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Westview Mennonite Brethren Church – Portage la Prairie, MB

Proper Title

Westview Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1959–1974

Physical Description

12 cm of textual records, one microfilm reel and artifacts

Administrative History

Westview Mennonite Brethren Church is located in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. A group of members from the Newton MB Church gathered together to form a mission church in 1962. A year later, a chapel was built on Saskatchewan Avenue. The congregation struggled for a while and in 1974, the church finally decided to dissolve.

The leaders of the church included: John Quiring (1962–1964), John B. Epp (1965–1967), Edward R. Giesbrecht (1968–1971).

The language of worship is English.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of constitutions, church membership certificates, minutes from the congregational, council and Sunday school meetings, and church financial ledgers. Artifacts include three stamps (official church seal, return address, tax number).

Custodial History

Some of the records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference.

Notes

  • Volume 516.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory BC534 (series description and file list available).
  • Finding aid for microfilm: R84, pp 1–430.
  • Microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003.

Series Descriptions

I. Westview Mennonite Brethren Church constitutions.
undated.
0.25 cm textual material, 5 pp (microfilm).

  • This series consists of two church constitutions.
  • Finding aid: Westview Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 1.
  • microfilm R84, pp 73–78.

II. Westview Mennonite Brethren Church membership.
ca. 1963–1972.
1 cm textual material, 72 pp (microfilm).

  • This series consists of membership certificates organized in alphabetical order.
  • Finding aid: Westview Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 2.
  • microfilm R84, pp 1–72.

III. Westview Mennonite Brethren Church congregational meetings.
1959–1972.
2 cm textual material, 201 pp (microfilm).

  • This series consists of congregational meeting minutes.
  • Finding aid: Westview Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 3.
  • microfilm R84, pp 79–280.

IV. Westview Mennonite Brethren Church council meetings.
1962–1970.
1.5 cm textual material, 80 pp (microfilm).

  • This series consists of church council meeting minutes, financial information and miscellaneous information.
  • Finding aid: Westview Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 4–5.
  • microfilm R84, pp 281–361.

V. Westview Mennonite Brethren Church Sunday school meetings.
1959–1967.
1 cm textual material, 68 pp (microfilm).

  • This series consists of Sunday School meeting minutes.
  • Finding aid: Westview Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 6.
  • microfilm R84, pp 362–430.

VI. Westview Mennonite Brethren Church financial ledgers.
1971–1974.
2 cm textual material.

  • This series consists of the church financial ledgers.
  • Finding aid: Westview Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 7–9.

File List

Volume 516

  • Constitutions. – undated.
  • Church Membership Certificates. – ca. 1963–1972.
  • Congregational Minutes. – 1959–1972.
  • Church Council, Financial, and Misc. – 1967–1970.
  • Church Council Minutes. – 1962–1970.
  • Sunday School Teachers’ Meeting Minutes. – 1959–1967.
  • Church Financial Ledger. – 1971–1973.
  • Church Financial Ledger. – 1972–1974.
  • Church Financial Ledger. – 1973–1974.

Microfilm file list

Reel 84

  • Constitutions (Book II). – undated. – pp. 73–78.
  • Church Membership Certificates (Book I). – ca.1963–1972. – pp. 1–72.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book III). – Mar. 1959–May 1972. – pp. 79–280.
  • Church Council Meeting Minutes (Book IV). – Mar.1962–Sept.1970. – pp. 281–361.
  • Sunday School Teachers Meeting Minutes (Book V). – Nov.1959–Apr.1967. – pp. 362–430.
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