Tidings

Canada

British Columbia

Surrey: The Fleetwood assembly had Hans Bouwmen for three night of ministry in February using his chart on Eternity to Etemity.

Terrace: John Fitzpatrick had two weeks in the gospel and a week of ministry November 19-December 12. Over two thousand Seed Sower texts and calendars were distributed and a few people were in to hear the gospel.

Alberta

Calgary: The two-week gospel series with Bryan Funston and Dan Shutt at West Hillhurst was well attended and encouraging to all.

Saskatchewan

Taylorside: Steve Kember gave two nights of profitable ministry February 20-21.

Ontario

Barrie: Fred Kraus was with the assembly for two weeks of children’s meetings in February. A nice number of children from the locality attended. As a result, an unsaved family is coming to the Sunday School, and a father and son are also attending each Sunday. Much help was given by Christians from the surrounding area which was appreciated. Some have been added to the assembly. The saints also enjoyed a visit from Allan LeBlanc in February.

Huntsville: Don Nicholson had a week of children’s meetings in February with good attendance, and his ministry was greatly appreciated.

Kirkland Lake: Brian Owen and Murray Pratt completed four weeks of gospel meetings. People from the community were in most nights and one woman professed.

Thunder Bay: Lorne Langfeld had children’s meetings February 11-18 with good attendance. Peter Simms gave much appreciated ministry February 26-March 3 on the Seven Feasts of Jehovah.

Sudbury: The saints appreciated the visit of Al Cook in late December. David Booth was with the assembly for the January ministry meeting and Lord’s Day. Bruce Rodgers gave profitable ministry for two nights in January, followed by two weeks of appreciated ministry by Peter Simms.

Nova Scotia

Blues Mills: Alan Turkington was with the saints for two nights of ministry, February 27-28, which was an encouragement to the saints.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Corner Brook: Gospel meetings with Bill Bingham and Eric Fowler started on the 18th of Febuary. Numbers thus far have been encouraging.

English Point: Gospel meetings commenced on the February 25 with Bert Joyce and Jim Jarvis.

Mt. Pearl: Gospel meetings with Peter Ramsey and Marvin Derksen ended on the February 18. The Lord gave blessing in salvation.

U.S.A.

California

San Diego: The recent conference was a time of refreshment and encouragement to the assembly. Brethren who ministered were Timothy Kember, H. Paisley, S. Wells and Shad Kember, Sr. Tom Cooper gave a report of the work in Russia.

Nebraska

Omaha: Art Ward and Joel Portman finished two weeks of Bible readings on Assembly Truth.

Minnesota

Minneapolis: Art Ward is expected for a week of ministry on March 12.

Iowa

Garnavillo: Al Christopherson was here for a Lord’s day

Manchester: Joel Portinan will be with the assembly for a week of ministry meetings beginning February 4. Stan Wells and Marvin Derksen purpose gospel meetings beginning the week of March 11. Please pray that God will be pleased to bless in salvation..

Mississippi

Tylertown: Jerry Jennings was here for their all day meeting on February 4 and the following three nights for ministry. He also visited Black River Falls, Egg Harbor, and Ontario, WI.

Illinois

New Lenox: Gospel meetings with Gary Sharp and Art Ward closed on February 4, with one soul professing salvation.

Michigan

Jackson: The recent conference was very encouraging. A young man professed to be saved after the gospel meeting. Gary Hicks continues to work with young people in a youth detention center. The interst is very encouraging. William Seale and Norman Crawford started a gospel series on March 4. There are a number of unsaved attending the regular meetings and the assembly is looking to God for blessing in salvation.

Saginaw: Ministry of the Word by Fred Krauss and Lome Mitchell encouraged the saints here and surrounding assemblies at the monthly ministry meeting on March 4. Brother Krauss continued with three nights of appreciated ministry.

Indiana

Fort Wayne: Matthew Smith, with help from Paul Wielenga and other Christians from Jackson, continues to work with youth and adults. Prayer is requested.

Ohio

Mansfield: Bill Seale spoke to a large gathering of children and adults at the treat on March 3.

