Reports, Conferences, Home Calls

Change of Address

Bryan and Rachel Joyce - 362 Grenfell Heights, Grand Falls-Windsor, NF A2A 2J2 (709) 489-4692.

Change of Meeting Times

DeLand, FL - Prayer and Bible study is now on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Change of Correspondent

Monrovia, CA — Frank Robles, 14918 Dexter Street, Baldwin Park, CA 91706. Phone (626) 962-4181, e-mail:

Arlington, WA - Timothy Klein, 24320 47th Ave. N.E., Arlington, WA 98223. Phone (360) 435-4466.

Reports – USA

Terryville, CT - The October conference was small, but the ministry was excellent, and those who attended found it a great help. Ministry was shared by Tom Wright, David Oliver, Ken Taylor, Gene Higgins, and Walter Gustafson.

Garnavillo, IA - The Christians appreciated Jim McColl’s visit on October 14.

Hitesville, IA - The assembly appreciated visits from Jim Allen and Jim McColl during the fall.

Marion, IA - John Slabaugh and Stewart Thompson continued in gospel meetings into November.

New Lenox, IL - The believers appreciated encouraging and helpful visits from Walter Gustafson on October 25 and November 1-2. Art Ward and local brethren planned to start gospel meetings on November 14.

West Union, IA - William Skates and Roy Weber continued into November in gospel meetings, with blessing in salvation and encouraging attendance.

Byfield, MA - The assembly enjoyed Eugene Higgins’ visit on October 27, with helpful, practical ministry.

Methuen, MA - The believers appreciated the visits of Tom Wright for ministry on October 21 and for the monthly Bible Reading on October 10. They also enjoyed Ken Taylor’s ministry on October 14.

Saugus, MA - Eugene Higgins was with the assembly for their regularly scheduled meetings during the week of October 24, giving ministry that strengthened and cheered the believers.

Watertown, MA - Eugene Higgins preached the gospel at the October 24 dinner meeting. Earlier in October, the believers enjoyed helpful ministry from Walter Gustafson and Tom Wright, who also gave a brief report of the work in Brazil. Frank Tornaquindici was with the assembly in late September.

Livonia, MI - The October conference was large and the ministry was excellent. On October 31, David Oliver and John Dennison began a gospel series, and there was a good interest from the beginning. The schedule for the bi-monthly Bible readings this season is as follows: November 20 -The Priesthood of the Believer (Holy and Royal Aspects); January 15 and March 18 - The Fruit of the Spirit - Christian Graces.

Saginaw, MI - The assembly enjoyed a week of very successful children’s meetings with Matt Smith during the last week of September. Two weeks of gospel meetings followed in October with Bill Lavery and Jack Nesbitt. During the last week of October, visits by Larry Perkins and Harrys Rodrigues were an encouragement.

Omaha, NE - Robert Orr was with the assembly for ministry on baptism on November 3-5, and for a baptism on November 6. Gospel meetings with Eric Fowler and Roy Weber closed in October, with blessing and encouragement in salvation.

Pennsauken, NJ - Jim McColl was with the assembly for helpful ministry on November 8 and 9, following the Bryn Mawr conference. He was also with them for the area Bible Reading on November 14.

Niagara Falls, NY - Jim Jarvis had a week of children’s meetings in the fall, with blessing seen in salvation. The annual conference was well attended, with eight of the Lord’s servants present to give help. The ministry and Bible studies were excellent. The baptism of a sister following the gospel meeting on Sunday night brought joy to the believers.

Akron, OH - Walter Gustafson was with the assembly for two nights in October, giving practical ministry on the work of the Holy Spirit in the assembly.

Cleveland, OH - Eugene Higgins had two weeks of gospel meetings from his chart on coming events, ending on October 15. The assembly was encouraged by seeing blessing in salvation.

Clyde, OH - In October, the assembly canvassed the community with Seed Sowers before a week of gospel meetings.

