April 20, 2016
Upcoming Events

* April 22-24 - Soul Blast youth retreat for students in 6th-12th grade in Battle Creek, MI. Visit  www.soulblast.org for registration or watch the video:  https://vimeo.com/148521620.
* April 24 - Northeastern Ohio District Rally  at 6pm at Salem First Friends Church. Details at www.efcer.org.  
* April 24 - Western Ohio District Rally at Mount Carmel Friends Church. Guest speaker Randy Heckert will share on discipleship and spiritual formation. 
* April 29- May 1 - EFC-ER Men's Retreat at Heartland Retreat Center in Marengo, OH. Details at   www.meninmissions.org .
* May 10-13 - Spring Pastors' Conference at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV. A $50 late fee will be added since it is past the March 28 deadline. Visit  http://efcer.org/490 for details.
* July 10-15 - Malone University "Youth on the Way" Leadership Academy  at Malone University for high school students. Find more details  at  www.malone.edu/youthontheway.
* July 23-26 - Friends Youth United  at Malone University in Canton, OH for students in 6th-12th grade. For updates, photos, and videos, like Friends Youth United on Facebook. Download the flyer here and brochures here
* July 23-26 - Annual Conference (Yearly Meeting) in Canton, OH. Exciting details to come! 
* 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 women's retreats will be Stephanie Fast who will share on the topic of "All Things Are Possible." Check out her website at www.stephaniefast.org. 
News You Can Use

- Churches, please send your Easter offering for EFM in as soon as possible. Thank you! 

For more information and updates, please visit our website at www.efcer.org or contact us at 330-493-1660. We will be glad to assist you.
Celebrate with Friends

- An Update from Voicu and Ana Marian in Romania: " Recently the evangelicals have organized prayer marches in different cities, and on Sunday, March 27, there was a large gathering in Sibiu (pictured right) to pray for the nation and for the world. Hundreds of band instrument players came from other cities to join the local believers. They led long processions from different parts of town with the sound of hymns. We met together in the main square, where pastors and representatives of different evangelical denominations, even children, led us in prayer and worship for a couple of hours. This kind of event will not get much recognition from the media, but it makes a difference in people's lives and wins battles in the high places."

- Congratulations to  Ace and Becki Trask  (daughter of Dave and Cindy Aufrance, missionaries to Hong Kong) on the birth of their daughter, Elia Grace on Friday, April 15. 

- Congratulations to Deepak (son of Bob and Debbie A.) who will graduate this year with a B.A in Media Production. 

Feel free to send your church's stories to jmcdonald@efcer.org. We would love to share what God is doing through EFC-ER!
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Ministry Job Opportunity at Alliance Friends Church

SPORTS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR, PART TIME, 15 hours/ week. This person will recruit, equip, and work with and through a team of lay leaders to develop and oversee the Sports and Recreation ministry of the church. Church facilities include a high school size gym, a large outdoor recreation area featuring a large pavilion, two outdoor basketball courts, two outdoor sand volleyball pits, and lots of open lawn area. 

This paid position is ready to be filled with the person the Lord has in mind. Might that be you?  Inquire to Elder Donna Carr Jenkins (donnacj2532@sbcglobal.net) or Pastor Rick Sams (rsams53@gmail.com) or the church office at (330) 823-4210. Applications are available at the Alliance Friends Church office or you may submit your resume to the office or the emails above.
National Day of Prayer at Jackson Friends Church

Join Jackson Friends Church for an evening of prayer and worship on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Music begins at 5:50pm and there will be a program from 6-6:30pm. This event will be held outside unless there is inclement weather, at which point it will be moved inside.
Do You Have Evening Plans? 

EFM Executive Director Dan Cammack has two  evenings open to visit your church or Bible study in May. Please call or email Julie Jenkins to schedule. Find out how God is using our international workers (whom you support through prayer and finances) around world!
Praying for Friends

1 - Please continue to pray for PK Sam's (missionary to India) recovery. He was able to go home from the hospital on April 15, but will still need time to recover with the help of two caretakers. 

Adventure Camp Correction
Please note that the first week's camp has a correction in the grade guidelines. Adventure Camp should be for grades 4-6. Please feel free to make the corrections on the brochures your church received. The corrected brochures may be downloaded here or on the website. 
 
Counselors to Raise Support
Our Camp Gideon counselors are in the process of raising their financial support for the summer. If you would like to give a general gift or a gift for a specific counselor, send your contribution marked "Gideon Staff Support" to the Eastern Region office. Checks may be made out to "Camp Gideon." You can print the form here. Thank you for partnering with Camp Gideon and Eastern Region to further Christ's Kingdom by supporting this year's leaders at Camp Gideon!

Camp Gideon Work Day - May 14, 2016
Please join us for a day of work and fellowship. We will be clearing trails, cleaning buildings, and general maintenance, so please bring your own work gloves. Breakfast will be served at 7:30am with work to begin at 8:30am and go until 4pm. Lunch will also be provided.  If you are able to come help, please email Julie Martin at jmartin@efcer.org or call our reservations line at (330) 247-2474 so we can know how to plan for food. If you are coming from out of town and would like to stay Friday or Saturday nights, just let us know. We hope to see you there!

Staff Positions Available
Camp still has staff positions open that need to be filled. The positions include: Counselor (college-age), Assistant (11th and 12th grade), and Servant In Training (9th and 10th grade). If you know of anyone interested, they can apply at  www.campgideon.org/apply. Any questions can be directed to  thecampgideon@gmail.com. See you this summer!
Quotes for the Week

" Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.
- Matthew 25:34-36 (ESV)

" And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." - Matthew 25:40 (ESV) 

" Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." - Mother Teresa
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