Tidings – Canada

British Columbia

Port Alberni, Following the sudden passing of a l4 year old boy, two teenagers professed faith in Christ during four nights of gospel meetings by Bryan Funston in February and a young mm, previously saved, expressed an interest in baptism and has been baptized. On account of this stirring up, Noel Burden and Bryan Funston planned to start in the gospel on March 22.

Terrace, In February, Bryan Funston had a week of profitable ministry meetings, taking up studies on Bible doctrine.

Vancouver, Albert Hull and Robert McIIwaine concluded a five week gospel series in Victoria Drive with good interest and the joy of seeing a few souls saved. During their visit, our brethren ministered the Word profitably at three monthly ministry meetings at West Richmond, Fleetwood and Langley.


Fort McMurray, At the annual S.S. program, more than 150 children and 90 unsaved adults heard the gospel preached.


Chapman Valley, Prayer is requested for gospel meetings which Ken Moore and William Metcalf expect to begin on April 5.

Clinton, Young brethren of the assembly are having children’s meetings in a school in the nearby Vanastra area with encouraging attendance.

Clyde, Fred Krauss expected to commence a series of meetings in March on the Book of Revelation.

Guelph, The saints were encouraged in early February when Peter Orasuk had a week of Bible studies. At the close of the meetings, one young lady was baptized, bringing joy to the assembly. Prayer will be valued for a gospel series which Murray Pratt and Larry Steers expect to start on April 19.

Lake Shore, Fred Krauss visited from January 16 – 18 and there was a baptism on the Lord’s day afternoon. William Metcalf also visited for a Lord’s day in January.

London, David Gilliland (N. Ireland) was expected for a week of ministry beginning March 15. George Patterson and Hamish Lawrence are preaching the gospel three nights weekly in the Chelsea Heights Sunday School hall with some showing interest.

Milton, The hall was well filled and the saints rejoiced as three young believers obeyed the Lord in the waters of baptism on March 1.

Sarnia, On February 28, the assembly held a very encouraging “Open House” for the community and contractors involved in building their new hail. Over 125 from the community visited the building and most listened as Norman Crawford gave a history of the assembly and wove the gospel into the account. On February 22, David Oliver and Gene Higgins commenced a gospel series with good numbers attending.

Thunder Bay, Gary Sharp spoke at the S.S. treat on February 7 and remained for two weeks of children’s meetings. Over 40 children attended nightly with some parents also present each night.

Victoria Road, The assembly appreciated recent visits by Ernie Dellandrea, Ken Moore, Gary Sharp and Fred Krauss.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Corner Brook, The saints were encouraged when two young sisters obeyed the Lord in baptism on February 15.

English Point, Gospel meetings by Murray McCandless and David Hunt continue with a good number of unsaved present. Two had professed at last report.

Fogo, Prayer is requested for Edward and Lytie Heath whose house burnt down recently. Thankfully, no one was in the house at the time of the fire.

St. John’s, Bert Joyce and Ken Taylor closed gospel meetings on March l. One young woman professed faith in Christ.

Tidings – U.S.A.


Seattle, Prayer is requested for a gospel series which Bryan Funston and William Lavery expect to begin on May 3.

Tacoma, Helped by John Fitzpatrick (Salem, OR) Walter Gustafson had two and a half weeks in the gospel. The saints were encouraged by the number of outsiders who attended and by a teenager professing faith in Christ.


Chico, William Lavery had a week of helpful ministry here and also ministered in Long Beach and Monrovia.

Fresno, The saints appreciated recent visits from Harold Paisley and Walter Gustafson as well as a previous visit from Jim Currie.

Los Angeles, On February 14 and 15, the first Spanish conference was held in the east Los Angeles hall with over 200 present. Tom Baker, Edward Doherty, Adam Thropay and. some from Chile and Guatemala gave help. One teenager professed to be saved.

Monrovia, John Abernethy made appreciated visits to Monrovia, Culver City; San Diego and Palm Springs.

Turlock, On February 1, Harold Paisley gave helpful ministry and preached the gospel to a full hall. Over half the audience had no assembly connection.


Garnavillo, In late February; Marvin Derksen had a week of excellent children’s meetings with over 80 children some nights. A gospel series by brother Derksen and Peter Orasuk commenced on March 1.

Hitesville, At last report, Robert Orr and Jonathan Procopio were in their fourth week of gospel meetings. Two had professed and a good number of unsaved were attending.

Manchester; Eric McCullough and William Skates closed encouraging gospel meetings on March 1 with blessing in salvation.

Marion, On February 22, Joel Portman and Dan Schutt started a gospel series.


Brodhead, Roy Weber and William Skates commenced a series in the gospel on March 8.

