Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Murray Pratt, 1011 Suzanne St., Timmins, ON, P4P 1B1 (705) 264-2867.


Kamloops, BC - Gospel meeting time changed from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM.


Phoenix, AZ - John Slabaugh had two weeks of ministry meetings with Phoenix and Sunnyslope assemblies from March 18-30. The Lord continues to bless in salvation in the work among the Spanish-speaking people.

Aplington, IA - Robert Orr had three nights of ministry meetings from February 23 to 25, and the Christians were very encouraged.

Dunkerton, IA - Jerry Jennings, Stan Wells, and Marvin Derksen gave appreciated ministry in March. Fred Krauss helped with children’s meetings the first week of April.

Manchester, IA - The Lord was pleased to bless in salvation during the gospel meetings with Stan Wells and Marvin Derksen in March and early April.

Methuen, MA - The conference in April was a cheer and help to the assembly, with five speakers and good attendance. The March monthly ministry meeting with Eugene Higgins and David Oliver was also encouraging, timely and strengthening.

Watertown, MA - The believers were encouraged with timely ministry given by a good number of the Lord’s servants that were present at the conference at the end of March. Hans Bouwman gave a report of some of the work in Japan and Holland and Marcus Cain gave a report of the gospel work in Mexico.

Saugus, MA - Marcus Cain, Hans Bouwman, Alan LeBlanc, and Alec Dryburgh visited for ministry before and following the Watertown conference.

Livingston, NJ - Eugene Higgins and David Zuidema had well-attended and fruitful gospel meetings from March 25-April 6. The Christians were encouraged by the meetings, as well as by an earlier visit from Frank Sona on March 18.

Albuquerque, NM - The assembly appreciated the visit of Stan Wells in early March.

Akron, OH - The assembly enjoyed visits from Jack Nesbitt and James Smith for helpful and practical ministry.

Clyde, OH - Sandy Higgins was with the assembly for the February area reading on The Day of the Lord. The hall was well filled, and brother Higgins remained over the Lord’s Day. Norman Crawford and Robert Surgenor visited, and Jack Nesbitt was present for a baptism.

Cleveland, OH - Jack Nesbitt paid a short visit for ministry. Please pray for gospel meetings with Frank Sona and Brian Crawford planned to begin on April 29.

Mansfield, OH - James Smith led the area reading on The Day of God. He continued with helpful ministry for a few nights. Robert McIlwaine, Larry Perkins, and Bill Seale gave appreciated visits during March. Please pray for gospel meetings to begin May 6, D.V., with Robert McIlwaine and David Oliver.

San Antonio, TX - The assembly appreciated the visit of Frank Sona on February 11.

Matoaca, VA - David Oliver, Sandy Higgins, George Patterson, Stuart Thompson, and local brethren gave help in the ministry at our conference in the beginning of March. The assembly was very encouraged by the good attendance as well. Hans Bouwman was with us for three ministry meetings the week of March 22.

Blue River, WI - William Skates and Eric McCullough began gospel meetings on April 15.


Vancouver, BC - Jim Currie was at the Fleetwood Bible reading before going on to the Grande Prairie conference in Alberta, following which he planned to return to Japan. Neil Thompson visited Fairview for ministry and a report of the work in Venezuela. The monthly meeting in West Richmond in April was taken by Harold Paisley and was the beginning of a week of ministry on Foundation Truths from the Book of Acts. The meetings were well attended and profitable.

Sussex, NB - The assembly appreciated the ministry of Steve Vance during his brief visit at the beginning of April.

English Point, LB - Bert Joyce and Jim Jarvis continued into April in a gospel series, with good attendance. The conference went very well, with good ministry from Bert Joyce, Jim Jarvis, David Hunt, and Charles Hiscock.

Pigeon Hill, NB - Leslie Wells and three local brethren spoke at the April 8 ministry meeting, with practical ministry on personal consecration and raising families in the ways of the Lord.

Shediac, NB - In the last two ministry meetings of the winter season, February 25 and April 1, three local brethren took part, with profit to the saints.