Pennsylvania

Bryn Mawr: Jeffrey Wenke, 16, on January 5, went home to heaven suddenly in an accident while riding home from school. Jeff was saved at the age of 10. Over 500 heard the gospel at his funeral. Several unbelieving friends and relatives were impressed and one family member has since professed faith in Christ. Pray that the Lord will work further and also comfort his mother, father, and two younger sisters, a close-knit family who are grief-stricken.

New Jersey

Livingston: In February the saints were encouraged with a visit from Ken & Doris Taylor on their way to Domiica. Ken presented ministry and a report on the work. Gospel meetings were planned for the area March 25 to April 6 with Gene Higgins and David Zuidema sharing the responsibility.

Virginia

Matoaca: Larry Steers and Robert Surgenor were here for an afternoon meeting and shared in the gospel. Brother Surgenor stayed on for three nights of ministry.

North Carolina

Hickory: Robert Surgenor visited here for ministry on the Gospel of John for a few nights. Robert McIlwaine was also here for one Lord’s Day, as was Jon Procopio, who spoke at the baptism of three young believers.

Florida

DeLand: J. Smith visited the assembly in December and gave helpful ministry. Our February conference was the largest to date, with seven of the Lord’s servants giving profitable ministry, including J. Abernethy, N. Crawford, R. McIlwaine, D. Oliver, E. Parmenter, J. Slabaugh and L. Steers. Following the conference, J. Abernethy and N. Crawford had two weeks of gospel meetings that were well supported. The saints were encouraged and a contact was made who continues to come.

Massachusetts

Methuen: The monthly ministry meeting on February 11 was a time of encouragement and strengthening with ministry given by Frank Tornaquindici. The gospel was faithfully preached with a few unsaved out.

Connecticut

Brookfield: The assembly concluded an encouraging, well-attended series of weekly Children’s Meetings last month. David Zuidema from Midland Park, NJ spoke at the last meeting, and there were a good number of parents present. The assembly purposes to start another weekly series of children’s meetings in the coming weeks and desires the prayers of the saints. The assembly also enjoyed a recent visit by R. Surgenor.

Terryville: The assembly enjoyed a visit recently by Robert Surgenor for a night of ministry. The weekly Friday night Children’s Meetings will commence on March 9 for 6-8 weeks, Lord willing.

Mississippi

Tylertown: An all day meeting on February 4 was very encouraging to the assembly. Ministry was given by Jerry Jennings, Lorne Mitchell and several other visiting brethren. Later, Jack Nesbitt visited the assembly and was a blessing to this little company of faithful saints (Keith Young).

Other Lands

Belgium

During January, Robin McKeown paid a much appreciated visit to four small assemblies for the ministry of the Word of God. The beloved saints in the few small assemblies receive very few visits from preachers andteachers, yet the need is very great, and the believers certainly have an appetite for the Word.

Mexico

Guadalajara: On February 5, 80 believers from three different assemblies met in Zapopan and delivered 10,000 texts and invitations to gospel meetings. These meetings with be held by Paul Thiessen and Marcus Cain in a rented building in a new location.

Ixtapa: On February 11, Aubrey Kelly and David Alves began gospel meetings in Palmar de Ixtapa. As the meetings entered the fourth week, there has been much rejoicing in a number of souls professing faith in Christ.

Pachuca: On January 27, Harrys Rodriguez and Marcus Cain concluded two weeks of gospel meetings in a rented house on the outskirts of town. On the following day, the assembly in Matilde reached the one-year mark of collective testimony and had a one-day conference with believers from various parts of the country. Five servants of the Lord were present. Please continue to pray for our brother Rodriguez as he visits Mexico City three times a week.

N. Ireland

Albertbridge, Belfast: D. Kane and H. McKenzie continue preaching in the heart of the city with all its difficulties.

Armagh: J. Rodgers and A. Aiken have had good numbers of unsaved attending in the Mall Gospel Hall.

Ballykeel: J. Palmer and T. Meekin continue in the gospel with good attendance.

Ballymagarrick: A. McShane and D. Gilliland have had well attended gospel meetings in the new hall.

Coleraine: M. McCandless and P. Orasuk are preaching the gospel in a large warehouse and are very encouraged with the attendance and blessing in salvation.

