Tidings

Canada

British Columbia

Port Alberni: The assembly appreciated a visit from Eric and Margie Fowler in February.

Vancouver: Eric and Margie Fowler visited the Victoria Drive assembly in February, and he shared his testimony during the gospel meeting following the community supper at the end of the month.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Corner Brook: The assembly purposed to have gospel meetings with Jim Jarvis and Bert Snippe beginning March 10.

English Point: Gospel meetings ended Sunday night, February 24, with David Booth and David Hierlihy after four weeks. The saints were encouraged with a young lady in her 20s professing faith in Christ.

Ontario

Toronto: The Agincourt and Langstaff assemblies came together in February to host a Chinese New Year Gospel Outreach and Community Supper. The gospel was presented in both English and Mandarin, with translation earphones provided. The joint effort was extremely enjoyable for both assemblies and many friends and visitors came for both the dual gospel message and Asian-themed meal.

Windsor: Stuart Thompson and Dale Vitale were with the assembly for three weeks of gospel meetings, January 13-February 1. During the first week, the meetings were for students at the University of Windsor; meetings during the second and third weeks were held in the Gospel Hall. The gospel was clearly presented in the Student Centre of the University, resulting in opportunity for some interesting conversations after each meeting. Attendance was encouraging during the two weeks at the Gospel Hall, with unbelievers being duly challenged by the impact of clear gospel messages. Burdens continue for children of the Christians who, it was hoped, would embrace this gospel opportunity as well as the Christ of the gospel. Prayers continue.

U.S.A.

Alaska

Anchorage: The Dimond Blvd. assembly enjoyed a ten-day visit from John and Linda Fitzpatrick. John had 4000 dog racing-related tracts and literature with him, which they were able to distribute during the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous the last week of February and during the March 3 ceremonial start of the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome. A week of ministry was also appreciated.

Iowa

Cedar Falls: Gospel meetings with Brandon Doll and Brody Thibodeau concluded on February 8, after five weeks of good interest, good attendance, and the Lord’s blessing in salvation.

Dunkerton: The assembly purposed children’s meetings March 24-29 with Dan Shutt.

Garnavillo: Eugene Higgins purposed to have a gospel series starting March 20.

Children’s meetings with Dave Zuidema IV (Midland Park, NJ) concluded Friday night, March 1, with prizes and pizza supper on Thursday night. Sixty-five children with over half from non-Christian homes attended, in addition to numerous parents and grandparents.

The assembly held their first-ever pancake breakfast March 2 to meet and greet people in the community and invite them to hear the gospel.

Postville: In February, the assembly held gospel meetings in English for several weeks with Isaiah Frazier and the Garnavillo brethren.

Stout: Jon Procopio and Frank Sona commenced gospel meetings March 3.

Michigan

Battle Creek: Venezuela Relief Fund (VRF): Food purchasing and shipments are continuing from the US to Venezuela by shipping containers. Assistance with medical treatments for Venezuelan Christians who have critical needs is also ongoing. For regular contributions, please mark them clearly to the VRF Fund. Special note: For any contributions that are for medicine or medical supplies, when sending to Canada or USA Gospel Trusts, please mark such to the attention of Allan Turkington.

Wisconsin

Blue River: The assembly planned gospel meetings to begin on March 10 with Isaiah Frazier and William Skates.

Brodhead: Gospel meetings were purposed with Allan Christopherson beginning March 10.

Mount Sterling: The assembly held gospel meetings that began February 3 with Bruce Rogers and William Skates.

Ontario: Gospel meetings with Brandon Doll and Stan Wells were purposed to begin March 10.

Mexico

Veracruz

Veracruz: The assembly appreciated the visit of Leonel Chávez during the last two weeks of the seven-week gospel series. There are new people who continue attending the regular assembly meetings.

On February 24, the believers enjoyed the visits of Jack Coleman (Hatboro, PA) and Philip Lampkin (London, ON) when they shared in the ministry and gospel.

Nuevo Jalisco: Leonel Chávez and Timothy Stevenson visited this town located in the northern part of the state. Relatives of believers from Chihuahua and Phoenix listened with reverence to the gospel.

Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta: The believers recently celebrated 30 years of God’s faithfulness to them as a local assembly.

