Monday, April 16, 2018


This week we will be having our 13th Btln Masters at Cascade Par 3! Last year we had two Btln Masters Champions competing for the Green Jacket and this year we will have three! Will Dylan win for the second year in a row? Can Isaac or Deshawn take back the jacket? Is there someone else that can win? I can't wait to find out!

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
Dylan Warwaruk - 2016/17
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!)

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Congrats Caleb! This was Caleb's first Bulldog win ever! Caleb has won the Belly Flop Competition two years in a row, so this is his third Helmet of all time! So happy for you Caleb!

With the weather being so unpredictable we moved back to the gym instead of being at the field. So we moved "Pop n Dogs" to the church and we played G*I*T*D Basketball instead of football at the field. When the lights first go out it takes a while for everyone's eyes to adjust to the dark with the gitd Basketballs and glow sticks. At the end we finished the game with first team to five. My team getting destroyed 5-1! The final Basket was from over the half! It was super impressive!

In Bible Study our topic was God's pursuit of us.

Romans 5:6-10   You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

Christ died for us while we were powerless, ungodly, sinners and his enemies! God did not wait for us to choose him! God chose us first!

1 John 4:19   We love him, because he first loved us.

1 Timothy 1:12-16   I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

Paul's conversion is a perfect example of God pursuing us while we were sinners. (Acts 9:1-6)

It is the 13th Btln Masters on Wednesday, April 18th!

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!)


Friday, April 06, 2018


Congrats Alex! This was Alex's first Helmet of the Btln Season! Alex was close so many times this year, he was overdue for his first win. Great job Alex!

Btln Spring Football goes back to the days when Battalion was still at Perley. Spring Football is still one of my favourites. With so many guys and such a big field, scoring is always difficult. This year wasn't any different. My team scored on our first possession, but did not score again for the rest of the game. Dan's team scored on their final possession to tie the score 7-7!
Probably the highlight of the whole football game was the new grade seven Alex intercepting the ball three times! The first interception was offside, but the other two were legit, he was all over the field!

Jakob missed double point night, so he quoted his passage at the field. Jakob said his passage word for word, it was so awesome!

Jakob Boschmann - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

On Tuesday night Lukas messaged me, asking if he could do the Bible Study. I am always excited to see one of the young men lead a Bible Study! This is what Btln is all about!

Lukas read us several passages about God being our stronghold, refuge, shield, fortress, and shelter. It was very encouraging!

Psalm 9:9   The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 18:2   The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 28:7-8   The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

Psalm 36:7   How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble

Psalm 91:1-2   Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Next week we are back at the Gym for "Pop n Dogs" and games!


Tuesday, April 03, 2018


It is "Pop N Dogs" and Football at Btln this week!
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 4th at the High School field!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018


It is March and that means that we are nearing the end of the Btln year! I am finally catching up and we only have four weeks of Btln left! It is so good to look back through the Btln year for these pictures. God really has blessed us!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

1 Thessalonians 3:8-9   For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?

David Barney - March 4
John Becker - March 5

Jaxon Faust - March 6
Tyler Francis - March 8
Phoenix Thomson - March 11
Dane Voiken - March 11
Josh Ridsdale - March 14
Bryce Findlater - March 22
Evan Podovinikoff - March 28

Friday, March 16, 2018


Congrats Jakob! Jakob Boschmann now has a perfect six straight Btln Ping Pong titles! Jakob is the first six time Champion in any of the five Btln Majors! Isaac was in the final for the second time in three years and gave Jakob all that he could handle! Isaac won the first two games of the best of five series, but Jakob battled back to win the last three to win the series 3-2! It was an epic way for Jakob to win his sixth title in a row! Congrats to both Jakob and Isaac, it was a series to remember!

Btln Ping Pong Final Four
Jakob Boschmann
Deshawn Dennis
Isaac Holitzki
Kaylon Sieben

We had 32 guys competing in the 23rd Btln Ping Pong Tourney! 32 guys competing at Ping Pong and 2 more guys that came late and didn't fit onto the bracket! It was the third year that we have had the Final on the Wednesday and I would never go back! It is so good to have all the guys watching and cheering!

