Beatrice Mennonite Church (Beatrice, Nebraska, USA)

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Beatrice Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), formerly Second Mennonite Church, Beatrice, Nebraska, was organized as an independent congregation in 1926 with 75 charter members. The Mennonites who settled in and near Beatrice originally worshiped at different places but constituted one congregation under one elder. Those residing in and near the city at first worshiped in a rented hall. In 1901 a church was built in Beatrice and Sunday school was introduced. The Christian Endeavor society was organized in 1903. Sam D. Ruth conducted a mission Sunday school on Sunday afternoon for over 20 years.

In 1926 the group decided to organize as an independent congregation. By 1953 the membership totaled 174. H. T. Reimer and Jacob Wiebe, elected as lay ministers previous to the organization, served the congregation occasionally after 1926. M. M. Horsch, 1927-1939, was elected as the first full-time minister, followed by Reynold Weinbrenner, 1939-1942, H. A. Claassen, 1943, E. Koontz, 1944-1948, and E. R. Friesen, 1948- . The church was enlarged in 1929 and a full basement added in 1950. The present building was built in 1960 and designated "The Church of the Sermon on the Mount."

Additional Information

Address: 1220 Summit Street, Beatrice NE  

Phone: 402-228-3644

Website: Beatrice Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Western District Conference

Mennonite Church USA


Map:Beatrice Mennonite Church (Beatrice, Nebraska)

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1953

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Gingerich, Melvin and Cornelius Krahn. "Beatrice Mennonite Church (Beatrice, Nebraska, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 20 Feb 2019.,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=139768.

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Gingerich, Melvin and Cornelius Krahn. (1953). Beatrice Mennonite Church (Beatrice, Nebraska, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 February 2019, from,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=139768.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 257. All rights reserved.

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