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The [[Bergthal Mennonites|Bergthaler]] Mennonite congregation began services in 1908; the first building was occupied in 1912. [[Funk, Johann (1836-1917)|Johann Funk]] is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from [[Russia|Russia]].
 
  
Minister Peter Penner served in 2000 as a salaried congregational leader. In 1965 there were 529 members; in 1975, 590; in 1985, 637; in 1995, 561; 2000, 532; 2008, 411. The congregation has been affiliated with the [[Mennonite Church Manitoba|Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba]], the [[Conference of Mennonites in Canada|Conference of Mennonites in Canada]] and the General Conference Mennonite Church since 1968. The languages of worship are English and German. The language transition from German occurred in the 1960s.
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The Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church traces its beginning to 1885 when the [[Chortitzer Mennonite Conference|Chortitzer]] ministers from the [[Manitoba (Canada)|Manitoba]] Mennonite [[East Reserve (Manitoba, Canada)|East Reserve]] held services in the school in Alt Altona. In 1892 the group became [[Bergthal Mennonites|Bergthaler]] under the leadership of [[Funk, Johann (1836-1917)|Johann Funk]] who resided in nearby Alt Bergthal. When a school was built in [[Altona (Manitoba, Canada)|Altona]] in 1895, it became the centre for Bergthaler services. However, in keeping with the policy of the time, a church building was not erected in town but at Hochstadt, several miles east of Altona, and dedicated in 1898. After the move of the [[Mennonite Educational Institute (Altona, Manitoba, Canada)|Mennonite Educational Institute]] to Altona in 1908 services were regularly conducted in that building. In 1912 the church got its own first building to serve members from Alt Altona, Alt Bergthal and Hochstadt. In 1919 this building was expanded and again in 1944. With the Bible School expanding in Altona it was decided to build a new building to accommodate the large gatherings in connection with the Bible School. A larger building was completed in 1954.
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[[Schulz, David (1897-1976)|David Schulz]] served this congregation as leader 1926-1950 (and the larger Bergthaler Gemeinde until 1964). Other prominent Altona ministers, besides the ones listed below, included J.N. Hoeppner, P.P. Kehler and D.F. Friesen.
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The language of worship was originally German and the transition to English occurred in the 1960s.  
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= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
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Ens, Anna. <em>In Search of Unity: Story of the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba.</em> Winnipeg, Manitoba: CMBC Publications, 1996.
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Epp-Thiessen, Esther.  <em>Altona: The Story of a Prairie Town.</em> Altona, Man. : D.W. Friesen, 1982.
 
Epp-Thiessen, Esther.  <em>Altona: The Story of a Prairie Town.</em> Altona, Man. : D.W. Friesen, 1982.
  
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Unpublished congregational history, 1979, 12 pp. MHC.
 
Unpublished congregational history, 1979, 12 pp. MHC.
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=== Archival Records: ===
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Microfilmed records at [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/index.htm  Mennonite Heritage Centre.]
 
= Additional Information =
 
= Additional Information =
'''Address''': 117 2nd Street NW, Altona, MB
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'''Address:''' 117 2nd Street NW, Altona, Manitoba R0G 0B1 (Co-ordinates )
  
'''Phone''': 204-324-6717
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'''Phone:''' 204-324-6717
  
'''Denominational Affiliations''':
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'''Website:''' [https://www.abchurch.ca/ abchurchcommunity.ca]
  
[http://www.mennochurch.mb.ca/ Mennonite Church Manitoba]
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'''Denominational Afflication:'''
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[[Bergthal Mennonites|Bergthal Mennonite Church of Manitoba]] (1893-1972)
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Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba / [[Mennonite Church Manitoba]] (1947-
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[Conference of Mennonites in Canada]] / [[Mennonite Church Canada]]  (1903-
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[[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite Church]] (1968-2002)
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=== Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church Leading Ministers ===
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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! Minister !! Years of service
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|-
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|Johann Funk || 1892-1911
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|David Schulz || 1920-1950
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|-
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|Henry J. Gerbrandt || 1950-1971
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|-
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|D.F. Friesen || 1971-1979
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|-
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|Walter Franz || 1979-1991
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|-
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|Randy Klaassen || 1991-1997
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|-
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|Jacob F. Pauls || 1998
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|-
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|Peter Penner || 1999-2003
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|-
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|Rick Neufeld || 2003-
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|-
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| ||
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|}
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=== Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church Membership ===
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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! Year !! Membership
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|-
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| 1965|| 529
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| 1975|| 590
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|-
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| 1985|| 637
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|-
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| 1995|| 561
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|-
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| 2000|| 532
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|-
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| 2008|| 411
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|}
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[http://mennonitechurch.ca/ Mennonite Church Canada]
 
= Additional Information =
 
Congregational records at [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/index.htm MHC].
 
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[[Category:Churches]]
 
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[[Category:Mennonite Church Manitoba Congregations]]
 
[[Category:Mennonite Church Manitoba Congregations]]

Revision as of 19:37, 26 March 2020

The Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church traces its beginning to 1885 when the Chortitzer ministers from the Manitoba Mennonite East Reserve held services in the school in Alt Altona. In 1892 the group became Bergthaler under the leadership of Johann Funk who resided in nearby Alt Bergthal. When a school was built in Altona in 1895, it became the centre for Bergthaler services. However, in keeping with the policy of the time, a church building was not erected in town but at Hochstadt, several miles east of Altona, and dedicated in 1898. After the move of the Mennonite Educational Institute to Altona in 1908 services were regularly conducted in that building. In 1912 the church got its own first building to serve members from Alt Altona, Alt Bergthal and Hochstadt. In 1919 this building was expanded and again in 1944. With the Bible School expanding in Altona it was decided to build a new building to accommodate the large gatherings in connection with the Bible School. A larger building was completed in 1954.

David Schulz served this congregation as leader 1926-1950 (and the larger Bergthaler Gemeinde until 1964). Other prominent Altona ministers, besides the ones listed below, included J.N. Hoeppner, P.P. Kehler and D.F. Friesen.

The language of worship was originally German and the transition to English occurred in the 1960s.

Bibliography

Ens, Anna. In Search of Unity: Story of the Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba. Winnipeg, Manitoba: CMBC Publications, 1996.

Epp-Thiessen, Esther.  Altona: The Story of a Prairie Town. Altona, Man. : D.W. Friesen, 1982.

Gerbrandt, H.J. Adventure in Faith. Altona: Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Manitoba, 1970.

Mennonite Reporter (May 15, 1978), 11; (Mar. 18, 1996), 15.

Unpublished congregational history, 1979, 12 pp. MHC.

Archival Records:

Microfilmed records at Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Additional Information

Address: 117 2nd Street NW, Altona, Manitoba R0G 0B1 (Co-ordinates )

Phone: 204-324-6717

Website: abchurchcommunity.ca

Denominational Afflication: Bergthal Mennonite Church of Manitoba (1893-1972)

Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba / Mennonite Church Manitoba (1947-

[Conference of Mennonites in Canada]] / Mennonite Church Canada (1903-

General Conference Mennonite Church (1968-2002)


Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years of service
Johann Funk 1892-1911
David Schulz 1920-1950
Henry J. Gerbrandt 1950-1971
D.F. Friesen 1971-1979
Walter Franz 1979-1991
Randy Klaassen 1991-1997
Jacob F. Pauls 1998
Peter Penner 1999-2003
Rick Neufeld 2003-

Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church Membership

Year Membership
1965 529
1975 590
1985 637
1995 561
2000 532
2008 411


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Alf Redekopp
Date Published March 2020


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