Tracadie, NB - On March 11, Gerard Roy, Leslie Wells, and a local brother ministered to a good company of the Lord’s people.

Buchans, NF - The assembly appreciated a visit from Bryan Joyce during March.

Corner Brook, NF - Gospel meetings with Bill Bingham and Eric Fowler in March were blessed in salvation.

Fogo, NF - The visit from Alvin Blake in March was much appreciated.

Grand Falls - Windsor, NF - On March 25, Bryan Joyce began gospel meetings, with help from George Whey and Clyde Strickland in the first week before Bill Bingham joined Bryan in the meetings.

McIvers, NF - The believers enjoyed a visit from Sandy Feltham for a Lord’s Day in March.

Parsons Pond, NF - Eric Fowler and Alvin Blake paid appreciated visits in March. The children’s treat was well attended, with a good number of unsaved present.

St. John’s, NF - It was encouraging to witness a young brother identify himself with Christ in baptism on March 18 and to see a young sister received into assembly fellowship on April 1.

Templeman, NF - Visits from Bryan Joyce on March 4, Alvin Blake on March 11, and Carl Payne on March 18 were most encouraging.

Blue Mills, NS - Noel Burden visited for ministry on March 28. Fred Bartlett, with help from local brethren, held cottage meetings in Mabou.

Halifax, NS - Steve Vance and Albert Hull concluded five weeks of gospel meetings on April 1. The assembly was refreshed and rejoiced in seeing God’s hand in salvation.

Truro, NS - The believers appreciated the short visit of Steve Vance in early April.

Mimico, ON - Please pray for gospel meetings to begin on May 6, D. V., with David Gilliland and Albert Hull.

Clinton, ON - The assembly enjoyed a visit from Jack Nesbitt in March.

Clyde, ON - The believers enjoyed Tim Walker’s visit on March 14, and Brian Crawford’s visit March 18-20. Don Nicholson was with them for a gospel meeting on March 25 and ministry on March 28.

Oshawa, ON - Frank Sona had a week of children’s meetings at the end of March.

Picton, ON - In January the assembly was encouraged by three weeks of gospel meetings with Fred Krauss and Stephen Vance.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON - David Booth visited on March 24 and 25, with excellent ministry on "Christ-Likeness". Brian Owen ministered during our mid-week prayer meeting on March 27.

Crapaud, PEI - The believers appreciated the ministry given by Steve Vance on his visit in April.

Longueuil, PQ - Larry Buote, Gerard Roy, Leslie Wells and a local brother spoke at the meeting on March 31.

Glen Ewen, SK - On March 4-18 Peter Smith and Ross Vanstone visited towns with invitations and held gospel meetings, followed by a week of ministry on Similes and Principles of the Assembly.


Antigua - Eric McCullough concluded six weeks of gospel meetings on March 18. God worked in a wonderful way in salvation, including that of an 80-year-old man whose wife has been saved since 1974.


Calgary, AB - May 19, 20, and 21, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings will be in the West Hillhurst Gospel Hall, 2326 Seventh Ave. NW, Calgary. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. Garry W. Seale, 3111 Conrad Crescent NW, Calgary, AB, T2L 1B7. (403) 282-1383. FAX (403) 282-2437.

Grants Pass, OR - May 26 and 27, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible readings are at 8:30 on John 14. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1611 SW "G" Street. Corr. Don Gratias, 141 Timberlane, Grants Pass, OR 97526. (541) 479-4521. Gospel Hall (541) 476-3956.

Sydney Mines, NS - June 2 and 3, with prayer meeting Saturday at 2:00, ministry at 3:00, and gospel at 7:00. Bible reading Lord’s day at 8:30, Psalm 22. Breaking of Bread at 10:00, ministry at 2:30, and gospel at 7:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 125 Yorke St. Corr. Norman A. MacQueen (902) 736-9690. For accommodations please contact Norman Brown, (902) 736-3069.

Eden Grove, ON - One-day conference June 3, with prayer meeting on Saturday at 7:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Ministry at 2:00. All meetings in the Eden Grove Gospel Hall, one mile west of Bruce County Rd. #3, (Elora Road), on Bruce Road 15, (#111). Corr. John W. Boddy Sr., R.R. #4, Walkerton, ON NOG 2V0. (519) 366-2302.

