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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).

We hope everyone (not just pastors and delegates) will join us for Yearly Meeting, July 18-21, 2015. We will share a Mission Encounter, listen to a concert from Dick and Mel Tunney (http://www.tunneymusic.com), and worship and grow together as we learn to live "In Perspective."
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 - Continue to pray for the family of Ben Brantingham, who passed away on May 17th. The memorial service was held on May 31st and the obituary may be found here: 
3 - Pastor Terry Knighten (New Life Community Friends Church) will have surgery for his cataracts on Thursday, June 4th. Please keep him in your prayers during surgery and recovery. 
4 - Hannah Lowe, daughter of Pastor Steve and JoAnne Lowe (Damascus Friends) will have brain surgery on June 10th. 
News from the Office:
* Church Choir/Orchestra Directors: Canton First Friends has many choir and orchestra sets of sheet music (full orchestral arrangements) that they have used for special music, musicals, cantatas, etc. They would like to give them away to anyone who might be interested in using them. You may  contact Canton First Friends directly at (330) 966 - 2800.
* 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. 

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 broadcasted at Friends Church, Willoughby Hills from 9:30am-5:30pm.  They are host satellite location #370.  Information and registration can be found at 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
EFM - Nepal Update
"The EFM Board gathered at Quaker Ridge, Colorado, May 28-30, for its first meeting of the year. Among the many reports given was one on EFM's relief efforts in Nepal. In the first thirty days following the initial earthquake, EFM's missionaries and the Nepali Friends leaders they work with have distributed aid to 617 families. They have received water to drink, rice, lentils, noodles, oil, and salt for their meals. They also received tarps, tents, and blankets. Many received tin for the roofs that they will need to replace. Not every family received all of these items; they were distributed in different combinations. Our attention is beginning to turn to longer-term needs. There are six Friends church buildings that need to be repaired or rebuilt as well as many, many homes. We want to do as much as we can to help with these needs. In the coming weeks we will let you know about specific projects and how you can help. In the meantime, we will continue to receive donations. Thanks again for your donations as well as your prayers. It is an honor to be a part of the body of Christ in times like these!" - Dan Cammack, Executive Director of EFM
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.
Pastors, Secretaries, and Presiding Clerks: 
Watch your mail for delegate forms and YM brochures coming soon in two separate mailings!  You may download the letter here and the delegate form here
Please return your delegate sheets to Julia McDonald at jmcdonald@efcer.org or mail them, to her attention, to the WOC.
Youth Groups and Students in 6th-12th Grade: 

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. 

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. 

- Summer Leadership Team

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

"Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest?' 
Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see the fields are white for harvest." - John 4:35 (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 .