Fonds Vols. 37, 1114, 1737-1744, 1946, 2283, 3526, 3551, 3819-3821, 3880, 4457; Microfilms 276, 277, 346 - Springstein Mennonite Church fonds

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Springstein Mennonite Church fonds

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CA MHCA Vols. 37, 1114, 1737-1744, 1946, 2283, 3526, 3551, 3819-3821, 3880, 4457; Microfilms 276, 277, 346

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  • 1938-1998 (Creation)

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1.5 m of textual records
3 microfilm reels

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The Springstein Mennonite Church traces its beginning to the coming of Russian Mennonite immigrants settling in the Springstein and Starbuck areas in the 1920s. Initially these immigrants met to worship in rented facilities. Families from different Mennonite traditions met together into the 1930s when they each founded their own church. The Springstein Mennonite Church was founded in 1938. That year they also completed a meeting place. They became part of the Schönwieser group of churches until they became independent in 1941 and elected and ordained their own bishop. The congregation founded Assiniboine Mennonite Mission Camp in 1949 near Headingly. They were also a part of the group which founded the Canadian Mennonite Bible College in the 1940s. The leaders of the congregation were: Wilhelm Enns (1930-1940, 1941-1965), Rudy Goerzen (1948-1966), Gerhard Peters (1966-1971), Henry Neufeld (1971-1973), Ervin Siemens (1973-1974), Bruno Epp (1974-1977), Ernest Wiebe (1977-1981), Albert Durksen (1981-1989), Ernie Hildebrand (1990-1993), Elizabeth and Don Plett (1994-1999), Kathy Giesbrecht (2000-), Al Rempel (2001).

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This fonds consists of bulletins (1961-1999), annual reports (1965-1997), congregational meeting minutes (1929-1998), church Council meeting minutes (1952-1998),education committee meeting minutes (1981-1993), Sunday School teachers' meeting minutes (1977-1985), Sunday School attendance records (1955-1965), congregational directory (1976, 1986, 1989, 1990), congregational newsletters (1975-1989), membership and family register (1938]-1977), marriage register (1939-1981) congregational constitution (1983, 1994), Meridian Interfaith Council meeting minutes (1975-1989), ministerial meeting minutes (1977-1996), music and worship committee meeting minutes ([ca.1980], 1984-1989, 1993), 25th anniversary book and related research notes, etc. (1963), Record of worship service speakers and texts (1950-1973, 1976, 1978), Springstein School minute book (1949-[1969]), Springstein School history (1996), a brief congregational history (1967, 1985), congregational correspondence (1971-1981, 1967-1971), Financial records (1929-1975), Statute of the Springstein Church (1937, 1940, 1951), Correspondence of congregation land purchase (1938), crop reports (1937), Statute of burial fund (1947), membership transfer correspondence (1936-1974), 50th anniversary guest book, correspondence, manuscript, editorial committee meeting minutes (1988-1989), 50th anniversary book (1988), 50th anniversary pictorial directory (1988), mission and service committee meeting minutes (1992-1993).

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The microfilming was done in 1981. The textual records were deposited by the congregation. Described by Bert Friesen, 13 November 2001.

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