Tidings

Canada

Manitoba

Brandon: The assembly enjoyed a visit by Jim Webb and Andrew Bergsman on Lord’s Day, February 5.

New Brunswick

Fredericton: On February 12, a young man of 25 years was baptized. He was saved as a boy while attending Sunday school and children’s meetings at Rexdale Gospel Hall in Toronto. Two of his former Sunday school teachers made a special trip from Ontario for the weekend, as well as his sister, with her husband and small child, from Toronto. It was a great inspiration to all, showing the value of Sunday school work and of keeping in touch with people over the years.

Newfoundland and Labrador

L’anse au Loup: Gospel meetings finished February 19 after five weeks, with Jon Procopio and David Hierlihy. Two teenagers professed. Continue to pray for the many that came to these meetings as the regular weekly meetings continue.

Ontario

Englehart: Mitch and Lori Parent and their family were home from their field of labor in Nicaragua for a short visit. Mitch gave very informative reports in several Ontario assemblies of the work in that land as well as giving very helpful ministry here.

Hamilton: The assembly appreciated recent visits by Frank Sona, Fred Krauss, and Marvin Derksen. Three nights of ministry on assembly principles by M. Derksen were a real help to the believers.

Sarnia: The assembly is very encouraged by the attendance of up to 20 East Indians (Hindus) who have been coming to the gospel meeting each Sunday night. There is a great group of young people who are involved in bringing them out, for which the assembly is very thankful. The assembly is also looking forward to a tent series this summer with David Alves and Brian Crawford, at the same great location as last year.

St. Thomas: Outreach efforts by the assembly in December were very encouraging. These included: a gospel display in the park and distribution of calendars and gift baskets in the community. The saints were encouraged by ministry from Bruce Cottrill in January and Jon Robertson in February at the Saturday night ministry meetings. See Conferences for details of our 100-year commemoration meeting.

Saskatchewan

Taylorside: The saints appreciated a visit by William Skates speaking on Bible prophecy.

U.S.A.

California

Fresno: The saints enjoyed a week of ministry in the latter part of February from David Richards who took up the pattern given to the early church in Acts 2:41, 42.

San Diego: The conference in February was very helpful and profitable. The word was ministered by Bill Lavery, Sandy Higgins, and Dan Harvey. After the conference, Bill Lavery had three very interesting and edifying meetings on the book of Exodus.

Connecticut

Newington: Albert Hull visited for an appreciated week of ministry on OT characters. The assembly also appreciated a visit from Eugene Higgins with encouraging ministry from John 6 & 14, “Let not your heart be troubled.” There are a good number of people from Nepal and Bhutan who are regularly attending the weekly gospel meetings. Pray for their salvation and for blessing on those exercised in this work.

Iowa

Manchester: Roy Weber and William Skates had three weeks of gospel meetings. The meetings were an encouragement to the saints and one dear man was quite troubled and hopes to attend some of the Garnavillo meetings. Alan Christopherson helped on the last night of the meetings when a number of visitors were in and listened well. At the all-day meeting in February, M. McCandless, J. Meekin, W. Skates, and R. Weber gave appreciated ministry.

Massachusetts

Saugus: Albert Hull was present for a Lord’s Day and gave help in ministry and the gospel. He also presented the gospel, with the help of God, at the outreach work at the rehab center to a large number present who listened attentively. Gene Higgins visited for one night for ministry, reassuring our hearts that God remains and is in control, while workers, generations, leaders, tyrants, and others, all come and go (Heb 1:11).

Missouri

Kansas City: Jerry Jennings spent Lord’s Day, January 22, with the saints and gave encouraging ministry.

Washington

Arlington/Marysville: Over 350 visitors attended the youth conference, February 18-19. Dan Shutt and Lindsay Parks proclaimed God’s Word, exhorting us to live a life worthy for the best of masters. The subjects of Justification, Redemption, Reconciliation, Adoption, Empowerment, Separation, Assurance, and Devotion, were explained and presented in practical ways that was an encouragement to all. The gospel was also faithfully proclaimed.

