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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. 

Visit www.efcer.org/ym2015 to download all of the YM materials. 

We need a woman fluent in Spanish to stay on campus and help with registrations Friday afternoon through Wednesday morning. She will need to help track housing arrangements so strong administrative skills are desired. Lodging and meals will be provided. Please call the World Outreach Center at 1-800-334-8863 if you are interested. 

Are you a school 
on summer break? Our thanks to Crystal Marx for her years of service as our nurse during Yearly Meeting. Due to family responsibilities, Crystal is taking a break this summer. If you would like to serve our YM attendees on campus Saturday morning through Tuesday evening of Yearly Meeting, please contact Julie Jenkins at (330) 493-1660 or jjenkins@efcer.org. Lodging and meals at Malone are provided.

We are in need of 
counselors for the Children's Program at Yearly Meeting. The
 application may be downloaded here and sent to Kris Lackey at Canton First Friends (5455 Market Ave. N, Canton, OH 44714). Adults are welcome to apply as well. 
Room and board at Malone and meals are provided. For more information about the Children's Program visit: 

Housing and Lodging: Due to insurance and Malone University policies as well as safety during emergencies, we must provide Malone Safety a list of ALL individuals staying in the dormitories EACH night.  Therefore, it is very important that individuals who register are very clear with the names of family members staying with them as well as the exact nights lodging will be needed.  Last minute changes can still be made, but please be considerate by contacting Connie Bancroft if arrival will be different than originally made.

If you are planning on staying in the Comfort Inn during Yearly Meeting, please get your reservation in THIS WEEK. Rooms  reserved   specifically 
for EFC-ER are limited and are filling up. You will get the reduced rate of $78 (plus tax). For reservations, call the Comfort Inn directly at 1-330-492-1331 and mention the group code EFC. 

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 - Continue to pray for Craig Henry who had surgery on Friday and is dealing with health complications.  
2 - Pray for Hannah Lowe as she continues to improve.
News from the Office:
  * The World Outreach Center will be closed Friday, July 1st. 

Upcoming Events to Keep in Your Prayers:
* July 14-17 - Aliquippa Missions Trip  in Aliquippa, PA. The Aliquippa Mission Team 2015 is a God-centered experience for youth. You may find the brochure  here or visit  www.efcer.org. Contact Battle Creek Friends (269) 968 - 9376 for more information and to register. Early registration (by June 24) is $100 and after June 24, the cost is $115.
* July 17 - Friends Heritage Symposium at 6:30pm in the Brehme Conference Center at Malone University. 
* July 18 
- Mission Encounter 
at Malone University in the Hoover Dining Commons from 5-7pm.  Tickets are $15. Tickets are required to attend, but tickets will be available for purchase at the door.   Download the registration from the brochure  here . Send registrations to the WOC or call Julia McDonald at (330) 493 - 1660.
* July 18-21 - Yearly Meeting at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Download the materials and brochure at www.efcer.org/ym2015. 
* July 18-21 - Friends Youth United at Malone University (East Campus) in Canton, Ohio. For all students in 6th-12th grade. Download the brochure here. Please send registrations to the EFC-ER c/o Julie Martin. 
* September 25-27 - Focus on Discipleship Conference at East Richland Friends Church. Visit www.focusconference.info for information and registration. The early bird deadline has been extended to July 31st. Use the code EFCER50 to receive a $50 scholarship. 
* August 6 and 7 - Global Leadership Summit will be broadcast at Friends Church, Willoughby Hills from 9:30am-5:30pm. Th ey will be host satellite location #370 for this year's Global Leadership Summit. Information and registration may be found at  www.whfriends.org/gls.
Dear Pastors and Leaders,

Last week's ruling from the Supreme Court on gay marriage must grieve the Lord's heart, as I am sure it does with you and me. This will become the subject of much talk and speculation in the days and weeks ahead by many people. All too often, those talks (either personally or through social media) can produce more heat than light. I believe it is better to have conversations that provide more light than heat!


So when our partners at the National Association of Evangelicals sent out a statement on the subject and the ruling, I wanted to pass it on to you. It strikes a tone for clarity, faithfulness, and compassion that should be of benefit to all our churches and us. It may be found at http://nae.net/god-defined-marriage.


At Yearly Meeting, the delegate packets will have copies of the statements that the Executive Committee and I signed onto, and the brief that NAE asked me to write (that was later shared with the Supreme Court). Along with the statement on the subject in our latest online Faith and Practice in paragraphs 303-306 and 369-371, we have a strong and well thought through place to stand biblically that also guides us to have discussions that are kind and respectful.


I am praying that we will all have conversations with others that will bring together truth and grace.



Wayne Evans
General Superintendent

Congratulations to Geoff and Mary Schultz who celebrated 20 years at North Olmsted on Sunday! 
WMF Women's Retreat
The Northern Retreat will be held October 9-11 at the Heartland Retreat Center.
The Southern Retreat will be held October 16-18 at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks.

For the brochure and registration information, visit www.efcer.org. Brochures will be available in your church soon.  
Pension Plan Participants
Cornerstone Capital Advisors will be present to meet with participants at Yearly Meeting. For more information, download the letter here

Mon., July 21, 3-4:30pm
Tues., July 22, 8:30am-4:30pm 

To schedule a time to meet with an advisor, call Megan Nall at 1-800-448-5319 or email mnall@ccadvisors.com by July 18th. 
Camp Gideon Work Day
We need volunteers - this means you! Volunteers are need to weed flower beds, assemble a swing set, paint, and other light labor. Please contact Julie Martin at the World Outreach Center if you are interested.  gardening-things.jpg

"Half a century after  The Spirit of Holiness  was first published, Wayne Evans invites you to revisit the timeless truths Cattell shares. Evans has added at the end of each section notations that stimulate discussion and enhance relevance. As Evans points out, 'This book is about practical everyday Christianity."

If you are interested in a copy of the revised  The Spirit of Holiness , visit: 
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTE  FOR THE WEEK:

" But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV) 

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 .