Tidings

Canada

British Columbia

Kamloops: The July 1-2 conference was a blessing to all, with helpful ministry given and larger numbers attending compared to recent years. Wesley Barr, Steve Brand, Ian Gibson, Gaius Goff, Dave Richards, and Ross Smyth opened up the Word of God. The messages are available on our website http://www.westsydegospelhall.com.

Newfoundland and Labrador

L’Anse au Loup: Alex Dryburgh had a night of ministry in both English Point (May 31) and L’Anse au Loup (June 1). Gaius Goff visited English Point, L’Anse au Loup, and Red Bay in early June, and gave ministry in each assembly. The assembly also held a service on June 11 with reflections on the gospel work of Bert Joyce who spent much of his life in the Lord’s work in this area.

Red Bay: A memorial service was held in Red Bay on June 6 for Bert Joyce who went home to be with the Lord. He was well respected along the Labrador Coast, and lived many years in Red Bay in the early days of the gospel work.

Ontario

Burgessville: Three young boys professed to be saved in the gospel meetings with Brandon Doll and John Fitzpatrick that concluded June 9.

North Bay: The annual conference at Nipissing Junction in June was a time of encouragement, with good numbers attending. David Booth, Larry Buote, Alan Clark (El Salvador), Brian Crawford, Fred Krauss, Murray Pratt, Bruce Rodgers, and Bert Snippe gave appreciated help.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown: The assembly enjoyed a week of ministry meetings with Allan Smith of Scotland in May. He took up different aspects of the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

U.S.A.

Arizona

West Phoenix: Shad Kember and Duncan Beckett held three weeks of gospel meetings in June with excellent attendance and interest.

Iowa

Stout: The assembly rejoiced as three believers were baptized on July 9.

Waterloo: The assembly held gospel meetings in June with G. Collins and J. Jennings.

Massachusetts

Saugus: The assembly is thankful for a profitable Bible reading weekend in June and the exercise of Lindsay Parks, David Petterson, and Dan Shutt. A number expressed appreciation for the overview of future events and the outlines provided for further study. David Hamilton, (Midland Park), shared the gospel with David Petterson. Christopher Brescia (Newington), spoke to the children, and Lindsay Parks and Dan Shutt preached the gospel on Sunday evening. David Petterson will be with the assembly for their annual VBS during the week of August 20, DV. The assembly values prayer for a good response to the invitations as in past years.

Michigan

Battle Creek: Venezuela Relief Fund update: Thankfully, the large shipment of food and supplies in May arrived safely. Most of the distributions to the Christians inside Venezuela were also successfully delivered. Some are still in progress. Please pray for Venezuela.

Cass City: Gospel meetings commenced on June 11 with Bill Lavery and Dan Shutt. Invitations were sent to each home in the Cass City area. The meetings were well attended and supported by neighboring assemblies. Visitors were in attendance almost nightly. We look to the Lord for blessing of His Word.

Jackson: The tent meetings that began June 4 with Gary Sharp and Bill Seale encouraged the assembly. Many visitors were out. The Lord gave help in the preaching and blessed in salvation.

New Jersey

Midland Park: Please pray for the Lord’s blessing in the upcoming Vacation Bible School planned for August 14-18. David T. Zuidema and Andrew Zuidema will be speaking in the gospel to the children, and local believers will be assisting with the other activities.

Pennsauken: Tent meetings were held from June 4 through July 2. Marvin Derksen and Russ Coleman worked with the assembly in the effort. A large number of visitors heard the gospel and several souls professed faith in Christ.

Virginia

Matoaca: The assembly held two weeks of tent meetings with Lorne Langfeld, helped by local brethren. A good number of the families of the believers attended.

Wisconsin

Beetown: the assembly planned two all-day ministry meetings for July 8 and August 13.

Brodhead: On July 16, Larry Perkins and Robert Orr started two weeks of gospel meetings in the hall.

Mexico

Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta: John Dennison visited the assembly in El Coapinole in June for several nights of teaching on the enemies of the local assembly, looking at different local churches in the New Testament and the effect that the world, the flesh, and the devil had on them.

Quintana Roo

Cancun: The believers enjoyed a two-week visit from Timothy and Jenna Stevenson at the end of June.

