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EFC Update Newsletter - September 13

13 September 2022

Condolences on Queen’s Death 

The EFC expressed sorrow at the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and thanksgiving for her life of faithful service. Read the official statement.

The EFC Urges Canadian Christians to Contact MPs on MAiD      

A change in the law allowing MAID for mental illness alone will come into effect this March. The EFC is encouraging Canadian Christians to ask their Members of Parliament to stop the  expansion.  See the EFC's media release and action kit for more information.

The EFC Appoints New Senior Leadership Roles in 2023

Last week the EFC announced that effective January 31, 2023, Bruce J. Clemenger will be appointed to a new role as Senior Ambassador and President Emeritus of the EFC, and David Guretzki, the EFC’s current Executive Vice-President, will become the EFC’s CEO and President.

Defending Prostitution Laws

The EFC has submitted written arguments in support of the laws against buying sexual services. A court challenge of the prostitution laws will be heard in the Ontario Superior Court this fall and the EFC is submitting arguments as an intervener, or friend of the court. The EFC’s factum points out that Parliament’s objective in passing these laws was to reduce the demand for prostitution. Parliament intended to discourage entry into prostitution, deter participation in it and ultimately abolish it to the fullest extent possible in order to protect communities, human dignity and equality.    

Building Housing and Community (Faith Today article)  

Churches and Christian groups are paying attention to the crisis in affordable housing in Canada and bringing ideas – and bricks and mortar – to the table, according to a feature article in the latest issue of Faith Today

Sign up at FaithToday.ca/SubscribeFree for a Faith Today print subscription to read more articles like this. Print subscribers should find the Sept/Oct Faith Today in your mailboxes soon. Anyone can now read selected articles from the new issue online at www.faithtoday.ca.    

Two new articles in French // Deux nouveaux articles traduit de « Faith Today  » 

Today we posted French translations of our new cover article “Redeeming evangelical: What to do with an inaccurate reputation” and our new FT interview with cattle farmer Bonita Mercer. // Aujourd'hui, nous avons mis en ligne les traductions françaises de notre nouvel article de couverture "Redeeming evangelical : What to do with an inaccurate reputation ?" et de notre nouvelle interview FT avec l'éleveur de bétail Bonita Mercer. You can read and share them and all our French articles at www.FaithToday.ca/francais

Bill to Verify Age and Consent on Pornography Sites 

Bill C-270 is a private member's bill that would require commercial pornography sites to verify the age and consent of people depicted before posting their images or videos. Not long ago, the EFC sent a letter of support to the sponsoring MP Arnold Viersen, Join the EFC and ask your MP to support Bill C-270. Learn more and find a sample letter you can use to write your MP at TheEFC.ca/C-270.     

Truth And Reconciliation With Love

John Johnstone is a B.C. mission worker seeking to build and strengthen relationships between First Nations and the Church. He reflects on the Pope’s apology and what’s needed to create right relationships between people in Canada in a new post at FaithToday.ca/Reconciling, a blog series from the Peace & Reconciliation Network.

Early Christmas Request     

Does your church do something creative to serve your community at Christmas? Faith Today magazine would love to hear about it for our Nov/Dec issue. Contact the editors at [email protected]    

BGEA Evangelism Summits 

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada is holding three free evangelism summits for pastors and church leaders with a roster of key speakers, Oct. 13 in Calgary, Oct. 18 in Halifax, and Oct. 20 in Toronto. Lunch and summit materials are provided. To register and for more information go to billygraham.ca/evangelism-summit

Free Half-Day Seminar: The Public Reading and Praying of Scripture 

Dr. Roger Helland, Prayer Ambassador for EFC, through Taylor Seminary and Kairos University, is offering a free half-day seminar on The Public Reading and Praying of Scripture. Learn more and register for this Oct. 1 event, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET (7:30 a.m. PT, 8:30 a.m. MT, 11:30 AT). 

This Week’s EFC Prayer Prompts    

Each week at TheEFC.ca/TakeAction, we rotate through a prayer request from five areas. This week, we’re praying about Poverty.

Pray for opportunity, security, provision, hope and freedom for those who cannot meet their basics needs or who are at risk of becoming homeless. For agencies and churches who provide food, shelter, clothing, job training, support and friendship. For us to hear and be moved by God’s love and call to serve those who are in need.

Also, we offer pandemic-focused prayer ideas we call [email protected], which we suggest you pray through on Fridays at 4 p.m. local time. Find new ones each month at TheEFC.ca/Covid-19.     

Coming Events at TheEFC.ca/Calendar     

→ Hope Conference: Stories from former Muslims, guidance from noted leaders (Crescent Project), online, Sept. 14 
→ Business as Mission Global Conference (BAM Global), online Sept. 15    
→ Write! Canada/The Word Awards, online, Sept. 16-17    
→ Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival, online/in-person in Toronto, Sept. 16-18
→ Relating to Muslims using the Come and See approach (LMT), online, Sept. 17
→ Nationwide Prayer for Ukraine (EFC, PRN, CTF Partners), online, Sept. 19
→ Women Together Mentoring Course, online Tuesdays Sept. 20 to Oct. 25  
→ Life Shared Summit (Alpha), Toronto, Sept. 22-24    
→ Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship Fall Conference 2022, Edmonton, Sept. 22-24   
→ Ending Poverty Together Workshop (FTH Canada), Hamilton, Sept. 24  
→ Rencontre au sommet / French online prayer (AEC/EFC), en ligne / online, Sept. 26  
→ Preacher’s Refresher (Timothy Trust), Landsdowne, Ont., Sept. 26-28; Bloomfield, PEI, Oct. 3-5; Canmore, Alta., Oct. 11-13 
→ Faith Driven Entrepreneur and Investor Conference (Trinity Wealth Advisors), online/in-person at several locations, Sept. 28-29 
→ Redeemer University’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, Hamilton, Sept. 30-Oct. 1  
→ Redeemer U. 40th Anniv. Concert: DOE + Paul Baloche, Hamilton, Sept. 30  
→ Victorious Festival 2022, Toronto, Sept. 30  

In Case You Missed It    

 → Job Openings: Justice and mercy coordinator; leadership centre director of programs; pastoral leader; director of philanthropy; pastor; director of human resources; and more (FaithToday.ca/Classifieds)    
Faith and Mental Health: Markku Kostamo reflects on finding a sanctuary in the Church (Faith Today article)