray
which was given to every pastor during the Pastors Luncheon at Yearly Meeting.

"Someone has said that when we work, we work, 

but when we pray, God works.

His strength is available to praying people who are convinced 

to the core of their beings that He can make a difference." (pg. 18)


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.

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