San Luis Potosí

El Barril: The assembly enjoyed a visit from Marcus Cain and his family in February when he spoke in ministry on a few occasions. There are several new unsaved contacts in the surrounding towns and villages, for whom prayer is valued.

Nuevo León

Monterrey: Timothy and Amy Turkington visited the assembly on January 27. Timothy’s teaching was beneficial and edifying. On February 25, Anderson Hernández commenced a gospel series.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua: Gilberto Torrens started a gospel series on February 18 with the help of two local brethren. Several family members of the believers as well as children from the neighbourhood are attending.

Sonora

Ciudad Obregón: The annual conference was held the first weekend of February. Marcus Cain, Leonel Chávez, Anderson Hernández, Shad Kember, Timothy Turkington and Timothy Woodford gave appreciated help in the gospel and ministry. Timothy Turkington stayed on for four nights of helpful ministry from 1 Corinthians.

Hermosillo: Timothy Woodford and Abisaí Vieyra preached the gospel for two weeks in the rented hall in the north of the city. Despite cooler than normal temperatures, they were pleased to see several attending from the neighbourhood.

John Dennison visited the assembly for eight nights of gospel meetings that commenced February 24. They were encouraged to see some unsaved attending regularly and several new contacts made.

San Luis Río Colorado: The assembly rejoiced when six believers were recently baptized and several were added to the fellowship. Dan Harvey recently traveled to Tijuana to have house meetings with contacts originally from Puerto Vallarta, with plans to return every second week.

Northern Ireland

Co. Down:

Belfast:  The Whitehouse assembly commenced gospel meetings March 3 in the local primary school, close to the large Rathcoole housing estate, with S. Gilfillan and J. Rogers responsible to preach.

In the Newtownbreda Gospel hall, J. Fleck and D. Strahan are continuing in the gospel with some local interest.

Lisburn: The assembly at Plantation expected to commence a gospel series in the hall March 10 with J. McCann (Brazil) and T. Armstrong.

Kilkeel: T.W. Wright and A. Nesbitt continue in gospel meetings at the Mountain Road Gospel Hall with good interest. The saints were greatly encouraged when a number long prayed for told of their salvation.

Moneyreagh: Near Ballygowan, on the main Belfast road, the Moneyreagh assembly erected a portable hall, and A. Davidson and M. Hunter continue in the gospel.

Bangor: The assembly meeting in Central Hall expect M. Radcliffe and E. Fairfield to commence gospel meetings March 17.

Co. Armagh:

Craigavon: The Ardmore assembly expect P. McCauley at the end of March for a two-week gospel series.

Bleary: The assembly commenced gospel meetings in the Bleary Primary School on March 3 with D. Gilliland and A. Steele.

Co. Antrim:

Carrickfergus: The Sandringham assembly enjoyed four nights of practical and encouraging ministry on “The Tools of the Trade and their Biblical Teaching” by David Gilliland.

Co. Tyrone:

Cookstown: B. Glendinning commenced gospel meetings in an outreach hall on March 3.

Fintona: Gospel meetings with D. Strahan and M. Turkington have concluded. The meetings were well supported and a number from the locality came.

Conferences

Culver City, CA

April 20-21, with prayer meeting on Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm at the Culver City Gospel Hall, 11138 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Saturday: Bible Reading 10am (2 Peter 2), Ministry/Gospel 2pm, Hymn Sing 7:30pm. Sunday:  Breaking of Bread 10:30am, Children’s Meeting 1:30pm, Gospel 2pm, Ministry 2:30pm. Expected speakers: Glen Baker, Tom Baker, and A.J. Higgins. Contact: Martin Baghramian, Tel: 310-541-7694; Email: m.baghram@verizon.net.

Waukesha, WI

April 27-28, with prayer meeting on Friday, April 26 at 7pm. Saturday: Ministry 10am and 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm, Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10:30am, Ministry 2pm. All meetings are in the Gospel Hall, 2641 Pebble Valley Road, Waukesha. For information, contact John Orr, Tel: 262-227-1400; Email: j.c.orr@earthlink.net, or Cory Peppler, Tel: 262-844-6287; Email: mrpeppler@gmail.com.

