Beemer Mennonite Church (Beemer, Nebraska, USA)
The Plum Creek Amish Mennonite Church began with Amish Mennonite families began migrating to Cuming County, Nebraska, from the Oberlin, Kansas area in 1894. Previously, these families came from Hopedale, Illinois; some Illinois relatives soon joined them.
Bishop Joseph Schlegel organized the Plum Creek congregation in 1895 with 14 charter members. The group met in the Spencer Schoolhouse northwest of Beemer until 1907.
Worship and Sunday school services remained in German until World War I when a shift began to English. Peter Oswald and Joseph Schantz continued to preach in German until their deaths, and a German Sunday school class continued for older members.
The congregation built a simple frame meetinghouse in 1907. It expanded the building by 10 feet in 1911. The congregation built an addition with a basement in 1927 and installed electric lights in 1940. In July 1958, it had a ground-breaking for a new church on the edge of Beemer; at the time of its dedication on 15 March 1959, it changed its name to Beemer Mennonite Church.
Kauffman, Lois. "Sixty-three years at Plum Creek." Gospel Herald 50, no. 27 (2 July 1957): 623, 630.
Yoder, Holly Blosser. The same spirit: History of Iowa-Nebraska Mennonites. Freeman, S.D.: Central Plains Mennonite Conference, 2003: 37, 55.
Address: 327 Sherman St., Beemer, Nebraska 68716
Denominational Affiliations: Central Plains Mennonite Conference
Pastoral Leaders at Beemer Mennonite Church
|Jacob D. "J. D." Birky (1855-1926)
|Joseph H. "J. H." Birky (1850-1927)||1896-1927|
|Peter Oswald (1864-1934)||1901-1934|
|Joseph Grieser (1824-1911)||1903-1911|
|Joseph Schantz (1856-1934)||1911-1934|
|Peter O. "P. O." Oswald (1883-1970)||1925-1970|
|Jacob W. "J. W." Oswald (1881-1958)||1927-1940|
|Samuel "Sam" Oswald (1901-1992)
|Earnest F. Kauffman (1913-2011)||1973-1984?|
|Ivan E. Troyer (1932-1993)||1977-1989|
|Clarence R. Sutter (1921-1998)(Interim)||1989-1991|
|Gordon Scoville (Interim)||2004-2005|
|Lewis W. Miller||2005-|
Membership at Beemer Mennonite Church
Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article
By Samuel Oswald. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 197. All rights reserved.
Plum Creek Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), 2 miles east and 2½ north of Beemer, Cuming County, Nebraska, a member of the Iowa-Nebraska Mennonite Conference, was organized in 1895 with 14 charter members, with Jacob D. Birky the first resident minister, ordained here in 1895. The first meetinghouse was built in 1907 on the present site, and has been twice enlarged.
|Author(s)||Samuel J Steiner|
|Date Published||March 2023|
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Steiner, Samuel J. "Beemer Mennonite Church (Beemer, Nebraska, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2023. Web. 29 Nov 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Beemer_Mennonite_Church_(Beemer,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=175311.
Steiner, Samuel J. (March 2023). Beemer Mennonite Church (Beemer, Nebraska, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 November 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Beemer_Mennonite_Church_(Beemer,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=175311.
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