Reports, Conferences, Home Calls

Change of Correspondent

Earlton, ON - Philip Potter, P.O.Box 182, Earlton, ON POJ lEO.

Change of Address of Correspondent

Hitesville, IA - Larry L. Brandt, P.O. Box 683, Parkersburg, IA 50665.

Midland Park, NJ - T. Edgar Chambers, 303 Huntington Court, Wycoff, NJ 07481. (201) 652 4862.

Strongville, ON - W. Arnot Johnston, 202 Saunders St., P.O. Box 521, Stayner, ON LOM 1SO.

Change of Meeting Time

Strongville, ON - Prayer and Bible study, Tuesday at 7:45; Lord's day, Sunday School at 10:00, Breaking of Bread at 11:30, and gospel meeting at 7:30.

Reports – USA

Fresno, CA - The assembly was encouraged with visits in February, from Harold Paisley, Walter Gustafson, and Jim Currie.

Los Angeles, CA - The believers of the East Los Angeles assembly appreciated the large number that attended their first Spanish Conference. The ministry given by Edward Doherty, Adam J. Thropay, Tom Baker, Roberto Juarez (Guatemala), and Juan Sequel and Salvador Zurita (both of Chile), was helpful and encouraging. One teenager professed to be saved. Roberto Juarez and Dr. John Thropay continued on to visit the Spanish assemblies in Detroit, MI and Atlanta, GA.

Garnavillo, IA - Marvin Derksen and Peter Orasuk began a series of gospel meetings at the beginning of March, following a week of excellent and well-attended children's meetings with brother Derksen. Manchester, IA - Eric McCullough and William Skates ended six weeks of gospel meetings on March 1, with blessing seen in salvation.

Marion, IA - Joel Portman and Dan Shutt began gospel meetings on February 22.

New Lenox, IL - On March 7, the assembly had two ministry meetings and a Bible reading on assembly truth, led by Norman Crawford. The believers who attended were refreshed.

Methuen, MA - The monthly Bible reading March 8 on 1 John 3 was opened by Frank Tornaquindici, with helpful participation from local brethren.

Battle Creek, MI - The assembly appreciated visits from William Metcalf and Brian Owen in January, and David Richards, Louis Smith, and Samuel Ribar in February. Brother Ribar reported on the work and conditions in Yugoslavia, his homeland.

Jackson, MI - On February 21 and 22 the assembly held their first two day conference. The hall was filled, and God's people were blessed and encouraged with ministry given. On February 22, Al Christopherson and Norman Crawford began gospel meetings. On February 14, a conference on the work in Russia was held, with reports given by various brethren who have visited. Please pray for favorable laws that will allow this work to continue, and for the safety and blessing of those who go.

Livonia, MI - Norman Crawford and Dale Vitale started gospel meetings on March 8.

Wilmar, MN - The assembly was cheered and encouraged by the ministry given by Roy Weber, Don Wardell, and Jerry Jennings at the March 1 all-day meeting.

Hickory, NC - Please pray for gospel tent meetings that the assembly plans to hold, D.V., with Jonathan Procopio and David Petterson, beginning at the end of April in the town of Denver. There is hope of following up the interest shown in the tent meetings there last spring.

Barrington, NJ - The assembly had a baptism on February 8 in the Pennsauken Hall. The gospel was faithfully preached by Don Draper and Gene Higgins to an audience of about one hundred twenty-five, many of whom were unsaved relatives and contacts.

Livingston, NJ - On February 15 the assembly was encouraged by a visit from Eugene Higgins for ministry and the preaching of the gospel.

Midland Park, NJ - The baptism of a teenager was an encouragement to the assembly. Children's meetings (with help from David Petterson Hickory, NC), were well attended, with some parents attending. Pennsauken, NJ - The area Bible Reading on John 15 on March 1 was opened by Dr. A. J. Higgins. The focus on conformity to Christ in fruit bearing was a practical call to consecration.

Mansfield, OH - The salvation of a teenager on March 1 brought much joy to the believers.

Bryn Mawr, PA - The younger men of the assembly had a week of children's meetings from March 9-13.

Matoaca, VA - The conference on the second weekend in February was an encouragement. The believers appreciated the visitors and the ministry, shared by Fred Dancy (Hickory), Dr. A.J. Higgins, Jim McCandless (Hickory), David Oliver, and Rob Oliver (McKeesport).

