January 2, 2019
All Things New - Pray for   our church leaders and mission partners to lead with confidence, clarity, and conviction to expand God’s kingdom in 2019. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Romans 15:13
Friends Summit 2018
The Spirit of God was present in wonderful ways at Friends Summit 2018 as over 300 EFC young adults were challenged with God's kingdom, mission, and passion. Please continue to pray for revival to spread across our yearly meetings.    
We remember the family of Arline S. Voltz, who passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Arline served in various areas of ministry, including as an elder at Canton First Friends Church. In their retirement years, Arline and Bud pastored the Milan Friends Church before serving as visitation pastors at Orange Friends Church until 2005. A memorial service for Arline is planned for March 2, 2019, one day after what would have been her 100th birthday. The service will be held at Orange Friends Church in Lewis Center, OH. You can find the obituary here.
NEW -  Mutual of Omaha - We are still waiting for several pastors to submit their new Mutual of Omaha insurance forms for life insurance and long-term disability coverage. Please email those completed forms to Marie Hagin (mhagin@efcer.org) ASAP. Call Julie Jenkins if you have questions.
Retirement Celebration for Pastor Rick Sams
You are invited to a retirement celebration for Pastor Rick Sams at Alliance Friends Church. An open house will be held in the Family Life Center from 2-5pm on Saturday, January 19, 2019. There will be two identical celebration services on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 8:00am and 10:45am at Alliance Friends Church. Please pass this information on to anyone who may be interested in stopping by to say hi to Pastor Rick and Joyce or send a card to the church. Thanks for helping to make sure Pastor Rick and Joyce's 44 years of service are celebrated well.
Visit the events calendar on our website at www.efcer.org/events .

* January 21-22 -  Church Health Team and Leadership Development Team meetings at the Evangelical Friends Headquarters (EF HQ).
* January 23-24 -  Multiplication Team meetings at the EF HQ.
* January 24 -  Finance & Administration Team meeting at the EF HQ.
* January 25-27 -  Youth Awakening Retreat at New Life Community Church in Ridgeway, VA. Find out more at https://nlccalive.com/youthawakening/ .
* January 28 - February 1  - NAE Christian Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. Find out more and register at  www.NAE.net/cslc .
* February 12-13 -  Oversight Board meeting at the EF HQ.
Quote for the Week

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved with various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
- 1 Peter 1:1-7 (ESV)
Julia McDonald, Editor | 1-800-334-8863 | jmcdonald@efcer.org | www.efcer.org

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