Reports, Conferences, Home Calls

Change of Correspondent

Saginaw, MI - Dr. Robert Dennison, 8120 Junction Road, Frankenmuth, MI 48734. Phone (517) 652-9553. E-Mail:

Change of Address

John and Michelle Dennison, 41234 Westfield Circle, Canton, MI 48188.

Mrs. Paul C. Elliott, 343 Parrott Street, Apt #1, Aplington, IA 50604-1063.

William and Mary Seale, 230 Wood Crest Lane, Indiana, PA 15701-8713.

Murray A. McCandless, 2070 Route 121, Norton, NB E5T 1E9 Canada.

Reports - USA

Newington, CT - The assembly enjoyed the visit of David Gilliland for a week of ministry during July. Sam Maze shared the afternoon meeting on Lord’s Day and gave a report on the work in Montserrat.

Garnavillo, IA - David Gilliland was with the assembly for a Lord’s day and several nights of interesting ministry from July 5 - 9.

Hampton, IA - Eric McCullough and Bill Bingham gave profitable ministry on July 18 at a farewell meeting for Bonnie Weber, who has returned to Zambia.

Sioux City, IA - The one-day conference in July was very well attended, with five brethren sharing in the ministry, to the spiritual profit of the believers present.

Stout, IA - Meetings which Eric McCullough and Bill Bingham began in July in a tent in Parkersburg were moved into the hall, following a storm in which the tent was blown down.

Methuen, MA - The assembly had three weeks of gospel meetings with Stanley Wells and Art Ward, closing on August 1. Some attended as a result of the Seed Sowers and invitations that were distributed. At the afternoon ministry meeting on August 1, timely messages were given by Stanley Wells and Frank Tornaquindici.

Saugus, MA - Tom Baker was with the assembly for a night of appreciated ministry on August 12. Tent meetings with Eugene Higgins and Mark Procopio began on August 15, on the site in Reading where previous series have been held.

Watertown, MA - Art Ward was with the assembly on July 11, giving soul-searching and encouraging ministry, as well as a word in the gospel.

Worcester, MA - The assembly was encouraged by a visit from Walter Gustafson on July 6, for ministry, also Bryan Joyce on August 5.

Saginaw, MI - The August 1 all-day meeting was most encouraging for the believers, with ministry from Norman Crawford and Stuart Thompson. Please pray for a gospel effort planned for October, D.V., with William Lavery.

Blair, NE - Joel Portman held gospel meetings in August in a rented building in this town, which is about 20 miles north of Omaha.

Midland Park, NJ - The assembly enjoyed the visit of Bryan Joyce for their Sunday School picnic on August 7. They had an afternoon meeting on August 8, with ministry shared by Tom Baker, Tom Wilson, Howard Barnes, and A. J. Higgins. Eugene Higgins and Bryan Joyce spoke in the gospel meeting that evening, and Eugene Higgins began a week of children’s meetings the following evening.

Pennsauken, NJ - Eugene Higgins and Tom Baker closed very profitable tent meetings on July 25, having again seen the rich blessing of the Lord in salvation, to the encouragement of the believers.

Akron, OH - The assembly received encouragement and help from the ministry of Dale Vitale, David Oliver, and Jim Smith on their visits during July.

Clyde, OH - Profitable ministry was given by Jack Nesbitt and John Slabaugh during their visits in June.

Mansfield, OH - Robert Surgenor and Larry Steers began gospel meetings in July, continuing on into August, with the Lord blessing in salvation.

McKeesport, PA - David Oliver visited during July and early August, giving help in ministry on three Lord’s Days and the mid-week meetings. He and Dale Vitale had a week of children’s meetings beginning on July 26, with a good number of children attending, and some parents on the final day. Brother Oliver also visited Donora for ministry on July 22 and 29.

San Antonio, TX - The believers enjoyed the visit of John Dennison on July 18.

Matoaca, VA - On August 8, David Oliver and Tom Cooper began a series of gospel meetings.

Arlington, WA - The assembly enjoyed the visit of William McVey, with fruitful ministry, in June. Please pray for a gospel effort planned to begin on September 22, D.V., with Allan Christopherson and John Slabaugh.

Platteville, WI - Art Ward and Jim Frazier began tent meetings on August 1.

Sparta, WI - Jerry Jennings began tent meetings on June 28, continuing for five weeks with help from brethren from three Wisconsin assemblies. On August 1 he and Loren Mitchell began gospel meetings in Janesville, WI, in a rented building.

