Fort McMurray: P. Simms was with the Wood Buffalo assembly February 9-12, as was Stan Wells from February 13-18 for ministry and gospel. The meetings were very profitable and an encouragement to the assembly.
Kamloops: During February the assembly was helped by ministry from D. Richards. A brother who was baptized last September was received into the assembly. This brought joy to the saints. We hope, Lord willing, to move into our rebuilt hall by the end of April.
Vancouver: Please pray for gospel meetings at Carleton, commencing Monday, April 9 through April 27, D.V., with R. Vanstone and K. Wilson as the speakers. At the monthly missionary meeting in South Main, B. Cumming spoke of the work and workers in Venezuela, and in particular, of the state of Falcon.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Corner Brook: Gospel meetings with D. Oliver and J. Procopio ended after four weeks on February 11. There was a good number of unsaved in attendance throughout the meetings. The assembly was grateful for blessing in salvation and restoration.
Gander: A. Hull will be responsible for youth-focused ministry meetings scheduled for April 6-8, dealing with young men of the Old Testament. After the weekend, gospel meetings will commence April 10 with A. Hull and D. Hunt. The assembly appreciated a visit from C. Payne for a ministry meeting on February 21.
New Harbour: The believers enjoyed having B. Myers with them for a Lord’s Day in February.
Parsons Pond: Gospel meetings with G. Goff and B. Myers ended after six weeks, on February 11. The saints rejoiced over a few souls professing faith in Christ.
Sandringham: B. Meyers had two nights of encouraging and uplifting ministry in February. Eric Gill’s visit for a weekend in February was very much appreciated.
St. John’s: Gospel meetings with J. Jarvis and F. Sona concluded February 11. The saints were encouraged with two souls professing faith in Christ.
Nineveh: A. Hull made appreciated visits to Nineveh and to Hubbard’s Point in February.
Oxford: Prayer is requested for our brother Clifford Budd who was admitted to the hospital in Halifax to commence treatments for cancer. Clifford’s positive attitude has been a testimony to the doctors and nurses. Please remember also his wife Olive and the family.
Weymouth: D. Hierlyhy and J. McClelland were encouraged with numbers and interest as they continued into their sixth week.
Wilmot: Noel Burden and Paul Potter are preaching in a rented building. Prayer is requested as they enter their third week.
Burgessville: The saints enjoyed an encouraging visit from A. Bergsma.
Cambridge: The saints rejoiced when a young believer was baptized on January 21. Anatoliy Sevchuk from the Ukraine visited January 25 with a report of the Lord’s work in his country. Our second conference was held the first weekend in February. Ministry was given by A. Bergsma, A. Dryburgh, L. Langfeld, M. McLean, Wm. Metcalf, D. Nicholson, H. Paisley, B. Rodgers, G. Sharp, and J. Smith. Louis Smith gave a report on the work in the Ukraine. M. Stanley and D. Nicholson, and B. Rodgers and A. Bergsma shared the two gospel meetings. Andrew Bergsma remained until Monday to provide an update on the Lord’s work among the Hutterites, and returned later in the week for specific ministry for young people on Studying Your Bible. Brian Crawford was present for ministry on March 3 on the topic of Five Reasons to Preach the Word.
Hamilton: Brian Crawford visited for Lord’s Day, March 4, and for a baptism.
London: The Highbury assembly enjoyed visits from J. Jarvis, P. Poidevin, W. Metcalf, and A. Bergsma, as well as two weeks of well-attended gospel meetings with Bryan Joyce and M. Derksen. One visitor was saved; he came as the result of a personal invitation. Others are still coming to regular meetings.
North Bay: The saints rejoiced to receive a young sister to the fellowship of the assembly. She has been traveling many miles to meet with the Lord’s people here.
Sault Ste. Marie: S. Thompson was here the last weekend of January and had four profitable sessions of ministry on the book of Haggai.
Staffordville: The assembly here recently witnessed five obey the Lord in baptism as well as seeing three more added to the assembly. Dave and Yvonne Patten continue to work in this area and have found encouragement from results in salvation and teaching from the seven weekly Bible studies held in various homes. The German-speaking people in this area continue to have a spiritual interest, for which we thank the Lord.
