Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Palm Springs, CA — Phone number for Charles Spataro is (760) 322-7090, and the Gospel Hall number is (760) 325-8815 (change of area code).

Change of Correspondent

Livingston, NJ — Allan Valvano, 31 Townsend Dr., Florham Park, NJ 07932-2318, (973) 377-7839. Email,

Change of Location of Gospel Hall

Toronto, ON - Victoria Park Gospel Hall (formerly Pape Avenue Gospel Hall) 1266 Victoria Park Ave., Toronto, effective April 8, 1999 On Lord’s Day, Breaking of Bread at 10:00, SS & Bible class at 12 noon and gospel at 7:00. Prayer and Bible reading on Wednesday at 8:00. Corr Robert Reilly, 30 Caronridge Cres., Agincourt, ON, M8W 1L2. (416) 499-0829.

Change of Meeting Times

Hitesville, IA — Gospel meeting on Lord’s Day is now at 7:00 P.M., anc the prayer meeting and Bible study on Wednesday is at 7:30 P.M.

Reports - USA

Phoenix, AZ — Gospel meetings with Peter Orasuk and Jonathan Procopic began on February 28 in Sunnyslope. The February month-end ministry meeting in Phoenix was shared by G. P. Taylor, Peter Orasuk, and Jonathan Procopio.

Palm Springs, CA — The assembly enjoyed ministry and gospel on February 14 by Alan Davidson, and on February 21 by Walter Gustafson.

San Diego, CA — In February, the believers appreciated a week of ministry on Dispensational Truths, with Ed Dougherty.

Tampa, FL — The February conference was considered to be excellent, both in attendance and in ministry, which was shared by G. P. Taylor, John Abernethy, William Lavery, and William Seale.

Garnavillo, IA — Tom Bentley was expected to be with the assembly from March 10 — 14 for ministry.

Hitesville, IA — The New Year’s Day meeting was smaller than usual due to the weather, but the ministry was heart-warming. The assembly appreciated a week of ministry with Alan Christopherson and another week with James Smith during January.

Manchester, IA — John Slabaugh and Al Christopherson began gospel meetings on Feb. 28, and were encouraged with blessing in salvation.

Waterloo, IA — During February the believers enjoyed ministry given by Albert Hull and Robert McIlwaine (who were having gospel meetings in Stout), Eric McCullough, Jim Smith, Donald Wardell and Roy Weber.

New Lenox, IL — Joel Portman had appreciated, practical, and helpful ministry on the book of Deuteronomy February 3-12.

Methuen, MA — The monthly Bible reading on February 14 was on Psalm 69, with a good number gathered from the surrounding assemblies. Frank Tornaquindici opened the reading and there was good participation.

Saugus, MA — Gospel meetings with Eugene Higgins and Bryan Joyce ended in mid-March, with blessing in salvation. The attendance during the series was most encouraging.

Battle Creek, MI — The assembly had an appreciated visit from William Lavery on Lord’s Day, February 21. Brian Crawford and Norman Crawford joined with brother Lavery for an afternoon ministry meeting, with believers from the Jackson and Williamston assemblies also attending.

Ferndale, MI — William Lavery and Jack Nesbitt began gospel meetings at the beginning of March.

Jackson, MI — Meetings with Norman Crawford and Brian Crawford ended on February 26. There were a good number of unsaved out during the four weeks, with some blessing in salvation.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI — Art Ward and Jerry Jennings were with the assembly for ministry on February 28 and two nights thereafter.

Akron, OH — The believers appreciated the area Bible reading led by A.J. Higgins on February 20, on the subject of marriage. Dan Shutt was with them on the following Lord’s Day giving helpful ministry on "The Believer in the Workplace."

McKeesport, PA — Gospel meetings with Jim Smith and William Skates began on February 21, with some from the community attending, as well as the children of the believers.

Lynden, WA — The assembly enjoyed the ministry of Jim Webb on his visit on February 24.

Marysville, WA — Tom Hoy and Jonathan Procopio closed two weeks of gospel meetings on February 27, with the Lord blessing in salvation.

Tacoma, WA — The believers appreciated a visit from Bryan Funston for three nights and a weekend, early in February.