Arlington, WA

May 4-5, in the Arlington Gospel Hall. The Bible reading conference will cover 1 Peter 1-3. Phil Coulson (England) and Stephen Grant (Scotland) will open the Bible readings. Meals and lodging will be provided joyfully! Accom: Jim Klein, Tel: 425-508-2807; Email: Kleinclan123@hotmail.com. RSVP if possible for meal preparation and planning.

Livingston, NJ

May 4-5, with prayer meeting on Friday, May 3 at 7:30pm. The theme will be “Biblical and Practical Aspects of Family.” Saturday: Ministry 10am and 2pm, Gospel 5:30pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10am, Sunday School 11:45am, Ministry 2:30pm, Gospel 5:15pm. Meals will be served between the meetings and Sunday evening following the gospel. All meetings are in the Livingston Gospel Hall, 405 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ; Tel: 973-535-1485. Directions at http://www.livingstongospelhall.org. Accom: Allan Valvano, 31 Townsend Drive, Florham Park, NJ 07932, Tel: 973-377-7839; Cell: 201-404-5611; Email: allanval@msn.com, or David Valvano, 10 Salem Drive East, Whippany, NJ 07981, Tel: 973-884-2484; Email: dvalvano@optonline.net.

Cumberland, MD

May 18-19, with prayer meeting Friday, May 17 at 7:30pm in the Cumberland Gospel Hall, 700 E. First St. All other meetings (except the Breaking of Bread at 10am Lord’s Day) will be held at the Salvation Army building, across from the Gospel Hall. First meeting Saturday 10am. For accommodations, directions, or local hotel numbers for those wishing to make their own arrangements, contact Harold Harrison, Tel: 301-689-2432; Email: sonnyh60@aol.com, or Tim Harrison, Tel: 301-689-0152.

Ottawa, ON

May 17-19, in the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 Des Pères-Blancs, Ottawa; Tel: 613-560-6030. Friday: Prayer meeting 7:30pm in the Gospel Hall, 1087 North River Road. Saturday: Prayer/Ministry 10am and 2pm, Gospel 7pm. Lord’s Day: Bible Reading 9am (The Titles of Christ), Breaking of Bread 10:30am, Open Sunday School 1pm, Prayer/Ministry 2:15pm, Gospel 7pm. Accom: Colin Meaklim, Tel: 613-730-7410; Email: meaklim@primus.ca.

Prince Edward Island

May 18-19, The Island Conference is held again this year at the Bluefield High School in Hampshire. Saturday: Prayer/Ministry 10am and 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Sunday: Bible Reading 8:30am, Breaking of Bread 10am, Sunday School 1pm, Prayer/Ministry 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Accom: Philip Collicutt, Tel: 902-940-7560; E-mail: pjcollicutt@gmail.com. Corr. Glen McKenna, Tel: 902-888-8849, or Brian MacDonald Tel: 902-566-3831.

Bancroft, ON

June 1, in the Lakeview Gospel Hall, 644 Maxwell Settlement Rd. Bible Reading 10am, Ministry 2pm and 7pm. Corr. Mark Freymond, Tel: 613-332-4317; Email: mbfreymond@gmail.com.

Saugus, MA

June 1-2, with prayer meeting, Friday, May 31 at 7:30pm. Subject: the book of Titus. Saturday: Bible Readings 10am and 2pm, Gospel 4:45pm. Sunday: Remembrance 10am, Sunday School 11:45am, Bible Reading 2pm, Summary 4:30pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Lunch and dinner will be served. Expected speakers: Sandy Higgins, Michael Penfold, and David Vallance. Accom: Shad Brook, Tel: 617-285-4677; Email: shad.brook@yahoo.com. Corr: Tony Grillo, Tel: 781-248-8900; Email: tonygrillo109@gmail.com.

Springdale, AR

June 1-2, in the Centro Evangélico Springdale, 408 E. Meadow, Springdale, AR 72764.