Arlington, WA - Gaius Goff and Peter Simms continued gospel meetings into March, with interest and blessing in salvation.

Seattle, WA - Please pray for gospel meetings scheduled to begin on May 3, with Bill Lavery and Bryan Funston, D.V.

Tacoma, WA - Walter Gustafson and John Fitzpatrick (Salem, OR) had almost three weeks of gospel meetings during February, which closed with blessing in salvation. With the help of the believers of the Seattle assembly (who supported the gospel effort) 6500 Seed Sowers were distributed. The Christians of both assemblies were strengthened and encouraged.

Blue River, WI - Robert Surgenor was with the assembly for gospel meetings beginning on February 8 and continuing into March.

Broadhead, WI - Roy Weber and William Skates began a series of gospel meetings on March 8.

Mt. Sterling, WI - Gospel meetings with Dale Vitale and Jim Beattie ended on February 25, with much encouragement in salvation, including some of the believers' children.

Reports – Canada

Port Alberni, BC - Bryan Funston visited the assembly during February, and was a help during a time of tragedy, when a 12-year old boy whose parents are in the assembly died suddenly as the result of an accident. Many in the area were spoken to loudly by the boy's homecall, and the Lord encouraged the assembly during the next week, when two teenage girls were saved, and another young believer asked for baptism. As a result of the concern evidenced, Bryan Funston and Noel Burden planned to begin gospel meetings on March 22, D.V.

Terrace, BC - Bryan Funston had a week of profitable ministry meetings during February, taking up studies on Biblical doctrine.

Vancouver, BC - Five weeks of gospel meetings in Victoria Dr. with Albert Hull and Robert McIlwaine concluded on March 1, with large numbers attending and blessing seen in salvation. The monthly ministry meeting in Carleton was shared by Albert Hull and Robert McIlwaine, as were the ministry meetings in Fleetwood, Langley, and West Richmond. A number of people have been saved during February in different locations throughout the area, which has been a great encouragement. Westbank, BC - Bryan Funston had a week of children's meetings at the beginning of March in the Highway Gospel Hall.

English Point, LB - Murray McCandless and David Hunt continued in the gospel into March, having seen blessing in salvation and good attendance. The meetings were well supported by the Christians of L'anse au Loup and Red Bay as well.

Sussex, NB - Bryan Joyce was with the assembly for ministry on Lord's day, February 22.

Corner Brook, NF - The baptism of two young sisters on February 15 was an occasion of joy for the assembly.

St. John's, NF - Bert Joyce and Ken Taylor ended gospel meetings on March 1, with good attendance throughout, and some blessing in salvation.

Halifax, NS - Bryan Joyce and James McClelland began gospel meetings on February 11, with good interest.

Burgessville, ON - The Lord was pleased to bless richly in salvation during more than seven weeks of gospel meetings with Bill Seale, which went on into the beginning of March. A baptism was held on March 1, with nine believers obeying the Lord.

Clinton, ON - The young brethren of the assembly held children's meetings on Tuesdays throughout the winter, in the nearby community of Vanastra, where many of the Sunday school children live. The attendance was very encouraging.

Kapuskasing, ON - Visits from Murray Pratt on February 5, and Ed Miller during the first week in March, speaking on the priesthood of believers, were a practical help. The assembly was cheered when five believers were baptized on February 22.

London, ON - During February and March, George Patterson and Hamish Lawrence held gospel meetings three nights a week in the Chelsea Heights Sunday school hall, with some interest.

Mimico, ON - The visits of Harold Paisley, and Alex Dryburgh were an encouragement to the Christians, with good numbers out to hear the ministry. Eric Fowler planned to be with them on for a report on the work in Russia.

Sarnia, ON - On February 28, the assembly had a special meeting for all the workers and their families who shared in the work on the new hall. Norman Crawford spoke the gospel and gave the history of the assembly. More than half of the large number that attended were from the community. David Oliver and Eugene Higgins began a gospel series the next night, March 1, and good numbers continued to attend.

Strongville, ON - On March 1, Andy Fletcher and Gary Sharp began gospel meetings.

Crapaud, PEI - The Lord richly blessed in salvation during the gospel meetings with Carl Payne and David Swan, which continued into March.

Reports – Foreign

Coleraine, NI - Please pray for tent meetings scheduled to start on May 17 with Harold Paisley, D.V.


