“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!” Philippians 4:1 (NIV)
Sussex, New Brunswick Ecclesia
We have recently had the company of Bro Sam & Sis Lauren Turner. They have now returned to Toronto along with their new baby daughter.
We sadly report that our dear Sis Deanna Mason fell asleep suddenly on October 12, 2021 (baptized in 1976). She was a dearly loved Sister who was very caring and made everyone feel special. She will be missed. Our prayers are for comfort to her family & all who mourn, especially her brother, Bro David Sharp who was having hip replacement surgery on the same day she fell asleep. We pray for our Lords soon return, to assemble all those who wait on him.
Bro Paul Baines
Recording Brother Sussex Christadelphian Ecclesia
Los Angeles Hispanic Ecclesia
Three new sisters in the Los Angeles Hispanic Ecclesia
With great joy we report the baptisms of three new sisters in Christ. On September 4, 2021, Phoebe Cuadra, daughter of Sis. Edyth Melgar, and great-granddaughter of Bro. Carlos and Sis. Margarita Perez, was immersed into the saving name of Jesus. Phoebe developed a great love for the Scriptures while growing up in our Sunday school and CYC. She is one of probably very few Christadelphians to have received the right hand of fellowship from their great- grandfather—while sitting beside him in a Zoom meeting!
Then on October 2, we had the pleasure of baptizing two long-time students, Edith Bolaños and Cecilia Maldonado. Each had spent ten years faithfully doing postal courses and having telephone Bible classes. They are delighted to be part of the family of the faith. It has been wonderful to welcome three new members into our meeting and the worldwide Christadelphian community. May God bless and guide them in their walk to the kingdom.
Written by Bro. Jim Hunter, Link Brother
Submitted by Sis. Jan Berneau, CBMA/CBMA Publicity
We are very happy to announce the baptisms of Josiah Lawrence on Dec 20/20 and Elijah Lawrence on May 30/21. Both are sons of Bro Jonathan and Beth Lawrence.
We also welcome to our ecclesia Bro. Casey Brown by way of transfer from the Comox Valley ecclesia. Our small ecclesia very much appreciates the support that our new brethren will provide. We thank our Bro. Dan Leadbetter from the North Battleford ecclesia for leading our annual May fraternal over zoom. Since restrictions have lifted in the spring we have welcomed a number of brethren and sisters. In particular we thank our Bre. Dean Montgomery, Marc Hunter, and Ken Loveridge. We have also enjoyed support over zoom from Bre. Nathan Bartholomew, Nathanael Massey, and Mark Higgs.
Love in Christ
San Francisco Peninsula
We rejoice in the baptism of our new sister, Geremay Amparo, on May 2. Geremay came to us from the Bible Seminar and her search for a non-trinitarian church. She has been meeting with us for over 5 years so many of us knew her pretty well and were delighted by her decision to be baptized.
We have also welcomed with great joy our bro. Nick and sis. Leah Harden who transferred here January 2021 from Wamuran ecclesia (Australia) with their lovely children, Keturah, Lucy and Jaxson. They have both jumped in to minister to our ecclesia in teaching and whatever support we need. They are a great blessing for us.
We greatly appreciate the ministrations of several “visiting” speakers. Bro Matt Colby (Toronto) led classes for our January study day. We have benefitted from exhortations by the following brethren: Matt Palmer (Mariposa, CA), Christian Russell (Verdugo Hills, CA), Mark Carr (Toronto), Jeff Gelineau (Simi Hills, CA).
We are delighted to welcome bro. Mark and sis. Aruni and bro. Seth as members of our ecclesia
along with Indi & Tharusha (their other children) all from Portland, OR ecclesia. Due to holding all our meetings, since March 2020, through Zoom we have several who attend with us regularly but are not actually members. We have welcomed our bro Darien Small (Baltimore) along with bro Jonathan and sis Meena Smith (Bloomington) and bro. Randy and sis. Peggy Koniak (Carson City, Nevada). We have other occasional visitors. We join with Sacramento, CA ecclesia once per month via Zoom. We began in person meetings July 18 with about 10 brethren in attendance at our hall and the balance continuing via Zoom. We are thankful for those with IT skills who have made this possible. Several of our members due to frailty and health issues will only be able to continue with us via Zoom.
We were saddened by the falling asleep of our sis. “Wendy” Christine Kistosturian on July 20. She had been residing in a Christadelphian care home in England for over a year.
Due to various reasons, we have lost or are losing several of our members, cost of housing here being a major factor. Bro Jim and sis Rhonda and sis Anna Seagoe have all relocated to Mariposa ecclesia. Sis Martha Frisby has moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts and is in isolation there but is able to join other ecclesias via Zoom. Our sis Linda and sis Hannah Gallagher have moved to Reno, Nevada along with the other children. We rejoice with our bro. Kainon and sis. Sierra Irons in the birth of their first child, Asher Uzziel, born July 12, They will be returning to bro Kainon’s home ecclesia in Texas (Abilene)the end of this year. We pray God’s richest blessings on all in their new homes and that they may return to visit as they are able.
