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May 23, 2018
Kingston Bible Institute   celebrated their first graduating class of eight students on May 19. The four-year program equips men and women for more effective ministry. The Bible Institute is an extension of the Guatemalan seminary started by Friends missionaries and is led by EFC-ER Pastor Jose’ and Sonia Urrutia (Kingston Iglesia Evangelical Amigos). Please pray as they continue to lead and teach at this vital ministry.  
Evangelism and Discipleship Seminar
Presented by Reverend Art Hallett
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 8:30am – 11:30am

This is an important event. I encourage every pastor and pastoral staff member to participate. Being able to share the Gospel is vital to effective ministry. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss. (Tom Crawford, Executive Director)

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.

One of the main reasons believers don’t share their faith is that they feel ill-prepared. Through a Share Your Faith Workshop, the hand becomes a simple memory tool you use to share a Gospel presentation that has proven effective in every nation of the world. Each finger represents a key point of the Gospel. Share Your Faith Workshops also help you discern where God is working and show you how to join Him in it. You’ll learn how to engage people spiritually and pleasantly. No more arguments, and no more pressure. 

There is an accompanying workbook for this seminar (one per couple). Please RSVP by July 6th so we can order the appropriate number of workbooks. There is no required cost, but donations will be accepted at the door.
Volunteer at Yearly Meeting
Wondering how you can be a part of Yearly Meeting? We are looking for friendly people to use their gifts and time to help volunteer at Yearly Meeting July 21-24, 2018.

Sign up for one of our volunteer spots here !
Get to Know Ed & Linda
Ed and Linda (East Asia) will be in EFC-ER August through December this year. Along with Sunday services, consider meeting with Ed and Linda outside of the church walls. They would enjoy time in small groups, home Bible studies, and meeting individually over a cup of coffee or meal as an opportunity to get to know their brothers and sisters in Christ from EFC-ER.

Call or email Julie Jenkins (jjenkins@efcer.org) for more information or to schedule.
1) Claire Virginia was born to Pastor Rusty and Kara Savage (Winona Friends Church) on Monday, May 14 at 3:30am, weighing 8 lbs 7 oz.

2) Congratulations to Matt McGovern, Pastor of Family Life at Hughesville EFC. Matt was recently accepted to enter the next two-year cohort of the Renovare Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. (The Renovare Institute was founded by Richard Foster.)
All Pastors Luncheon at Yearly Meeting
All pastors, pastoral staff, and spouses are invited to a complimentary luncheon at Yearly Meeting in recognition of your service and partnership in ministry. We hope you will join us for conversations and updates.

This luncheon will be held on Monday, July 23, at 12:15pm in the Johnson Center Dining Room at Malone University. Childcare, including lunch, will be provided as part of the Children's Program at First Friends, Canton. This event is free, but registration is required so we can adequately accommodate everyone.

Please RSVP by July 13, 2018 at www.efcer.org/ym18/allpastorsluncheon.
* May 22-24 - Oversight Board Meetings at the EF HQ
* June & July - Camp Gideon Summer Camp. Dates available at www.campgideon.org .
* June 10-13 - "Celebrating 40 Years of Celebration of Discipline: Empowering Spiritual Transformation in the Local Church" at George Fox University. Details available at www.renovare.org/40/fox .
* June 11-15 - "Mission: Possible" Word & Work Retreat at Indian Cave Youth Camp in Sutherlin, VA (sponsored by New Life Community Church).
* 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 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. Download more info here .
* 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 .
* October 12-14 - Northern Women's Missionary Fellowship Retreat. Save the date! Questions? Contact Megan Condo .
* December 28-January 1 - Friends Summit 2018 in Denver, CO. More information available at www.friendssummit.com .
Quote for the Week

"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."
 - Jeremiah 29:13 (ESV)
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