Marysville: The Shoultes assembly enjoyed two weeks of gospel meetings with Dan Shutt and Tom Hoy. The meetings were well attended by Bible Hour students from both the Shoultes and Arlington assemblies. One student professed faith in Christ. We trust there will be continued fruit from the seed sown. Frank Sona is having a ten-day series of ministry meetings in March on the journeys of God’s people from Egypt to Canaan.

Wisconsin

Waukesha: Brian Crawford and Stu Thompson finished five weeks of gospel meetings. There were a few in attendance each night, including some of the children and teenagers from the outreach work in Milwaukee. Also, a number of new contacts were made in the area surrounding the new hall.

Mexico

Chihuahua: Gilberto Torrens began gospel meetings on February 5. Four thousand texts and Via magazines have been delivered in the area. Some new contacts are attending. For two of the weeks of meetings he enjoyed the help given by Sergio Arres, an elder in the Tepic assembly. The gospel is also preached in the open air in the afternoons.

El Barril: David R. Alves Sr. helped Jason Wahls in four weeks of gospel meetings that began on January 15. On some nights, there were up to 22 unsaved adults in the meetings. God blessed with salvation. Men long prayed for began attending for the first time. Brother Wahls continues the preaching five nights a week. One afternoon, the Wahls were not allowed by federal police forces to pass through a town close to where the meetings were being held. There had just been a shoot-out between drug cartel gunmen and the police; five men and three young women were killed. Please pray for God’s preserving care and blessing.

Hermosillo: Jessie Klein and Tim Woodford had two weeks of gospel meetings here.

Zapopan: Jonathan and Hannah Seed have settled here permanently, where they hope to continue language studies. They are working with the Stevensons and Thiessens in the efforts around Zapopan and Guadalajara. We are deeply thankful for the good hand of God upon our sister Jenna Stevenson in her recovery.

N. Ireland

Ballykeel: W. Boyd and J. Bingham are engaged in preaching the gospel in the Ballykeel Gospel Hall.

Banbridge: W. Martin and S. Gilfillen are preaching the gospel in the hall and have been encouraged to see the Lord work in salvation as they continue into the eighth week of the meetings in early March.

Bushmills: B. Glendinning and A. Steele commenced gospel meetings on February 12.

Clonkeen: The assembly held a Bible Exhibition in the Randallstown Gospel Hall for a week in January. Local schools were invited and many heard and received the Word of God.

Fintona: J. Rogers and J. Fleck concluded gospel meetings after a number of weeks with much exercise in prayer for unsaved attending.

Glenburn, Belfast: M. Radcliffe and D. Gilliland commenced gospel meetings on February 5.

Glengormley: John Grant (Scotland) had a week of encouraging ministry for the saints here.

Harryville, Ballymena: D. Gilliland had a very instructive week of ministry with the assembly.

Magherafelt: L. Craig and P. McCauley commenced a gospel series on March 4 in the Magherafelt Gospel Hall.

Magheralin: J. McCann and S. Nelson held gospel meetings in a portable hall in connection with the Kilmore Assembly.

Tassagh, Co Armagh: S. McBride and N. Fleck had a series of gospel meetings in the Gospel Hall.

Tivaconavey, Co Derry: S. Maze and R. Eadie are laboring together in a gospel series in the Gospel Hall.

Conferences

St. Thomas, ON

April 21, Saturday, in commemoration of 100 years of assembly testimony, the Christians meeting at the St. Thomas Gospel Hall are planning an afternoon meeting at 2pm with supper to follow. It will be held at the Gospel Hall, 1 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas, ON. A warm welcome is extended to everyone.

Fredericton, NB

April 27-29 – “Expositional and Practical Teaching from the Epistle to the Colossians” Location: Nashwaaksis Middle School, 324 Fulton Ave., Fredericton, NB. Speakers: John Dennison, Sandy Higgins, and Albert Hull. Friday: 7:30pm at Gospel Hall, 109 McAdam Ave. First Meeting Saturday: Ministry 10am – Albert Hull; Report of Spanish Work – John Dennison. First Meeting Sunday: Lord’s Supper 9:30am, Ministry 2pm. Corr: Robert Griffin, E-mail: RDLGriff@nb.sympatico.ca, Tel: 506 472-5512, Cell: 506 470-1435.

