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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 evening 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 Monday and Tuesday 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changes can still be made, but please be considerate by contacting Connie Bancroft if arrival will be different than originally made.
Mission Encounter
Saturday, July 18th 5-7pm 
at the Malone Hoover Dining Commons

Join us to celebrate the answers to your prayers and the fruit of your giving during the past year. God is using Friends in missions work around the world! Come for the conversation and leave encouraged. 
We will have the  the Tovars as our guest speakers.  Additional missionaries in clude: Bob and Debbie (Nepal), Cindy Aufrance (Hong Kong), Dan Cammack (EFM), Tele Moraes (Brazil), and Gary Wright (World Renewal). 
Tickets are $15. New this year: tickets are required to attend, but tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Please make reservations in advance so we can accurately prepare to accommodate all. 

Download the registration from the brochure here. Send registrations to the WOC or call Julia McDonald at (330) 493 - 1660. 

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 - Keep David and Debbie Thomas (EFM Rwanda) in your prayers as they move to Newberg, Oregon this summer. Details to the right. 
2 - Our prayers and sympathy to the family of Herb Hallman, son of John and Alma (Brantingham) Hallman, former Vice President of Development at Malone College and member of Canton First Friends Church. Herb passed away on June 17, 2015. Memorial services will take place at a later date. You may find the obituary at:
3 - Please pray for Hannah Lowe as she continues to recuperate from her surgery.
News from the Office:
  * We are pleased to announce that the Michigan District has been renamed the Great Lakes District .
* Christian Ed. Directors, Elders, and Teachers: Disciplr.com (yes, that's the correct spelling) is a comprehensive Christian Education resource to, "simplify the process of finding awesome discipleship materials, lesson planning, organizing teachers, and volunteers, and presenting your material to the people you lead or teach." Take a look! 

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 18-21 - 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.

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
Celebrating Dads - Advice from Fathers
As we celebrated fathers this past Sunday, here is some advice from several fathers in our region: 

"Know the difference between childish behavior and disobedience, then discipline accordingly." - Ken

"Be careful whose advice you buy but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it's worth." - Kevin

"As a father the greatest gift you can give your children is to love your wife well." - Andy

"TV dads do not make good role models for parenting." - Kolbi

"Give your child your time. When you are 40, 50 ... it will not matter if you worked more for the church, or made a few dollars more. What will matter is that you were there!" - Harold

"Choose your fights wisely with your kids. There will be too many to choose to fight them all. Not all of them are worth making an issue." - Dave

"Assuming you have the obvious covered, such as prayer, and loving God and such... Love your wife! Passionately, intentionally, daily, publicly and privately, with all your heart - love your wife. It will impact your children today, as your wife is energized, happy, and loving in return. It will continue to impact your children in adulthood as they gain their own spouses and treat them with love. It will also model for them Christ's love for the church." - Doug

"If you aim for nothing, you will hit it every time. What are your goals for your family. Plan to be the father you want to be and do the things necessary to get there. If you allow life to determine your agenda you will never be what you desire to be." - Greg

"Remember that each victory must be celebrated and remembered, and when the tough days go on and on, the story is not done: God is still working." - Wayne

Challenge Camp 1 Update

We are encountering God in all that we do, from chapels and solo times to ropes courses and team building challenges. Please continue to pray for the Spirit of God to speak to our middle schoolers and staff as we continue through the week.

Announcing Ecuador :

At its meetings in the last week of May, the EFM Board adopted the country of Ecuador as the new EFM field with a special focus on the Shuar people group in the southeastern section of the country. The Shuar live deep in the jungle and very close to the border with Peru. There is a real opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus with the blessing of other Christian groups in Ecuador. 

Visit friendsmission.com to learn more about the Badley family, who are preparing to go to Ecuador. 

Announcement Regarding Dave Thomas:

Many of you  know that after almost 20 years of missionary service (18 of those in Rwanda), Dave and Debby Thomas and their children are moving this summer to Newberg, Oregon to support their children in their educational endeavors during the coming years. David will stay on as a missionary with EFM, based in the United States. He will work with Rwandan Friends leaders, become a non-resident member of the teams to develop new fields, and help raise up a new generation of missionaries. Please pray for the Thomas family as they move to Oregon. David's new responsibilities will begin in late summer 2016.

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

" God's work done in God's way never lacks God's provision." - Hudson Taylor

" For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; 
no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless." - Psalm 84:11 (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 .