THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF VIMY RIDGE/100E ANNIVERSAIRE DE LA BATAILLE DE LA CRÊTE DE VIMY

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All Defence Community members in the NCR are invited to attend events at the National War Memorial this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which was an important milestone in the history of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Saturday, 8 April, at 1900 hrs, a candlelight tribute and light show will illuminate the memorial.  A cadet vigil, conducted by the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, will also stand guard overnight at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, until sunrise.

Sunday, 9 April, at 0900 hrs, the one-hour ceremony will kick off with the annual launch of the National Sentry Program, which will see sentries posted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  These sentries will perform this sacred duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every day until 10 November.

Spectators are asked to be in place no later than 0840 hrs.

While streets adjacent to the National War Memorial will be closed, parking will be available at Ottawa City Hall at 110 Laurier Ave West.  Shuttle buses will be on hand to transport spectators between City Hall and the National War Memorial.

 

Tous les membres de la collectivité militaire présents dans la RCN sont invités au Monument commémoratif de guerre du Canada ce week-end pour commémorer le centenaire de la bataille de la crête de Vimy, un important jalon dans l’histoire des Forces armées canadiennes.

Le samedi 8 avril à 19 h, une cérémonie à la chandelle et un spectacle de lumière éclaireront le monument. Des cadets royaux de l’Armée canadienne feront aussi une vigile jusqu’au lever du soleil devant la Tombe du Soldat inconnu.

Le dimanche 9 avril à 9 h aura lieu une cérémonie d’une heure qui commencera par le lancement annuel du Programme des sentinelles, qui assure la présence de sentinelles devant la Tombe du Soldat inconnu. Les sentinelles participant à ce programme joueront ce rôle sacré tous les jours jusqu’au 10 novembre.

Nous demandons aux spectateurs d’arriver sur place au plus tard à 8 h 40.

Les rues adjacentes au Monument commémoratif de guerre du Canada seront fermées. Un stationnement sera accessible à l’hôtel de ville d’Ottawa, au 110, avenue Laurier Ouest, et une navette assurera le transport des spectateurs entre l’hôtel de ville et le monument.

 

Quarterly Saturday Morning Prayer Gathering

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Please join us in Ottawa for another MORNING OF PRAYER to keep walking in what God began at the January prayer meeting.  Contact the MCF office to RSVP for more information.

If you are not able to join us in Ottawa, connect with your local MCF group (see list of groups below)  or a few believers in your area who can join you in praying over the Canadian Armed Forces and your unique workplaces that same morning, inviting the work of God to increase among us this year. and for us and other believers to be empowered on His mission.  If you are able, consider fasting in any way you feel is appropriate in preparation to join in corporate prayer.    Here are some specific items to pray for during our MCF prayer morning to more tightly unite our prayers across Canada.  Take time to read the report from the January prayer meeting for your encouragement and invitation to participate in what God is doing.

Immanuel – God is with us

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On Saturday, 28 January, the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian MCF met for prayer. During the past week MCF groups of various countries across North America, the Caribbean and South America also held prayer meetings. These groups, who represent various nationalities, cultures and faith traditions were unified in prayer to the Lord. While there were unique prayers offered for specific localized needs and desires, there was unity of desire that the Lord to pour out His Spirit on His children to enable them to bring the gospel to their fellow military community members.

I need to pause as I write this, to try to appreciate what has happened and is happening. Christ followers of such diversity in unison praying for God to move in His people to enable them to accomplish Matthew 28:18-20. In John 17 Jesus’ prayer to the Father is recorded. Jesus asked on behalf of all those who would become His disciples that they would be one; even as Jesus and the Father are one so that: believers could be in Jesus and the Father; and so that the world may believe in Jesus.

I am in awe. For those of us who came together in Ottawa on Saturday we did so not with a grand strategy to fulfill Jesus’ prayer, but simply because we heard of other MCFs in other countries praying and we were moved to join in the initiative. So, we came together and we prayed and we fellowshipped and we experienced unity in the faith. I am humbled, I am grateful, and I am hopeful for the work of Christ through the members of the MCF in Canada in their joint efforts to obey Jesus by joining Him in His mission to make disciples. In Isaiah 7 it is recorded that Jesus would be born of a virgin and he would be called “Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.” In Matthew 28:18-20, after Jesus gives the apostles their mission, which is the mission that all followers of Jesus have been given, Jesus said “…I am with you, always, to the very end of the age.”