The guys devoured the eight pizzas from Mama's Pizza while they watched. (Note to self, no sausage on the pizza next year and a cheese pizza for Riley;)

Thanks to all the guys that came out and competed in the 23rd Btln Ping Pong Tourney!

Thanks to Ryley Heppner and Jason Hayashi for refereeing the two tables!


Monday, March 12, 2018


Last year Jakob won his fifth Btln Ping Pong Tourney! Can Jakob complete the six year sweep of the Ping Pong Tourney? Will Isaac or Reese be able to defeat Jakob? Or will someone else surprise us? I can't wait to find out!

Btln 3739 Ping Pong Champions

1995/96 - Courtney Friesen
1996/97 - Courtney Friesen
1997/98 - Aaron Friesen
1998/99 - Nathan Klassen
1999/00 - Justin Bekker
2000/01 - Ryley Heppner
2001/02 - Calvin Peters
2002/03 - Calvin Peters
2003/04 - Calvin Peters
2004/05 - Calvin Peters
2005/06 - Parker Steadman
2006/07 - Nathan Ball
2007/08 - Nathan Ball
2008/09 - Parker Steadman
2009/10 - Parker Steadman
2010/11 - Zane Lawson
2011/12 - Zach Gobbett
2012/13 - Jakob Boschmann
2013/14 - Jakob Boschmann
2014/15 - Jakob Boschmann
2015/16 - Jakob Boschmann
2016/17 - Jakob Boschmann

Make sure that you are early! Wednesday, March 14 at 6:45 p.m.


Friday, March 09, 2018


Congrats Neighbour! This was Isaac's third Bulldog of the Btln Season! Isaac's first Helmet ever was on Double Point Night last year!

This was the third year that we have had Double Point Night on a Wednesday night. It is a nice change to listen to the guys quoting scripture instead of a Bible study. It is so good to have all the guys in the room listening as the guys quote Scripture. I am so proud of everyone that said a passage! Good work guys!

Luke Martens - Romans 8:28-39
Alex St. Onge - Philippians 2:5-11
Dylan Warwaruk - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Isaac Holitzki - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Dolan Weltz - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Josh Martens - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Cam Walt - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

This week we played Murderball for only the third time since Christmas! We only played three games of Murderball because I wanted to leave enough time for Double Point Night. My Team lost the two games before winning the third, losing 1-2. Whoever wins last wins best, right?

In the squad meetings we looked at some passages that described the Word of God.

Psalm 119:89   Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

2 Timothy 3:16-17   All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Hebrews 4:12   For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Psalm 12:6   And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.

Psalm 119:9-11   How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 

Psalm 119:130   The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

God's Word is eternal, alive, active, flawless and useful for teaching, rebuking and training in righteousness. God's Word can also keep us from sinning and gives us wisdom! This is why memorizing Scripture is so important!


Friday, March 02, 2018


Congrats to Jakob! Jakob Boschmann is the Winterslam 13 Champion!

There were 25 guys at Winterslam 13! We had 11 Lightweights and 14 Heavyweights. There were three bouts in the first round of the Lightweight Division. In the second round we put the three winners from the first round back in the ring to find our winner! The last two left in the ring in the Lightweight Division were Kolton Spurrell and Josh Martens. Both Kolton and Josh battled to the point of exhaustion. Josh outlasted Kolton to win the Lightweight Division! Congrats Josh!

First Round Winners
John Becker
Josh Martens
Kolton Spurrell

Final Two
Josh Martens
Kolton Spurrell

Lightweight Champion
Josh Martens

In the Heavyweight Division we had four bouts in the first round. Dylan and Jakob making their third appearance in the Winterslam Final Four! This year Dane and Luke joined Jakob and Dylan in the Final Four! Dane was the first out of the Final Four, followed by Dylan. This meant that Luke and Jakob were the Final Two! In the Final Two we did not immediately go "Ropes Down", giving the guys a chance to end the night with the "Ropes Up". After five minutes we went "Ropes Down", and shortly after Jakob knocked Luke down for the win! Congrats to both Jakob and Luke! Both can be very proud!

