Welcome to The Grand Forks, B.C. 3739 Battalion Headquarters! here you will find info on upcoming events, learn more about guys who are in The Nation, and most importantly learn more about God! The Headquarters is ran by none other than our Captain Lance Martens! Enjoy!

Monday, September 18, 2017

BTLN PREVIEW - BATTALION BASEBALL "UNDER THE LIGHTS"



That's right, this week we will be eating Menno and playing Baseball under the lights of James Donaldson Park! Can't wait!

Wednesday September 20th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Remember, Battalion is like Heaven, there is always room for one more! So bring a friend!

THE CAPTAIN

Sunday, September 17, 2017

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - SEPTEMBER




It is already the third week of September and past time for the birthday post! What an amazing group of men! I am so blessed to know these men and to be able to call them friends!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Romans 5:9,10   Live as children of light  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.


Nathan Klassen - September 1
Zach Gobbett - September 3
Jonathan Fojt - September 9
Lance Martens - September 13
Ryley Heppner - September 16
Sam Jepsen - September 17
Noah Makortoff - September 17
Charlie Langis - September 20
Bruce Jepsen - September 24
Cam Tyssen - September 25
Cam Thompson - September 25
David Podovinikoff - September 26
 
 
THE CAPTAIN

Saturday, September 16, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - POOL PARTY




Congrats Caleb! Caleb is the Btln Belly Flop Champion in back to back years! I can't believe we have been doing the Belly Flop Competition for twelve years! Dolan and Isaac Weltz both joined Caleb in the Belly Flop Final with awesome flops in the first round. Isaac and Dolan both had good flops in the second round, but Caleb saved his best for last, winning for the second year in a row!


There was Menno on the BBQ and ice cream cake from DQ, chips and pop in the basement after we were done swimming.


Btln 3739 Belly Flop Champions
Jordon Walsh - 2005
Jordon Walsh - 2006
Drew Brown - 2007
Andrew Eyre - 2008
Sam Schiesser - 2009
Ben Nicolson - 2010
Zach Gobbett - 2011
Dartagnan Butcher - 2012
Maxwell Nicholson - 2013
Jonathan Fojt - 2014
Nathan Mckenny - 2015
Caleb Hiebert - 2016
Caleb Hiebert - 2017


Two weeks in the books already! Next week we are at James Donaldson Park playing baseball under the lights!


THE CAPTAIN

Monday, September 11, 2017

BTLN PREVIEW - POOL PARTY!



Pool Party this week at Btln! There will be snacks (Ice cream cake from DQ, chips, and pop.) and of course the Belly Flop Competition!

Wednesday night 7:00-8:30
Show up early (6:30) if you want more time in the pool!

The party is at Abe's pool. 6715 18th street


THE CAPTAIN

Saturday, September 09, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - FIRST NIGHT




Congrats Dane! Dane has his first Helmet of the Btln Season on First Night! After winning Winston last year, Jakob was the obvious choice to be in the middle for Bulldog. The final three were Dylan, Keegan and Dane. Dane outlasting the other two to take the win!

Normally we start the new year with Murderball, but this year we started with Handball! My team was down 5-1 early on, but we battled back to take a big lead. We ended the game with first to three goals and my team dominated winning 3-1!


In Bible study our topic was "Who do you Trust?"


Proverbs 28:26   Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

Psalm 118:8-9   It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.


When things go wrong in our lives, we often trust ourselves to fix our own problems. These passages make it clear, that we are foolish to trust anyone other than God. (Not that we can't have mentors or other people that we look up to. Most likely the ones that we look up to will be those that put their trust in God.)


Psalm 62:5-8   Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.


I love this next passage. It tells us that when we trust God that we will find rest, hope and salvation! This passage also tells us that God will be our stability (rock) and our protection (fortress)! These are all the things that the world is looking for!


Proverbs 3:5-6   Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.


God wants us to trust him, why would we hold back? Jesus didn't hold back, he gave us everything when he died on the cross for our sins.




Pool Party next week! Sept.13th (6:30-8:30 pm) at Abe's pool! (6715 18th street)


THE CAPTAIN

Sunday, September 03, 2017

BTLN PREVIEW - 2017/18



The new 2017/18 Btln Season is about to begin! (We start this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the church gym!) We are now only hours away! What better way to look forward to the new season than by taking one last look back at last season! This collage has every group picture taken at Btln last year! Can't wait for Wednesday Night!
 
