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Box 89, [[Gretna (Manitoba, Canada)|Gretna]], MB, R0G 0V0. (204) 327-5790. Located on Montcalm Ave. Minister Rudy Franz served in 2002 as a congregational leader. In 1965 there were 156 members; in 1975, 134; in 1985, 140; in 1995, 145; in 2000, 124. The congregation has been affiliated with [[Mennonite Church General Conference|Mennonite Church Manitoba]] (1947-), Conference of Mennonites in Canada / [[Mennonite Church Canada|Mennonite Church Canada]] (1947-), and the [[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite Church]] (1968-1999). The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.
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[[File:Gretna Church.jpg|400px|thumb|right|''Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church<br>Photo: Mennonite Heritage Archives (123:002).'']]
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The congregation began services in 1890s, and formally organized in 1947. The first building was occupied in 1958. [[Ewert, Henry H. (1855-1934)|Heinrich H. Ewert]] is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through colonization from Edenburg, Manitoba. This congregation replaced the Bergthaler church at [[Edenburg Bergthaler Mennonite Church (Edenburg, Manitoba, Canada)|Edenburg]] as the latter gradually declined as a population center. The existence of Canadian Pacific rail lines through Gretna and activities at [[Mennonite Collegiate Institute (Gretna, Manitoba, Canada) |Mennonite Collegiate Institute]], plus the arrival of an aggressive leader like H. H. Ewert, caused Gretna to develop into a Mennonite worship center.
  
The congregation began services in 1890s, and formally organized in 1947. The first building was occupied in 1958. [[Ewert, Henry H. (1855-1934)|Heinrich H. Ewert]] is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through colonization from Edenburg, Manitoba. This congregation replaced the Bergthaler church at [[Edenburg Bergthaler Mennonite Church (Edenburg, Manitoba, Canada)|Edenburg]] as the latter gradually declined as a population center. The existence of Canadian Pacific rail lines through Gretna and activities at [[Mennonite Collegiate Institute (Gretna, Manitoba, Canada) |Mennonite Collegiate Institute]], plus the arrival of an aggressive leader like H. H. Ewert, caused Gretna to develop into a Mennonite worship center.
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The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.
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Ministers have included: Bernie Wiebe, Jake Letkemann, Ed Plett, Henry Penner, Walter Braun, David F. Friesen, Rudy Franz, Dave Regehr, Marco Funk and Harold Schlegel. Janna and Terrell Wiebe were the pastors in 2020.  
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
 
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Church records at [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/index.htm  Mennonite Heritage Centre]
 
Church records at [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/programs/archives/index.htm  Mennonite Heritage Centre]
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= Additional Information =
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'''Address:''' 616 Eighth St, Gretna, MB R0G 0V0 (Co-ordinates 49.0071874,-97.5665827)
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'''Phone:''' (204) 327-5790
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'''Website:''' gretnachurch.com
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'''Denominational Affiliations:'''
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[http://mennochurch.mb.ca/ Mennonite Church Manitoba] (1947-present)
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Conference of Mennonites in Canada / [http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/ Mennonite Church Canada] (1947-present)
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[[General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM)|General Conference Mennonite Church]] (1968-2002)
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=== Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church Membership ===
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! Year !! Members
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| 1965 || 156
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| 1975 || 134
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| 1985 || 140
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| 1995 || 145
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| 2000 || 124
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[[Category:Mennonite Church Manitoba Congregations]]
 
[[Category:Mennonite Church Manitoba Congregations]]

Revision as of 12:45, 25 March 2020

Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church
Photo: Mennonite Heritage Archives (123:002).

The congregation began services in 1890s, and formally organized in 1947. The first building was occupied in 1958. Heinrich H. Ewert is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through colonization from Edenburg, Manitoba. This congregation replaced the Bergthaler church at Edenburg as the latter gradually declined as a population center. The existence of Canadian Pacific rail lines through Gretna and activities at Mennonite Collegiate Institute, plus the arrival of an aggressive leader like H. H. Ewert, caused Gretna to develop into a Mennonite worship center.

The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

Ministers have included: Bernie Wiebe, Jake Letkemann, Ed Plett, Henry Penner, Walter Braun, David F. Friesen, Rudy Franz, Dave Regehr, Marco Funk and Harold Schlegel. Janna and Terrell Wiebe were the pastors in 2020.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (2 January 1959): 3.

Mennonite Reporter (15 May 1978): 11.

Gerbrandt, H. J. Adventure in Faith. Altona, MB: Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Manitoba, 1970, 379 pp.

Church records at Mennonite Heritage Centre

Additional Information

Address: 616 Eighth St, Gretna, MB R0G 0V0 (Co-ordinates 49.0071874,-97.5665827)

Phone: (204) 327-5790

Website: gretnachurch.com

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Manitoba (1947-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1947-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1968-2002)

Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1965 156
1975 134
1985 140
1995 145
2000 124


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


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Epp, Marlene and Alf Redekopp. "Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church (Gretna, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2020. Web. 5 Apr 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gretna_Bergthaler_Mennonite_Church_(Gretna,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=166964.

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Epp, Marlene and Alf Redekopp. (March 2020). Gretna Bergthaler Mennonite Church (Gretna, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 5 April 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Gretna_Bergthaler_Mennonite_Church_(Gretna,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=166964.




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