Halifax, NS - June 16 and 17. The 20th Bible Reading conference, on Matthew 26, 27, and 28. The first reading starts at 9:00 Saturday, afternoon readings both Saturday and Sunday at 1:30. Breaking of Bread, 10:00. All meetings in the Bedford Junior High School, 132 Rocky Lake Road, Bedford, NS. (902) 832-8952. Please give advance notice of those attending to Danny Harvey (902) 461-8225 or E-mail Corr. Arthur Harnish, R.R. #1, Hubbards, Lun. Co., NS, BOJ iTO. (902) 857-9265. Fax (902) 857-1441.

Glen Ewen, SK - June 22, 23, and 24 with prayer meeting on Thursday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, located 8 + miles south of Glen Ewen. Bible reading Friday 10:30 on 1 Corinthians 11. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. Allan T. MacFarlane, Box 172, Glen Ewen, SK, SOC iCO. (306) 925-4401. Gospel Hall (306) 925-4805.

Kamloops, BC - June 30 and July 1, with a prayer and ministry meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 849 Wawn Road, Kamloops. Breaking of Bread, 9:30. Bible reading on Philippians 2. Corr. Phil G. Atkinson, 1615 Griffin Terr., Kamloops BC, V2B 7R7. Phone (250) 376-1228. Hall phone (250) 579-8799.

Pugwash Junction, NS - June 30 and July 1, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible readings each morning at 8:45, Breaking of Bread 10:00. Corr. Harold Elliot, R.R. #1, Wallace, NS, BOK 1YO. (902) 257-2206. For advance accommodations, phone Brent Cottrill, (902) 243-3122. Gospel Hall (902) 243-2205.

Kirkland Lake, Englehart, Eariton, and Charlton, ON - June 30 and July 1, 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 will be at 10:00, 2:00, and 7:30. Corr. Philip Potter, Earlton, ON, POJ lEO, (705) 563-2942; or Harvey Pratt, RR #1, Charlton, ON, POJ 1BO, (705) 544-7758.


Phoenix, AZ - Marcelle Colangelo, age 87, on November 9. Our dear sister was saved in 1935 and received into fellowship in Hartford, Connecticut. She married the late Ted Colangelo, and moved to the Phoenix assembly in 1948. She was a faithful companion to her husband, an overseer in the Phoenix assembly for many years. She was loved by all and will be missed. Her quiet, godly character, and hospitality to the Lord’s servants was appreciated. Local brethren spoke in the gospel at the funeral, with a number of unsaved present.

Carbonear, NP - Minnie B. Snow, age 82, on February 9. Saved as a young woman during the pioneer work of Herb Harris in Newfoundland, she formed part of the first assembly gathered to the Lord’s Name in Newfoundland and continued in steadfast happy fellowship until her homecall. Our sister’s most marked quality was her love of the Lord’s people, as evidenced by her hospitality and devotedness to their needs. The funeral was taken by Marvin Derksen, Peter Ramsay, and E. Powell.

Prairie Du Chien, WI - Edna Rae Lane, age 86, on February 23. She was saved in 1964 in meetings with Louis Brandt and Henry Wahls. Edna and her husband Bob were in fellowship in the assembly at Garnavillo, IA. She was predeceased by her husband, and is survived by two children and a number of grandchildren.

Glen Ewen, SK - Mrs. Dorothy Macfarlane, age 93, on March 5. Our beloved sister was saved in 1923, baptized, and received into the assembly fellowship the same year. Her life was spent seeking to make her Saviour known. ‘Aunt’ Dorothy and ‘Uncle’ Harry faithfully shared their desire to please the Lord. Their home was always open to entertain the Lord’s servants and the Lord’s people. She would take time each morning to pray with the children before they left for school. God honored this exercise, and each of her four children and many of her grandchildren are saved and in assembly fellowship. The service at the large funeral was shared by Randy Logue, Ross Vanstone, and Brian Miller.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Alfred Cedolia, age 87, on March 13. Our dear brother passed peacefully into the Lord’s presence at his home. He was saved as a young man and continued in happy fellowship in the assembly here until his homecall. He was a quiet and consistent Christian and loved the assembly. He will be greatly missed by all. David Nicholson spoke a faithful word at the funeral, assisted by Guido Cedolia and Patrick, Alfred’s son.

