Naubinway Christian Fellowship (Naubinway, Michigan, USA)
The Naubinway Christian Fellowship (formerly Naubinway Mennonite Church) (Mennonite Church USA) is located at the northern tip of Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula on Main Street in Naubinway. The congregation was originally sponsored by the Indiana-Michigan District Mission Board. Work was begun there in 1943 by Clarence Troyer from a neighboring mission station. In 1946 Ora C. Wyse and family came from Midland, Michigan, to carry on the work. In 1947 an old Presbyterian church was bought, remodelled, and repaired with the help of a service unit and others. The membership in 1956 was 12, with O. C. Wyse as pastor. In 2005 the membership was 21.
In 2015 the Naubinway congregation withdrew from the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. This move was part of a larger realignment of Mennonite congregations in the 2010s that were formerly part of Mennonite Church USA. These congregations were unhappy with Mennonite Church USA's failure to take stronger disciplinary actions against area conferences and congregations who expressed openness to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.
The nearby Rexton Mennonite Church also withdrew from the conference in 2015. During 2016 the two churches agreed to "meld," and in 2017 began operating as the Christian Fellowship Churches of Mackinac County, with two locations. They considered themselves to be a non-denominational church.
"About Us." Christian Fellowship Churches of Mackinac County. 2017. Web. 5 June 2017. https://www.cfcmi.com/about-us.
Addresses: W16121 Main St., Naubinway, Michigan
N7970 Church St., Rexton, Michigan
|Author(s)||Ora C Wyse|
|Samuel J. Steiner|
Cite This Article
Wyse, Ora C and Samuel J. Steiner. "Naubinway Christian Fellowship (Naubinway, Michigan, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 22 Oct 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Naubinway_Christian_Fellowship_(Naubinway,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=165838.
Wyse, Ora C and Samuel J. Steiner. (1957). Naubinway Christian Fellowship (Naubinway, Michigan, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 October 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Naubinway_Christian_Fellowship_(Naubinway,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=165838.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 814. All rights reserved.
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