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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. 

Resources  Mailed this week:
Youth Board's FY United Brochures have been mailed to every church. Youth & Leaders - be sure to pick one up & register! 
The Summer Ministry Trip opportunity deadlines are fast approaching (May 31st) Brochures will be on-line by end of week.
In Production Right now:
* Yearbooks are almost printed and will be shipped within a week.
PLEASE NOTE: There was a mix-up with the Alphabetical Directory portion of the yearbook. Supplemental pamphlets with directions have been printed for insert into Yearbooks upon delivery at each church. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
* Fall WMF Retreat Brochures for both the northern & southern locations are being designed and will be printed for distribution in June.
* WMF Circle of Friends will be mailed out early next week.

Events in Planning Right Now:

* YEARLY  MEETING 2014 - is in the planning stage. We have lots of new ideas coming for this year's Yearly Meeting sessions including changes to the Missions Banquet with a new venue and location! 
Watch for more tidbits of information in the coming weeks. 
Important Reminders:
Monday Emergencies:
Although most of the office staff take Monday as their Sabbath, we now have a superintendent on call every Monday. Simply call the World Outreach Center and Marybeth will contact the superintendent.
Health Insurance Update:
* As many of you know, our pastors group policy had to be terminated as of April 30th. This was due to so many pastors opting for cheaper insurance plans  - plus necessary policy changes related to the "Affordable Care Act." 
* Our representatives at DiStefano Insurance Services have been actively working with pastors since February and they report that all former participants have coverage. 
* We still have other insurance plans including: dental insurance, gap-filler insurance, disability insurance and life insurance available. Contact the WOC for more details.
Moving Digital
* Please be sure to invite other leaders to stay connected. We want all EFC-ER leaders to register for the Weekly Encourager at our website. Or, print a copy and pass it on.
We're highlighting quality, training & leadership development opportunities being offered at a few local churches. 

* 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. 

Thank you for continuing to Pray...
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)
* Shiloh Chapel Friends (Western 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, May 8, 2014

Yearbooks are at the printers and will be shipped to churches soon! 
May Calendar of Events

10 Finance Bd., Malone, 9:30 am* 

9-10  Malone Spring Board Mtgs

17 Comm. Bd., WOC 9:30 am

22 Executive Bd., WOC 9:30 am* 

26 Memorial Day, Office closed  


LET'S MOVE INTO THE DIGITAL AGE... but not leave behind those without digital skills.
Please be sure to print out copies of this newsletter for those without access to a digital copy.

Moving into the 
Digital Age... means keeping current with the EFC-ER website. 
* Invite your church to go to the website, bookmark it, and sign up for the Weekly Encourager. www.efcer.org 

Camp Gideon invites Eager Workers to 
"Come on down in May!" to help update & prepare the 
facilities for summer. 
Contact Tom Lincoln 
for more details.
 (330) 806-1383
Interested in meeting 
the Summer Leadership Team?
Here's their "church visiting schedule" for the 
next few weeks:
5/11 - Canton First Friends and LisbonTrinity Friends
5/18 - Winona Friends and Salem First Friends
5/25 - Jackson Friends
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Donna Neff, Editor

 A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:
"Worry is an intrusion into God's providence." ~ John Haggai
Scripture Quote:
"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?" (Luke 12:25)
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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