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July 18, 2018
We look forward to seeing you at Yearly Meeting this weekend!
Please note: there will not be an edition of the Weekly Encourager next week. The Evangelical Friends Headquarters will be closed July 24-27, 2018.
Yearly Meeting 2018
Luke 5:6 records a miraculous moment when the disciples caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. At this Yearly Meeting, we will be challenging EFC-ER delegates and churches to lift their nets expecting miracles.

We hope you will join us starting this weekend, July 21-24, at First Friends Church in Canton, OH. More information is available at www.efcer.org/ym18. You can also watch a livestream of the sessions here.
Pension Plan Consultations
Pastors, there are a couple spots left to meet with a representative from Cornerstone Capital Advisors on Monday, July 23 at Yearly Meeting to discuss your pension plan.

Advanced sign-up is required to allow the consultants enough time to review your plan. Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4aaaae2aaafd0-efcer .
Volunteers Needed - Hospitality Team and Drivers
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We still need volunteers to help with coffee/tea, the dessert reception, and hospitality. Contact Julia McDonald (jmcdonald@efcer.org) if you are interested in helping on the hospitality team.

We specifically need a few more drivers to help transport guests to and from the Akron Canton airport and to run errands as needed. Please contact Julie Jenkins (jjenkins@efcer.org) if you are able to help.

You can view other time slots and sign up to help at www.efcer.org/ym18/volunteer .
Yearly Meeting - Pray for grace, peace, and love as we gather together to celebrate God’s goodness. May we come with thankful and humble hearts seeking the mind of Christ in unity as we consider the proposed Faith & Practice changes and chart a course of action to reach our world for Christ. (Acts 4:31‐32)
Missions Champions Gathering 
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Do you have a heart for promoting EFC-ER missions in your church? Then join us at Yearly Meeting on Monday, July 23 from 5:00-6:15pm to dialogue over pizza on how EFC-ER can better resource your church in this vital ministry. A donation of $5 requested. Please note: no childcare will be provided during this time.

Please RSVP here by Friday, July 20 so we can make adequate arrangements.
Meals at Yearly Meeting
Remember, t his year all meals will be on your own. Meals will not be available at Malone University. Grab some friends and check out some of the local favorites! We have listed some options at www.efcer.org/ym18/meals.
"Share Your Faith" Evangelism and Discipleship Seminar
Using the five fingers on your hand, Share Your Faith Workshops from Evangelism Explosion International (EE) introduces a Gospel presentation that’s easy to learn and hard to forget.

Come hear Rev. Art Hallett present the "Share Your Faith" evangelism and discipleship seminar on Saturday, July 21 at 8:30am. We encourage you to come even if you didn't get a chance to RSVP in advance. There will be some extra workbooks on a first come, first served basis.

Rev. Hallett will also be speaking Saturday (July 21) at 6:30pm, Sunday (7/22) during both morning services at  First Friends Church , Canton, and Tuesday (7/24) at 9:00am.
Memorial Room at Yearly Meeting
Copies of the memorials will be available at Yearly Meeting in M-121 (next to the EFC-ER office room) at First Friends, Canton. Thank you, Judy Bell and Martha Edwards for coordinating the Memorial Room again this year! 
Celebrate Our Diversity
The special event during the Business Session on Saturday will be a time of celebration that you will not want to miss. We will highlight our Haitian, Hispanic, Nepalese/Bhutanese, Chinese, Central East African, and Taiwanese congregations. Join us for special music, prayer, and the celebration of the inclusion of Kent Chinese Friends Church into full church status in EFC-ER. 
Worship Services
Please join us for evening worship services at First Friends, Canton on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. Speakers include Reverend Art Hallett and Dr. Tom Crawford. A dessert reception will be served Sunday evening after the service. You will have the opportunity to visit with our missionaries during this reception.
Equipping Workshops
We will have sessions of Q&A Time with each of the Ministry Teams in separate rooms on Monday, July 23 at 2pm. At 3:00pm and 4:00pm, each of the Ministry Teams will present a workshop related to their area of ministry.

Information about the workshops is available at  www.efcer.org/ym18/workshops .
Piano Concert with Adlan Cruz
Pianist, director, musical producer and philanthropist, Dr. Adlan Cruz has demonstrated how the fusion of innate talent, a solid education, strong discipline, and determination can transcend all possible obstacles. Find out more about Adlan Cruz at his  website  or click on the video link to the left.

The concert is free and open to all. We hope you will join us on Monday, July 23 at First Friends, Canton! Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert will begin at 7:00pm.
* July 21-24 - Yearly Meeting 2018 at First Friends Church in Canton, OH. Information available at www.efcer.org/ym18 .
* July 22-27 - Friends Youth United at Camp Muskingum in Carrolton, OH. Download the poster here .
* July 25-27 - Evangelical Friends Headquarters CLOSED.
* July 27-30 - Piedmont District Junior Camp (PDJC) at Indian Cave Youth Camp in Sutherlin, VA. Contact: Zonya Ledyard  276-521-3711
* August 1-3 - National Friends Multiplication Conference at Barclay College.
* September 14-16 - Men's Retreat. Updates will be available at www.meninmissions.org .
* September 28-30 - Southern Women's Missionary Fellowship Retreat. Watch the promo video here . Download the brochure here .
* October 12-14 - Northern Women's Missionary Fellowship Retreat. Save the date! Questions? Contact Megan Condo . Download the brochure here.
* December 28-January 1 - Friends Summit 2018 in Denver, CO. More information available at www.friendssummit.com .
Quote for the Week

"On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on Him [Jesus] to hear the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and He saw two boats by the lake, but the two fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, He asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, 'Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.' But Simon answered, 'Master, we have toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.' And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink." - Luke 5:1-7 (ESV)
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