THE CAPTAIN

Friday, August 11, 2017

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - AUGUST




August is here and it is almost time for Btln to start up again! There were six guys having birthdays in July and eleven in August! So many good men, and so many good memories!


Psalm 86:11-13a
Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your love toward me;


Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Owen Knopp - August 1
Caleb Hiebert - August 1
Isaac Holitzki - August 10
Steven Feenstra - August 13
Ryan Floesser - August 22
Alan Martens - August 25
Mike Hughes - August 25
Mike Walkus - August 25
Logan Cunningham - August 28
Austin Scow - August 30
Caleb Tomlin - August 30

THE CAPTAIN

Friday, July 28, 2017

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - JULY



July is nearly over and I am finally getting the July birthday post done. Having Creation in July mixed things up a little for me. It is so good to look back at these pictures from the past and even better to look forward to the future that is in store for these men!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

Psalm 145:5,6   Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.
 
 
Dan Neufeld - July 7
Blake Chursinoff - July 14
Nathan Mckenny - July 22
Aaron Friesen - July 24
Jordan Hammett - July 27
Jake Hachey - July 29

THE CAPTAIN

Saturday, July 22, 2017

CREATION 2017 - SATURDAY - SUNDAY

 



I went into Saturday night with high expectations. We have not seen Skillet at Creation since 2011. I forgot how amazing the Skillet show was, it was one of the better concerts I have seen at Creation! Tenth Avenue North was also a very strong show. Saturday was definitely the best day at Creation 2017! The highlight of Saturday had to be meeting Skillet and giving John Cooper (Skillet) and Mike Donehey (Tenth Avenue North) their Battalion Medallions!

On Sunday we headed back home with a stop at the mall and Red Robin. Creation 2017 was such an amazing time, I can't wait until next year!


Saturday Night Headliners
Tenth Avenue North
Skillet

Creation 2018 is on July 12-14, 2018! Less than twelve months away!


THE CAPTAIN

Friday, July 21, 2017

CREATION 2017 - FRIDAY

 
 
 



On Friday night it was Relient K was the band that I was most looking forward to, and they did not disappoint! At the Relient K sound check we were able to give Matt Hoopes a Btln Medallion! (sound check is our new friend!) Hillsong was definitely the surprise band of the whole festival. The whole place was jumping for the entire Hillsong concert! On Friday there was also Sumo Wrestling, Risk and plenty of time at the beach!


Friday Night Headliners
Relient K
Hillsong Young & Free


 THE CAPTAIN
 

CREATION 2017 - THURSDAY

 



On Thursday the music started. On the Fringe Stage we listened to Beautiful Eulogy, Propaganda and Disciple. The last two concerts of the evening on the Main Stage were Bread of Stone and Family Force Five! We were able to meet FF5 as well as take pictures! The highlight of Thursday had to be giving Crouton and Fatty their Btln Medallions! We also spent a lot of time at the river and at our camp site, so many good memories!

Thursday Night Headliners
Bread of Stone
Family Force Five


 THE CAPTAIN

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CREATION 2017 - WEDNESDAY



Wednesday on the Btln 3739 Creation trip is a travel day. Our first stop is always at Wal-Mart in Colville to buy groceries for the week. After buying all the necessary groceries and posing with products like Ranch, Mayo, Sausage and Lard it was time to go to Red Robin in Spokane for lunch. After eating burgers (and salads) we were back on the road and didn't stop again until we reached the Creation site. After arriving, we set up camp and then cooked up some Menno for supper. After more visiting our first day was over, but our adventure had just begun!