Ontario, WI — William Skates and Robert Orr completed more than four weeks of gospel meetings on February 17.

Mt. Sterling, WI — Roy Weber and Bill Metcalf ended gospel meetings on February 24, with the Lord having blessed in the salvation of several of the Christians’ children.

Report - Canada

Kamloops, BC - Bryan Funston had two nights of ministry with the Westsyde assembly on February 17 and 18, in view of an exercise for tent meetings in July, D.V.

Squamish, BC — Please pray for gospel meetings scheduled to begin on April 11.

Vancouver, BC — The Woodland Dr. assembly has been encouraged with blessing in salvation and large numbers of unsaved attending the gospel meetings with David Oliver and Marvin Derksen, who also shared the monthly ministry there on March 7, and the meeting at Fleetwood. Jim Webb joined them for the monthly ministry meeting at Langley. The monthly missionary meeting on March 6 in Woodland Dr. was taken by Marvin Derksen, who gave a very challenging report of the work in Newfoundland.

Westbank, BC — Gospel meetings began in late February, with Gaius Goff and Noel Burden. The good interest has been an encouragement.

Charlottetown, LB — The assembly received great encouragement during three weeks of gospel meetings with Wallace Buckle and Paul Cockfield, when the Lord blessed in salvation. Also, two were received into assembly fellowship and two were baptized during the meetings.

L’anse Au Loup, LB - Bert Joyce and Andrew Bergsma ended five weeks of gospel meetings on February 28, having seen good numbers attend the meetings. The ministry given each Lord’s Day during the series was very helpful and much appreciated.

Shediac and Tracadie, NB — Both these assemblies held a special winter ministry meeting in February, with Leslie Wells and several local brethren ministering, and good numbers present at both meetings.

Carbonear, NF — During February, the assembly appreciated visits from Carl Payne and Eric Fowler. Brother Payne also visited New Harbour and Wareham for ministry.

Gander Bay, NF - The Christians were encouraged by the ministry of Bryan Joyce during his visit in February.

Parsons Pond, NF - Wallace Buckle and Larry Steers planned to begin gospel meetings on March 14.

Clementsvale, NS — In late January and early February, Leslie Wells held two weeks of ministry on the book of Ezra, with simple and practical application to the local assembly.

River Hebert, NS — The assembly appreciated visits and ministry from Kenneth Turkington on February 12, 19, and 26.

Chapman Valley, ON - Please pray for gospel meetings scheduled to begin on April 4, D.V., with Ken Moore and Don Nicholson.

Earlton, ON - Gospel meetings with Don Nicholson and Lorne Langfeld ended on February 26, with joy brought to the assembly in the salvation of a French Catholic couple.

Lindsay, ON — The believers have been encouraged by the visits of Ernie Dellandrea and Fred Krauss, as well as by additions to the assembly. The children’s work is also very encouraging.

Newbury, ON — During February, the believers enjoyed a profitable week of meetings with David Rodgers on Jeremiah, which they found most helpful and interesting. They enjoyed a weekend visit from Timothy Kember, who ministered to their well being as well.

Nipissing Junction, ON — The assembly enjoyed a brief visit from Don Nicholson for ministry on a Lord’s Day and the following evening.

Oshawa, ON — Bryan Funston and Jim Jarvis began gospel meetings on February 28.

Ottawa, ON — Monthly ministry meetings have been well attended, with help given by Larry Steers, Murray McLeod, and Timothy Kember. In January they rejoiced in the salvation of a teenage daughter of a couple in the assembly.

Longueuil, PQ — Larry Buote had a week of ministry meetings during the winter, to the encouragement of the believers.

Sainte Flavie, PQ — The final winter ministry meeting was held on March 6. Leslie Wells and four local brethren gave help.

