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Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church – Hepburn, SK

Proper Title

Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1910–2000

Physical Description

67 cm of textual records and one microfilm reel

Administrative History

The Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church is a member of the Canadian Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches. Original membership consisted largely of immigrant settlers from the United States. Before 1910 they attended the Brotherfield or the Dalmeny Church, but distance made it necessary to found the Hepburn Church. The church was organized in 1910 with 78 charter members.

A church building was erected in 1910 and enlarged in 1917. A new church was built in 1966. The Hepburn MB Church frequently obtained ministerial help from Bethany Bible School teachers.

Leading ministers have been: P.J. Friesen (1910–1926), Peter Nickel (1926), David Schmor (1927–1936 and 1939– ), J.B. Toews (1937–1938), G.D. Huebert (1941), Henry Fast (1942–1944), F.J. Baerg (1945–1946, 1949–1950), Jacob P. Dyck (1947–1948), Jacob H. Epp (1951), Peter R. Toews, Walter Wiebe (1956–1958), Jacob Bergen (1958–1964), George D. Geddert (1964–1965), John F. Froese (1965–1974), Henry M. Willems (1974, 1981–1983), J.E. Klassen (1974–1981), Frank F. Froese (1984), Abe Block (1985–1987), David Nightingale (1988), Ralph Gliege (1989–1992), Len Doerksen (1993–1996), Ross Penner (1997–2002), Reuben Andres, interim (2002–2004), Jeff Peters (2004–2011), Rod Schellenberg (2012– ).

In 1997, the church had 180 members. In 2010, there were 223 members.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of the following series: Membership and family records, yearbooks, minutes of congregational meetings, Church Council minutes, Christian Endeavor minutes, Christian Endeavor minutes, Women’s Missionary Society minutes, and 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 yearbooks, annual reports, and constitution came from the Bethany Bible School in 1996; the bulletins had been collected at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies previously.

Notes

  • Volumes 593–594, 1317, 1321, 1324-1327, 1271A, 1274A, 1328, 1329.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory BF506.
  • Finding aid for microfilm: R10, pp. 1–2432; R11, pp. 1–1521.
  • Microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003.

Series Descriptions

I. Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church membership and family records.
1978.
554 pp.; microfilm.

  • Membership and family record Books 17, 18, 19, and 20 available on microfilm and original ledger books.
  • Finding aid: Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church R11, pp. 967–1521 and Vol.1329.

II. Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church Yearbooks.
1978.
220 pp.; microfilm.

  • This series includes the publications entitled Golden Jubilee Yearbook (1910–1960) and the annual reports (1961–1977).
  • Finding aid: Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church R11, pp. 746–966.

III. Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church minutes of congregational meetings.
1978.
1455 pp.; microfilm.

  • Minutes of the congregation from 1910 to 1978. Available on microfilm and original ledger books.
  • Finding aid: Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church R10, pp. 1–799 and 1000–1956 and Vol.1329.

IV. Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church minutes of Church Council.
1978.
540 pp.; microfilm.

  • Minutes of Church Council meetings from 1937–1978. Available on microfilm and original ledger book.
  • Finding aid: Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church R10, pp. 800–999, 1213–1414, 1657–1798, Vol. 1329.

V. Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church Christian Endeavour minutes.
1978.
862 pp.; microfilm.

  • Minutes of the Christian Endeavour from 1925 to 1957. Available on microfilm only and original ledger books.
  • Finding aid: Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church R10, pp. 1799–2432 and 1–229, Vol. 1329.

VI. Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church Women’s Missionary Society.
1978.
515 pp.; microfilm.

  • This series contains minutes of Women’s Mission Organisations, and Mission Service and Auxiliary, 1954–1972.
  • Finding aid: Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church R11, pp. 230–745.

VII. Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church annual reports, weekly bulletins and other textual records.
1953–1996.
9 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of historical notes, the 1980 constitution, an incomplete set of annual reports, and weekly bulletins.
  • Finding aid: File list available.

File List

Volumes 593

  1. Historical notes. – 1980.
  2. “Historical Sketch of the Hepburn MB Church.” – 1985.
  3. “Hepburn Mennonite Church 1910–1926.” – Undated. “Founding of the Hepburn MB Church and the Life and Servanthood of Peter Jacob Friesen, 1871–1936,” by Jacob P. Friesen, Henry H. Wiebe, and Allen Schmidt. – Undated.
  4. Constitution of the Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church. – 1980.
  5. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1953.
  6. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1954.
  7. Booklet: Annual Report (two copies). – 1955.
  8. Booklet: Golden Jubilee 1910–1960. – 1960.
  9. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1966.
  10. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1968.
  11. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1970.
  12. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1971.
  13. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1972.
  14. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1973.
  15. Booklet: Annual Report (two copies). – 1974.
  16. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1975.
  17. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1976.
  18. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1978.
  19. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1979.
  20. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1980.
  21. Booklet: Annual Report. – 1992.
  22. Church bulletins. – 1981.
  23. Church bulletins. – 1991.
  24. Church bulletins. – 1992.
  25. Church bulletins. – 1993.
  26. Church bulletins. – 1994.
  27. Church bulletins. – 1995.
  28. Church bulletins. – 1996.
  29. Church bulletins. -- 1998.
  30. Church bulletins. -- 1999.
  31. Church bulletins. -- 2000.
  32. Church bulletins. -- 2001.
  33. Church bulletins. -- 2002.
  34. Church bulletins. -- 2003.
  35. Financial report. - 1995.

