British Columbia

Kamloops: The conference was one of their largest in recent years and was a great encouragement to the saints, as well as to those visiting. Six brethren shared in the ministry and gospel: Cap Van de Wetering, John Fitzpatrick, Bryan Funston, Al Flett, Kevin Flett (El Salvador), and Ross Smythe. 


Taylorside: The saints were encouraged at the annual conference commemorating 100 years of testimony. Brethren taking part were Robert Boyle, Jack Gould, Jim Hanna, James Ronald, Peter Simms, Paul Thiessen, Jim Webb, and Gordon Williams. 


Clinton: The saints were encouraged in seeing a young woman obey the Lord in baptism. Prayer is requested for her unsaved husband and two children.

London: Sammy Maze visited the assembly for the Lord’s Day on June 2. The Christians were encouraged by two teenaged Sunday School girls recently professing faith in the Lord Jesus.

North Bay: A nice number gathered for the conference at Nipissing Junction and help was evident in the ministry of the Word, in the testimony of Gary Hicks of Jackson, MI, and in the Bible Readings on Eph. 1 and 6 led by Stuart Thompson and Brian Crawford. The gospel was ably preached by William Metcalf and George Patterson. It was encouraging to see a nice number of young people present.

Ottawa: A series of gospel tent meetings are planned, D.V. for August 11-31 with Gaius Goff and Grard Roy. The tent will be in the Orleans area of Ottawa. Please pray that God will bless in salvation. If Christians have friends or relatives in the area they wish contacted, leave a message at 1-613-748-0269, or www.gospeltent.org.

Strongville: The assembly has appreciated ministry recently by Alex Dryburgh on the Holy Spirit and Frank Sona on the Book of Ruth. Harold Paisley has given appreciated visits over the past year as well as Larry Steers, Ernie Dellandrea, Ed Doherty, and Gary Sharp. The assembly continues with the children’s outreach in the nearby town of Lisle.

Toronto: Stephen Vance was in Victoria Park for two weeks of childrens meetings with an encouraging response.

Nova Scotia

Nineveh: During the month of June, the assembly enjoyed visits from brethren Grard Roy, Sam McBride, and Tom Meekin from Ireland. Please pray for gospel meetings planned by the assembly in September, with John Meekin (Ireland) and Peter Orasuk. 

Sydney Mines: The saints were encouraged to receive two young sisters into fellowship recently, bringing a real joy to the assembly.

Weaver Settlement: The saints enjoyed a refreshing week of ministry given by Grard Roy. We also enjoyed a recent visit from Sam McBride who spoke on the truth of baptism

Newfoundland and Labrador

Burgeo: Headed by D. Hunt, a gospel tent was erected June 20 in this small south coastal town. J.A. Joyce along with other brethren gave help in the short series. The response from the town was very poor and prayer is requested for wisdom in further gospel activity. 

Carbonear: W. Buckle plans to spend a large part of the summer in this area distributing gospel literature and holding open-air services.

Corner Brook: The annual conference was smaller than usual, but the ministry proved profitable for the Lord’s people. Help was given by F. Barney, B. Bingham, C. Hiscock, J. Jarvis, B. Joyce, J.A. Joyce, S. Joyce, and P. Matthews. The Bible study on the subject of comfort led by J. Jarvis was positive and instructive.

Daniel’s Harbour: Gospel meetings were planned to commence July 14 with E. Fowler and B. Barkhouse.

Gander: M. Derksen gave appreciated visits to the assembly on the weekends of June 16th and 30th.

Grand Falls-Windsor: J.A. Joyce and B. Joyce planned to start a gospel series in the newly rented building July 10.

LaPoile: D. Hunt and C. Hiscock expected to spend the first week of July in this small isolated town having gospel meetings in the Community Center.



Okanogan: John Fitzpatrick, helped by local brethren, had gospel meetings. God graciously saved two teenagers and a 57 year-old Jewish man, bringing much joy to the assembly. 