Kapuskasing, ON - April 11 and 12 with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 154 Mill Street. All other meetings in the Kapuskasing Education Center, 61 Devonshire Street. Bible reading Saturday 10:00 to 12:00, 1 Peter 1: 3-16. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. Gilles Plourde (705) 335-4974. For accommodations: Gerald Labelle (705) 335-3712. Hall (705) 335-5422.

Fredericton, NB - April 25 and 26, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 109 McAdam Ave. Bible reading on Saturday at 10:00, on Romans 14. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Robert M. Griffin, R.R. #4, Fredericton, NB, E3B 4X5. (506) 472-5512. Gospel Hall (506) 472-1125.

Livingston. NJ - May 2 and 3 with prayer meeting Friday at 7:30 all meetings in the Gospel Hall 405 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Route 280 to exit 6 (Laurel Ave. south) left onto Mt. Pleasant Avenue (Route 10 East). Saturday at 10:30, 2:30 and 6:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:00a.m. Corr. Mike Rannelli, 18 Coolidge Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040, phone (973) 763-8163. For accommodations, David Valvano, 10 Salem Drive E., Whippany, NJ 07981 (973) 884-2484. Hall (973) 535-1485.

New Lenox, IL - May 9 and 10, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall. Saturday, ministry at 10:00, children's meeting at 1:15, ministry at 2:00, and gospel at 7:00; Lord's day, Bible reading at 9:00 (Psalm 88), Breaking of Bread at 10:30, SS at 1:15, ministry at 2:00, gospel at 7:00. Please notify in advance for accommodations. Corr. Robert Pike, 506 High St., Joliet, IL 60432. (815) 722-5053.

Frostburg, MD - May 17 and 18, with prayer and ministry meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Grahamtown Gospel Hall. All other meetings in the Beall High School, East Main St., Frostburg, MD. Saturday, first meeting at 10:00; Breaking of Bread at 10:00. For accommodations, contact Michael Bachert, 204 Wilmont Ave., Cumberland, MD 21502. (301) 724-5806.

Calgary, AB - May 16, 17, and 18, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings to be in the West Hillhurst Gospel Hall, 2326 Seventh Ave. NW, Calgary. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. Garry W. Seale, 3111 Conrad Cres. NW., Calgary, AB, T2L lB7. (403) 282-1383. FAX (403) 282-2437.

Sarnia, ON - Conference normally held in May will not be held this year, as the assembly is planning a meeting for the opening of their new hall.

London, ON - May 23 and 24, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. A Spanish conference will be held in the Highbury Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Ave., London. Meetings on Saturday 10:00, 2:00 and 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 9:30, ministry at 2:30. All meetings in Spanish. Please give advance notice of arrival time and number coming to Philip Lampkin, 1742 Attawandaron Rd., London, ON, N6G 3Nl. (519) 472-8747.

Byfield, MA - May 23 and 24, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00 in the Gospel Hall. All other meetings will be at the Town Hall. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. John Short, 145 Main St., Byfield, MA 01922. (508) 465-2207. Gospel Hall (508) 462-5569.

Saugus, MA - Bible reading conference June 6 and 7, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., Saugus. Subject, 2 Corinthians 3 - 5: 'The Believer as an Epistle, as a Vessel, and as an Ambassador." First reading on Saturday at 10:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. Joseph Procopio, 11 Forest St., Saugus, MA, 01906. (781) 233-5780. For accommodations contact Austin Gurney, 30 Hamilton St., Apt. 6, Saugus, MA, 01906. (781) 233-8061. Gospel Hall (781) 233-5570.

Nipissing Junction, ON - June 13 and 14 with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible Readings on Saturday at 9:00 and Sunday at 11:30 on Creation. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1340 Lakeshore Dr., North Bay, ON. Corr. Clarence Black, 63 Massey Dr., North Bay, ON, PlA 3Y3. (705) 497-1284. Hall (705) 474-3384.

Home Calls

Earlton, ON - Frederick Taylor, age 88, on January 18. Our dear brother came from England in 1926 with his widowed mother and two sisters, and was saved and received into the assembly that same year. He had the joy of seeing his mother and two sisters saved as well. Fred had a nice gift in the gospel and was always faithful to the assembly, supporting the meetings until his health prevented him from attending. His wife Edna predeceased him in 1972, and he is survived by his daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren, all professing faith in Christ, and four great grandchildren. Ken Moore spoke the gospel at the funeral service.

