February 19, 2020
Mansfield Friends Church welcomed Pastor Kelly Meckes and his wife Michele (pictured in the middle) as their new lead pastor.

The Women in Ministry from Alliance Friends Church held their annual Women’s Retreat February 7-9 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg, OH. The theme was “Breaking Free,” and the speaker was Rev. Dr. Vicki Breckner, lead pastor of Barberton Evangelical Friends Church. She shared that, "the Lord’s presence was in the midst of the 60+ plus women assembled, and chains were broken through teaching of the Word, prayer, and anointing. In addition to uplifting worship, inspirational painting, and other meaningful workshops, the ladies were treated to fun and games."
EFC India -  Please pray for the pastors' conference in India this week as they convene for encouragement and accountability. Please pray for Rusty Savage (EFC-ER Director of Multiplication), Zach Bohler (lead pastor of Orange Friends Church), and Dan Cammack (EFM Executive Director) as they participate in this special gathering (Philippians 1:27-28a). Pictured left: The Multiplication Team prayed for Rusty and Zach before they left.

Dave Aufrance - Due to the impact of the coronavirus in Asia, Dave's surgery has been rescheduled for February 28. Please join us in praying that the doctors are able to keep this date, for the surgery to go smoothly, and for quick recovery.
Pastors and Treasurers, please submit your end-of-year report to Marie Hagin as soon as possible if you have not done so yet.
Engage Ministry Conference
You are invited to join Friends churches in the Michigan area at Ypsilanti Friends Church on March 14, 2020. The Engage Ministry Conference will feature Randy Heckert, EFC-ER Director of Leadership Development, and workshops will be offered on discipleship, community engagement, church health, and more. We will gather from 9:00am - 3:00pm, and lunch will be provided. The cost of the conference is $25 per person and can be paid when you register online here .
Visit the events calendar on our website at www.efcer.org/events .

* March 2-5 - Pastors Conference at Exponential 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Details at www.efcer.org/pastorsconference .
* March 26-28 - Pray New England . Find out more here .
* April 27-28 - Church Health Team and Leadership Development Team meetings at the Evangelical Friends Headquarters
* April 29-30 - Multiplication Team meeting at the EF HQ
* May 1 - Finance and Administration Team meeting at the EF HQ
* May 8 - Malone University Baccalaureate in Canton, OH. Information available here.
* May 9 - Malone University Graduation in Canton, OH. More information here.
* May 13-14 - Oversight Board meeting at the EF HQ
* July 17-20 - Yearly Meeting 2020 at First Friends Church in Canton, OH.
Quote for the Week

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith - that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God." - Ephesians 3:14-19 (ESV)