The MCF is hosting Online Alpha Course

I pray that you are adapting to our shift to social distancing as well as you can.  I find that I am missing getting together with my friends and neighbours as I do my part to minimize my movements outside of my home.

While there are activities that we can busy ourselves with, we are by nature social, and we are drawn to each other.

Interestingly, this desire for social contact amongst each other is a function of our having been made in the image of God.  God by nature is social and He demonstrated this aspect of His nature in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible.  In Genesis 1:26 God said: “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…” God described Himself in the plural form, which Christians have come to understand is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, otherwise known as the Trinity. While God expresses Himself as a Trinity, elsewhere He is clear that He is still One (Deuteronomy 6:4).  It is an aspect of God that many people puzzle over.

There are lots of aspects of God that are not only mysterious, but also interesting and in some cases truly lifechanging. The Alpha course is a program that provides an environment where curious people can learn about God, ask questions and be heard as they join each other in exploring God.

I think that there is no better time to become part of an online Alpha course than now. We have questions about where is God in all that we see occurring around us, we have the need to socialize and we have then need to be safe. The online Alpha course can address all of these aspects. So, on 19 April I and several of my MCF colleagues are going to host an 11-week online Alpha course using the teleconferencing platform called Zoom.

If you have questions about God and want to learn and discuss your questions in a safe environment, then please sign up for the Alpha course. You may also extend this invitation to a family member or a colleague.  Please contact the MCF office for more information and to register.

Join me on 19 April at 7:00 pm EST.  These Sunday evening sessions will past approximately 60-75 minutes during which we will watch short videos and discussion what we think and how we feel. I think that you will enjoy our time together and I look forward to meeting you.

Gerry Potter
President

2020 – ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

This year’s annual general meeting (AGM) is scheduled to take place on 29 February commencing at 1:00 pm EST.



This year we will be able to meet without having to physically travel to a specific location for the AGM.  As we did in 2019, we will be using the teleconferencing application called “ZOOM”, which the executive team has been using for a few years.  We have had great success with this application and have expanding its use in support of the AGM.  For the best experience please download the application to whichever device you will use to connect to the AGM.  This application will permit you to join the MCF AGM, to participate either through chat or voice, to view presentations that will be given and allow members to vote all from the comfort of where ever you choose to be at the time of the meeting.  Again, the only condition is that you have internet access and for the second time, attendance at the MCF AGM is available for all without associated travel arrangements and costs. I look forward to meeting with you at the MCF AGM on 29 Feb.

You should likely use a device that will permit you a viewing screen larger than a smart phone. There may be documents and power point viewing necessary during this meeting.  You can access the application either through your device’s application functionality or at this web-site – https://zoom.us/signup.

We are excited over what has happened during the past year and over what we are planning to do during the coming year.

Please note that more information will be provided in the coming weeks.

***Only members of the MCF will be given the right to vote at the AGM. Please confirm your membership by contacting the office.

AMCF Week of Prayer (WOP)

Another year is history as 2019 drew to a close and the firm but often unseen hand of God has written another chapter in the history of mankind. It is very comforting to know that what happens in the New Year will not take God by surprise, though what happens may be a surprise to us.  

As we usher in the Year 2020, let us do so with the assurance of God’s strength to run with endurance the race set before us. 

 In this regard, I wish to remind you that the AMCF North American Region’s Annual Week of Prayer (WOP) is scheduled for  26-31 January 2020. 



The constant need for our steadfastness in fulfilling the Great Commission in the armed forces is ever before us. The upcoming WOP therefore provides an opportunity to all of us in the Region to assemble and to pray while encouraging others to join in corporate prayer.  Likewise, it provides the opportunity to visit and evangelize whilst bringing the needs of individuals, families, forces and nations to our Lord and Saviour in prayer.

Let us therefore embrace this opportunity as we launch out collectively into the New Year with the assurance of God’s love and faithfulness.  

Blessings,
Cdr Wilbert N Kirton, Ret’d
AMCF VP 
North America

Family Life weekend getaway.

A Weekend Getaway is a marriage conference uniquely designed to enrich your relationship.

For most couples it’s a chance to reconnect, re-establish the foundation and rekindle romance.
For others, it’s a fresh start. For some, it will be the weekend that saves a marriage.

Wherever you’re at in your relationship, this retreat is a weekend to remember. The atmosphere is relaxed and warm, even fun.
You’ll hear from real couples doing real life together… God’s way. You’ll be given time to process what you’re learning.
And together, you’ll make a plan for a marriage that lasts a lifetime.
There is a military discount for these weekend, please provide information at time of registration.

Below are a few options of the Weekend getaway you can register for.

Go to FAMILYLIFE.com to see  more options.

