Reports, Conferences, Home Calls

Change of Address

Alex Dryburgh - 4623 Waterford Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario L5R 2B2; Phone (905) 502-8932.

Reports - USA

Garnavillo, IA - William McBride was with the assembly for ministry and a report meeting of the work in Chile on August 17 and 23. He also visited Manchester and Cedar Falls during the week that he was in the area.

Sioux City, IA - The one-day summer conference was a profitable time of fellowship shared by Believers from numerous assemblies. Sam Eadie led the Bible reading on Ephesians 1 with timely, heart-warming ministry.

Methuen, MA - On August 29, Christians from Cambridge, Saugus, Watertown, and Newington, CT helped in distributing 3000 Seed Sowers and invitations for gospel meetings planned to start on September 20, with Eugene Higgins and David Oliver.

Saugus, MA - The assembly greatly appreciated the visit of Dr. A. J. Higgins for a weekend of ministry on basic assembly truths, on August 21-23. Following the ministry meeting on August 22, three young believers obeyed the Lord in baptism. Earlier, Jonathan Procopio visited on August 16, and Tom Baker was with the assembly for the regularly scheduled weekly meetings during the month, with ministry particularly helpful to young believers.

Willmar, MN - Joel Portman was with the assembly for two nights of ministry on August 25 and 26. Children's meetings in two locations with Don Wardell and Dennis Stickfort were held during August, with between 30 and 40 children attending.

Langdon, ND - Roy Weber and Gaius Goff ended three weeks of tent meetings on August 16, with good attendance up until harvest time. They plan to go back later in a rented building for further meetings, D.V.

Burwell, NE - The conference on August 23, though small, was a help to those attending, with ministry given by Robert Orr, Joel Portman, William Skates, Talmadge Southard, and Roy Weber.

Midland Park, NJ - The believers enjoyed the visit of Tom Baker for their Sunday School picnic on August 22 and ministry on the Lord's day, August 23. He also visited the assembly in Livingston for ministry on August 24.

East Aurora, NY - Joel Portman and Roy Weber planned to begin a gospel series on September 13.

Akron, OH - The Labor Day conference was very large, with ten of the Lord's servants giving help. The ministry and Bible readings stressed the need of restoration and revival in testimony for God. Earlier in August, the assembly appreciated visits from Bill Lavery and Fred Bartlett.

Cleveland, OH - Bill Lavery spent a Lord's day with the assembly in August, followed by a night of ministry. He also visited Mansfield for ministry.

Clyde, OH - Jack Gould and Bill Lavery visited the assembly during August. At the County Fair, a number of good contacts were made through the outreach work.

Toronto, OH - Gospel meetings were planned to start September 20 with Lorne Mitchell and Dan Kember (Sarnia, ON). Some of the older children of the Sunday School have been attending the regular weekly gospel meetings and the believers had the joy of learning of blessing in the salvation of one of the young men.

Donora, PA - On August 20, Jim Smith visited the assembly for a night of ministry.

Hatboro, PA - Robert Surgenor was with the assembly from August 1623, with helpful and practical ministry. He also visited Pennsauken, NJ, for ministry on August 26.

McKeesport, PA - The assembly has rented a building in the Apollo area for ongoing gospel work, with Dale Vitale and Joe Clark starting on September 1, for three nights weekly. On August 3, Gary Sharp was with the assembly for a night of ministry, and Jim Smith visited on August 1619, with ministry on the subject of Overseers. The believers also enjoyed the visit of Ed Doherty on August 30.

Rapid City, SD - Al Christopherson began home meetings two nights weekly on September 6, as a follow up to the tent series earlier in the summer.

Arlington, WA - The Labor Day conference, the largest in recent years, was a time of encouragement, with seven brethren giving help in ministry and the gospel. Jim Currie, John Abernethy, and Bill Lavery led the Bible readings on justification, Sanctification, and Glorification.

Black River Falls, WI - Joel Portman was with the assembly for ministry on August 10 and 1 1. He was with the assembly in Door County on August 12, also for ministry.

