First Mennonite Church of Broken Bow (Broken Bow, Nebraska, USA)

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First Mennonite Church of Broken Bow (formerly Broken View Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church (MC)) was located four miles (6.5 km) north and two miles (three km) northeast of Broken Bow, Nebraska. It was organized in June 1923 by Daniel Lapp. In 1926 the Nebraska Sunday School Conference passed a motion inviting the Broken Bow Sunday School to join the conference.

For many years Sunday school was held weekly, but worship services held only when visiting ministers were present. Perhaps monthly, a minister would come from the Wood River congregation.

In 1953 it had 46 members, with Royden Schweitzer as minister. Its meetinghouse was built in 1938/39.

In 1958 it moved into the town of Broken Bow at North 16th and B Street. It built a new church and sold the former building. The congregation changed its name to First Mennonite Church of Broken Bow in 1983/84 when it built another new building in town.

First Mennonite Church of Broken Bow closed in 1998; the last pastor was Alvin B. Eichelberger.

Bibliography

"The church building at Broken Bow...." Gospel Herald 31, no. 47 (23 February 1939): 1008.

Mennonite Yearbook (1992): 62; (1997): 56.

"Mennonites of Broken Bow, Neb., erect new church building." Gospel Herald 77, no. 4 (24 January 1984): 58.

Yoder, Holly Blosser. The same spirit: History of Iowa-Nebraska Mennonites. Freeman, S.D.: Central Plains Mennonite Conference, 2003: 280.

Additional Information

Address: North 16th and B Street, Broken Bow, Nebraska

Phone:

Website:

Denominational Affiliations: Iowa-Nebraska Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church (MC)

Pastoral Leaders at First Mennonite Church of Broken Bow

Name Years
of Service
Lay Leadership 1923-1949
Royden Schweitzer (1918-2000) 1949-1958
Chester M. Helmick (1899-1988) 1964?-1966
Alvin B. Eichelberger (1900-1993)(Deacon)
(Minister)
1949-1966
1966-1993
Lay Leadership 1993-1998

Membership at First Mennonite Church of Broken Bow

Year Membership
1930 29
1940 43
1950 42
1960 29
1970 20
1980 44
1990 20
1997 12


Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Samuel J. Steiner
Date Published July 2023

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Gingerich, Melvin and Samuel J. Steiner. "First Mennonite Church of Broken Bow (Broken Bow, Nebraska, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2023. Web. 25 Jul 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=First_Mennonite_Church_of_Broken_Bow_(Broken_Bow,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=176336.

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Gingerich, Melvin and Samuel J. Steiner. (July 2023). First Mennonite Church of Broken Bow (Broken Bow, Nebraska, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=First_Mennonite_Church_of_Broken_Bow_(Broken_Bow,_Nebraska,_USA)&oldid=176336.




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