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The Morson Community Bible Fellowship began services in 1955, and formally organized in 1960. In the early years summer Bible schools were held in the area by Irvin Schantz of Northern Light Gospel Missions. Irvin and Helen Grabill of International Falls, Minnesota then visited every three weeks to show Christian films. Big Grassy First Nation asked the Grabills to build a church, and offered land for the purpose. The first building was completed in 1961. Willard and Alta Marner from Iowa came and pastored the young congregation. In 1978 the congregation moved to its present location; in 1987 a addition was built to add an upstairs to the auditorium and dining space downstairs.

The congregation was originally affiliated with the North Central Mennonite Conference and the United Native Ministries Council.

In 2008 Morson Community Bible Fellowship withdrew from the North Central Conference and Mennonite Church USA, and became part of the Harvest Fellowship of Churches and the Anabaptist Native Fellowship of Churches. The congregation has had an ongoing relationship with Northern Youth Programs.

The group was originally known as Big Grassy Indian Mission. English has been used almost exclusively in services since 1978.

[edit] Bibliography

Longenecker, Rodi. "Morson Community Bible Fellowship." See What GOD Has Done in the Anabaptist Native Fellowship of Churches. (June 2011): 1-2.

The North Central Conference Bulletin includes reports from congregations; Records at the church.

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Address: P.O. Box 35, Morson, Ontario, Canada P0W 1M0 (Church located five miles (eight km) south on Highway 621))

Phone: 807-488-5927

Denominational Affiliations:

Harvest Fellowship of Churches

Anabaptist Native Fellowship of Churches

Pastoral Couples at Morson Community Bible Church

Name Years of Service
Willard & Alta Marner  1961-1965 1969-1970 
Fred & Mary Morrison  1966-1968 
Burdette & Ada Hershberger  1971-1978 
Willie & Rodi Longenecker  1978-1993 
Wally & Liz Detweiler  1994- 

Membership at Morson Community Bible Church

Year Members
1965  20 
1975  10 
1985 
1995  27 
2000  27 
2007  27 


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published March 2012


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Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. "Morson Community Bible Fellowship (Morson, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 21 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Morson_Community_Bible_Fellowship_(Morson,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=90172.

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Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. (March 2012). Morson Community Bible Fellowship (Morson, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Morson_Community_Bible_Fellowship_(Morson,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=90172.




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