Tidings – Canada

British Columbia

Kamloops, During July, David Richards and Bryan Funston had three weeks of tent meetings on a site near the Gospel Hall. A number of contacts were made with some out for the first time.

Terrace, Jack Saword made an appreciated visit the last weekend of June.

Vancouver, The West Richmond assembly celebrated its 40th anniversary on July 18. An afternoon session recounted the early days from the commencement of the work. In the evening, testimonies were given by brethren reached through the work in Richmond. More than 200 gathered for this happy occasion. Baptisms were held at Carlton, Fairview and Victoria Drive during the month of July The Seed Sowers effort at the Chinatown Night Market which began in June was extended to the middle of August with some contacts seen at local assembly meetings. Prior to leaving for Japan, James Curie gave help in local assemblies during July.

Westbank, A large number of young believers were present at the recent conference which was a time of encouragement. Brethren sharing in the meetings were: John Abernethy, Bryan Funston, Harold Paisley, David Richards and Alan Ritchie.


Grande Prairie, Alex Dryburgh and Gordon Williams had two weeks of encouraging gospel meetings.

Lethbridge, Encouraging numbers attended gospel meetings by Steve Kember and Shad Sluiter and there was blessing in salvation.


Taylorside, James Ronald Jr. gave a report of his gospel work to the south of the assembly here.


Barrie, After the assembly had weekly children’s meetings for 10 weeks with a nice response, Murray Pratt had nightly children’s meetings for two weeks with a good number of parents and children attending.

Brampton, In fellowship with the Bolton assembly, Jim Jarvis and Frank Sona started tent meetings on August 9.

Clinton, On August 1, William McBride and Gary Sharp commenced tent meetings.

Clyde, Four weeks of gospel meetings by Brian Crawford and Don Nicholson ended in June and the saints rejoiced oven the salvation of two souls who were heavy on their hearts. The assembly also enjoyed recent missionary reports from David Booth and Walter Boyd, and a Lord’s day visit from Timothy Walker.

Deer Lake, The saints enjoyed visits from Lorne Langfeld on Lord’s day, June 27 and from David Booth for the SS picnic on July 3.

Gore Bay, During a short gospel series by Alvin Cook and Alan Brandon (Lake Shore) a boy from Southern Ontario professed and some contacts were made.

Guelph, Walter Boyd gave appreciated ministry and missionary reports on the work in South Africa at Guelph and at a number of the surrounding assemblies in July.

Ingersoll, George Patterson and Ed Miller had tent meetings with an encouraging attendance.

Kapuskasing, On July 4, the assembly had the joy of baptizing a young sister. G.P. Taylor gave his testimony and Bruce Rodgers spoke on baptism. On August 1, Bruce Rodgers and Brian Owen started tent meetings with an encouraging attendance of strangers the first week.

London, Prayer is requested for gospel meetings beginning September12 with Brian Crawford and Bruce Rodgers.

Manitowaning, On August 1, Alvin Cook commenced a series in the gospel. Midland, Helped by Evan Moneau, Harold Paisley started tent meetings on August 8.

Newmarket, Recently, David Booth, Jack Yocum, Fred Krauss and Don Nicholson gave help in ministry and gospel which was much appreciated by the saints.

North Bay, The assembly enjoyed a week of children’s meetings with Jim Jarvis in the spring as well as visits by Arnold Gratton and David Booth. The June conference was profitable with ministry to encourage and stir. The Bible readings on the millennial reign of Christ were helpful and thought provoking. In July, two series of children’s meetings were held, one in Mattawa and the other in Cache Bay.

Orillia, Harold Paisley made appreciated visits to Orillia, Parry Sound, Waubaushene, Arnstein and Eglinton. Toronto.

Sudbury, A visit by Alex Dryburgh in June was appreciated by the saints. In June and July, Brian Owen and Larry Buote had three and a half weeks of well attended gospel meetings.

Thunder Bay, The assembly enjoyed having Timothy Kember for two consecutive Lord’s days and a midweek ministry meeting in July.

Toronto, Frank Sona expected to start children’s meetings in Victoria Park on September 12.

