Taber, Alberta was settled in 1903-1910, largely by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) from the United States, only 98 kilometres away. From 1926 to the 1950s, there was an influx of immigrants from central Europe, Japan, Poland and The Netherlands. Low German-speaking Mennonites began to move there in the 1980s.
Peter and Anne Wiebe, Evangelical Mennonite Conference (EMC) workers, moved into Taber area on 26 April 1994 and began holding services in their home in June 1994. By August, services were moved to the Taber Mennonite Church (a General Conference Mennonite church). In 1995 the Moose Hall was purchased. On 29 October 1995, the congregation was organized with 14 members and it was formally received as an EMC church on 6 July 1996. The congregation has since erected and expanded its own building.
Pastoral couples have been Peter and Anne Wiebe (1994-2000), Edwin and Lillian Plett (2000-2006), and Dave and Audrey Wiebe (2006-present) . Peter and Anna Wall have served as a deacon couple.
In 2012, it had a membership of 151, an average Sunday School attendance of 65, and a worship attendance of 242.
EMC Yearbook for 2012 (including a record of the proceedings of the 62nd annual sessions of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference July 6-8, 2012). Steinbach: Evangelical Mennonite Conference, 2012.
Smith, Terry M. "Taber: A New Chapter in Local History." The Messenger 39, no. 19 (7 November 2001): 8-13.
Town of Taber. "History of Taber" Web. 22 January 2013. http://www.taber.ca/index.aspx?nid=197.
Address: 5001 64th Ave., Box 4348, Taber, AB T1G 2C7.
Website: Taber Evangelical Mennonite Church
|Date Published||January 2013|
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Smith, Terry. "Taber Evangelical Mennonite Church (Taber, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2013. Web. 31 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Taber_Evangelical_Mennonite_Church_(Taber,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=96696.
Smith, Terry. (January 2013). Taber Evangelical Mennonite Church (Taber, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Taber_Evangelical_Mennonite_Church_(Taber,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=96696.
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