Turlock: The 3rd annual conference, held the weekend prior to Easter, was the largest yet with only one empty seat. Relevant and helpful ministry was given by Harold Paisley, John Slabaugh, Sam Lomen, Joel Webb, and David Hodgkins. One young girl professed faith in Christ during the meeting on Sunday afternoon. Several instances of restoration were noted as having taken place.


Greeley: A Seed Sower distribution was planned here on July 22-26, and a special gospel series in the Greeley Recreation Center, July 23-27.


Phoenix: The Sunnyslope assembly received encouragement in recent ministry from James Baker and reports with ministry from John McDowell.. A clothing distribution saw over 200 adults and children present to hear the gospel. Four more souls have professed to be saved and a number of believers have asked for baptism. The Sunnyslope assembly continues in prayer and support for this outreach work and looks forward to the establishment of a Spanish speaking assembly.


Elkhorn: The believers here were encouraged by four professing salvation during gospel meetings held through June with Roy Weber and Jim Frazier. 


Hinckley: On June 16, William Skates started gospel meetings with Robert Orr joining him shortly after. Eric McCullough was expected to help but, due to his wife’s surgery , he felt needed at home during her recovery.


West Union: In April, William Metcalf had two weeks of well attended ministry meetings, taking up the chart, Egypt to Canaan.


Ontario: Robert Orr and Jerry Jennings visited the assembly recently. Ross Vanstone and Brandon Doll, a local brother, had gospel tent meetings in Wausau where they found encouraging interest in this new area. Ed Miller had a week of well-attended children’s meetings here and three neighboring towns using a Bible Van supplied by Darrell Wessels, a brother from the Blue River assembly. 

Waukesha: In June, Jerry Jennings visited for a night of ministry. Please pray for gospel meetings to commence in August, Lord willing.


Deckerville: William Lavery and William Metcalf purpose to commence a series of gospel tent meetings here beginning August 4. 

Cass City: William Lavery and Jack Nesbitt had a tent series in June with blessing in salvation that encouraged the assembly.

Ferndale: On June 30, the assembly had a special day of ministry and gospel with a good number of children and adults present. Norman Crawford spoke at the three meetings.

Jackson: Dan Shutt and Matt Smith expect to begin tent meetings just outside Jackson on August 11. A booth has been procured at the county fair to give out invitations, texts, and tracts a week before the meetings.

Petoskey: Larry Perkins and Stu Thompson planned to commence a series of tent meetings in on July 7 on the local fairgrounds. It is also the first tent series that assembly workers have had in this region in probably a generation or more.


Toronto: John Slabaugh and Art Ward in the third week of well-attended tent meetings saw some precious souls saved. The meetings were very encouraging to the small assemblies at Toronto and Steubenville. 


Hatboro: Three weeks of well attended gospel meetings were held in the tent in Hatboro, conducted by Gene Higgins and David Oliver. Many new contacts were made. A few precious souls professed and some were left in concern. Pray that there will yet be further fruit. 

New Jersey

Midland Park: The assembly had visits from Ken Taylor and Walter Gustafson in February. Frank Sona and Jim Beattie were here in March. The gospel meetings with John Slabaugh and Gary Sharp continued for 3 1/2 weeks, April 14 through May 8. Some visitors were in, and unsaved almost every night. James Flanigan was here from June 2-7 giving ministry on God’s Prophetic Program, with practical applications to appropriate behavior for believers.

North Carolina

Hickory: The conference was a time of refreshing for the saints and blessing in the gospel as two souls professed faith in Christ. The assembly also enjoyed a few nights of ministry with brethren Art Ward and Jim Flannigan. David Petterson has opened the “Denver Gospel Center” here – an office building on the main highway. He will be having six weeks of Tuesday night children’s meetings in the building, and it is also open at times during the day for tract distribution. At the end of June, there was a baptism of a man recently saved from one of the denominations.


Hardwick: Over the months of May and June the assembly enjoyed visits from three of the Lord’s servants: Ernest Green of France for a weekend, William Lavery for several days when a brother and sister were baptized, and John Stubbs who ministered from Nehemiah using his chart on the Twelve Gates of Jerusalem. 


