October 1, 2019

01 October 2019

Pray for Canada’s Leaders This Sunday, Oct. 6

Your prayers matter. Before the federal election on Oct. 21, will you pray for our leaders in all levels of government? This coming Sunday, Oct. 6, the EFC is joining in prayer along with other organizations to lift up our government in prayer. We welcome you to join us on this day or any other day this month. A downloadable slide that you could use for this event has been added to the EFC election resources at

New EFC Election Videos

The EFC’s federal election 2019 resources are now available online in English and French. Go to to get:

→ NEW: Two-minute “election tip” videos
→ Issue questions for candidates on 16 key issues
→ What churches can and cannot do
→ Brochure on faith, voting and political engagement
→ And more!

Feel free to reproduce and distribute copies of these resources in your group or church.

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Update: Quebec Challenge

The requirement in federal law that a person’s death be “reasonably foreseeable” to qualify for euthanasia was struck down on Sept. 11, 2019, by Quebec Superior Court Judge Christine Baudouin. She also struck down a similar clause in Quebec’s euthanasia law that requires an illness be terminal. The EFC is closely following these disturbing developments. See today's EFC blog post on the issue which includes links to an EFC letter to the Minister of Justice asking that this decision be appealed and a sample letter you can also send before the appeal deadline of Oct. 11.

Ontario Events with the EFC’s David Guretzki

EFC Vice-President and Resident Theologian David Guretzki will be speaking at various events this coming weekend.

  • October 5: Leading a workshop at First Baptist Church in Cornwall about sanctity of life issues
  • October 6: Leading a seminar on Christian responsibility and participation in the federal election at Toronto Christian Community Church in Markham
  • October 6: Sending greetings and representing the EFC at International Christian Response’s annual banquet in Scarborough

Faith Today on Famous Christians Who Quit the Faith

"On July 18 Joshua Harris, famous for his promotion of a puritanical approach to Christian relationships, and his wife Shannon announced they were separating after 20 years of marriage. Nine days later, he wrote he was also abandoning his Christian faith.” Our Religion Watch columnist James Beverley reflects on the news that the pastor who authored the influential book I Kissed Dating Goodbye has left the Christian faith.

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Help the EFC by Collecting Air Miles 

If you don't have an Air Miles card, this message is for you. You can help the EFC by collecting Air Miles with an EFC Air Miles card. Request one at our website and simply present it when you shop at grocers and other stores in the Air Miles program. The EFC will use the points you collect to defray the travel costs of our ministry. Thank you for whatever way you support our ministry "uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus."

Coming Events at

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→ Policy issues tour from Citizens for Public Justice, Waterloo Oct. 1; Toronto Oct. 3; Hamilton Oct. 4; Ottawa Oct. 8
→ Understanding Our Climate Crisis, Ancaster, Oct. 6; Oct. 20
→ EFC Speaker Joel Gordon in Stouffville, Oct. 2
→ CCCC webinar: Reviewing Your Charitable Purposes and Activities, online, Oct. 2
→ Heritage Preaching Lectures, Cambridge, Oct. 3
→ Genesis Summit, Niagara Falls, Oct. 3-4
→ International Orality Network North America Conference, North York, Oct. 3-5
→ Developing Healthy and Effective Teams (CCRDA), Calgary, Oct. 4
→ Unquenchable Joy Women’s Retreat, Edmonton, Oct. 4-5
→ Quinte Celebration of Hope with Will Graham, Belleville, Oct. 4-6
→ Ride for Refuge, cities across the country, Oct. 5
→ Life Chain, across North America, Oct. 6 
→ Day of prayer for our leaders, Canada-wide, Oct. 6
→ Strategy Development (CCRDA), London, Oct. 7  
→ EFC Speaker Rick Hiemstra in Muskoka, Oct. 6-7  
→ EFC Speaker Don McNiven in Burlington, Oct. 10 
→ Worship Together Toronto, Oakville, Oct. 11-12 

In Case You Missed It

How to be an intercultural church (audio podcast)
Seeking election wisdom (Faith Today article)
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