Fonds BC-532, microfilm R85 - Domain Mennonite Brethren Church, Osborne, Manitoba fonds

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Domain Mennonite Brethren Church, Osborne, Manitoba fonds

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CA CMBS BC-532, microfilm R85

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  • 1926-1983 (Creation)

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19 cm of textual records
1microfilm reel
1 b&w photograph

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The first Mennonite families to settle in the Domain, La Salle, Osborne, and Sanford area came from southern Russia in 1925. A larger group followed in 1926. Sunday services were held in the homes of the settlers. Jacob Penner was the spiritual leader of the group. The Mennonite Brethren church was formally organized in 1926, with 44 active members. During the summer months the services included the two groups from La Salle and Osborne, while in winter the groups met separately. In 1931, the first church was built which served primarily the Domain - La Salle group. At this time, some of the ministers began to serve in the church such as Abraham Froese, John Friesen, Aron C. Pauls, and Philip Wiebe. After Penner left for Ontario, Aron Pauls took over the leadership. The church continued to grow in people and programs such as choirs, Sunday Schools in German and English. In 1958, one service a month was in English and that grew to 75% English services by 1967. The Osborne group had decreased in number and up to 1942, and held their services in a vacant farm house. In 1942, they purchased the old Osborne school and moved it 2 miles west of Osborne. The group existed until 1952, with J.B. Wiens serving the group. At this time the two groups merged to form the Domain Mennonite Brethren church. The two existing churches were sold and a new one built In 1963, William Schroeder was ordained into the ministry in this church. In 1967, J.J. Neufeld was ordained minster after Schroeder resigned. The church closed its doors in 1982.

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Some of the records were microfilmed in 1978, through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference. A copy of a letter was donated to the Center by Harry Wall regarding the building of the church on October 8, 1980. The third donation was donated by Herman Rempel of Morris, Manitoba in 1995.

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The material in this collection consists of the material from the beginning of the church to when it closed its doors in 1982. That material includes church membership registers and certificates, minutes and finances, Ladies fellowship records, and scattered historical reflections. Some of the material is in handwritten German gothic script.

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Accession nos. 1980-67, 1995-32.

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