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Fairview Community Church – St. Catharines, ON

Proper Title

Fairview Community Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1964–2017

Physical Description

13.6 cm of textual records, digital bulletins and newsletters, and 1 microfilm reel

Administrative History

The Fairview Community Church began as the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church, an outgrowth of the Scott Street Mennonite Brethren Church. The congregation was officially organized in 1963 with 156 charter members. A meeting house was completed in 1964 and a parsonage was completed in 1965. In 1966, open air drive-in services were begun and a radio ministry in 1969. An addition to the meeting house was completed in 1968. In 1973, the membership was 369. From 1978 to 1987, the congregation operated a Nursery School. In 1980, they were partners in starting another congregation in the area, Fairview-Louth.

The membership of Fairview MB Church in 1980 was 425. The congregation’s objective to evangelize their community remains a primary goal. In 2000, the membership stood at 290. In 2016, the recorded membership was 185. And, in 2017, the congregation changed its name to Fairview Community Church.

The leaders of the congregation were: Walter Unger (1964), Harvey Goosen (1965–1974), Paul Fast (1975), Rudy Bartel (1975–1981), Ed Wiebe (1981–1984), Paul Wartman (1985–1991), Murray Unruh (1992), Henry Petkau (1993), Gary Janzen (1994–1995), Waldo Pauls (1996–2005), Glenn Reid (2005–2008), Don Craw (2009–2012), Kevin Smith (2012–2013), Michael Dyck (2012–2015), Kenn Kraeker (2010–2015), Brian Reynolds (2015– ).

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of an historical sketch of the congregation ([197–?]), a brief congregational history (1985), congregational directory (1970), congregational annual reports (1964–1977, 1995), congregational newsletter Fairview News (1986–1987), 25th anniversary book (1989), congregational membership and family register (1964–1977), congregational minutes (1965–1977), congregational bulletins (1998–2016).

Custodial History

Records were transferred to the Centre for MB Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1995. Some records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference.

Notes

  • Volume 563; Digital records located on the CMBS server "Electronic collections/Provinces/Ontario/Fairview."
  • Finding aid consists of a series description and a file list is available.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of MB Churches inventory BD-513.
  • Finding aid for microfilm: R31, pp.1–1301.
  • Described by Bert Friesen 17 October 2001, microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003. Updated by Yvonne Snider-Nighswander October 3, 2011. Updated by Kate Woltmann July 18, 2013. Updated by Emma Sorensen June 1, 2018.
  • No restrictions on access.

Series Descriptions

I. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church history.
[197–?]-1985.
0.4 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of a brief congregational history (1985) and a photograph of the meeting house ([198–?]) and an historical sketch of the congregation, some congregational objectives, and a brief resume of Ron Voth, an associate pastor (1977–1981).

II. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church directory.
1970.
0.2 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of a congregational address and telephone directory, a listing of congregational officers and committee/board members, and a listing of pastors in other Ontario Mennonite Brethren congregations.

III. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church annual reports.
1964–1977, 1995.
0.2 cm of textual records and 471 pp.; microfilm.

  • This series consists of congregational annual reports (1964–1977, 1995).

IV. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church newsletter.
1986–1987.
1 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of the congregational newsletter Fairview News (1986–1987).

V. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church 25th anniversary book.
1989.
4.8 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of 3 copies of the 25th anniversary book of the congregation (1989).

VI. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church register.
1964–1977.
196 pp.; microfilm.

  • This series consists of a congregational membership and family register (1964–1977).

VII. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church minutes.
1965–1977.
620 pp.; microfilm.

  • This series consists of congregational church council/Board of Elders meeting minutes (1965–1977) and congregational meeting minutes (1965–1976).

VIII. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins.
1998–2012.
5 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of congregational bulletins (1998–2001, 2005–2006, 2008–2010).

File List

Volume 563

  1. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church historical sketch. -- [197–?].
  2. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church directory. -- 1970.
  3. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church annual reports. -- 1995.
  4.  Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church newsletter. -- 1986–1987.
  5. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church 25th anniversary book. -- 1989.
  6. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 1998.
  7. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 1999.
  8. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2000.
  9. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2001.
  10. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church history. -- 1985.
  11. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2005.
  12. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2006.
  13. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2008.
  14. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2009.
  15. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2010.
  16. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2011.
  17. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2012.
  18. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. -- 2013.
  19. Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins, 50th anniversary info. -- 2014.

Microfilm file list

Reel 31

  • Membership and Family Register. – 1964–1977. – pp. 1106–1301 (+195). – Note: It is unclear what this number represents, but is included because it was in a previous finding aid.
  • Annual Reports. – 1964–1977. – pp. 621–1091.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – May 1965–Dec.1976. – pp. 345–620.
  • Church Council/Board of Elders Meeting Minutes. – Apr.1965–Dec.1977. – pp. 1–344.

Digital Files

  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2014. Incomplete.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2015. Incomplete.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2016. Incomplete.
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