British Columbia

Port Alberni: B. Funston was with the saints from February 19-23 with ministry. The annual Sunday School treat, on the Lord’s Day, was well-attended by parents and relatives.

Vancouver: Please pray for gospel meetings after the Easter Conference in Victoria Drive with D. Aves and J. Dennison, D.V. A mother baptized in January connected with the Sunday School work has been received into the fellowship.

West Bank: The saints were encouraged to see several saved, others baptized, and two couples desiring reception into the assembly during a gospel series in February with L. Perkins and S. Wells.


Portage la Prairie: D. Oliver had eleven days of ministry on Romans in February. The meetings were well attended, with some coming who were not connected with the assembly. The Lord has blessed the assembly in a remarkable way in the past year, with 39 added to the fellowship since the beginning of 2002.

New Brunswick

Pigeon Hill: On February 9, 100 believers gathered to hear four brethren minister the Word. There was a similar afternoon meeting on January 26 in Shediac.

Sussex: The annual Sunday School Treat saw several parents in from the community. The annual one day conference February 16 followed with helpful ministry given by P. Orasuk, J. Procopio, P. Ramsay and a local brother. Six visitors were in from the community to the gospel meeting as a result of a mall display outreach.

Tracadie: Gospel meetings began January 5 with L. Boute and G. Roy. God has blessed in the salvation of a man who first heard the gospel 23 years ago. In this area, people are persecuted for only coming to the Gospel Hall, so every stranger out is an encouragement to the believers. G. Roy was unable to stay for the fifth week so Zol Gautreau, a local brother, gave help during the final week.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Charlottetown: E. Fowler and B. Barkhouse started gospel meetings February 16. Prayer is valued for this small assembly. D. Hunt and other brethren plan to use Ski-doos to visit isolated northern communities with calendars.

Corner Brook: A. Bergsma was in the province for 10 days visiting Corner Brook, McIvers, and the assemblies on the Northern Peninsula and southern Labrador.

English Point: Gospel meetings with A. Hull and J. McClelland ended February 25 after 6 1/2 weeks. The assemblies in the area pulled together and God was at work with a number of souls trusting Christ.

Grand Falls-Windsor: God has been good to work in the salvation of a young man and his girlfriend who were happily joined in marriage on March 1. A week of gospel meetings started March 2 with B. Joyce and G. Whey.

Parsons Pond: Gospel meetings were planned to start with E. Fowler and G. Roy near the middle of March.

Nova Scotia

Halifax: J. Procopio and P. Ramsay commenced gospel meetings March 2. Prayer for this effort would be appreciated.

Truro: F. Bartlett and Wm. Bingham preached the gospel for 5 1/2 weeks. A number professed to be saved, and the believers thank God for His grace.

Weaver Settlement: In late November a sister was received into assembly fellowship. The saints enjoyed a profitable night of ministry with A. Hull in December. The extension on the Gospel Hall is progressing well.


Arnstein: A. Dryburgh was with the saints for a weekend looking at features of the Lord Jesus in John’s Gospel.

Barrie: The Strongville and Barrie assemblies are joining together in gospel meetings with M. Pratt and S. Vance at the beginning of May in the fairgrounds. A Seed Sower effort will be made in advance of the meetings. Prayer would be appreciated..

Brampton: The saints have enjoyed help this year from D. Booth, B. Poidevin, L. Langfeld, B. Rodgers, and J. Jarvis. The Children’s work in the area is very encouraging with 60-70 children and parents out each Monday evening. J. Jarvis and others have been encouraged with a childrens work started in Orangeville a couple of years ago. There are now more then thirty children and parents out each Tuesday evening.

Clinton: Attendance at the Sunday School Treat and Awards on February 8 was encouraging . The children listened attentively to an interesting lesson by M. Derksen.

Gore Bay: D. Booth gave two nights of very profitable ministry in February on Prayer and Knowing the Lords Will. The saints from Gore Bay and Clover Valley were greatly encouraged.

