Tidings

Canada

Alberta

Calgary: The West Hillhurst assembly held tent meetings from August 16-25 conducted by David Booth and Burt Snippe.

Fort McMurray: The annual conference in August had a record number of visitors. The speakers were R. McIlwaine, J. Gould, B. Kember, S. Kember, J. Ronald and S. Wells. Ministry was timely and profitable and the gospel was faithfully presented.

British Columbia

Abbotsford: The assembly once again had a presence at the Agrifair, August 2-5, where gospel literature and texts were distributed.

Langley: The assembly participated in Canada Day celebrations on July 1 with a gospel booth, as has been done for several years.

Surrey: The area assemblies supported an annual gospel outreach over the long weekend in May at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Farm Fair. These are wonderful opportunities to bring the gospel before the public. Please pray for the blessing of the printed and spoken word.

Vancouver: The gospel booth at the 15-day Pacific National Exhibition was erected for the 41st year. A new location proved to be for the better, and a fresh presentation made an interesting and inviting atmosphere. It was encouraging when a young man testified to the salvation of his whole family as a result of his father coming into the booth 35 years ago and being saved through reading of a tract. Stu Thompson visited the Fleetwood and Victoria Drive assemblies during the first week of September with helpful ministry. Please pray for gospel meetings in Victoria Drive Gospel Hall with David Alves and Scott MacLeod commencing October 20, DV.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Fogo Island: Dave Hunt and George Whey held five nights of open-air meetings from August 19-23 in the centre of the Island. People stopped to listen. Other brethren had open-air meetings in other areas.

Nova Scotia

Tatamagouche: James McClelland and Brody Thibodeau ended six weeks of gospel meetings in Middleton with a good number attending. The brethren were encouraged with the visitation and saw a nice number profess faith in Christ. Children’s meetings were also encouraging and there is potential for a weekly work in the area.

Ontario

Chatham: The assembly held Vacation Bible School for a week in August. The meetings with David Cooper were well attended.

North Bay: Please pray for blessing from gospel meetings with Bruce Rodgers and Mike Trahan held at the Davedi Club September 22-October 11.

West Zorra: Eric Fowler, Alex Dryburgh and Larry Steers visited the assembly in recent months. Andrew Hill spoke at the Sunday school treat.

Prince Edward Island

Crapaud: The saints enjoyed visits in August from Bruce and Marilyn Poidevin, and Marcus and Allison Cain; they gave updates on their places of service. The assembly looks forward to commencing children’s work in October for which prayer is requested. Work is continuing on the new hall, currently in the kitchen area, and there is thankfulness to God for His continued blessing in this regard.

U.S.A.

Connecticut

Terryville: A sister was received into fellowship in July. The assembly had an outreach at the local Country Fair in August, distributing calendars and gospel literature. Pray for the annual conference on October 19-20.

Minnesota

Fridley: J. Jennings gave searching ministry for two nights in August regarding the need for spiritual discernment and devotion in a darkening day. Also, a 48 year-old woman was baptized and has expressed interest in assembly fellowship.

North Carolina

Hickory: The assembly was encouraged and uplifted by a recent visit from Jack Hay and his wife. Brother Hay gave ministry July 27-28, and then a Monday night report on the Lord’s work in Sri Lanka.

Ohio

Steubenville: Timothy and Rhoda Sloan visited and Timothy gave a very interesting report on their labor for the Lord in Ukraine.

Virginia

Crandon: The assembly appreciated a missionary report on the work in Zambia by Bruce Poidevan who visited the assembly, with his wife, in August. The tent meetings in the community have generated much interest and good attendance from the local people. God’s gracious hand was manifested in salvation, giving cause for rejoicing.

Washington

Arlington: The saints in Arlington and Marysville are thankful to the Lord’s people for their fervent prayers for the recent Labor Day conference, and to ministering brethren Lindsay Parks, Larry Perkins, Stu Thompson and Stephen Vance. The Lord answered prayer by way of blessing in salvation and also spoke to hearts through the ministry. Real issues that needed to be addressed were dealt with in a tender way, and there was a genuine unity and theme over the four days. In Bible readings on Jonah, the importance of obedience to God, Who has the first and last Word in our lives, was emphasized.

