Tidings

Canada

Alberta

Fort McMurray: A. Bergsma was with the Wood Buffalo assembly March 4-6 for ministry and gospel. This was an encouragement to the believers. The assembly received a young brother in March, which brought them joy.

British Columbia 

Deep Cove: J. Procopio and M. Radcliffe commenced here in the gospel following the Easter conference.

Penticton: A couple from Vancouver, who now reside here for business reasons and drive north to the Westbank assembly, has an exercise to reach out in this community. Anyone knowing of believers in this small city or unsaved that may have an interest in the gospel, please contact Willie Kim at 250-492-0615.

Surrey: Please pray for the gospel outreach at the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition, May 20-23.

Terrace: P. Orasuk was with the saints in late March in ministry and gospel while visiting his son who now resides here. J. Fitzpatrick and C. Van de Wetering were expected for gospel meetings April 3-17.

Vancouver: The Easter Conference was a blessing to the Lord’s people through the profitable ministry given, and Bible Readings on Colossians 3. Participating in the conference were S. Baker (UK), J. Meekin (UK) , J. Procopio, M. Radcliffe (UK) and F. Sona. A young man professed faith in Christ at the closing gospel meeting. Stephen Baker continued in West Richmond the following week. Two teenage girls from the Sunday School were baptized in Victoria Drive the next Sunday.

Westbank: Gospel meetings commenced March 29 in the Community Center with John Meekin and Frank Sona.

New Brunswick 

Moncton: The French brethren of the assembly have been holding six weeks of French Gospel Series in February and March. They were very encouraged with the attendance of several unsaved people every meeting. Four persons professed salvation, including a man ho was a little rebellious at the salvation of his wife, and came to a meeting to see what it was all about. God saved him in His mercy.

Newfoundland and Labrador 

Cornerbrook: A. Hull and J. McClelland concluded three weeks in the Civic Center with excellent attendance. More than sixty souls reverently listened to the gospel. They continued March 7-13 in the Gospel Hall, and nice numbers attended. The saints rallied 100 percent behind the meetings.

English Point: Gospel meetings with F. Bartlett and B. Foreshew ended on March 20, the closing night of the conference. The meetings went well and large numbers were out each night. The Lord blessed in the salvation of a number of souls. David Hunt, David Swan, and Freddy Barney where joined by David Clingen and Roger McIntyre from Ontario to distribute calendars and literature along the Quebec north shore on snowmobile in March. Brethren Hunt and Swan and others from Nova Scotia continued to the north coast of Labrador with this work also, after the English Point conference.

Gander: The conference on Easter weekend, with ministry focused toward young believers, was well attended. The ministry was shared by B. Funston and P. Ramsay on “The God-Centered Life,” from 2 Timothy 2. Brother Funston stayed for a few weeks, visiting a number of assemblies and giving helpful ministry in Gander, Sandringham, Seal Cove, Fogo, and New Harbour.

Nova Scotia 

Amherst: Gospel meetings started February 27, and continued into March with Wallace Buckle, joined by Carl Payne when Alex Dryburgh was called away on the death of his brother-in-law.

Hubbard’s Point: The assembly held four weeks of gospel meetings with Eric Fowler and Holger Verlage. The Christians were encouraged by the attendance and the contacts made.

Nineveh: The conference went well, with many expressing that they received encouragement and help. The gospel was preached both nights with feeling and power.

Sydney: Six weeks of gospel meetings with Bruce Barkhouse and Matthew Swan were held with a number of local people attending. A young boy professed to be saved and the Christians were very encouraged.

Ontario 

Hamilton: A week of ministry by M. Derksen on the subject of “Commitment” was appreciated by the assembly. Since the first of the year, the assembly has received helpful visits by M. Derksen, H. Paisley, J. Jarvis, E. Miller, E. Higgins, and B. Joyce.

Lambton Shores: The Lake Shore assembly received profitable ministry, “From Egypt to Canaan,” given by E. Badgley. J. Nesbitt visited on a recent Lord’s Day. Our sister Bethany Fuller has returned again to Sakeji in Zambia where she was helping during 2004. The assembly has commended her in this work.