Members of MCFs across the Northern and Southern hemispheres are coming together in unified prayer asking for the Lord to do exactly what is His will, surrendering themselves to His working in them. God is with us. Is there any more evidence that we need? Is there anything else that is more worthy of our efforts than to be in unity pursing His mission?

I am profoundly grateful for the indescribable privilege to be part of the Lord’s mission, and to see the unity that He is creating among the members of the multiple national MCFs who are singularly focused on bringing the gospel to the military community. If you are reading this and you sense the Lord calling you to be part of His mission into the unique culture of the military community, please contact us. Immanuel – God is with us.

Until All 

Gerry Potter

Colonel (Ret’d)

President

MCF – Saturday morning prayer

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You are invited to join us in Ottawa on Saturday, January 28, 9:00, for a morning of prayer to conclude the AMCF week of prayer. Please contact the MCF office to RSVP and get the address.

If you are not able to join us in Ottawa, please connect with your local MCF group or a few believers in your area who can join you in praying over the Canadian Armed Forces that same morning, inviting the work of God to increase on the military this year and for all AMCF to be empowered on His mission. If you are able, also consider fasting and praying that day in any way you feel is appropriate in preparation to join in corporate prayer.

The AMCF North American Region’s Week of Prayer

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The rationale for this WOP is so that during this week at the start of a New Year our respective Leaders, and the men and women of our Security Forces can be committed to the LORD by Chaplains and MCFs across the entire region, for HIS protection and provision during the course of the Year.

During this week, all MCFs and Chaplains in the region are invited to make time to pray individually and as groups for

– each other

– national, military, security forces, and political leaders

– the well being and salvation of all members of respective forces and their families

They hold outreaches within their respective forces to encourage,evangelize and to pray with and for the needs of force members and to invite MCF members to brief their respective pastors/priests on the WOP and invite them to have special times of prayer in their services to cover their military, police and security forces and their families.  Also we encourage many to visit and pray with shut-ins, hospitalized and confined members of their forces.

We ask that all pray for the needs of other MCFs and Forces in the North American Region.

Please note Nestor Ogilvie will be  visiting the following 4 nations to join them in their activities on dates as shown below:

Grenada – Sun 22 Jan am

Barbados -Sun 22 Jan pm to Tues 24 Jan pm

St Vincent and the Grenadines – Tues 24 Jan pm to Thurs 26 Jan pm

St Lucia  – Thurs 26 Jan pm to Sunday 29 Jan pm.

May heaven be bombarded from every corner of the region on behalf of our men and women in uniform and their families, our military and national leaders and our forces as we join together in prayer.

2017 – GOALS

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Last month, On November 11th and 12th, the MCF held its first spiritual retreat in conjunction with the annual general meeting.  The intent was to come together in the name of Jesus, stop our busy routines, worship, fellowship, reflect upon the Word, listen and pray.  The hope that prompted the retreat was that we would encounter the Lord in a tangible way.  We were not disappointed.

The two-day retreat began with a prayer breakfast at the National House of Prayer.  Next, all those gathered, walked to the National War Memorial to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony.  After the ceremony, folks fellowshipped over lunch.  Beginning in the afternoon of the 11th and running until the afternoon of the 12th we followed a pattern of: orientation, silent prayer, scripture reading and meditation, then communal reflection upon what each person learned and experienced during their contemplative time with the Lord.  The retreat was based upon two words: disciple and disciple-making. When the group reviewed the results of the communal reflection period several themes became obvious, which together provided direction for the MCF.

In Matthew 18 Jesus responded to what in military terms could be called “careerism.”  Careerism occurs in various degrees, but the central issue is the pursuit of a mission for the primary purpose of advancing one’s career, one’s self interests.  The disciples came to Jesus and asked Him “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  Wow, it’s difficult to believe that they could be so bold, so presumptuous as to ask such a question.  Yet, I appreciate their honesty.  Who hasn’t sought to be elevated?  The military’s personnel evaluation system is dedicated to elevating people and most members are assimilated into its thinking, but the mindset is counter-Kingdom.  Jesus’ response is to point to a child as the standard for greatness: humble, trusting and obedient.  While Jesus continued to amplify His point, it is verse 20 that reflects part of what the Lord was communicating to us at the spiritual retreat – “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them”.

