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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:
EFC-ER Mission Overview for 2015
EFC-ER Mission Overview for 2015
* Have you checked out EFC-ER's YouTube channel?* Last week and this week, we are promoting our video 
  "EFC-ER Mission Overview Video for 2015." 
This 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. 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. 13 - Malone University will begin their first annual
Wesleyan Scholars Lecture entitled, "Holiness and Meditation: A Wesleyan Recipe for Renewal." Dr. Jason Vickers will deliver the first lecture. Dr. Vickers is a well respected Wesleyan 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 are this week's requests:

1 - Our prayers and sympathy to Clark & Marva Hoopes on the passing of Clark's mother, Arlene M. Hoopes at the age of 84.  Friends may read her obituary here. Clark is EFC-ER's treasurer.

2 - Continue to pray for Pastor John Graham (Wadsworth Bethany Friends). He is home receiving antibiotics intravenously. 

Lion & Lamb Bookstore invites area pastors to 
"2014 Pastors' Coffee." 
* free continental breakfast       * great fellowship 
* lots of giveaways                     * special discounts
* Zondervan Publishing's 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! 

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.
Weekly Encourager for October 22, 2014


Malone has announced Saturday walk-up registrations are available for all EFC-ER affiliated lay and pastoral leaders for the discounted rate of  $25!

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

 "Equip2 Serve" 

Ministry Conference. 

Breakout Workshops Include:

* Administration

* Christian Education 

in the 21st Century

* Certification Program             Track

* Counseling

* Finances

* Leadership

* Marriage and Family

* Men's Ministry

* Pastoral Ministry

* Social Media

* Sports Ministry

* Women's Ministry

* Worship Arts

* Youth Ministry


   More details available at
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

Attention Pastors:
Randy Heckert, with the MAB Board, is offering the following: 
Any pastor who wishes to participate in the Myers-Briggs Workshop, should submit their name and email to jjenkins@efcer.org by Nov 4th. Their names will be forwarded to Celia King, who will be in contact with them about taking the survey. 

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 Pastors' Coffee (see left)

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

"Faith comes by looking at God, not at the mountain."

(Pg. 76 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 Julia any of your suggestions and/or ideas for this weekly encouragement.

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