London: M. Derksen gave profitable ministry for young Christians on Saturday, March 5. He also preached the gospel the next day when nine believers were baptized, two of whom were Cambodians and two from St. Marys. P. Ramsay and G. Patterson gave us appreciated visits during February.

Sarnia: M. Pratt and P. Ramsay labored in the gospel, together with the Christians for six weeks in January and February. There was blessing in salvation as well as encouragement in seeing the Lord at work in the lives of both saints and sinners. Several adults were stirred deeply but they were still in their sins when the meetings ended.

Timmins: Prayer is requested for gospel meetings which commenced April 3. The speakers were D. Booth and M. Pratt.

Toronto: Over 1000 attended the three day Easter Conference, with a notable number of young people present. Eight brethren participated – D. Alves, J. Baker, T. Baker, N. Crawford, M. Derksen, E. Higgins, H. Paisley, and J. Smith. The ministry was felt to be rich and profitable. At least two professed, a man of 22 and a young woman of 20, both with parents in two Toronto assemblies. This crowned the conference and we thank God.

Victoria Road: Over the past several months, the assembly had appreciated visits from E. Miller, L. Langfeld, D. Booth, M. McLeod, L. Steers, B. Owen, and F. Krauss.

Prince Edward Island 

Crapaud: Peter Ramsay and Kyle Wilson from the Carleton assembly in Vancouver held six weeks of gospel meetings in November and December. There was nice blessing in salvation and the assurance of salvation as well. At a Sunday afternoon monthly missionary meeting, Kyle Wilson gave a report to a full hall on the work of God in Nicaragua.

Saskatchewan 

Taylorside: The saints appreciated recent visits from A. Bergsma and S. Wells. The Youth Conference was well attended with some interest in salvation. John Dennison and Bill Seale gave wholesome teaching. Jack Gould and Bill Seale faithfully preached the gospel for two weeks. We look to God for His blessing on this effort.

U. S. A.

Arizona 

Phoenix: The Garfield assembly enjoyed the visits from E. Doherty and S. Wells during the winter months, giving help in the local meetings. J. Slabaugh was with us during March on our regular meeting nights, ministering on the Seven Churches of Asia.

Connecticut 

Newington: The assembly enjoyed a three week gospel series with G. Higgins using his chart on Future Events. Many unsaved attended regularly, and a few professed salvation.

Terryville: The assembly was greatly encouraged when the Lord blessed in salvation of one from here during gospel meetings held in Newington with G. Higgins.

Illinois 

New Lenox: A. Christopherson and L. Perkins are working with the assembly in a new gospel outreach work in the town of Joliet. Several teens are coming.

Iowa 

Cedar Falls: The annual Sunday School treat was held the first Friday of March at which a good number of parents listened to the gospel as presented in word and song. During the following week G. Sharp conducted nightly children’s meetings with good attendance.

Dunkerton: The children’s meetings with Dan Shutt were well attended, including a nice number of teens and adults.

Manchester: During January, David Reiss and Cecil Dempster from Garnavillo conducted a week of children’s meetings in the little town of Lamont. A good number of children came as well as some parents. In February, A. Christopherson and J. Slabaugh had a gospel meeting every Monday evening with quite a good interest. We also enjoyed a visit from R. Orr one Lord’s Day in February. The Christians were encouraged by profitable ministry during the February monthly meeting by J. Slabaugh, A. Christopherson, J. Jennings, and a report on the work in Russia by Alex McLean from Scotland. Due to conferences and other events, the next all-day meeting will be in July.

Massachusetts 

Saugus: Four young believers were baptized on March 19, with many unsaved in the gathering. G. Higgins spoke on the meaning of baptism, with a message in the gospel, and read the testimonies of those who were baptized. God used their testimonies in the salvation of another young man later that evening.

Worcester: The assembly enjoyed a recent visit from W. Gustafson for ministry on March 24.

