Reports, Conferences, Home Calls

Reports - USA

Tampa, FL - The February conference was considered to be excellent in both ministry and attendance. Eight of the Lord’s servants gave help: Jerry Jennings, Fred Krauss, William Lavery, John MacDonald, Robert McIlwaine Jack Nesbitt, David Oliver, and Larry Steers. Following the conference, brethren Lavery and MacDonald each had profitable and instructive ministry meetings. During December and January, the assembly also had encouraging and enjoyable ministry from Arnold Gratton, Jim Smith, Robert McIlwaine, and Murray McCandless.

Hampton, IA - Alex Dryburgh was with the assembly in February for a week of appreciated ministry. Roy Weber and Eric Fowler started gospel meetings on February 27.

New Lenox, IL - The assembly had much cause for joy and thanksgiving with the baptism of three believers on February 13, and God added further blessing in salvation and assurance following the baptism. Art Ward and Al Christopherson gave appreciated ministry for the occasion. Robert Surgenor started ministry meetings on March 9 on Assembly Truths.

Methuen, MA - The assembly appreciated profitable help from Bill. Oliver at the monthly Bible reading on February 13, as well as his help in the gospel.

Saugus, MA - The believers enjoyed brief visits from Robert McIlwaine for a gospel meeting on February 20, and from Jonathan Procopio for ministry on February 27 and 29.

Watertown, MA - In February Ken Taylor gave helpful ministry and a report on the work in Dominica before leaving to help in repairs on the five assembly buildings and to minister as well. The assembly also appreciated profitable ministry from Robert McIlwaine on February 20. Saginaw, MI - Larry Perkins and Louis Smith gave able ministry at our monthly meeting on March 5. Louis Smith also told of the history and current work in Russia, enjoining us to pray for a continued door in the gospel. Robert Surgenor is expected for a week of ministry on March 26.

Mt. Sterling, WI - On February 18 Walter Gustafson and Gary Sharp concluded five weeks of encouraging gospel meetings. The attendance was good and the Lord blessed in the salvation of a young man.

Waukesha, WI - Two young believers were baptized at the end of January, bringing much joy to the assembly. Alex Dryburgh ministered from the gospel of John during February.

Reports - Canada

Lethbridge, AB - Gaius Goff and Ben Prins closed an encouraging series of gospel meetings on February 13, with the believers cheered by seeing the Lord’s hand in salvation.

Squamish, BC - The assembly was greatly encouraged on February 27 with the baptism of a man who had been saved in special meetings in April, 1999. A young couple was also added to the assembly.

Vancouver, BC - Gospel meetings closed in February at Westbank with some blessing in salvation and some interest shown by others. Jim Currie was with the Fleetwood assembly on February 20 for the afternoon ministry meeting, and on March 5 he ministered at Carleton with Jim Webb and Jim Jarvis. On March 5 William Bingham and Jim Jarvis started gospel meetings in Victoria Drive, and John Abernethy started a week of Bible readings in the Langley assembly.

Corner Brook, NF - The believers appreciated ministry given by Allan LeBlanc before he returned to New Brunswick. He also visited the McIvers assembly.

Sandringham, NP - Eric McCullough and Bryan Funston ended a month of gospel meetings on February 20. Good numbers attended, and God blessed in salvation and encouragement to the believers.

St. John’s, NF - Eric McCullough and Bryan Funston were with the believers for a much-appreciated visit on February 19, with good attendance at the meeting.

Rocky Harbor, NP - Wallace Buckle and Paul Poidevin planned to start gospel meetings on March 26.

Green River, NB - Gerard Roy and Leslie Wells began gospel meetings on March 5, with some outsiders attending.

Tracadie, NB - The believers appreciated 2 1/2 weeks of ministry meetings with Leslie Wells on 1 Chronicles during February and March.

Shediac, NB - Leslie Wells took part in the profitable monthly ministry meeting with two local brethren at the end of February.

Clementsvale, NS -Murray Pratt and James McClelland continued into March in more than eight weeks of gospel meetings, with blessing in salvation .

Blues Mills, NS - David Hunt was with assembly for ministry on February 19 and 20. The believers were encouraged and cheered in receiving a couple into the fellowship of the assembly. Alex Dryburgh’s visit for ministry on March 5-7 was also appreciated.

Sydney Mines, NS - Jonathan Procopio and David Swan ended six weeks of gospel meetings on February 23, with much encouragement in salvation and excellent attendance throughout.

Truro, NS - Peter Ramsay and Albert Hull began gospel meetings at the beginning of February, with many strangers attending. The meetings commenced with four being baptized, and the Lord blessed in salvation.

