Fonds Vols. 108, 1954, 2596, 2950, 4996. - First Mennonite Church Greendale (B.C.) fonds

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First Mennonite Church Greendale (B.C.) fonds

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CA MHCA Vols. 108, 1954, 2596, 2950, 4996.

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  • 1968-2001 (Creation)

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40 cm of textual records

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First Mennonite Church Greendale (initially called First Mennonite Church of Sardis) was founded in 1931 in Sardis, B.C. They built their own meeting house in 1930-1931 after meeting in private homes for a number of months. The membership was 80 although some of these met in the Yarrow area. In 1936 the provincial conference was founded in their meeting house. The membership for Sardis and Yarrow was 148 in 1936. In 1947, together with the Mennonite Brethren congregation, they purchased land for a cemetery which was given the name Greendale. So the congregation was then renamed the First Mennonite Church Greendale and built a new meeting house. The membership was 172 in 1947. In 1955 this building was destroyed by fire. In 1956 a new meeting house was completed. The membership was 266 in 1956. In 1970 the membership was 181. Thie congregation had gone through a difficult transition in language from German to English in the 1960s. In the 1980s this building was expanded. In 1988 the membership was 185 and in 2000 it was 166. The leaders of the congregation were: Nicolai Bahnman (1930-1939), B. Friesen (1932-1934), D. Derksen (1935), D. Hausknecht (1936-1937, 1943-1944), J.J. Klassen (1940-1942), W. Martens (1945-1949), J.W. Nickel (1949-1950), A. Warkentin (1950-1951), I. Harms (1952-1954), B. Ensz (1954-1963), H. Neufeld (1964-1967), P. Froese (1968), J. Schoenwetter (1968-1973), H. Esau (1974-1979), Helmut Isaak (1981-1987), George Hoeppner (1987-1996), Peter Neudorf (1996-2000), Philip Wheaton (2001- ).

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This fonds contains bulletins (1968-2001), directories (1968-1995), newsletters (1976-1992), annual reports (1976-1995), constitution (1977), and pictorial directories with brief congregational history (1989-1994). The records pertain to the founding and development of the Mennonite congregation in Sardis, B.C.. They document some of the leaders and participants in the congregation.

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Online version of finding aid available at: http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/holdings/BC/BC_greendale.htm

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Some German.

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