THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.01.19
Uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus

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TOMORROW’S WEBINAR: CLERGY WELLNESS
Please join us by computer for a free EFC webinar tomorrow at noon Eastern Time on Google Hangouts (9:00 Pacific/10:00 Mountain/11:00 Central/1:00 Atlantic/1:30 Newfoundland). What is the state of mental and emotional health of our clergy in Canada? What does wellbeing look like in a busy pastoral life that is often full of demands and ripe for burn-out? How can churches care better for their ministry leaders? Bring your questions and concerns to our experts from Shalem Mental Health Network and Wycliffe College. Register now for free at theEFC.ca/webinars.

GOVERNMENT HAS FOUR MONTHS ON ASSISTED SUICIDE
The EFC responded immediately to Friday’s news that the government has four months to formulate a legislative response to assisted suicide. See theEFC.ca/CarterExtension.

URGENT: YOU CAN ACT TO OPPOSE ASSISTED SUICIDE
Have you signed the anti-euthanasia declaration? Join the call to protect vulnerable Canadians and improve palliative care! Add your signature at euthanasiadeclaration.ca. Reaching a target of 10,000 signatories by February 6 will demonstrate to federal and provincial legislators that there is cross-Canada support for limits to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. This 900-word declaration was developed in October by the EFC and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and has just surpassed 5,000 signatures (aussi disponible en français).

LETTER TO ONTARIO CONSULTATION ON ASSISTED DEATH
The EFC sent a letter last week to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Consultation on Interim Guidance on Physician-Assisted Death.

WIN A FREE RETREAT FOR YOUR PASTOR
Nominate your pastor for an expense-free rejuvenating retreat. . One winner in each province! Details on this Faith Today contest in English at FaithToday.ca/contest or en français à FaithToday.ca/concours.

NEED A SPEAKER? WANT INFORMATION TO IMPROVE YOUR MINISTRY?
The EFC’s Rick Hiemstra spoke in Cornwall, Ont., last Sunday at Fellowship Baptist Church, an EFC affiliate congregation. He gave a presentation on church and faith trends in Canada and preached on the sanctity of human life and physician-assisted suicide in the Sunday morning service. Consider inviting an EFC speaker for your group or church at theEFC.ca/speakers.

COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25
→ EFC Clergy Wellness Webinar, online, Jan. 20
→ Biblical Theology in a Multi-Cultural World (first of eight weekly sessions), Toronto, Jan. 21
→ Cotton Patch Gospel (Musical Theatre), Hamilton, Jan. 26-30
→ Churches and the Housing Crisis, Vancouver, Jan. 27
→ Missions Fest Vancouver, Jan. 29-31
→ Breakforth Canada Conference, Edmonton, Jan. 29-31
→ Pentecostal Preaching and Ministry in Multicultural and Post-Christian Canada, Hamilton, Jan. 29

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LATEST POSTS AT BLOG.FAITHTODAY.CA
→ Why are we doing webinar on clergy wellness?
→ Follow. Then go. Last thoughts from Urbana 2015

IS YOUR CONGREGATION AN EFC AFFILIATE?
Congregations that affiliate with the EFC take a public stand for religious freedom, collaboration for ministry effectiveness, and the importance of bringing biblical principles to issues of Canadian law and public policy. Join hundreds of other congregations from more than 40 denominations at work in “uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus” at theEFC.ca/affiliate.