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Sunrise Community Church – Edmonton, AB

Proper Title

Sunrise Community Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1978–2014

Physical Description

23.7 cm of textual records

Administrative History

Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church in Edmonton, Alberta, began services in 1978, and formally organized in 1979 with 35 charter members. The first building was occupied in 1982, with a subsequent building program in 1994. Marvin Schmidt and Dwayne Barkman are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by the Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church.

The influx of people into Edmonton during the economic boom of the mid 1970s prompted Lendrum Mennonite Brethren to establish the daughter congregation, that was known as Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church. The name was changed in 1998 to Sunrise Community Church. In 2000, the membership stood at 172.

The leaders of the congregation were: Dwayne Barkman (1980–1987), Marvin Schmidt (1981–1982), George Quiring (1988), Ray Wiens (1989–1999), Dave Follack, Interim (2000–2001), Dennis Wiens (2001–).

The language of worship is English. The congregation is located in the southeast section of the city.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of a congregational history (1985), schematic building plans ([198-?]), congregational meeting minutes and reports (1987–1999), leadership team meeting minutes (1990–1995), congregational financial statements (1981–1995, 1998), and congregational bulletins (1985, 1991–1997, 1999–2000,2004-2005, 2007, 2008).

Custodial History

Records were transferred to the Centre for MB Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba on a regular basis to 2000.

Notes

  • Volume 344.
  • 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-519.
  • Described by Bert Friesen 19 September 2001. Updated by Yvonne Snider-Nighswander October 11, 2011. Updated by Kate Woltmann, August 2014. Updated by Emma Sorensen June 2018.
  • No restrictions on access.

Series Descriptions

I. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church history.
[198-?]-1985.
0.2 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of a brief congregational history (1985) and a schematic building plan for the meeting house ([198-?]).

II. Mill Woods/Sunrise Community Church correspondence.
1998–1999.
0.1 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of congregational correspondence regarding congregational news (1998–1999).

III. Mill Woods/Sunrise Community Church financial statements.
1981–1995, 1998.
1.4 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of congregational financial statements (1981–1995, 1998).

IV. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church minutes.
1990–1995.
5 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of congregational church leadership team meeting minutes (1990–1995) [There are some congregational meeting minutes included].

V. Mill Woods/Sunrise Community Church minutes.
1987–1999.
5 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of congregational meeting minutes and reports (1987–1999).

VI. Mill Woods/Sunrise Community Church bulletins.
1985, 1991–1997, 1999–2000, 2004-05, 2007, 2008.
12 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of congregational bulletins (1985, 1991–1997, 1999–2000, 2004-2005, 2007).

File List

Volume 344

  1. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church history. – [198-?]-1985.
  2. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church/Sunrise Community Church correspondence. – 1998–1999.
  3. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church/Sunrise Community Church financial statements. – 1981–1995, 1998.
  4. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church Leadership Team meeting minutes. – 1990–1995.
  5. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church/Sunrise Community Church congregational meeting minutes. – 1987–1999.
  6. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1985.
  7. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1991.
  8. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1992.
  9. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1993.
  10. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1994.
  11. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1995.
  12. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1996.
  13. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1997.
  14. Sunrise Community Church bulletins. – 1999.
  15. Sunrise Community Church bulletins. – 2000.
  16. Sunrise Community Church bulletins. -- 2004-05.
  17. Mill Woods Mennonite Brethren Church founding documents. Includes name change document. -- 1981, 1998.
  18. Sunrise Community Church bulletins. -- 2007.
  19. Sunrise Community Church bulletins. -- 2008.
  20. Sunrise Community Church Baptism photo [photocopy]. -- 2012.
  21. Sunrise Community Church new members. -- 2014.
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