Mt. Sterling, The Lord graciously blessed in salvation during a gospel series which James Beattie and Dale Vitale closed on February 25.

Waukesha, The saints were encouraged by a good turnout of children from the community during a two week effort. Weekly children’s meetings continue on Monday evenings.


Deckerville, Dave Richards gave appreciated ministry in Deckerville and a nurnber of other assemblies in Michigan in February

Jackson, The Russian conference on February 14 was a profitable day with instructive reports, timely ministry and current information for all interested in the work in Siberia. The first two day conference of the assembly was held on February 21 and 22. The hall was filled with many younger believers present. Eight brethren ministered and God’s people were blessed. On February 22, Allan Christopherson and Norman Crawford began gospel meetings and a teenage lad has professed. William Seale who was to have joined brother Christopherson was delayed because of blessing in his meetings in Burgessville, Ontario.

Livonia, On March 8, Norman Crawford and Dale Vitale commenced a series in the gospel.

Sault Ste. Marie, During the winter months, the saints enjoyed visits by John Norris, Eugene Badgley and Brian Owen


Akron, Prayer is valued for a children’s work started in a new area (Barberton) by believers in the assembly

Mansfield, A teenager professed salvation on March 1, bringing joy to the saints.


Matoaca, The conference, February 13-15, was an encouragement to the assembly. They appreciated the visitors who came as well as the ministry which was shared by F. Dancy (Hickory), A. Higgins, J. McCandless (Hickory), D. Oliver and R. Oliver (McKeesport).

North Carolina

Hickory, Please pray for tent meetings to begin on Aprl29 in Denver,NC with J. Procopio and D. Petterson. This is a follow-up to meetings held last Spring.


De Land, The saints appreciated James Smith’s visit in ministry of the Word.

Tampa, The conference lifted the saints. Visitors from many parts enjoyed the Word together. J. Abernethy, A. Davidson (N. Ireland), D. Oliver, J. Smith and E. Vanstone (Portage) spoke to the believers. James Smith remained for two weeks on the Tabernacle.


Bryn Mawr, Younger brethren in the assembly planned to have children’s meetings from March 9-13.

New Jemey

Barrington, Gene Higgins was with the saints on February 8 for a baptism which was held jointly with the Pennsauken assembly.

Midland Park, A teenager obeyed the Lord in baptism on February 15, giving encouragement to the saints. There was a week of children’s meetings from February 16-20 with a good number of children from the outside attending with their parents.

Pennsauken, On March 1, Sandy Higgins led the area Bible reading on John 15. The attendance was good and the reading was profitable.


Methuen, William Oliver led an excellent Bible reading on I John 2 on February 8.


Conferences, D.V.

Calgary, Alberta

May 16, 17 and 18 in West Hillhurst Gospel Hall, 2326 – 7 Avenue NW, with prayer meeting on May15 at 7:30p.m. Corr. Garry W. Seale, 3111 Conrad Cres. NW, Calgary, AB, T2L 1B7, (403) 282-4383.

Taylorside, Saskatchewan

June 26, 27 and 28 in the Gospel Hall, 12 miles west of Melfort. Meetings begin at 10:30a.m. each day. Prayer and ministry on Thursday at 7:30p.m. Corr John C. Parker, Box 2666, Melfort, SK, 60E lAO, (306) 752-4079. Hall (306) 752-3810.

London, Ontario (Spanish)

May 23 and 24 in the Gospel Hall. 1196 Highbury Avenue. All ministry meetings on Saturday at 10, 2 and 7 and Lord’s day at 2:30 will be in Spanish. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. If coming from a distance, please give Advance notice of arrival time and number coming to Philip Lampkin, 1742 Attawandaron Rd., London, ON, N6G 3N1, (519) 472-8747.

Nipissing Junction, Ontario

June 13 and l4 in the Gospel Hall, 1340 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Bible readings on Saturday at 9 a.m. and Lord’s day at 11:30 a.m. on Creation. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Clarence Black, 63 Massey Drive, North Bay, ON, PlA 3Y3, (705) 497-1284. Hall (705) 474-3384.

Ottawa, Ontario

May l6 and 17 in the Gospel Hall, 1087 River Road, with prayer meeting on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Bible readings at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Lord’s day (John 20 and 21). Corr. K.E. Prince, 1246 Kitchener Ave., Ottawa, ON, (613) 733-1668. Hall (613) 748-0269.

Peterborough, Ontario

May 2 in the Gospel Hall, 592 Park Street North, starting at 2 p.m. Corr. A.R. Morrison, RR 2, Hastings, ON, K0L 1Y0, (705) 696-2580.