Byfield: Eric Parmenter remained in the area for ministry meetings after the conference. He visited the assemblies in Methuen, Mount Auburn, Saugus, MA, and Westbrook, ME. The assemblies appreciated his visits. He returned to England on June 17. 


Manchester: The assembly greatly appreciated William McBride’s profitable ministry on the Garments of Aaron during the last week of May. Afterward, John Stubbs gave a week of ministry on the gospel of Mark. In April, Peter Orasuk visited for two nights of helpful ministry meetings. 

Conferences. D.V.

Arlington/Marysville, WA

August 31-September 2 in the Gospel Hall, 323 S. Stillaguamish Ave., Arlington. Prayer and ministry Friday 7 p.m. Saturday: Bible Study 8:45 a.m., Prayer, Praise and Ministry 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m., Ministry for the Young 8:45 p.m. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 9:30 a.m. (Arlington and Marysville), Bible Study 11:15 a.m., Prayer, Praise and Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. (Arlington and Marysville), Ministry for the Young 8:45 p.m. Monday: Bible Study 8:45 a.m., Prayer, Praise and Ministry 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Accom: Don Kazen, Tel. (360)652-9856 or Phil Kazen, Tel.(360)659-4611.

Clementsvale, NS

August 31-September 1 in the Champlain Hall, Cornwallis Park. Saturday: Prayer and Ministry 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Sunday: Bible Reading 8:30 a.m. (Isaiah 53), Breaking of Bread 10 a.m., Ministry 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Corr: Mr. Lionel Cress, RR 1, Clementsvale, NS, B0S 1G0; Tel. (902)467-3115. Accom: please call in advance James McCelland, Tel. (902)467-3351.

Huntsville, ON

August 31-September 1 with a prayer meeting on Friday August 30 at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are at the Huntsville Centennial Center on Park Drive, Tel: 705-789-6421. Meetings Saturday and Sunday are at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday Bible Reading is on Elders and Deacons. Sunday Bible Reading is on The Priesthood of all Believers. Corr: David Traves, 10 A West Rd. Huntsville, ON P1H 1K9, Tel: 705-789-8420.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON and MI

August 31-September 1 with prayer meeting Friday at 7:30 p.m. All meetings will be in the Gospel Hall, Cor. Wellington and Spring Streets. Order of meetings will be Saturday 10 a.m., 1:30, 3:30 and 7 p.m.; Sunday 10:15 a.m., 1:30, 3:30, 7 p.m. Bible Reading both days will deal with the “Coming of the Lord” including pre-rapturte events. Corr: R.A. Clark, 462 MacDonald Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 1H9, Tel. (705)759-0968.

Hardwick, VT

September 14-15 with prayer meeting Friday 7:30 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, 153 Cherry Street. Remaining meetings at Hardwick Elementary School in the middle of the village. Saturday meetings at 10 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m.. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread at 9:30 a.m. followed by Sunday School and afternoon Ministry/Gospel. Meals will be served both days. Please call in advance with lodging requirements to Bill Scott (802) 472-6257.

Chapman Valley/Parry Sound, ON

September 21-22 in the Chapman Valley Gospel Hall. Prayer meeting Friday 7:30 p.m. with supper served 5:30-6 p.m. Bible Reading, Saturday 8:45 a.m. Subject: The Old Man and The New Man. Lords Day Bible Reading subject: Col. 1:15-22. Chapman Valley corr: Herb West, Box 870, Sundridge, ON P0A 1Z0. Tel. (705)384-5280. Parry Sound corr: Tom Hulcoop, 9 Edward St., Parry Sound, ON P2A 2W5,Tel. (705)746-5919.

Midland Park, NJ

September 21-22 in the Gospel Hall, 61 Prospect Street, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8 p.m. Breaking of Bread at 10 a.m. Corr: Edgar Chambers, 303 Huntington Court, Wyckoff, NJ. 07481-2955, Tel: (201)652-4862, Hall: (201)447-0654.

