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Dalmeny Community Church – Dalmeny, SK

Proper Title

Dalmeny Community Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1901–2018

Physical Description

75.1 cm of textual records, digital buuletins and newsletters and one microfilm reel

Administrative History

The Dalmeny Community Church was originally called the Ebenezer MB Church and was located five miles north of the town of Dalmeny in northern Saskatchewan. The church is a member of the Canadian Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches, Rosthern District.

In 1901, settlers in the Dalmeny area began to meet in homes where they organized in September of that year with approximately 42 members. These early members were Mennonite Brethren people coming from Minnesota and Nebraska. In 1902 they completed a church building and in 1907, due to an increase in membership, they erected a new building. The third building project was undertaken in 1945 when the church was remodelled and a full basement was put under the existing building. In 1952 the building was moved into the town of Dalmeny since many members lived there. A new sanctuary was built in 1968.

Abram Buhler was the first ordained minister of the Ebenezer Church. Jacob Lepp succeeded him as leader from 1907 to 1941. Lepp baptized 176 members during his ministry at Dalmeny. In 1921 fifty-two members were received into the church and in 1945 after the Hooge campaign thirty-five candidates were baptized. Other leaders were: Henry Baerg (1941–1952), Nick Willems (1952–1954), George B. Dyck (1954–1960), A. Unruh (1961–1965), Ben Hoeppner (1965–1967), Sylvester Dirks (1967–1969), Peter Boschman (1969–1976), Ernest Lepp and Henry Bartsch (1976–1977), Rueben Dirks (1977–1980), Melvin Konkel (1980–1985), John Reimer (1985–1989), Rick McCorkindale (1989–1996), and Gary Sawatzky (1996–2015), Tony Martens (2016– ).

In 1987, the Ebenezer Mennonite Brethren Church changed its name to the Dalmeny Community Church. In 1997 the Dalmeny Community Church had a membership of 133.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of the following series: Historical materials, membership and family records, minutes and reports of congregational meetings, bulletins and financial records.

Custodial History

Many of the records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference. The textual records came to the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies in 1996 from the Bethany Bible School in Saskatchewan where they had been housed.

Notes

  • Volumes 580–583; Digital records located on the CMBS server "Electronic collections/Provinces/Saskatchewan/Dalmeny."
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory BF501a. Updated by Yvonne Snider-Nighswander October 17, 2011. Upated by Kate Woltmann July 18, 2013. Updated by Emma Sorensen June 1, 2018. Updated by Kieran Schellenberg September 1, 2020.
  • Finding aid for microfilm: R8, pp. 899–2376; R9, pp. 1–848.
  • Microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003.

Series Descriptions

I. Dalmeny Mennonite Brethren Church historical series.
1961–1996.
43 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of historical notes about the origin of the Dalmeny (Ebenezer) Church, church bulletins, and church yearbooks, as well as a 60th anniversary booklet. Yearbooks include a pastor’s report, Sunday school report, agenda of the annual business meetings, financial statements, reports of women’s groups, membership lists, statistics, and members of church offices.
  • Finding aid: Volume 580–581, file # 1–35.

II. Dalmeny Mennonite Brethren Church membership and family registers.
1901–1958.
6 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of two books of family and membership including birth, baptism, marriage, and death dates. Book I-B has detailed marriage information: name, age, and residence of bride and bridegroom, time and place of proclamation of the banns, scripture text, time and place of marriage, and officiating minister.
  • Finding aid: Volume 581, file # 36–37.

III. Dalmeny Mennonite Brethren Church congregational meeting series.
1911–1959.
5 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of two books, predominantly in the German Gothic script, containing minutes of church business meetings and recommendations.
  • Finding aid: Volume 581, file # 38–39.

IV. Dalmeny Mennonite Brethren Church financial records.
1908–1995.
14 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of records of individual contributions to missions, operational expenses, Sunday school donations, building expenses, and records of a mission endowment fund.
  • Finding aid: Volume 581, file # 40–47.

V. Dalmeny Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins.
1969–2012; 2012–2017.
25 cm of textual records and digital records

  • This series consists of church bulletins.
  • Finding aid: Volumes 582–583; digital files.

File List

Volume 580
1. Historical notes. -- 1961–1975.
2. Church bulletins. -- 1981.
3. Church bulletins. -- 1985.
4. Church bulletins. -- 1986.
5. Church bulletins. -- 1987.
6. Church bulletins. -- 1988.
7. Church bulletins. -- 1989.

