Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Friendship, NY - On February 10, Christians gathered unto the Name of the Lord Jesus commenced a testimony in Friendship in fellowship with the East Aurora assembly, to which many of them had been commuting for several years. Jim Smith was with the assembly to share in the joy of the first breaking of bread. The meeting is located at 6042 White Creek Road, Friendship, NY 14739. Schedule of meetings: Sunday, Lordís supper at 10:00, gospel meeting at 11:00, and Sunday school at 11:45; Tuesday, prayer meeting at 7:00. Corr. Doug Behen, 9305 Council House Rd., Caneadea, NY 14717, phone (585) 365-2700, fax (585) 365-2029. B-mail


San Diego, CA - The February conference was a little smaller but many expressed receiving help and encouragement from the ministry and the Bible readings on Matthew 13. Al Christopherson, Tom Baker, Marvin Derksen, John Dennison, and William Skates were present to give help.

Newington, CT - Eugene Higgins was with the assembly for three weeks of gospel meetings, ending the first week of March.

Tampa, FL - Three weeks of profitable gospel meetings in January with Murray McCandless and John McCandless were an encouragement, with blessing seen in salvation. The ministry and attendance at the February conference was excellent, with help given by Jim Beattie, Alex Dryburgh, Bill Lavery, Robert McIlwaine, William Metcalf, David Oliver, David Thomson, and Roy Weber.

Cedar Falls, IA - The assembly was encouraged with blessing in salvation during five weeks of gospel meetings in January and February. Unsaved visitors attended nearly every night as Gary Sharp and Brian Crawford preached the gospel faithfully.

Manchester, IA - Robert Orr and William Skates had a series of gospel meetings that ended February 6. Please pray for some of the teen-agers who attended and were stirred.

Methuen, MA - Eugene Higgins visited on February 7, with an encouraging and timely message. On February 10, Frank Tornaquindici and Harold Paisley provided Christ-exalting and edifying ministry at the monthly meeting.

Watertown, MA - Frank Tornaquindici spoke at the bimonthly gospel meeting on February 24, with interest on the part of some who attended from the community as a result of neighborhood canvassing.

Battle Creek, Ml - The assembly enjoyed a brief visit from Stuart Thompson in February. On March 3, Jim Smith and Frank Sona ministered the Word at the all day meeting.

Jackson, MI - The conference in February was very well attended, with ten brethren ministering, and a large number of young people present. Jim Smith and Frank Sona began gospel meetings on that Sunday night, February 17, and interest was good from the start, with unsaved in nightly.

Saginaw, MI - The believers appreciated ministry from Fred Krauss on February 13-17. Jack Nesbitt and William Lavery gave encouraging ministry at the March monthly meeting, and brother Lavery continued in ministry for three nights from March 4-6.

Pennsauken/Barrington, NJ - On February 9 and 10 the two assemblies held a weekend of meetings entitled ĎLook on the Fields,í during which various brethren gave reports on the work of the Lord. These included Tommy Thompson (Alaska), Malcolm Stanley (The Ukraine), David Netti and Tom Cooper (Russia), and John Nesbitt (The Missionary Family). Tommy Thompson also visited Barrington for a report on February 13, and Pennsauken on February 20.

Barrington, NJ - John Nesbitt spoke at the Sunday School treat on February 24, at which a number of parents were in to hear the gospel. Akron, OH - The Sunday School treat was most encouraging, and childrenís meetings are planned during March and April, D. V., in Barberton.

Clyde, OH - Norman Crawford visited the assembly in February with helpful ministry.

Cleveland, OH - Sandy Higgins opened the area Bible reading on the subject of Headship. Excellent help was given and the believers were encouraged. Please pray for purposed gospel meetings to start April 7, D.V., with Larry Perkins.

Mansfield, OH - The assembly had the joy of baptizing a teenage sister, and had a good crowd for the Sunday School treat.

Forest Grove, OR - The assembly celebrated 100 years of Godís grace to them on the weekend of February 9-10. Brethren from the Salem, Grants Pass, and Corvallis assemblies told how the work in Forest Grove helped the assemblies formed in more recent years. There were reports of gospel efforts in the northwest, and all rejoiced at what God has done and is doing.

Hatboro, PA - Malcolm Stanley and Tommy Thompson visited the assembly on February 11.

Arlington, WA - Gaius Goff and Mark Bachert held gospel meetings February 18 - March 10, with good attendance from the area. Dave Richards and Walter Gustafson shared in ministry during February in Arlington and Marysville, with encouragement from the Lord. Please pray for the pioneer work in Tri-Cities, with Brian Meyers, Tom Hoy, Jack Saword, and their wives. It is encouraging to see the Lordís work in this corner of the state. The conference held in February with the help of the Marysville assembly was well attended, with young believers from many assemblies attending.


