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EFC Update Newsletter - November 9

09 November 2021
 

New Faith Trends Podcast Launching this Month

Faith Trends Podcast is launching this month as an initiative of the EFC’s research department to better connect research with its ministry implications for the Church in Canada. Our vision for the podcast is to highlight Canadian researchers, both established and emerging, and provide a platform for their work. We want to help build a bridge connecting researchers to ministry practitioners who might benefit from their work. You can listen to an introduction and the first episode now.

Newly Revised EFC Civic Engagement Kit

Our newly revised Civic Engagement Kit offers advice and explanations about interacting with your elected government representatives. Feel free to reproduce and distribute copies in your group or church.

Be Kind to Your MP Campaign

The EFC is encouraging Canadian Christians to reach out to their newly-elected or returning members of Parliament with a friendly greeting between November and December.

EFC President to Speak in Markham, Ont.

EFC President Bruce Clemenger is speaking at Markham Bible Chapel this coming Sunday, November 14. The topic is the future of mission work in Canada

Request a speaker for your group at www.TheEFC.ca/speakers.

Now Hiring: Major Gifts Officer for Eastern Canada

The EFC is seeking a major gifts officer to work in Eastern Canada (Ontario and Maritimes). We recently revised the position description (Oct. 20, 2021). Get details on this full-time position at TheEFC.ca/Jobs.

Faith Today’s Guide to 2021 Charity Gift Catalogue

Check out this helpful list of charity gift catalogues, many produced by affiliates of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Is your favourite charity there? If there's a gift catalogue missing, let us know and we'll add it.

Sign Up Now for EFC Book Club on Flourishing Congregations Nov. 18

The EFC Book Club is a new opportunity to meet with an author and other readers to discuss a book and what it means in our lives and ministries. On Nov. 18 we will explore what it looks like for a congregation to flourish, based on Signs of Life: Catholic, Mainline, and Conservative Protestant Congregations in Canada (Tyndale Academic, 2021). Even if you haven’t read the book, you will still benefit from the dialogue. Join co-author Joel Thiessen of Ambrose University, engage in a live Q&A and take part in breakout group discussion. Register at TheEFC.ca/BookClub. (Event lasts 90 minutes, starts at 7 p.m. Eastern.)

How to Become an Intergenerational Church (Faith Today article)

"We’ve tended to organize in ways that isolate – even insulate – the generations from one another," Cory Seibel comments in a new Nov/Dec feature article. He offers six tips for increasing community among people of all ages.

Get more unique Canadian Christian journalism like this by signing up at FaithToday.ca/SubscribeFree.

Join Us for a Canadian Nationwide Prayer Event Nov. 23

The EFC and ten prayer networks are planning an online prayer event. We will worship and pray together for the renewal of the practice of prayer, that it may lead to fruitful community and mission in Canada through local churches. Our text is John 15:7-8. Please join us and invite others in your network for this 90-minute nationwide prayer event starting at 11 a.m. Eastern. Register at TheEFC.ca/NationwidePrayer.

New EFC Weekly Prayer Prompts 

This week’s prayer request is about the freedom to express our beliefs. Pray in thanksgiving to God for the freedom of religion we enjoy to God for the freedom of religion we enjoy; for boldness to follow God’s calling to be salt and light; for our nation to allow religious communities to exist and flourish; and for wisdom for the courts and elected officials. You can learn more on this topic at TheEFC.ca/ReligiousFreedom.

Each week at we rotate through a prayer request from each of these five areas: Sanctity of Life, Care for the Vulnerable, Church and Mission, Family and Community, Religious Freedom. We also list an EFC affiliate group to pray for.

This week, we highlight IDOP, which stands for International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. This year, IDOP took place this past Sunday, November 7. Every year, Christians around the world set a day aside for prayer for our sisters and brothers who are persecuted for their faith.

Covid 19 and the restrictions have a significant impact on our lives. The EFC continues to offer new [email protected] pandemic-focused prayer suggestions each week at TheEFC.ca/Covid-19.

Looking to Hire or be Hired?

Faith Today's website currently has online classified listings for four pastor positions (in New Glasgow, N.S., and Ontario cities of Erin, Port Hope and Toronto), a donor care rep, young moms program leader, chief financial officer, an accounting/finance associate, a major gifts officer, professors of counselling psychology and environmental science, and also some part-time positions (manager of agency collaboration, youth ministry leader, student life advisor). Check it out or post your help wanted ads at faithtoday.ca/classifieds.

Coming Events at TheEFC.ca/Calendar

→ On Bringing Peace (Imago/Intriciti), online, Nov. 10
→ Watercooler Break for Communications Workers (CCCA), online, Nov. 12
→ Timothy Morning with Dr. Gavin Ortlund (The Met Bible Church), Ottawa, Nov. 13
→ EFC President Speaks at Ontario Church (Markham), Nov. 14
→ Ancient Spirituality at Work (The King’s University), online, Nov. 15
→ Canadian Indigenous Realities and the Church (Ray Aldred/FFTH), online, Nov. 17; Dec. 1
→ Exploring the Jesus-Centred Way in a Polarized World (Jesus Collective), online, Nov. 17
→ Congregational Flourishing EFC Book Club with Joel Thiessen, online, Nov. 18
→ Called: Global Conference for Women in Leadership (Women Together), online 2hrs/day, Nov. 18-20
→ Tips from Winners of Christian Communicator Awards (CCCA), online, Nov. 19
→ EFC Speaker at Ontario Baptist Group (CBOQ), online, Nov. 20
→ Gather Rise Women’s Conference, Mississauga and online, Nov. 20
→ Julian of Norwich, A Companion for Our Times (The King’s University), online, Nov. 22
→ Nationwide Prayer: Abiding in Christ for Fruitful Community and Mission (EFC/ten other prayer networks), online, Nov. 23
→ On Bringing Love (Imago/Intriciti), online, Nov. 24
→ Ending Poverty Together Workshop (Food for the Hungry), online, Nov. 27
→ Soul Care in Age of Disconnection, Rediscovering Practices that Draw Us In and Send Us Out (The King’s University), online, Nov. 29

In Case You Missed It

Christ’s Call to the Work of Justice—It's Never Too Late (Faith Today blog) 
Quatre Nouveaux Articles Traduits / Four Feature Articles Now in French (Faith Today)
How to be Christian and Political at the Same Time (Faith Today podcast) 
Great Is Good, but Good Is Better (Faith Today blog) 
The EFC Granted Intervener Status in B.C. Star of the Sea Parish Case