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!

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!


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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

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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!


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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



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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



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Saturday, April 29, 2017

BTLN BIRTHDAYS - APRIL



We are at the end of April and again I am finally getting around to the birthday post. It is so good to look back at these pictures and so good to look forward to what the future holds for these guys!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!


Romans 5:1-2   Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.


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
RYELEE BROOKS - April 19
UZZIEL COCHRAN - April 24
DAN DIMOCK - April 29
SAM ANDERSON - April 30
 
 
THE CAPTAIN

Thursday, April 27, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - LAST NIGHT OF 2017




 


For the twelfth year in a row we had an amazing "Last Night" to finish the Btln year! 50 guys showed up for the "Last Night" of 2017! We started the night with the Btln favourite, Murderball! Last year my team dominated "Last Night", winning 3-1! This year Ben's team dominated my team, winning 4-1!

After Murderball it was time to eat the nine foot party sub from Subway! It is amazing how fast all that food can disappear! In a little more than ten minutes the entire sub was gone! We also had cookies that I forgot to bring out until the night was over. I'm thinking Bonuts for "Last Night of 2018"!

Next we had the Btln Grad ceremony. Some years we have had as many as seven grads. This year Tyson Tiller was our only grad. Tyson did an amazing job leading Btln this year as our Sergeant! Tyson received his Bible and dog tag. It is always a privilege to give the grads their Bibles! We also gave Tyson the piece of paper with the English translation of the Hebrew Btln motto! Keeping with Btln tradition, Tyson ate the piece of paper after reading the motto.

We took the group picture and then it was time for Bulldog! There isn't anything quit like Bulldog on "Last Night". So many guys and so much extra energy! James was our final Helmet winner of the 2016/17 Btln Season! Congrats James!

This year Jakob Boschmann is the Winston Champion! Jakob is following in his brother's footsteps! (Lukas Boschmann, 2015) Congrats Jakob! You are a worthy Champion!

After closing the year with the Brigade Watchword the grade 11's and 12's went to the Station for the After Party! The After Party has always been a lot of fun, but this year the guys took it to a whole new level! It was so good to see all the guys having such an amazing time!

At the very end of the After Party Dylan Warwaruk finished the Memory Work! It is so much fun to watch the guys pick out their Medallion. I am so pumped that we will have Dylan with us at Creation this year! Congrats Dylan! Welcome to the world of gentlemen!

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

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

Ryley Heppner
Ben Jepsen
Jason Hayashi
Devin Chursinoff
Cameron Walt


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

THE LAST NIGHT AFTER PARTY


The Last Night After Party started in 2006 because Ben Jepsen didn't want the night to end. So Ben, Joe, Jason, Charlie and I all drove to Boston Pizza in Kelowna! I think we got home at around 3 in the morning! Now we go to the Station, which is obviously way easier.

All grade 11's, 12's and Alumni are invited to the "After Party" which is "After" "Last Night of Btln.



THE CAPTAIN

BTLN GRADS FROM THE PAST


Look at all the Btln grads from the last twelve years! It is so good to look back at these pictures! So many good men and so many good memories!

"Last Night" is this Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the church gym.



THE CAPTAIN

THE NINE FOOT PARTY SUB


The Nine Foot Party Sub will be making it's twelfth straight appearance at "Last Night of Btln"!

"Last Night" is this Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the church gym.



THE CAPTAIN

LAST NIGHT PICTURES FROM THE PAST!




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

"Last Night" is this Wednesday, April 26th 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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Thursday, April 20, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - THE 12TH BTLN MASTERS




Congrats to Dylan Warwaruk! Dylan is the 12th Btln Masters Champion! Dylan was a distant third last year, and this year he is the Champion! I don't think that we have ever had such a close finish at the Btln Masters! There were only four strokes separating first from fourth! Next year we will have three Champions vying for the Green Jacket!

Twenty-eight guys packed into four vehicles and headed out to Cascade Par Three for the 12th Btln Masters! For the first time ever we played seven holes instead of nine so that we could be back to the church a little sooner. I think playing seven will keep the scores closer. We will definitely be doing that again next year.


THE 12TH BTLN MASTERS
Top five final scores
1) Dylan Warwaruk - 32
2) Isaac Holitzki - 33
3) Sam Anderson - 34
4) Riley Leighton - 35
5) Deshawn Dennis - 37


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

Thanks also to Gene and Vicki of Cascade Par three for hosting the 12th Btln Masters!



THE CAPTAIN

Sunday, April 16, 2017

BTLN PREVIEW - THE 12TH BTLN MASTERS



This week we will be having our Twelfth Btln Masters at Cascade Par 3! It will be the first time in twelve years that we will have two Btln Masters Champions competing for the Green Jacket! Will Isaac win for the second year in a row? Can Deshawn defeat Isaac and take back the jacket? Is there someone else that can win? I 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
Isaac Holitzki - 2015/16
 
 
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!)
 
 
 
THE CAPTAIN

Friday, April 14, 2017

BTLN UPDATE - "POP N DOGS"




For the second week in a row we had a first time winner of the Helmet! Congrats Riley! It never gets old watching one of the guys win the Helmet for the first time! This was nearly four years in the making! Riley has been so close so many times that it has to feel great to win the Helmet!

As far back as I can remember, we have never had to cancel spring football at Btln, but this week our twenty year streak came to an end! We moved "Pop n Dogs" to the church. As it turns out, as long as we have Mennonite sausage it doesn't matter where we are! We had one of the best nights of year! Like Bear Rinehart from NEED TO BREATHE once said, "The nights that don't go as you planned are the ones that you will always remember".

We played Extreme Btln Basketball instead of football. What is extreme basketball? 25 guys and 2 basketballs! It was like a two team version of "American". Ben's team was down 16-6 early, but battled back to tie the game at 42-42! We decided that we would play to 50. Ben's team was not about to be denied the win after battling back from the early deficit, winning 50-46!


In our last Bible study of the year our topic was "Eternal Life".

John 6:66-69   From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”


I love Peter's response to Jesus' question, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!" In other words, "What else is there?" "We have found the only thing that matters!"

Fortunately for us, we also have access to the words of eternal life!


John 3:16   For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 5:11-13   And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Romans 6:23   For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


If we believe in Jesus then we will receive God's gift of eternal life! What do we need to believe about Jesus to inherit eternal life?


Romans 10:9-10   If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.


All we need to do is, believe that Jesus was raised from the dead and declare him as Lord in order to be saved! Jesus endured so much to make it easy for us! Jesus did the work, and all we need to do is believe so that we can have eternal life!



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Creation Festival