Conferences Previously Published:

Clarksville, IA – April 7

Manchester, CT – April 13-14

Stout, IA – April 13-14

Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA – April 13-14

Toronto, ON April 19-20

Nineveh, NS – April 20-21

Newmarket, ON – May 25

Updates

Change of Correspondent

Grand Bend Gospel Hall, ON: Steven Henry, 34524 Gore Rd., Grand Bend, ON, N0M 1T0, Tel: 519-238-2633; Cell: 519-619-8766; Email: sjjj@hay.net

Homecalls

David H. Derksen of London, ON on January 3, 2019, age 76. Despite being raised in a religious home, he had no inner peace with God. On July 24, 1967, while obtaining his Master’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario, he was saved after realizing his sins were paid for upon the cross when the Lord said, “It is finished!” In July 1974, he married Esther Ronald, and for the next 44 years they were faithful to the Highbury assembly and enjoyed entertaining the saints in their home. Their one grandson, Jonas, brought them much joy. David was a great encourager with a tremendous bass voice, and served the assembly as a beloved overseer. His sons Richard and Paul spoke fondly of their father during the large funeral and his brother Marvin preached the gospel faithfully. He is greatly missed but we shall meet him again.

Ellen Bruley of Tomah, WI on January 5, 2019, age 87. She was saved through Romans 10:9 on August 26, 1956 in meetings held at Sparta, WI by Paul Elliott and Elgie (Buzz) Jamison.  Ellen was in fellowship at Black River Falls. Happy to be in the background, always there to help, she faithfully attended and appreciated the assembly meetings and the things of God. She was a testimony and gave stability to those around her. She will be sorely missed by her sister, Arliss, and the rest of the saints. Prayer is requested for her unsaved family members.

Elizabeth “Liz” Flack of Cornwall, PE on January 19, 2019, age 73. Brought up in a Christian home, she was saved in July 1981, baptized, and eventually received into the Crapaud assembly in PEI. Liz was kind and compassionate, always putting the needs of others ahead of her own. She was known for her quick wit, dry sense of humor, and her consistent smile amidst many trials she experienced in life. In October 2018, she was forced to retire for health reasons.  Neil Thompson and Dave Patterson spoke faithfully at her funeral. She was predeceased by her son, Stan Flack. She will be missed by her daughter Julie (Kerry) McKenna, son Dennis (Shirley) Flack, grandsons Quinten and Ben Flack, her siblings Alger (Liz) Cutcliffe, Donna Livingstone, Lynda Gardiner, and many nieces and nephews. Prayer is requested for the salvation of Dennis, Shirley, and their sons, Quinten and Ben.

Janet Snyder of Manchester, IA on January 29, 2019, age 100. While attending gospel meetings in a rural country school house near the Orr family farm in Independence, IA, she became convicted of her need of salvation. She was saved July 2, 1952 while reading Safety, Certainty, and Enjoyment. John 3:8 gave her the assurance of salvation. Following baptism, she and her late husband, Lloyd, embraced the truth of gathering to the Lord Jesus Christ alone and became part of the Manchester assembly. She was an example to the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. She is survived by two children, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Russ Nesbit took the service in the Manchester Gospel Hall.

Muriel Webb of Portage la Prairie, MB on November 18, 2018, age 80. Born in Esk, SK, she was saved at age eight and moved to Swan River, MB in 1946. In 1956, Muriel moved to Winnipeg to study nursing and received her RN in 1959. She married Jim Webb in 1961 and they lived Brandon, MB before moving to Portage in 1979. Like her father Russell Ronald, she was interested in languages and mastered reading Spanish in her early 60s. Raised in a family who sang hymns around the piano, she taught her daughters to sing beautiful harmony. A true “Dorcas” from Acts 9, Muriel tirelessly repaired, washed, and packed used clothing for Zambia. Proverbs 31:19-20, 28-31, and Revelation 14:13 describe her well. Muriel left behind her loving husband Jim (now also at home with the Lord), and four daughters with their families. Paul Thiessen, her son-in-law, gave a faithful word at the funeral.

Evelyn Grace Hoy of Arlington, WA on January 29, 2019, age 92. Evelyn received God‘s gift of eternal life through Isaiah 53:5 at age 12, was baptized shortly after and received into fellowship where she served the Lord faithfully for 80 years. She was a “virtuous woman,” a “servant of the church,” and a “helper of many.” Both Evelyn and her dear husband Dan (predeceased over ten years ago) were a tremendous and invaluable help to the saints and the Arlington community. Their home was a place of hospitality and love, sharing the good news of God’s great salvation. Many lives were touched, evidenced by the large crowd attending the service conducted by Tim Klein, Bryon Meyers, and Tom Hoy at the Arlington Gospel Hall. Gaius Goff spoke at the graveside. Prayer is requested for attendees and family members who heard the gospel and are still unsaved.