San Luis Potosí

El Barril: Miguel and Ruth Mosquera arrived in May, commended by the River Road assembly in Portage la Prairie, MB to labor in this area with Jason and Shelley Wahls. Four weeks of gospel meetings commenced on June 12 with good attendance.

Veracruz

Veracruz: The assembly enjoyed a three-day visit in June from Paul Thiessen who spoke on Psalms 22-24. The saints continue monthly visits to Coscomatepec where the interest remains encouraging. This past June, more than 40 were under the sound of the Word of God.

Northern Ireland

Co. Down

Ballykeel: The annual conference took place on June 29. The assembly felt refreshed and strengthened with the edifying ministry given by Brian Glendinning, Wesley Martin, Fred McCauley, Jackie Palmer, David Radcliffe, and Stan Wells.

Republic of Ireland

Collooney: Gospel meetings are expected to commence on August 20 (DV) in a community hall in Tubbercurry with J. Goodwin and D. McKillen, Sunday to Friday 7-8pm. Prayer is appreciated. Also, P. McClarty is expected for ministry of the Word in the gospel hall on Saturday September 16. Session One: 4-5pm, Interval for refreshments, Session Two: 6-7pm.

Conferences

Arlington/Marysville, WA

September 1-4, Labor Day conference in the Arlington Gospel Hall. Friday: Prayer meeting 7:30pm. Saturday: meetings at 8:45am, 10:15am, 2pm, 7pm, 8:30pm. Sunday: meetings at 9:30am, 11:20am, 2:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm. Monday: meetings at 8:45am and 10:15am. Breakfast (8am), lunch and supper served each day. Accommodations: Jim Klein, Tel: 360 435-6611; E-mail: kleinta98223@hotmail.com; or Phil Kazen, Tel: (360) 659-4166; E-mail: ps.kazen@yahoo.com.

Clementsvale, NS

September 2-3, in Champlain Hall, Cornwallis Park. Saturday: Prayer and ministry 10am; Ministry 2pm; Gospel 7pm. Sunday: Bible Reading 8:30am (Heb 10:1-18); Breaking of Bread 10am; Sunday school 1pm; Ministry 2pm; Gospel 6:30pm. Corr: Lionel Cress, Tel: (902) 467-3115. Due to limited accommodations, please contact Jonathan McClelland, Tel: (902) 245-8776, or E-mail: jonathan@westernvalleyagri.ca by August 28 to make arrangements. Directions to the conference and the outline for the Bible reading will be available at http://www.clementsvalegospelhall.com.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

September 9-10, in the gospel hall, 475 Wellington St. East with prayer meeting Friday, September 8 at 7:30pm. Saturday meetings: 10am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 6:30pm. Lord’s Day: 10:15am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 7pm. Bible readings will be John 5 and 6 at 1:30pm each day. Contact Gilbert Belair for lodging at (705) 941-8975.

Hardwick, VT

September 9-10. We will be observing the 70th year of the Hardwick assembly. Prayer Meeting on Friday, September 8 at 7:30pm at the gospel hall, 153 Cherry Street. Saturday and Lord’s Day meetings at the Hardwick Elementary School, 135 South Main Street in Hardwick village. Saturday meetings: Prayer 10am; Ministry 2pm; Gospel meeting 6:30pm. Sunday meetings: Lord’s Supper 10am followed by Sunday school; Ministry 2pm; Gospel meeting 4pm. Contact Bill Scott in advance for accommodations at Tel: (802) 472-6257; Cell: (802) 473-0238; E-mail: billsinvt@earthlink.net.

Hitesville, IA

September 16-17, in the gospel hall, 17527 260th Street, Aplington. Prayer meeting on Friday, September 15, 7:30pm. Saturday: Ministry 10am and 2pm; Childrens’ meeting 1 pm; Ministry/Gospel 6:30–8:00pm. Sunday: Bible Reading (John 19) 9am; Breaking of Bread 10:30am; Children’s meeting 1:00 pm; Ministry 1:45pm; Gospel 4pm. Contact: Larry Brandt, Tel: (319) 346-1084; E-mail: larry.diana@msn.com.

