Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Longport, NJ - The Gospel Hall Home currently has rooms available in both the Health Care Unit (for those requiring 24 hour skilled nursing care) and the Residential Unit (for those who are independent or needing little assistance). Admission is open to all who are in fellowship with an assembly of the Lord's people, gathered unto the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel Hall Home offers quality care in a nurturing and homelike atmosphere. All meetings of the Longport Gospel Hall take place on the premises. Please contact Michael Rauseo at (609) 822-0241 to request an admissions packet or if you have any questions regarding the application process. For the benefit of families that have a continuing care situation, respite care is available in Longport.

Change of Address

Norman and Anne Mellish, 4 Albert St., Chesterton, Newcastle-UnderLyme, Staffordshire, England ST5 7JF.

Change of Address of Correspondent

Gore Bay, ON - Michael Younan, 10 Van Horn St., Gore Bay, ON POP 1HO.

Reports - USA

San Diego, CA - The assembly enjoyed the visit of John McDowell on his way back to Australia. His ministry and the account of the work in his field of labor were much appreciated.

Garnavillo, IA - Tom Baker and David Oliver were with the assembly for a weekend of ministry. Murray McCandless visited on September 16. Tom Baker began meetings in Spanish in a community building in Postville, and God richly blessed in salvation, with the meetings continuing into the beginning of October.

Hitesville, IA - The assembly appreciated a week of ministry by James Allen in early September. The conference in mid September was good with the Person of Christ exalted, assembly truths plainly presented and personal Christian living emphasized.

Methuen, MA - The Bible reading on September 20 on Psalm 2 was led by Eugene Higgins. The gospel series that began that night, with brother Higgins and David Oliver, ended on October 11. The believers were encouraged by the attendance of some as a result of invitations distributed, but are still praying for blessing in salvation. The usual monthly Bible reading on October 11 was changed to a ministry meeting, with help given by brethren Oliver, Higgins, and Tom Wright.

Saugus, MA - On September 19, five young believers obeyed the Lord in baptism. Dale Vitale was with the assembly for the happy occasion. Tom Wright was with the assembly for ministry with a focus on helping some young Brazilian believers and reaching their friends and relatives.

Saginaw, MI - The believers in Saginaw and surrounding assemblies were encouraged at the all-day meeting on October 4, with ministry from Jack Nesbitt and Stuart Thompson. The assembly planned to begin a week of children's meetings with Dan Shutt on October 12.

Newington, CT - Please pray for gospel metings to begin on November 1 with brethren William Seale and Bryan Joyce. Also remember their one day conference to be held on November 22.

Kansas City, MO - The Labor Day conference was profitable, with ministry given by Alex Dryburgh, Philip Harding, David Rogers, David Richards, and Jim Webb. Philip Harding remained for two nights of appreciated ministry. Joel Portman and Robert Orr began gospel meetings on October 11.

Hickory, NC - The assembly appreciated Jim Allen's visit in late August, as well as three nights of ministry by Jim Smith at the beginning of September. It was evident that the Spirit was giving both brethren help.

Midland Park, NJ - The conference on the last weekend in September was a time of fellowship and enjoyment of the Word, with seven of the Lord's servants present to give help.

Pennsauken, NJ - Tom Wright was with the assembly for two nights of ministry on October 1 and 2, and for the monthly ministry meeting the following Lord's day.

Albuquerque, NM - The believers appreciated one week of ministry meetings with Jim Webb during September.

Akron, OH - The younger brethren began children's meetings in a school in September. Dale Vitale was with the assembly for a Lord's day and to help with Seed Sowers distribution.

Clyde, OH - The believers appreciated visits from John Slabaugh and Gary Sharp.

Mansfield, OH - In September, Robert Surgenor was with the assembly for a Lord's day and two nights of ministry, and Bill Seale visited for three nights of helpful ministry.

Hatboro, PA - Tom Wright was with the assembly for ministry on September 28 and 29. He also visited Bryn Mawr for ministry.

Indiana, PA - Harold Paisley visited for the Lord's day, September 13, giving help in ministry and the gospel.

McKeesport, PA - The believers enjoyed visits from Gene Higgins in the gospel on September 6, Tom Baker in ministry on September 9, and Harold Paisley in ministry on September 14.

San Antonio, TX - The September conference was a help and encouragement to the assembly and to those who attended from other assemblies. The profitable ministry from local brethren was appreciated.

Hardwick, VT - The ministry at the September conference was both encouraging and profitable. Bill Lavery, Ken Nicholson, Ken Taylor, G. P. Taylor, Albert Hull, and Larry Buote gave help in ministry. There were a good number of unsaved at the gospel meeting.

Arlington, WA - The believers enjoyed the visit of John Slabaugh for ministry on September 27.

Linden, WA - John Slabaugh visited for ministry on September 30, having visited other assemblies in the area as well.

