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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. 

News from the office:
* Have you checked out EFC-ER's YouTube channel?* Last week, we promoted our video of our work in Haiti. 
* NEW - this week, we've added the 
   "EFC-ER Mission Overview Video for 2015." 
This newest video will be a helpful tool to use during your Missions Emphasis month. It explains our 
EFC-ER missions and Great Commission giving.
TO view the newest video, click here.

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:

*Oct. 17-19 - Northern Women's Retreat at Heartland Conference Center in Marengo, Ohio.  More details available on the WMF webpage. Scholarship have been made available. Information below.
*Oct. 25 - Malone University is hosting a one-day training for local ministry leaders: Equip2Serve. Workshops for all kinds of ministries within the church will be offered. More details about Friends Group rate on right.
* Nov. 14 - Malone University will begin their first annual Wesleyan Scholars Lecture entitlted, "Holiness and Meditation: A Wesleyan Recipe for Renewal" Dr. Jason Vickers will deliver the first lecture. Dr. Vickers is a well respected Weleyan scholar and author. Registration and details available online here.
* Nov. 14-15 - Youth Explosion, Friends Church, Willoughby Hills, OH. Youth Explosion is one  of the best weekends for teens in the whole Cleveland area. Area teens and their leaders won't want to miss what God is doing in the midst of over 1,000 teens, great music and challenging messages. Youth grades 6 - 12 are welcome. Registration fees: before Oct. 24th: $70 per person; after Oct. 24th: $85
Details are here.
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 - Pastor John Graham (Wadsworth Bethany Friends) has been hospitalized with a viral infection, awaiting further testing. His condition is improving, but doctors are requesting no visitors at this point to speed his recovery. 

WMF Announcement:

Ladies, would you like to attend retreat this weekend but have not registered because of the cost? Scholarships are available for this weekend. Give Registrar Barb Miller a call at 330-877-0163 and sign up. Mention that you want to use a scholarship. We ask that you pay a portion, if you can, of the $120 registration fee and WMF will cover the rest. Barb will answer questions you may have. CALL NOW. Deadline for registration is Thursday.

Sharing Our Stories:
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: jmcdonald@efcer.org.

A few more details from the WOC Office:
are continuing: Feb. 11-12, 2015
Plans are well underway for our first "Grand Board Meeting." The plan is to gather as many of our boards as possible for their meetings on February 11th. 
The day will include times for worship, instruction, fellowship, and lunch.  Individual boards will also meet for business. The Executive Board will then meet on Feb. 12 for their business. Location & details will be coming soon!

Weekly Encourager for October 15, 2014

Church Leaders won't want to miss out on Malone's

 "Equip2 Serve" 

Ministry Conference. 

WHEN: October 25, 8am-6pm at Malone


Malone University is joining 
with the
Ohio Christian Education Association (OCEA) 
to provide a day of conference tracks, workshops, and speakers for local ministry leaders. 
Topics will include: worship ministry, utilizing social media within the church community and much more. 


COST: Regular cost: $45 per person.

NOTE: Special Friends Pastor Group Discount is being offered:

Groups of 10 or more pay only $25 per person and get an 11th ticket for free.

Keynote speakers will be Pastor Dwight Mason, NewPointe Community Church; and Bishop Joey Johnson, The House of The Lord. 
For registration info, please contact Doug Gregory at dgregory@malone.edu

October is a great time to say "Thank you" to your pastor.
We posted the following links last week. They're worth repeating.
PASTORS ARE INVITED TO Lion & Lamb's 2014 Pastor's Coffee (see below)

Lion & Lamb Bookstore invites area pastors to 
"2014 Pastors' Coffee." 
* free continental breakfast
* great fellowship
* lots of giveaways
* special discounts
* Zondervan Publishing presentation of their campaign "Believe"
* Nov. 11 - Salem, OH
10:00 am at Tri-County -
Tri-County next door to 
Lion & Lamb Bookstore
To register for Salem, call:
* Nov. 12 - Niles, OH
10:00 am at Grace Fellowship Church
To register for Niles, call:
Pre-registration is requested for this FREE event to minister to area pastors. Associate pastors, music minsters, youth & children's pastors are welcome, too! 

World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Donna Neff, Editor
 A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:

"Never forget that if you are God's child through Jesus Christ,

you are praying to a Father who couldn't love you more

 than He already does."

(Pg. 58 of BIll Hybels' book, Too Busy Not To Pray)

 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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