Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Corvallis, OR - Phil Howard, 1825 NW 14th St., Corvallis, OR 97330. Phone and FAX (541) 757-7829.

Rosevilie, MN - Jim Brown, 97F South Dr., Circle Pines, MN 55014. Phone (763) 780-9159.


Corvallis, OR - On September 9, 2001, 13 believers met as an assembly to break bread for the first time at 410 SE Alexander Ave. Nine of the believers have been in fellowship in the Salem assembly and have commuted for quite a while. This has come from an exercise and work in the area for the past 20 years with various brethren giving help. During the week following that first Lordís Day, the assembly supported meetings in a nearby town and had the great joy of knowing the Lordís blessing in salvation. Meetings since have been very precious, in the enjoyment of the presence and blessing of the Lord. Corr. Phil Howard, 1825 NW 14th St., Corvallis, OR 97330. Phone and FAX (541) 757-7829.

Roseville, MN - After much prayer and exercise we feel it will be to the honor and glory of the Lord to have a testimony in the Twin City area, in conjunction with the Hinkley assembly where a number have been in fellowship for many years. They will begin meeting on February 3, D.V., at the Fairview Community Center, Rm. 108, 11910 County Rd. B, Roseville, MN 55113. Breaking of Bread at 10:00, gospel and/or ministry at 11:00, and prayer and Bible study at 7:00 in room 116A. Corr. Jim Brown,97F South Dr., Circle Pines, MN 55014. Phone (763) 780-9159.


Phoenix, AZ - The December Seed Sowers distribution of 57,000 packets in the West Phoenix area resulted in a good number of responses. There were 30 new contacts present at the Sunday night gospel meeting in the Spanish hall. John Dennison began a gospel series, with Ed Doherty helping until Shad Kember arrived. The Sunnyslope assembly considers it a privilege to support this Spanish outreach, with much effort put forth by the believers in both physical work and prayer. We are looking forward to two weeks of childrenís meetings with Gary Sharp in March, D.V. Please pray for all of these gospel efforts.

Newington, CT - The weekend of special ministry meetings on marriage and the family December 15-16 with David Oliver and Dr. A. J. Higgins were most helpful and practical, with good attendance.

Terryville, CT - The assembly was encouraged with blessing in salvation during six weeks of gospel meetings in November and December with Robert Surgenor and David Petterson.

Tampa, FL - During the last week of December a good number of young believers distributed 30,000 Seed Sower packets and invitations for the gospel meetings, which Murray McCandless and his nephew John McCandless began on January 6.

Cedar Falls, IA - Recent visits from Eric McCullough and Robert Orr were appreciated. Gospel meetings with Gary Sharp and Brian Crawford began on January 6, with a Seed Sower distribution in the neighborhood and a city-wide mailing. The packets included invitations to the meetings and an open house for the new addition to the Gospel Hall.

Cambridge, MA - We were encouraged with instructive and wholesome ministry from Bob Surgenor on January 2 and 4.

Saugus, MA - The assembly appreciated James McClellandís visit and ministry on January 3. The reception of a young Albanian couple on January 6 was also an encouragement to the believers.

Watertown, MA - John Stubbs visited on December 12, ministering on the tabernacle from the model we presently have on loan, with a brief question and answer session at the close of the meeting. The very practical and profitable ministry encouraged the believers.

Worcester, MA - Robert Surgenor had two weeks of edifying ministry at the end of December, using his chart on the tabernacle.

Battle Creek, MI - Stephen Vance had two weeks of ministry on Knowing God Individually and Collectively. Norman Crawford joined him for an all-day meeting on November 25. Alex Dryburgh and John Slabaugh also paid appreciated visits, and the assembly was encouraged by the reception of four teenage girls.

Livonia, MI - The assembly has been encouraged in seeing a number saved in our regular gospel meetings during 2001. Norman Crawford began gospel meetings on January 6, using his chart on the book of Revelation. He also planned to be with us for our bi-monthly Bible Reading on Stewardship on January 19.