Reports - Canada

Squamish, BC - On October 3, the small assembly hosted a one-day conference to celebrate 25 years of assembly testimony in that city. The believers were greatly encouraged with the attendance and the ministry, shared by John Slabaugh, John Abernethy, Bryan Funston, and Ron Steele.

Vancouver, BC - John Slabaugh visited the area assemblies in early October with practical ministry that was very much appreciated. Eric McCullough and William Skates planned to begin gospel meetings on October 18 in Fairview. On September 12, at Deep Cove, Jim Currie gave an interesting report of the Lord's work in Japan. A young Japanese brother who is taking over the responsibility for the printing work in Tokyo also spoke with an interpreter.

Roseisle, MB - The assembly held a weekend of meetings commemorating its 100th anniversary on the first weekend in October. A large school auditorium was filled for each meeting, with Norman Crawford giving a history of the gospel in Canada, and Harold Paisley ministering on the uniqueness of assembly testimony.

Cap Pete, NB - Gerard Roy and Leslie Wells finished gospel meetings on September 20, with encouragement in the numbers who had attended during the series.

Sussex, NB - The conference on the first weekend in October was very large and judged to be excellent by those attending, with ten of the Lord's servants giving help in ministry. Following the conference, Albert Hull and Tom Meekin began a gospel series.

Flowers Cove, NF - Wallace Buckle and Alex Dryburgh planned to begin gospel meetings at the end of October, following the Parsons Pond conference.

Fogo, NF - The conference on Labor Day weekend was well attended and encouraging, with a good number of the Lord's servants present to minister. Bryan Funston remained for three nights of ministry the following week and also visited several other assemblies. His visit was much appreciated.

Templeman, NF - Walter Gustafson and Bryan Joyce finished gospel meetings on September 29, greatly encouraged by the attendance in response to the Seed Sowers distributed throughout seven fishing villages. A woman who had attended gospel meetings there as a child in 1967 and had been saved four years ago returned and brought several other friends to these meetings.

Halifax, NS - Robert McIlwaine had a week of ministry during September, with excellent attendance and interest on the part of the believers.

Hubbard's Point, NS - Leslie Wells had seven ministry meetings beginning on September 24, speaking on basic themes for young believers and practical applications from I Corinthians.

Chapman Valley, ON - Please pray for gospel meetings scheduled for November, D.V., with Don Nicholson and Ken Moore.

Charlton, ON - Please pray for children's meetings planned for the end of November, D.V., with Don Nicholson.

Chatham, ON - The assembly enjoyed a week of ministry on "The Christian Home' in September with Jim Beattie. Timothy Kember also visited for two nights of ministry that was much appreciated.

Clinton, ON - The believers were encouraged and cheered by the good attendance at the conference in early October. The ministry was shared by 12 servants of the Lord, and Norman Mellish remained for three nights of ministry following the conference.

Gore Bay, ON - The assembly celebrated their fiftieth anniversary on August 29, with appreciated ministry from six brethren. David Booth visited in September for a Lord's day, also giving a report of the work in Russia.

Lindsay, ON - The Christians were most encouraged by the large number that gathered for the annual Sunday School picnic. In September, Don Nicholson had a week of children's meetings, continuing thereafter with one night weekly. The annual one-day conference was very encouraging, with a larger crowd than usual, and good practical ministry given by five of the Lord's servants.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON - The assembly would value prayers for gospel meetings scheduled to begin on November 1 with Timothy Walker, D.V.

Toronto, ON - Peter Orasuk and Eric McCullough concluded three weeks of gospel meetings on October 4.

Charlottetown, PE - The believers enjoyed a visit from David Booth who reported on both the work in Costa Rica and in Russia. He also visited Fredericton, Moncton, New Glasgow, and Port Howe.

Rosebank, PE - Please pray for gospel meetings planned to begin in November, D.V., with Bill Bingham and David Hunt.

Reports - Foreign

Larne, NI - A large number attended the Bible reading conference, with ministry and missionary reports given as well. Bible readings from the Hebrew epistle were conducted by A. McShane, S. Ferguson, E. Parmenter and F. Tornaquindici. Our brother Frank Tornaquindici gave helpful and appreciated ministry in a number of assemblies in the province during his short stay. Good conferences were also reported in Currian, Killycurragh, Ardmore, and Lungs.

Belfast, NI - Albert McShane gave helpful ministry during September in the Windsor assembly, as well as in Coleraine.

Portadown, NI - Allan Davidson had a week of ministry in September, following the end of the gospel series with Eric McCullough, during which the Lord blessed.

Abergavenny, Wales - The conference on September 12 was well attended, with Drew Meikle and Malcolm Radcliffe ministering. During the week following, Brother Radcliffe continued on in helpful ministry on "Altars of the Old Testament.'