Volume 581
15. Yearbook of the Ebenezer Mennonite Brethren Church. – 1955.
16. Yearbook of the Ebenezer Mennonite Brethren Church. – 1959.
17. Yearbook of the Ebenezer Mennonite Brethren Church. – 1960.
18. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church Dalmeny, SK. 60th Anniversary. – 1961.
19. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1962.
20. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1963.
21. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1966.
22. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1967.
23. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1968.
24. Dedication Service of the New Sanctuary. – 1968.
25. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1969.
26. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1970.
27. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1971.
28. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1972.
29. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1973.
30. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1974.
31. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1975.
32. Ebenezer Mennonite Brethren Church 75th Anniversary. – 1976.
33. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1976.
34. Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Dalmeny, SK. – 1977.
35. A Diary of Dalmeny Community Church. – 1901–1991.
36. Book I-A: Membership records. – 1901–1937.
37. Book I-B: Membership records. – 1937–1958.
38. Book II: Minutes of congregational meetings. – 1911–1944.
39. Book III: Minutes of congregational meetings. – December 1944–October 1959.
40. Book VII: Mission treasury. – 1908–1951.
41. Book VIII: Records of operational expenses and missions disbursements. – 1916–1951.
42. Book IX: General Ledger. – 1918–1951.
43. Book X: Financial records of operational expenses. – 1918–1950.
44. Book XI: Foreign mission contributions. – 1922–1951.
45. Book XII: Church building, Saskatoon, and Conference treasury. – 1935–1951. – 1935–1951.
46. Book XIII: Fund treasury mission endowment. – 1943–1964.
47. Book XIV: Sunday school financial records. – 1919–1974.

Volume 582
1. Church bulletins. -- 1969.
2. Church bulletins. -- 1970.
3. Church bulletins. -- 1971.
4. Church bulletins. -- 1972.
5. Church bulletins. -- 1973.
6. Church bulletins. -- 1974.
7. Church bulletins. -- 1975.
8. Church bulletins. -- 1976.
9. Church bulletins. -- 1977.
10. Church bulletins. -- 1978.
11. Church bulletins. -- 1979.

Volume 583
8. Church bulletins. -- 1990.
9. Church bulletins. -- 1991.
10. Church bulletins. -- 1992.
11. Church bulletins. -- 1993.
12. Church bulletins. -- 1994.
13. Church bulletins. -- 1995.
14. Church bulletins. -- 1996.
15. Church bulletins. -- 2005.
16. Church bulletins. -- 2006.
17. Church bulletins. -- 2007.
18. Church bulletins. -- 2008.
19. Church bulletins. -- 2009.
20. Church bulletins. -- 2010.
21. Financial report. -- 1995.
22. Church bulletins. -- 2011.
23. Church bulletins. -- 2012.
24. Baptism. -- 2013.
25. Baptism. -- 2015.
26. Baptism. -- 2017.
27. Baptism. -- 2018.

Microfilm file list

Reel 8

  • Membership and Family Register (Book I). – 1911–1933. – p.899–1086.
  • Membership and Family Register (Book II). – ca.1938–1958. – p.1087–1178.
  • Membership and Family Register (Book III). – ca.1958–1977. – p.1641–1686.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – 1911–1944. – p.1179–1428.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – 1944–1959. – p.1429–1640.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – 1959–Apr.1978. – 1687–1915.
  • Board of Elders and Church Council Meeting Minutes. – 1959–June 1976. – p.1916–2180.
  • Women’s Missionary Meeting Minutes. – 1959–1978. – p.2181–2376.

Reel 9

  • Mission Treasury and Mission Sale Records. – 1908–1951. – p.1–62.
  • Financial Records. – 1916–1951. – p.63–129.
  • Finances – General Ledger. – 1918–1951. – p.130–220.
  • Financial Records Operational. – 1918–1950. – p.221–330.
  • Foreign Mission Contributions. – 1022–1951. – p.331–416.
  • Church Building Saskatoon & Conference Treasury. – 1935–1951. – p.418–468.
  • Fund Treasury–Mission Endowment. – 1943–1964. – p.469–512.
  • Yearbooks. – 1970–1977. – p.670–848.
  • Sunday School Records – Financial and Attendance. – 1919–1974. – p.513–669.

Digital Files

  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2012. Incomplete.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2013. Incomplete.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2014. Incomplete.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2015.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2016.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2017.
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