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Glenbush Mennonite Brethren Church – Medstead, SK

Proper Title

Glenbush Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1928–2014

Physical Description

13 cm of textual records and one microfilm reel

Administrative History

The Glenbush Mennonite Brethren Church, near Medstead Saskatchewan, is a member of the Canadian Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches. The first organizational meeting of settlers from Russia, led by Nikolai Pauls, was held in 1928. At this meeting Pauls was unanimously elected as the church leader and the group decided to join the Mennonite Brethren Conference. Also in 1928, the group erected a log building in which to worship and to conduct Sunday school. In 1931 the group built a more permanent church building.

For many years the church was led by local unpaid pastors.

Church leaders have been Nikolai Pauls (1928–1956), Abe Pauls (1956–1962 and 1966–1980), Abe J. Klassen (1963–1965), Victor Nickel (1982–1987), Lawrence Redekopp (1988), Lorne Willms (1989–1991) and Gord Willison (1992–1998), John D. Klaassen (1998–2008), Terry Wicks (2008–2010) Monty Buhler (2013– ).

In 1997 the church had 64 members.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of the following series: Membership and family records, minutes of congregational meetings, and, weekly bulletins and other textual 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 summarized minutes came to Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies from the Bethany Bible School in 1996.

Notes

  • Volume 612, 1343.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory BF516. Updated by Yvonne Snider-Nighswander, November 7, 2011. Updated by Kate Woltmann July 16, 2013. Updated by Emma Sorensen May 31, 2018. Finding aid for microfilm: R13, pp. 912–1051; R13, pp. 570–911.
  • Microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003.

Series Descriptions

I. Glenbush Mennonite Brethren Church membership and family records.
1978.
139 pp.; microfilm.

  • Membership and family records available on microfilm only.
  • Finding aid: Glenbush Mennonite Brethren Church R13, pp. 912–1051.

II. Glenbush Mennonite Brethren Church minutes of congregational meetings.
1978.
341 pp.; microfilm.

  • Minutes of the congregation from 1928 to 1978, available on microfilm only.
  • Finding aid: Glenbush Mennonite Brethren Church R13, pp. 570–911.

III. Glenbush Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins and other textual records.
1978–2012.
9 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of summarized minutes, historical notes, and church bulletins.

File List

Volume 612

  1. Summarized minutes. -- 1928–1978.
  2. Historical notes. -- 1979–1980.
  3. Church bulletins. -- 1993.
  4. Church bulletins. -- 1994.
  5. Church bulletins. -- 1995.
  6. Church bulletins. -- 1996.
  7. Church bulletins. -- 1997.
  8. Church bulletins. -- 2005.
  9. Church bulletins. -- 2006.
  10. Church bulletins. -- 2007.
  11. Church bulletins. -- 2008.
  12. Financial report. -- 1995.

Volume 1343

  1. Church bulletins. -- 2009.
  2. Church bulletins. -- 2010.
  3. Church bulletins. -- 2011-2012.
  4. Church bulletins. -- 2013.
  5. Church bulletins. -- 2014.

Microfilm file list

Reel 13

  • Membership, Family and Marriage Register. – ca.1938–1977. – p.912–978.
  • Membership and Family Register. – ca.1928–1937. – p.979–1051.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – Jul.1928–Jan.1949. – p.570–720 (+148).
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – Mar.1949–Dec.1971. – p.721–873 (+150).
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – 1972–Feb.1978. – p.874–911 (+35).
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