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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. 

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." 

COMING YOUR WAY - Pastors, Secretaries, and Presiding Clerks: watch your mail for delegate sheets and YM brochures coming soon in two separate mailings! Please return your delegate sheets to Julia McDonald at jmcdonald@efcer.org or mail them, to her attention, to the WOC.
September 25-27, 2015 at East Richland Friends Church 

Read more about the conference here . Speakers include:
  • Eddie and Barbie Broussard - Senior Vice President of the Navigators
  • Dane Allphin - Navigator Representative
  • Dr. Wayne Evans - EFC-ER General Superintendent
  • Margaret and Roy Fitzwater - Co-Director of Navigator Church Ministries
  • Randy Heckert - Campus Pastor at Malone University
  • Bill Mowry - Staff Member with the Navigators
  • Johnny Sackett - works with the Navigator Church Ministries on the East Coast
  • Jerry Wenger - Senior Pastor at East Richland Friends Church
  • Randall Wood - National Director of Evangelism Explosion - USA
  • Kevin Young - Senior Pastor at Friends Church, Willoughby Hills

Use the code EFCER50 to receive a $50 discount off the registration price. 

Visit:  www.focusconference.info   to download the flyers and brochures or to register online. 
"As a first time camper at Gideon, I wasn't sure what to expect, and felt intimidated and a bit uncomfortable before I arrived. My expectations on that first day were met by smiling faces and warm personalities, and because of that, I fell in love with Camp Gideon. One of the other main reasons I fell in love with Gideon was because the staff have an authentic love for Christ and camp, and they embraced me regardless of my background and my differences. I made long-lasting relationships with others and grew in my relationships with Christ at Gideon. It became a second home for me and one of the places God used to heal some of my inner brokenness from the past. I know for a fact that what helped aid in the healing process was the love that the staff poured into my life. Their love drew back much of the fear that had a such a strong grasp on my life from my past." - Mikhail R. 

Send your own story about an experience you or a family member had at Camp Gideon to jmcdonald@efcer.org. We'd love to hear it! 
The Summer Ministries Staff met in the beginning of this month for prayer and worship in preparation for this summer. Continue to keep them in your prayers as they enter the camp season. 

Continue to send registrations to the EFC-ER c/o Julie Martin. You may find the registration information at www.campgideon.org

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 - Our prayers and sympathy to the family of Pastor Earl Kelbaugh, former pastor at Battle Creek; Newport News; Jackson, MI; Smithfield; and Bellfontaine Friends Churches, who passed away on Tuesday, May 19. The service was held on Saturday, May 23 and you may find the obituary here: http://www.ctcfuneralandcremation.com/obituaries/Earl-Kelbaugh/#!/Obituary
2 - Dan Cammack (EFM) sent this report last week, "Nepal is no longer in the headline news but the ground is still trembling and the relief efforts are still ongoing. Please continue to pray for the needs in Nepal. Much wisdom is needed as we begin to turn our attention more towards the long-term need of reconstruction. And it would boost the morale of the people in Nepal a great deal if the ground stopped moving." 
3 - Connie Bancroft (MAB and Alliance Friends), "expresses her deepest appreciation for all who participated in the healing/anointing service at Pastors Conference and for the prayers that were lifted before the throne of grace on her behalf these past several weeks regarding medical decisions she was making. Recent medical procedures and tests have proven God's divine healing touch upon her life." She does request continued prayer for follow-up discussions with medical personnel in the weeks ahead.
4 - Please pray for Galen Oakes, former staff pastor at Jackson Friends, who is fighting B cell lymphoma. For more information, visit his Facebook page "Touched by the King." 
Upcoming Events to Keep in Your Prayers:
* May 29 - 25:7 Summit worship leadership seminar from 6-9pm at North Olmsted Friends Church. For information and registration, visit: http://www.noefc.org/257summit. Registration is free. 
* July 14-17 - Aliquippa Missions Trip  in Aliquippa, PA. The Aliquippa Mission Team 2015 is a God-centered experience for youth in 6th-12th grade - especially youth groups. We hope that young people will come away from this event with a stronger desire to love God and others. 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 18-21 - Yearly Meeting at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. 
* September 25-27 - Focus on Discipleship Conference at East Richland Friends Church. Details above.

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
A special note of thanks to Pat Varmuzek and her team from Alliance Friends for faithfully cleaning the mission house and welcoming our missionaries to a home-away-from-home as needed throughout the year. 
Around the Cross 
Around the World 
Victor and Lori Tovar will be home June 1st to July 31st and would like to see as many friends as time allows. They are having two gatherings at the Belden Village Mall Food Court, in Canton, OH from 5-8pm on Thursday, June 4th and 5-8pm on Tuesday, July 14th. They are also open to going out for coffee or coming over for dinner. The Tovars are available to speak in churches July 19 and 26. (Note: since the 19th is during Yearly Meeting, they will not be able to travel too far from Canton.) Email Victor and Lori at victico@fastmail.fm to let them know you are interested. 

Michael and Vivian Crigline have also returned to the U.S. for their son's graduation. Due to a recent (and exciting) decision by the Jian Hua Foundation (JHF) Board to name Michael as the next General Executive Director, they will be moving to Hong Kong. They are available to speak at churches as well. To schedule, contact Michael and Vivian directly at  (330) 617 - 6751 or  eflsuccess@outlook.com

Camp Gideon Summer Ministries Program
If you would like to help the summer ministry by donating supplies or funds to help purchase items, the camp needs the following: 
  • Ropes Course Helmets (to be used year-round)
  • Projector
  • Industrial vacuums
  • Assorted fabric for crafts (remnants and scraps welcome)
  • Old suitcases, maps, and globes for decorations
  • Mattress covers
Funds should be designated "Camp Gideon Equipment," payable to Camp Gideon, and sent to 5350 Broadmoor Circle NW, Canton, OH 44709.

Churches, consider publishing this list in your Sunday bulletin to help spread the word. 
Thank you! 
Malone Summer Camps
Register and pay online by Friday, May 29. 
Each camp is limited to 24 students, so sign up today! 

Malone University is launching a new academic summer camps initiative this June. The hope is to connect high school students with Malone faculty members in several areas including science careers, zoo/wildlife biology, nursing, young writers, computer science, and chamber music. 
The programs are designed for sophomores through seniors who are engaged in their high school communities. 

Download the brochure  here or visit:  malone.edu/summercamps.

Contact: Connie Brannon, (330) 471- 8526  with questions. 

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

"Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, 
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." - 1 Corinthians 15:58 (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 .