Valens, On July 25, Ed Miller and George Patterson commenced tent meetings.

Wallaceburg, Tent meetings with William Metcalf and Bert Snippe were encouraging with blessing in salvation.

New Brunswick

Saint John West, Murray McCandless and Darris Barney had two weeks of children’s meetings and a gospel series in a tent with blessing in salvation.

Sussex, A baptism was held on August 8, bringing joy to the saints.

Nova Scotia

Barrington Passage, At last report, Albert Hull and James McClelland had completed five weeks in the gospel with good numbers but some opposition.

Berwick, Following an afternoon ministry meeting and baptism, Arnold Gratton and Noel Burden commenced tent meetings and saw God’s hand in salvation.

Cornwallis, Stephen Vance and David McClelland had a gospel tent series with souls to Christ.

Nineveh, The Christians recently enjoyed visits from Norman Crawford, Stanley Wells and Grard Roy.

Streets Ridge, Peter Orasuk and Peter Ramsay are labouring with the Pugwash Junction assembly in tent meetings at Streets Ridge. As our brethren entered the third week of gospel meetings, excellent numbers were attending and there was a good interest. Over 100 children attended a week of special children’s meetings in the tent.

Prince Edward Island

The Island conference in May was edifying and refreshing. Seventeen full time ministering brethren were present and over 700 attended the two day conference.

Bloomfield, At last report, Robert McIlwaine and David Hierlihy were in their fifth week of gospel meetings with good numbers attending.

Charlottetown/Crapaud, During July, the Chanlottetown and Crapaud assemblies were encouraged to see three young men baptized by Murray McCandless and Peter Orasuk. All three were saved in February 1999 at meetings in Charlottetown.

Crapaud, Prayer is requested for a gospel series which Peter Orasuk and Frank Sona expect to start in late September.

Freetown, The assembly was encouraged by blessing in salvation during six weeks of gospel meetings with Jonathan Procopio and Peter Ramsay.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Arnold Adams gave appreciated mmnistry in a number of assemblies in Newfoundland during July and August.

Gander, The Lord blessed in salvation and the saints were encouraged during tent meetings from July 4-23 with Bert Joyce and Marvin Derksen.

Gander Bay, On August 1, Carl Payne and Alvin Blake commenced tent meetings in the nearby town of Carmanville.

Grande Falls, Bryan Joyce and George Whey had a week of open air meetings in the Grande Falls/Windsor area with a very good response. During the summer, open air meetings were held in many parts of the province by various brethren with an overall good interest.

Lapoile, The Gospel Boat work was most encouraging and a number of isolated communities were visited. A few nights of gospel meetings were held in Lapoile with a good number coming to the meetings and showing excellent interest. Follow-up meetings are planned by David Hunt in the near future.

McIvers, Jim Jarvis and Alvin Blake had gospel meetings with some evident interest.

Parsons Pond, On July 25, the saints moved into their new hall and ministry was given by Arnold Adams, Gordon Farnsworth and Mark Freymond. The official opening will be at the conference on October24 with a series of gospel meetings to follow.

Templeman, Prayer is requested for a gospel series commencing September 12 with Bryan Joyce and Marvin Derksen.

Tidings – U.S.A.

S. Dakota

Rapid City, Gospel meetings by Allan Chnistopherson and younger brethren from Iowa closed, but brother Christopherson remained a little longer for personal visits.


Blair, In this town which is about 20 miles north of Omaha, Joel Portman started gospel meetings in a rented room with about 35 people present each night.


Cannon Falls, Robert Orr and Dennis Stickfort had tent meetings with some interest.


Garnavillo, From July 5-9, David Gilliland had very interesting ministry meetings.

Hampton, On July18, Eric McCullough and William Bingham gave profitable ministry at a farewell meeting for Dr. Bonnie Weber who has now returned to Zambia.

Stout, Eric McCullough and William Bingham commenced tent meetings in Pankersburg, but because of very hot and stormy weather, the meetings were moved to the Gospel Hall. Larger numbers are attending following this move.


Rolla, Prayer is valued for a gospel series which Joel Portman and Mark Van Den Hart expect to have in September.


