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The Finland Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), located in Milford Township, [[Bucks County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Bucks County]], [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], is the result of mission effort of nearby congregations. Visitation and cottage meetings held in the community finally led to the organization of a Sunday school on 17 May 1931, and the monthly church services beginning on 1 November 1931. Claude Shisler served as mission superintendent from 12 March 1933 to 22 November 1938, when he was ordained as pastor of the growing congregation. The mission was first housed in a store building in the village of Finland. The building standing in the mid-1950s was erected in 1939. The congregation was organized in 1940. The membership in 1953 was 101; in 2008 the membership was 144.
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The Finland Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), first located in Milford Township, [[Bucks County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Bucks County]], [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]], was the result of mission effort of nearby congregations. Visitation and cottage meetings held in the community finally led to the organization of a Sunday school on 17 May 1931, and the monthly church services beginning on 1 November 1931. Claude Shisler served as mission superintendent from 12 March 1933 to 22 November 1938, when he was ordained as pastor of the growing congregation. The mission was first housed in a store building in the village of Finland. The first building was erected in 1939. The congregation was formally organized in 1940.
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A new church building in Marlborough Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was constructed in 2010, with an addition in 2014.
 
= Additional Information =
 
= Additional Information =
Address: 1685 Upper Ridge Road, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
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'''Address''': 1750 Ziegler Road, Pennsburg, PA 18073
  
Phone: 215-679-8980
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'''Phone''': 215-679-8980
  
Website: [http://www.finlandmennonitechurch.org/ Finland Mennonite Church]
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'''Website''': [http://finlandmc.org/ Finland Mennonite Church]
  
Denominational Affiliations:
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'''Denominational Affiliations''':
  
 
[http://www.franconiaconference.org/ Franconia Mennonite Conference]
 
[http://www.franconiaconference.org/ Franconia Mennonite Conference]
  
 
[http://www.mennoniteusa.org/ Mennonite Church USA]
 
[http://www.mennoniteusa.org/ Mennonite Church USA]
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== Finland Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders ==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Name !! Years<br/>of Service
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| Claude M. Shisler (1907-2000) || 1933-1975
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| David K. Benner (1946- ) || 1970-1985
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| Steven E. Landis || 1987-1994
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| Alvin F. Detweiler || 1995
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|-
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| Richard Lewman || 1996-2006
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|-
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| Bob Nolt<br/>(Intentional Interim) || 2007-2009
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|-
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| John M. Ehst || 2009-2015
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| Kristopher Wint || 2012-present
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|-
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| Gerry Clemmer (Associate) || 2015-present
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|}
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== Finland Mennonite Church Membership ==
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: right;"
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|-
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! Year !! Membership
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| 1940 || 35
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| 1950 || 85
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| 1960 || 85
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|-
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| 1970  || 85
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|-
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| 1980 || 93
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|-
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| 1990 || 117
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|-
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| 2000 || 101
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| 2010 || 144
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| 2015 || 170
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|}
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= Map =
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[[Map:Finland Mennonite Church (Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA)]]
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[[Category:Mennonite Church (MC) Congregations]]
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[[Category:Mennonite Church USA Congregations]]
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[[Category:Franconia Mennonite Conference Congregations]]
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[[Category:Pennsylvania Congregations]]
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[[Category:United States Congregations]]

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Contents

Finland Mennonite Church, 2016.
Source: Gerald Clemmer

The Finland Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), first located in Milford Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was the result of mission effort of nearby congregations. Visitation and cottage meetings held in the community finally led to the organization of a Sunday school on 17 May 1931, and the monthly church services beginning on 1 November 1931. Claude Shisler served as mission superintendent from 12 March 1933 to 22 November 1938, when he was ordained as pastor of the growing congregation. The mission was first housed in a store building in the village of Finland. The first building was erected in 1939. The congregation was formally organized in 1940.

A new church building in Marlborough Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was constructed in 2010, with an addition in 2014.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 1750 Ziegler Road, Pennsburg, PA 18073

Phone: 215-679-8980

Website: Finland Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Franconia Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

[edit] Finland Mennonite Church Pastoral Leaders

Name Years
of Service
Claude M. Shisler (1907-2000) 1933-1975
David K. Benner (1946- ) 1970-1985
Steven E. Landis 1987-1994
Alvin F. Detweiler 1995
Richard Lewman 1996-2006
Bob Nolt
(Intentional Interim)
2007-2009
John M. Ehst 2009-2015
Kristopher Wint 2012-present
Gerry Clemmer (Associate) 2015-present

[edit] Finland Mennonite Church Membership

Year Membership
1940 35
1950 85
1960 85
1970 85
1980 93
1990 117
2000 101
2010 144
2015 170

[edit] Map

Map:Finland Mennonite Church (Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA)


Author(s) Quintus Leatherman
Sam Steiner
Date Published September 2016


[edit] Cite This Article

MLA style

Leatherman, Quintus and Sam Steiner. "Finland Mennonite Church (Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2016. Web. 6 Dec 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Finland_Mennonite_Church_(Pennsburg,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=135910.

APA style

Leatherman, Quintus and Sam Steiner. (September 2016). Finland Mennonite Church (Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 December 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Finland_Mennonite_Church_(Pennsburg,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=135910.




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