Chapman Valley/Parry Sound, ON

September 23-24, in the Chapman Valley Gospel Hall, 9 Miller Road. Prayer Meeting on Friday, September 22, 7:00pm. Breakfast served at 8:15am on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday: Bible Reading 9:45–11:45am (“Fruit of the Spirit”); Ministry 1:45pm; Ministry/Gospel 6:30–8:00pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 9:45am; Children’s meeting 1:00 pm; Ministry 2:00pm; Gospel 7:00pm. Chapman Valley Contact: Russ Longhurst, 28 River Road, Sundridge, ON, P0A 1Z0, Tel: (705) 387-4393; E-mail: russandiane@gmail.com. Parry Sound Contact: Daniel Longhurst, Tel: (705) 389-3005; E-mail: danandjoyann@gmail.com.

Manchester, IA

September 30–October 1, with prayer meeting on Friday, September 29 at 7:30pm. All other meetings at Middle School, 1001 Doctor St. Saturday: Ministry 10am; Children’s meeting 1pm; Ministry 3pm; Testimony 6pm; Gospel 6:30pm. Sunday: Bible Reading 9am (John 17); Worship 10:30am; Children’s meeting 1pm; Ministry 1:45pm; Gospel 4pm. Accommodations: Ken Gentz, Tel: (563) 608-1222.

Midland Park, NJ

September 23-24, the 76th annual conference with prayer meeting on Friday, September 22 at 8pm in the gospel hall, 61 Prospect St. Meetings on Saturday and Lord’s Day will be in the Eastern Christian High School, 50 Oakwood Ave. (off High Mountain Rd.), North Haledon, NJ. Speakers expected are Clive Barber (UK), Dan Harvey (Mexico), and Dan Shutt (Michigan). Saturday: Ministry 10am and 2pm; Gospel 6pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10am; Sunday school 11:45am; Ministry 2pm; Gospel 4:30pm. Two meals will be served on Saturday and on the Lord’s Day. Please advise beforehand of your coming. For accommodations, contact David Hamilton, 189 South Central Ave., Ramsey, NJ 07446; Tel: (201) 312-8439; E-Mail: davidandjoyhamilton@gmail.com.

Roseisle, MB

September 30-October 1, with prayer meeting on Friday, September 29th at 7:30pm. Saturday: Bible Reading 10am; Ministry: 2pm and 7pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10:30am; Sunday school 1:15pm; Ministry 2:15pm; Gospel 7pm. For more info visit http://roseislegospelhall.ca or contact John Dyck at (204) 435-2341; E-mail: dgf@cici.mb.ca.

Sussex, NB

September 30 and October 1 at the Sussex High School. Prayer meeting on Friday, September 29 in the Sussex Gospel Hall. Saturday: Ministry at 10am and 2:30pm; Childrens’ meeting 1pm; Gospel 6:30pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10am; Sunday school 1pm; Ministry 2pm; Gospel 6:30pm. Meals are provided each day. For information, contact Jim MacIntosh at (506) 943-0101 or E-mail: j1947m@rogers.com. For accommodations in advance, contact Trevor McClelland at (506) 433-1234; E-mail: trevor@commercialtent.com.

St. Thomas, ON

October 7-8 with prayer at 7:30pm on Friday, October 6 in the gospel hall, 1 Sunset Drive. Due to the unavailability of the former school this year, the new location for the remaining conference meetings is in the St. Anne Centre, 20 Morrison Dr., St. Thomas. Saturday: Ministry 10am and 2pm; Gospel 6:30pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10am; Ministry 2:00-4:30pm. Corr: John McCandless, 5846 Boxall Road, Port Stanley, ON N5L 1J1, Tel: (519) 769-2119; E-mail: johnmccandless1@gmail.com.

Blue River, WI

October 14-15 with prayer meeting on Friday, Oct 13 at 8pm in the Blue River Gospel Hall, 205 Dayton St. All other meetings will be in the Highland High School located off Hwy. 80 on the north side. Saturday: Ministry 10am and 2pm; Testimony and gospel 6:45pm. Lord’s Day: Bible Reading 9:00am (John 1:14-18), considering “The Grace and Glory of the person of Christ.” Breaking of Bread 10:30am; Ministry 2pm. Contact: James Frazier, 15513 Richwood Estates Lane, Blue River, WI 53518, Tel: (608) 537-2977; E-mail woodind@mwt.net.

