Christmas Season in Borden

Come and enjoy food & fellowship!

Korean BBQ & pizza & rice

When:  December 13, 2017

Time:  6:00 pM

Where:  CFB Borden Trinity Chapel

                 499 Dieppe Road, Borden

hosted by: Padre Sung Ho Kim and his wife.
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Christmas Eve supper meal

When:  December 24, 2017

Time:  6:00 pm

Where:  CFB Borden Trinity Chapel

                 499 Dieppe Road, Borden

To be followed by carols and a short suitable for all ages Christmas movie.  The intent of this event is to care for any military members and families who are not leaving base for the Holidays.   All are welcome.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years.  Thanks so much to all those who have supported this ministry to Love Borden.

God bless!
Padre Milley
Lt(N) Darren Milley

Chaplain, CFB Borden
Canadian Armed Forces
darren.milley@forces.gc.ca
Aumônier, BFC Borden
Forces armées canadiennes

WAR ROOM 2 December 2017

Members and staff of the MCF have been interceding in prayer for the Canadian military community throughout 2017. We are so excited now as we are taking this ministry public.

Join us on Saturday, 2 December, 10:00-11:00EST on a Facebook Live video broadcast as we intercede before God in response to your requests submitted via email or Facebook during the live event. We will pray for specific requests involving people (including yourselves), workplaces and circumstances connected to the Canadian Armed Forces military community.

Click on the image above for more details.

 

Grey Cup Breakfast Report 25 November 2017

On Saturday, 25 November, Athletes in Action (AIA) held their 39th Grey Cup Breakfast at the Westin Hotel in downtown Ottawa.  Over 350 people attended the event and were treated to testimonies of faith in Christ and the changed lives that have resulted from that faith.  Speakers included players from both the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts as well as former CFL players and coaches.  In accordance with the MCF mission to bring the gospel to the military community, the Ottawa chapter of the MCF hosted 18 military community members.  The participants ranged in age from 14 to 64 that of course included serving and retired personnel.  Some were new in the faith, some were in need of renewed faith and some were in need of a sense of God’s love for them.  Of note, the group included five Officer Cadets who are attending university and were in need of a better understanding of the life of a military Christian.

I am grateful to AIA for their faithful example of bringing the gospel to the sporting world.  I was humbled by the appreciation shown to those of us from the military community.  In fact on two occasions our tables were singled out for appreciation by those gathered and on one occasion we received a standing ovation.  I know that the younger members of our group were stunned by the appreciation and it served to deepen their sense of calling to serve God by serving in the military.

I am also grateful to you for praying for the event.  Please note that we are still in need of additional funding in order to cover all the costs associated with the Grey Cup Breakfast, so please consider giving financially.  Next year, the Breakfast will be held in Edmonton so I ask you to join me in praying and preparing for that event.  My desire is that we would be able to sponsor 40 members of the military community.

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President

MCF ANNUAL SPIRITUAL RETREAT 10 – 12 November 2017

 

Join us at the National House of Prayer’s beautiful historic building in Ottawa to rest and refresh, enjoy fellowship and teaching, and receive prayer.  The weekend includes the annual MCF prayer breakfast on 11 Nov before attending the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Canadian War Memorial in downtown Ottawa.

2 night’s accommodations plus food Friday evening to Sunday morning, $160/per person or $280/per couple.

Contact the MCf office for details and to reserve by 8 Nov.

Love Borden event

Love Borden  –  We are back!

After taking the summer off we are ready to announce our next series of dates for the Love Borden contemporary/evangelical gatherings.

October 11, November 8, December 13, January 17
Starting at 7 pm
A great evening of worship, God’s Word, communion and prayer.

We are very excited about the further development of ministry to the members of the Canadian Armed Forces here at Base Borden and their families and to the further partnering with churches of the area.

If you are in the Borden area on any of these dates, do join us for Contemporary praise and worship, at Trinity Chapel, dieppe Rd, Base Borden.

We would love for your church to join us and are in specific need of assistance in the area of worship leaders/teams.

If you have any questions please contact the sender, Padre Darren Milley and if you can help by loaning us some of your worship people we would be most thankful

God bless!
Padre Milley
Lt(N) Darren Milley

Chaplain, CFB Borden
Canadian Armed Forces
darren.milley@forces.gc.ca / Tel: 705-424-1200 ext 2180 / CSN : 270-2180 / BB: 705-828-5751

Aumônier, BFC Borden
Forces armées canadiennes
darren.milley@forces.gc.ca / Tél: 705-424-1200 poste 2180 / CSN : 270-2180 / BB: 705-828-5751

An invitation to stop and spend time with the Living God and with others who seek the same.