Sudbury: From February 10-13, S. Thompson was with the assembly and gave ministry from the book of Haggai.
West Lorne: J. Bergsma and B. Snippe continue working here. The attendance for teaching on Lord’s Day morning is encouraging, as is a home Bible study on Mondays. Once a month, a number attend a men’s breakfast at a local restaurant where the Word of God is read.
Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown: M. McCandless and Scott MacLeod continue with excellent attendance. There has been some fruit as the meetings continue with interest into the seventh week.
Freetown: The mini-conference on February 18 was encouraging; the hall was packed. A. Hull, M. Cain, M. McCandless, and two local brothers gave challenging and searching ministry. It was a real cheer to see so many younger Christians in attendance.
Springfield: On February 24-25, A. Hull gave ministry on Saturday and Lord’s Day. It was an encouragement to witness interest among many young believers, some from a distance, and the support of the Rosebank assembly.
Taylorside: The saints enjoyed a week of wholesome ministry from P. Simms.
Phoenix: Sunnyslope assembly is planning to have a special gospel series beginning April 29 with J. Fitzpatrick and J. Jarvis. Please pray for God’s blessing in salvation. Andrew and William Nesbitt ministered in both the Sunnyslope and Garfield St. assemblies in March.
Alpena: The assembly enjoyed visits from D. Shutt, G. Goff, and A. Clark in February. The saints are encouraged that one local resident and two young children continue to come to meetings as a result of the recent calendar distribution. Dan Shutt and Alan Clark each spoke during their visits at Spanish gospel meetings in Springdale with translation by Jack Saword. Prayer continues for the outreach among the Spanish-speaking population in the area.
San Diego: The recent conference encouraged the assembly. Helpful and edifying ministry was given by T. Baker, A. J. Higgins, S. Kember, Sr., and G. Williams who remained for two nights of ministry after the conference.
Torrington: With a note of sadness, we announce the closing of the Torrington assembly. The testimony was planted in the late 1920’s through gospel work by brethren Marshall and Warke. With 13 believers at the beginning, the assembly increased to about 40 in the early 1970’s. Since then, older believers were called home and others moved away. The numbers steadily decreased to only six. After many months of soul-searching and seeking God’s mind as to the future, those remaining have been welcomed to the fellowship of the Brookfield and Terryville assemblies.
Tampa: The Lord gave a profitable conference the second weekend of February with A. Dryburgh, E. Higgins, F. Krauss, E. McCullough, R. McIlwaine, and J. Slabaugh ministering the Word of God. E. Higgins followed with two weeks of gospel meetings using his chart, “Future Events.” The believers rejoiced to see good attendance and interest. We also had appreciated visits from J. Smith, J. Procopio, Wm. Banks (Scotland), L. Langfeld, and D. Hunt.
Ankeny: A. Christopherson will be working this new area and having meetings three nights a week during the months of March and April.
Marion: Four weeks of meetings by A. Christopherson and P. Ramsay resulted in blessing in salvation.
West Union: R. Surgenor began on February 18, with his chart, From Egypt to Canaan.
Saugus: The gospel effort continues in a nearby rehabilitation center each Monday evening. We are thankful for a great deal of interest. Some who have completed the program have been able to attend gospel meetings in the Gospel Hall. Two men have professed faith in Christ. Please pray for this work.
Saginaw: S. Thompson spent the first Lord’s Day of February and two additional evenings in ministry on foundational assembly truths. The all-day meeting on Lord’s Day was shared by B. Cottrill and S. Thompson.
Fridley: In early February, we enjoyed a week of practical ministry given by Wm. Skates using the chart, Return from Babylon, followed by help from S. Thompson later in February concerning the spirit, soul, and body from 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
Mantua: P. Barnhardt (Barrington) and Bryan Joyce had a two-week series in the gospel here in a rented hall, February 26 through March 9. This followed up a Seed Sower distribution in the area. Attendance was encouraging and some blessing was seen as well.
