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Manitou Christian Fellowship – Manitou, MB

Proper Title

Manitou Christian Fellowship fonds

Dates of Creation

1928–2002

Physical Description

48 cm of textual records

Administrative History

In 1927, a group of people held a meeting and decided to organize into a Mennonite Brethren Church. Anton Baerg was elected as the first leader of the Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church. At first the congregation met in a school. When the congregation outgrew the school, in the summer, they moved to an available machine shed. In the winter, they divided up into four groups and met in homes. In 1931, it was decided to build a church. Once a month, the congregation held a youth service. Another building was built in 1967. The church had a 50th anniversary celebration in 1977. Another building was purchased in 1983 and attached to the original building for Sunday School. In 2018, the church changed its name to Manitou Christian Fellowship.

The leaders of the church included: Anton Baerg (1927–1930), Joh. P. Froese (1931–1933), H. H. Goossen (1934), Joh. P. Froese (1935–1938), H. H. Goossen (1939), Gerhard Klassen (1940), Jacob Wiebe (1941–1942), H. Goossen (1943–1947), J. Froese (1948), Gerhard Klassen (1949–51), John Wiebe (1952–1967), Jacob Falk (1968–1972), A. J. Froese (1973–1978), Alvin Penner (1980–1987), George Toews (1988–2000), John Nikkel (2000–2005), Stephen Kroeker (2006–2009), Derek Leheman (2009–2015), Scott Koop (2016), Hugh Froese (2017– ).

The language of worship is English.  The transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

Scope and Content

This fonds exists of historical information, bulletins, directories, minutes from the congregational, board and council meetings, Sunday School, Young People’s and Ladies Fellowship meetings, membership transfers, building funds, and anniversary information and financial information.

Notes

  • Volumes 423, 425–430.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory BC510 (series description and file list available).
  • Updated by Jon Isaak, July 2018.
  • No restrictions on access.
  • Language: some German, mostly English.

Series Descriptions

I. Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church history.
1981–1985.
1 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of information for a historical sketch, historical narratives, and information about the church’s anniversaries.
  • Finding aid: Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 1 (Vol. 423), 47–48 (Vol. 430).

II. Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins.
1970–1991.
26 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of weekly bulletins.
  • Finding aid: Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 2–23 (Vol. 423).

III. Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church directories and Membership/Family Register.
1976–1985.
1.5 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of annual church directories and the  Membership and Family Register (Vol. 427)
  • Finding aid: Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 25 (Vol. 428).

IV. Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church congregational meeting minutes.
1927–1989.
7 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of the congregational minutes, and the annual reports.
  • Finding aid: Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 26–32 (Vol. 430).

V. Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church council meeting minutes.
1968–1989.
5 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of the church council meeting minutes which were originally called the Board meeting minutes, and the annual finance records.
  • Finding aid: Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 33–39 (Vol. 430).

VI. Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church Christian Education.
1961–1982.
6 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of the minutes from the Sunday School, Young People’s, and Ladies Fellowship meetings, the Daily Vacation Bible School meetings, and the Ladies Fellowship financial ledger.
  • Finding aid: Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 40–45 (Vol. 430), and Vol. 427.

VII. Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church financial information.
1967–1978.
1.5 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of the building fund information, insurance policies for the building, conference pension and insurance policies, and some Revenue Canada information.
  • Finding aid: Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 49–52 (Vol. 430), and Vols. 427, 428.

File List

Volume 423

  1. History. -- 1981–1985.
  2. Bulletins. -- 1970.
  3. Bulletins. -- 1971.
  4. Bulletins. -- 1972.
  5. Bulletins. -- 1973.
  6. Bulletins. -- 1974.
  7. Bulletins. -- 1975.
  8. Bulletins. -- 1976.
  9. Bulletins. -- 1977.
  10. Bulletins. -- 1978.
  11. Bulletins. -- 1979.
  12. Bulletins. -- 1980.
  13. Bulletins. -- 1981.
  14. Bulletins. -- 1982.
  15. Bulletins. -- 1983.
  16. Bulletins. -- 1984.
  17. Bulletins. -- 1985.

Volume 425

  • Financial ledger. -- 1986–1988.

Volume 426

  • Financial ledger. -- 1980–1985.

Volume 427

  • Family and membership register. -- 1928–1962.
  • Ladies Fellowship Minutes. -- 1985–1992.
  • Financial records. -- 1975–1977.

Volume 428

  • Financial records. -- 1940–1989.

Volume 429

  1. Bulletins. -- 1986.
  2. Bulletins. -- 1987.
  3. Bulletins. -- 1988.
  4. Bulletins. -- 1989.
  5. Bulletins. -- 1990.
  6. Bulletins. -- 1991.
  7. Constitution. -- 1979, 1988.
  8. Annual Directories. -- 1976–1997.

Volume 430

  1. Annual Reports. -- 1968–1971.
  2. Minutes. -- 1927–1950.
  3. Minutes. -- 1951–1967.
  4. Church Business Meeting Minutes. -- 1968–1973.
  5. Congregational Meeting Minutes. -- 1974–1985.
  6. Congregational Meeting Minutes. -- 1986–1987.
  7. Congregational Meeting Minutes. -- 1988–1989.
  8. Board Meeting Minutes. -- 1968–1969.
  9. Board Meeting Minutes. -- 1969–1974.
  10. Church Council Meeting Minutes. -- 1974–1980.
  11. Church Council Meeting Minutes. -- 1981–1985.
  12. Church Council Meeting Minutes. -- 1986–1987.
  13. Church Council Meeting Minutes. -- 1988–1989.
  14. Annual Financial Records. -- 1965, 1967–1977, 1983.
  15. Sunday School Records. -- 1972–1982.
  16. Daily Vacation Bible School. -- 1961–1978.
  17. Young People’s Minutes. -- 1961–1963.
  18. Ladies Fellowship Minutes. -- 1965–1973.
  19. Ladies Fellowship Minutes. -- 1973–1977.
  20. Ladies Fellowship Financial Ledger. -- 1972–1982.
  21. Membership Transfers. -- alphabetical.
  22. 50th Anniversary Program Committee Minutes. -- 1976.
  23. Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church Anniversaries, 50th and 60th. -- 1976, 1986.
  24. Building Fund. -- 1967–1969.
  25. Building Insurance Policy. -- 1971.
  26. Conference Pension and Insurance Policy. -- 1971.
  27. Revenue Canada. -- 1967–1975.
  28.  Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church Anniversary celebration, 75th. -- 2002.
  29. Liedersammlung für gemischte Kirchen Chöre. Teil #1. -- 1950.
  30. Liedersammlung für gemischte Kirchen Chöre. Teil #1. -- 1951.
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