Mansfield, OH - During the fall, the assembly had visits from John Dennison, Robert Surgenor, and Dan Shutt, all with helpful ministry. A good number heard the gospel during fall children’s meetings as well.

Bryn Mawr, PA - The November conference was very helpful, with profitable ministry and warm fellowship. Ministry was shared by Walter Gustafson, Jim Smith, Jim McColl, Eugene Higgins, David Oliver, Ken McCullough, Matt Brescia, and A.J. Higgins. The conference date was changed this year to avoid the Thanksgiving weekend. Next year, D.V., the conference is planned for the second weekend in November to avoid conflicts with other conferences and regularly scheduled meetings. Jim McColl was also with the believers for ministry on November 10.

Hatboro, PA - The believers appreciated ministry from Jim Smith on November 8 and 9, and Jim McColl on November 11.

Blue River, WI - The October conference was profitable, as was the La Crosse conference. On November 7, Al Christopherson and Bill Seale began a gospel series.

Egg Harbor, WI - The Lord blessed in salvation during two weeks of gospel meetings with Jerry Jennings and Lorne Mitchell, which closed on November 5.

Waukesha, WI - George Patterson and Ed Miller began gospel meetings on November 7. Earlier, William Skates had six nights of very beneficial ministry on 1 Peter. Larry Buote visited at the end of October, giving an interesting account of the French work in Quebec and New Brunswick.

Reports – Canada

Edmonton, AB - The assembly was greatly encouraged as a result of the October conference. John Abernethy, Andrew Bergsma, Ed Dougherty, Bryan Funston, Don Nicholson, Cap Van de Wetering, and Gordon Williams gave help in the meetings. Prior to the conference, Peter Mathews visited for a Lord’s Day. The baptism of a sister brought joy to the assembly. Arnold Adams had appreciated ministry meetings from October 24-30.

Squamish, BC - About 100 believers were present for the conference at the beginning of October. Jim Currie, Bill Bingham, Bryan Funston, Gary Sharp, Stan Wells, and Dave Smith shared in the ministry.

Surrey, BC - Bryan Funston and Tom Hoy began gospel meetings in Newton on October 24.

Vancouver, BC - The conference over Canadian Thanksgiving was a time of blessing, spiritual profit, and encouragement in salvation. The meetings were shared by Tom Bentley, Bill Bingham, Al Christopherson, Bryan Funston, Eric Parmenter, and John Slabaugh. Brethren Parmenter and Bentley remained in the area for ministry. The November 6 missionary meeting in Victoria Dr. was shared by Hans Bouwman and Aubrey Kelly. The November 7 ministry meeting in Woodland Dr. was shared by Hans Bouwman and Ross Smith. Wesley Barr and Paul Cockfield began gospel meetings in North Vancouver on November 7.

L’Anse au Loup, LB - The October conference was smaller than usual because of stormy weather, but timely ministry was given to those who attended. Norman Crawford had two nights of helpful ministry on assembly truth. Brother Crawford and Jonathan Procopio also visited Red Bay and English Point with ministry following the conference.

Portage la Prairie, MB - Larry Buote was with the assembly for ministry and a report of the work in Quebec on November 4. Earlier in the year, four young believers were received into fellowship, and on October 31, three were baptized.

Corner Brook, NF - Norman Crawford and Jonathan Procopio gave much-appreciated ministry on October 26.

Gander, NF - The assembly enjoyed the visit of Norman Crawford with ministry on creation, on October 27, 28, and November 3.

New Harbour, NF - On October 16, Gaius Goff and Tom Hoy ended a gospel series.

Parsons Pond, NF - The October conference refreshed the believers, with practical, Christ-exalting ministry. Gaius Goff and Bert Joyce began gospel meetings on the final night of the conference, October 24.

Rocky Harbour, NF - The Christians appreciated a visit from Norman Crawford and Jonathan Procopio for encouraging ministry on October 25.

Seal Cove, NF - David Hunt and George Whey began two weeks of gospel meetings on November 8.