Reports - Canada

Burnaby, BC - One week of children's meetings were held in a rented building from August 10- 14, with about fifty children attending each day. Children's meetings recommenced on Monday nights in a Burnaby school on September 14, for the 19th consecutive year.

Vancouver, BC - Eric Parmenter of England visited during mid-August, ministering in Victoria Drive for several nights. Please pray for gospel meetings scheduled to begin in Fairview on October 18, D.V., with Eric McCullough and William Skates.

Red Bay, LB - On August 19, the Christians rejoiced when a young man was baptized following the gospel meeting, with a good number attending.

Cap Pele, NB - On August 16, Gerard Roy and Leslie Wells began tent meetings in this village eight miles east of Shediac. The response from the area, previously covered with Seed Sowers and invitations, was not encouraging, but many of the children of the believers came regularly, and attendance was good.

Fredericton, NB - Peter Orasuk and Peter Ramsay closed five weeks of tent meetings in the downtown area at the end of August. A good number unfamiliar with the gospel attended the excellent meetings, with a good interest and rich blessing in salvation.

Point la Nim, NB - Gerard Roy and Leslie Wells had four weeks of gospel meetings during the summer. The nearest assembly, Tracadie, is 100 miles away, but a number of unsaved attended, some quite regularly.

Sussex, NB - Please pray for gospel meetings scheduled to begin after the conference on October 4, D.V., with Albert Hull and Tom Meekin.

Tracadie, NB - The conference during the summer was a time of spiritual help, with ministry from Larry Buote, Gerard Roy, Leslie Wells, and three local brethren.

Corner Brook, NF - The assembly appreciated the visit of Eric Fowler for a week of children's meetings in August. A good number attended the meetings.

Flower's Cove, NF - During August, the believers were encouraged by the visit of Carl Payne and Harvey Parsons for a Lord's day, with an afternoon ministry meeting.

Gander, NF - Eric Fowler visited on August 19 to report on the work that is going on in Russia. The believers were encouraged to hear of God's continued working there.

St. John's, NF - The assembly held an all-day meeting on September 13, in commemoration of its founding 50 years ago. Doug Howard, Ernie Dellandrea, and Bert Joyce were with them for the occasion. The believers were also encouraged by the reception into the assembly of two young believers, one of whom was saved during the last gospel series in Mount Pearl.

Templeman, NF - Walter Gustafson and Bryan Joyce began two weeks of gospel meetings on September 7.

Amherst, NS - Please pray for a gospel series planned for the beginning of October, D.V., with Doug Howard and Murray McCandless.

Barrington Passage, NS - Tent meetings with Albert Hull and James McClelland continued on into the second week of September. Large numbers from the area attended throughout the series, and prayer is valued for guidance as to continuing with a weekly gospel meeting in the future.

Clementsvale, NS - The conference over the Labor Day weekend was a source of blessing to the large company of believers attending, with ten speakers giving profitable and searching ministry.

Truro, NS - Please pray for gospel meetings planned to start on September 27, D.V., with James McClelland and Samuel Ussher.

London, ON - Joel Portman visited for ministry from September 6-8. Please pray for a gospel series scheduled to begin on October 11, D.V., with Harold Paisley.

Midland, ON - On September 6, Larry Steers and Murray Pratt began a gospel series.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON - The conference over the Labor Day weekend was larger than usual, with a number of the Lord's servants giving help in the ministry. The Bible readings on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit in Personal and Assembly Life aroused a spiritual interest.

Strongville, ON - Please pray for a gospel series scheduled to begin in early November, D.V., with Gary Sharp and Bill McBride.

Charlottetown, PEI - In August, Robert McIlwaine and David Hierlihy ended more than five weeks of encouraging tent meetings in Ebenezer, with the Lord's blessing in the salvation of some long prayed for.

Glen Ewen, SK - The believers appreciated the visit during the summer of Murray Poidevin with a report on the Lord's work in Zambia.