Livingston, NJ

May 5-6, with Prayer meeting Friday, May 4 at 7:30pm. Saturday: Ministry 10:30am and 2pm; Gospel 6pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10am, Ministry 2:30pm, Gospel 5pm. All meetings will be held at the Livingston Gospel Hall, 405 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ; Tel: 973 535-1485.  Directions: www.livingstongospelhall.org. Contacts: Allan Valvano, Tel: 973 377-7839 or 201 404-5611, E-mail: allanvalvano@livingstongospelhall.org; or David Valvano, Tel: 973 884-2484, E-mail: dvalvano@optonline.net.

Ottawa, ON

May 19-20, in the Gospel Hall, 1087 North River Road.  Prayer meeting, Friday, May 18 at 7:30pm. Saturday: Bible Reading 9am (Sanctification), Prayer/Ministry 10:30am and 2pm, Gospel 7pm. Lord’s Day: Bible Reading 9am (Justification), Breaking of Bread 10:30am, Open Sunday school  1pm, Prayer/Ministry 2:30pm, Gospel 7pm. Accom: Colin Meaklim, Tel: 613 730-7410, E-mail: meaklim@primus.ca. Corr: Raeburn MacDougall, Tel: 613 832-2340, E-mail: rae.lillm@gmail.com.

Prince Edward Island

May 19-20, at the Bluefield High School in Hampshire, PE. Saturday: Prayer/Ministry 10am and 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Sunday: Bible Study 8:30am, Breaking of Bread 10am, Sunday school 1pm, Prayer/Ministry 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Corr: Glen McKenna, 41 Andrews Dr., Kensington RR6, PE, C0B 1M0; Tel: 902 836-3073; or Brian MacDonald, 25 MacRae Dr., Cornwall, PE, C0A 1H5; Tel: 902 566-3831. Accom: Neil Thompson, Box 7119, Cornwall, PE, C0A 1H0; Tel: 902 892-7216 or E-mail: neilthompson@pei.sympatico.ca.

Hamilton, Ontario

May 25-27, 18th annual Spanish conference, Nash Road Gospel Hall, 105 Nash Road South, Hamilton, ON. Friday: Prayer meeting 7:30pm. Saturday: First meeting 10am, Bible Study 1:30pm (John 15, Luke 14 – Fruit Bearing & Discipleship), Gospel 7pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10am, Gospel 7pm. Accom: Walter Corado, Tel: 905 387-5107, E-mail: wcorado@live.ca; or Roberto Ortiz, Tel: 905 385-1864, E-mail: robortiz@live.com.

Bancroft, ON

June 2, with Bible Reading 10am, Ministry 2 and 7pm. All meetings in the Lakeview Gospel Hall, 644 Maxwell Settlement Rd. Corr: Mark Freymond, 39 Shannick Rd., Bancroft, ON, K0L 1C0; Tel: 613 332-4317.

Eden Grove, ON

June 3, at the Hall in Eden Grove, with Prayer meeting on Saturday, June 2 at 7:30pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10am, Ministry 2pm, Gospel 7pm. Directions: one mile west of Bruce County Rd. #3 (Elora Road) on Bruce Rd. 15 (#111). Corr: John W. Boddy, RR 4, Walkerton, ON, N0G 2V0. Tel: 519-366-2302. E-mail: boddysyrup@xplornet.com.

Saugus, MA

June 2-3, Bible Reading and Ministry Conference, with Prayer on Friday, June 1. Saturday: Bible Reading/Ministry 10am and 1:30pm, Gospel. Sunday: Remembrance Meeting 10am, Sunday school 11:45am, Bible Reading/Ministry 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Outlines of the three reading sessions will be posted on the website by April 30. Corr: Anthony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940; E-mail: tonygrillo@netzero.net; Tel: 781 248-8900. Accom: David Lusk, luskdanda@yahoo.com; Tel: 781 942-7006.