Watertown: Speakers present for the annual conference held on March 18-20 were W. Gustafson, A. LeBlanc, F. Tornaquindici, and E. Higgins. Mark Procopio preached the gospel on Lord’s Day. Attendance was somewhat smaller than anticipated due to rescheduling due to a severe storm the previous weekend.

Mississippi 

Tylertown: L. Mitchell, J. Portman, and A. Ward shared in the ministry with local brethren at the conference. The saints felt the ministry was outstanding. Brethren Portman and Ward followed with two weeks of gospel meetings with a few coming out. J. Portman has returned to Arkansas and is working door-to-door to make new contacts for the gospel, with some good visits so far.
New Jersey

Barrington: J. Grant gave excellent and appreciated ministry February 27-March 3 on the movements of the children of Israel out of Egypt and in the wilderness. His ministry was searching and yet encouraging.

Livingston: The saints enjoyed a visit from J. Beattie for a night of ministry in March. Please pray for blessing from the seeds planted during children’s meetings held in March. The saints have been encouraged by the number of unsaved visitors being brought out by the children and parents.

Long Branch: The saints were greatly encouraged by the conference, with the number present being larger than in previous years. Those who ministered the Word were J. Beattie, D. Oliver, D. Petterson and Wallace Brown (N. Ireland). Some unsaved were present from the neighborhood to listen to the gospel. Brother Petterson remained with the saints for three nights of ministry.

Midland Park: The saints enjoyed a Lord’s Day visit from W. Gustafson and a weeknight from E. Moore of Chile, both in January. Late in February, J. Grant had four evenings ministry on “The Master’s Men” from the Gospel according to Mark. The assembly also had children’s meetings each Lord’s Day afternoon in February, with a few newcomers attending.

New York 

East Aurora: The assembly was encouraged in the months of January and February with Friday evening children’s meetings. Nearby assemblies gave help, as did J. Jarvis. G. Sharp was here for the full week at the end of the meetings. We were especially encouraged by the teenagers, young adults, and several couples who attended regularly. In March we had encouraging ministry from R. Weber. Please pray for gospel meetings planned to start in June with R. Weber and J. Jennings.

Virginia 

Matoaca: The conference in March was a great encouragement to the saints. The hall was filled to overflowing. J. Grant, W. Gustafson, E. Moore, D. Oliver, and D. Petterson spoke.

Wisconsin 

Waukesha: Jim Frazier and Art Ward commenced gospel meetings in mid-March in the Gospel Hall. The saints have been encouraged by the number of unsaved who have attended so far. The believers here also enjoyed a weekend in early April with A.J. Higgins as he gave practical ministry on the Seven Churches of Asia. Gary Sharp also visited the assembly earlier for a night of ministry.

Antigua 

E. McCullough was in Antigua for four weeks helping the small struggling assemblies.

N. Ireland 

Belfast 

Belfast Easter Conference: The annual conference was held in the Ulster Hall, March 26-30 with good numbers attending. Reports of the Lord’s Work in the homeland and foreign lands were given on Tuesday morning and afternoon sessions by the following brethren: W. Fenton, R. McKeown, J. Hay, J.Rogers, T. Bentley, J.Currie, Clark Logan, and J. Finegan. On the Wednesday night the gospel was preached by W.J. Nesbitt. Ministry was given in the different sessions by various speakers and was considered to be profitable.

Parkgate: R. McKeown concluded five weeks of gospel meetings with quite a number of locals attending.

Glenburn: T. Topley and C. Law had six weeks of well attended gospel meetings and blessing in salvation.

Bloomfield: D. Gilliland and J. Fleck have commenced in a portable hall erected in a park near the hall.

Co. Antrim 

Harryville, Ballymena: D. Gilliland and J. Fleck have concluded a series of gospel meetings in the Gospel Hall with good numbers attending.

Ballywatermoy: D. McGarvey and R. Reynolds have been getting encouraging numbers in this country area and have seen blessing in salvation.

Bushmills: W. Fenton and M. McKillen have been preaching in a portable hall on the outskirts of the village. Good numbers have attended and there has been blessing.

