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!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - AUGUST




It is August and the new Btln year is just around the corner! We have ten guys having birthdays in August! So many good men and so many good memories!

Romans 11:33   Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!


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
Austin Scow - August 30
Caleb Tomlin - August 30

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

CREATION 2016 - SATURDAY - SUNDAY





I went into Saturday night with high expectations for the band For King and Country and they did not disappoint! It was one of the better concerts I have seen since Creation moved to Tri-Cities! Andy Mineo was the surprise of the festival for me. I have never had so much fun at a rap concert! I can't wait to see him perform again!

On Sunday we headed back home with a stop at the mall and Red Robin. Creation 2016 was such an amazing time, I can't wait until next year!


Saturday Night Headliners
Andy Mineo
For King and Country

Creation 2017 is on July 15-17, 2017! Only eleven months away!


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Friday, August 12, 2016

CREATION 2016 - FRIDAY




On Friday night Family Force 5 brought the party to Creation! It was two years ago that we last saw the Family in action, there music always seems to get the crowd going! It was our first time seeing Jordan Feliz, we caught the end of his show. We probably should have been there earlier. I guess there is always next year!

Friday Night Headliners
Jordan Feliz
Family Force Five


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

CREATION 2016 - THURSDAY




On Thursday the music started. The last two concerts of the evening were David Crowder and Newsboys! Both concerts were a lot of fun! We were able to collect the set lists for the last band of each night again, our collection is pretty awesome. There was a lot of time spent at the river and at our camp site, so many good memories!

Thursday Night Headliners
David Crowder
Newsboys


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CREATION 2016 - WEDNESDAY




Wednesday during Creation is a travel day. Our first stop is always at Wal-Mart in Colville to buy groceries for the week. I'm not sure why, but it always takes us a couple of hours to buy all the necessary groceries. Next we stopped at Red Robin in Spokane for lunch. It has become tradition for GeRRald to celebrate his birthday at Red Robin during Creation even though his birthday is in June. We didn't stop again until we reached the Creation site. After arriving, we set up camp which didn't take long because we had so many Creation veterans along to help! After having supper our first day was over and our adventure had just begun!

Creation Crew 2016
Nathan Klassen
GeRRald Nicholson
Jonathan Fojt
Noah Makortoff
Ben Nicolson
Tyson Tiller
Luke Martens
Dolan Weltz
Josh Martens

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - JULY



It is over halfway through July and I am finally getting the July birthday post done. With so many rainy days in July I have no excuse! So many good men and so many good memories, I never get tired of looking through the pictures!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!


Romans 8:38-39   For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
 
Dan Neufeld - July 7
Blake Chursinoff - July 14
Aaron Friesen - July 24
Jordan Hammett - July 27
Jake Hachey - July 29

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - JUNE




It is June and time again to honour Btln men that are having birthdays this month. It is amazing to look at the Alumni on this list and to see how they have become such amazing Godly examples! I pray that the young men on this list will follow in their footsteps!

Hebrews 13:20-21   Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.


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 23, 2016

BTLN UPDATE - MAYLONG 2016





The 36th annual Maylong was another amazing campout! Before we started, the weather report was not looking very good. In the end, the weather was way better than expected! Friday there wasn't any rain, and it didn't rain on Saturday until the evening! Most of the weekend the lake was like glass!

The Cribbage Tourney Final featured two Champions from the past, (Bruce Jepsen and Abe Martens) and two guys that had yet to etch their names on the trophy. Bruce was partnered with Tyler Francis and Abe was with Sergeant Ben Nicolson. Bruce and Tyler had a big lead and it looked like it might be over early. Abe had a big hand to make it interesting, but in the end it was Bruce and Tyler pulling away for the win! Congrats to Bruce and Tyler!

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! Noah, Ben, Jakob and Dolan all completed the Memory Work this year at the Maylong! Tyson worked hard and is only 11 points away, so I gave him an extension. 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 fifth year for the Maylong Regatta! We made some changes to the Regatta this year. I was getting a little tired of putting paper plates and empty water bottles in the creek, so this year we had numbered yellow balls that we dumped into the creek. At first it looked like Dolan was going to win, but his ball got caught up in a backwater. Riley Leighton's ball caught up to Dolan's and somehow managed to get out of the backwater to win the steak dinner prepared by Bruce! Congrats Riley!

