The congregation was assisted from the beginning by the Rosenort Tiefengrund Mennonite Church, whose Ältesters performed communion and baptism. Garthland was part of the Rosenort Church Gemeinde and was part of both the Saskatchewan Ministers and Deacons Conference that later became the Conference of Mennonites of Saskatchewan, and the Conference of Mennonites in Canada. In 1939 the congregation called Isaac Dyck, who had been active in Sunday School work, as their pastor and ordained him on 22 May 1939. Dyck passed away in 1952. In 1949 the congregation also called Jacob Pauls as pastor; he served until the church closed. The congregation was known for its fine choir led by Aron Zacharias. Both pastors served in the wider Rosenort Mennonite Church. Garthland had a close association with the nearby Horse Lake Mennonite church and often shared pastors. Coupled with the death of pastor Dyck, improved roads enabling easier transportation, a desire for better farmland and urban jobs, and finally the encroachment by government who wanted their land for the Wingard Community pasture caused the congregation membership to dwindle so that Garthland closed its doors in 1954. Membership never exceeded 30.
Over time the congregation records were lost. The cemetery which holds 15 graves is fenced and maintained in the community pasture.
Rempel, John G. Die Rosenorter Gemeinde in Saskatchewan. 1950, 183 pp.
Their Dreams-- Our Memories: A History of Duck Lake and District. Duck Lake, SK: Duck Lake History Committee, 1988, 2 volumes.
|Author(s)||Victor G Wiebe|
|Date Published||October 2011|
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