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“       ut thanks be to God, which giveth   day, he went in at the first “all” of Isaiah
              us the victory through our Lord Je-
        Bsus Christ. Therefore, my beloved    53:6 and came out in the last “all.”
                                                Shortly after, he was baptized in the
        brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, al-  waters of Lake Huron at Ipperwash. He
        ways abounding in the work of the Lord,   said there was joy in acting in obedience
        forasmuch as ye know that your labour is   to the Man in heaven who died for him.
        not in vain in the Lord” (1Co 15:57-58 KJV).  He was then received into assembly fel-
          On Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023, my   lowship at a small country assembly in
        grandfather, William Carl Metcalf, passed   Glen Rae, Ontario.
        into glory. The day before, we had finished   In the following years, he met his wife,
        reading the Gospel of John with Grandpa,   Janet Rogers, and they were married on
        and in his passing, I was reminded of 1   July  7,  1962,  at  the  Monticello  Gospel
        Corinthians 15, where Paul writes that,   Hall. After their marriage, they resided
        because Christ has indeed risen again,   in Sarnia, Ontario, and Bill worked as an
        the Christian too will experience resur-  accountant and office manager at a small
        rection. The chapter ends with the verses   local department store.
        above, and I believe the instruction to
        be faithful is one that characterized my   Bill and Janet had five children: Judy,
        grandfather’s life.                   James,  Jonathan,  Joanne  and  Joel.  Bill
          Bill, as he was known to most, was   was a gentle, patient and steady father.
        born in Petrolia, Ontario, on September   He taught his kids in both spiritual and
                                              practical matters and always shared wis-
        15, 1940, to Carl and Helen Metcalf. He
        grew up on a farm in Lambton County   dom and guidance.
        and was the oldest of five children. He   Bill was involved in the Sarnia assem-
        was raised under the sound of the gospel,   bly, and particularly enjoyed the Sunday
        but it wasn’t until his late teens that he got   School and door-to-door work, and shared
        serious about his soul. In the summer of   in a gospel series prior to being com-
        1959, he attended a gospel series in Lake   mended. He was commended by the as-
        Shore with Mr. James Lipke and Mr. Nor-  sembly in Sarnia to full-time gospel work
        man Crawford. He became troubled about   in 1969. He spent the next 50+ years being
        his soul and the boundlessness of eternity.   faithful in gospel work, sharing in many
        On August 26, 1959, the truth of Isaiah 53:6   gospel series throughout Canada and the
        was brought home to him by the Spirit of   United States.
        God, and the truth of John 3:36 confirmed   During those early years, Bill and
        to his soul that he had eternal life. On that   Jim  Beattie  spent  time  between  1970

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