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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 6 weeks away!

Materials are in the final stages of preparation... just a few more details and they will be to the printers! This year's materials will be posted on the website prior to being mailed.

(We've had a few complications that necessitated a delay in actual printing.) The website will be adding information every day next week - check back often! www.efcer.org/yearly-meeting.


It has come to our attention that the Comfort Inn has limited rooms available during Yearly Meeting. If you expect to stay there, you will need to use our code"Evangelical Friends group"  in order to ensure a room. Please call the Comfort Inn (330-492-1331) to make your reservation as quickly as possible. 
We're Looking for Volunteers with strong muscles and willing hearts to give their time at the WOC:

* If you live in the Canton area and are on a summer break with a few days free, please contact Julia Barber to find a way to help. Phone:330-493-1660 or email: jbarber@efcer.org

Follow Camp Gideon Summer  on their Website!

* Camp Gideon's Website has been updated! Special thanks to Britt Hornberger for the concept and follow-through!
     * The updated site has expanded explanations for kids/campers.  
     * And a great summary of benefits of each camp for parents.
Now is the time to register for summer activities! 
Youth Ministry options
Please keep in mind that we will be needing teen volunteers to help with the Children's Ministry Program during Yearly Meeting. More details will be coming in the next few weeks. If you have teens who have a heart for children, save the Yearly Meeting dates (July 19-22) for them to volunteer.
 Keeping it Personal...
* We celebrate with Brian & Devon Donahue 
  the birth of their new baby girl, Payton Joy. She was born on 
  May 23rd, 7.4 oz, 20.25 inches long. Welcome, little one!
* Congratulations to Richard & Jeannette Gessling on  their  50th wedding anniversary in April.
Thank you for continuing to Pray...
Please be in prayer for these churches with pastoral transitions.
* Penn Friends Church (Michigan District) *
* Raisin Valley Friends (Michigan District)
* Goshen Friends (Western Ohio District)
* Mt. Carmel (Western Ohio District)
* Salem Southeast Friends (Northeastern Ohio District) - filled.
    Craig Henry has been called to serve as pastor as of June 1st.
* Shiloh Chapel Friends (Western Ohio District) - filled.
     Russell Zinn will be Interim Pastor beginning June 1st.
 (*Penn Friends is a new affiliate, pending delegate approval.)

 How is your church getting involved in your community this summer? We'd like to start a list of ideas!
Please send your short summaries to  Julie Martin and we'll be posting those on Facebook and the website soon.
Remember... the "same old programs" that you're using
may be just the "wonderful, amazing new ministry" for others.
Let's connect & communicate effective outreaches for this summer!
Weekly Encourager for June 4, 2014

Attention Prayer Warriors!

We have an opportunity:


EFC-NA Friends have initiated a weekly prayer guide for EFC-NA churches. The goal is to send focused, united prayer requests to one prayer warrior in each church who will pass on the requests to the prayer team or congregation, as appropriate. Their vision is to be praying for Friends church multiplication across America.

Contact Donna Neff to be included in this list.

LET'S MOVE INTO THE DIGITAL AGE... but not leave behind those without digital skills.
Please be sure to print out copies of this newsletter for those without access to a digital copy. Printable pdf versions of this are available at our website:

Moving into the 
Digital Age... means keeping current with the EFC-ER website. 
* Invite your church to go to the website, bookmark it, and sign up for the Weekly Encourager. www.efcer.org 

to the ladies from Alliance Friends Church who came as a team to "deep clean" the WOC after our major re-modeling. Debbie Noble coordinated these enthusiastic volunteers....  we are grateful for each of them! 

Looking for Speakers?
John & Sangi VanLal (NEPAL) will be scheduling visits with churches during their stay in the states following Yearly Meeting. 
Contact Julie Jenkins for details. 
E-mail: jjenkins@efcer.org
World Outreach Center
5350 Broadmoor Cir., NW
Canton, OH 44709
Donna Neff, Editor

 A Little Extra.... QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:
"We cannot help conforming ourselves to what we love." 
~ Francis de Sales 
"All who hope in him purify themselves, just as He is pure." 
(1 John 3:3)

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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