THE EFC UPDATE - 2016.11.08
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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
Get free resources to observe this annual event, coming this Sunday, Nov. 13, at www.idop.ca. The event is co-ordinated by IDOP Canada, a partnership of ministries which raises awareness and encourages prayer for those who are suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ. Spread the news about this event using recent posts on the EFC blog (Who will you be praying for on November 13?) and on the Faith Today blog (Why it’s so important to pray for the persecuted church).
MONCTON EVENING ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
The EFC’s Julia Beazley will make a public presentation tomorrow evening (Nov. 9) in Moncton, N.B., at an event examining human trafficking, prostitution and pornography. “Think You Know Moncton? Guess Again” will be held at Crandall University. Other speakers include Cal Maskery of Harvest House Ministries and Pamela MacLeod of TREY (Trauma Relief for Exploited Youth). Details at TheEFC.ca/calendar. Invite an EFC speaker to your school, church or other group.
VISITING IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Don McNiven, the EFC’s director of affiliate and donor relations, will be visiting in the Moncton area this week. He’d be delighted to visit with supporters to discuss the programs of the EFC and current research initiatives. Email him or call 416-902-9110.
EFC President Bruce Clemenger is laying a wreath at the National War Memorial in Ottawa during the Remembrance Day Ceremony this Friday (Nov. 11) on behalf of the Interfaith Committee for Canadian Military Chaplaincy. Clemenger is a member of the committee, representing the many EFC-affiliated denominations who have chaplains serving in the Royal Canadian Chaplain service.
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ Adoption and Fostering Awareness Month, November
→ Human Trafficking, Prostitution & Pornography, Moncton, Nov. 9
→ Quantum Physics and Christianity, Waterloo, Nov. 10
→ Quantum Physics and Christianity, Hamilton, Nov. 11
→ The EFC at Remembrance Day Ceremony, Ottawa, Nov. 11
→ CYWC Youth Ministry Training, Kelowna, B.C., Nov. 11-12
→ Lay Pastor Development: Module 3, Mississauga, Nov. 12
→ International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Ch., Nov. 13
→ EFC Ambassador at Gospel Light Church, DeBolt, Alta., Nov. 13
→ EFC Webinar: Is Pornography a Public Health Issue? Nov. 16
→ Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference, Toronto, Nov. 16
→ Promise Keepers Quest Conference, Toronto, Nov. 18-19
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EFC PRESIDENTS DAY 2016
Leaders of the EFC’s affiliated denominations, ministry organizations and higher education institutions gathered in Mississauga last Thursday. Participants discussed topics such as the mission of the church and how the biblical idea of exile might be relevant to the societal position of Canadian churches today. EFC leaders also made brief presentations about current EFC activities. Get glimpses of the day by checking our tweets from Nov. 3 at Twitter.com/TheEFC.
HOW ROMAN CATHOLICS SEE EVANGELICALS
It can be useful to learn about ourselves from a trusted but alternative perspective, according to EFC Vice-President Aileen Van Ginkel. She reflects on these ideas in a blog post about Our Evangelical Neighbours, a resource for Roman Catholics produced by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. The post also links to a TV interview she participated in about the resource.
EMPOWERING YOUTH MINISTRY
Love Is Moving, the EFC’s youth and young adult initiative, is excited about partnering with the Canadian Youth Workers Conference as a national sponsor. CYWC holds regional training events to empower anyone involved with youth ministry. Upcoming locations include Kelowna, Moncton, Vancouver, Saskatoon and Calgary. Get details at www.cywc.ca.
AWARENESS OF PORNOGRAPHY’S IMPACT
The EFC is raising awareness of the public health impacts of pornography, bringing in an academic expert for events and meetings on Parliament Hill in November. These events, co-hosted with Defend Dignity, will educate about pornography’s impact on sexual, emotional, psychological and relational health. The first event, Nov. 28, features Cordelia Anderson, founder of the US National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation. Details at TheEFC.ca/Calendar and DefendDignity.ca.
HOW BUSINESS CAN BE RESTORATIVE AND REDEMPTIVE
How do we as business owners and employees operate in harmony with the restorative and redemptive work of Christ? Randy Poon, chair of the business administration program at Ambrose University, highlights three ways – corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and collective impact – in the Sep/Oct issue of Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine. His column is available to read online.
THREE CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
Limited-time offer! Canada’s Christian magazine lets you give two gift subscriptions free if you buy a third subscription for yourself or someone else! Get details online or by calling 1-866-302-3362. EFC magazine subscriptions are great for all ages, since they include both Faith Today and our youth magazine, Love Is Moving.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
→ TWU law school: The EFC on favourable B.C. appeal decision
→ Webinar recording: Why care about the freedom of other religions?
→ EFC blog post: Pitfalls of endorsing candidates for public office
→ Must doctors support euthanasia? Help defend conscience rights
→ The EFC is looking to hire an executive vice-president
→ Canada Watch newsletter: Two research projects: attitudes toward missions, helping the post-highschool transition