St. John’s, NF - The assembly appreciated Gaius Goff’s visit for three nights of ministry during October. The October conference was well attended, with profitable ministry. Gospel meetings with Robert McIlwaine and Bryan Joyce began on the final night of the conference, October 31. Blues Mills, NS - Peter Ramsay and Peter Orasuk planned to begin gospel meetings on November 21.

River Hebert, NS - David Hunt and Fred Bartlett closed four weeks of gospel meetings at the end of October, with good numbers and interest, and the Lord blessed in salvation.

London, ON - Four weeks of gospel meetings with Brian Crawford and Bruce Rodgers closed on October 10, with blessing in salvation. Elton Fairfield helped for five nights, and John Dennison on the final night, while Brian Crawford was confined to the hospital.

Sudbury, ON - Ken Moore visited the assembly for a Lord’s Day in September. In October, Brian Owen was with the believers for two nights of appreciated ministry. A young brother recently obeyed the Lord in baptism.

Toronto, ON - On November 7, the Eglinton Ave. assembly had the joy of baptizing a young man who had been saved a year previously.

Glen Ewen, SK - John Abernethy was with the assembly for Bible readings on 1 Peter, from October 31-November 5. The assembly also appreciated ministry from Andrew Bergsma, on October 24, and James Ronald, who also opened the annual Sunday’ School program. Maidstone, SK - The joint conference (Mervin, Paradise Valley, and Maidstone assemblies) over Canadian Thanksgiving was larger than in past years. Don Nicholson, John Abernethy, Cap Van de Wetering, Jim Webb, and James Ronald ministered to the edification and encouragement of the believers.

Reports – Foreign

Australia - David Wright and John McDowell had three weeks of gospel meetings in Woodridge, south of Brisbane. A number of believers traveled a distance to support the meetings, but only a few local people responded. Many homes received gospel literature in this needy area.

Cheltenham, England - The October conference was very encouraging, with Ceri Rees and Jack Hay giving help in ministry.

Northern Ireland - The Lurgan conference in October was well attended and considered to be very profitable. Fifteen speakers took part in ministry meetings, missionary reports, Bible readings, and gospel meetings. The Bible readings were conducted by Jim Allen, B. Currie, Albert McShane, and Frank Tornaquindici. Brother Tornaquindici also visited

Dromore and Ballymagarrick. W. J. Nesbitt held gospel meetings in Drumlone, in the new outreach hall in this rural area, visiting a wide area daily with Alfred Hall. T.W. Wright and Mark Turkington were in a portable hall in fellowship with the Clonroot assembly. Visiting was encouraging, and a few from the district were attending. John Thompson and Alan Redpath continued in a portable hall for at least six weeks in Lower Ballinderry. Brian Glendinning and Jim Black began a gospel series at the beginning of November in fellowship with the Glenanne assembly. David Gilliland and Jim Currie began a gospel series in Ebenezer, Bangor, at the end of October, with encouraging attendance. Robin McKeown and Wesley Martin saw some interest in gospel meetings in Ahoghill. Sam Ferguson and Fred Sweeny finished gospel meetings in a very difficult district of Belfast at the end of October. Albert Hull and Murray McCandless closed eight weeks of meetings in Glengormley on November 7, the Lord having graciously and richly blessed in salvation. Five young people were baptized following the final gospel meeting. Harold Paisley closed two weeks of meetings on November 3 in Newtownbreda, and the Lord blessed in salvation. Brother Paisley also had a week of meetings in Dromore on The Upper Room Ministry earlier in October, and two weeks of ministry meetings on Prophecy in Portadown.

Republic of Ireland - Jim Kells and Emmanuel Stewart are holding nightly gospel meetings in County Sligo, with encouraging attendance.

Treorchy, Wales - George Meikle of Scotland had three weeks of gospel meetings in October. Door-to-door work proved fruitful, and local people came most nights. The Lord was pleased to bless in salvation.


Hitesville, IA - Annual all-day meeting on January 1, beginning at 10:00. Corr. Larry L. Brandt, P.O. Box 683, Parkersburg, IA, 50665. (319) 346-1084. Gospel Hall (319) 347-2333.

