January 9, 2019
Save the Date!
Pastors Conference - May 6-10, 2019, in Gatlinburg, TN.

Yearly Meeting - July 20-23, 2019, at First Friends Church in Canton, OH.
Dave and Cindy Aufrance - Praise God for His faithfulness at RiverGrace International Hong Kong Evangelical Church this past year. Pray for Dave and Cindy as they continue to mentor Pastor Tommy (2 Timothy 2:2) and also seek to identify a Spanish-speaking pastor to join their team to minister to their new Spanish-speaking congregation.
Prayers for the Church (1/7) - A prayer for unity and reconciliation (Dan Reiland)
"Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace, kindness, and mercy. We know that the foundation of reconciliation begins between you and each of us individually. But you have also called us to pursue reconciliation whenever we experience conflict or division with each other. Forgive us Father for the division we create in our churches. Help us to work through unresolved conflict and extend grace and kindness to one another. We ask that the unity of the Spirit would prevail so that we could live in such a way that brings glory to your name and bears fruit in the body of Christ."
EFM Missionaries David and Jonathan Howell
David and Jonathan Howell, EFM missionaries to Ireland, will be in Eastern Region during February and part of March.  Tricia and Moriah remain in Ireland this trip.  David and Tricia were formerly on staff at Hanover Friends before serving as missionaries with EFM. You can find out more about the Howells on their EFM page here .

The Howells are available to share in Sunday worship, mid-week studies, and small groups. (They would also enjoy family meals.)

We are looking for private or semi-private housing (e.g. apartment, in-law suite) for David and Jonathan while they are with us. 

To schedule the Howells or offer lodging, please email Julie Jenkins at  jjenkins@efcer.org .
NEW -  Mutual of Omaha - Letters regarding voluntary life insurance are being mailed this week to full-time pastors. The letter contains personalized information regarding your options for supplemental, voluntary insurance during this open enrollment period. 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.

End-of-Year Statistic Reports - Pastors and Statisticians, please return the completed packet to Marie Hagin ( mhagin@efcer.org ) by February 8, 2019. You can download the form at www.efcer.org/forms . Congratulations to Byhalia Friends Church for being the first church to submit their forms!

Treasurers - As you wrap up the finances for 2018, please remember to send any apportionments or mission offerings for EFC-ER to the Evangelical Headquarters. The pension and insurance remittance forms are available on our website at   www.efcer.org/forms
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.
* May 6-10 - Pastors Conference in Gatlinburg, TN.
* July 20-23 - Yearly Meeting at First Friends Church in Canton, OH.
Quotes for the Week

"He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God] - yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from beginning to the end." - Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AMP)

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." - C.S. Lewis
Julia McDonald, Editor | 1-800-334-8863 | jmcdonald@efcer.org | www.efcer.org

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