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Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church – Waldheim, SK

Proper Title

Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

Dates of Creation

1918–2014

Physical Description

27 cm of textual records and one microfilm reel

Administrative History

The Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church is a member of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Brotherfield, a country church six miles west of Waldheim, was the mother church of the Waldheim MB Church.

In 1918, a number of Brotherfield members who lived in or near to the town of Waldheim decided to organize their own church because winter driving to Brotherfield was difficult. This organizational meeting was led by Elder David Dyck, the leader of the Brotherfield Church. Congregational services were held first in an empty store, next in the Empress Hotel, and then in the old public school. By 1920, the members had built a sanctuary.

In 1970, the Laird MB Church united with the Waldheim Church, and, in 1988, the Brotherfield Church closed and merged with the Waldheim Church.

Church membership in 2000 was 213, and 233 in 2010.

Leaders have included David Dyck (1919), J.J. Siemens, Jacob T. Ediger (1920–1939), George Willems (1940–1944), Jacob Adrian, Frank Janzen, Paul J. Wiebe (1958–1960), John D. Goertzen (1960–1968), Adolph Redekop (1969–1973), Otto Derksen (1974–1979), John D. Goertzen (1979–1980), John Schmidt (1981–1983), John Block (1984–1990), Clarence Peters (1991–2008), Greg Wiens (2009–2018), Kim Worthington (2020– ).

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of the following series: Membership records, minutes of congregational meetings, yearbooks, church bulletins, and historical notes. The materials show the history and activities of the people involved with the church.

Custodial History

Many of the records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference. File 1 and the Waldheim Golden Jubilee booklet came to Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies from Bethany Bible School in 1996. Most of the yearbooks and the minutes 1992–98 were transferred by Eileen Quiring of Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church in 1999; others were donated periodically in 2003–2011 by the church.

Notes

  • Volume 590–591, 1336. Microfilm: R13, pp. 1–370.
  • Digital records located on the CMBS server "Electronic collections/Provinces/Saskatchewan/Waldheim."
  • Created [ca. 1999?]; updated by Conrad Stoesz March 24, 2003, February 10, 2004, March 17, 2005, January 31, 2006, April 17, 2007, February 10, 2009. Microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003. Updated by Tamara Dyck October 14, 2010, February 18, 2011, by Conrad Stoesz August 23, 2011, by Yvonne Snider-Nighswander October 11, 2011, February 21, 2012. Updated by Kate Woltmann July 18, 2013. Updated by Emma Sorensen June 1, 2018.
  • Finding aid: The records are classified under the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory BF503.
  • Related material: Brotherfield MB Church BF529.
  • Accession numbers: 1999-061, 1999-083, 2003-011, 2007-13, 2010-002, 2011-06.
  • Language: Some German.
  • No restrictions on access.

Series Descriptions

I. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church membership records.
1978.
115 pp.; microfilm.

  • Two books of membership records, available on microfilm only.
  • Finding aid: Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church R13, pp. 255–370.

II. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church Yearbooks and minutes of congregational meetings.
1918–2010.
254 pp.; microfilm and 13 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of yearbooks, minutes and annual reports of the congregation from 1918 to 1970, microfilmed in 1978 and from 1970 - 2010, on paper.
  • Finding aid: Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church R13, pp. 1–254.
  • Finding aid: Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church fond file list Volume 590 files 4-7, 14-16, volume 591 file 1-7, 13.

III. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins.
1990–2012.
11 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of weekly bulletins outlining order of worship and presenting the announcements for the week.
  • Finding aid: Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church fond file list volume 590 files 8-13, volume 591 files 9-16, Volume 1336 files 9-10.

IV. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren historical notes.
1955–1995.
2 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of historical sketches, newspaper clippings, a booklet, one photocopied photograph and correspondence dealing with the establishment of the Brotherfield Mennonite Brethren Church Memorial Chapel.
  • Finding aid: Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church fond volume 590 files 1-3.

V. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church pictorial directories.
1989, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2008.
2 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of pictorial and address directories of the members and adherents in a specific year.
  • Finding aid: Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church fond volume 590 file 17.

File List

Volumes 590

  1. Historical sketch, notes/minutes. -- 1968–1995.
  2. Booklet: “Waldheim Golden Jubilee.” -- 1955.
  3. Historical sketch. -- 1985.
    Newspaper clipping of Brotherfield/Waldheim merger. -- 1988.
  4. Booklet: “Yearbook of the Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church.” -- 1968.
  5. Booklet: “Yearbook of the Mennonite Brethren Church, Waldheim.” -- 1976.
  6. Booklet: “Yearbook of the Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church.” -- 1977.
  7. Booklet: “Yearbook of the Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church.” -- 1978.
  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. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church yearbooks. -- 1964–1967, 1969–1972.
  15. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church yearbooks. -- 1973–1975, 1979–1982.
  16. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church yearbooks. -- 1983–1986, 1988–1990.
  17. Pictorial directories. -- 1989, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2008.
  18. Church directories. -- 1991, 1994.

Volume 591

  1. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church minute book. -- 1970–1991.
  2. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church yearbooks. -- 1991–1995.
  3. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church yearbooks. -- 1996–1998.
  4. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church meeting minutes. -- 1992–1998.
  5. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church Yearbooks and annual meeting minutes. -- 2000–2003.
  6. Waldheim MB Church Role of Women in Ministry Survey Summary. -- 2003.
  7. Annual membership meeting reports and minutes. -- 2004–2007.
  8. Annual membership meeting reports and minutes. -- 2008–2009.
  9. Church bulletins. -- 2003
  10. Church bulletins. -- 2005.
  11. Church bulletins. -- 2006.
  12. Church bulletins. -- 2007.
  13. Waldheim Mennonite Brethren Church annual report and meeting minutes. -- 2010–2011.
  14. Church bulletins. -- 2008.
  15. Church bulletins. -- 2009.
  16. Church bulletins. -- 2010.
  17. Church bulletins. -- 2011–2012.

Volume 1336

  1. Bulletins. -- 2013.
  2. Bulletins. -- 2014.

Microfilm file list

Reel 13

  • Membership Records (Book III). – [192-]–1960. – p.255–293.
  • Membership Records (Book IV). – ca.1938–1976. – p.295–370 (+53). – Note: It is unclear what this number represents, but is included because it was in a previous finding aid.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book I). – 1918–1941. – p.1–93 (+90). – Note: It is unclear what this number represents, but is included because it was in a previous finding aid.
  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book II). – 1941–Nov.1970. – p.94–254 (+30). – Note: It is unclear what this number represents, but is included because it was in a previous finding aid.

Digital Files

  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2014. Incomplete.
  • Bulletins and Newsletters. -- 2015. Incomplete.
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