The Human Behind the Mission: A Rare Glimpse into Canada’s Armed Forces @ The Vancouver Club
Many ex-Armed Forces personnel say that there is no career more challenging or rewarding than serving in the Forces – the privilege of defending our country, being part of history-making events, and helping those in need – both in Canada and around the world.
At this January breakfast City in Focus will be inviting a panel of people who have served in the Armed Forces. Their life, their service and the role that their faith has played in their career will be discussed.
The breakfast discussion will be followed by ‘Continuing the Conversation’ post-breakfast session. Please consider staying on at the Club and joining some of the City in Focus staff and panelists for a further time of conversation around the topic. So if you have some extra time please join everyone for the extended program. The post-breakfast discussion group will conclude at 10am.
“Breakfast event in Vancouver, BC”
January 15, 2016 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am
The Vancouver Club
915 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6C
100 Huntley Street is Canada’s longest running daily television show and the sixth longest running daily television show in the world. Authentic and interactive, 100 Huntley Street brings you the amazing stories of people – whether they be world leaders, celebrities, sports figures, or everyday people – who have had life-changing encounters with God. On November 11, 2015, a televised interview with Gerry Potter, Colonel (Ret’d) President of the Military Christian Fellowship of Canada was aired at 9:15 – 10:15 eastern time.
Gerry Potter Colonel (Ret’d) shares his personal story and how we can support our military and their families.
The past couple of weeks has been full, and the next week is shaping up to be as interesting and exciting as we head towards our annual general meeting on 7 November. Where to start?
I met with the executive director of Alpha Canada. Alpha Canada wishes to support the communication of the gospel throughout the military community by working with the MCF, Canadian Forces chaplains and with local churches who themselves are seeking to minister to the members of this unique group.
I met with Jason Tremblay from Trenton Baptist Church who will be planting a French-speaking church in Trenton focused on ministering to the French-speaking military community in the Trenton area. The planned start date for the new church plant is September 2016.
I was given the opportunity to present our mission to 500 delegates at the “Church Planting Canada” Congress held in Montreal and I have been invited to join their Church Planting Catalyst Team.
I met with Luel Declarador a church planter from Mississauga, a former officer of the Philippine Navy. Luel, wants to reach the military community members in the Mississauga area and he is seeking the MCF’s assistance.
Power-to-Change Canada is offering to partner with the MCF to help develop an online mentorship ministry to the military community.
On Sunday, 1 November, Trailhead Baptist Church opens its doors at Valour School in Petawawa and will minister to the military community in Petawawa. I will be taking several MCF members to Petawawa for the first service to show our support. If you are in the Petawawa area on Sunday, please join us.
In addition to preparing for the AGM we will be hosting Col Phil Exner, Executive Director of ACCTS; and Nestor Ogilvie, the Vice President of the AMCF.
I was reminded recently of Ephesians 3:20-21
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
There has been a recent spike in interest in the MCF and its mission, which I am certain is the direct result of your prayers on behalf of the military community; and I am hope-filled the interest will intensify. You and I know that Jesus cares for the military community members more than any of us. Each member has been created in the image of God. Jesus offered his life in sacrifice for them and was then raised to life eternal so that they too could live forever with Christ. Those who join the mission of bringing the gospel to the military community are Christ’s servants, appointed and anointed, and we get to participate in the greatest rescue operation imaginable.
Please pray for the military community, please pray for the Canadian Forces chaplains, please pray for the MCF, and please encourage your church to join the mission.
MCF members and associates, the 7th of November 2015 has been selected as the timing of this year’s AGM.Please consider being part of this meeting.Mark your calendar.Your participation is important as we forge together the future of the MCF.The meeting will start with dinner at 17:30.For those unable to join us for dinner, the AGM will begin at 18:30. If you are joining us for a pizza dinner, please rsvp the office. This would be a great time to fellowship with other members of the MCF.
Location will be at the Greenbelt Baptist Church, 839 Shefford Rd in Ottawa East end.We ask that you consider and pray about coming to Ottawa and join us for this informative meeting.If this is not possible, we welcome your comments and recommendations.
2014/15 have been significant years of transformation for the MCF as we have focused our attention on being relevant to the men and women of the Canadian Forces and their families. The MCF faces exciting new possibilities and everyone with whom we have had contact in the past few years have been sincerely encouraging about these opportunities. Good progress is being made; and 2015 has brought much reassurance to the leadership.Everything we do is to glorify and honour our Lord.We ask that you continue to keep us in prayer as we prepare for and conduct this meeting.Should you need additional information, please contact Nicole Lalonde at the MCF Office or call 613-422-8458.
As can be appreciated, it is critical that many participate and I pray that the evening schedule will be on your calendar and we will see you there.
If you wish to support the MCF financially, please follow the link to: CanadaHelps
The MCF is partnering with a new church plant in Petawawa. Several months ago the MCF President, Gerry Potter, met with Pastor Tim Roddick and his team to learn about Tim’s vision to plant a church in Petawawa. Of the cultural groups in the Petawawa area, the military community is the largest and it is Tim’s and his team’s desire to bring Jesus to them. The MCF is excited at the potential for seeing lives changed through the ministry of Tim and his team. They hosted prayer nights on 25 May, 29 June, 27 July and 31 August in preparation for planting the new church. Praise God for continued support in prayer.
Here are some news from Tim and Stephanie Roddick.
Another month has passed, and we’re another month closer to the launch of weekly worship services in Petawawa! Actually… we’re no longer talking months… now, we’re talking days… 29 days to be exact!
Attached is a copy of the most recent Petawawa Newsletter #6; however, we expect much to happen in the weeks ahead, and have additionally created a ‘blog’ where we will regularly post articles and announcements in the weeks ahead. We’ve already added a bunch of content, so please check it out when you have a moment… Trailheadbaptist