The Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite congregation in Winkler, MB began services in 1892. The first building was occupied in 1887, with subsequent building programs in 1966 and 1982. In 1993 there were plans to build a new church in Winkler with seating for 900-1000. Abraham Doerksen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through division from Bergthaler Mennonites.
The Sommerfeld church at Silberfeld was moved to Reinland in 1966 after the first building (1887) was dismantled. (According to Jake Peters it was dismantled in the late 1920s.)
In 1993 there were about 400 members. The congregation has been affiliated with the Sommerfeld Mennonite Conference. The language of worship is Low German and English.
The congregation's address is Box 201, R.R.1, Winkler, MB, R6W 4A5. (204) 325-4995. The church is located in the Village of Reinland, 15 km south, 3 km east of Winkler. Minister John Peters served in 1993 as a non-salaried congregational leader.
Brown, Frank. A History of the Town of Winkler, Manitoba. 1973: 195.
Zacharias, Peter D. Reinland: an Experience in Community. Reinland, MB: Reinland Centennial Committee, 1976, 350 pp.
Peters, Jake. "An Annotated Bibliography of Materials Relating to the Sommerfelder Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1979.
Sommerfeld Mennonite Church Centennial Celebrations, July 4, 1993, Morris, Manitoba, 1893-1993. 1993: 19.
|Date Published||May 1997|
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