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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:
Our creative/communications team has been busy in August! 
* Missions Month Materials are being shipped this week! 
Boxes of materials will arrive at each church within the next 2 weeks.
* The Ickes Scholarship form is again available online.  Simply go to www.efcer.org/boards/EPE and select the link under "Pastors and Outreach Elders".  The form will be emailed directly to Julie Jenkins for processing.  Please call the office if you have questions regarding this scholarship.

September Events to keep in your prayers:

* Sept. 12-13: Hispanic Leadership Conference

EFC-ER will sponsor a Hispanic Friends conference Friday- Saturday at the World Outreach Center.

* Sept. 19-21 - WMF Southern Retreat (Kitty Hawk, SC)

More details available at our website


SPECIAL NOTE: There are still rooms available for women wanting to head south for the retreat. 

Two steps are needed to register: 

1 - Call Robin Rector (252) 261-1290 at the Hilton to reserve a room. 

2 - Call the Retreat Registrar, Debra Seaver (336) 623-7961, to confirm pricing and details. 


* September 27-29 - Retreat for Young Adults in Battle Creek, MI. See brochure for details.

Celebrating with our churches:

Southeast Friends Church (Salem, OH) has agreed to unite with Damascus Friends Church (Damascus, OH)

Southeast will become the third campus of DFC, with Craig Henry staying on as the Campus Pastor. This new effort will be patterned similarly to how the Malvern campus was launched in 2013. DFC will invest both financially and with people. Senior Pastor John Ryser has pledged to recruit, train, and send 50 members from the Damascus campus to attend and serve at the new southeast Salem campus. Preparations should be in full swing by January 1st and Relaunch Sunday is scheduled for Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015. 


Congratulations to  Colony EFC (Newport News, VA)

on their rededication service held  Sunday, Sept. 7th  at 4 p.m. The contractors/church did a beautiful job in the workmanship.  Dr. Wayne, Regina and Jason Evans attended along with a good number of guests from Virginia District.  

Practical Requests from our churches: 

* Brewster Friends is looking for felt board resources from another church who is no longer in need of it. Contact Vance at the church at 330-767-6092. 

Sharing Our Stories:
* Alliance Friends intervenes to help make dramatic difference in the life of new immigrant church family. Two short videos tell the story. 
Check them out here.

Video 1 - "The Lin Family Story" -

The Lin Family Story
The Lin Family Story

Video 2 - "After"

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: jmcdonald@efcer.org.
 Missionary News:
Prayers Requested from Cindy Aufrance:

David and Lori Long (replacing us while we are in US) have had their house on the market since April and not even one serious offer yet.  The  time for us to leave is approaching and we are concerned about leadership for the church.  We need to know what the Father wants us to do for the good of the church.


Cindy Aufrance

Missionary Speakers Available:

Arun and Shobha Massey (India)  have an opening on Sunday, September 21, AM or PM.  Arun and Shobha work with the Davadisi (temple prostitutes) in India, rescuing women and their daughters from human trafficking.  Please email Julie Jenkins at jjenkins@efcer.org if you would like to schedule them.

Additional Missionary Speakers with limited availability
We are pleased to announce that the following missionaries will be with us this fall:
* Arun and Shobha Massey (India) in September
* Dan Cammack (EFM) in October
* Todd James (EFM / CSRM) in October
* Dave & Cindy Aufrance (Hong Kong) January - mid-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.  

Please consider mid-week Bible studies, coffee get-togethers, and home dinners, as well as church services, when thinking of connecting your congregation with our missionaries. Available dates are limited. 

Weekly Encourager for September 10, 2014

Personal Notes for Prayer:
* Our sympathies to Pastor Terry Knighten and family on the passing of Terry's mother, Anne Knighten on Sept. 6, 2014 at the age of 75. 

From the WOC Office:

* Board/ Committee Chairs --  Call Julie with your event dates today.

We need dates for 2015 Eastern Region events! 

If you are in charge of Region-wide events for next year, would you please call Julie Jenkins at the Eastern Region office so we can add those events to the master calendar.  As churches are now planning their own events, they are calling  the headquarters to avoid scheduling conflicts.  Thanks!

Church Secretaries--
Now would be a great time to promote this newsletter in your church bulletin! 
As school begins and folks get back into a routine, encourage them to stay connected with the wider Friends family.
Please be sure to print a few copies for those without computers and invite your church to go to the website, bookmark it, and sign up for the Weekly Encourager.


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:


God always finishes what He starts.


"Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you 

will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Phil. 1:6)


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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