Launch of new Peterborough ON chapter on January 17, attended by 40 men and women.
Celebrating birth and death
SOMETIMES IT'S GOOD JUST TO LET GO
Birth and death. That's, well, life.
People, organizations, businesses, empires. They all come and go. We are only here for a short while. Nothing was created to last forever.
Henry Lee (Hank Allen) famously said: "Many of the most successful people or organizations either failed many times, took several risks, or both ... before they achieved."
At the CCBF, we celebrate whenever we launch a new chapter but we also celebrate when a chapter dies; when there is no longer a felt need for a group to come together.
I attended the inaugural meetings of two new chapters in January. More than 40 men and women attended the launch event in Peterborough ON and 15 folks turned out in Milton ON to mark the launch of their new chapters. Those men and women have agreed to come back every month to connect their faith to their work. It's a cause for celebration.
Sometimes chapters run their course: attendance wanes, interest diminishes, other organizations are formed that seem more interesting.
And invariably, attendance at our monthly meetings goes through cycles. We are currently in a rebuilding mode in Calgary, for example. While attendance in Calgary South is waning there is renewed energy to create a second chapter in the city's north end, under new leadership.
We have had a few chapters simply die over the years because of declining attendance or the loss of a facilitator. Some become 'reborn' under new leadership and new participation; some don't.
The CCBF goes where we're needed and wanted. We respond to requests to create new chapters. We also respond when the need no longer exists within a community. Maybe that's the nature of ministry: being able to celebrate in the best of times and the worst of times.
Birth and death. That's reality. That is neither success nor failure. And that applies equally to organizations, churches, corporations and businesses.
It's the Ecclesiastes way: A time to be born and a time to die.
Canadian Christian Business Federation
MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE
(Listed alphabetically by city)
ABBOTSFORD, Saturday, Feb. 23 – Breakfast, 7 a.m., Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.
BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, Feb. 7 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.
BRAMPTON, Wednesday, Feb. 13 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Sunset Grill, 10025 Hurontario at Bovaird; Rod Hoekman, facilitator.
BRANTFORD, Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E., Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.
BURLINGTON, Wednesday, Feb. 6 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CALEDONIA, Thursday, Feb. 14 -- Breakfast 7 a.m., The Tartan Diner, 127 Argyle St. S., Caledonia; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CALGARY SOUTH, NO MEETING – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Mike Watson, facilitator.
CAMBRIDGE, Tuesday, Feb. 5 and 26 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Country Girl Restaurant, 561 Hespeler Road, Cambridge; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CLARINGTON, Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.
COBOURG, Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Street, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, Harry Meester, co-facilitators.
EDMONTON AM, Thursday, Feb. 28 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, 4485 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.
FREDERICTON, Friday, Feb. 1 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Journey Wesleyan Church, Duncan Lane, Fredericton; Cathy Calhoun and Wendell Betts, facilitators.
GUELPH, Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.
KELOWNA, Friday, Feb. 1 and 15 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, 2170 Harvey Ave.; Scott Burke and Ray Metcalfe, facilitators.
KITCHENER, Friday, Feb. 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.
LANGLEY, Thursday, Feb. 21 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Joan Deeks, facilitators.
LONDON BREAKFAST, Wednesday, Feb. 27 – 7:30 a.m., Youth For Christ cafe, 254 Adelaide St. S., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.
MARKHAM, Wednesday, Feb. 13 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, 9275 Markham Road, Markham; Anne Thornley-Brown, facilitator.
MILTON, Friday, Feb. 22 – 7:30 a.m., Cora Restaurant, 65 Ontario St. S., Milton; Keith Knight, facilitator.
NORTH YORK (PEOPLES CHURCH), Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Breakfast 7 a.m., The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto; Nestor Abdon, facilitator.
OAKVILLE, Friday, Feb. 8 -- 7:30 a.m., Mo’s Family Restaurant, 467 Speers, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.
OTTAWA, Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Summerhayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; George Zekveld, facilitator.
PETERBOROUGH, Thursday, Feb. 21 – 7:30 a.m., Carousel Restaurant, 116 Lansdowne Street East; David Eyre, facilitator.
SASKATOON, Wednesday, Feb. 27 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.
ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday, Feb. 13 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.
SMITHVILLE, Thursday, Feb. 28 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Meester Insurance boardroom, 246 St. Catharines St., Smithville; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.
SUMMERSIDE, Saturday, Feb. 23 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Granville Street Diner, 454 Granville Street, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.
VERNON, Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Schubert Centre , 3505 30th Ave., Vernon; Jon Buller and Darren Witt, facilitators.
WATERLOO, Friday, Feb. 1 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.
WINDSOR, Saturday, Feb. 23 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Walker Grill, 1275 Walker Road; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.
WINNIPEG, Tuesday, Feb. 12 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn Menaar, facilitator.
WINGHAM, Friday, Feb. 1– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.