March 9 , 2016
Upcoming Events

* March 11-13 - RESCHEDULED Youth Awakening 
youth retreat. Visit  for details. 
* March 18-20 - Reconnect retreat for youth workers at Orange Friends Church in Columbus, OH. Download the brochure here
* April 10 - Virginia District Rally at 4:45pm at Hampton Friends Church with guest speaker Dr. Wayne Evans, General Superintendent. 
* April 22-24 - Soul Blast youth retreat for students in 6th-12th grade (especially designed for youth groups) in Battle Creek, MI. Visit for registration and details or watch the  promo video here: .
* April 29-May 1 - EFC-ER Men's Retreat at Heartland Retreat Center in Marengo, OH. Details at  
* May 10-13 - Spring Pastors' Conference  at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV.
* July 23-26 - Friends Youth United  at Malone University in Canton, OH for students in 6th-12th grade. New this year: the group will head to the Alive Music Festival on Saturday night. For updates, photos, and videos, like Friends Youth United on Facebook. Like us on Facebook Download the flyer here and brochures here
* July 23-26 - Yearly Meeting  at Malone University in Canton, OH.
* September 23-25 - Southern Women's Missionary Fellowship Retreat  at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
* October 7-9 - Northern Women's Missionary Fellowship Retreat  at the Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, OH. The guest speaker for both retreats will be Stephanie Fast who will share on the topic of "All Things Are Possible." Check out her website at 
News You Can Use

Thank you for your regular giving and your special giving at the year's end! The financial gap that we anticipated for the end of 2015 has been closed!

YM 2015  Delegates Ballots to extend the General Superintendent's call have been mailed to each delegate. Each individual delegate will complete a ballot. Ballots need to be postmarked no later than March 25, 2016. 

Dave and Debby Thomas (EFM missionaries to Rwanda, pictured right) will be in Eastern Region for just a few days. They have an opening on Sunday evening, April 10, in Ohio. If you would like to book them for your Sunday evening service, please call Julie at the office.

For more information and updates, please visit our website at or contact us at 330-493-1660. We will be glad to assist you.
Praying for Friends

1) Continue to life up Wayne and Regina Evans in your prayers as they spend time in Thailand and China this week.

2) Our love and sympathy to the family of Eddie Lockwood, former pastor at Peniel Friends Church and life-long evangelist of EFC-ER, who passed away on March 5. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 9 from 6:30-8pm in Mathews, VA. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 10 at 2pm at Church of the Nazarene in Hudgins, VA with burial to follow in Grimstead, VA. The obituary may be found here:

Please pray for Mary Evelyn Moore as she recovers from a recent heart attack. 

Fred Clogg (Co-Interim Pastor at Urbana Friends and current mentor in the Legends ministry) is recovering at OSU's James Cancer Center after surgery for cancer of the spine. Fred and Vivian appreciate your prayers.

5) Our sympathy and prayers are with Mike Barnes and family (Virginia Beach Providence) in the death of his father in Gatlinburg, TN.
Orange Friends Church Looking for Director of Administrative Ministries

Help us spread the word! Orange Friends Church is looking for a Director of Administrative Ministries. The position is 20 hours per week, and responsibility is over the church office. If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please email a cover letter and resume  (with at least three references) to Pastor David Mabry at: 
Watch the summer camp promo video!
Camp Gideon 2016

Camp Gideon is currently booking groups. Ideas for Camp usage include: family camp, youth group retreats, leadership planning weekends, women's or men's retreats, mission trips, etc. To check dates please call Julie Martin at 330-247-2474 or email

Summer camp information is available at 
and you can find the schedule at Also, like Camp Gideon on Facebook here  Like us on Facebook.
2016 Women's Missionary Fellowship (WMF) Love Challenge Designees 

Our goal is to raise $4,000 for each of the following mission ministries:

1) Haiti Nutrition Center
2) EFC-ER Mission House
3) Arun and Shobha Massey, India
4) Dr. Samson and Priscilla R., Nepal
5) Bob and Debbie A., Nepal
Quote for the Week

" If, then, your path is marked with many trials, rejoice in it because your life will provide greater evidence of the all-sufficient grace of God. As for His failing you, don't even dream of it - hate the very thought of it. The God who has been sufficient until now, should be trusted to the end. " - Charles Spurgeon
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