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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. 
There will not be an edition of the Weekly Encourager the week of July 22nd due to Yearly Meeting. We hope you enjoy a week of fellowship and ask that you keep us in your prayers during this time of ministry.  Post pictures and comments on social media with the tag #efcerym2015 and see if your pictures appear in the next Weekly Encourager! 

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

Mission Encounter: You can still get your tickets! Call Julia McDonald (330) 493 - 1660 or email jmcdonald@efcer.org. Tickets will be also available at the door for $15. Registration will begin at 4:15pm and doors will open at 4:50pm. 

If you would like the delegate packet emailed to you in a pdf version, please contact Julia McDonald jmcdonald@efcer.org. 

Boards and Groups, if you have a slide that you would like to show before each service, please send the information to Julia McDonald (jmcdonald@efcer.org). 

There will be one 5K 5K/Fun Run at 3:30pmThe early morning race at 7:30am has been cancelled. Due to low registrations, t-shirts will not be ordered this year. Therefore, almost all of your $15 entry fee will be able to go towards missions. You may contact Theresa or David Mabry or bring yourself and your money to the Malone Track at 3:15pm on Sunday. We would love to see more people join in the fun!

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 -  Remember our pastors, staff, board members, and delegates in prayer as we prepare for Yearly Meeting this week.
2 - Please keep Heather Graham (WMF President) in your prayers as her father, Ric Day, passed away on July 9, 2015. 
3 - Pray for our youth and leaders as they serve in Aliquippa, PA on the youth mission trip July 14-17th. 
News from the Office:
* There are pastoral openings at Barberton; Urbana; Gilead; Portsmouth, RI; and Cornerstone Saxapahaw. 

Upcoming Events:
* July 17 - Friends Heritage Symposium  at 6:30pm in the Brehme Conference Center at Malone University. Visit http://www.malone.edu/news-and-events/press/7126-friends-symposium.php for more information. 
* 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.
* September 12th - Beth Moore Simulcast at Damascus Friends Church  from 10am - 5pm. Visit http://www.dfcnow.com/events/beth-moore-simulcast/ for more information and registration. The cost is $10 and includes lunch.
Yearly Meeting - Bring your Yearbook survey!
The Communications Board would really like your input to evaluate the use of our Yearbook. Send your survey to the World Outreach Center or bring it to the Welcome Center during Yearly Meeting to pick up a little, sweet treat. If you have already sent in your survey, visit the Welcome Center during Yearly Meeting for your treat. Thank you for your help!

Challenge Camp 2 Update

Campers  learned what it means to live in Christian community through camp classics like the low ropes course and Capture the Flag, but also through cabin devotions, serving together, and even horseback riding.  

They were able to serve with youth from Salineville at their park and churches. 

WMF Fall Retreat
Northern Retreat
October 9-11 at the Heartland Retreat Center.
Southern Retreat
October 16-18 at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks.

For registration information, visit www.efcer.org. Brochures have been mailed and are available at your church.

NOTE: Evelyn Titus' (Northern registrar) number is (937) 363-2140. Churches, please make a note of this change. 
Burundi Evangelical Friends Church in Louisville, KY
In the 1990's families from our Burundi Evangelical Friends fled from Africa due to problems in their country.  Some gathered in Louisville, Kentucky to worship together. On Sunday, July 12th, we welcomed the new group into Eastern Region. Pastor Rusty Savage and a team from 
Winona Friends have come along side them for the past several months to acclimate them to our group. Over 40 people from Winona came to support our brothers and sisters.  The opening service included lively music from a children's choir, welcome of other supportive  congregations, 
messages of encouragement, and a time of fellowship. Welcome to co-pastors Mathias Ntiruvakure and Anicet Doronage!

World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTES  FOR THE WEEK:

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 
You are my friends if you do what I command you. "   John 15:12-14 (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 .