Reports - Foreign

Northern Ireland - Conferences in Fintona and Clones during August were an encouragement to the assemblies convening them and to the believers attending. Gospel work throughout August was encouraging, with blessing seen in salvation in some parts, and good interest evidenced in the numbers attending, in Portadown, Garvagh, Dromore, Crossgar, Annalong, Ballygawley, Carnlough, and Bangor. Open-air meetings were held on the Isle of Man during the holiday season.

Schoonoord, the Netherlands - The tent meetings held by Andrew Bergsma, Cap van de Wetering, Lou Swaan, William Felix, and some of the local brethren from Schoonoord ended on August 30 with blessing in salvation.

Wales, UK - Tom Bentley was with the Cwmbran assembly for ministry beginning on September 7 and helped at some of the local conferences.


Saskatoon, SK, Lawson Heights Gospel Hall - October 31 and November 1, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. First meeting on Saturday at 10:30; Breaking of Bread at 9:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 131 LaRonge Rd. Corr. Mark Ronald, 619 Rusholme Rd., Saskatoon, SK, S7L 0G6. (306) 664-6180.

Oil Springs, ON - November 14 and 15, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, Victoria St. All other meetings in the Oil Springs Youth Centre, corner of Highway 21 and Victoria St. Breaking of Bread at 10:30, Bible Reading Sunday at 2:30 (I Timothy 3). Corr. Art Whitton, R.R. 3, Oil Springs, ON, NON 1PO. (519) 882-1686.

Blues Mills, Cape Breton, NS - November 14 and 15. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 34 Mountain Rd., Blues Mills, just off the TransCanada Highway. Meetings on both days begin at 10:00. Correspondent John Bain, (902) 625-2409, email: For accommodations please contact Ron Steffensen (902) 756-3019, email

Bolton, ON - One-day conference, November 21, at Albion Bolton Community Centre. Meetings at 1:00, 4:00, and 7:00. For further details contact John Steen, (905) 584-2834, or Robert Curry, (905) 857-0753.

Newington, CT - The assembly (formerly Charter Oak, Hartford) will hold a one day conference on our old date, November 22nd, Lord's Day only. Breaking of Bread at 9:45, Ministry at 2:00 and Gospel at 6:30. Brethren walking in and teaching the 'old paths' are welcomed to minister as the Lord leads. Corr. Matthew J. Brescia, 81 Cobblestone Way, Windsor, CT 06095. Tel. (860) 688-2388. Gospel Hall (860) 666-4342.

Phoenix, AZ - November 26, 27, 28, and 29, with prayer meeting on Wednesday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1246 E. Garfield St. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Bible readings at 10:00 on John 15, 16, and 17. Each day, ministry at 2:30, gospel at 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. Clarence Van Der Hart, 8525 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85305. (602) 872-1007. Hall (602) 253-4932.

Garnavillo, IA - Thanksgiving Day conference on November 26 in the Gospel Hall, 506 S. Washington St. Ministry commencing at 10: 15. Corr. Donald Kregel, P.O. Box 488, Garnavillo, IA, 52049. (319) 964-2588. Gospel Hall (319) 964-2642.

Stout, IA - Thanksgiving Day conference on November 26 in the Gospel Hall. Ministry at 10:00 and 2:00. This year will be a commemoration of the assembly's 75th anniversary. Gary DeGroote, 28073 West Brook St., New Hartford, IA, 50660. (319) 983-2713. Gospel Hall (319) 346-1153.

Bryn Mawr, PA - November 28 and 29, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, N. Summit Grove Ave. All other meetings to be held in the Colonial Elementary School, directly behind the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Plymouth Meeting, PA, one mile south of the intersection of Rte. 476 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Norristown exit); use exit 8 for Plymouth Meeting if traveling Rte. 476 North. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. Harold W. Stewart, 403 Revere Rd., Lafayette Hill, PA 19444. (610) 825-0384. Gospel Hall (610) 525-6539.

Fredericton, NB - All-day meeting on November 29. Breaking of Bread, 9:30; Bible Reading, 1:15; ministry, 2:30; gospel, 7:00. Corr. Robert M. Griffin, 280 Sunset Dr., Fredericton, NB, E3A IA9. (506) 472-5512. Gospel Hall (506) 472-1125.