Co. Armagh 

Annaghmore: J. Martin and W. Martin are preaching the gospel in a portable hall with good attendance and a number of souls have been saved.

Kilmore: S. McBride and J. Meekin have concluded a series of gospel meetings in the Gospel Hall. Many young people heard the gospel.

Newtownhamilton: T. Wright and B. Currie hope to commence here in April.

Poyntzpass: A. Aiken and J. Rogers hope to erect a portable hall and commence here in April.

Co. Down 

Gransha: T. Meekin and J. Bingham concluded seven weeks of very well attended meetings and were encouraged to know of at least one young man being saved.

Portavogie: The conference held on March 24 was well attended and profitable ministry given by various speakers.

Co. Londonderry 

Castledawson: A. Colgan and L. Craig have commenced to preach the gospel in a portable hall in this difficult area.

Co. Monaghan 

Monaghan: The annual conference was held on March 17 and enjoyed good numbers with profitable ministry given by various speakers.

Co. Tyrone 

Fintona: N. Coulter and T. Wright are preaching in the Gospel Hall in this country area.

Tullycoll: A. Aiken and J. Rogers are in a portable hall with the gospel with good attendance.


Conferences

Calgary, AB 

May 21-22 (Victoria Day weekend) with Prayer and Ministry on Friday, May 20, in the West Hillhurst Gospel Hall. The theme of the conference will be “The Holy Spirit.” Corr: Garry Seale, 3111 Conrad Cres. N.W. Calgary, AB, T2L 1B7; Tel: 403-282-1383. Accom. provided.

Grants Pass, OR 

May 28-29 with Prayer Meeting on Friday May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Bible Readings: Colossians 1-2. Breaking of Bread 10 a.m. All meetings held in the Gospel Hall, 1611 SW `G’ St.; Hall phone is 541-476-3956. Corr: Don Gratias, 141 Timber Lane, Grants Pass OR 97526; Tel: 541-479-4521; e-mail: dgratias@charter.net. Lodging arrangements: Steve Lamb, 362 Barbara Drive, Grants Pass OR 97526; Tel: 541-476-1515.

Sarnia, ON 

May 28-29 in the Gospel Hall, 1791 London Line, Sarnia, ON with Prayer Meeting, Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Prayer/Ministry 10 a.m.; Bible Reading 1:15 p.m. (Subject: Reception into Assembly fellowship); Prayer/ Ministry 3 p.m.; Gospel 7 p.m. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m.; Sunday School 1 p.m.; Prayer/Ministry 2:30 p.m.; Gospel 7 p.m. Noon and evening meals served. Corr: Shadrack Kember, Sr., Tel: 519-337-7476.

Bancroft, ON 

June 4, with Bible Reading at 10 a.m., Subject:”Rom.8 – The blessings that are ours in Christ administered by the Spirit of God.” Ministry at 2 and 7 p.m. All meetings in the Lakeview Gospel Hall, 644 Maxwell Settlement Rd. Corr: Mark Freymond, RR31 Bancroft, ON, KOL 1CO; Tel: 613-332-4317.

Eden Grove, ON 

June 5 with Prayer Meeting on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m., Ministry 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. All meetings in the Eden Grove Gospel Hall, 1 mile west of Bruce County Rd. # 3 (Elora Road), on Bruce Rd. 15 (#111). Corr: John W. Boddy, Sr., R.R. #4, Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0; Tel: 519- 366-2302; email: boddysyr@wightman.ca.

Garnavillo, IA 

June 4-5 with Prayer Meeting Friday at 7 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, 506 S. Washington St. All other meetings in the Garnavillo School Gymnasium. Saturday meetings are at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Sunday: Bible Reading 9 a.m. (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53), Breaking of Bread 10:30 a.m., and Ministry 2 p.m. Corr: Donald Kregel, 604 S. Washington St., PO Box 488 Garnavillo, IA 52049; Tel: 563-964-2554.