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
 
 
Special thanks to the guys that traveled to attend the Maylong! (Blake and Steve Chursinoff) (David, Evan and Eli Podovinikoff) (Tyler and Derrick Francis) (Ryley Heppner, Jason Hayashi and John Van) A Btln Salute to all of these men! It was so good to visit with all of you!
 
 
Can't wait until next year! May 19-21!
 
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Saturday, May 07, 2016

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - MAY




It is May and time again for the birthday post. I can't believe how many guys are having birthdays this month! A couple more weeks and we will be at Treadmill camping!

Hebrews 10:23-24   Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.


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
Sam Schiesser - May 31

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

NOAH MAKORTOFF - 2016 BTLN 3739 WINSTON CHAMPION




 
 
Congratulations to Noah! Noah Makortoff is the 2016 Btln 3739 Winston Champion! Noah won 5 of 29 Helmets available this year! Noah has had the lead in the race for Winston since he won the Royal Rumble in October! Jakob and Dylan tied for second place. It looks like we have the makings of a good rivalry for the next two years! 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


2015/16 BTLN MAJOR CHAMPIONS

NOAH MAKORTOFF - Royal Rumble (Wrestling)
ZACH DONOVAN - Btln Olympics
DYLAN WARWARUK - Winterslam (Boxing)
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - Btln Ping Pong
ISAAC HOLITZKI - Btln Masters (Golf)


2015/16 FINAL WINSTON STANDINGS

NOAH MAKORTOFF - 5 Helmets and 1 Major
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 3 Helmets and 1 Major
DYLAN WARWARUK - 3 Helmets and 1 Major
NATHAN MCKENNY - 3 Helmets
JAMES PODMOROFF - 3 Helmets
MITCH BRON - 2 Helmets
NATE KLASSEN - 2 Helmets
TYSON TILLER - 2 Helmet
ZACH DONOVAN - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
ISAAC HOLITZKI - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
BEN NICOLSON - 1 Helmet
STEPHAN KALNIN - 1 Helmet
PHOENIX THOMSON - 1 Helmet
DANE VOIKEN - 1 Helmet


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - APRIL




It is the last day of April and I am finally finishing the birthday post! There is so much going on at Battalion in April that it is hard to keep up! I never get tired of looking through these pictures. So many good men and so many good memories!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!


1 Timothy 4:7-10   Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.


KALEB HORKOFF - April 4
JUSTIN THOMPSON - April 7
LANDON WARWARUK - April 11
SKYLER MYER - April 12
CHRIS HENDERSON - April 13
ALEX ST. ONGE - April 13
UZZIEL COCHRAN - April 24
DAN DIMOCK - April 29
SAM ANDERSON - April 30
 
 
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

BTLN UPDATE - LAST NIGHT OF 2016






One more amazing "Last Night" is in the books! 52 guys showed up for Last Night of Btln 2016! First on the agenda was Murderball! (What else would we play on Last Night?) My team lost the first game of the night, but we won the next three games taking the series 3-1! (And as Uncle Tim says, "He who wins on Last Night wins best!")

After Murderball it was time to devour the 9 foot party sub! In the twelve years that we have had the party sub, there has never been leftovers. It looked like there might be leftovers, until I mentioned seconds! Needless to say, the sub was gone in seconds! After the sub we had homemade cookies. I think the guys ate 70 cookies. I'm thinking Bonuts for next years Last Night!

The Btln Grad ceremony was next on the agenda! The grads all received there Bibles and Btln dog tags as well as a piece of paper with the English translation of the Hebrew Btln motto! Btln tradtition is that, after reading the motto the grads must eat the piece of paper.

This year there was something new added to the Last Night Grad festivities. One of our Btln Alumni members decided to start a Btln scholarship! This Alumni member will be donating One Thousand dollars to one Btln Grad every year! Ben and Noah are the first recipients of the Btln Grad Scholarship! Because Ben and Noah are going to YWAM in Norway together and are pooling there funds it was decided that the scholarship would be shared. Congrats to both Ben and Noah!

