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Ashern United Church fonds
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.5m textual records + photographs.
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Ashern United Church has existed in the Manitoba town of Ashern, located 160 km north of Winnipeg in the Rural Municipality of Siglunes, since 1925. Its predecessor was a Presbyterian Church built in 1919. In 1925, Ashern was served by a student minister, Rev. Alex Cox, and was part of a field that included points at Camper, Old Dutch Church, Silver Bay, Spearhead and Springburn. A Christian Education Building was later added to the original church structure. Ashern United Church was a separate pastoral charge until it joined the Northwest Interlake Pastoral charge in 1954. Rev. Ronald D. Johnstone presided over the charge which included Ashern, Clyde Bank, Eastlands, Ericksdale, Grahamdale, Spearhill and Steep Rock. Ashern moved over to the Southwest Interlake Pastoral charge when it was created in 1961, along with Clarkleigh, Clydebank and Eriksdale. As of 2009, Ashern United Church still belongs to the Southwest Interlake Pastoral charge in the Selkirk Presbytery.
The records of the Ashern United Church came to The United Church of Canada Archives-Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario as part of two transfers of records in 1986 and 2002.
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The surviving records of the Ashern United Church include the following: Sacramental Register, pertaining to Baptisms, 1946-1995, Marriages, 1956-1996, and Burials, 1946-1997; Membership rolls and records of the Session (joint meetings with Stewards), including minutes, Communion Register, members lists and transfer certificates, 1947-1992; records of the Official Board, includng minutes, 1978-1986; records of Annual Congregational Meetings, 1954-1986; records pertaining to the Board of Stewards and church property, including minutes, general ledgers and account books, 1954-1997; records of lay associations, including the United Church Women, 1966-1994; and reference material, including historical profile, correspondence, and photographs.
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Related material: There is also a description for Ashern United Church in the Northwest Interlake Pastoral charge fonds.
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