April 13, 2016
Upcoming Events

* April 24 - Northeastern Ohio District Rally  at 6pm at Salem First Friends Church. Details at www.efcer.org.  
* April 24 - Western Ohio District Rally at Mount Carmel Friends Church (PLEASE NOTE: location change.) Guest speaker Randy Heckert will share on discipleship and spiritual formation.
* April 22-24 - Soul Blast  youth retreat for students in 6th-12th grade in Battle Creek, MI. Visit www.soulblast.org  for registration or watch the  video:  https://vimeo.com/148521620 .
* April 29- May 1 - EFC-ER Men's Retreat at Heartland Retreat Center in Marengo, OH. Details at   www.meninmissions.org.
* May 10-13 - Spring Pastors' Conference at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV. A $50 late fee will be added if registrations are postmarked after March 28. Visit  http://efcer.org/490 for details.
* July 10-15 - Malone University "Youth on the Way" Leadership Academy  at Malone University for high school students.  More information, including application/ registration information, is available on Malone's website:  www.malone.edu/youthontheway
* July 23-26 - Friends Youth United  at Malone University in Canton, OH for students in 6th-12th grade. For updates, photos, and videos, like Friends Youth United on Facebook. Download the flyer here and brochures here
* July 23-26 - Annual Conference (Yearly Meeting)  in Canton, OH. Exciting details to come!
* September 23-25 - Southern Women's Missionary Fellowship Retreat  at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
* October 7-9 - Northern Women's Missionary Fellowship Retreat  at the Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek, OH. 

The guest speaker for both women's retreats will be Stephanie Fast who will share on the topic of "All Things Are Possible." Check out her website at www.stephaniefast.org. 
Note: There are no more rooms available in Beechnut at Heartland Conference Center for Men's Retreat. Please select another option when registering. 
News You Can Use

Earlier this year we announced that Cindy Aufrance planned to speak in our churches for several months, focusing on women's ministry. Due to husband Dave's upcoming surgery, Cindy will have an abbreviated trip to the US when her granddaughter is born and then return to Hong Kong. Consequently, Cindy will not be speaking in our churches this spring or summer.

- There is an open pastoral position at Mansfield First Friends Church in Mansfield, Ohio. Contact Randy Heckert for more information. 

- Churches, please send your Easter offering for EFM in as soon as possible. Thank you! 

For more information and updates, please visit our website at  www.efcer.org or contact us at 330-493-1660. We will be glad to assist you.
Celebrate with Friends

Right: Brian Donahue, Pastor of Worship and Young Families at Jackson Friends Church in Massillon, Ohio, shared, "Our RockFest concert was an overwhelming success as many gave their lives to Jesus!"  

Left: Evangelical Friends Church Newport in Newport, Rhode Island had 91 women at their ladies tea on April 9. The ladies enjoyed a time of fellowship, prayer, and food.  Autumn Hoffman, wife of Pastor Paul Hoffman, shared her story and how God has been at work in her life.

Feel free to send your church's stories to jmcdonald@efcer.org. We would love to share what God is doing through EFC-ER!
Monthly Communication Tip

How do you keep your group on task?
Compiled by Pastor Josh Walker on behalf of the Communication Board.

Group projects can be a double edged sword; a group can accomplish much but managing a group can be like herding cats. Here are a few tips for keeping a group focused:
  • Clearly explain the task at hand. Before the group starts make sure goals and expectations are clearly understood. 
  • Keep the group informed about the timeline and when the task must be accomplished.
  • Break the task into smaller steps assigning out responsibilities and tracking due dates.
  • Give the group room to chat. Everyone needs a little down time. 
  • Periodically refocus the group. It is important to stop activity and check progress against the task goals. 
  • Keep communication open. Lack of communication leads to lack of results. 
  • Help each person understand their value to the project. 
  • Task management software can help large projects or groups separated by distance.  The biggest concern with software is usability. The whole group must be able to use the software for it to help. Trello and Asana are excellent free options. Basecamp is extremely easy to use, very intuitive, but has a monthly cost.
Ministry Job Opportunity at Alliance Friends Church

SPORTS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR, PART TIME, 15 hours/ week. This person will recruit, equip, and work with and through a team of lay leaders to develop and oversee the Sports and Recreation ministry of the church. Church facilities include a high school size gym, a large outdoor recreation area featuring a large pavilion, two outdoor basketball courts, two outdoor sand volleyball pits, and lots of open space lawn area. 

This paid position is ready to be filled with the person the Lord has in mind. Might that be you?  Inquire to Elder Donna Carr Jenkins (donnacj2532@sbcglobal.net) or Pastor Rick Sams (rsams53@gmail.com) or the church office at (330) 823-4210. Applications are available at the Alliance Friends Church office or you may submit your resume to the office or the emails above.
Praying for Friends

1 - Please continue to pray for PK Sam's (missionary to India) recovery. We are thankful that he has been moved out of ICU but he will probably have to stay in the hospital for two more weeks.
2 - We pray for Craig Henry as he recovers from surgery this week.

By now your church should have received the Camp Gideon brochures and posters.  Please note that the first week' s camp has a correction in the grade guidelines . Adventure Camp should be for grades 4-6. Please feel free to make the corrections on the brochures your church received. The corrected brochures may be downloaded here or on the website. 

Our Camp Gideon counselors are in the process of raising their financial support for the summer. If you would like to give a general gift or a gift for a specific counselor, send your contribution marked "Gideon Staff Support" to the Eastern Region office. Checks may be made out to "Camp Gideon." You can print the form here. Thank you for partnering with Camp Gideon and Eastern Region to further Christ's Kingdom by supporting this year's leaders at Camp Gideon!
Camp Gideon Work Day - May 14, 2016

Please join us for a day of work and fellowship. We will be clearing trails, cleaning buildings, and general maintenance, so please bring your own work gloves. Breakfast will be served at 7:30am with work to begin at 8:30am and go until 4pm. Lunch will also be provided. 

If you are able to come help, please email Julie Martin at jmartin@efcer.org or call our reservations line at (330) 247-2474 so we can know how to plan for food. If you are coming from out of town and would like to stay Friday or Saturday nights, just let us know. We hope to see you there!
Quotes for the Week

" The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." - Frederick Buechner

" Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all you ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Julia McDonald, Editor | 1-800-334-8863 | jmcdonald@efcer.org | www.efcer.org
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