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1925-1980, 1990, 2005, 2007-2009
5.5 cm of textual records and 1 microfilm reel.


Administrative history

In 1926 there were 30 Mennonite families from Russia living in the Elm Creek, Culross, and Barnsley districts of Manitoba. The families represented three denominations including Evangelical Mennonite, Mennonite General Conference and the Mennonite Brethren. Jacob Loewen served as leader at this time. In 1929 a group of 23 people became an affiliated of the Winkler MB Church. In 1931, they officially organized as the Elm Creek MB Church. The group met in local schools and because of the difficulties of not having their own building, the congregation decided to build their own church. Many people moved to Elm Creek from Saskatchewan and in 1944, the building was enlarged and a basement was added. In 1950, a larger church was built and in 1964, an extension added. In 1978 a fellowship hall was built along side the church. Through the years the church was able to keep an active youth group and choir.

The leaders of the church included: H. J. Wiebe (1931–1936), J. G. Wiens (1937–1946), H. H. Enns (1947–1953), J. G. Wiens (1954–1959), N. J. Dyck (1960–1963), Jacob W. Kroeker (1964–1972), J. P. Neufeld (1973), Elvin Penner (1974–1975), Neil Funk (1978–1983), John Balzer (1985–1987), Harold Reimer (1989–1990), John Willems (1992–2007), Noel Hudson (2007- ).

The language of worship is English.  The transition from German occured in the 1960's.

Scope and content
This fonds consists of membership records, minutes from the congregational and council meetings, youth committee program outlines, historical sketches, church bulletins and one letter.

Custodial history
Some of the textual records were microfilmed in 1978 through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference.

Notes


Series description

Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church membership records. – 1925–1979.
186 pp.; microfilm.


This series consists of three family registers microfilmed in 1979.

Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church congregational meetings. – 1929–1975.
1070 pp.; microfilm.


This series consists of the minutes of membership meetings.

Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church council meetings. – 1947–1961, 1972–1975.
140 pp; microfilm.


This series consists of the minutes of church council meetings.

Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church Jugendverein. – 1932–1954.
56 pp; microfilm.


This series consists of program outlines for the youth program.

Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church history. – 1937?, 1966, ca. 1970, ca. 1978, 1980.
0.5 cm of textual records and 8 pp (microfilm).


This series consists of some historical sketches (some written by Neil Funk), a 50th Anniversary publication of the congregation’s history including pictures dating from 1929-ca. 1979, and two pictures of the Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church taken around the year 1970 and 1985.

Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church bulletins. – 1990, 2004, 2005, 2007-2009.
1 mm of textual records.


This series consists of one bulletin from November 11, 1990, with an insert for an ordination service for Harold Reimer.

Textual file list

Volume 419
  1. Elm Creek MB Church History. – 1937–1980.
  2. MB Church of Elm Creek Bulletins. – November 11, 1990.
  3. Church Directory. – 1978.
  4. Church Directory. – 1988.
  5. Constitution. – 1977.
  6. Church bulletins. -- 2005.
  7. Elm Creek MB Church annual reports and annual financial meeting minutes. -- 2008.
  8. Church bulletins. -- 2007
  9. Church bulletins. -- 2008
  10. Church bulletins. -- 2009

Microfilm file list

Reel 85