THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.06.16
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE
Last week’s discussion about religious freedom in Canada was recorded and is now posted online. Listen at theEFC.ca/WebinarArchive to hear Bruce J. Clemenger, President of the EFC, discuss audience questions such as: How do we protect religious freedom in our changing culture and political landscape? What do churches, pastors and Christian organizations need to know moving ahead?

LESS TAXES THROUGH ESTATE PLANNING, JUNE 23
The EFC will host a free 45-minute phone seminar on Estate and Will Planning on Tuesday, June 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern / noon Pacific. Lorne Jackson with Advisors with Purpose will be sharing tax-saving financial planning information to help you maximize benefits to your family, reduce your tax burden and continue supporting ministries of your choice. As well, he will provide updates on changes in the law that may affect you. Register by email at register@advisorswithpurpose.ca.

HAVE YOU READ THESE THREE AWARD-WINNERS?
Three articles from Faith Today won awards last Saturday at The Word Awards, the premier annual publishing contest for Christians in Canada. “Being Evangelical in Quebec” by Jenna Smith was named best long feature, “When Christians Eat Healthy” by Lisa Hall-Wilson is best short feature, and Doug Koop’s “Blessed is the Man” columns were awarded for best series. The evening’s top prize, a $5,000 award, went to Leonard Hjalmarson of Thunder Bay, Ont., for his book No Home Like Place: A Christian Theology of Place (The Urban Loft).

HELP REFUGEES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST
Several EFC affiliates are responding to the refugee crisis currently taking place in the Middle East, particularly Syria and Iraq, in a co-ordinated Middle East Refugees Resettlement Initiative. It offers settlement assistance to some of the 10,000 displaced persons Canada has promised to welcome by 2016. Find out more, including how your congregation can participate.

COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Wonder Jam at Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughn, Ont., June 20
→World Refugee Sunday, June 21
→EFC phone seminar on Estate and Will Planning, June 23
→RZIM Apologetics Summer School, Toronto, June 28-July 3

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER
Ontario’s controversial sex education curriculum has alarmed parents. What’s the best way to bring Christ into the classroom and interact with educators? An article in the latest Faith Today magazine shares the wisdom of experienced Canadian Christian parents and teachers. Preview the issue at FaithToday.ca/digital.

FREE BOOK ON EFFECTIVE CANADIAN CHURCHES
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THE STEWARD AND THE MASTER
Stewardship isn’t a subcategory of the Christian life. Stewardship is the Christian life. Stewardship means managing what God has entrusted to us. Author Randy Alcorn examines the issue in depth at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.