2016 BTLN GRADS
Mitchell Bron
Nate Klassen
Harley Kovacs
Noah Makortoff
Nathan Mckenny
Skyler Meyer
Ben Nicolson

I am so proud of all of these guys! May God bless you in all of your future endeavors!

Next was our traditional Last Night picture and then it was onto Bulldog! With so many guys, the gym was crowded, and it was a little crazy out there! Dane and Tyson had a huge collision and so did Sam and Owen. I'm glad to say, that nobody was too badly hurt! Nathan Mckenny outlasted and survived the crowd to win his third Helmet of the Btln Season! Congrats Nathan! It was fitting to have a grad win on Last Night!

This year Noah Makortoff was the Winston Champion! Former Champions, Sam Schiesser (2010) and Lukas Boschmann (2015) both presented Noah the Winston Trophy. Congrats Noah! You are a worthy Champion!

Before finishing the night with the Brigade Watchword, Josh Martens received his Btln Medallion for completing the Memory Work! Congrats Josh! Welcome to the world of gentlemen!

After saying the Brigade Watchword the grade 11's, 12's and Alumni were off to the Station for the After Party! At the After Party the grade 12's received their Btln Medallions! Next there was more food and visiting and then Last Night and the Btln year were both over!

Thanks to all of the Alumni that came out to Last Night!

Special thanks to the leaders that helped out all year long!

Dan Trithardt
Ben Jepsen
Devin Chursinoff
Nathan Klassen
Lukas Boschmann


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Monday, April 25, 2016

2016 BTLN GRADS AND BTLN GRADS FROM THE PAST




I absolutely love our Btln Grad ceremonies that we have on Last Night of Btln! The grads will receive a Bible, Btln Medallion, Btln dog tag and will find out what the Hebrew saying is on the back of the shirts! It is so good to see these guys grow in Btln, but so sad to see them go! Very bittersweet! But, once in Battalion, always in Battalion! The grads are welcome back anytime!


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Saturday, April 23, 2016

LAST NIGHT PICTURES FROM THE PAST!



It is year twelve for the big "Last Night" party! I feel so blessed to have been a part of this!

"Last Night" is this Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the church gym.

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



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Friday, April 22, 2016

BTLN UPDATE - THE 11TH BTLN MASTERS




Congrats to Isaac Holitzki! Isaac is the 11th Btln Masters Champion! Isaac was in second place last year, just one stroke behind Deshawn, last years winner! This year Isaac was the winner and Deshawn was in second place! Looks like we have the makings of a rivalry!

Twenty-seven guys packed into four vehicles and headed out to Cascade Par Three for the 11th Btln Masters! This year we had the nicest weather that we have had in eleven years! We even had a full moon to go with the warm weather! (There were shadows from the moonlight!) It was amazing!

THE 11TH BTLN MASTERS
Top three final scores

1) Isaac - 35
2) Deshawn - 40
3) Dylan - 43


Special thanks to all the leaders that helped make this happen!
Dan
Ben
Devin
Cam
Lukas


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Monday, April 18, 2016

BTLN PREVIEW - THE 11TH BTLN MASTERS



This week we will be having our fifth and final Major of the 2015/16 Btln Season! Can Deshawn win back to back Green Jackets? Will someone else win and have to find space in their closet? Can't wait to find out!


BTLN MASTERS CHAMPIONS
Jordon Walsh - 2005/06
Jordon Walsh - 2006/07
Parker Steadman - 2007/08
Drew Brown - 2008/09
Rik Brown - 2009/10
Rik Brown - 2010/11
Rik Brown - 2011/12
Rik Brown - 2012/13
Rik Brown - 2013/14
Deshawn Dennis - 2014/15
 
We are meeting at the church at 6:45 p.m. and will be leaving for Cascade Par 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Don't be late! Bring your clubs (If you have clubs.) and ten dollars. If money is a problem come out anyway! (We will cover the cost!)
 
 
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Friday, April 15, 2016

BTLN UPDATE - FOOTBALL AND "POP & DOGS" (PART 2)




Congrats to Tyson! This was Tyson's second Helmet of the Btln season! Keegan and Luke were there at the end with Tyson but were unable to gain more yards than Tyson. (Keegan is a beast, he ran me over in football!)

