June 5, 2019
Yearly Meeting 2019 - Kingdom Disciples
Yearly Meeting will be July 20-22, 2019, at First Friends Church in Canton, OH. The theme for this year is "Kingdom Disciples" based on Luke 4:43. Guest speaker Keas Keasler will explore the terms "kingdom" and "disciple," and unpack them in life-changing ways.

Special events include:

  • Christian Law Association Seminar with Dr. David Gibbs on Saturday morning;
  • Celebrate the Kingdom service on Saturday when we will worship together and celebrate what God is doing in EFC-ER churches;
  • Worship services featuring Keas Keasler on Saturday evening, Sunday morning, and Monday evening;
  • Worship service featuring the EFC-ER Executive Director, followed by a dessert reception on Sunday evening;
  • Equipping Workshops presented by the EFC-ER Ministry Teams on Monday morning.

Delegates will participate in business sessions on Saturday and Monday afternoons. Please submit your delegate forms to Julia McDonald by June 21, 2019.

Download the brochure here . Complete details about speakers, events, lodging, meals, and the Children's Program are available at www.efcer.org/ym19 .
All Pastors Luncheon
All pastors, ministry staff, and spouses are invited to a complimentary luncheon on Monday, July 22 at 11:30am. The luncheon will be held in the Malone University Johnson Center Dining Room. Childcare will be available at First Friends Church. Please indicate that you need childcare when you RSVP for the luncheon. This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Please RSVP by July 12 at www.efcer.org/ym19/allpastorsluncheon
Cultivating Generous Congregations
A one-day training event, Cultivating Generous Congregations (CGC) will be offered for pastors and stewardship leaders on Friday, July 19, from 9:00-4:00 in rooms L-41,42,43 at First Friends, Canton.

Led by Colin Saxton of Everence Financial Services, this seminar will explore key assumptions, attitudes, and best practices in cultivating greater generosity in your church.

The cost is $35 per church and includes lunch and the book,  Bounty , which provides the teaching outline. In order to receive a copy of the resource book in advance, registrations are due by July 1 at www.efcer.org/ym19/cgc . Payment from each church will be collected at the door. 
Pension Consultations at Yearly Meeting
Pastors, a representative from Cornerstone Capital Advisors will be available on Monday, July 22 at Yearly Meeting to discuss your pension plan. Thirty-minute consultations are available from 8:30am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm. Advanced sign-up is required to allow the consultants enough time to review your plan. Please sign up at  www.efcer.org/ym19/pension .
Benson and Annie Sam - Pray for Benson as he oversees the Friends Christian Fellowship started by his father, PK. Pray for God’s grace for our Indian brothers and sisters who continue to experience hostility and opposition against the gospel (Matthew 5:11-12). Please pray as well for Benson’s mother,  Mariamma Sam,  as she ministers to several widows in the area.
Abe and Diane Bible - Pray for Abe and Diane as they are in the U.S. for the next two months. Pray that this will be a time of physical, emotional, and spiritual renewal (1 Thessalonians 5:23) and reconnection with family, friends and supporting churches. Learn more from Abe and Diane at Yearly Meeting in July.
Visit the events calendar on our website at www.efcer.org/events .
Camp Gideon summer events are available here .

* June 9-14 - Malone University Youth on the Way Leadership Academy Info here .
* June 10-14 - Mission Possible: Word & Work Retreat at Indian Cave Youth Camp, Sutherlin, VA. Contact: Jacelyn Jones (336-908-6084).
* June 24-27 - Malone University Academic Summer Camps Find out more here .
* July 19 - Cultivating Generous Congregations Seminar at First Friends, Canton from 9:00am-4:00pm. Register by July 1 at www.efcer.org/ym19/cgc .
* July 20-22 - Yearly Meeting at First Friends Church in Canton, OH. Details available in the brochure and at www.efcer.org/ym19 .
* July 22-26 - Friends Youth United at Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, OH. Download the brochure and flyer here. Contact Justin Hendershott with questions.
* July 26-29 - Junior Camp at Indian Cave Youth Camp. Contact: Zonya Ledyard (276-521-3711).
* September 13-15 - Men's Retreat at Camp Gideon in Mechanicstown, OH. Info here .
* September 20-22 - Southern Women's Retreat in Kitty Hawk, NC. Info here .
* October 11-13 - Northern Women's Retreat in Sugarcreek, OH. Info here .
Quotes for the Week

"God's presence is not the same as the feeling of God's presence, and He may be doing the most for us when we think He is doing the least." - C.S. Lewis

"I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord." - Psalm 40:1-3 (ESV)