Kansas City, MO - Joel Portman visited with appreciated ministry from Haggai on December 5-6. Earlier, we enjoyed Robert Orrís visit on November 4-6.

Barrington, NJ - David Oliver and Dan Shutt had a weekend of meetings on December 8 and 9, on various aspects of truth.

Livingston, NJ - The believers were encouraged by a visit from Walter Gustafson during December.

Long Branch, NJ - In December the assembly enjoyed two nights of ministry with John Stubbs and two nights of encouraging ministry from Dan Shutt.

Midland Park, NJ - In December, John Stubbs was with us for two nights, and Larry Buote, Walter Gustafson, and Gene Higgins were each with us for one day.

Pennsauken, NJ - The January conference was smaller than usual, but God gave help. The believers enjoyed ministry from Jim Smith, Eric McCullough, David Oliver, James McClelland, and Aubrey Kelly.

Akron, OH - Bill Lavery was with the assembly for a short visit in December.

Mansfield, OH - John Slabaugh was with the assembly for a Lordís Day. San Antonio, TX - Ross Vanstone and a group of believers were with us on December 23, en route to Mexico for Seed Sower distribution.

Waukesha, WI - The weekly Bible reading has been devoted to an extended study on the Assembly and many have expressed appreciation for truths thus far brought out and re-emphasized. A young man has since been added to the company here, with others interested. William Skates took up Ezra in early January for two nights with encouraging ministry.


Vancouver, BC - During January, Marvin Derksen and Peter Ramsay started gospel meetings in the Carleton assembly, Bill Bingham and John Fitzpatrick began a gospel series in Westbank, and David Richards had ministry meetings on the book of Ruth in Langley.

LíAnse au Loup, LB - In December the assembly, along with English Point, was very happy to have Alex Dryburgh back with us for a week in each assembly, with ministry on the Seven Churches from the book of Revelation. Jon Procopio and Stephen Vance planned to begin gospel meetings on January 20.

Portage, MB - Jonathan Procopio had a week of ministry on assembly truths the week of January 6, with an exercise toward helping the Hutterite believers, who attended the meetings well.

Pigeon Hill, NB - Three local brethren shared in the profitable ministry at the December 9 monthly meeting. Gerard Roy and Leslie Wells had eight evenings of Bible Readings on the Seven Churches of Asia. The believers considered the ministry encouraging, searching, and edifying.

Shediac, NB - Leslie Wells and two brethren from Tracadie and this assembly spoke practical words at the winter ministry meeting on December 30.

Blues Mills, NS - On December 2 a brother was received into assembly fellowship bringing much joy to the Christians.

Sydney Mines NS - The assembly benefited from Gordon Williamsí visit and helpful ministry on December 9. We were also pleased to have Aubrey Kelly on December 23, with a good report on the work in Mexico.

Clinton, ON - Arnold Gratton was with the assembly on November 18, giving appreciated ministry and help in the gospel. Six weeks of Monday night childrenís meetings during November and December in a school in Brucefield were encouraging in attendance of children and parents.

Rosebank, PEI - On December 20, the assembly was encouraged by the baptism of three believers. Murray McCandless, Robert McIlwaine, and Noel Burden shared in the meeting. David Hunt visited on Lordís Day December 9, and during the week following James McLelland had profitable ministry on the offerings. On November 30, Aubrey Kelly gave a report on the work in Mexico. During the summer, a very fruitful tent series in nearby Montrose with Robert McIlwaine and Murray McCandless brought great cheer and encouragement.

Longueuil, PQ - Gerard Roy, Leslie Wells, and a brother from Shediac visited blocks of apartments with a large Haitian population, distributing Seed Sower texts in Creole and French, which were very well received.

Ste. Flavie, PQ - On January 5, Gerard Roy, Leslie Wells, and two brethren from other assemblies spoke words of instruction and correction at the monthly meeting.