Reports – Foreign

Northern Ireland — Robert Surgenor closed nine weeks of gospel meetings and a week of ministry in Killeel at the end of February. Attendance was excellent throughout the series and the assembly was greatly encouraged by the Lord’s blessing in salvation. Other gospel efforts during February included: James Martin and Tom McNeill in Ballywatermoy; Jack Lennox and Brian Currie in Randlestown; Tom Bentley and Jackie Palmer in Matchett Street, Belfast; Brian Glendinning and Rob Fairley in Moneyrea; John Thompson and Noel Fleck in Kilmore; William Nesbitt and Bertie Millar in Tassagh; Sam Maze and Robert Eadie in Mullafernaghan; Sam Ferguson and Walter Boyd in Bangor; Albert McShane and David Gilliland in Dungannon; and Robin McKeown and Stephen Gilfillan in Newtownstewart.

Scotland - At the beginning of March, Robert Surgenor visited the assemblies in Mayfield, Foress, Cullen, and Peterhead, reporting on his work in West Virginia and giving ministry. There was excellent attendance and appreciation expressed. He intended to be in Glasgow for ministry on March 9 before returning to the U.S. the following day.


McKeesport, PA — April 24 and 25; Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, Prescott and Broadway. All other meetings in the Francis McClure Junior High School. Meetings begin at 10:00 on Saturday and Lord’s Day. The homes of the Christians will be open for visitors. Contact William Seale, (724) 863-2949, for accommodations or motel phone numbers .

Livingston, NJ — May 1 and 2; Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 405 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston. Saturday, meetings at 10:30, 2:30, and 6:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. Allan Valvano, 31 Townsend Dr., Florham Park, NJ 07932-2318, (973) 377-7839. Email, For accommodations, contact David Valvano, 10 Salem Dr. E., Whippany, NJ 07981, (973) 884-2484. Gospel Hall (973) 535-1485.

New Lenox, IL — May 8 and 9; Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall. First meeting on Saturday at 10:00; Lord’s Day, Bible reading 9:00, Romans 12. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Please notify in advance for accommodations. Corr. Robert Pike, 506 High St., Joliet, IL 60432. (815) 722-5053.

Frostburg, MD — May15 and 16; Prayer and ministry on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 10 Davidson St., Frostburg. 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. Treasurer Brent W. Richards (301) 729-1549. For accommodations and motel reservations contact Michael Bachert, 204 Wilmont Ave., Cumberland, MD 21502. (301) 724-5806.

Ottawa, ON — May 22 and 23; Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible readings each day at 9:00, "The Two Natures in the Life of the Believer." Sat. "The Flesh vs. the Spirit" (Gal. 5); Sun. "The Conflict and the Victory" (Rom. 7). Breaking of Bread at 10:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1087 River Rd., Ottawa, ON. Corr. Kenneth B. Prince, 1246 Kitchener Ave., Ottawa, ON, K1V 6W5. (613) 733-1668. Hall (613) 748-0269.

Midland and Waubaushene, ON — May 22 and 23. The assembly is once again able to have their annual conference after three years absence. All meetings to be held at the Penetanguishene Community Centre (Arena), 61 Maria St., Penetanguishene, ON. (Right on Thompsons Rd., the first street inside of town, then go one block on the left). First meeting of the conference Saturday at 10:00; Breaking of Bread Lord’s Day, 10:00. Bible reading both days at 1:30, Hebrews 11: 8-19, 23-29. Corr. Paul Barbour, 328 John Street, Midland, ON, L4R 2J5, (705) 526-3516; Ed Heels, 2379 Rumney Road, RR #1, Midland, ON L4R 4K3 (705) 534-3698.

Byfield, MA — May 29 and 30, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00 in the Gospel Hall. All other meetings to be in the Town Hall. First meeting Saturday at 10:30, Breaking of Bread, Lord’s Day, at 10:30. Corr. John Short, 145 Main St., Byfield, MA 01922. (978) 465-2207. Gospel Hall phone (978) 462-5569.

London, ON — May 29 and 30 with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. 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 3N1. (519) 472-8747.

Saugus, MA — Bible reading conference June 5 and 6; Prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., Saugus. Subject: 1 John. First meeting 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 please contact Tony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940, (781) 334-6363. Gospel Hall (781) 233-5570.

Bancroft, ON — June 5; Ministry at 2:00; Ministry and gospel at 7:00. All meetings to be in the Lakeview Gospel Hall, Maxwell Settlement Rd. Corr. Mark Freymond, R.R. #1, Bancroft, ON, KOL 1C0. (613) 332-4317.