Clinton, ON

October 5-6 in Central Huron Secondary School, 165 Princess Street East. Prayer meeting Friday 7:30 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, 143 Joseph Street. First meeting on Saturday for ministry 10:30 a.m.; Lords Day, Breaking of Bread 10 a.m. Bible Reading subjects will be Fathering (Parenting) in the Home, Eph. 6:4; Fathering (Parenting) in the Assembly, 1 Cor. 4:15. Corr: Douglas McDonald, P.O. Box 329, Clinton, ON N0M 1L0, Tel. (519)565-2752, Hall: (519) 482-8687.

Mansfield, OH

October 5-6 in Lexington High School, 103 Clever Lane, Lexington, OH. Saturday: Ministry 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Gospel 6:30 p.m. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m., SS 11:45 a.m., Ministry 2:30 p.m. with last speaker in the gospel. Meals will be served at lunch and supper both days. Prayer meeting will be in Gospel Hall, 820 Mansfield – Washington Road, (419) 525-3049, Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. Accom: Mark Shutt, 638 Weller Avenue, Mansfield, OH 44904, Tel: (419) 756-0443; e-mail: mshutt@juno.com. Corr. John Hoffman, 1385 Angus Drive, Mansfield, OH 44903, Tel: (419) 884-1990; e-mail: jhoff1867@aol.com

St. Thomas, ON

The annual conference will be held on October 12&13, with prayer meeting at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 1 Sunset Drive on Friday evening, October 11. All other meetings will be held in the Parkside Collegiate, 241 Sunset Drive. Saturday meetings commence at 10:30 AM, Ministry at 2:00 PM and Gospel at 7:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:00 AM and Ministry at 2:30 PM., Gospel at 7:30 PM. Correspondent Lyle McCandless, 45 Pol Crescent, St.Thomas, Ontario N5R 5P9, Telephone (519)637-1602. School(519)633-0090.

Vancouver, BC

October 12-14 in the Burnaby South Secondary School, 5455 Rumble Street, Burnaby. Prayer meeting Friday 8 p.m. in the Victoria Drive Gospel Hall, 4659 Victoria Dr. Meetings on Saturday and Monday: Bible Reading 10 a.m.,
Ministry 2 p.m. and Gospel 7 p.m. Lords Day: Breaking of Bread 9:30 a.m.(Gospel Hall), Ministry 2:30 and Gospel 7 p.m. Corr: Philip Broadhead, 115-678 Citadel Dr., Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 6M7; Tel. (604)468-4979, email: pbroadhead@telus.net.

Picton, ON

October 26 in the Gospel Hall, McFarland Drive. Ministry at 2 and 6:30 p.m. For information, (613)476-2040 and (613)476-6718, or (613)476-3026.

Conference Reminders:

Lorain, OH – August 24-25

Grande Prairie, AB – Aug. 31-Sept. 1

Akron, OH – Aug. 31-Sept. 1

Arnstein, ON – September 14-15

Hitesville IA – September 28-29

Sussex, NB – October 5-6

Livonia, MI – October 27-28

Additions to Address List

Peter Smith, 30 Brown Bay, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3R8 email: pbs@characterlink.net, Phone/fax: (204)239-4326

Change of Address

Eugene Badgley: ebadgley@sympatico.ca

Gaius Goff: goffgc@hotmail.com

William Metcalf: wcmetcalf@xcelco.on.ca

Joel Portman: joel.portman@mindspring.com

With Christ

Correction: The obituary of Bennie Wildebour of Cedar Falls, IA in the June issue contained the incorrect spelling of his name. Apologies from the News Ed.)

Kathryn Bone of Toronto, ON on April 5, aged 42. She was saved in June 2000 in tent meetings conducted by David Oliver and Jim Smith in Unionville. Her brief 22 months of Christian life were marked by a bright testimony. to her friends and family who were amazed by the transformation. Her enthusiastic embrace of the Christian life, thirst for understanding, and love for the Lord’s people brought a special joy to the Lansing assembly. David Oliver used Kathryn’s testimony to preach a powerful gospel message at her funeral. Jim Smith spoke at the graveside. Please pray for her unsaved family and the many friends who expressed an interest in the gospel at her funeral.

