Fonds BF512; Microfilm: R13, pp. 1052-1500; R14, pp. 1-614. - Borden Mennonite Brethren Church Fonds

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Borden Mennonite Brethren Church Fonds

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CA CMBS BF512; Microfilm: R13, pp. 1052-1500; R14, pp. 1-614.

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  • 1906-1985 (Creation)

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53.5 cm of textual records
1 microfilm reel

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The Borden Mennonite Brethren Church is a member of the Canadian Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches, Northern District. It was founded by Mennonites who arrived in Canada between the first two major Mennonite migrations from Russia. They settled in the Borden district in 1902-1903 hoping to benefit from the opportunity to obtain 160 acres as a homestead with the option of purchasing even more acreage. Their leader was David Klassen who had immigrated with them. People began meeting in 1903 and was organized officially in 1906. At first they used the school of Hoffnungsfeld as a meeting place. By 1907 they had completed the construction of their first church building which was used until 1952, when the present church sanctuary was constructed. One of the church's first outreach programs was the support it gave to Herman Fast and his Russian ministry at Blaine Lake. Another effective outreach ministry was the formation of a Sunday school among the Old Colony Mennonites in the Walter Scott school. The church was led by lay ministers until 1965. Paid pastors have been Henry Gossen (1965-1977); Rueben Derksen (1977-1978); Ewald Unruh (1979-1981); Richard Schellenberg (1982-1988); Les Riediger (1989-1993); Eldon Fehr (1994-1999); Tony Martens (2000-). In its early history the Borden M.B. Church was called the Hoffnungsfeld M.B. Church. In 1997 church membership was 72. In 1955 the church celebrated its Golden Jubilee anniversary and in 1980 published a history book entitled Precious Memories: Borden Mennonite Brethren Church 1905-1980.

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Many of the records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference. The textual records were donated by the church in 2002 by the church pastor Tony Martens. About one-third of the records had not been microfilmed in 1978.

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This fonds consists of the following nine series: 1) Membership and family records 2) Minutes of congregational meetings 3) Christian Endeavour minutes 4) historical records 5) Sunday School records 6) Church library records 7) Guest register 8) Women's group records 9) Financial records. The records show the activities of the church and its members as they establish a church, church programs, and reach out to others in the area.

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Some German.

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