Kleefeld Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Kleefeld, Manitoba, Canada)
In May-June 1881 Bishop Peter Toews of the Kleine Gemeinde who lived in Kleefeld went to Kansas to seek religious counsel from John Holdeman. In the following winter, Holdeman and Mark Seiler visited Manitoba and conducted meetings in various places. They conducted baptisms at six locations--Blumenhof, Blumenort, Hochstadt, Rosenfeld, Steinbach and Kleefeld. The largest number of baptisms, 45, took place at Kleefeld where about half the congregation followed Peter Toews. Before Holdeman left Manitoba, Peter Toews and Abram Isaac of Kleefeld were elected and ordained as ministers, as was Martin Penner of Blumennort.
Prior to 1900 three other ministers were ordained to help serve in the various locations. Kleefeld, Hochstadt, and Rosenfeld were in close proximity. The few Rosenfeld families moved away, so worship services alternated between Kleefeld and Hochstadt. After 1900 many families began to move further west or to Texas. A church building was erected in Hochstadt in 1907, but as the population center shifted, it was moved to Kleefeld 10 years later.
Between 1920 and 1940 the Kleefeld-Hochstadt group increased from a low of under 25 to 50 members. Greenland (consisting of resettled members from Blumenort and Blumenhof) and Steinbach also increased in those years. Thus in 1940 Kleefeld, Greenland and Steinbach were organized as separate congregations, each having its own leadership.
A new church building replaced the 1907 building in 1952. An entrance was added in 1971.
It also established the Wild Rose School in 1976, originally as a one-room school.
In 2019 the congregation was part of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. The ministers were Ralph Wiebe and Marshall Toews.
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Yearbook (2009): 36-37; (2019): 47.
Histories of the congregations. 3rd. ed. Moundridge, Kansas: Gospel Publishers, 1999: 97-101.
Address: 35010 Provincial Rd. 216, Kleefeld, Manitoba.
Ordained Pastors at the Kleefeld Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church
|Abraham P. Isaac (1852-1938)||1882-1938|
|Peter Toews (1841-1922)||1882-1910|
|Peter Baerg (1856-1933)||1884-1904|
|John I. Penner (1893-1973)||1924-1973|
|Joseph Isaac (1912-1999)||1942-1968|
|Cornelius Penner (1918-2012)||1950-1975|
|Otto Isaac (1925-2016)||1950-1975|
Membership at Kleefeld Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church
Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article
By John I. Penner. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 194. All rights reserved.
Kleefeld (formerly Gruenfeld) Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church, located at Kleefeld, 50 km. (30 miles) southeast of the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was organized in 1881. Most of the members are descendants of the first settlers of 1874-75, immigrant Mennonites from Russia, and until 1881 were a part of the Kleine Gemeinde group. One of the first ministers, Abraham Isaac, was actively in charge from 1881 until his death in 1938. In 1902-11 most of the congregation moved west to Swalwell, Alberta. Among them was Peter Toews, the first leader. John I. Penner, leading minister in the mid-1950s, and Deacon Jacob I. Bartel were ordained in 1924. Later Joseph Isaac was ordained as minister and Peter I. Bartel as deacon. A meetinghouse was erected in the early 1880s. A church was built in 1907 in Hochstadt and moved to its present site in 1917. Its seating capacity was 250.
In the 1950s Low German was spoken in the homes. The majority of members were farmers. The church activities in both the German and English language included weekly Sunday morning worship services, Sunday school, midweek Bible classes, and singing practice, with Christian Endeavor every third Sunday evening. The sewing circle aided in Mennonite Central Committee relief, hospitals, and home mission work. The membership in 1956 was 181.
|Author(s)||Samuel J Steiner|
|Date Published||August 2020|
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Steiner, Samuel J. (August 2020). Kleefeld Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Kleefeld, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 July 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kleefeld_Church_of_God_in_Christ,_Mennonite_(Kleefeld,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=169032.
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