Fonds Vols. 24, 2006, 2270, 2310, 2823, 3809; Microfilm # 203, 435. - Carman Mennonite Church fonds

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Carman Mennonite Church fonds

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CA MHCA Vols. 24, 2006, 2270, 2310, 2823, 3809; Microfilm # 203, 435.

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  • 1945-2000 (Creation)

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52 cm of textual records
2 microfilm reels

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The congregation in Carman had an ambiguous beginning; ambiguous in the sense of a tug between local autonomy and central authority. The central authority was both from the Bergthaler Lehrdienst in Manitoba and the Home Mission Board and staff of the Canadian conference. Mennonite families had settled in the Carman area after the immigration movement in the 1920s. During the 1930s some attempts were made by the Mennonite families to worship together. However, attempts to find a meeting house were stymied in part because of this tension between local and central authority. A group was officially organized as a Bergthaler group in 1945 and in 1954 it became a congregation. During these years a meeting house was completed and leadership was provided by the Bergthaler Lehrdienst and the Home Mission Board. Until 1953 it was still considered a mission station of the Canadian conference. When it became a congregation it was known as the Graysville-Carman congregation. The leaders of the Graysville part of the group were Franz Letkemann and J. Janzen. Only in 1962 is it referred to as the Carman Bergthaler Mennonite Church. A larger meeting house was completed in 1982. The leaders of the congregation were: Henry Funk (1949-1954), Frank Thiessen (1956-1958), Daniel Doell (1960-1963), Alfred Heinrichs (1963-1964), Henry Isaak (1965-1971), David Klassen (1972-1973, 1979, 1982), David Friesen (1974-1978), Ed Pries (1980-1981), John Krahn (1983-1991), Cornie Thiessen (1992), Marvin Friesen (1993-1996), Dave Wilson (1997-2000), Bob Pauls (2000- ).

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This fonds consists of bulletins, minutes, annual reports, membership lists, and directories which pertain to the history of a Bergthaler Mennonite congregation in Carman. Further, it documents who the leaders and participants were in this congregation. This fonds contains congregational bulletins (1965-2000), financial records (1983-1997), church council meeting minutes (1984-2000), congregational meeting minutes (1945-1959, 1973-1997), annual reports (1973-1997) [some congregational meetings prior to 1973 could be considered annual meeting minutes which had reports referred to or attached], membership lists (1968-1997), and other miscellaneous documents.

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Some records were microfilmed in 1980 and 1985. Other records were deposited on a regular basis in the Mennonite Heritage Centre. Described by Bert Friesen 21 November 2001.

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Some German.

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