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EFC Update Newsletter July 21, 2020

21 July 2020

New Podcast: While We Pray for Miracles

B.C. writer Dave Jeffery, who lives with the terminal neurological disorder ALS, takes us inside his journey of praying for a personal miracle of healing – and finding grace instead.

This new podcast is an audio version of a Jan/Feb 2020 print article from Faith Today. Dave Jeffrey has recently expanded his ideas into a short book, available in paperback from House of James Christian bookstore and as an e-book on Amazon Kindle and in the Apple bookstore.

Ministering to Seniors with Home Bible Study

“The people who attend are some of the most gracious, godly men and women I have ever met.” Retired Ontario teacher Nathanael Reed reflects on how churches can support seniors by hosting Bible study groups. Read more in this new blog post at the Faith Today website.

Weekly Pandemic Prayer Meeting

One of the EFC's affiliates, Strategic Renewal Canada, is offering a weekly worship-based Zoom prayer meeting. It is happening each Wednesday at noon Atlantic. To register and receive the Zoom invitation, please visit: https://strategicrenewal.ca/zoom-prayer-meetings-registration/

Ministries Pivot in the Pandemic

Pandemic restrictions have forced many outreach ministries to new heights of creativity. As Canadians lament many that have closed temporarily or even permanently, some charities have found surprising and inspiring success. Read a recent Faith Today article of how ministries are adapting to the pandemic.

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Send Us Photos of Your Church Reopening

It’s official — churches across Canada are reopening. We’d love to see how your church is doing this! Send us a photo of your regathering so we can share it on social media.

Coming Events at TheEFC.ca/Calendar

→ Plan to Protect through Training, free webinar, July 22, Aug. 18
→ David Smith on How Technology Is Changing Christian Education (Regent College), online, July 22
→ Digital Life Together: How Technology Is Changing Christian Education, online, July 22
→ Krish Kandiah on Hospitality as Hopeful Resistance (Regent College), online, July 27
→ Wesley Hill on When Christians Disagree, online, July 29
→ Equipping your church to foster racial reconciliation, online, July 29
→ World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, July 30
→ It Is Time, July 30-Aug. 2 (prayer gathering) (Deadwood, Alberta)
→ Hymnody Seminars (online), every Wednesday from July 22 to Aug. 26
→ Global Leadership Summit 2020, online, Aug. 6-7
→ Theology Rooted in the Radical Reformation, online course, Aug. 12 and 19
→ Ending poverty together online workshop, Aug. 18
→ Plan to Protect 101, free webinar, Aug. 18
→ Youth ministry online summit, online, Aug. 19
→ International Day for Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, Aug. 22

Publicize your event for free on our calendar and we will also share it in this email newsletter.

Changes to Medical Assistance in Dying Law

The federal government has been granted a five-month extension by the Quebec Superior Court before changes to the euthanasia and assisted suicide law take effect. See the EFC’s recent blog on the impact of Bill C-7 on vulnerable Canadians and how you can help, or visit TheEFC.ca/C-7

A Bill Against Forced Labour 

Bill S-211 is a private member’s bill in the Senate that would require large corporations to report on what they are doing to make sure their supply chains are free of slavery, forced labour or child labour. The EFC supports this effort to reduce forced and child labour and to raise awareness about human trafficking. See the EFC’s letter sent in support of this bill plus a sample letter you can use to communicate with your MP at TheEFC.ca/S-211

Pandemic a Great Time for Learning? 

Online course registrations are now open for many seminaries and Christian postsecondary institutions. Several are listed at TheEFC.ca/Calendar. Be sure to check the website of your preferred institution for more opportunities. Or visit www.checonline.ca to search a database of Canadian Christian online courses.

EFC Speakers in Your Online Gathering?

The EFC has local ambassadors in many Canadian provinces and expert staff on a variety of topics. One of them would be delighted to make a presentation at an online gathering of your community. Learn more at TheEFC.ca/Speakers. Request a new topic or mention one listed there, including social issues from euthanasia to refugees to prostitution, and ministry issues from adoption to youth ministry. Request a speaker now!

In Case You Missed It

God Gives Us Life Through Our Hospitality (Faith Today article)
Spoken word piece in the EFC youth magazine tells of God’s sovereignty (YouTube video)
Sample letter of support for Bill C-219
EFC letter of support for Bill C-233
→ The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a case about whether ecclesiastical decisions about membership and discipline are outside of the scope of judicial review. See TheEFC.ca/Aga

→ Home print subscriptions to our award-winning magazines Faith Today and Love Is Moving are now free in Canada at FaithToday.ca/SubscribeFree.

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