Springfield, MA - Nicolas Lombardo, age 89, on March 17. Our dear brother was saved in his teens through a personal contact shortly after arriving in Long Branch, NJ from Italy. He was in fellowship in the Philadelphia and New Jersey Italian assemblies and has been in the Springfield assembly since the late sixties. He was a faithful brother, consistent in distributing tracts and gospel texts, and will be missed. Matthew Brescia, Robert Westford and David Hanley shared the funeral services.

Longport, NJ - Edward M. Niebch, age 90, on March 17. Saved at 15 under the preaching of Dr. Martin in York, NY, he came into fellowship in York and carried the responsibility of the assembly for many years until it ceased in 1978. He and his wife met with the Christians in East Aurora for two years before moving to Longport in 1980. At the Gospel Hall Home he took on the responsibility of the maintenance of the home as well as assisting in the assembly care. In 1996, after his wife’s passing, he became a resident in Longport Home where he was until it closed. Active till the day of his homecall, his last months were spent in the loving care of his daughter Sylvia and her husband. He also leaves a son, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Bleary, N. Ireland - Mrs. Hester Sergeant, age 84, on March 21 unexpectedly. She was saved at 11, and for almost all her Christian life was in Bleary Assembly. A quiet, unassuming Christian lady, she cared for her husband through a prolonged illness, and he predeceased her by just 11 weeks. The Lord’s servants and His people enjoyed the hospitality of their home for many years. A mother in Israel who adorned the doctrine, and contributed much to the assembly and the Lord’s work, she is sadly missed by her three daughters and family circle.

Buchans, NF - George Gosse, age 84, on March 26. Mr. Gosse and his wife were in the assembly in Buchans, but in later years moved to the town of Botwood, not close to an assembly. His faith never failed him, and just a couple days before his death he said, "The smartest thing I have ever done in my life was to accept Christ as my Saviour." Carl Payne, Bryan Joyce, and Alvin Blake shared the funeral. Please pray for his dear wife and family for encouragement at this time.

Battle Creek, MI - Mrs. Martha Quack, age 92, on March 29. Martha was saved as a teenager. She married Edgar Quack of Sault Ste. Marie, MI about 1939 and moved from Ontario to Michigan. Edgar died in 1967 and Martha continued faithfully in attending assembly gatherings. She moved to Battle Creek from the Soo in 1998 to be near her son Stuart and his wife Pearl. She is survived by them as well as by three grandchildren and a great grandchild. Her funeral was held in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

London, ON - Frederick Burnside, age 94, on March 31. Our dear brother was born in Lonaconing, MD, and saved at age 12 in Hamilton ON. He was in fellowship there until 1932 when he moved to London where he spent 22 years as correspondent in the Pall Mall assembly. He moved back to Hamilton, then on to Long Beach, Palm Springs, and San Diego, CA assemblies and finally to London again. He was predeceased by his eldest son LeRoy and his wife Elizabeth, and is survived by his second wife, Florence, a son, three granddaughters, and a great granddaughter. Arnold Gratton, James Porter and George Patterson spoke at the funeral.

Longport, NJ - Tilly (Hazelton) Symon, age 99, went to be with Christ on March 29. Born in Northern Ireland, she came to America in 1904 and was saved in Wellsboro, PA, in 1918. She was in fellowship there and in Deland, until, later in life, she moved to the Longport Home. She was a gracious Christian woman, marked by a joyous, contented spirit. She is survived by three sons, (one of whom, Alister, is in fellowship in Midland Park, NJ), one sister, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. The funeral service was taken by Ed Chambers, Gene Higgins, Don Labbe (a grandson by marriage), and Jack Jurgens.