Vancouver, BC -David Richards had a week of ministry on the book of Ruth in Fleetwood in February. God blessed in salvation during the gospel meetings with Peter Ramsay and Marvin Derksen in Carleton, to the great encouragement of the assembly. Wesley Barr, David Seed, and Ross Smythe shared the ministry at the March 3 monthly meeting there. Bill Bingham and John Fitzpatrick continued into March in the gospel in Westbank.

LíAnse au Loup, LB - Jon Procopio and Stephen Vance closed more than six weeks of gospel meetings at the beginning of March, with blessing in salvation.

Green River, NB - The February ministry meetings here, in Tracadie, and Shediac were instructive and profitable, with ministry from Larry Buote, Gerard Roy, Leslie Wells, and local brethren.

Tracadie, NB - Gerard Roy and Leslie Wells had a series of encouraging Bible readings the last two weeks of February.

Corner Brook, NF - Eric Fowler visited for a week of combined ministry and prayer meetings, and the believers were encouraged.

Fogo, NF - Gospel meetings with Bryan Funston and David Hunt were a real blessing to the small assembly. On February 9 they held two profitable Bible readings. The weekly childrenís meeting in nearby Deep Bay has a number from the village attending regularly.

Gander, NF - Bryan Funston gave appreciated ministry on February 20. Gander Bay, NF - Bryan Funston and David Hunt shared in ministry on February 18-19.

Sandringham, NF -Bryan Funston had two nights of appreciated ministry in view of gospel meetings that began on March 3 with Marvin Derksen and Bryan Joyce.

Blues Mills, NS - The Lord blessed in salvation in the five weeks of gospel meetings in January and February with Bill Bingham and Bert Joyce.

Sydney Mines, NS - The assembly was greatly encouraged by the baptism of four believers on February 10, with David and Matthew Swan ministering to a large audience, many of whom were outsiders. The believers also appreciated visits from James McClelland, Fred Bartlett, and David Swan.

Niagara Falls, ON - The assembly enjoyed two weeks of excellent ministry from Jim Smith in February on the book of Daniel.

Nipissing Junction, ON - In January Alex Dryburgh visited for three enjoyable nights of ministry on the Holy Spirit, and Ernie Dellandrea gave help in the gospel and ministry at the monthly meeting on January 27.

Ste. Flavie, PQ - Larry Buote, Gerard Roy, Leslie Wells and two local brethren spoke at the final winter ministry meeting on March 2.


Brazil - Rio Grande do Sul - On Saturday, March 9, the Porto Alegre assembly held a ministry meeting to commemorate Harry Wilson having completed fifty years in the Lordís work in Brazil. In Grande Gertuiha Vagas, Harry Wilson and Tommie Wright began gospel meetings in March. There are a few Christians living in the area, but the need is tremendous and prayer will be valued. In Sao Borja, a needy town where there is no assembly, John McCann, Jr. and James Armstrong are having gospel meetings. Tom Matthews and Carlos da Silva began gospel meetings the first week in March in Osorlo, and Roberto Ploia and Noel Fleck plan to start meetings D. V. in Candelaria, where there is a small assembly.

Malaysia - During February Stan Wells visited the Eng Ann, Malacca, and Paramount assemblies, giving help in ministry and the gospel. The brethren here deserve a lot of credit for their diligent labor in the gospel in Kota Kemuning and USJ4, outreaches from the Eng Ann and Paramount assemblies respectively. Please pray for the preservation of the testimony in this land.


Fredericton, NB - April 27 and 28, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 109 McAdam Ave. Bible reading on Saturday at 10:00 on Building Christian Qualities on the Foundation of Faith in a Living God (II Peter 1:1-15). Lordís Day, Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Robert M. Griffin, 1192 Rte. 105 Highway, Douglas, NB, E3A 7K1, (506) 472-5512. Email Gospel Hall (506) 472-1125.

Livingston, NJ - May 4 and 5, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 405 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston. Saturday, meetings at 10:30, 2:30, and 6:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:00, ministry at 2:30, and gospel at 5:00. Contact Allan Valvano, 31 Townsend Dr., Florham Park, NJ 07932, (973) 377-7839 or (201) 404-5611 for assistance or accommodations. Gospel Hall (973) 535-1485, directions at

New Lenox, IL - May 11 and 12, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, Route 6, one mile east of Cedar Road. First meeting on Saturday at 10:00; Lordís Day, Bible reading at 9:00, Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Please notify in advance for accommodations. Corr. Brent Studnicka, 11048 Denny Ave., Mokena, IL 60448. (708) 479-0958.