London: S. Vance spoke to a large crowd of children and parents at the Sunday School treat. Please pray for gospel meetings with D. Oliver and M. Pratt to begin D.V. on March 16.

Mimico: P. Simms and Dr. P. Robinson preached the gospel here in February. There was a nice interest.

North Bay: The Christians enjoyed a meeting with M. Poidevin with ministry and an account of the work in Zambia. A. Dryburgh was with the assembly for a week on Timothy, with help given at the children’s outreach and monthly ministry meeting. L. Langfeld was also with us for a ministry meeting.

Peterborough: Please pray for gospel meetings planned to commence March 2 with B. Owen and A. LeBlanc, D.V.

Sarnia: F. Sona and M. McCandless entered the fifth week of gospel meetings with excellent numbers of visitors attending.

Sault Ste. Marie: A. Dryburgh had several meetings in early February with the assembly here on 1 Thess.

St. Marys: An impromptu gospel series in February requested by a 21 year old concerned man, brought joy when he trusted Christ at the end of the first week. Meetings, by local and, occasionally, visiting brethren and S. Kember, continued for two more weeks due to hopes for others showing some interest. Children’s meetings are planned with S. Kember during the March break.

Sudbury: The assembly enjoyed ministry and a report on the work in Zambia by M. Poidevin. A. Dryburgh gave an appreciated visit to the assembly with three nights of ministry. E. Miller was with the assembly for the childrens treat and monthly ministry meeting in February.

Toronto: The Langstaff assembly is planning a series of gospel meetings, D.V., beginning May 4th with Walter Boyd (N. Ireland) and Gordon Williams.

Prince Edward Island

Crapaud: W. Buckle and M. Bonnell preached the gospel faithfully during five weeks of gospel meetings (Jan-Feb) in Crapaud. God blessed in salvation.

Freetown: The annual one-day conference was held on February 9. M. Bonnell, W. Buckle, N. Burden P. Orasuk, and P. Ramsay were present to help along with ministry given by local brethren I. Kember and S. MacLeod.


Glen Ewen: J. Procopio and P. Ramsay labored in the gospel January 12 to February 7 in the Communiplex with some blessing in salvation. The gospel and ministry were a spiritual lift to the saints. Approximately 30 people from this rural community attended for the first time.

Taylorside: W. Skates and R. Weber are preaching the gospel here.



Phoenix: The Sunnyslope assembly received encouraging ministry recently from J. Beattie, E. Doherty, and J. Smith. A report meeting and ministry from J. Dennison brought much joy to the assembly in hearing of blessing in the Spanish assembly.


Chico: B. Funston was with the assembly from January 31-February 4 for ministry. The saints expressed appreciation for the visit.

San Diego: The conference this year was an encouragement. The ministering brethren were J. . Beattie, J. Webb and G. Williams. The Bible readings on 1 Cor. 11 were very helpful. G. Williams remained for three ministry meetings on Isaiah.


Manchester: P. Orasuk and R. Surgenor shared responsibility for the monthly Bible Reading in February.

Newington: Three teenagers professed to be saved during a testimony gospel meeting in January which was a great encouragement to the Sunday School teachers. P. Orasuk held a week of well-attended ministry meetings in the area assemblies.

Terryville: P. Orasuk visited on February 4 with encouraging ministry.


Deland: In December, the assembly enjoyed a visit from J. Smith. The annual conference in February was our largest to date, with Wm. Lavery, H. Paisley, and Wm. Skates giving appreciated help. Following the conference, H. Paisley had two weeks of interesting ministry on Daniel. Some strangers that attended these meetings are coming to the regular meetings. A young brother and an older sister were baptized in February.


New Lenox: The saints appreciated the helpful ministry and encouragement from G. Sharp and J. Slabaugh, February 9, followed by E. McCullough the next week.


Antioch: J. Jennings and R. Van Mill of the Stout assembly are engaged in gospel meetings here.