Lynden: The assembly sponsored a gospel booth at the Northwest Washington Fair August 12-17. The model of Noah’s Ark was present and the response was encouraging.

Tacoma: Please pray for meetings which were conducted for two weeks commencing September 22, DV with Bill Lavery and Dan Shutt.

Mexico

Cancun: In August, Duncan and Anna Beckett, followed by Abisai and Carmen Vieyra, and then Daniel Ortega,(Mexico City), were a real help to the work here. Two believers obeyed the Lord in baptism.

Ciudad Obregón: The assembly has appreciated the behind-the-scenes work of Emily McCandless and Sarah Stickfort (Cedar Falls, IA) who have been here for an extended visit.

El Barril: Jason Wahls has been encouraged lately with the good attendance at the meetings. Pray earnestly for this isolated work. Gospel meetings were held in mid-September.

Iguala: Duncan Beckett and Abisai Vieyra planned to commence gospel meetings on September 8. Please pray for this effort, as well as the further consolidation of the work.

León: From this large, capital city of the state of Guanajuato, in central Mexico, a Christian family of four drives two hours to Zamora every Lord’s Day to observe the Breaking of Bread. They are praying for someone to come and preach the gospel.

Puerto Vallarta: A team of young, local brethren had a week of children’s meetings.

Santiago Ixcuintla: Jamer Rodriguez and and Carlos Castaño (Columbia) continue to deliver Scripture texts in towns of the state of Nayarit.

San Luis Rio Colorado: The believers greatly appreciated the arrival of John and Joanne Clingen, and family, from Nicaragua. The Lord’s hand was seen in the rapid approval of the visas. The Harvey family encountered immigration issues that prevented them from crossing into Mexico but God graciously met the need. John Dennison also made a couple of visits. The spiritual growth in the believers has been most encouraging and it is anticipated that several will soon be added to the fellowship. Your prayers are valued for the work here, as the devil has sought to sow discord via some unforeseen difficulties with one brother.

Veracruz: Paul Thiessen had a week of well-attended and helpful Bible Readings on the subject of “Enemies along the way from Egypt to Canaan,” with obvious application to the believer today. He was also very encouraged with attendance at the meetings in Cotaxtla.

Xalapa: Since opening a rented hall, about thirty newcomers have attended gospel meetings held three times a week by Timothy Stevenson.

Zamora: Local brethren had a week of children’s meetings with about 150 in attendance. An elderly widow in assembly fellowship passed away quite suddenly, and gospel meetings began right away in the hall for the benefit of unsaved family and friends.

England

Bicester: Two weeks of gospel tent meetings in a park took place in August with E. Higgins (USA) and T. West. Over 80 different unsaved came out, some regularly. Some have been long prayed for and we look to the Lord to save.

N. Ireland

Annalong, Co. Down: The assembly had the privilege of having “The Belmont Bible Exhibition” by our brethren Bobby Eadie and Sammy Maze. Up to 300 locals attended and were very impressed. The assembly and the two responsible brethren were greatly encouraged.

Ballybollen: Robin McKeown and Malcolm Radcliffe concluded well-attended gospel meetings.

Ballyclare: Wesley Martin and Elton Fairfield commenced gospel meetings on August 11. Good numbers attended and the Lord blessed early in the meetings. This is likely the last series in the present hall due to construction of a new hall.

Ballykeel (Mourne): The assembly had the privilege of having Stan Wells for profitable ministry on the “Life and Times of Jonah.” Good numbers attended.

Bleary: John Rogers and Tom Armstrong commenced in the Gospel Hall in mid-September.

Bloomfield: Paul McCauley and David Williamson are to commence in a portable hall in Belfast.

Craigyhill, Larne: The Bible Readings at the conference at the end of August were on the life of Moses (Exo 1-4), with the theme “The Making of a Man of God.” It was a helpful and challenging time.

Dollingstown: Brian Currie and Jackie Palmer continue meetings with a measure of interest.

Dundesert: David McGarvey and Robert O’Neill started outside Crumlin on September 1.

Dunmullan, Co. Tyrone: John Fleck and Stephen Gilfillan have seen some blessing in gospel meetings being held in a tent.

Lurgan: Each Friday night in June and the first Friday of July, David Gilliland gave a survey of Church/Christian History, commencing with the apostolic era to the present day. Capacity numbers attended these most interesting, informative, and challenging meetings.

