Fonds Vols. 116, 117, 118, 1957, 2930, 3915, 4022, 4675. - West Abbotsford Mennonite Church fonds

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West Abbotsford Mennonite Church fonds

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CA MHCA Vols. 116, 117, 118, 1957, 2930, 3915, 4022, 4675.

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  • 1953-1999 (Creation)

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64 cm of textual records

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The West Abbotsford Mennonite Church was founded in 1936 as the Abbotsford United Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C. Mennonites had moved into the area in the late 1920s and early 1930s, mostly from the Canadian prairie provinces. They built their own meeting house in 1937. In 1939 there were 52 members and 86 in 1943. Their meeting house was enlarged in 1946 and again in 1976. In 1948 the membership was 194 and in 1956 it was 360. It is the parent church to Clearbrook Mennonite (1953), Peardonville Mennonite (1952) and Eben-Ezer Mennonite (1963). In 1951 it was named the First Mennonite Church (Abbotsford) and in 1953 it was named the West Abbotsford Mennonite Church. The congregation was also involved with the Prairie Chapel outreach. The membership was 275 in 1966 and 233 in 1990. In 1998 the membership was 161 and in 2000 it was 120. The membership stood at 113 in 2002. The leaders of the congregation were: Peter Epp (1936-1950), Kornelius Tilitzky (1939-1948), A. Löwen (1943-1952), Heinrich Epp (1945-1957), H. Neufeld (1947-1952), H. Neudorf (1949-1963), Peter Fröse (1950-1967), A. Harder (1952-1965), Jacob Tilitzky (1958-1963), Menno Epp (1966-1969), Peter Harms (1968-1986), Dick Rempel (1972-1981), David Wilson (1980-1986), Paul Boschman (1983-1987), Stan Martens (1988-1989), David Friesen (1990-1996), Egon Warkentin (1997-1998), Jake Thielmann (1998-2000), Karen Heidebrecht Thiessen (2000- ).

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This fonds contains bulletins (1953-1999), newsletters (1953-1997), annual reports (1954-1999), financial statements (1963-1965) [others were included in the annual reports], correspondence (1966-1999), directories (([197-?]-1997), 6 photographs : col : 15 X 10 cm. ([1979]), 50th anniversary programme (1986), congregational meeting minutes (1990-1998), ), advent devotional booklets (1991-1992), and funeral service programmes (1993-1997). The records pertain to the founding and development of the Mennonite congregation in Abbotsford, B.C. They document some of the leaders and participants in the congregation.

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Much German.

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