Reports - Canada

Lethbridge, AB - On July 25, Steve Kember and Shad Sluiter ended gospel meetings, having seen the Lord’s blessing in salvation. Children’s meetings were held during the final week. On August 1, the assembly was encouraged further when four believers were baptized.

Kamloops, BC - Bryan Funston and Dave Richards completed three weeks of tent meetings on a site near the hall in July. A number of contacts were made during the meetings.

Terrace, BC - Jack Saword made an appreciated visit on the last weekend in June.

Vancouver, BC - The West Richmond assembly celebrated their 40th anniversary on Lord’s Day, July 18, with an afternoon meeting during which the assembly history was recounted, and a testimony meeting in the evening. More than 200 gathered for the happy occasion. Jim Currie was with the Fairview assembly for ministry meetings on the book of Numbers, and for a baptism. The monthly ministry meeting in August in Deep Cove was shared by Ross Smythe, Murray Logue, and Dave Smith.

Westbank, BC - The conference over the last weekend in July was a time of encouragement for the assembly, with a large number of young believers present for the weekend. The ministry was shared by John Abernethy, Bryan Funston, Harold Paisley, Dave Richards, and Allan Ritchie.

L’Anse au Loup, LB - The assembly enjoyed a visit from Arnold Adams for ministry on July 26 and 27. The message given was helpful and most appreciated.

Portage la Prairie, MB - Gospel tent meetings with Gaius Goff and Peter Smith closed on July 25. Attendance was good, and there was interest throughout, with blessing in salvation.

Corner Brook, NF - Arnold Adams and Gordon Farmsworth were with the assembly for an afternoon ministry meeting on August 1. Brother Adams also visited Rocky Harbour on July 29.

Gander, NF - The believers were encouraged with the tent meetings from July 4-23, with Bert Joyce and Marvin Derksen. The Lord blessed in salvation.

Gander Bay, NF - Carl Payne and Alvin Blake began tent meetings in the nearby town of Carmanville on August 1.

Parsons Pond, NF - The assembly moved into their new hall on July 25. Gordon Farmsworth, Mark Ferymond, and Arnold Adams all spoke in ministry. The official opening of the hall is planned for the October 24 conference weekend, followed by a series of gospel meetings, D.V.

Barrington Passage, NS - James McClelland and Albert Hull began gospel meetings in late July, with good interest from those in the area. Shawn St. Clair held a week of children’s meetings during the effort, also with encouraging numbers.

Berwick, NS - On July 10, a Saturday afternoon ministry meeting was held, with six of the Lord’s servants taking part in ministry, followed with a baptism. The following day, Arnold Gratton and Noel Burden commenced tent meetings, and there was good interest, as well as blessing in salvation, as the meetings continued into mid-August.

Cape Breton, NS - Fred Bartlett and Alvin Blake held tent meetings in St. Peters during the summer.

Clementsvale, NS - Stephen Vance and David McClelland began tent meetings in Cornwallis in July. The meetings were well attended, and some that have long been prayed for showed an interest.

Nineveh, NS - Bruce Barkhouse and Paul Kenny, both of the Nineveh assembly, began tent meetings in North River on July 14. During July, the assembly also enjoyed ministry from Norman Crawford, Stanley Wells, and Gerard Roy during one-night visits from each of them.

Pugwash, NS - Peter Orasuk and Peter Ramsay began tent meetings in Streets Ridge on July 11, with excellent numbers attending, including those from the community. They also had a week of children’s meetings in the tent, with more than 100 children attending.

Barrie, ON - The assembly had weekly children’s meetings over ten weeks, followed by two weeks of nightly children’s meetings with Murray Pratt. A good number of parents and children attended, and one mother has shown interest. The assembly appreciated the help from the Strongville believers in this effort.

Bolton, ON - The believers were encouraged by seeing blessing in salvation during the tent series in Brampton in July. Young Christians from Sarnia, Niagara Falls, and several Toronto assemblies helped distribute Seed Sowers and invitations.

Clyde, ON - Four weeks of gospel meetings with Brian Crawford and Don Nicholson ended in June. The believers rejoiced in the salvation of some who had been heavy on their hearts. During July, the assembly enjoyed missionary reports from David Booth and Walter Boyde, and a Lord’s Day visit from Timothy Walker.

Embro, ON - Ed Miller and George Patterson had three weeks of tent meetings in Centennial Park in Ingersoll in July. The small assembly was encouraged with the interest in the gospel and during two weeks of children’s meetings.