Cedar Falls: The assembly was encouraged with blessing in salvation during five weeks of gospel meetings in January/February with G. Sharp and B. Crawford. Unsaved visitors were in attendance nearly every night.
The assembly also appreciated the visit of J. Slabaugh during February.

Garnavillo: J. Slabaugh and G. Sharp visited for one night and gave appreciated ministry.

Hampton: D. Shutt had a week of children’s meetings here, with 40-50 children out each night in spite of bitter weather.

Waterloo: R. Orr and E. McCullough have finished a week of gospel meetings in Western Ave. as of March 1st with visitors in each night.


Byfield: The believers were greatly encouraged and helped by visits from W. Gustafson, K. Taylor, and R. Surgenor during the month of February.

Methuen: K. Taylor was with us for the Sunday School Treat, February 1. A good number of parents were present to hear the plain gospel. M. Cain gave ministry and a report on the work in Mexico on February 5, followed by W. Gustafson for ministry on February 13.

Saugus: The visits of M. Cain and W. Gustafson in February were appreciated and encouraging.


Minneapolis: On February 2, the saints in the Twin Cities area commemorated their first year as an assembly. E. McCullough’s ministry from Psalm 40 was much appreciated.


Tylertown: The saints appreciated visits from J. Portman, J. Nesbitt, as well as others during February. J. Portman gave a few nights ministry on the Holy Spirit.


Omaha: Wm. Lavery and D. Shutt held three weeks of gospel meetings here in January. The meetings were appreciated and well attended with many hearing the message for the first time.

New Jersey

Midland Park: N. Thomson paid an appreciated visit here as well as to Pennsauken in February.

Pennsauken/Barrington: A mini-conference was held February 22-23 on the topic of Relationships with good interest and help given. D. Oliver and P. Ramsay handled the meetings.

New York

East Aurora: G. Sharp shared an afternoon ministry meeting with G. Patterson on February 16 before having a week of childrens meetings.


Akron: A good number were present for the recent area Bible reading led by N. Crawford. The assembly also enjoyed ministry from G. Higgins, Steve Kember, Wm. Lavery, Wm. Oliver, and G. Sharp.

Cleveland: Help was given when G. Higgins was with the assembly in February.

Mansfield: Good numbers are attending the gospel meetings which commenced February 19 with D. Shutt and A. Vallance.


Grants Pass: B. Funston was with the assembly February 5-9. The saints were encouraged by the ministry of the Word.


Bryn Mawr: Four weeks of appreciated gospel preaching concluded with a few souls professing salvation. G. Higgins and D. Oliver were faithful in their preaching and a good number of different visitors were in.

Hatboro: N. Thomson gave an interesting report on the work in Venezuela and ministered the Word.

Vandergrift: Prayer is requested for a series of gospel meetings here beginning March 16 with B. Seale and D. Vitale.

South Dakota

Rapid City: J. Slabaugh gave appreciated help with three nights of Bible Readings. G. Sharp will join him in July for a three-week tent series.


San Antonio: During January and February, C. Lock of Paradise Valley, AB was a help to the assembly in ministry and gospel, through which one middle aged man showed concern


Tri-Cities: The speakers at our first conference in February were G. Goff, M. Backert, T. Hoy, and B. Meyers. There were about 90 in attendance with many young people present. Two weeks of gospel meetings followed with G. Gaius and M. Backert. The Lord blessed not only in salvation, but in also in bringing a young couple saved a year ago to a deeper commitment to Gods word.


Bicester: Good numbers were present for a series of seven helpful and challenging meetings at the Hebron Gospel Hall on Marriage and the Family by Dr. A.J. Higgins from U.S.A. A baptism on the final night as the direct fruit of the visit brought joy to the assembly.

N. Ireland

Ballykeel (Lough Road): L. Wells (Canada) has commenced gospel meetings here, originally his home assembly. He has been joined by M. Turkington from Lurgan. The assembly here is very small but numbers are encouraging.

Ballykeel (Mourne): D. Gilliland and J. Fleck are having well attended meetings here and have seen a number profess salvation.

