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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. 

Children's Program Counselor Applications may be downloaded here. The applications may be returned to Kris Lackey at Canton First Friends Church (5455 Market Avenue N, Canton, OH 44714).

Drivers Needed! 
We are looking for a couple of drivers to shuttle guests to and from the Canton airport (CAK) and Malone or the Comfort Inn. There may also be other short runs needed. Drivers would be scheduled on an as-needed basis from Thursday, July 17, through Wednesday, July 22. You would need to provide your own vehicle. If you are a retiree or teacher off for the summer, and enjoy driving, please contact Julie Jenkins. Thank you for considering this important service during Yearly Meeting! 

Display Tables
If your board or ministry would like a display in the Johnson Center hallways, please notify Julie Jenkins so she can reserve a table for you.

Pastors, Clerks, and Secretaries :
The Yearly Meeting brochures and delegate forms have been mailed. You may download the letter here and delegate form here. Please return your delegate sheets to Julia McDonald atjmcdonald@efcer.org or mail them, to her attention, to the WOC. 
2015 Friends Heritage Symposium
July 17, 2015 at 6:30pm

Join us at the 2015 Friends Heritage Symposium as we explore our Evangelical Friends Church history, theology, and heritage. This free event will be held at the Brehme Conference Center at Malone University and is hosted by the Malone Center for Christian Faith and Culture.  The speakers include:
  • Featured presenter:  Laura Foote, Ed.D., Malone University Associate Professor of Management Studies; member Canton First Friends
  • Alumni presenter: Daniel Christy, Malone University Class of 2015; member of Damascus Friends Church
  • Student presenter: Marissa Bennett, Malone University Class of 2017; member of Springdale Friends Church

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 pray for the Camp Gideon Summer Ministry Team as they prepare for the camp season. If you are interested in receiving prayer warrior updates from the summer ministries team at Camp Gideon, please send your email address to the summer ministries staff at thecampgideon@gmail.com
2 -  Hannah Lowe, daughter of Pastor Steve and JoAnne Lowe (Damascus Friends) is at the Cleveland Clinic today, June 10th preparing for brain surgery tomorrow, June 11th. 
3 - Keep Adrian Halverstadt (Chancellor at Barclay College and Facilitator of Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting) in your prayers. He stepped on a nail Memorial Day, was hospitalized for it after traveling to Colorado for EFM, and is having another surgery today, June 10th. 
News from the Office:
* AultCare's PrimeTime Health Plan is conducting weekly educational seminars about Medicare and "the vast array of choices that await members as they approach retirement." For more information, call 1-866-899-5496 or visit www.primetimehealthplan.com.  
* Current pastoral openings/transitions include: Smithfield; Gilead; Colony; Portsmouth, RI; and Cornerstone, VA.

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. Details to the right.
* July 17 - Friends Heritage Symposium at 6:30pm in the Brehme Conference Center at Malone University. Details above. 
* July 18-21 - Yearly Meeting at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. 
* September 25-27 - Focus on Discipleship Conference at East Richland Friends Church. Visit www.focusconference.info for information and registration. 
* August 6 and 7 - Global Leadership Summit will be broadcast at Friends Church, Willoughby Hills from 9:30am-5:30pm. Details to the right. 

Planning for 2016:
* January 23-25, 2016 - Youth Awakening
* July 23-26, 2016  - Yearly Meeting
* October 9-11, 2016
 - Northern Women's Retreat
* October 16-18, 2016 - Southern Women's Retreat
* November 11-13, 201 6  - Youth Explosion

July 14-17, 2015 in Aliquippa, PA
We hope that young people will come away from this event with a stronger desire to love God and others. It is for students in 6th-12th grade - especially youth groups. 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. 
Friends Youth United 2015
July 18-21, 2015 
at the East Campus 
(corner of 25th and Harvard)
at  Malone University
For all students in 6th-12th grade. 
Download the brochure here. Please send registrations to the EFC-ER c/o Julie Martin.

Global Leadership Summit August 6 and 7
Friends Church, Willoughby Hills would like you to know they will be host satellite location #370 for this year's Global Leadership Summit. It will be broadcast from 9:30am-5:30pm. Information and registration may be found at www.whfriends.org/gls.

Camp Gideon will be hosting a Commissioning Dinner on June 15th! We will begin at 6pm but guests may arrive as early as 5:30pm.

The evening will include an introduction to the summer staff, a meal, a short prayer walk, and a commissioning of the staff into a summer of ministry.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to thecampgideon@gmail.com by June 10th so we can get an accurate number.

We would love to see you there, or if you are unable to attend, partner with us through prayer. 
Help WMF 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 1st

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. 
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Julia McDonald, Editor
A Little Extra.... QUOTE  FOR THE WEEK:

"The seasons change and you change, but the Lord abides evermore the same, 
and the streams of His love are as deep, as broad, and as full as ever." - Charles Spurgeon

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 .