Saugus, MA 

June 4 and 5. Bible Reading Conference, with Prayer Meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., Saugus. Subject: “From Egypt to Canaan.” First meeting on Saturday at 10 a.m., Breaking of Bread Lord’s Day at 10 a.m. Corr: Anthony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940; Tel: 781-334-6363; email: tonygrillo@netzero.com. For accommodations, please contact either Mark Williamson, Tel: 781-233-0250, or Mark Procopio, Tel: 781-662-9449; Gospel Hall: 781-233-5570.

Portage la Prairie, MN 

June 16-19 with Prayer Meeting June 16 at 7:30 p.m. This and the Friday morning meeting will be in the Gospel Hall, 102 First St. NW. Three full days of ministry, Bible readings, gospel, and the Breaking of Bread will continue in the William Glesbe Centre, 11 – 2nd Street NE. Friday: Subject for the Bible Readings will be Galatians 1-2. Corr: David Vanstone, Tel: 204-857-8435, email: v@mts.net . Accom: Dennis Walker, Tel: 204-857-7794, email: dswalker@mts.net.

Victoria Road, ON 

June 19-20 in the Gospel Hall with Prayer Meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Bible Reading 8:45 a.m., Ministry 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Lord’s Day: Bible Reading 8:45 a.m., Breaking of Bread 10:30 a.m., Ministry 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Bible Readings will be on The Fellowship – Assembly Privileges/Responsibilities (Sat.) and The Lord’s Supper (Sun.). Supper served at 6 p.m. Friday. Corr: Ken Stone, RR 3, 187 Sandhills Rd., Woodville, ON, K0M 2T0, Tel: 705-374-4688, email: kenstone@sympatico.ca.

Cornerbrook, NF 

June 25-26 in the G. C. Rowe Junior High School. Prayer Meeting, Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Ministry 10 a.m., Missionary 1:30 p.m., Ministry 3 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m., Young People’s Sing 9 p.m. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m., Bible Study 1:30 p.m. (Shepherding the Flock – Ezek.34; Jn. 21; Acts 20; 1 Pet. 5), Sunday School 1:30 p.m., Ministry 3:30 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Accom: Roy Foster, Tel: 709-634-5022, or Bernie Payne, Tel: 709-634-1843.

Glen Ewen, SK 

June 23-26 at the Glen Ewen Gospel Hall. Prayer Meeting Thursday 7:30 p.m. The two Bible Readings will be held Friday on Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount, chapters 5 and 6. Communications to Sid Griffin, Tel: 306-925-2248; Email: sgriffin@sasktel.net.

Kirkland Lake, Englehart, Earlton, Charlton, ON 

July 2-3 in the Englehart High School, with Prayer Meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Meetings both days at 10 a.m., 2, and 7 p.m. Supper served at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the school. Corr: Philip Potter, Earlton, ON P0J 1E0, Tel: 705-563-2942 or Harvey Pratt, R.R.#1, Charlton, ON P0J 1B0; Tel: 705-544-7758.

Kamloops, BC 

July 1-3 at Westsyde Gospel Hall, 849 Wawn Rd. July 1: Prayer and Ministry 7:30 p.m. July2: Bible Reading (2 Peter 3) 9 a.m.; Ministry 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. July 3: Breaking of Bread 9:30 a.m., Sunday School 11:30 a.m., Ministry 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Meals and accommodation provided. Corr: John Eggers, 3664 Westsyde Rd., Kamloops, BC V2B 7H6; Tel: 250-579-8814; Hall: 250-579-8799; email: jfeggers@telus.net.

Taylorside, SK 

July 1-3 in the Taylorside Gospel Hall, located 3 miles south and 4 miles west of Beatty, SK. Prayer meeting on Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. Meetings on Friday begin at 2 p.m. Corr: John Parker, Box 2666, Melfort SK, S0E 1A0, Tel: 306-752-4079.