Mimico, ON - Bryan Funston and Jonathan Procopio planned to begin gospel meetings on March 26.

Windsor, ON - William Metcalf was with the assembly the first week in February for four nights of ministry and the Lord’s day, February 6. Larry Buote also visited for ministry on February 8.

Springfield West, PEI - Noel Burden and Murray McCandless planned to start gospel meetings on March 28.

Sainte Flavie, PQ - At the winter monthly ministry meeting on March 4, Larry Buote, Gérard Roy, and three local brethren ministered. Several recently saved young believers were present, and a young brother was received on Lord’s Day, a cause of joy to the assembly.

Saskatoon, SK - Stan Wells visited the assembly during the last weekend of February en route to Manchester, Iowa to begin gospel meetings March 5 with Robert Orr.

Glen Ewen, SK - Norman Mellish and Bruce Rodgers started gospel meetings on February 27.

Reports - Foreign

United Kingdom - On February 19 Tom Bentley had a week of appreciated ministry meetings in Harrogate, England. He also visited the following assemblies in Wales: Pantyffynnon on February 27 and 28; Forest Fach and Swansea on February 29; and Cwmbran on March 1. On March 4 he was at the Carmarthen conference and remained for a week of ministry on "Aspects of the death of Christ in various New Testament books."

Northern Ireland - Jack Lennox and Brian Currie are in Portadown where they are getting fair attendance. W. J. Nesbitt and T. W. Wright were more than eight weeks at Fintona, with much encouragement in salvation. The gospel meetings at Birches with Albert McShane and David Gilliland have ended and the seed was faithfully sown. Sam Ferguson and David Boyd are in Moira. David Gilliland and Robert Eadie started meetings on March 5 at Lungs. Murray McCandless and Peter Orasuk continued into March in Coleraine with much blessing in salvation. Three have obeyed the Lord in baptism in Plantation, Lisburn.


Gander and Sandringham, NF - April 21 and 23, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings will be held in the Gander Collegiate School, Gander Bay Road. Meetings Saturday begin at 10:30 for ministry. Lord’s Day, Breaking of Bread, 10:30. For accommodations, please contact Kevin March (709) 256-2108, Vincent Whey (709) 256-2492, or Sandy Feltham (709) 533-2873.

New Lenox, IL - May 13 and 14, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings will be in the Gospel Hall. First meeting on Saturday at 10:00; Lord’s Day, Bible reading 9:00. 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 - May 20 and 21, with prayer Meeting on Friday, at 7:30, at Grahamtown Gospel Hall, 10 Davidson Street, Frostburg. Saturday and Sunday in the Beall High School. Ministry at 10:00, 2:00, Gospel 6:30. Breaking of Bread 10:00. Contact: Brent Richards (301) 729-1549. For hotel reservations contact Michael Bachert, 204 Wilmont Avenue, Cumberland, MD, 21502. (301) 724-5806.

Ottawa, ON - May 20 and 21, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible readings each day at 9:00: Saturday: The Rapture, 1 Thess. 4, and The Judgment Seat of Christ, 2 Cor. 5; Sunday: The Marriage of the Lamb and The Coming of Christ to Reign, Rev. 19. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1087 River Rd., Ottawa. Corr. Kenneth E. Prince, 1246 Kitchener Ave., Ottawa, ON, K1V 6W5. (613) 733-1668. Hall (613) 748-0269.

Midland and Waubaushene, ON - May 20 and 21 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 Saturday at 10:00; Breaking of Bread Lord’s Day, 10:00. Bible reading Saturday at 1:30, John 1:1-14, Sunday at 1:30, Luke 1:26-38 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. Arena phone (705) 549-8492

London, ON - May 27 and 28, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. A Spanish conference will be held in the Highbury Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Avenue, London. Meetings on Saturday are at 10:00, 2:00 and 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 9:30, ministry at 2:30. All meetings will be 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.

Byfield, MA - May 27 and 28, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00 in the Gospel Hall. All other meetings 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 (978) 462-5569.

Saugus, MA - Bible reading conference June 3 and 4, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. All meetings will be in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., Saugus. Subject will be Creation: Genesis 1-4. 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 Anthony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940, (781) 334-6363. Gospel Hall (781) 233-5570.

Garnavillo, IA - June 10 and 11 with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 506 South Washington Street. Gospel meeting on Sunday at 7:30 will also be in the Gospel Hall. All other meetings in the high school gymnasium. Saturday ministry at 10:00 and 2:00, gospel at 6:45. Bible reading Lord’s Day at 9:00 Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:1-10. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. Donald Kregel, 604 5. Washington St., P.O. Box 488, Garnavillo, IA 52049. (319) 964-2588. School (319) 964-2321.

