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Neighborhood Life Group MB Church – The Pas, MB

Proper Title

Neighborhood Life Group MB Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1970–1992

Physical Description

7 cm of textual records and 1 microfilm reel

Administrative History

The Neighborhood Life Group MB Church, located in The Pas, began in 1970 with the introduction of Christian Day Camps and Bible studies, initiated by the Home Missions Committee of the Manitoba Mennonite Brethren Church, with James Nikkel in charge. In 1971, the group began to have regular Friday night fellowships, had a Thanksgiving Banquet, family camp and a Sunday evening lounge worship. In 1972, the group organized and received membership with the Mennonite Brethren Church. The church opened a downtown storefront office which was called the Christian Center, and then later named the Thrift Shop. This project was to reach out to young people in the community. In 1974, the church decided to buy the bakery building next to the Center for their permanent location. In 1977, James Nikkel was asked to return to Winnipeg. Their first full time pastor was George Toews who had a different focus. Within a short time the outreach ministries were discontinued and the focus changed to disciple making and Christian nurture. The church closed its doors in 1992.

The leaders of the church included: James Nikkel (1970–1977), George Toews (1977–1981), Jim Totzke (1981–1984), Ernie Bergen (1985–1992).

The language of worship is English.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of historical data, a constitution of the church, annual reports, congregational and board meeting minutes, building committee and Peace and Social Concerns committee minutes, Northern Leadership Conference reports, bulletins and miscellaneous correspondence.

Custodial History

Some of the records were microfilmed through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference.

Notes

  • Volume 440.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory BC517 (series description and file list available).
  • Finding aid for microfilm: R80, pp 2009–2411; R81, pp 1–229.
  • Microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003.

Series Descriptions

I. Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church history.
1970–1992.
0.25 cm of textual records and 24 pp (microfilm).

  • This series consists of historical sketches and an article from the MB Herald.
  • Finding aid: Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 1.
  • microfilm R80, pp 2011–2035.

II. Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins.
1974–1976, 1982–1987, 1992.
1.5 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of weekly bulletins.
  • Finding aid: Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 2.

III. Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church constitutions.
1975?.
2 pp; microfilm.

  • This series consists of a constitution of the church.
  • Finding aid: microfilm R80, pp 2009–2010.

IV. Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church annual reports.
1973–1983.
1.5 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of the church annual reports.
  • Finding aid: Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 3.

V. Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church executive meetings.
1970–1992.
1 cm of textual records and 506 pp (microfilm).

  • This series consists of congregational and board meeting minutes with some correspondence.
  • Finding aid: Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 4–5.
  • microfilm R80, 2036–2411; R81, 1–132.

VI. Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church building committee.
1973–1976.
39 pp; microfilm.

  • This series consists of the minutes of the building committee.
  • Finding aid: microfilm R81, pp 133–172.

VII. Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church board of social concerns.
1976–1978.
47 pp; microfilm.

  • This series consists of the minutes of the peace and social concerns committee later called Thrift Shop committee.
  • Finding aid: microfilm R81, pp 173–220.

VIII. Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church northern leadership conference reports.
1977–1978.
8 pp; microfilm.

  • This series consists of the reports from the northern leadership conference.
  • Finding aid: microfilm R81, pp 221–229.

IX. Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church miscellaneous.
1972–1992.
1 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of miscellaneous reports and correspondence.
  • Finding aid: Neighborhood Life Group Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 6–7.

File List

Volume 440

  1. History. – ca. 1975–1992.
  2. Bulletins. – 1974–1976, 1982–1987, 1992.
  3. Annual Reports. – 1973–1983.
  4. Board Meeting Minutes. – 1975–1981.
  5. Congregational Meeting Minutes. – 1976–1992.
  6. Misc. Reports. – 1972–1992.
  7. Misc., Correspondence. – 1973–1992.
  8. List of Participants (The Pas Christian Centre). – no date.

Microfilm file list

Reel 80

  • Historical Data on Church (Book II). – ca.1970–1975. – pp. 2011–2035.
  • Constitution of the Church (Book I). – 1975?. – pp. 2009–2010.
  • Church Executive and Congregational Minutes (Book III). – ca.1970–Nov.1975. – pp. 2036–2301.
  • Church Board and Congregational Minutes, some correspondence (Book IV). – Jan.1976–Dec.1978. – pp. 2302–2411.

Reel 81

  • Church Board and Congregational Minutes, some correspondence (Book IV). – Jan.1976–Dec.1978. – pp. 1–132.
  • Building Committee Minutes (Book V). – Dec.1973–Jan.1976. – pp. 133–172.
  • Peace and Social Concerns committee Minutes (Book VI). – Mar.1976–Mar.1978. – pp. 173–220.
  • Northern Leadership Conference Reports (Book VII). – Nov.1977–Nov.1978. – pp. 221–229.
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