Emmanuel Country Church (Langham, Saskatchewan, Canada)
The Emmanuel Country Church southwest of Langham, Saskatchewan, Canada began in 1901 when a few Prairieleut Hutterite families moved to the area from South Dakota. Andreas Stahl served as the first pastor of the group.
Initially, meetings were held in the home of Paul Dekker. When this no longer sufficed meetings were held in the Garfield School, then in the Neuhoffnung School. The church was built in 1917 after evangelistic work by Krimmer Mennonite Brethren leaders. As the local congregation had only 15 members, the KMB conference assisted with the costs. The church was dedicated on 13 August 1917.
In 1943 the basement walls and the floor had deteriorated due to alkali and a high water level. It became necessary to replace the basement walls and floor. A contractor jacked up the church and a new basement was built. One month later the church was lowered onto the new foundation.
When the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren joined the Mennonite Brethren in 1960, Emmanuel elected to remain an independent Mennonite congregation.
The congregation ceased Sunday morning worship in 1972 but maintained an organizational structure including a church board and a women's group. The church also hosted weddings and funerals. In 2002 the women's group began to host "Sunday afternoons at Emmanuel" that included worship and a potluck meal. In 2012 Pastor Ronald Kleinsasser began to host midweek Bible studies. The church officially reopened in April 2019, with attendance between 15 and 20.
During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 services were live-streamed, with an average of 200 views per week.
In 2020 the congregation was an independent Mennonite congregation. The minister was Ron Kleinsasser.
"Brief history of the Emmanuel MB Church, Langham, Sask.," 1967, 8 pp. Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.
Schulz, Donna. "Resurrecting Emmanuel: rural congregation with a unique history enjoys renewed life." Canadian Mennonite 24, no. 18D (26 August 2020). Web. 28 August 2020. https://canadianmennonite.org/stories/resurrecting-emmanuel.
Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. 1975: 183. Available in full electronic text at: https://archive.org/details/AHistoryOfTheMennoniteBrethrenChurch.
Wurtz, Suzie. "Emmanuel Church history." Web. 29 August 2020. https://www.facebook.com/pg/emmanuelcountrychurch/about/?ref=page_internal.
Address: Langham, Saskatchewan
Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article
By Paul Stahl. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 203. All rights reserved.
Emmanuel Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church, Langham, Saskatchewan, had its beginning in 1901 when a few members moved in from South Dakota. A. Stahl served as the first pastor, when the church was organized and a meetinghouse was built in the summer of 1917. The baptized membership in 1955 was 50, all of whom were rural people, and the pastor was Paul Stahl. The meetinghouse is located 11.5 miles southeast of Langham.
|Author(s)||Samuel J Steiner|
|Date Published||August 2020|
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Steiner, Samuel J. "Emmanuel Country Church (Langham, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2020. Web. 27 Sep 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Emmanuel_Country_Church_(Langham,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=169179.
Steiner, Samuel J. (August 2020). Emmanuel Country Church (Langham, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 September 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Emmanuel_Country_Church_(Langham,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=169179.
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