Roseland Mennonite Church (Roseland, Nebraska, USA)

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Roseland Mennonite Church in Roseland, Nebraska on 6 July 1948.
Source: Mennonite Community Photograph Collection, The Congregation (HM4-134 Box 1 photo 010.6-20).
Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, Indiana
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Roseland Mennonite Church, located near Roseland, Nebraska, was organized on 20 March 1880, with 26 members, with Albrecht Schiffler as minister and Samuel W. Lapp as deacon. At least eight Mennonite families had settled in the area by 1879, including preacher Albrecht Schiffler who had moved from Tazewell County, Illinois. Already in 1879, the families held services every three weeks. These were Mennonite families with roots in Pennsylvania. This congregation became one of the anchors in the Kansas-Nebraska Mennonite Conference.

The Roseland Mennonites built a meetinghouse about two years later and replaced it in 1898 with a new one.

In 1890, John S. Coffman wrote in the Herald of Truth about this congregation: "There is quite a congregation of brethren here for a new country, and they have the advantage of having one minister who speaks in the German language—Bro. A. Schiffler, and one who speaks in the English language—Bro. Jonas Nice. They have built a good house of worship, hold meetings every two weeks, and have a flourishing Sunday-school in the Summer season."[1]

Very early the Roseland congregation supported the new Mennonite mission efforts in India, both with finances and home-grown missionaries. Missionaries from this church sent to India were Mahlon C. Lapp and Sarah Lapp, Jacob Burkhard and Mary Yoder Burkhard, Esther Ebersole Lapp, and Velma Lapp Hostetler.

The congregation was closed in 1962 after the membership dropped to less than 10 and the last pastor had moved away.

Notes

  1. J. S. Coffman, "Some congregations and scattered members in the West." Herald of Truth 27, no. 3 (1 February 1890): 42.

Bibliography

Burkhard, David. "From Adams Co., Nebraska." Herald of Truth 16, no. 2 (February 1879): 31-32.

Coffman, J. S. "Some congregations and scattered members in the West." Herald of Truth 27, no. 3 (1 February 1890): 42.

Yoder, Holly Blosser. The same spirit: History of Iowa-Nebraska Mennonites. Freeman, S.D.: Central Plains Mennonite Conference, 2003: 283.

Additional Information

Address: Roseland, Nebraska

Phone:

Website:

Denominational Affiliations: Iowa-Nebraska Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church (MC)

Pastoral Leaders at Roseland Mennonite Church

Name Years
of Service
Albrecht Schiffler (1846-1928)
(Bishop)
1880-1883
1883-1915?
John L. Reisner (1853-1922) 1880-1883?
Jonas T. Nice (1855-1935) 1884-1892
Abraham L. Stauffer (1845-1927) 1892-1927
Did not preach
Daniel G. Lapp (1867-1951)
(Bishop)
1894-1915
1915-1940
John M. Nunemaker (1848-1942) 1894-1903
Andrew Good (1841-1930) 1899?-1900?
1905-1930
John Kore "J. Kore" Zook (1894-1984) 1928-1933
Lay Leadership &
Visiting Ministers
1933-1948
Edward Diener (1892-1953) 1948-1950
Lay Leadership &
Visiting Ministers
1950-1956
Alton B. Miller (1915-1999) 1956-1962

Roseland Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1897 103
1907 90
1920 100
1930 67
1940 47
1950 30
1960 15

Original Mennonite Encyclopedia Article

By Sarah Schiffler Burkhard. Copied by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 358. All rights reserved.

Roseland Mennonite Church, located near Roseland, Nebraska, a member of the Iowa-Nebraska Conference, was organized on 20 March 1880, with 26 members, with Albrecht Schiffler as bishop and Samuel W. Lapp as deacon. A meetinghouse was built about two years later, replaced in 1898 by a new one, at which time the membership numbered 160. Daniel Lapp was ordained bishop. Ministers who have served the congregation are John L. Reisner, Jonas Nice, Andrew Good, John M. Nunemaker, Abraham Stauffer, Samuel G. Lapp [for South English, Iowa], Noah Ebersole [for Antioch, Nebraska], J. Kore Zook, Edward Diener, and Alton Miller. Missionaries from this church sent to India were Mahlon C. Lapp, Jacob Burkhard, George Lapp, Esther Ebersole Lapp, and Velma Lapp Hostetler.

In 1957 the bishop was Peter R. Kennel, and the membership was 17.


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published August 2023

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