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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-date 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. 
"Needs and Notes" for Yearly Meeting 
will be coming in the next few weeks. Watch for highlights of our upcoming Yearly Meeting, which will be held in Canton, Ohio on July 18-21, and for needs that our churches can help with. 
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Around the Cross - Around the World 
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V ictor and Lori Tovar will be home June 1st to July 31st and would like to see as many Friends as time allows. They are having two gatherings at the Belden Village Mall Food Court,  in Canton, OH  from 5-8pm on Thursday, June 4th and 5-8pm on  Tuesday, July 14th.  They are also open to going out for coffee or coming over for dinner. Email Victor and Lori at victico@fastmail.fm to let them know you are interested. 

Bob and Debbie A. are available to speak in our churches July 6-12. If you would like to schedule them, please contact Julie Jenkins at jjenkins@efcer.org.

Michael and Vivian Crigline have also returned to the U.S. for their son's graduation. Due to a recent (and exciting) decision by the Jian Hua Foundation (JHF) Board to name Michael as the next General Executive Director, they will be moving to Hong Kong. They are available to speak at churches as well. To schedule, contact Michael and Vivian directly at  (330) 617 - 6751 or  eflsuccess@outlook.com
Keeping Prayer a High Priority
We trust that every church is sharing these prayer requests within their local prayer community. Here are this week's requests: 

1 - Please keep Pastor Tom Showalter (Barberton Friends Church) in your prayers with the recent passing of his brother. We will send details as they come. 
2 - Pastor Craig Henry (DFC- Salem) has been admitted to the Cleveland Clinic with health complications. 
3 - Continue to keep our Friends in Nepal in your prayers as they experienced another earthquake this week
. Dan Cammack (EFM Director) gave this update, "
A little more than two weeks have passed since the big earthquake in Nepal and the ground is still trembling. According to one of our missionaries, the aftershocks numbered 169 as of last Saturday. 
There are still widespread shortages of food, water, and shelter. 
Grief and suffering are very real in Nepal right now as well as health hazards and shortages of all kinds. May our Father in heaven give them the food, water, and shelter they need as well as peace through His son Jesus." John and Sangi and Priscilla and Samson are safe, but sleeping in their vehicles again. Bob and Debby A. have returned to the U.S. for their daughter's graduation. You may continue send contributions to the EFC-ER labeled "Nepal Relief" and they will be sent to EFM.
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Please join the Camp Gideon summer leadership team in praying for God to provide additional male and female assistant counselors to serve as part of the summer staff. 
Details to the right.
5 - Remember Victor and Lori Tovar as Victor's mother recovers from surgery. 
News from the office:
* Pastors, you will soon be receiving a letter through the mail from Wayne Evans regarding a new voluntary life insurance policy offered through EFC-ER. 

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:
* May 29 - 25:7 Summit worship leadership seminar from 6-9pm at North Olmsted Friends Church. For information and registration, visit:  http://www.noefc.org/257summit. Registration is free. 
* July 14-17 - Aliquippa Missions Trip  in Aliquippa, PA. Join students in 6th-12th grade as we come together to share the love of Jesus with the community. The brochure is available here
* July 18-21 - Yearly Meeting at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. 
* September 25-27 - Focus on Discipleship Conference at East Richland Friends Church. Details to the right.

Planning for 2016:
* January 23-25, 2016 - Youth Awakening
* July 23-26, 2016  - Yearly Meeting
* November 11-13, 2016  - Youth Explosion

Register and pay online by Friday, May 29. 
Each camp is limited to 24 students, so sign up today! 

Malone University is launching a new academic summer camps initiative this June. The hope is to connect high school students with Malone faculty members in several areas including science careers, zoo/wildlife biology, nursing, young writers, computer science, and chamber music.  The programs are designed for sophomores through seniors who are engaged in their high school communities. 

Cost: varies by length of camp; includes meals, lodging, transportation/ admission to activities, and a t-shirt.

Download the brochure here or visit: www.malone.edu/summercamps

Contact: Connie Brannon, (330) 471- 8526 or cbrannon@malone.edu with questions. 

2015 Focus on Discipleship 
Conference
 
September 25-27, 2015
at East Richland Friends Church
Building A Firm 
Foundation in Christ
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock." 
- Matthew 7:24

Read more about the conference here

Prices for the conference: 
Early Bird Special 
(through June 10) = $85.00
Standard Pre-Registration 
(June 11 - Sept. 24) = $99.00
At the Door = $115.00 

Use the code EFCER50 to receive a $50 discount off the registration price. 

Visit: 
to download the flyers and brochure or to register online. 
From the Summer Ministries Program at Camp Gideon
We are looking for additional male and female assistant counselors to serve as part of the summer staff. Assistant counselors are students who have completed their junior or senior year of high school. They assist a college-age counselor in serving a cabin of 6-10 campers and may be asked to lead activities and devotions under the direction of the counselor. Assistants work 2-4 weeks of the summer, based on the camp's need and the individual's availability.

Applications are available at www.campgideon.org 
or you can email 
for more information. 
  
If you would like to help the summer ministry by donating supplies or funds to help purchase items, the camp needs the following: 
- Ropes Course Helmets (to be used year-round)
- Projector
- Industrial vacuums
- Assorted fabric for crafts (remnants and scraps welcome)
- Old suitcases, maps, and globes for decorations

Funds should be designated "Camp Gideon Equipment," payable to Camp Gideon, and sent to 5350 Broadmoor Circle NW, Canton, OH 44709.

Help us celebrate 40 years of retreats by submitting your entry for our t-shirt logo contest! Please keep in mind:
- it is our 40th anniversary
- we would like WMF or Women's Missionary Fellowship in the design
- to reduce cost, please design in black and white
- the deadline is July 1, 2015

Submit entries to Amy Breazeal at 148 Fawcett Ct. NW, Canton, OH 44708 or mrskooth@gmail.com.

Everyone will get the chance to vote at the WMF table at Yearly Meeting. The winner will be announced at the WMF luncheon on July 20th. 
CONTACT US
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
1-800-334-8863
Julia McDonald, Editor
jmcdonald@efcer.org
A Little Extra.... QUOTE  FOR THE WEEK:

 "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving... 
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, 
so that you may know how you ought to answer to each person." - Colossians 4:2, 5-6 (ESV) 

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 Julia ( jmcdonald@efcer.org ) any of your suggestions, quotes,  and/or ideas for weekly encouragement .