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The Bethel (Perkasie) Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite Church) of the Eastern District Conference was located in Perkasie, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In 1900 a mission of local Mennonite families was started in the Baptist Church. The congregation was organized in June 1905. In 1906 a site was purchased and in 1911 a brick church was built. Ministers who served the church to 1952 were Harvey W. Shelly, 1905; William H. Grubb, 1905-1910; Harvey W. Shelly, 1910-1918; Allen M. Fretz, 1918-1942; Ward W. Shelly, 1942-1951; and Lester Janzen, 1951- . Deacons who served were Harvey H. Baum, 1905-1910; Clayton F. Myers, 1910-1945; Ralph N. Lewis, 1946- . The Sunday school was organized in 1905, The membership in 1908 was 35 and in 1952, 63.

Bibliography

"Bethel Mennonite Church." Mennonite Yearbook and Almanac (1913).

Wenger, J. C. History of the Mennonites of the Franconia Conference. Telford, PA: Franconia Mennonite Historical Society, 1937.


Author(s) J. Herbert Fretz
Date Published 1953


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Fretz, J. Herbert. "Bethel Mennonite Church (Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 10 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bethel_Mennonite_Church_(Perkasie,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=75549.

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Fretz, J. Herbert. (1953). Bethel Mennonite Church (Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 10 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bethel_Mennonite_Church_(Perkasie,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=75549.




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