Creation Crew 2017
Nathan Klassen
GeRRald Nicholson
Noah Makortoff
Ben Nicolson
Tyson Tiller
Luke Martens
Alex St.Onge
Dylan Warwaruk
Josh Martens

THE CAPTAIN

Sunday, July 09, 2017

BTLN MEMORY WORK LEGENDS


BTLN LEGENDS
# OF TIMES
COMPLETED MEMORY WORK
MAXWELL NICHOLSON
6
JONATHAN FOJT
5
BEN NICOLSON
5
LUKE MARTENS
5
DEVAN ENGLAND
4
BEN JEPSEN
4
DEVIN CHURSINOFF
4
ZACH GOBBETT
4
GERRALD NICHOLSON
4
NOAH MAKORTOFF
4
JASON HAYASHI
3
CHARLIE LANGIS
3
DOLAN WELTZ
3
JAKOB BOSCHMANN
3
JOE KRAFTCHICK
2
OWEN SPISAK
2
BRAD PAULS
2
DREW BROWN
2
DAVID PODOVINIKOFF
2
SAM JEPSEN
2
STEPHAN KALNIN
2
TYSON TILLER
2
JOSH MARTENS
2
JUSTIN BEKKER
1
CALVIN PETERS
1
TYLER FRANCIS
1
NATHAN BALL
1
CAMERON WALT
1
JAKE HACHEY
1
NATHAN KLASSEN 2012
1
LUKAS BOSCHMANN
1
ALEX ST ONGE
1
DYLAN WARWARUK
1


One of the things that I do to prepare for the Creation Festival is update the Btln Arkives. After updating I thought that I should share the list of Btln Memory Work Legends. 33 Btln Members have completed the Memory Work a combined 85 times! I am so proud of everyone that has completed the Memory Work!


THE CAPTAIN

Thursday, June 01, 2017

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - JUNE



It is June! There are so many amazing guys having birthdays this month! It is getting hard to keep track of all of the guys. (I'm not complaining!) I feel so blessed to know all of these men!

Ephesians 4:3-6   Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.


Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!


Landon Condruk - June 2
Joe Kraftchick - June 5
Dolan Weltz - June 14
Parker Steadman - June 16
GeRRald Nicholson - June 20
Nathan Klassen - June 21
Stephen Kalnin - June 21
Jacob Speta - June 26
Jordon Walsh - June 27

THE CAPTAIN 

Monday, May 22, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - MAYLONG 2017






The 37th annual Maylong was another amazing campout! The weather was better than most that we have had in the last ten years. It only rained while we were sleeping on Friday night. After Friday night, the weather just kept getting better! This year both Dan and Devin brought their boys! New Btln Maylong records for youngest on the beach! (1 year olds!) It is so good to see the next generation at the Maylong!

In the Cribbage Tourney Final, three out of the four competitors had never won the Crib Tourney. It was Jason Hayashi and Josh Martens against Jeremy Martens and Eli Podovinikoff. Josh and Jason jumped out to a big lead that they would never relinquish. Congrats to Josh and Jason!

The Maylong is the end of the Btln Memory Work, so the guys were busy finishing. It is fun to have the guys reciting the Scriptures throughout the weekend! Tyson, Alex and Dolan all completed the Memory Work this year at the Maylong! (Luke, Jakob, Dylan and Josh all completed the Memory Work before the Maylong Campout!) I am so proud of all of the guys that finished the Memory Work this year! A Btln salute to those that did the Memory Work!

This year was the sixth year for the Maylong Regatta! Last year we made some changes to the Regatta. Instead of building boats we have numbered balls that we dump into the creek. This year it was Devin and Wade's ball that was the winner! Congrats to the father and son team!


Btln Cribbage Tourney Champions
2006 - Cam Thompson, Taylor Wollenberg-Barron
2007 - David Podovinikoff, Abe Martens
2008 - Lance Martens, Abe Martens
2009 - Derek Brown, Jim Ridsdale
2010 - Zane Lawson, Aaron Friesen
2011 - David Podovinikoff, Eli Podovinikoff
2012 - Devin Chursinoff, Eli Podovinikoff
2013 - Aaron Friesen, Lance Martens
2014 - Jakob Boschmann, Bruce Jepsen
2015 - Noah Makortoff, Devin Chursinoff
2016 - Tyler Francis, Bruce Jepsen
2017 - Josh Martens, Jason Hayashi
 
 
Can't wait until next year! May 18-20, 2018!
 
 
 
THE CAPTAIN

Sunday, May 14, 2017

2017 MAYLONG CAMPOUT INFO








So here is what you need to know about the 2017 Maylong Campout. The campout is at Treadmill Beach at the north end of Christina Lake. Treadmill is a boat access only campsite.