Milford McCormick of Council Bluffs, IA on April 10, aged 76. Although Milford was saved only a few years prior to his death, his fellowship with believers meeting at the Omaha Gospel Hall will be deeply missed. His life was a powerful testimony to all who knew him, particularly his family. Please pray for his wife and others in his family that they might share in the peace and quiet happiness that Milford knew in Christ.

Mrs. Margaret J. Brown of Phoenix, AZ on June 2, age 93. Born in Vernon, CT, our beloved sister was saved as a young girl through the truth of Isaiah 53:6. As Peggy Mulholland, she was married to James H. Brown in Phoenix, AZ. They were in happy fellowship in the Garfield Street Assembly for 59 years until failing health in 1988 necessitated their move to Linn Manor. Her husband pre-deceased her in 1993. The funeral service in Phoenix was taken by Grant Hagen of Linn Manor. Each of their three children and eight grandchildren professed to be saved and prayer is requested for 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Vera Young of Toronto, ON on June 4, age 86. Our dear sister was saved on August 8, 1935 through tent meetings conducted by Ben Bradford and John T. Dickson. Early in her Christian life she was convinced that the gathering center was the Lord Jesus Christ, and after being baptized, was received into assembly fellowship. She was a member of the Bracondale assembly from its formation in 1939. From 1996 until her homecall she was in the Lansing assembly. Her husband, Robert, is left to mourn. A close friend, Robert White, gave a fitting tribute to her Christ-like character at the funeral. Larry Steers preached the gospel at the funeral and also spoke at the grave.

Ray Tucker of Hampton, IA on June 5, age 91. Our dear brother was saved on March 30, 1938, during gospel meetings of Oliver Smith, in Hampton. He was the assembly correspondent for 40 years until health problems hindered. Our brother was a faithful man and is keenly missed. His wife, Gail, and daughter, Beverly, survive. Robert Orr took the funeral service in the hall with Joel Portman speaking at the grave.

Verna Gabriel of Marysville, WA on June 22, age 87. She was saved, baptized, and received into assembly fellowship in 1989. Being saved later in life, she was eager to learn the scriptures and delighted to be in the fellowship of believers. She was a testimony to her large family who has survived her, consisting of three sons, three daughters, 37 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren and 30 great-great-grandchildren, most of whom are not saved. Due to poor health, she was unable to attend the assembly for the past three years. Tom Hoy remembered her kindness and presented the gospel warmly at a well-attended service. Pray for her family.

Alice Steen of Marysville, WA on June 25, age 95. She was born again, baptized and received into fellowship of the Arlington assembly in 1922. She married Arthur in 1925 who soon after became very ill. She lovingly cared for him until his death in 1940. With three young children, she courageously purchased land and began a dairy farm. Her life has been one of faithfulness and sacrifice, serving the Lord as a mother, teacher, and grandma to young children, and a friend and hostess to many others. In her later years, she knitted many blankets, sweaters, and hats for Africa and El Salvador. The funeral service was shared by Pete Anderson, Phil Kazen, Craig and Jack Saword.

Alexander (Sandy) E. MacPherson of Longport, NJ on June 27, age 89. Saved in 1943, he soon developed an interest in the gospel. He trained with New Tribe Missions but did not to go to the field. He first came into contact with an assembly in New Orleans in 1947. From 1948-1978 he and is wife were in happy fellowship with the assembly in Bridgeport, CT. They spent two years in the Brookfield, CT assembly and then nine years in Terryville, CT before moving to Longport in 1990. He continued in his love for the gospel and the Lord’s people until his home call. Edyth, his wife of 59 years, still resides at the home in Ocean View. The grave side service was conducted by William Oliver, Todd Cherry, and Albert Amadio.

Norma Tomalty of Red Deer, AB on June 30, age 82. Our sister, with her husband Len, had been for a number of years in the fellowship of the West Hillhurst Assembly in Calgary. She was saved by the grace of God on February 17, 1957. She was given to hospitality and leaves behind many memories of unconditional love, counsel, wisdom and understanding. Pray for our brother and the family members. Bryan Funston conducted the funeral service, with Garry Seale sharing at the grave side.