THE EFC UPDATE - 2016.07.19
Uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus

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EFC REQUEST TO PASTORS: TAKE MISSIONS ENGAGEMENT SURVEY
The EFC is partnering with the Canadian Missions Research Forum on a first-of-its-kind, national study of how Canadian Evangelicals engage with missions. Would you ask your pastor to participate by completing either the English or French version of the survey? Learn more or take the survey.

CONSCIENCE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
The EFC sent a letter today to the Ontario Ministry of Health asking them to ensure alternative options for physicians who have a conscientious objection to making an effective referral for medical assistance in dying..

STRONGER RESPONSE ON REFUGEE CRISIS
How can churches worldwide continue to make a unified and relevant response to the global refugee crisis? EFC staff are attending global strategy meetings this week in Niagara Falls, Ont., between the World Evangelical Alliance and the Refugee Highway Partnership to discuss these issues. Churches have a unique role in welcoming newcomers by providing community, emotional support, faith and partnership in helping our new neighbours discover their “new normal.”

STRONGER CONNECTIONS AROUND MEDICAL ETHICS
EFC President Bruce Clemenger attended a symposium last Friday titled Medical Ethics in an Age of Medically Assisted Dying and Reproductive Decisions. It was presented by the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research and held at Tyndale University.

STORIES OF YOUTH AT YOUR CHURCH
Are youth or young adults in your church involved in mission trips, service projects or worship events this summer? The EFC youth magazine Love is Moving is looking to highlight more stories about youth putting God’s love into action. Share what your young leaders, teachers and artists are doing to help build God’s Kingdom at info@loveismoving.ca.

IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
Don McNiven, the EFC’s director of affiliate and donor relations, will be visiting in Ontario in August and October with trips to P.E.I. and Nova Scotia in September. He would be delighted to visit with supporters to discuss the programs of the EFC and current research initiatives. Email him or call 416-902-9110.

COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ EFC Speaker at Bethel Pentecostal, Kaladar, Ont., July 31
→ The Trinity: One God, Three Persons, Charlottetown, Aug. 2-4
→ Praise Fest, Surrey, Aug. 7
→ Global Leadership Summit simulcast from Willow Creek, Aug. 11-12
→ No Greater Love Music Fest, near Calgary, Aug. 13-15
→ Inspire Hope Conference, Huntsville, Ont., Aug. 13-19

CANADA’S GIVING GURU
Marina Glogovac, a corporate success story by anyone’s standards, says she was “in charge of her life” until the day she fell on the sidewalk and couldn’t get up. Learn more about the CEO of the charity CanadaHelps in the Jul/Aug issue of Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine. Preview it online.

SUBSCRIBE AND GET A FREE COLOURING DEVOTIONAL
Now is a great time to subscribe or give a gift subscription to Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine, because it comes with a free copy Restore My Soul: A Coloring Book Devotional Journey. Get details online or by calling 1-866-302-3362. Each issue of Faith Today also includes our youth magazine, Love is Moving, at no extra cost. This is a limited-time offer, so act now.

SUPPORTING THE EFC DURING A POSTAL STRIKE
The EFC depends on the generosity of our donors to keep the momentum going strong. In the event of a postal strike, supporters wishing to make a gift are encouraged to donate online or to call the EFC toll-free at 1-866-302-3362. Or consider becoming an EFC Partner in Faith by enrolling in our pre-authorized monthly giving plan.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

→ Blog posts: How we can respond to assisted death (July 12). Why colouring matters (July 11)
Disappointing court decision in Ontario on TWU (related Canada Watch interview with EFC lawyer)
Letter to CBC on term “fundamentalist”
→ Palliative care: The EFC's Interfaith statement (aussi disponible en français) and support for private member’s Bill C-277
→ Assisted-death law: The EFC's initial one-page response (aussi disponible en français) and nine-page overview including ongoing issues of concern.
→ How your congregation can keep today’s young people: EFC webinar recording