Conferences Previously Published:

Westbank, BC – August 5-6

Fort McMurray, AB – August 26-27

Kansas City, MO – September 2-3

Akron, OH – September 2-3

Hampton, IA – September 2-3

Beetown, WI – September 4

Home-calls

Laurence Aldred of Barrie, ON, on May 16, 2017, age 87. Known as a true gentleman, Laurence was saved in 1946 through John 3:16 in meetings with John Adams and Ben Widdifield in Hough Lake, ON. He was later baptized and received into fellowship. He was also in fellowship at Kirkland Lake, Charlton, and Orillia, ON. Predeceased by his first wife, Doris (Rodgers) in 2003, they loved entertaining their earthly and heavenly family in their home. Despite failing health, he was able to live at home with the care of his wife Dora of 13 years. He leaves behind his wife, six children, six stepchildren, 24 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. The large funeral was taken by his son, Wayne, with eulogies by sons, Timothy and Terry, and two of his granddaughters. Jeff Schinkel (nephew) spoke at the committal service. The gospel was faithfully presented.

Phillip Harding of Newton Stewart, Scotland on May 3, 2017, age 85. Though brought up in a God-fearing home among church-going people, he never heard the gospel there. Just after his 19th birthday, he and a friend were walking along the promenade by Aberavon beach in South Wales when a stranger approached them. He spoke to them courteously of sin, the reality of hell, and the need of trusting the Lord Jesus Christ. They laughed in the stranger’s face and went on their way. They never saw that gentleman again, but that night in 1951, in the quietness of his bedroom, Phil Harding was unable to sleep as he thought about all that the stranger had said to him. He knelt by the side of his bed and was gloriously saved. Within a short period of time, Phil came into contact with a group of young believers, one of whom (Gwen), later became his wife. Through the faithful teaching of the late Willie Trew and Walter Norris, they came into contact with the assembly at Port Talbot, South Wales and, shortly after their marriage, they were received into fellowship there. Phil devoted himself to Bible study and gospel outreach. In 1966 the Lord led them, along with their three young daughters, to Skelmanthorpe, Yorkshire and, in 1969, he was commended by the assembly to the grace of God for the work of the Lord. In 1984, they moved to Manchester and were in happy fellowship with the saints in Prestwich (formerly Cheetham) until 2008 when they moved to Newton Stewart in Scotland to be nearer one of their daughters due to health problems. He engaged extensively in pioneer work in remote areas of the UK. He then moved in preaching and teaching throughout the UK and in many other parts of the world. In later years, he devoted himself to written ministry. A fitting tribute was given at his funeral service by Craig Munro and David Gilliland. Prayer would be valued for Gwen, his faithful wife for over 63 years, their three daughters, and their families.

Bertha Normore of L’Anse au Loup, NL on May 24, 2017, age 82. She was saved in 1965 in the early years of the gospel work and was very faithful and consistent to the local assembly in L’Anse au Loup until the past four to five years when her health deteriorated. Her final years were spent living in a chronic care home. She leaves behind four sons and four daughters. The funeral was held in the L’Anse au Loup Gospel Hall on May 26 with her son Kevin giving a tribute. The service was shared by Ewart Linstead and Eddie Barney. Please pray for her unsaved son and many grandchildren.

Margaret Alexander (nee Shirley) of St. Marys, ON on May 29 2017. Born in Holywood, N. Ireland, she was saved at age seven and later received into fellowship at the Wallace Avenue assembly in Lisburn, NI. After immigrating to Toronto, ON at 21, she fellowshipped at Pape Avenue. In 1987, she married widower Hubert Alexander, became a mother of his three daughters, and enjoyed the fellowship in Peterborough until they relocated to St. Marys, ON in 1993. Her wisdom and experience made Margaret a “mother in Israel” to all, and she taught Sunday school for many years, being burdened for the young. Fred Krauss preached the gospel at the large funeral. Glen Woodside spoke at the committal on Margaret’s life and how all were touched by her kindness and compassion. She is survived by her husband Hubert, daughters Ruth Potter (Keith), Olive Hildebrandt (Steve), and Caroline Hackett (Bryan) as well as sisters Edith Shirley and Ethel Thompson (Alan).