The Mennonites who had settled in other places nearby met for worship in rotation at Schafbusch, Geisberg, and the Haftelhof, and for a long time in the Niederrödern castle. In 1875 a neat little meetinghouse was built, for which the community and the state put 2,000 franks at their disposal. It was dedicated on 6 June. In the following decades it was used less and less, and by 1942 was used only once a year.
Hans Krehbiel is named as the first preacher of the Deutschhof-Geisberg congregation. The Dutch [[Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de Vereenigde Nederlanden|Naamlijst]], which calls the congregation Schaafbusch and Rödern, names the following ministers: Daniel Hirschler, elder 1736-ca. 1770; Jakob Lehmann, preacher, ca. 1740-ca. 1786; Johannes Grebeil (Krehbiel), preacher before 1775; Ulrich Schowalter, preacher 1771-ca. 1780; Elias Thätweiler (Dettweiler), preacher from 1775, elder 1778 until after 1802; Johannes Müller, preacher 1780 until after 1802; Heinrich Schmidt, preacher 1790 until after 1802; Christian Heinrich Hirschler (from 1827) and Friedrich Schmitt (from 1921) lived at Niederrödern.
In 1792 a register of births, marriages, and deaths was begun, apparently by order of the authorities, in duplicate. It extended only to 1798, however. The church record of the Deutschhof congregation, opened in 1855, and dated back as far as memory could recall contains data about the Mennonites in Niederrödern.
"Dettweiler Family History." Unpublished Mss.
Gemeindeblatt der Mennoniten (1875): 53.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 251.
Mennonitische Blätter (1855): 41; (1875): 63.
Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden (1766-1802).
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Schowalter, Paul. "Niederrödern (Alsace, France)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 8 Feb 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Niederr%C3%B6dern_(Alsace,_France)&oldid=93099.
Schowalter, Paul. (1957). Niederrödern (Alsace, France). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 February 2016, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Niederr%C3%B6dern_(Alsace,_France)&oldid=93099.
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