Martray: Samuel Nelson and Noel Fleck are here for a gospel series.

Plantation, Lisburn: Stephen Gilgillen and John Fleck commenced a gospel series. Many assemblies took advantage of the exceptional summer weather and held open-air meetings in their locality. Many interesting contacts are made through this work and the gospel is presented to the community simply and sincerely.

Republic of Ireland

Longford: Lesley Craig took the “Life of Paul” as his subject for the annual week of children’s meetings in August. The assembly was encouraged to see children along for the first time as well as their parents.  Some have promised to continue attending the monthly children’s meeting due to recommence in September. Lesley Craig also ministered for three evenings on Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and Headship which we trust was a blessing to the young people received into fellowship earlier this year. The assembly also appreciated a visit from Garry Woods who spoke at the monthly gospel meeting in a community hall as part of the assembly outreach work. The believers are always encouraged when they see a good response from the local people to the invitations.

Rathmines: Gospel meetings commenced on September 1 with Gene Higgins, the subject being “The Impact of the Bible and Christianity on World History.” A number of unsaved were along each night. Please pray for blessing.

Conferences

Clinton, ON

October 6-7, at the Joseph St. Gospel Hall, 143 Joseph St., Clinton, ON, with a Prayer Meeting on Friday, October 5 at 7pm. Saturday: Ministry 10:30am. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10am. For further info or accommodations: Larry Schade, Mitchell, ON, Tel: 519 348-9405, E-mail: lbschade18@hotmail.com, or Keith Bachert, Auburn, ON. Tel: 519 526-7135, E-mail: kjbachert@sympatico.ca.

Livonia, MI

October 26-27, with Prayer Meeting on Friday at 7:30pm. All meetings held in the Stark Road Gospel Hall, 9280 Stark Road, Livonia. Saturday: Ministry 10am and 2pm, Gospel 7pm, Meeting for young people 8:30pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10am, Sunday school 12:45pm, Ministry 2pm, Gospel 7pm. Invited speakers: Phil Coulson, John Dennison, Andrew Robertson, and Andrew Ussher. Corr: David Vallance, 21600 Currie Road, Northville, MI 48167. Tel: 248 446-9346. E-mail: davidvallance@sbcglobal.net.  Hall: 734 425-4910, www.starkrdgospelhall.com. For accommodations contact Tim Fouts, Tel: 248 476-5013; E-mail: tf-sf@msn.com.

Wallaceburg, ON

October 27, at the Gospel Hall, 121 Gillard St. (corner of Gillard & Minnie Sts.). Hall: 519 627-7637. Saturday (October 26): Prayer Meeting 7:30pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10:30am, Sunday school 1:15pm, Ministry 2:30pm, Testimony/Gospel 6:30pm. Meals will be served. Corr: Charles Workman, E-mail: clworkman@kent.net, Tel: 519 627-8743 for information or accommodations.

Alpena, AR

November 2-3, at Alpena Gospel Hall, 401 Lane Street. Saturday: Bible Reading (2Peter 1) 1pm, Ministry 2:30pm, Gospel 7pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10am, Sunday school 11:30am, Ministry 1:30pm. For information or accommodations: Fred Stevenson, Tel: 573 201-1282, E-mail: fstev153@embarqmail.com; or Will Trowbridge, Tel: 479 665-4189.

London, ON

November 2-3, in the Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Ave. Friday: Prayer Meeting 8pm. Saturday: Ministry 10am, 2pm, and 7pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 9:30am, Ministry 2:30pm, Gospel 7pm. Corr: Philip Lampkin, 98 Moraine Court, London, ON, N6G 4Z1; Tel: 519 472-8747; E-mail: felipe524@execulink.com. Hall: 519 451-8233.

Saskatoon, SK

November 2-3, in the Lawson Heights Gospel Hall, 131 La Ronge Road, with prayer and ministry on Friday, November 1, at 7:30pm. Saturday: Ministry 10:30am and 1:30pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 9:30am, Ministry 11:30am and 1:30pm, Gospel 7pm. Inquiries: Murray Buckingham, Tel: 306 477-9117; Email: buckinghamm@sasktel.net; Hall Tel: 306 249-5044.

