The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Update, August 18, 2009

General August 18, 2009

PRESIDENT SAYS HUTTERITE BRETHREN CASE SIGNIFICANT TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s President, Bruce J. Clemenger, clarifies the significant implications of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Hutterite Brethren case on religious freedom.

QUEBEC: ON ABORTION AND EUTHANASIA
In this week’s webitorial Don Hutchinson, director of the EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life, reflects on recent newspaper reports from Quebec concerning government regulation of abortion clinics and polling numbers on end of life issues.

Muslim Ministry FREE BREAKFAST INVITATION 
The Canadian Network of Ministries to Muslims (CNMM), operating on the partnership platform of the EFC, invites pastors and ministry leaders to a free breakfast invitation on Sept. 3 at Samaritans Purse in Calgary. Join CNMM for this informative gathering where you will learn how you and your congregation can get involved in ministering to and praying for Muslims.

EFC COMMENTS ON STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION
EFC Vice-President Don Hutchinson replied to a newspaper column on “Quasi-Religion and the Environment” with a succinct reminder that God requires us to be stewards of His creation.

UNDERSTANDING CHURCH AND FAITH TRENDS
Join us at a Christian Leaders Connection one-day event near you to find out how Canadian trends in areas like use of time, mobility, immigration, attendance, giving and volunteering affect your ministry. Discover EFC resources that can help all members of the Church be more effective.

EFC HOSTS PRESENTATION ON WWII JEWISH ART
The EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life and the Laurentian Leadership Centre of EFC affiliate Trinity Western University hosted an Ottawa presentation by Yehudit Shendar, Deputy Director and Senior Art Curator of the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem, about the artwork of Carol Deutsch. Shendar noted and explained the influence of other artists, including contemporaries, and Deutsch’s faith on his 99 illustrations of the Torah.

IGNITE THE LIGHT
How do you explain the gospel in an environment that lacks a Christian frame of reference and belief in absolute truth? Learn ways to intelligently and sensitively defend and express your faith at the Ignite the Light Conference, Richmond Hill Christian Community Church, Sept. 19.

Do you have an iPhone or iPod Touch?
The new digital edition of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s (EFC) Faith Today magazine (www.faithtoday.ca/digital) automatically optimizes for viewing on such mobile devices. For a limited time, the two latest issues are available free in their entirety. They can also be downloaded to keep. Subscribe today, and we'll give you complimentary access to each future issue in this online format. Non-subscribers will soon be locked out and unable to read the digital editions.

Small Army Is Ready for Pandemic
Find out on Christianity.ca what Christians are doing to prepare for what the government believes will be an inevitable outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus. Christianity.ca is an EFC web initiative to platform the Christian community in Canada.

EFC AFFILIATE SPOTLIGHT
This week’s EFC affiliate spotlight is on Arab World Ministries. The purpose of AWM is the same as it was when they began more than 125 years ago: “To proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to Muslims on the Arab world.” Read more about the work of this EFC affiliate and how your ministry can affiliate.

IS your church an efc AFFILIATE?
If not, perhaps you can be the person who encourages your leadership team to prayerfully consider leading your congregation affiliate. Affiliation has its benefits – for the pastor, congregation and the EFC. 

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