Craigavad: J. Lennox and B. Currie are now in their sixth week. The assembly is small and the area has proven to be difficult.

Dromore: R. McKeown and B. Graham are having well-attended gospel meetings with attendance from the locality. Glengormley, Belfast: S. Ferguson and W. Boyd are getting good numbers in to hear the gospel.

Kilmore: W.J. Nesbitt and T.W. Wright are now in their seventh week in the Diamond Gospel Hall. The meetings have been encouraging with a few souls having professed faith in Christ.

Portavogie: S. Maze and R. Eadie are encouraged with a few souls being saved as they preach nightly in the Gospel Hall.

Tasmania

In early March, brethren Alex Wilson (Omagh) and John McDowell were in their fourth week of Gospel meetings with encouraging interest.

Conferences D.V

Fredrickton, NB

April 27, 28 and 29 in the Gospel Hall, 109 McAdam Ave, Fredericton, NB. Friday: Prayer 7:30pm; Saturday: Bible Reading 10-12 noon (Topic: Romans 6); Sunday: Breaking of Bread 9:30am. Corr. Robert M. Griffin, 1192 Rte 105 Hwy., Douglas, NB, E3A 7K1, Tel (506) 472-5512, email: rgriffin@nbpower.com

Livingston, NJ

May 4, 5 and 6. Friday: Prayer meeting 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Ministry 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Gospel 6:30 p.m. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m., Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 5 p.m. Meals will be provided between meetings. All are welcome. Accom: Allan Valvano (973)377-7839, or Dave Valvano (973)884-2484, Hall (973)535-1485.

Hastings, (Peterborough) ON

May 5 in the Park Street Gospel Hall, 592 Park Street N. Ministry meetings at 2 and 7 p.m.. Corr: A. Morrison, Tel: (705)696-2580.

New Lenox, IL

May 12 and 13 in the Gospel Hall, Rt. 6, one mile east of Cedar Road. Friday: Prayer 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Ministry 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Lord’s Day: Bible Reading (Hebrews 1)9 a.m., Breaking of Bread 10:30 a.m., Ministry 2 p.m., Gospel 6 p.m. Please notify in advance for accom. Corr: Brent Studnicka, 11048 Denny Ave., Mokena, IL 60448, Tel: (708)479-0958.

Calgary AB

May 19, 20, 21 will be preceded by a Prayer Meeting at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 18 in the West Hillhurst Gospel Hall. Corr: Garry Seale, 3111 Conrad Cres. N.W., Calgary, AB, T2L 1B7, Tel: (403)282-1383.

Frostburg, MD

May 18-20 with Prayer meeting 7:30 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, Friday. Meetings on Saturday and Sunday will be in the Beall High School at 10 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. The theme for the conference is “Being a Witness to the World – Being a Witness in your Community.” Saturday’s activities will focus on missionary work in North America and elsewhere, and will include reports by Mark Bachert, Jim Bergsma, Joe Clark, Steve Kember, Bill Seale, Jr. and Dale Vitale. All are heartily welcome to attend. Accom: Michael Bachert, 204 Wilmont Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502, Tel: (301)724-5806, E-mail: Artistic@gcnet mailnet.

Midland Waubaushene, ON

May 19 and 20 in the Penetanguishene Community Centre (Arena ), 61 Maria St., Penetanguishene, ON, Tel: (705-549-8492). Directions: Turn right on Thomsons Rd. (first street inside town), go one block on left. Meeting both days at 10 am., 1:30, 3, and 7 p.m. Bible Readings: 2 Peter 2 and 3. Corr: Ed Heels, 2379 Rumney Rd. RR1, Midland, ON, L4R 4K3, Tel: (705)534-3698, or Paul Barbour, 328 John Street, Midland, ON, L4R 2J5, Tel: (705)526-3516. Accom: Ted Joyce, Tel: (705)526-6129, or Daniel Green, Tel: (705)534-4271.

Ottawa, ON

May 19 and 20 in the Gospel Hall, 1087 River Road, with prayer meeting on May 18 at 7:30 p.m. Breaking of Bread 10:30 am., Bible Readings 9 a.m. Subjects: Saturday – Romans 8:1-17, Lord’s Day – Hebrews 1. Corr: K.E. Prince, 1246 Kitchener Ave., Ottawa. Tel: (613)733-1668, Hall (613)748-0269.