St. John’s, NL (note date change)

November 1-3, in the Gospel Hall, 47 Smith Avenue, Friday: Prayer/Ministry 7:30pm. All other meetings at location to be announced. Saturday: Prayer/Ministry 10:30am, Bible Reading 2pm, Ministry 3:30pm, Gospel 7pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 9:30am, Ministry 11:45am, Ministry 2:15pm, Gospel Meeting 7pm. Corr: Gary Tarrant, St. John’s, NL. Tel: 709 745-5886; E-mail: gary.tarrant3@gmail.com.

Blues Mills, NS

November 9-10, in the Gospel Hall, 34 Mountain Rd. Saturday: Ministry 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10am, Ministry 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Corr: John Bain, E-mail: john@thegospel.ca; Tel: 902 625-2409. See www.thegospel.ca.

Oil Springs, ON

November 9-10, with Prayer Meeting, Friday, November 8 at 7:30pm in the Gospel Hall on Victoria St. All other meetings in the Youth Center, cor. Hwy. 21 and Victoria St. Saturday: Ministry 10:30am, Bible Reading 1pm (Romans 12), Ministry 2:30 pm, Testimony/Gospel 6pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10:30am, Sunday school 1pm, Ministry 2:30pm, Gospel 7pm (Gospel Hall). Corr: Arthur Whitton, RR3 Oil Springs, ON  N0N 1P0; Tel: 519 882-1686.

Oshawa, ON

November 9, in the Gospel Hall, 150 Albert St. Ministry 2pm and 7pm with supper served between. Corr: Ken Nicholson, Tel: 905 579-7540.

Brampton, ON

November 16-17, with Prayer Meeting on Friday, November 15 at 7:30pm at the Gospel Hall, 6 Beech St. All meetings on Saturday, commencing at 10am, at the Brampton Fairgrounds, Junior Farmer’s Hall, 12942 Heart Lake Road, Caledon. The conference theme is “Preparing for Life’s Challenges and Finishing Well.” Invited speakers: David Booth, Jim Jarvis, Lindsay Parks, and Bruce Rodgers. Ministry Meetings are planned for Lord’s Day afternoon at the Gospel Hall. Corr: John Selesnic, 18 Dorchester Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 3C6; Tel: 905 793-5450; E-mail: john.mar.slsnc@sympatico.ca.

Maberly, ON

November 30 at Wheeler’s Pancake House and Sugar Camp. Directions: Hwy 7 to Maberly; take Maberly-Elphin Rd. (formerly Cty Rd 36) north to McDonald’s Corners, turn right and follow signs to Wheeler’s Pancake House. Meetings are at 2:30 and 7pm. Lord’s Day (at Gospel Hall): Breaking of Bread 9:30am, Sunday school 11:15am, Ministry after lunch. Corr. Gordon McLeod, Tel: 613 268-2616.

Phoenix, AZ

November 28-December 1 in the Gospel Hall, 1246 E Garfield St., Tel: 602 253-4932. Wednesday: Prayer 7:30pm. Thursday–Saturday: Bible readings 10am, Ministry 2:30pm, Gospel 7pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10:30am. Subject for Bible readings is 2 Peter 1, 2, and 3. Corr: Clarence Van Der Hart, 8525 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ. 85305; Tel: 602 818-4190.

Saugus, MA

December 7-8, in the Walnut Street Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., with prayer meeting Friday, December 6, at 7:30pm. Saturday: Ministry 10am and 2pm, Gospel 4:30pm. Sunday: Remembrance Meeting 10am, followed by Sunday school, Ministry 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Accom: David Lusk; Tel: 781 942-7006; E-mail: luskdanda@yahoo.com. Corr: Anthony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940; Tel: 781 248-8900; E-mail: tonygrillo@netzero.net.

Conferences Previously Published:

Manchester, IA – October 4-6

Roseisle, MB – October 4-6

Sussex, NB – October 5-6

Brandon, MB – October 14

Cape Breton, NS – October 12-13

St. Thomas, ON – October 12-13

Vancouver, BC – October 12-14

Blue River, WI – October 18-20

Edmonton, AB – October 18-20

L’anse au Loup, LB – October 18-20

Lindsay, ON – October 20

Terryville, CT – October 18-20

La Crosse, WI – October 26-27

Newington, CT – November 2-3

Bryn Mawr, PA – November 9-10

Change of Address

Gordon and Doreen Williams, 10701 Lexington Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8X OG4. E-mail: gdwilliams@live.ca; Tel: 780 402-4578.