Midland and Waubaushene, ON - May 18 and 19, with all meetings in the Penetanguishene Community Centre (Arena), 61 Maria St., Penetanguishene, ON. (Hwy. 93 North, right on Thompsons Rd., the first street inside town, then one block to Arena on the left.) First meeting Saturday at 10:00; Breaking of Bread Lordís Day, 10:00. Bible reading Saturday at 1:30, I John 1, Sunday at 1:30, 1 John 2:1-17. 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) 549-6957. For accomm. Ted Joyce (705) 526-6129, or Daniel Green (705) 534-4271.

Ottawa, ON - May 18 and 19, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible readings each day at 9:00. Subject for both days, Responsibility and Behavior in the House of God, I Timothy. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1087 River Rd., Ottawa, ON. Corr. Kenneth E. Prince, 1246 Kitchener Ave., Ottawa, ON, K1V 6W5. (613) 733-3738. Gospel Hall (613) 748-0269.

Hickory, NC - May 25 and 26, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Saturday ministry meetings at 10:30 and 2:30, gospel at 7:00. Lordís Day, Breaking of Bread at 9:45. Ministry at 2:30 and gospel at 7:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 253 17th Ave. NE. Corr. Robert MacLeod (704) 483-3521. Please contact Tom Turnbull, (828) 874-6250, for accommodations.

London, ON - Spanish conference, May 25 and 26, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Ave., London. All ministry will be in Spanish. Meetings on Saturday, 10:30, 2:00, and 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 9:30, ministry at 2:30. For accommodations please call in advance. Philip Lampkin, 1742 Attawandaron Rd., London, ON, N6G 3N1, (519) 472-8747. e-mail

Sarnia, ON - May 25 and 26, with prayer meeting Friday at 7:45. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1791 London Line. Saturday, ministry at 10:00, Bible reading 1:15 (Separation), ministry 3:00, gospel at 6:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:00, ministry 2:30, gospel 6:30. Corr. Shad Kember Sr. (519) 337-7476. Hall phone (519) 541-1894.

Saugus, MA - Bible reading conference June 1 and 2, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., Saugus. Subject will be the book of Galatians. First meeting on Saturday at 10:00. Lordís Day Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. Joseph Procopio, 11 Forest St., Saugus, MA, 01906, (781) 233-5780. For accommodations please contact Tony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940, (781) 334-6363. Hall (781) 233-5570.

Bancroft, ON - June 1, with Bible Reading at 10:00 on Romans 12. Ministry at 2:00 and 7:00. All meetings in the Lakeview Gospel Hall, 644 Maxwell Settlement Rd. Corr. Mark Freymond, R.R.1 Bancroft, ON, KOL iCO. (613)332-4317.

Garnavillo, IA - June 8 and 9, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 506 5. Washington St. All other meetings in the high school gymnasium. Saturday ministry at 10:00 and 2:00, gospel at 7:00. Bible reading on Lordís Day at 9:00,1 Thess. 4. Breaking of Bread at 10:30, ministry at 2:00. Corr. Donald Kregel, 604 5. Washington St., P.O. Box 489, Garnavillo, IA 52049. (563) 964-2588. School (563) 964-2321.

Nipissing Junction, ON - June 8 and 9, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible Readings on Saturday at 9:00 and Sunday at 11:30 on the Christianís Blessings (Ephesians 1) and the Christianís Armour (Ephesians 6). Breaking of Bread at 9:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1340 Lakeshore Dr., North Bay, ON. Corr. Clarence Black, 63 Massey Dr., North Bay, ON, PlA 3Y3. (705) 497-1284. Accommodations, Glenn Pratt, (705) 474-9473. Hall (705) 474-3384.


Crossgar, N.I. - Robert Colgan, age 80, on November 23. Our brother was saved in 1949 and received shortly after into the assembly, where he remained until his home call. He was a father figure in the small assembly and will be greatly missed. He also had a love for the gospel, preaching over many years throughout Ireland, and had the joy of seeing his family of five saved and in assembly fellowship. As a local police sergeant he had a keen interest in the community, which was reflected by a very large attendance at the funeral. The services were shared by H. S. Paisley, W. J. Nesbitt, S. Ferguson, R. J. Tinsley, and local brethren J. Beattie and J. Palmer.

Pennsylvania - Mildred OíNeal, age 83, on December 13. Mildred was saved in 1937 in Everett, PA, and was in fellowship in the assembly there until it closed, when she went to Cumberland, before going to Longport. After being in a hospital there, her niece arranged for her to be in a nursing home nearer the Everett area. Her husband Donovan predeceased her in 1975. The funeral service was shared by Harold Clark and Ken McCullough.