Janesville, On August 1, Lorne Mitchell and Jerry Jennings began gospel meetings in a rented building.

Platteville, Following a Seed Sowens distribution by local saints on July 30 and 31, Arthur Ward and Jim Frazier started tent meetings on August 1.

Sparta, Helped by local brethren from three Wisconsin assemblies, Jenny Jennings had five weeks in the gospel with some interest.


Battle Creek, John Slabaugh and Dan Shutt completed three and a half weeks in the gospel in June with concern evidenced by some of the believers’ children. The saints also appreciated visits from William Metcalf and Gary Sharp.

Jackson, The assembly enjoyed a report on the work of Seed Sowers from Tim McCauley, who does a major part of the necessary organization and work related to these efforts.

Kinross, Larry Perkins and Stuart Thompson saw a number of unsaved attend tent meetings. The Sault Ste. Marie, MI assembly was encouraged and there are plans to follow up this work.

Saginaw, Ministry by Norman Crawford and Stuart Thompson was most encouraging at the all day meeting on August 1. Prayer is requested for a gospel effort in October with William Lavery.


Akron, During July, the assembly received encouraging ministry from Dale Vitale, David Oliver and James Smith.

Clyde, Profitable ministry was given by Jack Nesbitt and John Slabaugh during visits in June and by Norman Crawford on August 8.

Mansfield, Two teenage boys professed during the first week of a gospel series by Robert Surgenor and Larry Steers. At last report, our brethren were in their fourth week.


Fort Wayne, Sixty Seed Sowers workers spent the last week of July distributing 60,000 texts in this area. Norman Crawford and Matthew Smith (Jackson) expected to pitch a tent and preach the gospel in Fort Wayne in August.

West Virginia

New Creek, Walter Gustafson and William Skates began gospel meetings on July 18 and were encouraged to see souls saved at the beginning of the meetings.


Matoaca, The assembly enjoyed a visit from T. Wilson (Scotland) on August 1. David Oliver and Tom Cooper began gospel tent meetings on August 8.

North Carolina

Hickory, David Gilliland held one week of excellent ministry meetings in mid July. About 100 from non-assembly homes, including many parents, attended one week of encouraging children’s meetings. The assembly had further joy when a man was baptized.


Bryn Mawr, The saints had a week of children’s meetings from July 19-23 and were greatly encouraged by the families attending the final night.

Donora, David Oliver visited here for ministry on July 22 and 29.

Hatboro, On July 28, Tom Baker gave a report and ministered the Word. David Oliver also visited on August 4.

Indiana, The believers enjoyed a visit by James Smith for two Lord’s days and several nights of ministry. William Seale planned children’s meetings from August 9-13. The assembly has been encouraged with a number of new children coming to the SS and several college students coming to gospel meetings.

McKeesport, David Oliver was with the assembly from July 18 to August 1. In addition to his ministry in the weekly meetings, he was joined by Dale Vitale in a week of children’s meetings.

New Jersey

Midland Park, Tom Baker gave a report and helpful ministry on July 29.

Pennsauken, On July 25, Tom Baker and Gene Higgins concluded four and a half weeks of gospel meetings. The Lord gave encouraging blessing in a number of souls being saved. Brother Baker remained in the area for a couple of weeks and there were others who professed through personal contacts.


Methuen, Three weeks of gospel meetings with Arthur Ward and Stanley Wells concluded on August 1. Some came as a result of the 4,500 Seed Sowers and invitations given out. On August 1, a good number came from surrounding assemblies to enjoy timely ministry given by Frank Tornaquindici and Stanley Wells.

Watertown, Arthur Ward made an appreciated visit in July

Worcester, The assembly enjoyed a visit from Walter Gustafson in early July.

Tidings – Other Countries

N. Ireland

Bushmills, The annual Bible readings were conducted by David Kane and every evening the site was filled to capacity. Open air meetings were held each day in the Bushmills and Pontrush areas and thousands of tracts were distributed.

