Fonds red-2749 - Gaetz Memorial United Church fonds

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Gaetz Memorial United Church fonds

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RED red-2749

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  • 1876 - 2002, predominant 1929 - 2000 (Creation)
    Gaetz Memorial United Church (Red Deer, Alta.)

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8.1 m of textual records. -- 133 photographs : 10 b&w; 123 col.

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In 1886, William Vrooman, a student missionary of the Methodist Church, arrived in Red Deer. A Methodist Church was built in 1892 and enlarged in 1909, when the new Methodist Church was announced by the Board of Trustees, to be known as The Leonard Gaetz Memorial Methodist Church, named after Reverend Leonard Gaetz. In 1925 the local Methodist congregation voted in favour of church union, and their building became Gaetz Memorial United Church, again named in honour of Reverend Leonard Gaetz. That building was destroyed by fire in 1955 which also resulted in the loss of much of the Church records; and a new church was built on the same site and consecrated the following year. A pipe organ was presented to the Church in memory of Mrs. Gaetz, by her family members honouring her playing at the Methodist services. The Gaetz Memorial United Church is the only congregation on the Gaetz Pastoral Charge, which is one of the 19 Pastoral Charges in the Red Deer Presbytery. The Red Deer Presbytery is one of the 9 Presbyteries in the Alberta and Northwest Conference. 13 Conferences are within the United Church of Canada and are represented at the General Council. The structure of the Gaetz Memorial United Church is centred by the Official Board which is comprised of several Committees: Christian Development and Church In Society, Communications and Fellowship, Stewardship and Finance, Pastoral Care, Ministry and Personnel, and Worship; and four groups of the United Church Women, Board of Trustees, Youth, and A.O.T.S. (As One That Serves). The Church Board is represented by the Committees' and Groups' chairs, the executive, members-at-large, Presbytery members, and the ministry staff.

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The records of the Gaetz Memorial United Church have been donated to the Red Deer and District Archives in several accruals in 1985, 1995, and 2003.

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The fonds generally consists of church registers, membership lists, minutes, annual reports, financial records, church committees and social events records, educational, correspondence, newsletters, books, and other publications, and photographs. The fonds has been arranged into the following five series: General Council; Conference; Presbytery; Congregations and Preaching Places; and The United Church of Canada. Series IV, Congregations and Preaching Places, is subdivided into the following sub-series: Baptisms, Marriages, and Burial Records; Membership records; Divisions of the Church Board; The Official Board records; Session records; Surveys and questionnaires; Church fund-raising; Organizations of the Church; Technology; Church publications; Education; Correspondence; and Public profile of Gaetz Memorial United Church. Each sub-series has been further subdivided into different files.

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Gaetz Memorial United Church in 1985, 1995 and 2003


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  • English

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Restrictions on access in accordance with donor agreement;Copyright restrictions apply

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RAD compliant finding aid available to file level

Associated materials

I. N. Hughson fonds (MG 60); Annie L. Gaetz fonds MG194; Gaetz family fonds held by the Glenbow Archives

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No further accruals expected

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Arrangement of the fonds is based on an already apparent order present in part of the fonds as well as the administrative structure of the Gaetz Memorial United Church.- The chronology of some of the folders is not in order as it was the order in which they were found<br><br>Record No. MG 147<br><br>

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