Caneadea: The Sunday School Treat was held March 3 with an encouraging number attending. G. Sharp presented the gospel faithfully and stayed for the Lord’s Day.
Hickory: The assembly enjoyed ministry from J. Slabaugh and F. Krauss. The Sunday School Treat was held February 3 with good attendance. Josh Valvano (Livingston, NJ) presented a clear gospel message to the boys and girls.
Akron: M. Derksen and D. Vallance were with the assembly for the February area ministry meeting. The ministry was both devotional and practical. B. Seale also visited and a large number was present to hear the gospel.
Cleveland: F. Krauss was with the assembly when one was baptized. J. Smith also visited. Both brethren gave helpful ministry. A number of teenagers attend the Sunday evening meeting and some have professed.
Mansfield: The January area ministry meeting was well attended when Kelly Sailor and Matt Smith gave encouraging ministry. Fred Krauss had two nights of excellent ministry.
McKeesport: The assembly appreciated visits from D. Vitale and J. Smith. Each was with the assembly for a Lord’s Day and gave help in ministry and gospel.
LaCrosse: From March 5-9, S. Thompson is to have children’s meetings followed by a gospel series with J. Jennings starting March 11.
Stout, IA: April 7-8, with Prayer Meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. All meetings in the Gospel Hall. Ministry begins Saturday at 10 am.; Lord’s Day: Bible Reading 9 am. (Luke 22:14-20, 1 Cor 11:23-26), Breaking of Bread 10:30 am. Corr: Gary DeGroote, 28073 Westbrook St., New Hartford, IA 50660; 319-983-2713; E-mail: email@example.com; Gospel Hall: 319-346-1153.
Palm Springs, CA: April 15 in Assembly Building, 320 West Racquet Club Road. Palm Springs, CA. Breaking of Bread 10 am, Sunday School 11:15 am, Ministry 2 pm, Gospel 6:30 pm. Corr: Charles Spataro, 760-322-7090; Cell: 760-774-2806.
Fredericton, NB: April 27-29, with Prayer Meeting on Friday at 7:30 pm in the Gospel Hall, 109 McAdam Ave. Other meetings in the Royal Road Elementary School. Saturday: first meeting, Bible Reading 10 am – “The Work of the Holy Spirit” (in an unbeliever, in a believer, flesh vs. spirit, fruit of the Spirit). Sunday: first meeting, Breaking of Bread 9:30 am. Accommodations: Rob Griffin RDLgriff@nb.sympatico.ca, or 506-472-5512.
Methuen, MA: April 28-29. Saturday: Prayer and Ministry 2:30 pm, Gospel 5 p.m. (supper to follow). Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10 am., Sunday School 11:45 a.m., Prayer and Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 6:30 p.m. All meetings held in the Gospel Hall, 51 Merrimack St., Methuen. For accommodations: Mark Quitadamo at 603-425-2984, or David Vacca; Tel: 603-380-0127; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions can be found at www.methuengospelhall.org.
Hickory, NC: May 25-27 at the Hickory Gospel Hall, 253 17th Ave. NE. Friday: Prayer/Ministry 7:30 pm. Saturday: Prayer/Ministry 10:30 am and 1:45 pm, Gospel 4:15 pm, Hymn Sing 6:30 pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 9:30 am, Prayer/Ministry 1:45 pm, Gospel 6:00 pm. For directions or accommodations contact Kurt Petterson at 704-489-2314 or Tom Turnbull at 828-874-6250.
Livingston, NJ: May 4-6 with Prayer Meeting on Friday, May 4 at 7:30 pm. Saturday: Ministry 10:30 am. and 2:30 pm, Gospel 6:30 pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10 am., Sunday School 11:45 am., Ministry 2:30 pm., Gospel 5 pm. Meals and accommodations provided. All meetings at the Gospel Hall, 405 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue; 973-535-1485. Directions are on the web site: www.livingstongospelhall.org. Contact Allan Valvano at 973-377-7839, or Dave Valvano at 973-884-2484, for assistance or accommodations
Newbury, ON: May 5, at the Newbury Gospel Hall. Prayer and Ministry 2:30-5 pm and Ministry/Gospel 6:30-7:30 pm. Contact: Chris Snooks, E-mail: email@example.com; Tel: 519-695-5779.