The MCF’s mission is to bring the gospel to the military community.  Ok, then how?  Should we hold regional evangelistic meetings?  Should we preach on street corners?  Should we produce all sorts of printed material and distribute it door-to-door?  Should we knock on doors, should we host MCF events?  How people and organizations have communicated the gospel is diverse; however, the direction to the MCF reflects Matthew 18:20.  Small groups of two or three people are the core of how the MCF is to bring the gospel.  One-on-one disciple-making and discipleship.  While the MCF operates within a military culture, which is personified by a hierarchy of authority, the MCF is a network of small, and some would say very small, groups in which one member disciples another.  The group needs to be singularly focused on following Jesus together.

So, over the next year there are five simple goals that I would like each of us to pursue together:
  1. Every member is in an MCF small group (2-3 people – sometimes more);
  2. Every member understands who Jesus is and how to become one of his disciples;
  3. Every member can confidently present their testimony of faith in Jesus;
  4. Every member can confidently explain how to become a follower of Jesus;
  5. Every member is active in praying regularly for at least one unsaved family member or friend.
Jesus wants us to disciple others as we go about our lives.  The pursuit and achievement of these five goals will enable each of us to fulfill His call on our lives.  Pursuing these goals together within the military community will enable us to achieve the MCF mission.

Until All
Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President

The Grey Cup Breakfast – Saturday 26 Nov 8:00 AM

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The Grey Cup Breakfast is a fun-filled, entertaining event produced by Athletes in Action for over 35 years and takes place the day before the big game.

As a way to show appreciation for those who have provided military service to Canada, fellow Canadians have made a limited number of tickets available for currently serving military personnel and veterans to attend the Grey Cup Breakfast on a “first come, first served” basis – advanced reservations only.  (Members of the public may purchase tickets at http://www.greycupbreakfast.ca ) Dress for military personnel – service dress with ribbons, for veterans – blazer and tie associated with your veterans organization.

Military personnel and veterans may have their name assigned to a “will hold” reserve ticket – contact Major (retired) Wes Bowers, Military Liaison Officer for AIA  at wes.bowers@p2c.com (A wait-list will be established. Also, contact me if you would like to contribute to make more complimentary tickets available.)

The Athletes in Action Grey Cup breakfast morning offers much more than just a good meal; the event provides the opportunity to win valuable CFL autographed merchandise, be entertained by local performers and hear from CFL players, coaches and wives from the two competing teams in Sunday’s Grey Cup game.

Each speaker in their own way have inspired, encouraged, and challenged people to live a life of destiny, courage and meaning. They have also contributed to the primary objective of the Grey Cup Breakfast: to provide a message of hope, courage and faith to those who have none.

Grey Cup Breakfast

Saturday, November 26th at 8:00 AM.

Sheraton Centre Hotel – Osgood Ballroom

123 Queen Street West

Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9

 

Information for our Spiritual Retreat in Ottawa

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It is our desire that all attending will be empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Please find the information below to help you pray for our men and women during our time together..

Friday, 11 November, 2016.

7:00 am Prayer Breakfast – see Prayer Practices below.

National Remembrance Day Service
  • National War Memorial – Wellington St, Ottawa
Lunch
  • Army, Navy , Air Force Mess; or Chateau Laurier
1:30 pm Afternoon Session

 

Saturday, 12 November, 2016.

9:00 am Morning Session

  • Greenbelt Church
Lunch – Greenbelt Church
1:00 pm – MCF AGM
  • Greenbelt Church
6:30 pm – Evening Service

 

Join us in prayer, Remembrance Day 2016.
This morning many are joined together at the National House of Prayer at the start of our Spiritual Retreat.  Praying for our Nation and the Military Community.
  • In accordance with 1 Tim 2:1-3 – please pray for the Government of Canada, the military’s leadership at all levels from the Chief of the Defence to the corporal, that God would give His wisdom either through His children who serve as MPs or through influencing them who do not yet know Him.
  • In accordance with Matt 28:18-20 – please pray that Christians who serve in the military community would understand their calling to make disciples who make disciples and then walk in the fullness of this calling with love and respect.
  • In accordance with Col 3:23-24 – please pray that military Christians would serve well and in so doing bring honour and glory to God.
  • In accordance with Gal 6:10 – please pray that military Christians would serve their local church with the gifts that the Lord has given them and in so doing bring honour and glory to God.
  • In accordance with Matt 28:18-20 and Acts 13:2-3 – please pray for the Canadian Church that she would recognized the Canadian military community as a unique domestic mission field and commission faith-filled military community believers to be their missionaries into the military community.

Until All

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President
Military Christian Fellowship of Canada/

Fraternité Chrétienne Militaire du Canada