Conference Reminders: 

Livingston, NJ – May 6-8

Newbury, ON – May 7

Peterborough, ON – May 7

Frostburg, MD – May 13-15

Toronto, ON (Missionary) – May 13-15

Ottawa, ON – May 21-22

Prince Edward Island – May 21-22

Midland/Waubaushene, ON – May 21-22

London, ON (Spanish) – May 28-29

North Bay – June 11-12


Updates

Change of Meeting Times 

Barrie, ON (Parkside Gospel Hall): Breaking of Bread now at 9:30 AM, other meetings on the Lord’s Day remain the same. Mid-week meeting will be changed to Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (Effective April 1, 2005)

Fort McMurray, AB (Wood Buffalo Gospel Hall): Sunday Gospel Meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study 7:30 p.m.

Change of Mailing Address 

Kamloops, BC: Westsyde Gospel Hall, c/o John Eggers, 3664 Westsyde Rd., Kamloops, BC V2B 7H6.

Change of Correspondent 

Saugus, MA (Walnut St. Gospel Hall): Anthony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940; Tel: 781-334-6363; Fax: 781-334-4721; email: tonygrillo@netzero.com.


Homecalls

Mrs. Eliza Jane Bingham of N. Ireland on November 27, 2004, age 89. She was saved in 1940 through the words of Isaiah 53:5 under the preaching of R. Curran and C. Fleming in Gransha Gospel Hall, and later became a loyal member of the assembly there. She had a prayerful interest in the gospel, a high regard for those proclaiming it, and saw many of her kindred saved. She also was given to much hospitality. On the occasion of her marriage to Mr. John Bingham in 1979, she became a member of the Martray assembly until her homecall, although latterly unable to attend on account of failing health. Prayer would be valued for those who mourn her passing and for some of her kindred who are not saved.

Roy Johnson of Saskatoon, SK on December 8, 2004, age 92. Brother Roy was saved at nine years of age and came into assembly fellowship at Esk, SK. In 1996, Roy and his wife moved to Saskatoon and fellowshipped at the Lawson Heights assembly. Roy was a quiet and consistent brother who supported all the assembly meetings. He is survived by his loving wife, Muriel Johnson, of Saskatoon and several cousins. Peter Simms spoke at the funeral home and James Ronald at the grave.

Mr. John Bingham of N. Ireland on December 31, 2004, age 93 years. He was saved in 1923, and some time later was brought into the assembly at Ballyveigh, Co. Down. His occupation of Farm Manager necessitated his being in different locations. He was in a number of assemblies: Limavady; Comber; Antrim; and Clones. In his retirement he spent his last years in the Martray assembly, Co. Tyrone. He had a delight in the spread of the gospel, and some that he brought under its sound got saved. He had a great love for the Assembly of God, where his voice was much appreciated in thanksgiving. Predeceased by his second wife Eliza Jane by just some weeks, he leaves a daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter, with nephews and nieces who mourn his passing. Prayer requested for the family and for some of his kindred in need of salvation.

Lottie Kostick of Langley, BC on February 21, in her 95th year. Our dear sister was saved January 10, 1926 as a girl of 15, baptized and received soon after into the Cedar Cottage assembly in Vancouver. She continued steadfastly throughout the years, active in the assembly and a lover of hospitality. She was predeceased by her husband George in 1985 and is survived by cousins, nieces, and a nephew. In 1995, she became resident in Hilltop Manor and became part of the Langley assembly. The hall was full at the memorial service taken by Phil Broadhead and Ross Smyth. Bryan Funston spoke fittingly at the subsequent burial service.


The Seven Churches 

Sydney Maxwell 

The efforts of Norman Crawford, Kevin Cox, Rita Dennison, and several other willing helpers have resulted in the printing of this book on the Seven Churches, announced in the January 2003 Truth and Tidings. The book is ready for mailing. Orders that were received earlier will be mailed out now. The price is $6.00 US, the actual publishing cost, plus postage.

US readers, please order from Truth & Tidings, Norman Crawford, 2148 Creglow Drive, Jackson, MI 49203-3814 or phone 517 784 2582.

Canadian readers, please order from Mr. Robert Reilly, 610 Bullock Drive, Suite 209, Markham, ON, Canada L3R 0G1.

UK readers, please order from Mr. Kevin Cox, 33 Cotswold Dr., Wellingborough, Northhamptonshire, England, NN8 2JB UK (price: 6, which includes postage).