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Newton Community Fellowship Church – Newton, MB

Proper Title

Newton Community Fellowship Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1928–2017

Physical Description

25 cm of textual records, 1 microfilm reel, 1 photograph, and 1 photograph reproduction

Administrative History

The Newton MB Church was officially organized in 1928. The congregation began meeting in a school, and in 1938, the decision was made to build a church three miles away from Newton. It was dedicated in September, 1939. In 1940, the church was burned down and they were given permission to meet in the Salem United Church if they conducted the services in English. In the fall of 1940, the congregation decided to rebuild part of the church and by 1946 the rebuilding process was complete. In 1980, they dedicated another new building and the name changed to Community Fellowship Church, to convey openness to the community.  In 1950, the church had 106 members and peaked in 1995 with 174 members.  In 2010 there were 152 members.

The leaders of the church included: John Derksen (1928–1942), Gerhard Konrad (1942–1946), D. K. Janzen (1946), A. A. Loewen (1946–1955), D. A. Dyck (1956–1970), John Froese (1970–1974), Irvin Penner (1974–1977), Peter Boschman (1977–1983), Jake Penner (1985–1988), Art Willms (1989–1993), Aubrey Krahn (1994–1998), Neil Block (interim), Ramsy Unruh (2003-2011), Manfred Boller (2011-2014), Bob Enns (2015- ).

The language of worship is English.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of bulletins, historical notes, a financial ledger, minutes, membership records, one original photograph and one photograph reproduction.

Notes

  • Volume 433 and 456
  • Photo location: NP149-01-9531; Photo reproduction - volume 433, file 5.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory BC512 (series description and file list available).
  • Finding aid for microfilm: R85, pp 2003–2345; R86, pp 1–216.
  • Updated by Kate Woltmann, August 2014, Conrad Stoesz April 14, 2016. Updated by Emma Sorensen June 1, 2018.
  • Microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003.

Series Descriptions

I. Newton Community Fellowship Church history.
1926–1978, 1978, 1980, 1987.
0.25 cm of textual records, 30 pp (microfilm), and 1 picture.

  • This series consists of information for a historical sketch, historical narratives, information on the 50th anniversary service, summaries and chronicles of events, and a picture of the congregation in 1980.
  • Finding aid: Community Fellowship Church file list no. 1.
  • microfilm R85, pp 2003–2033.

II. Newton Community Fellowship Church membership and family records.
ca. 1928–1978.
143 pp; microfilm.

  • This series consists of family and church membership registers.
  • Finding aid: microfilm R85, pp 2034–2177.

III. Newton Community Fellowship Church congregational meetings.
1959–1979.
167 pp; microfilm.

  • This series consists of the congregational meeting minutes.
  • Finding aid: microfilm R85, 2178–2345.

IV. Community Fellowship Church council meetings.
1944–1979.
216 pp; microfilm.

  • This series consists of the council meeting minutes.
  • Finding aid: microfilm R86, 1–216.

V. Bulletins
1976-2007.
24 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of bulletins produced by the church.
  • Finding aid. Volume 433 files 6-13, volume 456 files 1-17.

 

File List

Volume 433

  1. Newton MB Church history. – 1978, 1980, 1987.
  2. Newton MB Church Ledger. – 1928–1937.
  3. Newton MB Church/Newton Community Fellowship directories. -- [198?] - [199?].
  4. Newton Community Fellowship bulletins regarding Art Willms installation. -- May 21, 1989.
  5. Newton Community Fellowship baptism photo [photocopy]. -- August 19, 2012.
  6. Bulletins. -- 1976.
  7. Bulletins. -- 1977.
  8. Bulletins. -- 1978.
  9. bulletins. -- 1979.
  10. Bulletins. -- 1980.
  11. Bulletins. -- 1981.
  12. Bulletins. -- 1982.
  13. Bulletins. -- 1983.

Volume 456

  1. Bulletins. -- 1994.
  2. Bulletins. --1995.
  3. Bulletins. --1996.
  4. Bulletins. --1997.
  5. Bulletins. --1998.
  6. Bulletins. --1999.
  7. Bulletins. --2000.
  8. Bulletins. --2001
  9. Bulletins. --2002.
  10. Bulletins. --2003
  11. Bulletins. --2004.
  12. Bulletins. --2005.
  13. Bulletins. --2006.
  14. Bulletins. --2007.
  15. 85th Anniversary program, baptism names. -- 2013.
  16. Praise and Prayer Bulletin. -- 2015.
  17. Praise and Prayer Bulletin. -- 2017.


Photograph file list

  1. NP149-01-9531


Microfilm file list

Reel 85

  • Historical Data, summaries and chronicles of events (Book I). – ca.1926–1978. – pp. 2003–2033.
  • Family and Church Membership Registers (Book II). – ca.1928–1978. – pp. 2034–2177.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book III). – Dec.1959–Fab.1972. – pp. 2178–2278.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book IV). – Apr.1972–Mar.1979. – pp. 2279–2345.

Reel 86

  • Church Council Meeting Minutes (Book V). – Jan.1944–Dec.1955. – pp. 1–72.
  • Church Council Meeting Minutes (Book VI). – Feb.1956–Nov.1967. – pp. 73–138.
  • Church Council Meeting Minutes (Book VII). – Feb.1968–Mar.4, 1979. – pp. 139–216.
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