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La Glace Bible Fellowship – La Glace, AB

Proper Title

La Glace Bible Fellowship fonds

Dates of Creation

1928–1983, 2012.

Physical Description

4 cm of textual records and 1 microfilm reel

Administrative History

Mennonite immigrants from Russia began arriving in northern Alberta in 1926. The first congregational meeting occurred in the Wedel home in 1928. A meeting house was constructed in 1929 where they worshiped. These families came from various Mennonite conference backgrounds. In 1934 they founded a Mennonite Bible School. The congregation joined the Alberta Mennonite Brethren Conference before 1937 (maybe as early as 1930). The membership stood at 73 in 1937. In the 1940s families began to leave for the Fraser valley, B.C. In 1961 they built a new meeting house using the old Bible School building. The name changed to the La Glace Bible Fellowship Church in 1985. The membership stood at 45 in 1977 and at 82 in 2000.

The leaders of the congregation were: Johann Schmidt (1930–1931), Abr. Janz (1932–1938), Abr. Konrad (1939–1943, 1946–1950), Martin Hamm (1944–1945), John Kroeker (1951), Ed Martens (1952–1956), John J. Heidebrecht (1957–1971), George Block (1960–1962), Victor Pankratz (1963–1975), Dwight Nickel (1976–1978), John Schmidt (1978), Art Isaac (1979–1983), Peter Boschman (1984–1994), Jack Janzen (1995), Henry Willms (1957–1960, 1996), Nelson Senft (1997–).

The language of worship is English.  The transition from German occurred in the 1950s.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of a congregational historical sketch ([196-?]), a brief congregational history (1985), 50th anniversary booklet and newspaper clippings (1978), congregational bulletins (1979–1983), family, membership, and baptismal registers (1928–1978), congregational meeting minutes (1944–1978), congregational church council meeting minutes (1960–1961), congregational financial records (1942–1976).

Custodial History

Records were transferred to the Centre for MB Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Some records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference.

Notes

  • Volume 334.
  • Finding aid consists of a series description and a file list is available.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of MB Churches inventory BA-508.
  • Finding aid for microfilm: R54, pp.215–1058.
  • Described by Bert Friesen 24 September 2001, microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003. Updated by Kate Woltmann, August 2014.
  • No restrictions.

Series Descriptions

I. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church history.
[196-?], 1985.
0.2 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of a congregational historical sketch ([196-?]) and a brief congregational history (1985).
  • Location: 334, file 1.

II. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church history clippings.
1978.
0.4 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of a 50th anniversary booklet (1978), and 50th anniversary celebration newspaper clippings (1978).
  • Location: Volume 334, file 2.

III. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins.
1979–1983.
3.4 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of congregational bulletins (1979–1983).
  • Location: Volume 334, files 3–7.

IV. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church registers.
1928–1978.
155 pp.; microfilm.

  • This series consists of congregational membership, family, baptismal, and marriage registers which include data on birth, baptism, marriage, and death (1928–1978).
  • Location: Microfilm #54.

V. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church congregational meeting minutes.
1944–1978.
423 pp.; microfilm.

  • This series consists of congregational meeting minutes (1944–1973, 1975–1978).
  • Location: Microfilm #54.

VI. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church Board meeting minutes.
1960–1961.
26 pp.; microfilm.

  • This series consists of church council meeting minutes (1960–1961).
  • Location: Microfilm #54.

VII. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church financial records.
1942–1976.
291 pp.; microfilm.

  • This series consists of records of financial contributions of members (1942–1944, 1951–1959), financial contributions to foreign missions (1947–1961), congregational financial records (1951–1961), and congregational annual financial reports (1964–1976).
  • Location: Microfilm #54.

File List

Volume 334

  1. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church history. – [196-?], 1985.
  2. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church 50th anniversary history. – 1978.
  3. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1979.
  4. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1980.
  5. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1981.
  6. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1982.
  7. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1983.
  8. La Glace Mennonite Brethren Church baptism photo [photocopy]. -- 2012.

Microfilm file list

Reel 54

  • Membership and Family Records. – 1926–[195-]. – p.904–922.
  • Family Records. – 1926–1964. – p.923–996.
  • Membership Records. – 1926–1952. – p.997–1001.
  • Baptism Records. – ca.1929–1953. – p.1002–1004.
  • Membership and Family Records. – ca.1937–1976. – p.1005–1020.
  • Baptism Records. – ca.1937–1970. – p.1021–1022.
  • Family Records. – ca.1937–1967. – p.1023–1058.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – Jan.1944–Jan.1959. – p.215–418.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – Mar.1959–Mar.1960. – p.419–444.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – Sept.1960–Dec.1964. – p.471–531.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – Feb.9, 1965–Jan.1973. – p.532–585.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes. – Jan.1975–June 1978. – p.586–637.
  • Church Council (Board) Meeting Minutes. – Sept.1960–Dec.1961. – p.445–470.
  • Financial Contributions by members. – 1942–1944. – p.638–730 (+25). – Note: It is unclear what this number represents, but is included because it was in a previous finding aid.
  • Contributions to Foreign Missions. – 1947–1961. – p.731–758.
  • Financial Contributions of members. – 1951–1959. – p.759–827.
  • Financial Records of the church. – 1951–1961. – p.828–874.
  • Annual Financial Reports. – 1964–1976. – p.875–903.
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