Ballymagarrick: R. Pickering and T. Wallace continue in the gospel and are now in their 7th week. Attendance has been good.

Ballymena: T. Bentley is now in his fourth week of gospel meetings in the Harryville Gospel Hall. Numbers have been good and help has been experienced in preaching the gospel.

Belfast (Cregagh Street): W. Fenton (Ballintoy) and M. McKillen (Ballymena) are preaching nightly here in this difficult area. The numbers have been excellent with the hall filled each night and a number of souls have been saved by God’s grace.

Belfast (Whitehouse): A. Wilson and S. Nelson from Omagh are now in their 5th week here in the gospel.

Belfast (Windsor): W.J. Nesbitt has given a few nights in ministry.

Cookstown: J. Lennox and B. Currie have commenced meetings in the Gospel Hall. Quite a few locals have been attending.

Bessbrook: John Rodgers (Newry) and Albert Aiken (Lisburn) have commenced to preach the gospel here in this border village. Numbers attending are encouraging and there is help nightly to preach the gospel.

Dromore: L. Wells (Canada) gave a week’s ministry here on the book of Nehemiah which was very interesting and practical. Brother Wells has also given reports and ministry in various assemblies in the province.

Drumenagh: J. and W. Martin are preaching in the small assembly here and have seen some blessing in salvation.

Limavady: R. McKeown and a local brother, David Donaghy, are preaching in a portable hall, now in their 3rd week. The meetings are encouraging.

Lisburn: H. Wilson (Brazil) and S. Ussher (Venezuela) are preaching nightly in the Plantation Gospel Hall and experiencing help.

Portavogie: S. Ferguson and W. Boyd are now in their 7th week here preaching in the gospel hall.

Conferences. D.V.

Methuen, MA

April 12-13 in the Gospel Hall, 51 Merrimack St. Saturday: Gospel 5:30 p.m. with supper to follow. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m., Prayer, Praise and Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 6:30 p.m. Corr. Daniel Netti; Tel: (978)372-3039; Email: dannetti@juno.com; Hall (978)794-8679.

Manchester, CT

April 19-20, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, 415 Center St. , Manchester. All other meetings will be held in the Bolton Center School , 108 Notch Rd., Bolton , CT. Mtgs. on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Lords Day: Breaking of Bread 10a.m., Ministry and Gospel 2 p.m. Corr. Richard Trombly, 121 Cushman Dr. , Manchester, CT, 06040, USA; Tel: (860) 649-9462 . Accom: Ted Kaulback, Tel: (860)742-0002.

Frostburg, MD

May 10-11 with Prayer Meeting 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9 in the Frostburg Hall. Meetings on Saturday and Sunday are at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. in the Beall High School, Frostburg, MD. Accom: Michael Bachert, 204 Wilmont Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502; Tel: 301-724-5806; email: bwr@charter.net

New Lenox, Il

May 10-11 in the Gospel Hall, Rt. 6, one mile east of Cedar Road. Friday: Prayer, 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Ministry 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Lords Day: Bible Reading 9 a.m., Breaking of Bread 10:30 a.m., Ministry 2 p.m., Gospel 6 p.m. Please notify in advance for accommodations. Brent Studnicka, 11048 Denny Ave. Mokena, IL 60448, Tel: (708)479-0958.

Midland/Waubaushene, ON

May 17-18 in the Penetanguishene Community Centre, 61 Maria Street, Penetanguishene, ON. Tel: 705-549-6957. Directions: Hwy. 93 to Penetanguishene, turn right on Thompsons Road (first street inside town). Go one block to Arena on left. Meeting times both days: 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. Bible Readings: Psalm 22. Corr: Ed Heels, 2379 Rumney Rd., RR#1, Midland, ON L4R 4K3. Tel: (705)534-3698, or Paul Barbour, 328 John Street, Midland, ON L4R 2J5 (705)-526-3516. Accom: Ted Joyce (705)526-6129, or Daniel Green (705)534-4271.