Nipissing Junction, ON — June 12 and 13, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible Readings on Saturday at 9:00 and Sunday at 11:30 to be on the Millennial Reign of Christ. 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, P1A 3Y3. (705) 497-1284. Gospel Hall (705) 474-3384.

Kirkland Lake, Englehart, Earlton, and Charlton, ON — June 26 and 27 with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30, preceded by supper at 5:30 in the Englehart High School, where all meetings will be held. Meetings both days to be at 10:00, 2:00, and 7:30. Corr. Philip Potter, Earlton, ON, P0J 1EO, (705) 563-2942; or Harvey Pratt, RR #1, Charlton, ON, P0J 1BO, (705) 544-7758.

Home Calls

Sudbury, ON — Dorothy Foreshew, age 72, on November 27, 1998. Our sister was born again on her own birthday in 1965, and attended the assembly in Sudbury until failing health hindered her. Loved by all who knew her, she will be missed by her husband Albert and her sons, daughters, and grandchildren. The large funeral service was shared by Ken Moore and Don Nicholson.

Ashgill, Scotland — James (Jimmy) Paton, age 84, called home on February 8, at Auchlochan House. He was saved at the age of 15, and from a very early age was a student of the Word of God. Using his own words he "read to know, fed to grow and studied to show." Our brother ministered the Word faithfully for many years in his beloved Scotland and all over the United Kingdom and also in the United States and Canada. In his youthful days he was associated with the assembly in Ardrossan and then at Bethany Hall, Stevenston, where he began married life with his dear beloved wife, Elizabeth. After a number of years they moved to the assembly at Beith, where their home was always open to the Lord’s people. After the home call of his dear wife he went to live with his son George and his wife and was for a few years in Shields Road Assembly, Motherwell. For the last two years of his life he was resident at Auchlochan House and was in fellowship at Bethany Hall, Ashgill where his ministry was much appreciated. His seat is empty and he is greatly missed. The large gathering at his funeral indicated the high esteem in which he was held. Remember in prayer his two sons, George and James, with their wives and families.

Livingston, NJ — Michael Rannelli, age 80, on February 10. Our dear brother was highly esteemed as an elder and long-time correspondent of the Livingston assembly (formerly East Orange). He was born on October 17, 1918, and was led to Christ by the late Mr. Frank Pizzulli on September 29, 1929, through Isaiah 53:5. From his youth on he had a deep interest in the gospel. A student of the Word, given to teaching, and a shepherd of the sheep, he is sorely missed in the Livingston assembly. His wife Ida, son Thomas, daughter Judith, one brother, and four sisters survive him. Frank Tornaquindici and Gene Higgins spoke to the large crowd words of encouragement and faithfully presented the gospel.

Vancouver, BC — Lorna Barr, age 69, on February 11, passed into the Lord’s presence unexpectedly, in Palm Springs, CA. Saved in 1967 during meetings in Victoria Dr. with Eric McCullough and the late William Warke, she bore a faithful and consistent testimony and was an ideal helpmeet for an assembly overseer. She was given to hospitality, and she and her husband provided a home away from home for many of the Lord’s servants. She leaves her husband Tom, two sons and a daughter,


In an effort to better serve our overseas subscribers, we are having our brother Paul Trimble of the Broombedge Assembly Moira, N. Ireland print the next few issues of Words in Season. He will handle all foreign subscribers and not only U.K. subscriptions. Our dear brother has expressed his willingness to help in this way and will work closely with brother Elwood Russell of Lurgan who presently handles our subscriptions over there. The price will remain the same but the service should increase dramatically once they get used to it. You should get your April issue in April. The fact is, you may get April before March which was mailed from here and takes two months to arrive via surface mail. Even subscribers outside of the U.K. should notice a great improvement if all goes as planned. Please be patient during the transition period as there may be a few rough spots to be smoothed out.

Brother Trimble has agreed to a few months trial of this arrangement as we will send the copy from here each month as well as the mailing labels ready to go. Both USA and overseas issues will be identical and we trust the Lord will guide us in this effort. Brother Trimble is also set up to print tracts and invitations for the Lord’s people if they contact him at (01762) 322960.

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