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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-the minute 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. 
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Yearly Meeting is only 2 weeks away!

Yearly Meeting Brochures, Posters and more have been mailed to every church... watch for materials and join with Friends for a great time of worship, business and good fellowship!



1 - More children's workers are needed for our Yearly Meeting session in the nursery, pre-school, and elementary programs. Interested workers ages 6th grade or older can call the EFC-ER office or apply on-line.
2 - One bus and driver are needed for the Children's Program on Monday and Tuesday afternoons of Yearly Meeting.  If available, please contact Julie Jenkins for more details via phone1-800-334-8863 or email: jjenkins@efcer.org
<<<  What's new  this year at Yearly Meeting - 
        What exactly is a "Missionfest?"       >>>
Saturday Evening's traditional "Missionary Banquet" is being updated with a new venue and location. We will be meeting all together at Malone University's Osborne Hall for one event.
This year's Missionfest will feel more like a wedding reception with international foods and plenty of time for folks to share laughs and highlights of their year with friends they only see once a year. Here's what we envision:
Like a wedding reception, friends come to celebrate & be together.
- There's time to stop and re-connect.
- People can mingle throughout the evening.
- There won't be a long speech, only short interruptions to share          moments with the whole group.
- Everyone can enjoy the varieties of food at their pace.
- Those new to the family are warmly welcomed and have the
     chance to meet new friends, and share about their lives.
>>> Now that you know a little more about Missionfest, register today! 
<<<<<Next week, we'll share more about new plans for the "Pastor's Think Tank" for this year.

5K/ 1 Mile Walk for Missions - Returning this year!

THIS EVENT IS FOR EVERYONE! New this year, we're adding some special incentives for our pastors to participate and for all participants to initiate sponsors for their participation.

There will be a prize awarded for the first pastor to finish the 5K plus we are encouraging all participants to gather sponsors for your racing/walking. All proceeds will go to missions. There will also be a prize for the person who raises the most support. Registration forms available on line by Friday. (http://www.efcer.org/ym2014/5k)


Attention Pastors! Be watching for details on a Marriage "Prepare/Enrich" Seminar (7/23/14) 

to be held the Wednesday following Yearly Meeting at the WOC. This is the perfect time, while you're in Canton, to take an extra day for certification or refreshment of skills and tools available to help prepare couples for marriage and enrich the marriages of folks in your church.  

Trinity International University Graduate is looking for pastors to participate in research project:
Paige Cunningham, with the Center for Bio Ethics and Human Dignity at Trinity International University, is looking for pastors who are willing to take part in a survey about pastors' awareness of health issues within their congregation.
Interested pastors simply need to take an on-line survey here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SMV2LPP)
The survey will close on Monday, July 14, 2014.

An update on Friends Church Transitions:
The following churches have recently filled pastoral positions:
* Goshen Friends (Western Ohio District) welcomes 
    Richard Wayne Downing as pastor.
* Penn Friends (new affiliate, pending delegate approval) welcomes
    Greg Compton as pastor.
* Salem Southeast Friends (Northeastern Ohio District) welcomed
    Craig Henry as pastor, beginning June 1, 2014.
Please continue to pray for the following churches as they seek the Lord's leading in their next pastor.
* Mt. Carmel Friends (Western Ohio District)
* Raisin Valley Friends (Michigan District)
* Shiloh Chapel (Western Ohio) - NOTE: Russel Zinn is serving as
    interim pastor until someone is called to fill the position.
* Springdale Friends (Eastern Ohio District)


Weekly Encourager for July 2, 2014
FREEBIES  from the EFC-ER Office!
During the upgrades at the WOC, we've sorted and found some duplicate and slightly used items we'd like to share on a "first to come and pickup" basis.
Contact Julia Barber 
(jbarber@efcer.org) or phone the office to confirm a good time to pick up your goodies! 
- chalkboard
- brown runners/floor mats
- "aged" Canon video camera
    (needs repair) and bag
- Dell computer monitor
- 4 and 2-drawer file cabinets
- 2 tires
- plastic floor mats
- fire extinguisher container
Donations Requested:
- 2 glass wall-hanging shelves
- TV wall hanger bracket (Sanus)
- Sony hand-held video camera
- zip drive materials
(There are a few more pieces of internet equipment and stereo components available. Details will be provided by Julia Barber upon request.)
An International Travel Tip:

The Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program allowing expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.  

This has proved helpful in mission field travel.  For more information, or to enroll visit website: http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry

Attention WMF Leaders!

Completed Reading Lists for 2013-14 are due by July 1st.

Pat Varmuzek, our new WMF Reading Coordinator, requests that WMF presidents  contact her by July 1st with their totals for the 2013-2014  Reading Contest.


World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Donna Neff, Editor

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 A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:
Work designed for eternity can only be done by the eternal Spirit. 
~ A.W. Tozer
"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." 
(Galatians 5:16)
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 Donna any of your suggestions and/or ideas for this weekly encouragement.
Stay tuned.... we've just begun!

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