The Nordheim Mennonite congregation in Winnipegosis began services in 1931, and formally organized in 1933. Mennonite immigrants from Russia had settled in the Winnipegosis and Fork River areas in the 1920s. The congregation's first building, a log meetinghouse, was occupied in 1935, with a subsequent building program in 1964. Gerhard Goertzen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union via southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Ältester J. Bückert who remained a resident of Gretna served as their intitial leader. In 1953 C. C. Janzen became their 'resident' Ältester. Because of its geographic isolation from the rest of the conference congregations, it did not become too involved in conference activities but rather concentrated its efforts on a local camping program.
In 1933 there were 33 members ; in 1950, 70; in 1965, 93; in 1975, 88; in 1985, 116; in 1995, 107; in 2000, 105. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba (1933-), Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1933-) and the General Conference Mennonite Church (1945-). The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.
The leaders of the congregation have included: C. C. Janzen (1953-1979), Abram Bergen (1933-1965), Henry Klassen (1959-1996), Jake Wiebe (1959-1998), Gerhard Goertzen (1934-1936), Jacob Martens (1933-1941), Glenn Nickerson (1981-1984), D. Rempel (1984-1989), George Oosterveld (1989-1990), David Wiebe (1993), Don Read (1994-1999), Abe Krahn (2000- )
Box 337, 225 George St., Winnipegosis, MB, R0L 2G0. (204) 656-4387. Interim Pastor Abe Krahn served in 2000 as a congregational leader.
Baerg, Heather. "Congregational Research: History of the Nordheim Mennonite Church of Manitoba, Winnipegosis, Manitoba, 1931-1978." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1978, 20 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.
|Author(s)||Cornelius C. Janzen|
|Date Published||February 1989|
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Janzen, Cornelius C. and Marlene Epp. "Nordheim Mennonite Church (Winnipegosis, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 1989. Web. 22 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Nordheim_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipegosis,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=93117.
Janzen, Cornelius C. and Marlene Epp. (February 1989). Nordheim Mennonite Church (Winnipegosis, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 May 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Nordheim_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipegosis,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=93117.
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