Fonds BA-501; Microfilm: R47, R48, R49. - Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church, Coaldale, Alberta fonds

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Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church, Coaldale, Alberta fonds

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CA CMBS BA-501; Microfilm: R47, R48, R49.

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  • 1926-1999 (Creation)

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24.5 cm of textual records
3 microfilm reels

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Mennonite immigrants from Russia settled in the Coaldale area in the 1920s. A congregation was organized in 1926 with 21 charter members. They met on farms and then in rented facilities. In 1929 they completed their own meeting house. Two additions were added with 3 years. In 1939 the membership had reached 433 and a new meeting house was constructed near the town. This building is now a community museum. In 1971 a new meeting house was constructed on a town site. The congregation also founded their own Saturday German school (1927-1971). In 1928 the congregation formed the Coaldale Mennonite Health Society. The congregation operated the Coaldale Bible School (1929-1961). In 1934 they helped found the Coaldale Hospital. They were instrumental in operating the Alberta Mennonite High School (1946-1964). The congregation sponsored the radio programmes called "Gospel Bells" (1952-1968) and "Brot des Lebens" (1960-1973). The leaders of the congregation were: Klaas Enns (1926), Franz Friesen (1926-1928), Benjamin B. Janz (1928-1948), Peter B. Epp (1948), Jacob Siemens (1948-1956), David Pankratz (1956-1973), John Dueck (1973-1974), Rudy Heidebrecht (1974-1996), Randy Klassen (1997), Henry Willms (1998), Lorne Willms (1999- ).

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Records were transferred to the Centre for M.B. Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba on a regular basis to 1999. Some records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference.

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This fonds consists 12 series. Financial records, Coaldale Gem of the West, Alberta Mennonite Brethren Missions, Coaldale Mennonite Brethren church yearbooks and annual reports, church records index, Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church directories, Church Anniversaries, Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church revisited, Church bulletins, Church registers, and Church minutes.

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Much German.

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