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Box 849, [[New Hamburg (Ontario, Canada)|New Hamburg]], ON, N0B 2G0. (519) 662-3300. Located at 45 Hincks Street. Pastor Craig Frere served in 2015 as a congregational leader. In 1985 there were 35 members; in 1995, 91; in 2000, 96. The congregation has been affiliated with the [[Western Ontario Mennonite Conference|Western Ontario Mennonite Conference]] (1982-88), Mennonite Church (1982-1999), [[Mennonite Church Eastern Canada|Mennonite Church Eastern Canada]] (1988-) and Conference of Mennonites in Canada / [[Mennonite Church Canada|Mennonite Church Canada]] (1995-). The language of worship is English.
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Living Water Community Christian Fellowship in [[New Hamburg (Ontario, Canada)|New Hamburg]], [[Ontario (Canada)|Ontario]], [[Canada]] began as a church plant in 1980 by the [[Western Ontario Mennonite Conference]] and the [[Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec]]. Research into various options ended with acceptance of a proposal by Mahlon Wagler, Elroy Gingerich and Wayne Wagler for an "alternate" Mennonite fellowship that allowed for greater variety in worship and openness to [[Charismatic Movement|charismatic]] expressions of faith.
  
The congregation began services in 1981, and formally organized in 1982. The first building was occupied in 1983, with a subsequent building program in 1991. Wayne Wagler, Mahlon Wagler, and Elroy Gingerich are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by individuals and the [[Hillcrest Mennonite Church (New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada)|Hillcrest Mennonite Church]].
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In January 1981, 50 persons attended a meeting to explore this option. About 25 persons from this group began to meet Saturday evenings for fellowship, prayer and discernment. They then decided to form three small groups to meet weekly or biweekly. The first Sunday morning service was held in August 1981, and regular Sunday morning services began in October 1981 in the [[Ten Thousand Villages|Ten Thousand Villages]] warehouse in New Hamburg. In November 1982 the group moved to the New Hamburg Community Centre. A new building was erected at the present location, and occupied in November 1983. During these years, leadership was provided by a team of the founding couples and the small group leaders.
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In early 1984 a pastoral search began, resulting in the call to Ed and Gloria King to serve on a part time basis. This was known to be a temporary assignment since the Kings had a commitment to the mission field in late 1985. Amsey Martin became the first fulltime pastor in October 1986.  
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The congregation completed a major addition in 1991.
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
 
Gingerich, Hilda. "History of Living Water Community Christian Fellowship," November 1988. Unpublished paper.
 
Gingerich, Hilda. "History of Living Water Community Christian Fellowship," November 1988. Unpublished paper.
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== Ordained Leaders at Living Water Community Church ==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Name !! Years<br/>of Service
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| Lay leadership || 1981-1984
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| Ed King || 1984-1985
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| Elroy & Hilda Gingerich || 1985-1986
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| Amsey Martin || 1986-1996
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| Bob Zehr || 1996-1999
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| Gordon Martin || 2000?-2004
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| Craig Frere || 2005-2016
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| Jim Whitehead (Interim) || 2016-present
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|}
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== Membership at Living Water Community Church ==
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! Year !! Membership
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| 1985 || 35
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| 1995 || 91
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| 2005 || 89
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| 2015 || 86
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= Map =
 
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[[Map:Living Water Community Christian Fellowship (New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada)]]
 
[[Map:Living Water Community Christian Fellowship (New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada)]]
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Revision as of 15:00, 14 November 2016

Living Water Community Christian Fellowship in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada began as a church plant in 1980 by the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference and the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec. Research into various options ended with acceptance of a proposal by Mahlon Wagler, Elroy Gingerich and Wayne Wagler for an "alternate" Mennonite fellowship that allowed for greater variety in worship and openness to charismatic expressions of faith.

In January 1981, 50 persons attended a meeting to explore this option. About 25 persons from this group began to meet Saturday evenings for fellowship, prayer and discernment. They then decided to form three small groups to meet weekly or biweekly. The first Sunday morning service was held in August 1981, and regular Sunday morning services began in October 1981 in the Ten Thousand Villages warehouse in New Hamburg. In November 1982 the group moved to the New Hamburg Community Centre. A new building was erected at the present location, and occupied in November 1983. During these years, leadership was provided by a team of the founding couples and the small group leaders.

In early 1984 a pastoral search began, resulting in the call to Ed and Gloria King to serve on a part time basis. This was known to be a temporary assignment since the Kings had a commitment to the mission field in late 1985. Amsey Martin became the first fulltime pastor in October 1986.

The congregation completed a major addition in 1991.

Bibliography

Gingerich, Hilda. "History of Living Water Community Christian Fellowship," November 1988. Unpublished paper.

Mennonite Reporter (19 January 1981): 2A; (12 October 1981): 13; (29 November 1982): 12; (8 August 1983): 10; (14 October 1991): B2; (25 November 1991): 12; (8 January 1996): 12.

Additional Information

Address: 45 Hincks St., New Hamburg Ontario, N3A 2A2

Phone: 519-662-3300

Website: http://www.livingwaterfellowshipchurch.com/

Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Mennonite Church Canada

Ordained Leaders at Living Water Community Church

Name Years
of Service
Lay leadership 1981-1984
Ed King 1984-1985
Elroy & Hilda Gingerich 1985-1986
Amsey Martin 1986-1996
Bob Zehr 1996-1999
Gordon Martin 2000?-2004
Craig Frere 2005-2016
Jim Whitehead (Interim) 2016-present

Membership at Living Water Community Church

Year Membership
1985 35
1995 91
2005 89
2015 86

Map

Map:Living Water Community Christian Fellowship (New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada)


Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published November 2016


Cite This Article

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Steiner, Sam. "Living Water Community Christian Fellowship (New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2016. Web. 23 Nov 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Living_Water_Community_Christian_Fellowship_(New_Hamburg,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=140829.

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Steiner, Sam. (November 2016). Living Water Community Christian Fellowship (New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 November 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Living_Water_Community_Christian_Fellowship_(New_Hamburg,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=140829.




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