Our new secretary is Bro. Andy Merg firstname.lastname@example.org
July 16, 2021
Toronto West Christadelphians
We are blessed to have both French-speaking and Swahili-speaking members in our ecclesia who have been instrumental in supporting outreach in the province of Quebec in French and Swahili, as well as in assisting with pastoral work with the small groups of Brothers and Sisters living in isolation there. It is therefore with great joy that we announce the baptisms of FRANCINE KALENGA and ADONIS KALENGA who, being sister and brother in the flesh, are now Sister and Brother in our Lord. Following months of remote online classes in Swahili preparing for baptism, Francine and Adonis gave a good confession of their faith back on April 4. However, due to COVID restrictions, brethren were unable to travel the 8-hour drive to Quebec to perform the baptisms until Saturday, July 4. It was a joyous occasion, especially for their mother and siblings, to witness their baptisms followed by the right-hand of fellowship and their first Memorial service together. We pray their walk towards God’s Kingdom will be short.
Francine and Adonis are the two eldest children of (the late) Bro Kalenga and Sis Kalenga of Quebec City. Many will remember the falling asleep of Bro Kalenga in January 2020 at age 47, following a lengthy illness, and leaving behind a young family of nine children ages 1 – 22. Brethren in Ontario have taken the family under their wing and now, with travel restrictions being lifted, we hope to visit them more often.
We continue to stream our Memorial services and Bible classes to our members as well as those in isolation in Athens, Greece, especially the ecclesias in Larissa, Greece and Montreal, Quebec, and many others in North America. We also host an online Memorial service in Swahili for members across North America and the Congo. Please contact the undersigned for links and more information. All our past services (in English) are recorded and can be viewed on our website at www.24langside.com
Bro Brian Carrick
Recording Brother, Toronto West Ecclesia
24 Langside Avenue, North York, ON
Canada M9N 3E3
July 2, 2021
We commended Bro Levi & Sis Amanda Myers to the love and care of the Cambridge, ON Ecclesia as of February 16, 2020.
On March 19, 2020 Bro Bob Jennings, husband of Sis Joy Jennings, fell asleep in Christ. Not long after on April 22, 2020 our Bro Fred Bouttell, husband of Sis Pat Bouttell, also fell asleep in Christ. Bro Fred was introduced to the truth late in life by Bro Frank Abel when they were both teaching at Conestoga College.
We are very happy to report that following a good confession of his faith, Josiah Bowen, the son of Brother Jonathan & Sister Charlene Bowen, was baptized on May 20, 2020 in the Bowen’s backyard due to the pandemic lockdown restrictions. The event was shared with the ecclesia and friends via Zoom. We are also very happy to report that following a good confession of his faith, Nahum Billington, the son of Brother David & Sister Alicia Billington, was baptized on June 14, 2020.
We welcome Bro Naleen & Sis Julie Fernando commended to us from the Saanich Peninsula, BC Ecclesia as of Sep. 20, 2020. We commended Sis Joy Jennings to the love and care of the Cambridge, ON Ecclesia as of November 1, 2020.
On November 22, 2020 Bro Andrew Casson fell asleep in Christ, the brother of our sisters Joan Pagan and Lorna Keene. On December 13, 2020 Bro Norm Luff, the husband of Sis Jan Luff, and father of our Sis Trudy Bell, fell asleep in Christ. Bro Norm was a faithful attender and much loved by his brothers and sisters, grandchildren and great grandchildren in the Brantford Ecclesia and beyond. We pray for the day of resurrection soon to come!
We have commended our Bro Gideon & Sister Shoshanna Hewitson to the love and care of the Baltimore, MD Ecclesia as of February 14, 2021.
Our annual Thanksgiving Gathering will be given by Bro Shawn Snobelen (Victoria, BC) in person October 9-10, 2021 God willing.
Bro Daniel Billington
June 19, 2021
Toronto West Ecclesia
It is with great joy that we announce the baptism of SAMUEL CARR, son of Mark and Liz Carr, on 16 May 2021. We pray that our walk together towards God’s Kingdom will be mutually beneficial.
We continue to stream our Memorial services and Bible classes to our members as well as those in isolation in Athens, Greece, especially the ecclesias in Larissa, Greece and Montreal, Quebec, and many others in North America. We also host an online Memorial service in Swahili for members across North America and the Congo. Please contact the undersigned for more information. All our past services (in English) are recorded and can be viewed on our website at www.24langside.com
Bro Brian Carrick
Recording Brother, Toronto West Ecclesia
24 Langside Avenue, North York, ON
Canada M9N 3E3
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