Change of Address of Correspondent

Steubenville, OH: Richard Westlake, E-mail: rewestlake@frontier.com.

Home-calls

Frances May Hanna of Glen Ewen, SK, on February 3, age 92. She was saved as a young girl of 12 at her home in Portage la Prairie, MB. Frances came to the Glen Ewen area in the Spring of 1947 to assist the family of Joe Hanna, who had lost his wife to cancer. She cared for the four young Hanna children and later married Joe. To this union were added two children. Her husband predeceased her in 2000. Frances spent the last 10 years of her life in a nursing home. She loved to sing and talk about her Savior to saved and unsaved. She greatly looked forward to assembly meetings when able. Local brethren spoke at the funeral service and at the graveside.

Dot Herman of Newton, NC, on June 16, age 74. Dot was a faithful member of the Hickory assembly, with her husband Paul, since 1965. Dot and Paul were both saved on April 5, 1960 during gospel meetings with Oswald MacLeod and Robert McCullough. She worked in upholstered furniture manufacturing from which she retired in 2003. She had a special talent for sewing which she used for the benefit of her family and the Lord’s people. Dot was faithful to the assembly meetings and its activities, with a bright smile and a kind word for all. Diagnosed with cancer in 1989, she endured 24 years of surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy, but her upbeat attitude and endurance was a testimony to all who knew her. She will be sorely missed. Dot is survived by her husband Paul, son Rick (Debra), daughter Sandy (William), two grandsons, two step-grandsons, six sisters (one of whom is Elsie Herman of the Hickory assembly), and many nieces and nephews. The funeral service was taken by John Setzer and Stan Moore, and the gospel was faithfully preached.

Lois Dorothy Burton of Pugwash Junction, NS, on July 18, age 87. Lois was born again at age 7 during meetings by Mr. Beltch in Black Cape, Quebec. She realized she was like the lost sheep in Luke 15 and the Lord Jesus Christ came to save her. Over the years she enjoyed the fellowship of the Christians in several maritime assemblies, spending the last years of her life gathered with the saints in Pugwash Junction. Although ill health prevented her from attending meetings for the last months of her life, she maintained an avid interest in the Christians and assembly activities. The funeral service was shared by David Hunt and James McClelland.

Bibiane Dube of Welland, ON, August 3, age 93. She was saved on November 14, 1972. A staunch Roman Catholic, her eyes were opened as some of her children professed salvation. She remained in the system until her husband was converted at 62 years of age and announced they were going only to the Gospel Hall where he had gotten saved under the preaching of Robert Surgenor while they were singing “Just as I Am.” She leaves behind an extended family of over 100 grand, great-grand and great-great grandchildren whom she prayed for daily. Another Dorcas has been laid to rest. The gospel was faithfully preached to a large family and the warning sounded.

Donald Jennings of Toronto, ON, on August 19, in his 86th year, from Bethany Lodge after a long and painful illness. Born April 30, 1928 in Toronto, a neighbor encouraged him to attend Sunday school at the local Gospel Hall, and, from an early age, he wanted to be saved. In the spring of 1947, while walking home from a gospel meeting with his dear friend Russ Took, he accepted Christ as Savior. He was baptized and received into fellowship at Broadview Gospel Hall where he faithfully served for over 60 years as a teacher, shepherd, and elder. Don often preached at assemblies in the Toronto area, but his passion was for speaking to children of whom countless were blessed with his flannelgraph stories and object lessons. Don was also very active at the Toronto Easter conference and, for many years, supervised the kitchen work and food ordering. He is greatly missed by his wife of almost 58 years, Vivian, three children, David (Patty), Barbara (Brad), and Ruth (Mike), eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jean B. Plecash of Kamloops, BC, on August 22. Jean was born May 4, 1932 and born again in November 1977 at a neighbor’s Bible study. She was received into the fellowship of the Westsyde assembly in April 1978. The assembly was the love of her life. Jean was an encourager, a cherished member, and a testimony to her Lord Jesus Christ. Our dear sister is greatly missed by all as we wait for the soon return of our Lord. The funeral service and graveside service were taken by local brethren.