Ottawa, ON

May 17-18 in the Gospel Hall, 1087 River Road, with prayer meeting 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16. Breaking of Bread 10:30 a.m. Bible Readings 9 a.m. both days. Subject: The Holy Spirit – Comforter, Guide, Role of the Holy Spirit in our Worship (John 4:24, 14:16-18, 25-26). Corr: K.E. Prince, 1245 Kitchener Ave., Ottawa, ON. Tel: (613)733-3738; Hall (613)748-0269.

London, ON (Spanish)

May 24 -25 in the Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Ave with Prayer meeting, Friday at 8:00 pm. Saturday: Ministry at 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 9:30 a.m., Ministry at 2:30 pm. All ministry will be in Spanish. For accommodation, please give advance notice to Philip Lampkin 519-472-8747; Email: lampkin@attcanada.net

Sarnia, ON

May 23-25. Friday: Prayer Meeting 7:45 p.m. Saturday: Ministry 10 a.m.; Bible Reading 1:15 p.m. (Subject: Psalm 77 – Weariness to Worship); Ministry 3 p.m.; Gospel 6:30 p.m. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10a.m.; Sunday School 1p.m.; Ministry 2:30 p.m.; Gospel 6:30 p.m. Corr: Shadrack Kember, Sr., Tel: 519-337-7476.

Bancroft, ON

May 31 with Bible Reading at 10 a.m. on John 15:1-17. Ministry at 2 and 7 p.m. All meetings in the Lakeview Gospel Hall, #644 Maxwell Settlement Rd. Corr: Mark Freymond, RR#1 Bancroft, ON, KOL 1CO. Tel: (613)332-4317.

Eden Grove, ON

June 1, with Prayer meeting May 31st at 7:30 p.m. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m., Ministry 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. All meetings in the Eden Grove Gospel Hall, one mile west of Bruce County Rd. #3 (Elora Rd.), on Bruce Rd. 15 (#111). Corr: John W. Boddy, Sr., R.R. #4, Walkerton, ON, N0G 2V0. Tel: (519)366-2302, email: boddysyr@wightman.net.

Garnavillo, IA

June 7-8 with Prayer meeting Friday at 7p.m. in the Gospel Hall, 506 S. Washington St. Meetings continue in the Garnavillo School Gymnasium. Saturday: Prayer/Ministry 10a.m., Childrens Meeting 1 p.m., Prayer/Ministry 2p.m., and Gospel 6 p.m. Lords Day: Bible Reading 9a.m.(John 15), Breaking of Bread 10:30 a.m., Childrens Meeting 1 p.m., Prayer/ Ministry 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. in the Gospel Hall. Corr. Donald Kregel, Box 480, Garnavillo, IA 52049. Tel: 563-964-2588; Email: dkregel@alpinecom.net.

North Bay, ON

June 7-8 in the Gospel Hall, 1340 Lakeshore Dr. 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. (Unique Features of an Assembly) Corr. Clarence Black, 63 Massey Drive., North Bay, Ont. P1A3Y3; Tel: 705-497-1284; Accom: Glenn Pratt, Tel. 705-474-9473, Hall: 705-474-3384.

Saugus, MA

June 7 and 8. Bible Reading conference with prayer meeting on Friday 8 p.m. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., Saugus. Subject will be 1 Peter. First meeting on Saturday at 10 a.m. Lords Day: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m. Corr. Joseph Procopio, 11 Forest St., Saugus, MA, 01906. (781) 233-5780. Accom: Tony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940, (781) 334-6363. Hall (781) 233-5570.