How long does it take you to get ready for the day? When I have a heavy schedule, I can be out of bed, saved, showered, dressed and in the car with coffee in hand in under 15 minutes.  If I leave by 6:00 am and drive and the traffic lights are just right, I can be in downtown Ottawa in 20 minutes.  Depending on where I park, I can end up behind a computer on and be triaging emails within 50 minutes of waking up.  Depending where you live, your timing could be faster than mine, but if you lived next door to me, you would be hard pressed to beat my time.  If I leave downtown before 3:00 pm, it takes 25 minutes to get home, again depending on the lights.  Now, I don’t have young children, but if I did, my arrival at home would be the commencement of another schedule, which would run until those kids were in bed.  Working Monday to Friday and managing a family means that weekends are full of the stuff that I didn’t have time for during the week, its catch up time.  Then there are the weekend responsibilities in support of kid’s sports, in support of church and maybe other activities.  Generally, life is busy, and for some real busy.

For the past few years the MCF has held its AGM in concert with Remembrance Day.  We chose that day because, for the military community, it is generally mandated that those serving stop and take time to remember the sacrifices of their comrades, both present and past.  As the military community is already oriented towards contemplation, it is appropriate for those who follow Jesus to concurrently fix their gaze upon Him.  In contrast to the speed of life described in the beginning of this letter, last year I sought to change that pace and offered members an occasion to extend their Remembrance Day pause by attending a spiritual retreat during which a short period of time was allocated to the MCF AGM.  For those who were able to participate and enter Christ’s rest, an experience of spiritual refreshment took place.  The after effects were not an over-stimulated “energizer bunny” as some conferences tend to produce, but rather a strengthening of faith and a deepening of friendships.

This fall, 10-12 November, we will again hold a spiritual retreat for MCF members and you are invited.  We will meet at the National House of prayer in Ottawa beginning on Friday evening, 10 November. The evening will be a time of fellowship, reflection and worship.  On Saturday morning we will meet again for a prayer breakfast after which we will proceed to the National War Memorial to witness the Remembrance Day ceremonies.  In the afternoon we will continue our reflection and prayer culminating with a fellowship meal.  After the meal we will hold the business portion of the weekend otherwise known as the AGM, during which those gathered will have opportunity to share what the Lord has been communicating to them during the previous two days.  Our evening will conclude with worship and prayer.  Sunday, MCF members from out of town will be invited to attend local churches of their specific faith tradition.  We will provide recommendations based upon a survey of churches that will feature a military community oriented service as part of the Remembrance Day weekend.

Please inquire of the Lord if He desires that you come and be part of the 2017 spiritual retreat and then contact the MCF office to let us know so that we can prepare for your arrival.  Over the next few weeks additional details will be forwarded to you.  May you know the peace of the Lord our Saviour.

Until All 

Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)
President

2017 – GOALS

2017-goals.

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

 

Update to the MCF Spiritual Retreat and AGM 2016

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A reminder to set aside a few days to join us for our first annual spiritual retreat in Ottawa, which will coincide with our annual general meeting. On Friday, November 11th, there will be an MCF prayer breakfast at 7:00 am at the National House of Prayer, 17 Myrand Ave, Ottawa, ON. K1N 5N7, which will be followed by attendance at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in downtown Ottawa.  Lunch is available at the Chateau Laurier, or at various Messes in Ottawa. For information on these, please contact the MCF office.
 
In the afternoon, beginning at 1:30 pm, at Greenbelt Church, 839 Shefford Rd Ottawa, we will spend time reflecting upon Jesus’ call to us to make disciples.  The session will start with a tutorial on disciple-making and then continue with individual prayer and meditation on the Scriptures.  We will then come together again to share what the Lord has been communicating to us individually.  We will close the day at approximately 5:30 pm. 
 
On Saturday, November 12th, a small change in the schedule, we will recommence at 9:00 am with prayer and worship.  Snack and coffee will be served and in our second session we will consider the concept of discipleship.  Following a similar agenda to the previous afternoon, we anticipate ending the session at 12:00 and then share lunch together, which will be provided.  The annual general meeting will commence at 1:00 pm.
 
Please reply to this email if the Spirit leads you to join us in Ottawa.  As we get closer to the weekend of the spiritual retreat, more details will be forth coming.
 
Life is busy, there are many demands to which we must respond.  God knows this and He gives us strength to endure, but He also instructs us to stop, listen, and pray.  Take time to be still and know that He is God.  I invite you to come and stop together on the 1st annual MCF spiritual retreat.

“Breakfast event in Vancouver, BC” 15 January, 2016

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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”

WHEN:
January 15, 2016 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am
WHERE:
The Vancouver Club
915 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6C
Canada
COST:  $36.80
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Nathaniel Bentley   604-687-7292 or by    Email
This Breakfast is hosted by City in Focus