Peterborough, ON: May 5, in the Park Street Gospel Hall, 592 Park St. N, Peterborough, ON. Meetings are 2 pm and 7 pm with supper served between meetings. Corr: Alan Hale, 77 Towerhill Rd., Peterborough, ON, K9H 4S2; Tel: 705-745-1007.
Cumberland, MD: May 19-20, with Prayer Meeting, Friday, May 18 at 7:30 pm. in the Cumberland Gospel Hall (700 E. First St.). All other meetings in the South Penn Elementary School (500 E. Second St.). First meeting Saturday 10 am. Breaking of Bread on Lord’s Day at 10 am. For accommodations, directions, or local hotel number for those wishing to make their own arrangements, contact Harold Harrison, 301-689-2432, or Tim Harrison, 301-689-0152, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Midland & Waubaushene, ON: May 19-20 in the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre, 527 Len Self Boulevard, Midland. Tel: 705-526-9395. Directions: Hwy. 93 north to Hwy. 12, turn East (right) to King Street, turn North (left) on King Street to 3rd stop light, turn left on Len Self Blvd. Meeting Times : Both days 10 am, 1:30 pm, 3 pm, 6:45 pm. Bible Readings: The Lord’s Temptations – the Wilderness & Gethsemane. Corr: Paul Barbour, Tel: 705-526-3516; E-mail: email@example.com, or Ed Heels, Tel: 705-534-3698; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Accom: Ted Joyce, Tel: 705-526-6129; E-mail: email@example.com, or Daniel Green, Tel: 705-534-4271.
Prince Edward Island: May 19-20 at the Bluefield High School, Hampshire, PEI. Saturday: Prayer & Ministry 9 am and 2:15 pm, Gospel 6:30 pm. Sunday: Bible Reading 8:30 am, Breaking of Bread 10 am, Sunday School 1:15 pm, Prayer & Ministry 2:15 pm, Gospel 6:30 pm. Corr. Glen McKenna, 41 Andrews Dr., Kensington RR 6, COB IMO; 902-836-3073, or Brian MacDonald, 25 MacRae Dr. Cornwall, COA IHO, 902-566-3831. For accommodations: Neil Thompson, 902-892-7216, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Calgary, AB: May 18-20, with Prayer and Ministry on Friday, May 18, in the West Hillhurst Gospel Hall. Contact Mario D’Adamo, 7 Edgebrook Circle NW, Calgary, AB T3A 5A2; Tel: 403-241-9639, or Derek Hanna, 414 Douglas Park View SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 2R1; Tel: 403-236-4126. Accommodation provided.
Byfield, MA: May 26-27 with Prayer Meeting 8 pm, Friday, May 25. Saturday: Prayer, Praise and Ministry 10:30 am and 2:30 pm, Gospel 6:30 pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10:30 am, Sunday School 12:15 pm, Prayer, Praise and Ministry 2:30 pm, Gospel 6:30 pm. Corr: John H. Short, 145 Main St., Byfield, MA 01922; E-mail: email@example.com; Tel: 978-465-2207, Hall: 978-465-5569.
Saugus, MA: June 2-3, Bible Reading Conference, with Prayer Meeting on Friday at 7:30 pm. Subject: The Study of the Word of God – The authority, supply, wonder and guide of the Bible, and the approach to the Bible. Saturday: Readings at 10 am and 2 pm, Gospel 6:30 pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10 am, Sunday School 11:45 am, Reading 2 pm, Gospel 6:30 pm. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., Saugus, Tel: 781-233-5570. Corr: Anthony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940; Tel: 781-334-6363; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For accommodations, contact Mark Williamson, 781-233-0250, or Mark Procopio, 781-662-9449.