Glen Ewen, SK - The believers appreciated visits in recent months from Tom Baker, Gary Sharp, Andrew Bergsma, and Elton Fairfield, all with interesting and helpful reports of their exercise and fields of labor, giving insight into the individual needs of each area.


No. Ireland - After finishing gospel meetings in Kells, Stan Wells visited various assemblies during December, giving help in ministry and the gospel. Following the Harley St. (Glasgow) and Deny conferences, he visited the Cuilen, Lossiemouth, and Peterhead assemblies in the north of Scotland.

St. Lucia - During December Albert Hull had five nights of ministry at Micoud on the Vessels of the Tabernacle and continued on the same subject in Ciceron for five nights. He also had the privilege of having five sessions on Assembly Relationships at the New Yearís conference at Lagere. There was good response to the ministry, and large numbers attended.


Tylertown, MS - All-day meeting on February 17. Ministry at 10:00, Breaking of Bread at 11:00, ministry at 2:00. For accommodations please contact Keith Young, (601) 268-6802.

Matoaca, VA - March 2 and 3, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 6204 River Rd., Matoaca (5 miles west of Petersburg). First meeting on Saturday at 10:30 for ministry. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. John Nobles, 5735 Beechnut Ave., Matoaca, VA 23803. (804) 590-2988.

Long Branch, NJ - March 10, one-day conference in the Gospel Hall, 653 Art St. off Grand Ave. (uptown). Breaking of Bread 10:00, ministry at 2:30, and gospel at 5:00. Corr. Paul Grace, 50 N. 5th Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740. (908) 229-0377. Hall (908) 229-5805

Watertown, MA - March 16 and 17, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 226 Mount Auburn St. (Rte. 16), Watertown. Saturday at 10:30, Bible Reading, Eph. 1:1-14; ministry, 2:30, and gospel, 6:30. Lordís Day, Breaking of Bread at 10:00, Sunday School at 11:45, ministry at 2:00, and gospel at 6:30. Corr. Joe Grillo, 2201 Lewis 0. Gray Drive, Saugus, MA 01906, (781) 233-8520, For accommodations, please call Frank Procopio, (781) 665- 3911. Hall phone (617) 924-7696.

Newbury, ON - One-day conference, Saturday, March 23, in the Gospel Hall, 370 Walnut St., R. R. 3 (Junction of Highway 2 and Longwoods Rd). Meetings at 2:30 and 6:30, with dinner served between sessions. Corr. David J. Cooper, 234 Cherry St. West, Box 312, Bothwell, ON, NOP 1CO, (519) 695-2349.

Mount Sterling, WI - Bible Readings March 23 and 24 on I Corinthians 14-16, with prayer and ministry meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall. All other meetings in the North Crawford High School, 4 miles north of Gays Mills. Saturday, first reading at 10:00. Lordís Day, Breaking of Bread at 10:00. For accommodations, Richard M. Dudgeon, (608) 734-3639,, or Rodney Aspenson, (608) 734-3825. Outlines of the readings and order of meetings will be sent on request.

Palm Springs, CA - One-day conference, March 24. Breaking of Bread 10:00, ministry 2:00, and gospel at 6:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 320 West Racquet Club Rd. Corr. Charles Spataro, 945 Buttonwillow Circle, Palm Springs, CA 92262, (760) 322-7090. Gospel Hall (760) 325-8815. Please pray for gospel meetings to start the following week, D.V.

Nineveh, NS - March 30 and 31, with supper at 5:00 and prayer meeting at 7:00 on Friday in the Gospel Hall. All other meetings in the Parkview Education Centre, 1485 King Street, Bridgewater, NS. Ministry meeting on Saturday starts at 10 a.m. Corr. Robert Kaulback, 19 Medway St., Bridgewater, B4V 1J8, (902) 543-5530. For accommodations, contact Clark Hubley, (902) 543-3268.