Portage la Prairie, MB

June 8-10, beginning with prayer Thursday, June 7, 7:30 pm (Fifth Avenue Gospel Hall, 502 Fifth Avenue), and continuing for three full days of ministry, Bible readings, missionary reports, gospel, and the Breaking of Bread in the William Glesby Centre, 11 – 2nd Street NE. General inquiries: Philip Ronald, Tel: 204 857-9339, E-mail: pronald@xplornet.com. Accom: Malcolm Stanley, Tel: 204 857-9074, E-mail: mj@thestanleyshouse.com. The conference is sponsored jointly by the assemblies meeting at First Street Gospel Hall and Fifth Avenue Gospel Hall.

Taylorside, SK

June 22-24, with Prayer meeting on Thursday, June 21 at 7:30pm. Note: Meetings on Friday begin at 2pm. Corr: John Parker, Tel: 306 752-4079.

Conference Reminders:

Antioch, IA – April 1

Culver City, CA – April 6-8

Manchester, CT – April 6-8

Nineveh, NS – April 7-8

Stout, IA – April 7-8

Toronto, ON – April 6-8

Vancouver, BC – April 6-8

Waterloo, IA – April 14-15

Austin, MB – April 28

Waukesha, WI – April 28-29

McKeesport, PA – April 27-29

Newbury, ON – April 30

Newmarket, ON – May 6

Toronto, ON – May 11-13 (Missionary)

Byfield, MA – May, 25-27

Hickory, NC – May 26-27

Change of Address

Jerry Jennings: Box 3662, Bernice, Oklahoma, USA 74331.

Eugene Higgins: E-mail: erh316@gmail.com.

Shad Kember: E-mail: shad.kember@gmail.com, Tel: 623 266-7609.

Mrs. Frank (Helen) Pearcey: Bethany Manor, 23 Second St., Unionville, ON, L3R 2C2.

Change of Correspondent

Ashfield Gospel Hall: c/o Burke Dittberner, 5620 PR 202, Gonor, MB, R1C 0E3. Tel: 204 757-4727. E-mail: dittberner@live.ca.

Battle Creek, MI: Kerry Ferguson, E-mail: bigmackf@gmail.com. Website: battlecreekgospel.com.

Change in Meeting Times

Waukesha, WI (Waukesha Gospel Hall): All evening meetings are now at 7 p.m.

Home-calls

Perry Glister of Taylorside, SK, on August 16, 2011, age 94. Our dear brother was born May 16, 1917 at Taylorside and born again March 16, 1944. He was later baptized and received into assembly fellowship. He and his wife were well known for their generous hospitality. He leaves his beloved wife, Lois, three children and spouses, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Prayer is requested for each. Herb Wright spoke at the funeral, with Ron Wright at the graveside.

Dorothy Florence Hancock of Corner Brook, NL, on November 19, 2011, age 64. Mrs. Hancock came to know Christ as her personal Savior during the early years of the gospel work in Labrador. She was a faithful sister in the assemblies of God for many years. She had an extended struggle with cancer and during that time came to appreciate the preciousness of her Lord’s presence. She will be greatly missed by the saints here in the assembly in Corner Brook. A large number gathered at her funeral that was shared by Eric Fowler and Edward Dredge. She is survived by her husband Bernard, daughter Rona, son Murray, three grandchildren, three brothers, two sisters, and a large circle of nieces and nephews.

Robert (Bob) Robertson of Sydney Mines, NS, on December 26, 2011, age 83. He was born April 12, 1928, and trusted his Savior February 4, 1951. He was a beloved elder of the assembly, and left behind a testimony of devout Christian faith. Bob is survived by his beloved wife Yvonne who lovingly cared for him; also two sons and two daughters and their families, and a sister Agnes (John) MacDonald of the Sydney assembly. The funeral service in the hall was taken by David Swan and Fred Bartlett, and the gospel was faithfully preached.

Nina Smith, of Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC, on December 28, 2011. After a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s, she passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord. She was born January 23, 1927 in Bromham, England, married her husband Dave in 1946, and immigrated to Canada in 1947. They made Deep Cove their home for 56 years and raised their family of four children there. In January, 1959 Nina heard the gospel message and trusted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Nina was one of the “firstfruits” of Deep Cove as a result of gospel outreach there in early days. Her salvation was the source of her quiet strength and solid foundation in life. She was a prayerful woman of faith dedicated to her family and her assembly. Nina will be lovingly remembered as a trusted friend, hard worker, willing helper, faithful wife, and devoted mother. The funeral service was taken by David R. Alves Sr. and grandson Ryan Langley, with grandson Shawn Langley speaking at the graveside.