Saugus, MA - December 5 and 6, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. Meetings Saturday at 10:30, 2:30, and 6:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., just east of Route 1. Corr. Joe Procopio, 11 Forest St., Saugus, MA, 0 1906. (781) 233-5780. For accommodations please contact Austin Gurney, 30 Hamilton St., Apt. 6, Saugus, MA, 01906. (718) 233-8061. Gospel Hall (781) 233-5570.

Home Calls

Arnstein, ON - Mrs. Ruth Culin, age 65, was called home on July 27 after several years of failing health which she bore patiently without complaint. She was saved in 1949, baptized two years later and received into assembly fellowship at Arnstein where she remained until her home call. She is survived by her husband Reg, son David, two sisters and a brother, all in fellowship in other assemblies. The gospel was clearly presented by Arnold Adams and David Booth at the funeral.

Hickory, NC - Alice Humphreys Duncan, on July 31. Our dear aged sister was called home after a long battle with cancer. She was saved in the summer of 1941 under the preaching of the late Sam McEwen, in Petersburg, VA, where she met Roland her husband. They were married for 54 years. She leaves him, one daughter, one son, a granddaughter, and a grandson. David Oliver gave an excellent word in the gospel at the funeral.

Stout, IA - Grant Sluiter, age 98, on August 4. Our brother, who was born in Germany and moved to Iowa as a child, was saved in his late twenties through the gospel work of Oliver Smith. In the assembly, Grant was marked by faithfulness, hospitality, and love for the fellowship of believers. He had a concern for the unsaved, and was quick to tell anyone how he had gotten saved. He was preceded in death nine months earlier by his wife Alberta, and leaves a daughter, two sons, and their families. Two grandsons, Scott Hayes and Shad Sluiter, and Floyd Christopherson shared in his funeral service.

Stout, IA - Thelma Haack, age 93, on August 6. Our sister and her husband were saved in 1920 in meetings of the late Oliver Smith, and shortly thereafter came into assembly fellowship. Predeceased by her husband in 1970, Thelma leaves three sons, two daughters, and their families. Russell Nesbitt and Richard Van Mill shared the funeral service.

Hickory, NC - Mrs. Frances Crudson McGarrie, age 87 on August 19. She was saved in her teens. Because of illness she was not able to attend assembly meetings for the past 20 years, and was tenderly cared for by her daughter Marge. She leaves two daughters, one brother, and six grandchildren. Her funeral service was shared by her grandson, Dan McDonald, and Elton Decker of the Stark Rd. assembly.

No. Ireland - Jean McNeill, on August 10, was called home after a lengthy illness very patiently borne. Jean, who with her husband Tom labored for the Lord in the North of Ireland, was known for her hospitality and her interest in the work of the Lord. Tom and jean were married in 1960 when Tom was still in secular employment, and they were associated with the assembly at Harryville, Ballymena, except for brief periods when they lived in Lurgan and Larne. Her funeral was one of the largest seen in the area, bearing testimony to the respect in which Jean was held. Those who took part in the funeral were Matt McKillen, David Armstrong, Albert McShane, Albert Aiken, J.G. Hutchinson, and Sydney Glenn. Please remember brother McNeill in prayer.

Newington, CT - Our dear brother, Alex Colangelo, departed to be with Christ on September 6, 1998. He was born in New Mexico in 1917 and came to Hartford in 1925 where his family was reached with the gospel and Alex was saved in 1928 through reading John 3:16. He went on well in his quiet, consistent, humble way for seventy years. He was faithful to the assembly and was with us at the worship meeting in great weakness only two weeks before his homecall. 'His seat will be empty and he will be missed' says it all. He leaves his beloved wife, Angie, three daughters, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Some are not saved and the gospel was preached at his funeral by Gene Higgins. At the grave we reminded our hearts in the hymn that "there's going to be a meeting, a meeting in the air in the sweet bye and bye."