North Bay, ON: June 9-10 in the Nipissing Junction Gospel Hall, 1340 Lakeshore Drive, with Prayer Meeting Friday at 7:30 pm. Bible Readings on Saturday 9 am (Earnestly Contending for the Faith – The Local Assembly) and Lord’s Day at 11:30 am (Earnestly Contending for the Faith – The Gospel). Corr: Clarence Black, 63 Massey Dr., North Bay, ON., P1A3Y3; Tel: 705-497-1284. Accom: David Culin, Tel: 705-474-7649; Hall: 705-474-3384.
Antioch, IA – April 1
Kapuskasing, ON – April 6-8
Manchester, CT – April 7-8
Nineveh, NS – April 7-9
Toronto, ON – April 6-8
Vancouver, BC – April 6-8
Waterloo/Cedar Falls – April 14-15
McKeesport, PA – April 21-22
Newmarket, ON – May 5-6
Change of Address
Marcus and Alison Cain, Apartado 271, 63000 Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico; Tel: 011-52-311-129-1957, VOIP: 623-298-4291 or 902-482-7153; E-mail: email@example.com
Brian Crawford, 486 Laclie Street – Unit 201, Orillia, ON, L3V 4A9; Tel: 705-329-3677; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
James and Nelly Dyck, Apartado Postal #32, Santiago Ixc., Nayarit 63301, MX; 519-913-2352 or 011-52-323-235-3565; email@example.com.
Elton and Ruth Fairfield, 1-13-5-44 Yamanote, Nishi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 063-0001, Japan; Tel/Fax: (81) 11-612-1613 (same e-mail).
Change of Meeting Time
Alpena, AR: Prayer meeting on Wednesday is changed to 7 pm (a half hour earlier).
Saugus, MA: Prayer and Bible Reading will be combined on Thursdays 7:30-8:45 pm (no meeting on Tuesday evenings).
Change of Correspondent
Hickory, NC: Tom Turnbull, 2617 Knob Mountain Drive, Connelly Springs, NC 28612; Tel: 828-874-6250; Cell: 828-390-1619; E-Mail: TTurnbull@charter.net.
Paul Gustaf Weimann of Phoenix, AZ, on September 21, age 83. He accepted the Savior at age 13. For many years Paul was in the Sunnyslope assembly and faithful in book and calendar distribution. Having been predeceased by his wife Gladys in 1999, and with increasing physical problems, he longed to be at home with the Lord. He is survived by a brother, John, two sisters, Ruth Carlson and Lydia Rudeen, daughter Paula Walberer, and grandsons, Zachary, Nathaniel, and Jesse. The large funeral was taken by Eric Walberer, with Paul Vizzini at the graveside.
Norma Ohlson of Bryn Mawr, PA, on November 23, 2006, age 80. Our dear sister was saved at the age of 11 in Richmond, VA, baptized at age 17, and received into fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. She has been in fellowship in the assembly in Bryn Mawr since 2000. She had been a music and history teacher, and her singing voice in the assembly was recognized as a trained voice. Consistent in her attendance, she was taken suddenly and is much missed. Her funeral was a private burial in Richmond, VA. Pray for a son, who is not saved.
Rose Abram of London, ON, on January 3, in her 88th year. Our dear sister was saved in 1971 just before the death of her first husband. She married Angus Abram and they drove in together from the Oneida reserve for the Breaking of Bread faithfully until he was over 90. She leaves her husband Angus, who is now in a care facility, 56 grandchildren, 103 great-grandchildren, and 51 great-great grandchildren, many who still do not know their grandmother’s Savior.
Carmen Grace of Long Branch, NJ, on January 3, age 82. After several years of concern about his salvation, our brother Carmen was saved as a young boy. The Lord used Frank Pizzulli to point him to Christ and brother Pizzulli had a strong influence on him in his early years as a believer. The Biblical principles emphasized among Italian believers in those days made strong spiritual impressions on Carmen and lingered with him though his life. He had a good testimony in the community through his work and was a valuable help to the assembly in his later years. His nephew, Ben Cagliastro and D. Oliver shared the funeral services. Please pray for the spiritual blessing of his wife and two sons.