This week we had the lowest scoring game of football that we have ever had at Btln! Dan's team was knocking on door for most of the night but was unable to cross the goal line. My team did move the ball but was also unable to score. The only touchdown of the game came on an interception run back from my teams end zone! Tyson Soobotin's cousin from Cranbrook ran the ball 110 yards for the one and only major of the game! Final score 7-0. (I didn't throw one touchdown pass in the last two weeks of Btln!) The quality of the football wasn't that great, but it was still so much fun!

In Bible study our topic was, "Was Jesus a victim or the victor"?

First we tried to establish why Jesus came to earth.

1 Timothy 1:15   Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

Secondly, did Jesus know that he was going to die for sinners?

Luke 18:31-33   Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again."

Thirdly, did Jesus go to the cross of his own free will?

John 10:17-18   "The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life- only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."

If Jesus went to the cross of his own free will, is he then a victim or the victor?

Colossians 2:13-15   When you were dead in your sins, God made you alive in Christ. He forgave us all our sins, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

One last passage that talks of Jesus' current glorified position.

Philippians 2:9-11   Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.



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Friday, April 08, 2016

BTLN UPDATE - FOOTBALL AND "POP & DOGS"



Congrats to James! This was James' third Helmet of the Btln season! Dylan was there at the end looking for his fourth Helmet, but this week it was James walking away with the Helmet and the Yorkie!

In recent years we have added "Pop and Dogs" to spring Football. This week the guys devoured 64 Menno dogs and drank 20 Liters of Gatorade! And we will do it all over again next week!

I love spring football at Btln! If I had it my way we would be playing football every night in April. It is so good to go outside after being in the gym for most of the year! The weather was perfect, it was still 13 degrees when I went home at 9:30!

Most times when we play Football, the game is low scoring and the score is very even. This week my team got schooled! At first, the game was back and forth without any scoring. Then Dan's team started moving the ball and we could not stop them! I'm not sure what the final score was, but I believe that it was 35-0. Yeah, we got skunked!


In Bible study, Ben talked about counting the cost of following Jesus.

Matthew 19:16-22
Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
“Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

 
For the rich young ruler the cost of following Jesus was too high. Will we be willing to give up our finances or security to follow Jesus?
 
Luke 14:25-27
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
 
 
Jesus should be our number one priority. We are supposed to put Jesus ahead of our own interest and even our families!
 

Philippians 2:5-8

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to deatheven death on a cross!
 
 
Jesus gave up everything for us! He even gave up his life! We should be willing to live our lives for him! Following Jesus is worth it, no matter what it costs us!
 
 
 
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Monday, April 04, 2016

BTLN PREVIEW - "POP N DOGS" AND FOOTBALL


Battalion is back! Spring break is over and it is time to play some football! (Touch Football) There will be Gatorade and Mennonite sausage, so bring your appetite and a friend! We will be meeting at the high school field at 6:30 p.m. so that we can take advantage of a little more daylight. (We will still be finishing at 8:30 p.m. at the field.)

Wednesday, April 6th at the High School field!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

WINSTON UPDATE




After 25 weeks and four Btln Majors it was time again for a Winston Update! Since the last update Jakob and Dylan have both won two Helmets and a Major and have now moved into a tie for second place! With four weeks left, Noah still holds a two Helmet lead in the race for Winston! Can Jakob or Dylan catch Noah in the race for Winston? Will there be any first time Helmet winners in the last four weeks? Can't wait to find out!


WINSTON STANDINGS

NOAH MAKORTOFF - 5 Helmets and 1 Major
JAKOB BOSCHMANN - 3 Helmets and 1 Major
DYLAN WARWARUK - 3 Helmets and 1 Major
MITCH BRON - 2 Helmets
NATE KLASSEN - 2 Helmets
NATHAN MCKENNY - 2 Helmets
JAMES PODMOROFF - 2 Helmets
ZACH DONOVAN - 1 Helmet and 1 Major
BEN NICOLSON - 1 Helmet
TYSON TILLER - 1 Helmet
STEPHAN KALNIN - 1 Helmet
PHOENIX THOMSON - 1 Helmet
DANE VOIKEN - 1 Helmet


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