Series 3, R91, pp 1587-1642 - Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church constitutions.

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Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church constitutions.

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CA CMBS BC-522, R91, pp 1386-2394; R92, pp 1-2449; R93, pp 345-1817-3, R91, pp 1587-1642

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  • 1976, 1979, undated (Creation)

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1.5 cm of textual records
55 pages of microfilm

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In 1907, German immigrants met in Winnipeg in private homes for prayer and fellowship. When they heard of the Winkler MB Church, they called for some help and the ministers there began visiting Winnipeg four times annually. Johann Warkentin, one of the ministers, bought a small chapel for the congregation. The church asked the Northern-District Conference to find permanent leadership for the church. Wilhelm J. Bestvater came to assume leadership in 1913. The congregation needed more room so they moved into a hall temporarily. When this became too small, the congregation started to build a church but only got as far as the basement with an improvised roof. The new leader, C. N. Hiebert, spent many hours a day at the train station during the 1920's supplying food and clothing to the many Russians who came to Winnipeg daily. Because of the many new immigrants, the basement was not big enough. In 1930, a new building was completed at 621 College Avenue. This congregation was known as the North End MB Church. The church became a city mission as well as the MB Church. The task became too much for one person so in 1936, Franz Isaac became the leading minister and Rev. Hiebert concentrated on the city mission. Need for a bigger church prompted C. A. DeFehr to donate a plot of land to the congregation in the Elm Wood area in 1951. On February 7, 1954 the new church at 155 Kelvin (later Henderson Highway) was dedicated and the church became known as the Elmwood MB Church. I. W. Redekop became the first full time pastor. The leaders of the church included: Wilhelm J. Bestvater (1913-1921), Erdman Nikkle (1921-1925), C. N. Hiebert (1925-1936), Franz Isaac (1936-1939), Franz Thiessen (1939-1943), B. B. Fast (1943-1949), David K. Duerksen (1949-1953), I. W. Redekop (1954-1967), W. J. Schmidt (1968-1971), Eugene Gerbrandt (1972-1975), Peter R. Toews (1977-1979), Henry Brucks (1981), Jay Neufeld (1983-1987), Abe Klassen (1989-1997), Keith Poysti (1998).

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This series consists of the church constitutions.

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