The Schoenfelder Mennonite congregation in St. Francis Xavier, MB began services in 1925, and formally organized on January 25, 1939. The first building was occupied in 1929, with subsequent building programs in 1940, 1953 and 1985. Johann Driedger is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union. The congregation was earlier called Salem-Friedens Kirche. It became independent of the Schoenwiese group in 1942.
In 1950 there were 137 members; in 1965, 171; in 1975, 176; in 1985, 139; in 1995, 122; in 2000, 129. The congregation has been affiliated with the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba, Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1939) and General Conference Mennonite Church (1945). The language of worship is English, with some German; the language transition occurred in the 1960s.
The church is located at 2256 Hwy 26, St. Francis Xavier, MB, R0H 0J0. (204) 864-2740. Co-Pastors Arnold Voth and Robert Warkentin served in 2002 as congregational leaders.
Mennonite Encyclopedia, "Schoenfelder."
Canadian Mennonite (16 September 1955): 5.
Mennonite Reporter (15 September 1986): 14.
Friesen, John. "Die Entstehung der Schoenfelder Mennoniten Gemeinde zu Pigeon Lake." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1952, 7 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.
Siemens, Jacob. Chronik der Schoenfelder Gemeinde von 1925 bis 1968. Pigeon Lake: Schoenfelder Gemeinde, 1968, 28 pp.
"Our First 100 Years," A History of St.Francois Xavier Municipality:92-95.
Records microfilmed at Mennonite Heritage Centre.
|Date Published||January 1989|
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Abrahams, David and Marlene Epp. "Schoenfelder Mennonite Church (St. Francis Xavier, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 25 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Schoenfelder_Mennonite_Church_(St._Francis_Xavier,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=93531.
Abrahams, David and Marlene Epp. (January 1989). Schoenfelder Mennonite Church (St. Francis Xavier, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 January 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Schoenfelder_Mennonite_Church_(St._Francis_Xavier,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=93531.
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