Conference Reminders:

Watertown, MA – April 6
Newbury, ON – April 12
Stout, IA – April 12-13
Gander, NF – April 18,19,and 20
Culver City 
– April 19-20
Kapuskasing, ON – April 19-20
Nineveh, NS – April 19-20
Toronto, ON – April 18-20
Vancouver, BC – April 18-20
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA – April 19-20
McKeesport, PA 
– April 26-27
Mimico, ON – April 25-27
Newmarket, ON – May 3-4
Prince Edward Island – May 17-18

Address Correction

David Swan, 15 Greenridge Dr., Sydney, NS, B1L 1H1, Canada

Change of Meeting Times

Weaver Settlement, NS: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m., Sunday School 12 p.m., Gospel meeting 7 p.m.

Change of Address

Jim Bergsma, 135 Erie Street North, Leamington, ON Canada N8H 3A3

Change of Address of Correspondent

Sandringham, NF: Email address for Sandy Feltham is sandy.feltham@nf.sympatico.ca

With Christ

Greg Peckover of Renfrew, ON on January 9, age 80. He was saved in 1953. He and his wife Myrtle (nee Foster) were in fellowship in the Huntsville assembly from 1954-1968, then in River Road assembly in Ottawa from 1968 until his homecall. A quiet brother, his practical expressions of love for the Lord and the saints and his warm, welcoming smile will be greatly missed. The gospel was preached with power and tenderness at the funeral, which was taken by Howard Foster and Mervyn Cottrill. His wife, Myrtle, and a daughter, both in assembly fellowship, a son, and two grandsons are left to mourn his loss.

Judith Lander of Brookfield, CT, on January 13, age 70. Judy was saved in Bridgeport, CT while attending meetings by the late George Gould. In later years she was in fellowship with the saints at Brookfield. Judy was a consistent sister with a love and care for the Christians. She had a genuine interest in childrens work and always helped out anyway she could. She will be greatly missed in this small assembly. Her funeral was shared by Jim Batterton, Jr. and Frank Tornaquindici, who gave a faithful word in the gospel.

Donald Cottrill of Huntsville, ON on January 22, age 84. Don was born in 1918 and born again at age 15. In 1946, he married Clara Gorham in Toronto. They were in fellowship in Huntsville for many years. In 1992, Clara had a stroke and Don cared for her at home until her home call June 25, 1997. Don had lived at Muskoka Haven Rest Home since June 2001. A younger brother, Harvey predeceased him. He is survived by a son Philip and his wife Doris, both saved, a nephew and wife, and many cousins. The funeral was taken by Brian Crawford.

Fred Brewster of Unionville, ON on February 1, in his 77th year. Fred was saved as a teenager, baptized and received into fellowship at Pape Ave. Since the 1970’s he and his wife (Idena) have been in fellowship in Unionville. The service was shared by Wm. Stainton and George Telfer who faithfully proclaimed the gospel. Tributes were given by friends and family for a man loved and respected. Douglas Joyce opened the Word at the private family interment. The believers will greatly miss a brother beloved with a shepherd’s heart.

Gertrude Kaiser of San Diego, CA on February 8, age 92. Our beloved sister was saved April 19, 1938 in Garnavillo, IA. She was the first in her family to be saved. In 1970 she moved to San Diego where she was in fellowship in the assembly until her homecall. She was highly esteemed for her godly, consistent life and faithfulness in her attendance at the meetings. She is survived by nieces Miriam Lipke and Mary Kaiser of San Diego, and Ruth Baker of Garnavillo. The funeral was taken by Wm. Skates.

James (Jim) A. Ronald of Brandon, MB on February 14. Jim was born in 1911 and saved in 1927 under the preaching of Wm. Bunting. In 1947, Jim was commended by the Portage assembly and for over 50 years faithfully served the Lord. Jim was predeceased by his first wife Evelyn in 1975. He is survived by his wife Anne, and six children; Ruth (Fred) Henkelman of Kelowna, BC, Margaret Ronald of San Felipe, Chile, Florence Ronald of Kelowna, BC, Esther (David) Derksen of London, ON, James (Florence) of Saskatoon, SK and Robert (Elizabeth) of Calgary, AB, 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. The funeral service was shared D. Derksen, A. Ritchie, and son James, with J. Gould at the graveside. A tribute will follow in the next issue.