Fonds ORG - Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church fonds

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Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church fonds


  • 1913-2016 (Creation)

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1.3 m of textual records
4 reels of microfilm

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The Bergthaler Mennonites first came to the West Reserve area from the East Reserve in 1877. These settlers formed four villages over the next decade. They first began worshiping together in 1880 in Rudnerweide. The education question caused these settlers to divide into two groups, the Sommerfelder and Bergthaler. Johann Funk was the leader of the Bergthaler and Abram Doerksen the leader of the Sommerfelder. In 1895 the Bergthaler built a new meeting house in Hochstadt. However, the centre for worship shifted in 1907 when the new Mennonite Educational Institute was built in Altona. In 1912 it was decided to build a new meeting house in Altona. In 1919 this building was expanded and again in 1944. With the Bible School expanding in Altona it was decided to build a new building to accommodate the large gatherings in connection with the Bible School. A larger building was completed in 1954. The language transition occurred over the next two decades. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba, the Conference of Mennonites in Canada and the General Conference Mennonite Church since 1968. The language of worship was originally German and the transition to English occurred in the 1960s.

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Records prior to 1981 were donated by D.H. Loewen. Since 1981 the congregation has made regular deposits.

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This fonds consists of congregational bulletins (1965-1997), congregational newsletters (1981-1997), congregational directories (1976, 1978, 1980, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1995), minutes of (Women's) Sewing Circle (1913-1937), finance committee (1953-1979), church council (1965-1979), ministerial committee (1967-1979),personnel committee, deacons committee, and search committee meeting minutes (1976-1978), worship committee, and MDS meeting minutes (1965-1967, 1976-1979), Education Committee meeting minutes (1962-1965), Sunday School teachers' meeting minutes (1966-1971), Education Commission, library committee, and music committee meeting minutes (1976-1978), World Mission commission, Home missions commission, missions committee, and service committee meeting minutes (1965-1969), congregational meeting minutes and reports (1949-1967, 1976-1978, 1984).

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Some German.

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