Hickory, N C

May 26 and 27 with Prayer meeting May 25 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Ministry 10:30 am. and 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m.; Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 9:45 am., Sunday School 11:30 a.m., Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Servants walking in the “old paths” welcome. Accom: Tom Turnbull, Tel: (828)874-6250 or Robert MacLeod Tel: (704)483-3521.

London, ON (Spanish)

May 26 and 27 in the Gospel HaIl, 1196 Highbury Avenue, with Prayer meeting on Friday at 8 p.m. Ministry meetings on Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m., and Lord’s Day at 2:30 p.m. will be in Spanish. Accom: please give advance notice and number coming to Philip Lampkin, 1742 Attawandaron Rd., London, ON, N6G 3N1, Tel:(519)472-8747.

Sarnia, ON

May26 and 27 with Prayer Meeting on Friday, May 25 at 7:45 p.m. Saturday: Ministry 10 am., Bible Reading 1 p.m. (Subject: Restoration), Ministry 3 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10a.m., Sunday School 1:15 p.m., Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 1787 London Line, Sarnia, ON. Corr: Shad Kember, Sr., Tel:(519)337-7476, Hall (519)541-1894.

Bancroft, ON

June 2, with Bible Reading at 10a.m., Subject: “Practical truths concerning the local assembly”. Ministry at 2 and 7p.m. All meetings in the Lakeview Gospel Hall, 644 Maxwell Settlement Rd. Corr: Mark Freymond, RR#1 Bancroft ON, KOL iCO, Tel: (613)332-4317.

Garnavillo, IA

June 9 and 10 with prayer meeting at 7 p.m. on Fri. June 8 in the Gospel Hall, 506 5. Washington St. All other conf. meetings will be held in the Gamavillo School Gymnasium. On Saturday, ministry is at 10 and 2,with Gospel at 7. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9 on 1 Thes. 4. Breaking of Bread at 10:30 and ministry at 2. Corr. Donald Kregel, 604 5. Washington St., P0 Box 489, Gamavillo, IA 52049. Phone 319-964-2588.

Nipissing Junction, ON

June 9 and 10 in the Gospel Hall, 1340 Lakeshore Dr., North Bay, ON, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Bible Reading on Sat. at 9a.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on Restoration and Revival. Breaking of Bread 9:30 a.m. Corr: Clarence Black, 63 Massey Dr. North Bay, ON PlA 3Y3, Tel (705)4971284, Hall (705)474-3384.

Taylorside, SK

June 29-July 1 in the Taylorside Gospel Hall, located 3 miles south and 4 miles west of Beatty, SK. Prayer Meeting on Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. Corr: John Parker, Box 2666, Melfort, SK, S01 lAO, Tel: (306)752-4079, Fax: (306)752-5574.

Conference Reminders:

Manchester, CT: April 14-15
Nineveh, NS: April 14-15
Kapuskasing, ON: April 14-15
Vancouver, BC: April 13-15
Toronto, ON: April 13-15
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA: April 14-15
Mimico, ON: April 20-22
McKeesport, PA: April 28-29
Newmarket, ON: May 6
Prince Edward Island: May 19-20

Change of Address

Mr. William Seale Jr. 2630 Melloney Lane, Indiana, PA 15701-2352

Add to Commended Workers

Steven Vance, 61 Millbeck Cres., Scarborough, ON, MiB 2M8, Tel: (416)287-5920, Email: sjvance4@aol.com.

Correction of Conference date

Culver City CA. April 14,15. Not 7&8.

Change of Correspondent

Kenora, ON: Robert Serban, po BOX 255, Kenora, ON, P9N 3X3, Tel: (807)468-6047.

Los Angeles, CA: East Los Angeles Gospel Hall (Spanish speaking assembly), John P. Thropay, M.D., 120 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640.