Nipissing Junction, ON - June 10 and 11, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible Readings on Saturday at 9:00 and Sunday at 11:30 on 1 Thess. 4. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1340 Lakeshore Dr., North Bay. Corr. Clarence Black, 63 Massey Dr., North Bay, ON, PlA 3Y3. (705) 497-1284. Hall (705) 474-3384.

Home Calls

Vancouver, BC - Joseph Thompson, age 84, on December 24, 1999. Our brother was saved in 1929, and was active in his service for Christ from the start. He was an able expositor of the scriptures and took an active part while in fellowship in Everson, Okanogan and Tacoma, Washington. After returning to Vancouver, he was a respected elder in the Woodland Drive assembly for 26 years, and then spent the last eight years in North Vancouver, where he is greatly missed. He leaves his beloved wife Marjorie, four daughters, and their families. The service was shared by Allan McCurrie and Gaius Goff.

Sarnia, ON - Jessie Dodds, age 83, on February 1. Our beloved sister was saved in 1959 and faithfully continued on for God with her dear husband Charles, an esteemed elder who predeceased her in 1991. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Janet Hardy of Sarnia, and Mrs. Elizabeth Roy of Green River, NB, and a son, John, of Woodstock, ON, all saved. The funeral service was shared by her son-in-law Gerard Roy, William Metcalf, and Leslie Wells.

Tacoma, WA - Mrs. Gladys E. Gould, age 68, on February 14. Our dear sister was saved in 1953 in Vancouver, BC while singing the hymn "Just as I am without one plea" . At the time she was attending nursing school with Ellen (Milroy) Green, currently serving the Lord in France, and through her, saw the truth of assembly gathering. She was always given to hospitality and her chart and map work has been used and appreciated by many. She is survived by her husband, Robert, one son, two daughters, four grandchildren, and a brother for whom prayer is requested for his salvation. John Fitzpatrick and David C. Hale shared in the funeral service.

Garnavillo, IA - Ruth McCandless, on February 22, her 77th birthday. She was visiting in Port Stewart, No. Ireland, where she passed into the Lord’s presence suddenly. Born in Sarnia, she was saved there in 1935 during gospel meetings held by Charles Keller and Albert Klabunda. After her marriage she and her husband Allen gathered with the believers at the St. Thomas, ON assembly. In 1992 they relocated to Garnavillo, IA and actively served the Lord and His people there. Her life was committed to the gospel, to the Lord’s people, and to her family with unwavering faithfulness and zeal. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, three sons, Murray, Tim, and Jim, three daughters, Esther Kregel, Mary Zuidema and Rachel Ussher, their spouses, twenty-one grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as four brothers and three sisters. The service at her very large funeral was shared by her son Murray, Art Ward, and Shad Kember, her brother.

Stout, IA - Geerta Weber, age 98, February 25. Our dear sister was saved in 1946 and continued steadfastly in assembly fellowship until health hindered her from attending meetings. Hospitality and real Christian love and care for others marked her life. Her husband Conrad predeceased her in 1953. She is survived by her daughter Millie Saul, who tenderly cared for her, her son Roy who serves in the gospel, a stepdaughter Elizabeth Stickford, and a step-son Conrad, Jr. Prayer is requested for those in the large family that do not share in the blessed hope. The well-attended funeral service was shared by Al Christopherson and Richard Van Mill.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI - Ruth A. Gordon, age 92, on March 2. In the last weeks of her life she was cared for at her home by her niece and her husband, Ann and Craig Trotter. Miss Gordon was born again on in 1930, and was linked with the assembly in the Soo for more than 65 years. She was the oldest member of the assembly. In earlier years she and her older sister Dorothy brought many children to the Sunday school where she was a faithful Sunday school teacher.

Torrington, CT - Frank J. Faita, age 82, on February 13, 2000. Our brother was saved at the Orange, NJ conference on May 31, 1931 at the age of 14. He was in the Waterville, Ct assembly until going into the service in the Spring of 1942. He loved the Lord’s people and while in the service was fortunate to be near assemblies and the Lord’s people who were so gracious to him, showing him Christian hospitality. After coming home from the war, Frank and his wife of 55 years, Nevy, settled in Torrington, CT where he was in happy fellowship with the saints and served as an elder. They have one daughter, Sharon, and one son, Frank, Jr.; six grandchildren and three great granddaughters, all brought up in the Sunday School. Most professed to be saved as children but are not in assembly fellowship. Please pray that their professions are genuine and all reached and saved. The funeral service was led by Gene Higgins, Frank Tornaquindici and Matthew Brescia.