Maylong Ferry Schedule
I will be at the Texas Point Boat Launch at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Please leave a comment, message or phone me if you will be at the boat launch (at 1:00 p.m. or at 4:00 p.m.) so that I can plan ahead. If this doesn't work for you, or if you need a ride out on Saturday, please leave a comment, message or phone me. We will be back at the Texas boat Launch at noon on Sunday.

Camping Supply List Suggestions
tent & tarp
sleeping bag
flash light
frying pan
chair
bathing suit and towel
fishing pole & license
Jacket, hat & toque (warm clothes)
extra shoes
lighter
t.p.


Count your meals and plan accordingly.
If you arrive Friday you will have 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 suppers.

Food List Suggestions
hamburgers
hot dogs
steak
beans
chips
trail mix
pop
coffee
juice
water
bacon and eggs
cinnamon buns



THE CAPTAIN
 

Monday, May 08, 2017

MAY LONG SUPPLIES



It's that time again! What time you ask? Time to start dreaming about the May Long Campout! Can't way to get there! I figured I would share my list of supplies. (This is only a partial list.)


THE CAPTAIN'S SUPPLY LIST
The Ark
Poker chips
Risk
tent & tarp
sleeping bag
lantern
heater
chair
B.B.Q.
propane tank & tree
oven
bathing suit
shovel & axe
crib board, cards & trophy
fishing pole & license
parka, hat & toque
lighter
wakeboard
t.p.


THE CAPTAIN

Thursday, May 04, 2017

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - MAY



It is May again and that means that it is almost time to go camping at Treadmill beach! It is also Birthday time on the blog! I can't believe how many guys are having birthday this month! We are so blessed!


Romans 8:14,17   For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.


Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!


James Podmoroff - May 1
Zach Donovan - May 4
Tyler Hanson - May 7
Derek Taylor - May 7
Brad Pauls - May 9
Jakob Boschmann - May 9
Ben Nicholson - May 14
Dalton Shore - May 19
Keegan Kenyon - May 19
Joel Feenstra - May 21
Tyson Tiller - May 21
Jake McArthur - May 21
Rik Brown - May 23
Gabe Glas - May 24
John Van - May 28
Cody Harp - May 29
Max Becker - May 29
Sam Schiesser - May 31



THE CAPTAIN

Monday, May 01, 2017

JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 2017 BTLN 3739 WINSTON CHAMPION






Congratulations to Jakob! Jakob Boschmann is the 2017 Btln 3739 Winston Champion! Jakob won 4 of 28 Helmets available this year! This year was one of the closest Winston races we have ever had Dylan was only one Helmet away from winning it all and Tyson and Luke were both one Major away from tying Jakob! Congratulations to everyone that won a Helmet this year!
 

BTLN WINSTON CHAMPIONS
 
2008 - DREW BROWN
2009 - DREW BROWN
2010 - SAM SCHIESSER
2011 - CHRIS HENDERSON
2012 - ZACH GOBBETT
2013 - GERRALD NICHOLSON
2014 - MAXWELL NICHOLSON
2015 - LUKAS BOSCHMANN
2016 - NOAH MAKORTOFF
2017 - JAKOB BOSCHMANN


2016/17 BTLN MAJOR CHAMPIONS

PHOENIX THOMSON - Royal Rumble (Wrestling)
JACOB SPETA - Btln Olympics
DYLAN WARWARUK - Winterslam (Boxing)
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - Btln Ping Pong
DYLAN WARWARUK - Btln Masters (Golf)


2016/17 FINAL WINSTON STANDINGS

JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 4 Helmets and 1 Major
DYLAN WARWARUK - 3 Helmets and 2 Majors
TYSON TILLER - 3 Helmets
LUKE MARTENS - 3 Helmets
PHOENIX THOMSON - 2 Helmets and 1 Major
KEEGAN KENYON - 2 Helmets
DESHAWN DENNIS - 2 Helmets
JACOB SPETA - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
JAMES PODMOROFF - 1 Helmet
KAYLON SIEBEN - 1 Helmet
ALEX ST ONGE - 1 Helmet
DANE VOIKEN - 1 Helmet
CALEB HIEBERT - 1 Helmet
ISAAC HOLITZKI - 1 Helmet
LOGAN CUNNINGHAM - 1 Helmet



THE CAPTAIN

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