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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. 
"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time."   - 1 Timothy 2:1-6 (ESV)

National Day of Prayer -  Thursday, May 7, 2015

This Thursday is the National Day of Prayer. Join with other Friends as we pray for our leaders, country, and world. 
There are a few meetings to highlight: 

National Day of Prayer Service  from 5:50-6:30pm at Jackson Friends Church on the corner of Portage and Arlington in Massillon, OH. We will have music and pray for the church, family, schools, businesses, government, etc. 

 Contact Ken or Nancy Williams (Friends Action Board) 
at (740) 695 - 1734 for more Belmont County locations and information. 
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: 

Please remember in prayer the families of Pastor Jim Davis (Willoughby Hills) and JoAnne Lowe (wife of Pastor Steve Lowe of Damascus) in the sudden passing of their brother David Davis this past Sunday. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 7th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm and the memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday, May 8, 2015 - all held at the Friends Church in Willoughby Hills. The obituary may be found here: 
2 - Pastor Terry Knighten (New Life) has been diagnosed with two cataracts and will need surgery. Please keep Pastor Terry in your prayers as he struggles with his eyesight and prepares to go to the doctor on June 4 for a consultation. 
News from the office:
* We have pastoral openings at Portsmouth, RI; Colony; Somersville, and Cornerstone (Saxapahaw) Friends Churches. 
* If you need more Yearbooks, call Regina Evans at (330) 493 - 1660. Please continue to return the surveys to Donna Neff at the World Outreach Center. 
* We are pleased to welcome Pastor Matt (Sarah) Close to Mt. Pleasant Friends Church. Matt will begin his pastoral duties at the end of July. 

Upcoming Events to keep in your prayers:
* May 7 - National Day of Prayer Service from 5:50-6:30pm at Jackson Friends Church. Details above.
* May 9 - Malone Graduation  at 10am at Faith Family Church (8200 Freedom Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720)
* 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. Join students in 6th-12th grade as we come together to share the love of Jesus with the community. The brochure is available here
* July 18-21 - Yearly Meeting at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. 
* September 25-27 - Focus on Discipleship Conference at East Richland Friends Church.

Planning for 2016:
* January 23-25, 2016 - Youth Awakening
* July 23-26, 2016  - Yearly Meeting
* November 11-13, 2016  - Youth Explosion
From the Summer Ministries Program at Camp Gideon
Please join the Camp Gideon summer leadership team in praying for God to provide additional male and female assistant  counselors to serve as part of the summer staff.  Assistant counselors are students who have completed their junior or senior year of high school. They assist a college-age counselor in serving a cabin of 6-10 campers and may be asked to lead activities and devotions under the direction of the counselor. Assistants work 2-4 weeks of the summer, based on the camp's need and the individual's availability. Applications are available at www.campgideon.org or you can email thecampgideon@gmail.com for more information. 
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 welcomed
  • Old suitcases, maps, and globes for decorations
Funds should be designated "Camp Gideon Equipment," payable to Camp Gideon, and sent to 5350 Broadmoor Circle NW, Canton, OH 440709.
"Four days ago I (Dan Cammack) received the following message from one of our missionaries in Kathmandu. He wrote: 'The earthquake that hit Nepal has given us a great opportunity to build stronger relationships within our Hindu neighborhoods, and even with our landlord. We took our house-owner family with us in a car, spent nights together in the open air, ate together, and spent time together. My wife and I noticed a big change in their behavior. Similarly, one of our pastors and his family, along with a group of believers and a big group of non-believers in their locality, stayed together in a makeshift tent-camp, ate together, and shared the words of God every evening. This brought many non-Christians closer to them." 

"Another missionary shared, 'From Wednesday on, the government made buses available for people to get out of Kathmandu to go back to their own villages. Three hundred thousand people have left, many saying they never want to come back, they are so terrified."

"Now there is a threat of swine flu and cholera. World Health is asking people to put on masks when they go outside their homes, to eat with spoons, and to boil the drinking water."

"These messages give you a glimpse of what life and ministry look like right now in Nepal. We praise the Lord for those who are drawing nearer to Christ through the way Friends are living their lives in the midst of this crisis." 

Please continue to lift our Friends in Nepal in prayer. You may continue to send checks to EFC-ER "Nepal Relief" and we will send them on to EFM. 

Ladies, as many of you know, this year we will be celebrating 40 years of WMF retreats! One way we would like to celebrate is to offer a WMF 40th anniversary t-shirt, sweatshirt, or hoodie. The best part is we would like one of you to design the logo!

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 1, 2015

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:
"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" - Corrie Ten Boom

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 .