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EFC Update Newsletter September 7, 2021

07 September 2021

National Prayer Time for Federal Election 

EFC Prayer Ambassador Roger Helland and the National House of Prayer are co-hosting a Zoom Prayer for the Federal Election, from 11:00 a.m.-noon Eastern time on Monday, September 13. Join us at https://theefc.zoom.us/j/84865042270?pwd=c0FLZGZ6MzhsSmVFVUZxNGZnSjU0QT09

Or call one of these numbers (204 272 7920 Manitoba; 587 328 1099 Alberta; 647 374 4685 Toronto; 647 558 0588 Toronto alternate; 778 907 2071 British Columbia; 438 809 7799 Montreal) and enter meeting ID: 848 6504 2270 and passcode: 638168. 

New Elections Video for Churches – and More 

The EFC offers a variety of election resources you can freely reproduce and distribute for your church or other gatherings. Our new 2-minute EFC video helps churches be active during an election and still follow the rules that guide their non-partisan participation. 

You can find all our latest election resources at TheEFC.ca/Election. Our complete EFC Election Engagement Kit 2021 is available for a free download now, including our 2021 election questions for candidates. We also have election slides for social media and group presentations and a general one-page brochure (also in French or Chinese) on faith and political engagement.  

EFC Staff Speaking at Toronto Election Workshop 

EFC Vice-President and Resident Theologian David Guretzki is leading an online election workshop for the Association of Christian Evangelical Ministries, an EFC-affiliated network of Toronto area Chinese churches, on Sept. 12. Topics include the federal election from an evangelical point of view, issues to address at the election, political involvement and the Kingdom of God, and a Q & A session. Request an EFC speaker for your gathering at TheEFC.ca/Speakers.  

New EFC Weekly Prayer Prompts   

This week’s prayer request is about abortion and fetal rights. You can learn more on these issues at TheEFC.ca/Abortion.  

Pray for our culture to be life-affirming; for strong social and economic supports for those facing unplanned pregnancy; for women contemplating abortion and those who have had abortions. Pray also for doctors and nurses who may be pressured to end life or at risk of losing employment for their refusal to participate in abortion, and for legislators to recognize fetal rights and for an end to abortion. 

Each week at TheEFC.ca/TakeAction 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 Pregnancy Care Canada, a Christ-centred national organization dedicated to upholding life by equipping pregnancy care centres and local communities with resources, education, and support to compassionately serve those challenged by an unexpected pregnancy. 

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.  

Sleeping While the Kingdom Comes 

Jesus set an example for us of the importance of rest, writes Rev. Amanda Currie of Regina in "Sleeping while the Kingdom comes," a new post on the Faith Today website. 

Does Your Charity Have a Christmas Gift Catalogue This Year? 

Let us know! We’re compiling a list of Christmas gift catalogues for our Faith Today readers, and we want to be sure we don’t miss one. Send us an email at [email protected] with a link to your charity’s catalogue by Sept 22.  

Looking to Hire or be Hired?  

Faith Today's website currently has online classified listings for two pastor positions in Ontario (Erin, Port Hope), a chief financial officer, an accounting/finance associate, a major gifts officer (covering Ontario and the Maritimes), a professor of psychology/counselling, and more. Check it out or post your help wanted ads at www.faithtoday.ca/classifieds.  

The FT Interview with Joanna la Fleur (Faith Today article) 

Joanna la Fleur is a communications expert who hosts the Word Made Digital podcast. She coaches churches and organizations how to have a better digital presence. She spoke with us about what Christians learned as the pandemic accelerated our shift to virtual platforms and what we can carry forward.. She coaches churches and organizations how to have a better digital presence. She spoke with us about what Christians learned as the pandemic accelerated our shift to virtual platforms and what we can carry forward. 

You can also listen to our podcast with Joanna, recorded this past July. 

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

 Coming Events at TheEFC.ca/Calendar  

→ Life Shared Summit (Alpha Canada), online, Sept. 9  
→ Watercooler Break for Communications Workers (CCCA), online, Sept. 10 
→ Youth Ministry Online Summit - Volunteers (Alpha/YWC/YFC), Sept. 11 
→ EFC-Wide Zoom Prayer for the Federal Election, Sept. 13 from 11:00 a.m. to noon ET 
→ 2021 MK Caregivers Summit (MK Caregivers), online from Dallas, Texas, Sept. 13-16 
→ Developing Intercultural Leaders for Missional Ministry (TIM Centre), online Tuesdays from Sept. 14 
→ Canadian Indigenous Realities and the Canadian Church (Ray Aldred, FFTH), online, Sept. 22  
→ Mission Leaders Conference Innovate 2021 (Missio Nexus), online from Dallas, Texas, Sept. 22-24  
→ The Timothy Trust Preachers’ Refresher (The Met), Landsdowne, Ont., Sept. 27-29  
→ Human Sexuality and Christian Ethics series (Salvation Army), online Mondays from Sept. 27 (register by Sept. 20)  
→ Atlantic Church Leaders Roundtable (Kingswood University), Moncton, N.B., Oct. 1 

Save the Date: Join the EFC’s Online Book Discussion 

On Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern, we’ll be hosting a discussion on what it looks like for a congregation to flourish. It will draw on the book Signs of Life: Catholic, Mainline, and Conservative Protestant Congregations in Canada(Tyndale Academic, 2021). Plan to join co-author Joel Thiessen of Ambrose University in Calgary, engage in a live Q and A and take part in breakout group discussion. Order the book today from your local bookstore so you can read it by November. 

Nouvelles ressources en français / New French-language resources 

→ Brochure : Élection fédérale: Foi, vote et engagement politique 
→ Le travail sur la conscience se poursuit pendant la pause parlementaire 
→ Entretien avec David Hearn, président du conseil d'administration de l’AEC 
→ Sur la colline du Parlement d’août-septembre 2021 
→ Mise à jour de l’AEC sur les relations avec les autochtones 
Visitez 
www.laec.ca.  

In Case You Missed It 


→ Helping Haiti After the Earthquake and Other Disaster Responses (EFC website article)  
→ Contributing to the Good of Our Neighbours (Faith Today website post)  
→ Five Reviews from JulAug 2021 (Faith Today article)  
→ Call for Prayer for Afghanistan
→ Why the EFC Encourages Christians to Vote (EFC website)