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The Stirling Mennonite congregation at Raymond, AB began services in 1946, and formally organized in 1947. John J. Hofer and John Hofer are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation was begun by a group which left a nearby Hutterite settlement. Initially they were associated with the Alberta-Saskatchewan Conference of the Mennonite Church, to whom they appealed for assistance in starting a congregation. Eleven members were received as members of the Mennonite Church on 10 November 1946. Stirling was formerly part of the Upper Fraser Mennonite Fellowship.
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The Stirling Mennonite congregation at Raymond, [[Alberta (Canada)|Alberta]] began services in 1946, and formally organized in 1947. John J. Hofer and John Hofer are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation was begun by a group which left a nearby [[Hutterian Brethren (Hutterische Brüder)|Hutterite]] settlement. Initially they were associated with the [[Northwest Mennonite Conference|Alberta-Saskatchewan Conference]] of the Mennonite Church, to whom they appealed for assistance in starting a congregation. Eleven members were received as members of the Mennonite Church on 10 November 1946. Stirling was formerly part of the Upper Fraser Mennonite Fellowship.
  
In 1965 there were 28 members; in 1975, 51; in 1985, 63; in 1995, 33; in 2000, 34. The congregation has been affiliated with the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference (1946-64) and the Western Conservative Mennonite Fellowship (1964-). The language of worship is English.
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Bishop Edwin J. Bontrager served in 2001 as a non-salaried congregational leader.
 
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The congregation's address is Box 1027, Raymond, AB, T0K 2S0. (403) 756-3762. The building is located 8 km east of Raymond on Hwy. 52, 5 km west of Hwy 4 on Hwy 52. Bishop Edwin J. Bontrager served in 2001 as a non-salaried congregational leader.
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= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
 
<em class="gameo_bibliography">Mennonite Reporter</em> (22 August 1994): 17.
 
<em class="gameo_bibliography">Mennonite Reporter</em> (22 August 1994): 17.
  
 
Stauffer, Ezra. <em class="gameo_bibliography">History of the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference. </em>1960: 34.
 
Stauffer, Ezra. <em class="gameo_bibliography">History of the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference. </em>1960: 34.
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= Additional Information =
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'''Address''': Box 1027, Raymond, AB T0K 2S0
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'''Location''': 8 km east of Raymond on Hwy. 52, 5 km west of Hwy 4 on Hwy 52
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'''Phone''': 403-756-3762
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'''Denominational Affiliations''':
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[[Northwest Mennonite Conference|Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference]] (1946-1964)
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[[Western Conservative Mennonite Fellowship]] (1964-present)
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=== Stirling Mennonite Church Membership ===
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Year !! Members
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| 1965 || align="right" | 28
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| 1975 || align="right" | 51
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| 1985 || align="right" | 63
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|-
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| 1995 || align="right" | 33
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|-
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| 2000 || align="right" | 34
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|}
 
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[[Category:Churches]]
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[[Category:Western Conservative Mennonite Fellowship Congregations]]
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[[Category:Northwest Mennonite Conference Congregations]]
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[[Category:Alberta Congregations]]
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[[Category:Canadian Congregations]]

Revision as of 15:49, 21 February 2014

The Stirling Mennonite congregation at Raymond, Alberta began services in 1946, and formally organized in 1947. John J. Hofer and John Hofer are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation was begun by a group which left a nearby Hutterite settlement. Initially they were associated with the Alberta-Saskatchewan Conference of the Mennonite Church, to whom they appealed for assistance in starting a congregation. Eleven members were received as members of the Mennonite Church on 10 November 1946. Stirling was formerly part of the Upper Fraser Mennonite Fellowship.

Bishop Edwin J. Bontrager served in 2001 as a non-salaried congregational leader.

Contents

Bibliography

Mennonite Reporter (22 August 1994): 17.

Stauffer, Ezra. History of the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference. 1960: 34.

Additional Information

Address: Box 1027, Raymond, AB T0K 2S0

Location: 8 km east of Raymond on Hwy. 52, 5 km west of Hwy 4 on Hwy 52

Phone: 403-756-3762

Denominational Affiliations:

Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference (1946-1964)

Western Conservative Mennonite Fellowship (1964-present)

Stirling Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1965 28
1975 51
1985 63
1995 33
2000 34


Author(s) Ezra Stauffer
Marlene Epp
Date Published July 1986


Cite This Article

MLA style

Stauffer, Ezra and Marlene Epp. "Stirling Mennonite Church (Raymond, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 1986. Web. 28 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Stirling_Mennonite_Church_(Raymond,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=113986.

APA style

Stauffer, Ezra and Marlene Epp. (July 1986). Stirling Mennonite Church (Raymond, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Stirling_Mennonite_Church_(Raymond,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=113986.




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