Fredericton, N.B.

April 25 and 26 in the Gospel Hall, 109 McAdam Avenue, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Bible reading at 10 a.m. on Romans 14. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Robert Griffin, RR4, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 4X6, (506) 472-5512.

Gander/Sandringham, Newfoundland

April 10-12 in Gander Collegiate on Gander Bay Road. Bible reading will be on I Cor. 10.

New Lenox, Illinois

May 9 and l0 in the Gospel Hall, Route 6, one mile east of Cedar Road, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Ministry at 10 and 2 with Gospel at 7. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9 on Psa. 88, Breaking of Bread at 10:30, Ministry at 2 and Gospel at 7. Please notify in advance for accommodations. Corr. Robert Pike, 506 High St., Joliet, IL 60432, (815) 722-5053.

Frostburg, Maryland

May 16 and 17 in Beall High School, East Main Street. Prayer meeting in Grahamtown Gospel Hall, Davidson Street, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Accommodations: Michael Bachert, 204 Wilmont Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502, (301) 724-5806.

Livingston, NJ

May 2 and 3 in the Gospel Hall, 405 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue. (Route 280 to exit 6, laurel Avenue south, then left onto Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Route 10E). Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.rn. Meetings on Saturday at 10:30,2:30 and 6:30. Breaking of Bread at 10. Corr. Mike Rannelli, 18 Coolidge Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040, (973) 763-8163. Accommodations: David Valvano, 10 Salem Drive E., Whippany, NJ 07981, (973) 884-2484. Hall (973) 535-1485.

Kindly remember:

Winnipeg, MB – April 24 – 26

Kapuskasing, ON – April 11 and 12

Mimico, ON – April 24 – 26

Newmarket, ON – May 3

Toronto, ON – April 10 – 12

Nineveh, NS – April 11 and 12

Crapaud, PEI – May 16 and 17

Stout, IA – April 11 and 12

Culver City, CA – April 11 and 12

Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA – Apr 18 & 19

McKeesport, PA – April 25 and 26

Manchester, CT – April 11 and 12

Change of Address

Sam Emerson (South Africa), 11 Hollygate Park, Carryduff, Belfast, Co. Down, N. Ireland

John McCann (Brazil), 26 Ridgeway Park North, Portadown, N. Ireland, BT62 3DG

Danny Ussher (Trinidad), 14 Killane Road, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, N. Ireland, BT49 0DN

Tom Wright (Brazil), 7 Charlemont Gardens, Armagh, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland, BT61 9BB

Change of Address of Correspondent

Hitesville, Iowa, Larry L. Brandt, PO BOX 683, Parkersburg, IA 50665

Midland Park, NJ, T. Edgar Chambers, 303 Huntington Court, Wyckoff, NJ 07481, phone (201) 652-4862

With Christ

Emma Lister of Guelph, Ontario on November 24, age 84. Our dear sister was born in Belfast Northern Ireland and was saved at the age of 18. She was baptized and received into the fellowship of the Ebenezer assembly in Belfast. Emma and her family came to Canada in 1964 and resided in Guelph, where she was in fellowship until her homecall. The funeral was shared by William Aiken and John Taggart.

Frederick Taylor of Earlton, Ontario on January 18, age 88. Our dear brother came to Earlton from England with his widowed mother and two sisters in May 1926. In July 1926, Ben Widdowfield and Ed Steen came for a gospel series and Fred was saved. Later that year he was baptized and added to the assembly. Fred had the joy of seeing his mother and his sisters saved and go on for the Lord until their homecalls. His wife (Edna Fergusson) went home in March 1972. Fred had a nice gift in the gospel and in former years in open air work.

Mrs. Margaret Keen Giancaterino of Bryn Mawr, PA on January29, age 78, after a long illness. Our dear sister was saved on November 11, 1931 during gospel meetings by T.B. and B.M. Nottage in Philadelphia. Salvation was a reality to Margaret and she spoke without reserve to many over the years. She always sought out printed material to pass on to unsaved, old and young. The large number of unsaved and saved that attended her funeral reflected on the testimony she bore. A daughter, son and wife, and sister Matilda Strom await the shout.

Mrs. Ruth Williams of Longport, NJ on January 29, age 95. Reared a Presbyterian, our dear sister was saved in 1934 and from that moment, obedience to God’s Word was her highest priority Her search for a place to obey the l,ord in baptism led her to the assembly in Camden (later Pennsauken). While associated with the Pennsauken assembly she was active in personal gospel work among the Hispanic cornrnunity. She relocated to the Barrington assembly upon her marriage to Thomas Williams in 1976 and moved to the Longport Home in 1985.

