THE EFC UPDATE - 2016.06.28
Uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus
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CANADA DAY GREETINGS FROM THE EFC
This Canada Day, let's thank God for the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy living in this great country. Let's pray for our leaders, that God will give them wisdom for the decisions they make. And let's commit to being a compassionate nation, caring for those amongst us who are vulnerable or in need. May our country remain strong and free.
EFC GATHERS LEADERS TO REFLECT AND DISCUSS
On June 22-23 the EFC hosted a group of ministry leaders in Toronto to discuss a faithful response to the changes in our culture and churches. Participants expressed concern but also hopefulness in assurance of God's care for the Church in Canada.
HAS YOUR PASTOR TAKEN THE 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.
LISTEN TO EFC ON RADIO SHOW DISCUSSING NEED FOR NATIONAL PALLIATIVE CARE ACCESS
Julia Beazley, director of public policy for the EFC, appeared on radio discussing the EFC’s efforts on palliative care. Listen to her presentation in the first 15 minutes of the show.
A COLORFUL WAY TO ENJOY FAITH TODAY
Perhaps you pick up a copy of Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine, at your church? This is a perfect time to request an individual paid subscription delivered to your home. New subscribers to Faith Today receive a free copy of Restore My Soul: A Coloring Book Devotional Journey from now until Aug.31. Details at FaithToday.ca/subscriptions or by calling 1-866-302-3362. All subscriptions now include our free youth magazine, Love is Moving.
YOUTH WEBINAR AVAILABLE ONLINE
The most recent EFC webinar caught us up on the latest with youth leaving and staying in the church, featuring experts from across Canada. You can watch the recorded version at theEFC.ca/webinars.
ESSENTIAL NEXT STEPS ON ASSISTED SUICIDE
Read an overview of the assisted suicide law’s passage, what it means for Canadians, and next steps. See the EFC’s statement on the passing of Bill C-14 (aussi disponible en français).
A CASE TO WATCH
Now that euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal, conscience protection for healthcare providers is critical. Physician groups including EFC affiliate the Christian Medical and Dental Society Canada are launching a court challenge of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons policy that doctors must make referrals for procedures that violate their conscience. Read about the court challenge in The Globe and Mail here.
WE’RE HIRING IN ONTARIO! APPLY BY JULY 1
The EFC has an opening for a nine-month Administration and Accounting Position at our office in Richmond Hill, Ont. We are looking for a committed individual who can work a 35-hour week or a job-sharing arrangement by multiple individuals who divide the 35 hours between them. Application deadline July 1. Details at theEFC.ca/jobs.
OTHER COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ Early-bird deadline, Evangelism Congress, June 29
→ John C. Maxwell Breakfast, Toronto, July 6
→ Mennonite Brethern Gathering, Mississauga, July 6-10
MEET YOU IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
Don McNiven, the EFC’s director of affiliate and donor relations, will visit Alberta in July, Ontario in August, PEI and Nova Scotia in September and Ontario in October. 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.
LATEST POST AT FAITHTODAY.CA/BLOG
→ The presence of grace and the Bosmas’ ordeal, by Darren Roorda
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
→ EFC interfaith statement on palliative care (aussi disponible en français)
→ Recorded EFC webinar on what your church can do to keep this generation of young people
→ EFC lawyer says the case of the proposed law school at Trinity Western University is “the most important religious freedom case since the Charter has been implemented” (in the June/July issue of Canada Watch, an EFC newsletter)