Guelph, ON - The assembly had a summer visit from Walter Boyd of South Africa, with a report of the Lord’s work.

Kapuskasing, ON - On July 4, a young sister was baptized, with G. P. Taylor and Bruce Rodgers present with the assembly for the occasion. Bruce Rodgers and Brian Owens began tent meetings on August 1, with strangers attending from the beginning of the series.

London, ON - Brian Crawford and Bruce Rodgers planned to begin gospel meetings on September 12, and the assembly values prayers for this effort.

Midland, ON - Harold Paisley began two weeks of gospel meetings on August 8.

Nipissing Junction, ON - The conference in June was profitable, with ministry to encourage and stir, as well as thought-provoking Bible readings on the millennial reign of Christ. During July, the assembly had two series of children’s meetings, one in Mattawa and the other in Cache Bay.

Straffordville, ON - Tent meetings during July and August with Jim Bergsma, Elton Fairfield, Brian Kember, and Tim Woodford speaking resulted in blessing in salvation, with excellent attendance from the community throughout the series.

Sudbury, ON - The believers appreciated a visit from Alex Dryburgh in June. Brian Owen and Larry Buote had three and a half weeks of well-attended gospel meetings in June and July.

Toronto, ON - Walter Boyd reported on the Lord’s work in South Africa, on his visits to the Langstaff, Unionville, Victoria Park, and Mimico assemblies during July and early August.

Valens, ON - Ed Miller and George Patterson began tent meetings at the end of July, with some outsiders attending.

Bloomfield, PEI - Robert McIlwaine and David Hierlihy started tent meetings on July 5, with surrounding assemblies all supporting the effort, and excellent attendance.

Charlottetown, PEI - The assembly, along with the Crapaud assembly, was encouraged during July when three young men were baptized. All three were saved earlier this year during gospel meetings in Charlottetown. Murray McCandless and Peter Orasuk were present for the baptism.

Crapaud, PEI - Please pray for gospel meetings that Peter Orasuk and Frank Sona plan to begin at the end of September, D.V.

Freetown, PEI - The assembly was encouraged by blessing in salvation during six weeks of gospel meetings that ended in late July, with Jonathan Procopio and Peter Ramsay.

Reports - Foreign

Tent Meetings have commenced in the following areas:

Dromore - Jack Lennox and Brian Currie commenced on August 1. Good numbers of unsaved are attending, some have been the subject of much prayer.

Rathfriland - Alan Davidson and John Rodgers commenced tent meetings on August 1 in association with the Drumlough Assembly.

Derriaghy - Malcolm Radcliffe and Jon Procopio commenced in July and large numbers are attending.

Ballygowan - Sam Ferguson and Walter Boyd commenced on August 1.

Waringstown - Jim Hutchinson and Albert Aiken commenced in the Gospel Hall on August 15.

Cork, Ireland - The assembly in Bandon recently opened their new Gospel Hall. Special Gospel Meetings were conducted by Jim Hutchinson. Saints were encouraged by good attendance and by a baptism. Ministry was given by Ian Rees and Alec Maclean.


Manchester, IA - October 2 and 3, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 1308 North Third St. All other meetings in the Lambert School, 1001 Doctor St. Saturday ministry at 10:00. Bible reading Sunday at 9:00, subject to be announced later. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Gospel meeting Sunday in the hall. Corr. C.F. Foster, 130 Clara Ave., Manchester, IA 52057-1306. (319) 927-2963.

Sussex, NB - October 2 and 3, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, Route 114, Hynes Corner. All other meetings in the Sussex Regional High School, Leonard Dr. Saturday, ministry at 10:30 and 2:30, and gospel at 7:00. Breaking of Bread 10:00, ministry at 2:00, and gospel at 7:00. Corr. David Beckett, 1019 Waterford Rd., Waterford, NB E4E 5C2 (506) 433-4766, e-mail For advance accommodations call Don McLean (506) 847-9010, e-mail

Terryville, CT - October 16 and 17, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 36 North Main St. All other meetings in the Harry S. Fisher School on North Main St., 1/8 mile north of the Hall. Breaking of Bread 10:00. For more information and accommodations contact William Batterton (203) 755-7621.

Niagara Falls, ON - October 16 and 17, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Oakwood Gospel Hall at Adams and Hawkins Sts. Bible Reading on Saturday and Lord’s Day at 1:30, on John 15 and 16. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Gospel meeting at 6:45 Corr. William Smith, 7467 Merritt Ave., Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 5C3. (905) 354-8272. Gospel Hall (905) 358-0377.