Pennsauken, NJ - January 8 and 9, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 6530 Caroline Ave. at Rte. 38 near Rte. 70. All other meetings to be held in the Haddonfield Middle School, Lincoln Ave. and Chestnut St., Haddonfield. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. David A. Curran, 326 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ, 08033-1142. (856) 429-4443. Gospel Hall (856) 662-1201. School (856) 429-9620 or 429-4175.

Seattle, WA - January 29 and 30, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the West Woodland Gospel Hall, 516 NW 56th St. All other meetings except the final gospel meeting in the West Woodland Elementary School, adjacent to the Gospel Hall. Bible Readings at 8:45 both days, on Philippians 1 "The Gospel of Christ" (Saturday), and Philippians 2 "The Mind of Christ" (Sunday). Saturday meetings 10:30, 2:30, 7:00. Sunday 10:00, 2:30, 7:00. Corr. David Hale, 16813 19th Ave. SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166, (206) 243-0557. E-mail Hall phone (206) 783-1368.

DeLand, FL - February 5 and 6, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 109 E. Rosehill Ave., east off N. Woodland Blvd. Saturday and Sunday meetings at 10:30, 2:00, 3:30, and 7:00. Bible Readings at 2:00 on "The Baptism, Filling, Indwelling, Leading, and Grieving of the Holy Spirit." For information and accommodations please contact Fred King, 215 Lake Talmadge Rd., DeLand, FL 32724. (904) 943-4000. Hall (904) 736-1009.

Home Calls

Moncton, NB - Mrs. Lawrence (Bertha) Adsett, age 90, on September 23. Our dear sister was saved as a girl of 16. She leaves her husband of 65 years. She was a faithful help to him, standing with him during his many years as an elder in the Moncton assembly. She also leaves a son and daughter, both believers, as well as seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Wade LeBlanc preached a clear gospel message to a large crowd at the funeral.

Seattle, WA - Mrs. Katherine Murphy, age 79, on October 2. Our sister was saved at the age of 14 during meetings held in Arlington by the late Herb Harris. Katherine was a pleasant, peaceful woman who spent much time in prayer. She had the joy of seeing all three of her children and many of her grandchildren saved. Her children cared for her during a chronic illness for the past few years. The funeral service was held in Arlington where she had first come into assembly fellowship.

Fresno, CA - Eugene Paulson, age 78, on October 6. Our brother was saved early in life and gathered with the assembly in Coal Creek, KS, before moving to Fresno in 1962. Physical infirmities prevented him from attending the meetings during his latter years. Remember his widow, Grace, who has manifested an exceptional spiritual strength during trying times; also pray for family members still without the Savior.

Gander, NF - Audrey Penney, age 71, on October 22, following a massive heart attack. Our sister was saved in 1982, and received into the assembly shortly thereafter. Mrs. Penney was a godly and faithful sister whose quiet way spoke volumes to many. Her funeral, with a large number in attendance, was shared by Marvin Derksen and Jim Mullet.

Alpena, AR - Albert Shutt, age 67, on October 22. Our beloved and esteemed brother was called suddenly into the presence of the Lord he loved, while on a visit to Michigan, where he had lived for most of his life. Saved as a college student in 1951, Al went on to devote his life to the Lord and His work. He was an elder in Williamston, MI, and then in Alpena, AR, where he and his wife Marta moved in the late 1970’s. Always active in personal and public gospel work, he worked tirelessly to build up small assemblies and strengthen the believers. Within the past few years, he learned Spanish and began a gospel work with El Salvadoran immigrants near his home, which the Lord blessed. His life was characterized by wise priorities, adherence to spiritual principles, constant prayer, and love for his family. He leaves his wife Marta, four sons and five daughters and their spouses, all in assembly fellowship, and 23 grandchildren. The very large funeral service, held in Michigan, was shared by his son-in-law Larry Perkins, Bill Lavery, and John Slabaugh.