Conferences, Conferences were convened at the holiday season at Ballybollen, Ballymaganick, Bleary, Dunmullen and Kingsmills. All were well attended and the ministry given was considered to be edifying and helpful. Gospel, After the holiday season, a number of series of gospel meetings were commenced, some in portable halls or tents.


Capivari, At last report, H. Wilson and T. Matthews were in their third week in the gospel in the new hall with good attendance and one man had professed.


Schoonoord, During the summer, Lou Swaan and William Felix had open air meetings and tent efforts in various parts of the country with an encouraging response in some areas.

Conferences, D.V.

Brandon, Manitoba

October11 in the Gospel Hall. Bible reading at 10am Ephesians 1, with Ministry at 1:30. Corr. Alan Ritchie, (204) 727-4971.

Huntsville, Ontario

September 4 and 5 with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. All meetings in Centennial Centre, Park Drive, (705) 789-6421. Bible readings on Church Truth from Ephesians (Saturday) and Philippians (Lord’s day). Corn. David Traves, 1OA West Rd., Huntsville, ON,

PIH 1K9, (705) 789-8420.

London, Ontario

November 6 and 7 in the Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Avenue, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Ministry at 10. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corn. Hugh R. Garnham, 843 Dalkeith Crescent, London, ON, N5X 1S5, (519) 433-1825. Hall (519) 451-8233.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

October 16 and 17 in the Gospel Hall, Adams and Hawkins Streets, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Ministry at 10, Bible reading at 1:30 on John 15 and 16, Ministry at 2:45 and Gospel at 6:45. On Lord’s day, Breaking of Bread at 9:30, Bible reading at 1:30, Ministry at 2:45 and Gospel at 6:45. Corn. Win. Smith, 7467 Merritt Ave., Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 5C3, (905) 354-8272.

Sussex, NB

October 2 and 3 in Sussex Regional High School, Leonard Drive. On Saturday, Ministry at 10:30. On Lord’s Day, Breaking of Bread at 10. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, Route 114. Corn. David Beckett, 1019 Waterford Road, Waterfond, NB, E4E 5C2, (506) 433-4766. Accom: Don McLean, (506) 847-9010.

Cape Breton, NS

October 9, 10 and 11 in Memorial High School, Memorial Drive, Sydney Mines, (902) 736-6233. On Saturday, prayer meeting at 2:30 with Ministry at 3:30 and Gospel at 7. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 8:30 on Hebrews 1 with Breaking of Bread at 10. On Monday, Bible reading at 9 on Philippians 2, with Ministry at 10:15. Corn. Junior MacDonald, I Cambridge Ave., Sydney Mines, NS, BIV 2G4, (902) 736-3133. Accom: Bruce Bartlett, please phone in advance (902) 794-1401 .

Manchester, Iowa

October 2 and 3 in Middle School, 1001 Doctor Street. First meeting on Saturday at 10 a.m. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9, Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Gospel on Lord’s day will be in the Gospel Hall, 1308 North Third Street. Corn. C.F. Foster, 130 Clara Ave., Manchester, IA 52057-1306, (319) 927-2963.

Blue River, Wisconsin

October16 and 17 in St. John’s Gymnasium, Wisconsin Ave., Muscoda. First meeting on Saturday at 10 a.m. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9 on Lev. 3. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Prayer meeting in Blue Riven Gospel Hall on Friday at 8p.m., preceded by supper at 6. Corn. Jim Frazier, 15513 Richwood Estates Lane, Blue River, WI 53518, (608) 537-2977.

LaCrosse, Wisconsin

October 30 and 31 in Logan Middle School, 1450 Avon St., (608) 789-7755. First meeting on Saturday at 10. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9 on Luke 18:31-34, Luke 23:8-25 and Luke 24:6-7. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Prayer and Ministry on Friday at the Gospel Hall, 1928 George St. at 7:30 p.m. Conr. David L. Hardie, 708 – 11th Ave. So., Onalaska, WI 54650, (608) 783-4067. Note: Please note change in date from last year. This will be the 100th conference at La Crosse.