Toronto, ON - March 29, 30, and 31 in the Premier Banquet and Convention Center, 9019 Leslie St., Richmond Hill, Ontario. Meetings each day at 10 (except Lordís Day), 1:30, 3:30, and 7:15. Prayer meeting on Thursday at 7:30 in the Langstaff Gospel Hall, 1300 Langstaff, Maple, Ontario. Bible readings on Personal Evangelism, Personal Deportment, and Personal Giving. Corr. Don Jennings, 53 Karnwood Dr., Scarborough, ON, M1L 2Z7, (416) 757-7019, and Robert Reilly, 30 Caronridge Cres., Agincourt, ON, MiW 1L2, (416) 499-0829. Note: Breaking of Bread will be held in the various Gospel Halls.

Culver City, CA - March 30 and 31, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Saturday Bible Reading at 10:00 (Luke 24), ministry at 2:00, gospel at 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:30, S.S at 1:00, Bible Reading at 2:00 (Colossians 3), ministry at 3:30, gospel at 7:00. Corr. Neil Rodger, 4209 Clayton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1501, (323) 663-5905. Gospel Hall (310) 559-1588.

Manchester, CT - March 30 and 31, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 415 Center St., Manchester. All other meetings in the Bolton Center School, 108 Notch Rd., Bolton, CT. Meetings on Saturday at 10:30, 2:00 and 6:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:00, last meeting at 2:00 for ministry and gospel. Corr. Richard Trombly, 121 Cushman Dr., Manchester, CT 06040, (860) 649-9462. For accommodations call Ted Kaulback, (860) 742-0002.

Stout, IA - April 13 and 14, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Ministry Saturday at 10:00; Lordís Day, Bible Reading at 9:00 (Isaiah 53), Breaking of Bread at 10:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall. Gary DeGroote, 28073 Westbrook St., New Hartford, IA 50660, (319) 983-2713. Gospel Hall (319) 346-1153.

Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA - April 20 and 21, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:00 in the Cedar Falls Gospel Hall, 13"í and Walnut Street. All other meetings in the Masonic Temple, Park Ave. and Mulberry St., Waterloo. Lordís Day, Bible reading at 9:00, Mark 15:16-47. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. The week before the conference there will be Bible readings on Genesis 1 and 2, Monday and Tuesday at 7:00, in Waterloo Gospel Hall, Wednesday and Thursday at Cedar Falls Gospel Hall, at 7:00. Corr. Richard Orr, 614 Bland Blvd. S.W., Independence, IA 50644, (319) 334-3931, or Erwin D. Stickfort, 223 North Francis St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613, (319) 266-6271.


Waubaushene, ON - Mrs. G. Mae Todd, age 95, on November 21. Saved at the age of 10, she faithfully served her Lord and Savior until her home call. She saw the truth of gathering to the Lord in 1985 and for 15 years was in the St. Johnís, NF, assembly, where she was affectionately known to all as Grammie Todd. In 2000, she moved with her son Glen to Ontario, taking up residence at Elim Homes, Waubaushene. She was a faithful sister, attending the morning meetings in her aged condition in her wheelchair. She told her son just prior to her death that "it pays to serve Him, the best of Masters." A mother to all, she had a burden for the unsaved, and was a faithful prayer warrior. She is survived by her three sons, Glen, in the Ottawa assembly, Allyn, and Ardyn, and their families. The well-attended funeral was taken by Gerry Croteau of Waubaushene, with tributes from family members.

Sydney Mines, NS - William (Bill) MacFarlane, age 76, on November 30. Saved in 1950, Bill was a kind loving brother who loved his family and the assembly very much. He shared in the oversight until illness prevented it. He leaves his wife Ellen, one daughter, three sons, and their families. Norman MacQueen and Fred Bartlett conducted the funeral services, with two sons and a grandson taking part in tribute. He will be missed by all.