With Christ

Mrs. Mary Etta Smyth of Erryroe, Co. Monaghan, N.I. on January 5, age 76. She was saved in 1934 and received into the assembly here in 1971, bearing a consistent testimony until her homecall. All the family of seven profess salvation, four in assembly fellowship. The service at the very large funeral was shared by S. McBride and J. Black in the home, and by W.J. Nesbitt and D. Kane at the graveside at Frankfurt. She will be very much missed in family, assembly, and district, where she was held in high esteem. Prayer is requested for the family and for the salvation of grandchildren.

Mr. Alex Graham of Keady, Co. Armagh, N.I. on January 6, age 85 years. Saved for many years and in fellowship here from 1972 until his homecall, but had been failing in health in his last year or two. He was a kind brother, highly respected in the district and will be much missed in the home, assembly, and especially by his widow and family circle. The service at his large funeral was shared by T.W. Wright and J. Flanigan in the home, and by S. McBride and J. Rogers at the graveside in Bessbrook. Please pray for his widow and family circle, some needing salvation.

Mrs. Alice Decker of Jackson, MI went home on January 16. Our beloved sister was born inDeckerville, MIin 1911. She was saved as a girl through John 3:16. She has been in happy assembly fellowship since 1925, first in Deckerville and from 1977 in Jackson. Her husband preceded her to Heaven in 1983. Many of the Lord’s servants have memories of her love and kindness as she used her home to keep preachers during gospel meetings. The funeral in the Jackson hall was taken by Win. Metcalf and Jim Smith. Gary Sharp and James Beattie also took part. Her family are saved and were a joy to her.

Katherine Ahrenholz (nee Lubben) of Manchester, IA on January 25, following a very short illness. She was born in 1924, and saved in 1933. She is survived by one sister. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, her husband, a daughter and two sons.

Mrs. Cora Kathleen Davies of Guelph. ON on January 25, age 83. Our sister was saved earlier in years, but saw the truth of assembly gathering and received in fellowship at Milton, ON in the early 70’s. She moved to Guelph in the early 80’s where she enjoyed the fellowship at the Yorkshire Street Assembly. She was a quiet lady, but happy attending the assembly meetings. She will be missed by her family, and all the saints, The large funeral was taken by Larry Steers.

Annie Kroeze Webber of Arlington, WA on January 30, age 89. She was born in Arlington in 1911, and saved at the age of nine. She was predeceased by her first husband Gerrit in 1976 as a result of a drowning accident. She later married Ralph Webber who preceeded her in death in 1993. Annie was a sweet, godly, faithful sister and will be greatly missed. She was in assembly fellowship for over 70 years. Her two sons and three daughters, their spouses and some of her grandchildren are in fellowship here and neighbouring assemblies. The gospel and words of encouragement were spoken at her large funeral.

Scott, Thomas Henry (Harry) of Kilmore, N.I. on Febraruy 4, age 89. He was saved in 1937 and later received into fellowship in Kilmore where he served as correspondent for many years. He had a spiritual influence on Tom Matthews (Brazil) during secular employment and taught John McCann Jr. (Brazil) in Sunday School. As a man of godly character, he will be greatly missed for his faithfulness and spiritual exercise in the assembly. He is survived by his wife, Anna, a true helpmeet. A McShane and W. J. Nesbitt gave suitable messages at the funeral services.

Minnie Snow of Carbonear, NF on February 9, age 81. She was saved as a young widow during the early days of Gospel work in Carbonear in the mid 1940s, and despite difficult times, never wavered in her steadfastness. Kindness and hospitality marked her life and reflected her love for the Lord’s people and the Gospel of His grace. Medical problems affected her attendance at assembly meetings during the last several years of her life. M. Derksen, P. Ramsay, and E. Powell shared in the large funeral service. Prayer is requested for the large extended family, many of them not saved.

Carl C. Metcalf of Lake Shore, ON on February 20, age 85. Our brother was saved in 1934, when the late L. McBain and A. Klabunda had meetings in Glen Rae. He was baptized and received into the assembly which later moved to Oil Springs. Since 1976, he and his wife, Helen, have been in happy fellowship in the Lake Shore Assembly. In 1983, he suffered a severe stroke which confined him to a nursing care facility where he manifested a bright testimony. He is survived by his wife, four sons and one daughter, 18 grandchildren, all saved, and 14 great grandchildren. The funeral was taken by his son, William, and N. Crawford, and J. Beattie at the grave.