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

November 6 and 7 in Colonial Elementary School, Plymouth Meeting, PA (directly behind Plymouth Whitemansh High School). School is one mile southeast of intersection of Route 476 and Pennsylvania Turnpike (Norristown exit), follow Germantown Pike East, turn left on Colonial Road just past the school. Use exit 8, Plymouth Meeting, if travelling Route 476 North. On Saturday, meetings at 10:30, 2:30 and 7. On Lord’s day, meetings at 10, 2:30 and 7. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, 8 North Summit Grove Ave. Corn. Harold Stewart, (610) 825-0384.

Terryville, Connecticut

October16 and 17 in High School, North Main Street, Terryville. On Saturday, Ministry at 10:30 and 2 with Gospel at 6. On Lord’s day, Worship at 10, Ministry at 2 and Gospel at 4:30. Prayer meeting in the Gospel Hall, 34 North Main on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Accom: William Batterton, (203) 755-7621 .

Kindly remember:

Maidstone, SK, Mervin, SK and Paradise Valley, AB – Oct. 9 and 10
Arnstein, ON – Sept. 18 and 19
Chapman Valley/Parry Sound, ON – Sept. 25 and 26
Clinton, ON – Oct. 2 and 3
St. Thomas, ON – Oct. 9 and 10
Omaha, NE – Sept. 11 and 12
Hitesville, IA – Sept. 18 and 19
Livonia, MI – Oct. 23 and 24
Midland Park, NJ – Sept. 25 and 26
Hardwick, VT – Sept. 11 and 12

Change of Address

Mrs. Paul Elliott, 343 Parrott St., Apt. 1, Aplington, IA 50604-1063

Murray McCandless, 2070 Route 121, Norton, NB, E5T 1E9

Paul Thiessen, Apartado #2-1081, Guadalajara 2 Jalisco, Mexico, C.P. 44281 (mailing address only)

Change of Correspondent

Saginaw, MI – Dr. Robert Dennison, 8120 Junction Road, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734, (517) 652 9553

With Christ

Mrs. Norman Loughlin of Australia, age 87. Our dear sister was saved in Ireland in 1937 and emigrated to Australia with her husband and family in 1953. She was a most kind and thoughtful lady, always given to hospitality. Her quiet consistent testimony was an example to all. John McDowell and Harold Forrest shared in the funeral service.

Mrs. Wilma Banks of Bracebridge, Ontario on June 6, age 92. Our dear sister was saved at age 25 and had a good testimony in her family and locality. Hen husband Herbert predeceased her. Both were in fellowship in the Huntsville assembly and were responsible for the gospel meeting in Bracebnidge where our sister taught Sunday School in a rented room. The funeral was taken by Ed Clingen. Prayer is requested for all who heard the gospel at the funeral service.

Clarence Leerhoff of Parkersburg, Iowa on July 23, age 89. Our dear brother was saved in the summer of 1928 during gospel meetings conducted by Sam Hamilton and Archie Stewart in the little community of Coster, IA. He was in the Hitesville assembly these many years and was a faithful and respected brother who had a cane for the welfare of the assembly. He is survived by his wife Fannie, two daughters and their families. The funeral service was taken by Robert Orr.

Reva Wright of Orillia, Ontario on July 26, age 76. Our dear sister was saved as a teenager. She and her husband have been in fellowship in the Orillia assembly since their marriage almost 56 years ago. They had nine children and she proved to be a faithful wife, mother and sister in Christ. Her enjoyment of the Word and hen prayers among the sisters of the assembly will long be remembered. Many relatives and friends heard faithful words at the funeral which was taken by Earl Pears and Andrew Adams. Please pray for four sons and a daughter.

Bethany Lodge, Unionville

The Board of Bethany Lodge wish to announce that after many years of dedicated and exemplary service, the Administrator, Mr. William S. Stainton, intends to retire. In order to provide for an orderly succession, Mr. Stainton has agreed to continue until at least the end of 1999. Qualified applicants for the position of Administrator, Bethany Lodge, are invited to submit their rsums to: Mr. Ed Hannah, President, Bethany Lodge, 23 Second Street, Unionville, ON, L3R 2C2. The Board is seeking candidates with strong administrative or managerial background, and a demonstrated interest in the physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the elderly among God’s people.