Watertown, MA - Nelson Chute, age 75, on December 15. Our dear brother was saved in 1962, and later received into assembly fellowship in East Boston (now Walnut St., Saugus). After 24 years there he and his wife Dorothy moved to the Mt. Auburn assembly, which was closer to their home. He was here for 12 years, until his home call, serving as treasurer for the past few years. Nelson was a quiet, kind, and faithful brother who loved the people of God and was devoted to the assembly. He will be greatly missed by all here. Kindly remember in prayer his widow Dorothy, their daughter, and her family. Allen Hill and Jim Vincent shared the services at the large funeral.

Matoaca, VA - Mrs. Rachel T. McEwen, age 66, on December 17, after a short illness. Our dear sister was saved as a young girl. She married a widower, Samuel McEwen, Jr., and lovingly helped raise his three sons as well as their own. Rachel will be very much missed in the assembly which she faithfully supported and where she was the last of the McEwens in fellowship. She was well respected in the community, and a very large number attended her funeral. Pray for four sons and their families, some in need of Christ. David Oliver, William Oliver, and John Nobles shared the funeral service.

Hitesville, IA - Floyd Christopherson, age 80, on December 17. Our dear brother was saved in 1972 during gospel meetings held by Harold Paisley and Fred Krauss. He was received into the Hitesville assembly, and went on to manifest faithfulness to the Lord, the assembly, and his family. Floyd carried the burden of a shepherd for the believers, and also spoke often of Godís kindness to the unsaved. He leaves his wife Lorraine, two sons, Allen and Tommy, one daughter, Elaine, and their families. The services at his well-attended funeral were shared by his two sons, his son-in-law Fred Nordman, Leonard DeBuhr, and Robert Orr.

Huntsville, ON - William Jennings, age 77, on December 21. Our brother was saved in the early 60s, and he and his wife had the joy of seeing their family saved. He bore a quiet but consistent testimony, attested by the large funeral. The services were shared by members of his family and Fred Krauss.

Livingston, NJ - Ida Rannelli, age 79, on December 26. Our dear sister was highly esteemed and was the wife of Michael Rannelli, an elder and long-time correspondent of the Livingston assembly (formerly East Orange). Ida was introduced to the gospel by a Mr. De Filippis, the coal and ice man, and she was saved in 1934. Ida was always at the meetings, even in times of sickness over the past few years. Her faithful witness and care for the assembly will be sorely missed. Her son Thomas, daughter Judith, brother Phil Iannelli and sisters Eleanor Iatesta and Anna Netti survive her. Cyril Binns, Andrew Smith, Jack Torsiello, and Frank Tornaquindici spoke to the large crowd at her funeral.

Byfield, MA - Robert Shepard, age 70, on December 28. Our brother was saved in 1979, and received into assembly fellowship later in life. Bob, with many serious medical problems over the past thirty years, was faithful in attendance to all the assembly meetings until unable to attend, and he will be missed. He leaves his wife Raylene, and four children and their families, for whom prayer is requested. John Short and Daniel Netti shared in the funeral service.

Kilmore, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland - Miss Anna Thompson, age 94, on December 30. Since her conversion as a girl of 15 our sister continued to be devoted and faithful to the Lord. Her clear and bright testimony shone to the very last when, during a brief illness, she witnessed to the medical and nursing staff who cared for her. Her prayers and presence will be greatly missed by her family and the Kilmore assembly as well as in surrounding assemblies where she faithfully attended meetings in support of the Lords servants and work. W. J. Nesbitt, David Gilliland, and local brethren conducted her well-attended funeral service.

Phoenix, AZ - Harold Brown Bell, age 73, on December 31, 2001. He was born in Detroit, and trusted Christ in 1947. Stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, he met and subsequently married Sally Brown of Phoenix. A respected elder in the Sunnyslope assembly, he was intimately involved with the beginning of the Spanish outreach work. He leaves his wife Sally, three daughters, two brothers, ten grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Harold will be greatly missed by the family and the assembly. His funeral was taken by John Dennison.