Volume 594

  1. Hepburn Community Cemetery head stone transcriptions. -- 1995.
  2. Church bulletins. -- 1968-1969.
  3. Church bulletins. -- 1970-1971.
  4. Church bulletins. -- 1972.
  5. Church bulletins. -- 1973.
  6. Church bulletins. -- 1974.
  7. Church bulletins. -- 1975.
  8. Church bulletins. -- 1976-1978.
  9. Church bulletins. -- 1979-1980.

Volume 1321
1. Church bulletins. - 1969-1970.
2. Church bulletins. - 1971-1972.
3. Church bulletins. - 1973-1974.
4. Church bulletins. - 1975-1976.
5. Church bulletins. - 1977-1978.

Volume 1324
1. Annual reports. - 1956-1960.
2. Annual report books. - 1960-1980, 1984-1985.
3. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1972.
4. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1973.
5. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1974.
6. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1975.
7. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1976.
8. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1977.
9. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1978.
10. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1979.
11. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1980.
12. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1981.
13. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1982.
14. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1983.
15. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1984.
16. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1985.
17. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1986.
18. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1987.
19. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1988.
20. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1989.
21. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1990.
22. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1991.
23. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1992.
24. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1993.
25. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1994.
26. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1995.
27. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1996.
28. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1997.

Volume 1325
1. Church bulletins. - 1979-1980.
2. Church bulletins. - 1981-1982.
3. Church bulletins. - 1983-1984.
4. Church bulletins. - 1985.
5. Church bulletins. - 1986.
6. Church bulletins. - 1987.
7. Church bulletins. - 1988.
8. Church bulletins. - 1989.

Volume 1326

1. Birth records. - 1985, 1997.
2. Attendance records. - 1979-1981.
3. Ladies Auxiliary/Women's Missionary service documents. - 1962-1985.
4. Hands on Street Ministry document. - 1992.
5. Missions comm. and Redberry Bible Camp comm. reports. - 1998.
6. Correspondence. - 1947-1952.
7. Correspondence. - 1953.
8. Correspondence. - 1954.
9. Correspondence. - 1955.
10. Correspondence. - 1956.
11. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1957.
12. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1958.
13. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1959.
14. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1960.
15. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1961.
16. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1962.
17.Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1963.
18. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1964.
19. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1965.
20. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1966.
21. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1967.
22. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1968.
23. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1969.
24. Correspondence. - 1970.
25. Correspondence and membership transfers. - 1971.

Volume 1327
1. AGM reports and minutes. - 1995-2000.
2. Congregational constitution 1995, reports, and minutes. - 1995-1998.
3. Congregational constitution 1999, reports, and minutes. - 1991-1999.
4. Congregational directories. - 1990-2001.
5. Estate of Wilfred Penner distribution. - 1999.
6. Board of deacons minutes - 1990-1999, procedures manual - [1999]. - 1990-1999.
7. Board of Christian Education reports and minutes. - 1990-1995.
8. Board of Christian Education reports and minutes. - 1986-1989.
9. Board of deacons reports and minutes. - 1984-1989.
10. Board of church growth reports and minutes. - 1989-1999.
11. Board of management  reports and minutes. - 1985-1989.
12. Board of missions minutes - 2000, procedural manual - 1999. - 1999-2000.
13. Board of missions reports, minutes, and recipes. - 1992-1999.
14. Board of missions reports and minutes. - 1982-1988.
15. Board of worship survey - [199-], minutes - 1990-1997. - 1990-1997.
16. Board of worship reports and minutes. - 1981-1989.
17. Congregational bulletins. - 2000.
18. Congregational bulletins. - 1999.
19. Congregational bulletins. - 1998.
20. Congregational bulletins. - 1997.
21. Congregational bulletins. - 1996.
22. Congregational bulletins. - 1995.
23. Church council reports and minutes. - 1998.
24. Executive comm. reports and minutes. - 1995-1996.
25. Church council reports and minutes. - 1997.
26. Church council reports and minutes. - 1996.
27. Executive comm. reports and minutes. - 1995.
28. Church council reports and minutes. - 1999.
29. Congregational meeting reports and minutes. - 1996-1999.
30. Congregational semi-annual and annual reports and minutes. - 1992-1994.
31. 100th anniversary book and bulletin. - 2010
32. Congregational meeting minutes. - 1957-1959.
33. Congregational meeting minutes. - 1981-1988.
34. Board of Christian education reports. - 1989-1997.
35. DVBS reports. - 1990-1996.
36. Sunday School reports. - 1996-1997.
37. Board of Christian education reports and minutes. - 1989-1996.
38. Congregational meeting constitution - 1997, reports and minutes. - 1989-1997.
39. Booklets: Annual reports. - 1961, 1963-1980.
40. 90th anniversary book. - 2000.