Grey Cup Breakfast 2019 (Calgary)

“Saturday, 23 November, Athletes in Action, a ministry of Power to Change, held its 41stGrey Cup Breakfast at the Big Four Roadhouse, Stampede Park, in Calgary. Each year Athletes in Action hosts a breakfast the day before the Grey Cup game at which CFL players, coaches, trainers and their spouses share their experiences within the professional sports world as followers of Jesus. The speakers provide attendees with an unvarnished look into their struggles and their faith journey with Christ. Each year the gospel is consistently and clearly presented and those in attendance are offered the opportunity to invite Jesus into their lives.

This year as in previous years, through generous donations the MCF was able to sponsor 20 members of the military community. I am grateful to those who made it possible for these individuals to hear how Jesus is impacting men and women in one of Canada’s professional sports environs.  I am also joyful that two of those who attended accepted Jesus as their Saviour and Lord and that another was convicted to recommit himself to the Way.  Please join with me in expressing thanks to God for His work in the lives of these people, for inspiring others to give both of themselves and of their financial resources to make the breakfast and its impact possible.  Also, please join me in praying for the commitment that has been made by all those who either accepted Jesus or rededicated themselves. As always, God is on the move and we are given the privilege of joining Him.”

Gerry Potter

Colonel (Retired)

President

 

It’s exciting yet never too early to mark this in your calendar. 22 November 2020 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan will be the next Grey Cup.

Please consider being our guest at the 2020 Grey Cup breakfast event Saturday 21 November and pray for your colleagues who may be impacted by this outstanding event. Also, consider financially sponsoring someone to attend next year’s breakfast.

Remembering our brother, BGen (Ret’d) Larry Lashkevich

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

On Sunday evening, 15 April, a good friend and fellow soldier of the cross, BGen (Ret’d) Larry Lashkevich passed into the presence of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Larry had suffered a major stroke in February from which he was not able to recover.  Larry was an exemplary individual whose love for Jesus energized him in his life of service in the name of Christ.  Larry had been an influential force within the Military Christian Fellowship of Canada for most of his military career and served for many years in its primary leadership role.  Larry, was always, no matter what the circumstances, an encourager. Consistently, he provided encouragement to those he led, with whom he worked and to those who served Jesus by serving the military community.  I will best remember Larry for his joy, his insight and his untiring devotion to Christ and his family.  Larry was a big man, whose heart for Jesus was even bigger.  His passing leaves a hole in my heart and the hearts of many across the military community, not only in Canada, but internationally. While, Larry’s passing is difficult for those who remain behind, the mission that he served has not ceased and we are called to press on to take hold of that which Christ has called us to.

I ask that you all join me in offering prayer of thanksgiving, praise and intercession:

“Abba, Father; we thank You that Larry’s earthly suffering has concluded and that He is now with You. You blessed us with Your presence and work in and through Larry and we are all better servants because of His example of leadership and discipleship.  Lord, we appeal to You, to pour Your mercy and grace over his family and friends.  You know the pain and the loss that they are all feeling, so we ask You Lord to manifest Your presence tangibly in our lives that we may know the peace that passes understanding and that we may have uncommon strength to endure and to accomplish all that needs to be done in response to Your call on our lives.  Please Lord raise up your saints to come along side Larry’s family to bring Your love and support both practical and spiritual.  We ask all these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, Amen.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

There will be a Celebration of the Life of Larry on Sunday, April 22 between 14:00 and 16:00 at Kanata Baptist Church.  It is a drop in format. More information at the link provided if you wish to join family and friends.
https://www.arbormemorial.ca/kelly/obituaries/lawrance-larry-lashkevich/18155/

“LIVING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD”

     NEW STUDY STARTING 7 Feb 2018.

This study is for all members of Garrison Petawawa desiring to learn more about the Kingdom of God as described in the Christian Scriptures.
And it’s Free!  Join us.

When: Weekly, starting Wed 7 Feb 2018,  1600-1700 hrs.
Where: Grn Petawawa, St George Chapel    (Bldg Q-101).

Sessions Overview   (6 sessions)

  1. Kingdoms and the Kingdom of God through the Ages
  2. Lessons from Biblical People Living in the Kingdom of God
  3. Conscious of the Kingdom!
  4. Descriptions of the present Kingdom of God – Parables and the Presence of Children of God
  5. Preparing for the next ages in the earthly Kingdom of God
  6. Summary – The Kingdom of God and of His Son

Contacts:
Padre Mario Gaulin – Mario.Gaulin@forces.gc.ca or 613-687-5511, Ext. 6185
Padre Robert Schweyer – Robert.Schweyer@forces.gc.ca Ext. 5433

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