Longport, NJ - Mrs. Ruth Williams, age 95 on January 29. She was saved in 1934 and from that moment obedience to God's Word proved to be her first priority. Her search for a place to obey the Lord in baptism led her to believers gathered to His name in Camden, NJ, (now the Pennsauken assembly). While in Pennsauken she was very active in personal gospel work among the Hispanic community. She relocated to Barrington upon marriage to Thomas Williams in 1976, and moved to the Longport Home in 1985. Her legacy is a compelling example of discipleship.

Lakeshore, ON - Hugh John Kersey, age 85, on January 30. Our esteemed brother was born in Flint, MI, and lived in the Lakeshore area most of his life. He was saved at the age of 20 during tent meetings held by Charles Keller and Gordon Reager. Hugh was an elder and the correspondent for the Lakeshore assembly for many years, and his faithfulness and warm, friendly manner endeared him to many. His life was marked with a great love and enthusiasm for the gospel. He had set aside a place on his property where the gospel tent was pitched many times. His wife Mina, three daughters, two sons, and ten grandchildren survive him. Bill Seale and John Dennison shared the service at his large funeral. Arnstein, ON - Mrs. Marjorie Rodgers, age 85, on February 3. She was saved at 18, moved to Toronto for work, where she was received into fellowship in the junction assembly. After the death of her husband in 1970 she moved back to the Arnstein area, where she remained in fellowship until her homecall. The last few years, she was not able to attend meetings because of her poor health. She leaves five children and many grandchildren, some of whom need our prayers.

Arnstein, ON - Mrs. Ethel Whitehead, age 96, on February 6. She was saved in 1922 and was very faithful in attending meetings in spite of adverse conditions at times, until she moved into the Elim Home. She was a hard worker and a loving mother to six children. She leaves 27 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great -grandchildren, some not yet saved. The gospel was preached to a large number that attended her funeral.

Vancouver, BC - Sarah Gardiner, age 89, on February 13. Our esteemed sister was saved in 1922. She married Alex McGaughey, a servant of the Lord, who predeceased her in 1957. She served faithfully for many years in Clarence House, a home for the aged, before marrying the late George Gardiner in 1972. She was a faithful sister in the Victoria Dr. assembly for more than 45 years, and helped many throughout her life. She leaves one son, David McGaughey, two married daughters, Ruth and Mary, 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Robert Mcllwaine and Albert Hull shared her funeral service.

Clinton, ON - William McPherson, age 86, on February 18, following a stroke. Our dear brother was one of a number saved during gospel meetings in farm homes in the Walton district in 1967-68 by David Kember, with help from Arnold Gratton, Paul Kember, and others. William was characterized by a gentle and meek spirit and was a lesson in contentment, bearing a faithful and consistent testimony for the nearly 30 years that he was in fellowship with the believers here. The funeral service was taken by George Patterson.

Springfield, MA - Robert McIntyre, age 93, on February 19. He was saved at the age of 82 during gospel meetings held by Jim Smith. He was received into assembly fellowship and went on well until his homecall. Robert is survived by his wife Margaret, 'k,-daughter, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren, for whom prayer is requested.

London, ON - William Swindall, age 70, on February 20, after a long, trying illness during which he suffered patiently. He was saved in 1944 and received into fellowship in the old Pall Mall Hall in London. He and his first wife lived in several cities due to his employment and were in happy fellowship in Oshawa for 13 years. On the eve of moving back to London in 1988, his wife Beverly passed away. Bill enjoyed teaching in the Sunday school, and loved to sing. He leaves his wife Doreen, and a son and daughter. The funeral was taken by Ross Parker and Gordon Brodie.

Bryn Mawr, PA - Viola (Mrs. Harry) Watterson, age 85, on February 25. Our beloved sister, born in Philadelphia, was saved in Limavady, NI. Following her marriage, she and her husband were received into the Mascher St. assembly in Philadelphia through the influence of brethren who worked with Harry. After moving in 1945, they were in the Bryn Mawr assembly. Since 1994 they have lived in Syracuse, NY, because of their health.

Thunder Bay, ON - Our well-beloved sister, Miss Ruth Wilson, on February 27. Ruth was born and raised in Port Arthur and saved in 1938. She taught in the Sunday School for a number of years, faithfully attended the assembly meetings, and was an example to other believers. Jim Webb spoke in the gospel to the large company at her funeral service.