Audrey Walterhouse of Sarnia, ON, on January 28, age 81. Our dear sister was born in Toronto, ON, May 15, 1930, and saved at age 11 on October 10, 1941. She was in West Toronto assembly as a teenager until married at age 22 to John Walterhouse, and then in Peterborough assembly for four years. They moved to Sault Ste. Marie, ON, and were in the assembly there for 31 years. For many years she taught a class for teenage girls. As in Peterborough, their home was always open for entertaining preachers for gospel and ministry series. In June, 1987, they moved to Highbury assembly, London, ON for 24 years, where for several years she and her husband gave six young sisters a home away from home as they attended school in London. Two of these were married from their home. Her kindness and cheerful attitude impressed many. A heart attack at age 63 ended that phase of her life. In February, 2010, she suffered with cancer, and in May 2011 they moved to Sarnia to be near family. She was able to attend meetings only occasionally because of her illness. She is dearly missed by her husband, son, two daughters, 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. The well-attended funeral was taken by David Patten with sincere gospel appeals to the unsaved, as well as to believers to live more for Christ. Ross Parker of London spoke at the grave.

Norman Coulter of N. Ireland, on February 4, age 70, after a period of serious illness patiently borne. Saved as a young man in Omagh on February 23, 1962, he immediately set his heart on serving the Lord. He soon became a faithful visitor and tract distributor, covering large areas of Donegal, Fermanagh, and Tyrone, reaching homes seldom visited with the gospel. He was also an able gospel preacher and Bible student, and for many years a much loved Sunday school teacher and overseer in the assembly at Newtownstewart. After over 30 years as a successful architect, he left his business in 1994 to devote all his time to preaching the gospel. His love for souls took him as far as Russia, Chile, Canada, England, and, in particular, the North of Scotland, including Shetland, Orkney, and the Hebrides, where his visits were much appreciated. He was predeceased by his first wife Betty in 1998 and in 2004 he married Eileen Bews, originally from Orkney, who proved to be a devoted help meet in the work of the Lord. Norman was a man who shunned the limelight, choosing rather to labor beneath the watchful eye of Him who “seeth in secret,” believing that heaven would be by far the safest place in which to speak of the fruit of his labors on earth. His very large funeral bore witness to the high esteem in which he was held among the Lord’s people and also in the wider community. His funeral service was conducted by brethren Nesbitt, Glendinning, Gilliland, and Gilfillan. Prayer is requested for his sorrowing wife Eileen, son Andrew, and daughter Ann.

Marjorie Jeanine (Jean) Jackson of Blue Springs, MO, on February 20, 2012, age 78. Our dear sister was saved in the mid-1950s. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, an affectionate sister, and friend to many. Jean leaves her husband, William, to whom she was happily married for 58 years; three daughters – Pamela (Murray) Rabon of Euless, TX; Carol Ward of Belton, MO; Sherry Robinson of Atlanta, GA; one son – Steven Jackson of Kansas City, MO; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many other family connections. She will be truly missed by all. The funeral was shared by David Williams, Gary Toombs, and Leroy Scott.

Isabella (Isa) Gilmartin of North Vancouver, BC, on February 22, age 98. Our dear sister was born in Kilbarchan Scotland March 3, 1913, where she was saved as a young girl. In 1941, she married John and was a true help meet for him. Together they were engaged in assembly activities. In 1952, they immigrated to Canada with their young son, settling in North Vancouver. For 60 years, Isa was devoted to the assembly meeting at Fourth Street Gospel Hall. Her early years were engaged in Sunday school work and all the assembly activities. She and her husband showed wonderful hospitality to all, and their home was a haven for the saints. Her positive and cheerful disposition, with her wise and godly counsel were of great encouragement. After she was widowed in 1984, a new work became available to her at the local Seamen’s Centre where she ministered to the visiting seamen from around the world, and knitted countless toques to give to them. She was a faithful and beloved sister who will be much missed. At the service, several paid tribute to her and a fitting word in the gospel was given. She is survived by her son Bill, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.