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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. 

Reminders from last week:
Camp Gideon is still looking for... Sleeping Bags 

Do you have extra Sleeping Bags?

Camp Gideon is looking for sleeping bags in good condition. We want to create a supply for campers who do not have one, forgot theirs, or had theirs inconvenienced. 

If you do have sleeping bags you wish to donate, you can take them to The World Outreach Center in Canton, or bring them to Camp Gideon when you bring your camper down! 

Thank you so much!


All Churches have received their 2014 Yearbooks.
 (Please be sure to make the necessary updates to copies as they arrive at the church. Details and supplements have been included with each mailing.)

In Production Right now:
* Fall WMF Retreat Brochures for both the northern & southern locations are being designed and will be printed for distribution in June.
* WMF Circle of Friends will be mailed out early next week.
* Plans are well underway for Yearly Meeting, 2014. Expect to see copies of all materials and brochures in churches in early June.

Updated Website features!

* Updated "Contact us"  area of the website includes photos of the entire EFC-ER Office staff!

* 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! 
Check out the Camp Gideon schedule, review the Youth Ministry options and let's pray and plan to give kids meaningful memories this summer.
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.
Church Meal Coordinators:
Looking for a great way to organize meals for a family at church?
There's a wonderful website that will allow volunteers to log in, select a date & post what they're bringing.
There is also a place for meal recipients to list favorite foods or allergies, etc. Check it out!
Thank you for continuing to Pray...
Spring means transitions for some church leadership. Please be in prayer for these churches with pastoral openings this spring.
* 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.)

Weekly Encourager for May 28, 2014

A Special Prayer Request for this week: 

EFM will be hosting their Board & Planning meeting in Colorado May 29-31. Several leaders from EFC-ER will be participating. Please pray for safety as they travel, energy to meet the daily schedule and God's clear leading and wisdom as they learn about future ministry opportunities.

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.

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:
What keeps us from believing God can handle all our problems?
"Nothing is impossible with God." (Luke 1:37)

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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