Blue River, WI - October 16 and 17, with prayer meeting in the Blue River Gospel Hall on Friday at 8:00, with supper served at 6:00. All other meetings will be in the St. John’s Gymnasium on Wisconsin Ave., Muscoda. Ministry 10:00 and 2:00; Lord’s Day Bible Reading at 9:00 on Leviticus. 3. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. James C. Frazier, 15513 Richwood Estates Lane, Blue River, WI 53518. (608) 537-2977.

L’Anse au Loup, LB - October 15, 16, and 17, with prayer meeting on Thursday at 7:30. Ministry on Friday at 10:30, 2:30 and gospel at 7:30. Bible reading Saturday at 10:30 (1 Corinthians 12). Breaking of Bread 10:00. Following the conference there will be a gospel meeting on Monday in Red Bay at 7:30. For accommodations call Francis Barney at (709) 927-5696, or Eddie Barney at (709) 927-5535

Livonia, MI - October 23 and 24, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Stark Road Gospel Hall, 9280 Stark Rd., (corner of E. N. Hines Dr.) Livonia. Meetings both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00, 2:30, and 7:00. Corr. James K. Vallance, 47100 Maplebrook, Northville, MI 48167. (248) 349-4258. For accommodations please contact Jeff Joyce, (248) 442-8858. One week advance notice would be greatly appreciated. Hall (734) 425-4910.

Bryn Mawr, PA - November 6 and 7 (this is a change in the usual date), 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.

London, ON, Highbury Ave. Gospel Hall - November 6 and 7, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Ave. Sat. ministry 10:30. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Hugh R. Garnham, 843 Dalkeith Cres., London, ON, N5X 1S5. (519 433-1825. Hall (519) 451-8233.

LaCrosse, WI - Our 100th conference, October 30 and 31, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 1928 George St. All other meetings in the Logan Middle School, 1450 Avon St. Saturday, ministry at 10:00, Lord’s Day, Bible Reading at 9:00 on Luke 18:31-34, 23:8-25, 24:6-7. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. David L. Hardie, 708 11th Ave. S., Onalaska, WI. (608) 783-4067. School (608) 789-7755.

Home Calls

Bracebridge, ON - Mrs. Wilma Banks, age 92, on June 6. Saved as a young woman of 25, our sister was known for her meekness, kindness, and love for the gospel. She and her husband, Herbert, who predeceased her, were in fellowship in the Huntsville assembly, and carried on the Sunday School and gospel work in Bracebridge, showing hospitality to the early pioneer brethren as well. A large number of townspeople and businessmen heard the gospel at the funeral, which was taken by Ed Clingen.

Hampton, IA - Harold Meinberg, age 83, on June 27. Our dear brother was saved in 1939, and was in the assembly here for nearly 57 years. A faithful, respected brother, he served as an elder for many years. His wife Marian survives him, along with two daughters and their families. The funeral service was shared by Leonard De Buhr and Robert Orr, with some family members expressing words of tribute.

Hitesville, IA - Clarence Leerhoff, age 89, on July 23. Our dear brother was saved in 1928 in gospel meetings with Sam Hamilton and Archie Stewart. He was faithful and well respected, and had a care for the welfare of the assembly. He is survived by his wife Fannie, two daughters, and their families. The funeral service was taken by Robert Orr.

Arlington, WA - William Evans, age 53, on July 27. Bill suffered a heart attack while visiting his parents in Idaho, and was called home to heaven. As a young man of 19 in the US Navy, he was stationed in the area and was saved soon after meeting some of the Arlington Christians. He loved to witness for the Lord, and bore a good testimony. He leaves his wife and two children, who all look forward to the rapture, but his parents are not yet saved. Please pray for them. The funeral services were shared by Ed Rollins, Tim Klein, and Bryon Meyers.

Manchester, IA - Mrs. Zena Legg, age 97, on July 28. Our dear sister was saved in 1924 through the preaching of Oliver Smith, after she attended one gospel meeting. A faithful sister, Zena was in assembly fellowship for nearly 70 years, and for the past two and a half years was a resident of the Linn Manor Care Center. Predeceased by her husband Clifton, she is survived by a sister-in-law, Fannie Lubben, and nieces and nephews. Robert Orr and Grant Hagen shared in the funeral service.