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Bethel Mennonite Church fonds
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[ca. 1955]-1968 (Creation)
- Bethel Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Man.)
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2 cm of textual records.
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Bethel Mennonite Church began services in Winnipeg in 1937, and formally organized in 1946. It was originally known as Bethel Mennonite Mission. The first building was occupied in 1938, with subsequent building programs in 1945, 1955 and 1995. Benjamin Ewert is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through urbanization from rural Manitoba and outreach by the General Conference Mennonite Church. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba, Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1950-), and the General Conference Mennonite Church (1947-). The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1940s. Pastors have been salaried since 1943. In 1950 there were 202 members; in 1965, 450; in 1975, 385; in 1985, 516; in 1995, 591; in 2000, 587.
The records were compiled by the Missions Committee of the Women's Missionary Society of the Bethel Mennonite Church in 1967. They came into the possession of Erna Klassen.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of a collection of biographical sketches of missionaries (and Youth Opportunities Unlimited) in various geographic settings. All were commissioned through the General Conference Commission on Overseas Missions, which was responsible for mission efforts on behalf of Canadian and American General Conference members at that time.
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Gift by Erna Klassen, Calgary, Alberta, 2003.
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- The material is in English.
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A table of contents is available.
Accruals are not expected.
Administrative History information extracted from Canadian Mennonite Encyclopaedia.<br><br>Record No. Accession 2003.2<br><br>