Volume 1274A
1. Women's Mission Auxiliary and Service reports and minutes. - 1954-1969.
2. Sunday School comm. reports and minutes. - 1938-1972.
3. Correspondence. - 1947-1948.
4. Membership transfer documentation. - 1946-1951.

Volume 1317
1. Membership transfer documentation. - 1932-1945.
2. Correspondence. - 1932-1941.
3. Correspondence. - 1923-1948.
4. Church directory. - [199?].
5. Women's Auxiliary and mission reports and minutes. - 1961-1970.
6. Church bulletins. - 1966.
7. Church bulletins. - 1967.
8. Church bulletins. - 1968.

Volume 1271A

1. Church council minutes. - 1931-1937.
2. Congregational meeting minutes. - 1910-1927.
3. Church council minutes. - 1937-1951.
4. Church council minutes. - 1952-1965. [German lang.: 1952-1955]
5. Congregational meeting minutes. - 1962-1980.
6. Church council minutes. - 1965-1978.
7. Jugendverein reports and minutes. - 1925-1934.
8. Christian Endeavour reports and minutes. - 1957-1982.
9. Church bulletins. - 1956-1957.
10. Church bulletins. - 1958.
11. Church bulletins. - 1960.
12. Church bulletins. - 1961.
13. Church bulletins. - 1962.
14. Church bulletins. - 1963.
15. Church bulletins. - 1964.
16. Church bulletins. - 1965.

Volume 1328
1. Church bulletins. - 1990.
2. Church bulletins. - 1991.
3. Church bulletins. - 1992.
4. Church bulletins. - 1993.
5. Church council reports, correspondence, and minutes. - 1989-1995.
6. Church council reports, correspondence, and minutes. - 1979-1988.

Volume 1329

1. Congregational meeting minutes. - 1923-1927.
2. Church council minutes. - 1931-1933.
3. Church register, photocopy of Book 20. - 1941-1963.
4. Congregational meeting minutes. Book 2. - 1927-1936.
5. Congregational meeting minutes. Book 4. - 1937-1945.
6. Congregational meeting minutes. Book 5. - 1945-1954.
7. Congregational meeting minutes. Book 7. - 1954-1962.
8. Jugendverein minutes and financial records. Book 12. - 1935-1945.
9. Jugendverein minutes and financial records. Book 13. - 1946-1957.
10. Sunday School committee minutes. - 1974-1982.
11. Church register. Book 17. - 1910-1924.
12. Church register. Book 18. - 1925-1935.
13. Church register. Book 19. - 1936-1941.
14. Church register. Book 20. -1941-1991.

Microfilm file list

Reel 10

 

  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book I). – Mar.1910–Apr.1927. – p.1–110.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book II). – Jun.1927–Sep.1936. – p.111–305.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book III). – Nov.1931–Jan.1937. – p.306–386.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book IV). – Jan.1937–Feb.1945. – p.387–598.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book V). – 1945–Feb.1954. – p.599–799.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book VII). – Mar.1954–Aug.1962. – p.1000–1212.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book IX). – Aug.1963–Jan.1978. – p.1414–1656.
  • Church Council Meeting Minutes (Book VI). – Feb.1937–Dec.1951. – p.800–999.
  • Church Council Meeting Minutes (Book VIII). – Feb.1952–Jan.1965. – p.1213–1413.
  • Church Council Meeting Minutes (Book X). – Oct.1965–Jan.1978. – p.1657–1798.
  • Christian Endeavor (Book XI). – Dec.1925–Dec.1934. – p.1799–2053.
  • Christian Endeavor (Book XII). – Jan.1935–Dec.1945. – p.2054–2241.
  • Christian Endeavor (Book XIII). – Jan.1946–May 1957. – p.2242–2432.

Reel 11

  • Membership and Family Records (Book XVII). – ca.1910–1929. – p.967–1107.
  • Membership and Family Records (Book XVIII). – ca.1924–1942. – p.1108–1271.
  • Membership and Family Records (Book XIX). – ca.1940–1950. – p.1272–1410.
  • Membership and Family Records (Book XX). – ca.1940–1962. – p.1411–1521.
  • Golden Jubilee Yearbook (Book XVI). – 1910–1960. – p.950–966.
  • Annual Reports (Book XVI). – 1961–1977. – p.746–949.
  • Christian Endeavor (Book XIV). – Aug.1957–May 1978. – p.1–229.
  • Women’s Mission Organizations, Mission Service and Auxiliary (Book XV). – 1954–1972. – p.230–745.

 

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