Henry Plummer of San Antonio, TX, on January 19, age 84, went home to be with the Lord. Henry was a great testimony to the Lord. He gave out thousands of gospel tracts and calendars to everyone he met. He is survived by one sister, Bernice L. Thompson, and one niece, Marilynn Earley. The funeral service was shared by William Jackson, David Williams, and Charles Franklin.
Della Gratton of Grand Bend, ON, on January 20, age 90. Saved as a young woman, she and her late husband Lyman (1997) enjoyed over fifty years of marriage, manifesting godly contentment in fellowship with the local assembly. As a widow, Della graciously settled into senior housing and, more recently, into assisted-care living. Her warm smile and gentle demeanor bore ample testimony to her devotion to Christ. She truly appreciated attending assembly meetings up until her recent illness and subsequent home-call. She is survived by Hubert, Nancy, and Philip, their spouses, and also grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The funeral was shared by Wm. Metcalf, M. Derksen ,and D. Gratton.
Harold Woods of Calgary, AB, on January 24, age 100. He celebrated his 100th birthday with many family and friends last November. He was born in 1906 in England and grew up on a farm near St. Thomas, ON. He received the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior in June, 1928. He married his wife Alice in 1932 and the family moved to Calgary in 1954. He was a founding elder in the West Hillhurst assembly in 1955. He loved his Lord, the Lord’s assembly, and the Lord’s people. He is survived by his loving wife, four children, nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Gordon Williams spoke at the funeral service.
Mahala Belben of L’Anse au Loup, LB, on January 29, age 67. She was born again in May 1962, and in assembly fellowship along with her husband Alfred for many years. Mahala suffered from diabetes since she was very young. She had both legs amputated the past couple years as her condition was difficult to keep under control. Despite her sickness she always attended the meetings whenever possible and she will be missed greatly. She leaves to mourn her husband Alfred and three sons. The large funeral in the Gospel Hall was taken by Eddie Barney and Francis Barney, with a tribute given by her brother Gilbert Linstead. Continue to pray for the family.
Jennie Vacca of Methuen, MA, on February 1, age 87, after a lengthy hospital stay. Jennie moved from New Jersey to Methuen with her family in the early 1930’s, when her father, Leonard Netti, came to be a help in the Italian work. She was saved at the age of 11, and later gathered with the newly-planted assembly in 1937. She was a faithful Sunday school teacher in younger years, and continued throughout her life to display an earnest interest in the assembly, and was appreciated for both her steadfastness and generosity. She was predeceased by her husband, Gino, in 1988, and is survived by four children, all saved, as well as six siblings, and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The large funeral was conducted by Dan DiBella, Mark Quitadamo, Frank Tornaquindici, and Frank Procopio.
Thomas Rogers of Taylorside, SK, on February 2, age 78. He was born on May 14, 1928, and was saved on November 26, 1969. He was later baptized and received into fellowship in Taylorside. He was predeceased by his wife Breta and is survived by seven sons, one daughter, and their families for whom prayer is requested. Murray Meyers took the funeral service.
Betty Swieter of Hitesville, IA, on February 17, age 75, of a brain tumor. She was saved on August 16, 1947, in tent meetings held in Parkersburg, IA, by Leonard DeBuhr and George Gould, Jr. Betty married Carl Swieter in 1951 and was widowed in 1956 having two small children. In 1961, she married LaVerne Swieter. She had been in fellowship in assemblies in Hampton, Aredale, and most recently Hitesville. The past five years she visited nursing homes, sharing her love of music. Betty is survived by her husband, one daughter, two sons, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Shirley Mackay of Nineveh, NS, on February 18, age 58. She displayed much Christian grace while battling cancer for a year. She was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and bore a bright and consistent testimony in the assembly and community. Shirley was saved as a girl of 14 through the preaching of the late L. K. McIlwaine. Her husband Wayne was saved in 1971 when Wm. Bingham and A. Hull had a series of gospel meetings, after which they were received into the local assembly. Both were lovers of the local church and were known for their kindness in the community. The large funeral was conducted by J. McClelland, with A. Hull at the graveside. Remember her husband Wayne, daughters Nancy, Wanda, son Derrick, and daughter Ann Marie with her husband Nick Bulitka and four children.