Hugh John Kersey of Forest, Ontario on January 30, age 85. Our dear brother was born in Flint, Michigan and moved to Ontario in 1919 with his parents. They purchased the General Store in Ravenswood where the Lake Shore Gospel Tent was often pitched. Hugh was saved on August 3, 1933 during a tent series by Charles Keller and Gordon Reager. He had a great interest in gospel work and seeing souls saved and was highly esteemed for his excellent testimony. The funeral was shared by Willlam Seale and John Dennison.

Mrs. Marjorie Rodgers of Arnstein, Ontario on February 3, age 85. Our dear sister was saved at the age of 18 and moved to Toronto to work soon after. For a time she was in fellowship in the West Toronto assembly. After the death of her husband, she moved back to Arnstein where she was in fellowship until her homecall. The last few years she was not able to attend meetings as she was in poor health and in a nursing home in Trout Creek. She leaves to mourn five children and many grandchildren, some of whom need our prayers.

Mrs. Ethel Whitehead of Arnstein, Ontario on Febrary 6, age 96. Our dear sister was saved in 1922 and was very faithful in attending meetings even under sometimes adverse condition. A few years ago, she moved to Elim Homes. She was a hard working and loving mother and grandmother to six children, 27 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren some of whom are not yet sheltered under the blood. Ernie Dellandrea preached the gospel to a large crowd at the funeral.

Peter Laroche of Sarnia, Ontario on February 11, age 81. Our dear brother was born in St. Narcisse, Quebec on November 21, 1916 and was born again on February 20, 1962 in Sarnia. Peter was a unique man and was always ready to speak a word for his Lord. God used hirn to bring the gospel to others. After a long illness, Peter went to be with his Lord. The gospel was preached at his funeral by Ivan Poirier and Grard Roy, with Jack Nesbitt giving a fitting word at the grave side.

Mrs. Sarah Gardiner of Vancouver, B.C., on February 13, age 89. Our esteemed sister was saved in 1922. She married Alex McGaughey; a servant of the who predeceased her in 1957. For many years she served faithfully in Clarence House, a home for the aged, before marrying the late George Gardiner In 1972. She leaves one son, David McGaughey two married daughters, Ruth and Mary, 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was a faithful sister in the Victoria Drive assembly for over 45 years and a succourer of many.

William McPherson of Clinton, Ontario on February 18, age 86, following a stroke. Our dear brother was one of a number saved during meetings in farm homes in 1967-68 in the Walton area conducted by David Kember, helped by A. Gratton, P Kember and other brethren. Characterized by a meek and unassuming nature, our brother was a very contented man, who bore a consistent testimony to God’s saving grace over almost 30 years that he gathered with the saints at Clinton. A good number, including unsaved relatives, heard the gospel at the funeral.

William Swindal of London, Ontario, on February 20 in the hospital, age 70 after a long trying illness which he suffered patiently. Our brother was saved in 1944 and was received into fellowship in the old Pall Mall Hall in London. He and his first wife lived in several cities as his employment required. They had been in happy fellowship in Oshawa for 13 years and were on the eve of moving back to London in 1988 when Beverly passed away. Bill loved to sing and enjoyed teaching in the Sunday School. He leaves a daughter, son and wife Doreen.

Viola (Mrs. Harry) Watterson of Bryn Mawr, PA, on February 25, age 85. Our beloved sister; born in Philadelphia, was saved in Limavady, N.I. Following her marriage, she and her husband were received into fellowship at the Mascher Street assembly in Philadelphia through contact with brethren who worked with Harry. After moving in 1945, they were in fellowship at Bryn Mawr for several years. They and the assembly had much joy when they returned to Bryn Mawr in 1990. Since 1994, she and her husband have lived in Syracuse, NY because of their health.

Miss Eileen Smith of Guelph, Ontario on February 26, age 51. Our dear sister was saved on January 20, 1986 during. special meetings held by the Bolton assembly. She was in fellowship in the Bracondale, Bolton and Guelph assemblies for over 10 years. Eileen was whole hearted and faithful to the assembly. Courageously, she endured cancer for 16 years. The large funeral was taken by Murray Pratt with many unsaved present. She leaves behind her father and an unsaved brother for whom prayer is requested.

Miss Ruth Wilson of Thunder Bay, Ontario on February 27. Our well be loved sister was born and raised in Port Arthur, Ontario. Ruth was saved in l938 under the preaching of Mr. Chawner, a servant of the Lord. She taught in the Sunday School for a number of years, faithfully attended the assembly meetings and was an example to younger sisters. Jim Webb preached the gospel faithfully to the large crowd gathered for the funeral and read I Thessalonians 4 at the grave side.