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EFC Update Newsletter May 11, 2021

11 May 2021

Join the EFC’s Book Discussion on Reaching Emerging Adults

Even if you haven’t read the book, please join us next Tuesday night. We're hosting an online book discussion on the theme of reaching and keeping unchurched emerging adults. And you're invited! On May 18 we'll host a panel with author Beth Seversen to discuss her book Not Done Yet: Reaching and Keeping Unchurched Emerging Adults (www.ivpress.com/not-done-yet). Register now to join us from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time to hear from the author, discuss the book in small groups and then engage in a live Q and A with her. Co-hosted by the EFC and Youth Worker Community. There’s still time to order a digital version of the book if you want to read it before the discussion, but even if you don’t read it, you are welcome and will benefit.

Covid-19 Prayer Prompts for [email protected]

The EFC has begun to offer weekly prayer suggestions at TheEFC.ca/Covid-19. While you can of course pray about these topics anytime, the EFC is promoting a special communal time of each Friday at 4:00 p.m. Please consider setting a reminder and then praying at the same hour in your time zone along with other Christians.

June 16 Covid Prayer Event

EFC President Bruce Clemenger and Prayer Ambassador Roger Helland are facilitating an EFC affiliate-wide Zoom Prayer Gathering specifically for Covid-19 on June 16, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon (ET). With designated worship and large group prayer leaders and small group breakout rooms, we will pray with and for those affected by Covid: for those infected and those who’ve suffered loss, for front-line medical personnel, for the psychological, social and economic impact, and for pastors and churches. The Zoom link will be sent out soon to all EFC affiliates.

Bill C-268: Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act

Bill C-268 is expected to be debated soon. This bill would create an offense in the Criminal Code making it illegal to compel a doctor or other health care professional to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of medical assistance in dying. For more information and a sample letter to send to your MP, visit our Bill C-268 page.

P2C-Students NEXT Steps Scholarships

In over 50 years serving students, Power to Change Students (P2C-S) has seen how crucial the first year of post-secondary education is for forming and maintaining faith. Starting this year, they’re offering a new scholarship for first-year post-secondary students. Power to Change is an EFC affiliate. Learn more details about the scholarship. Deadline May 16.

New Podcast: Mark Noll and that Weird Word “Evangelical”

Among many other books, Mark Noll wrote 1994's important Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. His latest book came out in 2019: Evangelicals: Who They Have Been, Are Now, and Could Be (with George Marsden and David Bebbington). We reviewed the book in the March/Apr Faith Today and we thought it would be cool to have a conversation with Mark Noll about evangelicalism: the movement and the word. Listen to Noll’s podcast conversation with Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller of Faith Today.

Dispatch from WEA Ambassador: A New Global Leader for Evangelicals

“Someone in the line of the Huguenots—the French Protestants who had to flee from persecution in the 16th and 17th centuries—has shown up to remind us what today’s priorities for Christian witness should be.” Read Brian Stiller’s article introducing Thomas Schirrmacher, the new Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance.

The FT Interview with Brian Doerksen

Brian Doerksen is a songwriter/recording artist in B.C. His songs "Come, Now Is the Time to Worship" and "Hope of the Nations" are known worldwide. He recently spoke at length with Karen Stiller of Faith Today about leading worship with a whisper and his latest project Hymns for Life.

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Coming Events at TheEFC.ca/Calendar

→ Refugee Advocacy Webinar (CRC Centre for Public Dialogue/World Renew), online May 11 (tonight)
→ How Love Transforms Business and Missions (Canadian Christian Directory), online May 11 (tonight)
→ Timothy Preaching Lectures with Dr. Philip Ryken (Metropolitan Bible Church), online May 12
→ National March for Life, Ottawa and online, May 13
→ Collaborative Missions in Canada (TIM Centre), May 13
→ Responding to a Critical Incident – How to Prioritize, Communicate and Act (P2P), May 13
→ Watercooler Break (Canadian Christian Communicators), online May 14, June 11
→ Seeking Justice Together (Citizens for Public Justice), online May 17-20
→ Book Discussion on Reaching Emerging Adults (EFC/YWC), online May 18
→ Biblical Obedience for Business Leadership (CCBF), online May 19
→ Married to the Minister: Joys and Struggles (Karen Stiller/JFJ), online May 20
→ EFC Pentecost Prayer: All Affiliates and Staff, online May 20
→ Step into Impact: Exploring the Leader’s Operational Model (Food for the Hungry), May 20 
→ Discovering God at Work in Your Neighbourhood (Forge), online May 20, June 3, 17
→ Being Jesus Centred in a Secular Age (Jesus Collective), online May 20
→ Parenting Emerging Adults (RockPointe Church), online May 20
→ Historymaker Youth Conference (PAOC BC), online May 21
→ The Justice Conference – Global (Tearfund), online May 22
→ National Prayer Breakfast / Christian Youth Summit (Ottawa Parliamentary Prayer), online May 27
→ Christian Higher Education Conference (CHE Canada), online May 31-June 3
→ Une soirée au sommet (La Rencontre au Sommet), en ligne 1 juin
→ Treaty and Covenant: Creating Space for Hope (NAITTS), online June 3-5
→ Spiritual Parenting: Raising Disciples at Home (Tyndale SFC), online June 5, 12, 19, 26
→ Discovery Course (Pioneer Bible Translators), online June 6-June 8
→ Ageing and Spirituality Conference (Conrad Grebel University College), online June 10

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In Case You Missed It

Podcast: Brian Doerksen on leading worship with a whisper
→ Sample letter on conversion therapy bill (pdf docx)
Refugee Sunday resources
Ode to Reading (Faith Today article)
Invitation to create (Faith Today call for homemade art, deadline June 30)
Nouvelles ressources en français / New French-language resources (on EFC website)