First Round Winners
Jakob Boschmann
Luke Martens
Dane Voiken
Dylan Warwaruk

Final Two
Jakob Boschmann
Luke Martens

Heavyweight Champion
Jakob Boschmann

Thanks to Dan, Ryley, Ben, Jason, Devin, John, Noah and Lukas (And anyone else who helped) for all your help! It would be impossible without you!

Almost forgot to mention, the Final Four introductions by Ben and Jason were amazing!


Monday, February 26, 2018


It is Winterslam 13 (boxing) this week at Battalion! Dylan is the back to back Winterslam Champion! Can Dylan win boxing three years in a row? Will Luke, Jakob, Alex or Dane take home the Belt for the first time? Could we have a surprise Champion? I can't wait to find out! Good luck to all!

Remember, there are two divisions. (Grades 7-9 Lightweight Division) (Grades 10-12, Heavyweight Division) Make sure that you are early! Bring a friend!

Winterslam 13 - Wednesday, Feb. 28th (6:45-9:00 p.m.)

JOHN VAN - 2014

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Last year I didn't get this done until the last day of the month, this year I have three days to spare! Looking at these pictures is such an amazing reminder of how blessed we are!

2 Corinthians 9:15   Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Happy Birthday and may God bless you again this year!

DESHAWN DENNIS - February 11
GEORGE KOZUB - February 13
TIM FEENSTRA - February 14
BEN JEPSEN - February 14
JUSTIN BEKKER - February 17
RILEY LEIGHTON - February 20

Friday, February 23, 2018


Congrats Keegan! This was Keegan's second Helmet of the Btln Season! It was good to have Keegan back at Btln! Deshawn was in second place looking for his third Helmet of the Btln season. The third Helmet of Season has been elusive this year. Each Helmet is harder to win than the last one.

This was our third and final Mike Night of the 2017/18 Btln Season. I don't think that there has ever been a game of Mike that was this close. At each interval all four teams were within three or four points of each other. Half way through, the scores were two teams tied at 53, and two teams tied at 56!

Mike Final Scores
Isaac's Team - 97
Dylan's Team - 96
Jakob's Team - 93
Dane's Team - 87

This week our Bible Study topic was "The Fruits of the Spirit".

Galatians 5:22-23   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

We looked at some of God's examples of the fruits of the Spirit.

Romans 5:8   But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

2) JOY
Hebrews 12:2   Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Romans 5:1   Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

2 Peter 3:9   The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Ephesians 2:6-7   And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

2 Peter 1:2-3   Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24   May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Matthew 11:28-30   “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

James 1:13   When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;

Next week is Winterslam 13 (Boxing) at Btln! (6:45-9:00 p.m.) Wednesday, February 28th.
Remember, Battalion is like Heaven, there is always room for one more! So bring a friend!


Saturday, February 17, 2018


Congrats Neighbour! This was Isaac's second Helmet of the Btln Season! Dane was there with Isaac at the end, but came up a little short. Better luck next time Dane!

GeRRald came out to Btln this week! With John Van and GeRRald at Btln, it was retro night at Btln! (It is so good to have Alumni on a Wednesday Night!)

This week we played Mike 23 for the last time this Btln year. The scores rose and fell every mini game. After each mini game there was also a different team in the lead. Btln chaos at it's very best!

Mike 23 Final Scores
John Van's Team - 12
GeRRald's Team - 8
Cam's Team - 5
Lukas' Team - 2

In Bible Study our topic was "The Gift"

Romans 4:4-5   Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

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

Ephesians 2:8-9   For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

2 Timothy 1:9-10   He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

These passages make it abundantly clear, that we cannot earn eternal life. In fact, God's gift is for those that don't work! All we have to do is receive God's free gift!

