October 25, 2010
Members of Couples for Christ take part in a praise and worship session during the organization‘s Oct. 2-3 national conference for men.

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Members of Couples for Christ take part in a praise and worship session during the organization‘s Oct. 2-3 national conference for men.

HENRY LIAZ
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON - Couples for Christ (CFC) Canada, an international association of the faithful, held its first ever CFC Servants of the Lord national conference Oct. 2-3 in Edmonton.

CFC Servants of the Lord (SOLD) is one of the family ministries of Couples for Christ catering to mature men 21 years of age and older.

CFC Servants of the Lord aims to provide a Christian support environment for men who want to follow Christ wherever they are and whatever their status may be with a vision to be "True Men of God" (TMG).

The ABBA, Father's Weekend, held at Lister Centre of the University of Alberta, was attended by more than 100 CFC Servants of the Lord members and CFC husbands from across Western Canada, with guests coming from the Philippines and the United States.

HEAD OF THE FAMILY

The conference was about being a Husband, a Father and Head of the Family. The weekend focused on Gods' plan for fathers in the beginning and his significance in this fast changing world.

The men in attendance reflected on the words of Pope John Paul II from his 1981 apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio that within the community of the family, "the man is called upon to live his gift and role as husband and father." Fathers are called to reveal and relive on earth the fatherhood of God.

The ABBA Father's weekend stressed CFC's mission of building the Church of the home.

The CFC Servants of the Lord strive more to live the "fullness of life in Christ," based on Colossians 2.6-7: "Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving."

MASS AND PRAYER

The conference included daily Mass, praise and worship sessions, talks, group discussions, sharing, video presentations and other events.

Bobbee Mella, a member of CFC USA National Council, summed up the weekend with an inspiring talk on strengthening family relationships.

The participants, with some of their families, had a chance to discover their love language, and how to fill their emotional tank with love and affection.

The 2011 conference will be held in Niagara, Ont.

(To find out more about Couples for Christ and its family ministries, kindly visit its website at: www.cfc-edmonton.ca or couplesforchristcanada.org/featured/true-men-of-god.)