In 1984, when the Altona branch of the Manitoba Reinländer Mennoniten Gemeinde decided to build a new meetinghouse which included a basement and was wired for electricity, some members, led by David Buhler, felt this was too modern and left. They were joined by a number of other families in Gnadenthal, Plum Coulee, Horndean, Austin, and Grunthal. They formed a new church and took the name Friedensfelder Mennoniten Gemeinde. As of 1990 they had a number of ministers and met in three different locations, in Gnadenthal, Austin, and Grunthal. They constructed a new meetinghouse in Gnadenthal, while they met in homes in the other two centers. The church has had no Ältester (elder), so for baptisms and communion they have called upon an Ältester from a church near Swift Current, Saskatchewan. In 1990 the total adult membership in these three centers was between 30 and 50. By 2008 the membership was about 25, and the only meetingplace was at Gnadenthal.
Reimer, Margaret Loewen. One Quilt, Many Pieces: a Guide to Mennonite Groups in Canada. 4th ed. Waterloo, Ontario: Herald Press, 2008: 73.
|Author(s)||John J Friesen|
|Date Published||December 2013|
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Friesen, John J and Sam Steiner. "Friedensfelder Mennoniten Gemeinde, Manitoba." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2013. Web. 29 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Friedensfelder_Mennoniten_Gemeinde,_Manitoba&oldid=112476.
Friesen, John J and Sam Steiner. (December 2013). Friedensfelder Mennoniten Gemeinde, Manitoba. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Friedensfelder_Mennoniten_Gemeinde,_Manitoba&oldid=112476.
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