2 Corinthians 9:15   Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!


Friday, February 09, 2018


Congrats Luke! This was Luke's third Helmet of the Btln Season! Luke has increased his lead in the race for Winston to two Helmets! Dane was there at the end with Luke and almost had his second Helmet of the season. Dane is overdue for a win in Bulldog.

This week we played "The Mill" for only the second time ever! We added a Lightweight line (grade 7-9) to make things easier on the younger guys. I believe the spacing was 6 feet for the Heavyweights and 7 feet for the Lightweights. The game was very close, needing double overtime to break the draw! I'm thinking of adding a Train Round next year!

Cam's Team
Round 1 - 4
Round 2 - 7
1st OT - 3
2nd OT - 1
Total - 15

Coady's Team
Round 1 - 5
Round 2 - 6
1st OT - 3
2nd OT - 0
Total - 14

In the Bible Study our Topic was Love.

1 John 4:7-8   Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1) Love comes from God and God himself is Love!

John 15:13   Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Romans 5:7-8   Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

2) The greatest act of Love would be dying for a friend. Jesus took this one step further, he died for us while we were still sinners!

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.

3) Nothing can separate us from the Love of God!

Psalm 103:11   For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;

1 Corinthians 2:9   However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— 

Ephesians 3:17b-19   And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

4) God's Love for us is so great that it can't be measured! God's love is beyond what our minds can conceive. While on earth, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding God's Love for us. When we get to Heaven, then we will "know fully, (God's Love) even as we are fully known."


Friday, February 02, 2018


Congrats Kaylon! This was Kaylon's first Helmet of the Btln Season! Jakob was there at the end with Kaylon, but the group was not going to let Jakob win his third Helmet before Kaylon had won his first Helmet! I love how hard the guys compete, but are still happy for each other at the end of the night!

Last week Noah had me sign a contract that we would play Murderball this week if John Van came out for the second week in a row. We were blessed with John's presence, so that meant that we would be playing Murderball for the second time in three weeks! Dan's Team easily beat Devin's team the first two games, so Dan's team decided that they would not rush the middle at the beginning of the game, thinking that they would win anyways. Not rushing the middle was a bad decision, Devin's team easily winning the third game. The final game went the same as the first two, Dan's team taking the win! Dan's team winning 3-1!

For the first time ever we had the squad meetings written on a baseball lineup card! Yeah, you guessed it, Noah was leading the Bible study this week! Noah's topic was "Paul's summary of the Gospel, and how it applies."

1 Corinthians 15:1-5   Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.

Noah pointed out that, Paul was highlighting the Gospel. Paul wanted us to pay special attention to what he was about to say. Paul summarizes the Gospel, he tells us that, Jesus died for our sins, that he was buried and that he was raised back to life on the third day!

Romans 8:33-34   Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Because of what Jesus did for us, we cannot be condemned! Now Jesus is in Heaven with God the Father, interceding for us!


Friday, January 26, 2018


Aaron Friesen, the 12th Sergeant of CSB 3739 in Grand Forks has passed away. Aaron was our friend and brother. Aaron is now with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Psalm 116:15   Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.
2 Timothy 4:7-8   I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Until we meet again in Heaven, we love you Aaron!


Congrats Josiah! At Josiah's second night of Battalion ever he has his first Helmet! I have not been keeping track, but I am fairly certain that winning the Helmet on your second week at Btln is a record!

This week we played Stickball for only the second time of the Btln year. There is not a lot of running around in Stickball, but there is a lot of strategy involved. After the first inning Cam's team had a three or four run lead, but was not able to hold onto the lead. Jason's team had a big second inning scoring five runs to take the lead and the win!

Stickball Final Scores
Jason's Team - 9
Cam's Team - 8
John's Team - 6
Lukas' Team - 6

In Bible study we finished our three part series, "Jesus is the Way", "Jesus is the Truth" and "Jesus is the Life".

John 14:6   Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus himself is the Life!

John 1:1-4   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

In Jesus there is Life!

John 11:25   Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

Jesus is the resurrection and the Life!

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.”

Jesus had the authority to lay down his Life. Jesus also had the authority and power to give himself 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.

Whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal Life!