Treorchy, Wales - Gospel meetings with Joe Baxter (Scotland) concluded on October 8, with many good contacts made during door-to-door visitation.


Hitesville, IA - Annual all-day meeting on January 1, beginning at 10:00. Corr. Larry L. Brandt, 609 Lincoln St., Parkersburg, IA, 50665. (319) 346-1084. Gospel Hall (319) 347-2333.

San Diego, CA - January 1, 2, and 3, with prayer meeting on Thursday, December 31, at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 4646 Twain Ave. Bible readings on Friday and Saturday at 10:00, on 1 John 1 and 2; ministry each day at 2:00, and gospel at 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. William Smith, 5005 LaDorna Drive, San Diego, CA, 92115. (619) 582-2109. Gospel Hall (619) 280-7021.

Pennsauken, NJ - January 9 and 10, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 6530 Caroline Ave. at Rte. 38 near Browning Rd. Circle. All other meetings to be held in the Haddonfield Middle School, Lincoln Ave. and Chestnut St., Haddonfield, NJ. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. David A. Curran, 326 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ, 080331142. (609) 429-4443. Gospel Hall (609) 662-1201. School (609) 429-9620.

Home Calls

Vancouver, BC -Elvi (Crawford) Morton, age 78, on June 4. Our sister went home to be with the Lord very suddenly, after sustaining a heart attack. She was saved as a teenager in Langley, BC and was in the assembly there until moving to Vancouver, in fellowship in the Cedar Cottage assembly. After marrying Harold Crawford, they moved to the Fairview assembly where they remained for 36 years, until Harold's homecall. She later married Ivan Morton, and moved to the Woodland Dr. assembly, where she remained until the close of her life. A faithful, kind, hospitable, happy woman, Elvi will be very much missed. Please pray for her husband who is left alone, and for many family members who still need the Saviour. Her large funeral indicated the high esteem in which she was held.

Wallaceburg, ON - Marie Lizzotte, age 84, on August 13. Our dear sister was a consistent and faithful member of the assembly since her salvation. While attending meetings with her youngest son, she realized her need, but struggled with her religious background, which emphasized good works. After a home visit from brother Jim Beattie in 1976, at the age of 63 she finally rested on the finished work of Christ. She loved her Savior and the fellowship of the Christians, and although her memory failed in her latest years, she still remembered the scripture. Her funeral was taken by Jim Beattie. Remember her family in prayer, as some of them do not yet know their mother's Savior.

Wilmar, MN - Ann Arends, age 84, on September 10. Our dear sister was saved in 1955 during meetings held by Leonard DeBuhr and Oliver Smith. She and her husband George were among the first believers that met in assembly capacity in Wilmar. She is survived by her husband, son Kenneth, daughter-in-law Gloria, and three grandchildren, all having the blessed hope of reuniting with her in heaven. Robert Orr spoke in the gospel to the large number who attended her funeral.

Vancouver, BC - David Frith, age 77, went home to be with the Lord very suddenly on September I 1. He was saved as a teenager through the gospel preaching of Herb Harris, and was later received into the fellowship of the Cedar Cottage assembly. From the very start he bore a bright testimony and became involved with the Woodland Dr. Sunday school outreach work when he was nineteen. Throughout his life he showed a keen interest in the gospel. In 1955 he moved to Woodland Drive when the assembly was established, and became a highly respected elder and shepherd among the Lord's people. The large crowd at his funeral was a testimony to the esteem in which he was held. Please pray for his widow and family.

Ferndale, MI - Mrs. Margaret Lavery, age 65, was suddenly called to heaven on September 21 from Berlin, VT, where she was visiting her daughter and son-in-law. Margaret and her husband William were saved in 1966 after coming to the U.S. from Northern Ireland in 1961. They have been partners together in the work of the Lord for many years, and our brother needs our prayers in the sudden loss of his beloved wife. She leaves three daughters and one son with their spouses and 12 grandchildren who deeply mourn her loss. Please pray for the salvation of those in the family who as yet have no Savior. Harold Paisley and Norman Crawford shared in the very large funeral.

Brodhead, WI - Mrs. Dorothy Schwartz, age 80 on September 24. Saved in 1935, Dorothy was among 22 believers that formed the assembly that year in Brodhead. She was a faithful sister whose kindness and love was appreciated. She is survived by her husband Ralph, two sons, and a daughter, with their families. Robert Orr took the funeral service.

Cleveland, OH - Miss Margaret Rankin, age 83, on September 30. Our beloved sister went home to heaven after a lingering illness that prevented her attendance at meetings. Born in Scotland, she moved to Cleveland with her family in 1927, and was saved in 1930 during gospel meetings. The daughter of a respected elder in the Monticello assembly, Margaret also went on well throughout her life. She leaves her sister Mary, with whom she shared a home since their parents' death. Samir Haddad and Arthur E. Pile, Jr. shared the funeral service.