THE EFC UPDATE - 2016.09.20
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HOW TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING:
PRACTICAL EFC WEBINAR
Now that physician-assisted death is legal in some cases, Christians have yet one more reason to reach out with hope and comfort to those who are suffering. Join us for a free EFC webinar on Wed., Sept. 28 to explore how we can help (and learn from) those who are hurting. We’ll be joined by Doug Koop, a spiritual health practitioner and writer from Winnipeg, and by David Guretzki, a theology professor and seminary dean at Briercrest College & Seminary in Caronport, Sask. Register now.
THANKS TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON GARRATT RELEASE
The EFC today wrote to the federal government to commend it for persistence in securing freedom for Kevin Garratt, detained in China since 2014, and for defending the core Canadian principle of freedom of religion.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ADOPTION
EFC President Bruce Clemenger will make two presentations on adoption in Sudbury, Sept. 22. At noon he will address the local evangelical ministerial association, and at 7 p.m. address a public community event, both at Lansing Baptist Church. Learn more about the EFC's AdoptionSunday.com initiative.
COMING NATIONAL EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship Conference, Edmonton, Sept. 22–24
→ Christian Legal Fellowship Conference, New Westminster, B.C., Sept. 22–25
→ Annual Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking, Sept. 25
→ Canadian Evangelism Congress, Niagara Falls, Sept. 26–27
→ EFC Webinar: How to Help the Suffering, Sept. 28
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FOUL MOUTHED AND FAITHFUL
The Sep/Oct issue of Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine, is now available online. Senior writer Patricia Paddey examines why more Christian leaders use off-colour language in public these days. Read her article and browse the entire issue. Also check out today’s blog post by senior editor Karen Stiller, Why we did a story on Christians who swear.”
SUBSCRIBE AND GET THREE FOR ONE
New 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, including young adults, since they include both Faith Today and our youth magazine, Love Is Moving. A great way to bless three people all at the same time – perhaps yourself, a young person off to university and a friend or relative?
FAITH TODAY PRIZE WINNERS
Congratulations to Margaret Thiessen of Aylmer, Ont., and to Sophia Jost of Milk River, Alta. Their names were randomly chosen as winners of the Faith Today colouring contest. They will each receive a copy of the colouring devotional Restore My Soul by Montreal author-artist Ann-Margret Hovsepian. Thanks to all who participated, from young children to seniors and many adults in between. Check out their artworks at www.Facebook.com/FaithToday/photos.
MISSIONS SURVEY PRIZE WINNER
A missions survey supported by the EFC received 1,419 responses from evangelical pastors and church leaders. Almost 1,000 entered the draw for an iPad Mini 4. The winner is Stéphane Vincent of St-Hyacinthe, Que. Félicitations! Watch for analysis from this survey later this year.
COMING REGIONAL EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ Complex Systems, Emergence, and God, Waterloo, Sept. 21
→ The Book of Revelation: Diploma Course (8 Thursday evenings), Toronto, starts Sept. 22
→ EFC President Makes Presentation on Adoption to Ministerial, Sudbury, Sept. 22
→ Colloque sur l’islam, Longeuil, le 23 sept.
→ Genetic Science & “Playing God?” Hamilton, Sept. 23
→ Conférence Ministère auprès des enfants (Awana-AEE), Montréal, le 23 sept.
→ Freedom Session Leadership Training, Toronto, Sept. 24
→ Lay Pastor Development program - Module 1, Mississauga, Sept. 24
→ Blue-line Chaplains Conference, Montreal, Sept. 24
→ Engaging Our Muslim Neighbours, Hamilton, Sept. 27
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IN ONTARIO, P.E.I. AND NOVA SCOTIA
Don McNiven, the EFC’s director of affiliate and donor relations, will be visiting in Ontario, P.E.I. and Nova Scotia this fall. 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.
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