Unionville, ON - Lawrence Grainger, age 82, on January 9. Our beloved and esteemed brother was saved for 67 years. He was in the Lansing assembly in Toronto for many years, and then became a founding member of the Unionville assembly, where he and his wife were in happy fellowship. Our brother was marked by adherence to spiritual principles in his construction business, and contributed his excellent workmanship to building Bethany Lodge, as well as halls in Newfoundland and Ontario. He had a love for the gospel and his family, and had the great joy of seeing all his family saved. The funeral service was attended by believers from many assemblies, neighbors, and business acquaintances. A number of brethren shared in the service, and Harold Paisley, a long-time friend, preached the gospel at his request. Remember his beloved wife in prayer.

Arlington, WA - Clara Klein, age 97, on January 30. Aunt Clara, as she was called by many, was saved at 19, and for much of her life attended the Arlington assembly, until her health prevented it. Family members looked after her in her own home until the Lord took her to be with Him. Please pray for her family and friends who heard the gospel at her funeral, shared by John Klein, Brian Meyers, and Steven Meyers.

London, ON - Frederick Metcalf, age 89, on February 11. Our brother was saved in 1926 through the preaching of Lorne McBain. Fred was the second of four Metcalf generations reached through brother McBainís preaching. He was in fellowship in the Glen Rae assembly (now Oil Springs) until moving to London in 1957. A quiet, unassuming brother, he was faithful in distributing tracts, transporting Sunday School children, and arranging the chairs for the assembly meetings. His funeral was shared by his nephew, William Metcalf, Gordon Brodie, and Hugh Garnham.

Portage la Prairie, MB - Amy Spence, age 93, on February 8 after a brief illness. Our beloved sister was saved in 1924, and was in the fellowship of the Portage assembly for a number for years, then in West End assembly in Winnipeg. She returned to Portage after her retirement. Amy was an only child and never married, so had no relatives in Canada. The large number of Christians and other acquaintances that attended her funeral was an indication of the number of lives she had touched.

Mt. Sterling, WI - Alfred Aspenson, age 91, on February 17. Our dear brother was saved at age 29 through the preaching of Buzz Jamison and Stephen Mick. He was soon baptized and received into the fellowship of the Lynxville WI assembly (now Mt. Sterling). He and his wife Joy faithfully sought to carry on for the Lord and for many years he shared in the responsibilities of guiding the assembly for the honor of Christ. A few years were spent in the Blue River assembly, but in later years they returned to Mt. Sterling and were faithfully cared for by a loving daughter. Alfred leaves his wife, two sons, five daughters, and their families. Prayer is requested for those who need the Savior. The service at his large funeral was shared by his son Paul, a son-in-law, Art Ward, and James Frazier.

Arlington, WA - Clarence Ayars, age 95, on February 23. Saved as a young man in North Dakota, he moved his large family to the west coast in 1943 so they would have more exposure to the gospel. Clarence was a quiet consistent brother who loved the Lord and His people, attending the assembly faithfully as long as his health permitted, even though he lived at some distance. His loving wife of seventy years, Edythe, predeceased him two years ago, and his last three years were spent in a nursing home. Please pray for his family connections, many still unsaved. The service at his large funeral was taken by Robert Waltz, Don Kazen, and Brian Meyers.

Tampa, Fl - Jennie Dalfino, age 97, on February 25. Jennie was saved in 1928, after hearing the gospel from her husband. She was received into fellowship in Bristol, CT, where she continued faithfully until moving to Tampa in 1957. She was one of the original members of the North Tampa assembly, and it formed a very important and vital part of her life. She was in happy fellowship with the Christians there until her home call. Her greatest joy was to tell others how the Lord saved her, and her desire was to see her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren all saved. She is survived by nine children and their families, most of whom share the blessed hope. Her large funeral was taken by her grandson-in-law, Joseph G. Procopio, at her request, Robert McIlwaine, of P.E.I, and her son Oronzo, who spoke at the grave.

Co. Monaghan, Rep. of Ireland - Mrs. Stella Katherine Totten, age 84, departed peacefully and suddenly from her own home on February 28. With her husband Hugh, who pre-deceased her in 1997, she was in fellowship in the assembly at Templetate for some years and since 1959 in Monaghan. Both had a consistent godly testimony, with spiritual exercise and deep interest in all aspects of the work of the Lord. They were greatly given to hospitality and especially cared for those fully engaged in evangelism and ministry of the Word. The assembly and community have sustained an inestimable loss. W. J. Nesbitt and S. McBride shared the services at the large funeral.