(note: news will be published in the language in which it is provided to the webservant)
We now have COVID updates for all eighteen groups, 14 of which are meeting or active and have confirmed that four groups aren't meeting, although one of
those is joining with another group (great on them!). Col.(Ret'd) Gerry Potter was one of three presenters at the May "meeting" of the OWM Workplace Network,
and he has graciously provided a report on the activities of the Military Christian Fellowship in 2020.
Most of you will by now have received information about One Way Ministries new Workplace Network -- "a place where you can engage with other
workplace leaders in Ottawa to deepen your faith, build authentic relationships in the workplace, and live out your faith and calling at work and in your other
spheres of influence". They've been hosting monthly webinars entitled "Taking your faith to work". Check them out on Facebook
10-Mar-2021: God is good! Last week a member of the Health Canada group, Ernestina Francois, approached me (the webservant) asking if there was anything
she could help me with. She and I had a chat, and Ernestina is embarking on a quest to find out what's been happening (or not) in the various groups. So if
you're a group leader, expect to be contacted by her and be prepared to be encouraged and share the good news about your group. Blessings on you, Ernestina!
If you've got anything to share about your bible study in the federal public service, you can contact Ernestina at
29-Oct-2020: We're aware of two groups meeting via Zoom, Statistics Canada and Global Affairs Canada during the pandemic when a lot of personnel are working from home. Hoping to have more updates soon. Stay safe!
10-Apr-2020: In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, most goverment and public service employees are no doubt working from home. How has your group been affected? The Stats Canada fellowship have an email
going around to group members, keeping one another up on how things are going and taking prayer requests.
30-Mar-2020: Nicole Auclair has moved on from her position at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and Rebecca Lau has returned as contact for that group. Blessings on you in your new work, Nicole!
08-Dec-2019: design of pages for MCFC made consistent with other "chapter" pages.
05-Dec-2019: Five people have indicated willingness to form an "executive committee": Nana Amankwah (PHAC), Ron Gannon-Berg (RCMP), Don MacMillan (Industry Canada, ret'd),
Michel Savard (Statcan) and Gord Walford (Statcan, ret'd). There have been two meetings of the group. Gord has been named secretary of the executive committee. We hope to have
a meeting with other group leaders sometime "down the road".
19-Nov-2019: English and french chapter pages replaced with pages with pics of locations of individual groups (one exception, the MCFC)
18-Nov-2019: Experiment: added pics of the various groups' locations to the English "chapter" pages
16 & 17-Nov-2019: New website design launched, including
14-Nov-2019: The first meeting of those who expressed an interest in being part of the executive was held at the offices of One Way Ministries, facilitated
by One Way's Gerry Organ. Participating were Ron Gannon-Berg (RCMP), Don MacMillan (Industy Canada, ret'd), Nana Amankwah (PHAC, by phone) and Gord Walford
(Statistics Canada, ret'd). Some of the points raised were: need for an improved website; need for a meeting of group leaders; some interest in holding another
"Faith@Work Forum" or providing other opportunities for fellowship and building one another up.
13-Nov-2019: An offer to host the website for free was received from one of the group leaders; this is being examined.
Oct-2019: response to the September poll produced 12 responses, enough money to cover the debt, pay the bills and a bit left over; also three
people showed interest in being part of the executive. There were indications that two others were willing to assist with the website.
06-Sep-2019: Poll sent out to 20+ leaders of groups inquiring of them
- a white background (easier to see) and a neutral grey border
- a rendering of the Centre Block of Parliament Hill in pencil with a coloured flag, and the PSCF simple outline cross with a red maple leaf superimposed on top.
- titles in English and French with the PSCF "motto" underneath
- one new page - this one!
Along with the poll was a request for donations for 2019-20 fees related to the website and to cover some debts incurred by the webservant.
- Do you want the PSCF to continue as an organisation?
- Do you want the website to continue to link bible studies and prayer groups in the federal public service?
- Are you willing to participate in an executive?
- Would you be interested in taking over the administration of the website, or do you know anyone who would?
(picture @ top: pencil rendering of the Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa)