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The Zion Mennonite Fellowship in [[Elmira (Ontario, Canada)|Elmira]], [[Ontario (Canada)|Ontario]] began services in 1986, and formally organized in 1987. The first building was occupied in 1996. The congregation originated through outreach by the Elmira area Mennonite churches and Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec.
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Zion Mennonite Fellowship in [[Elmira (Ontario, Canada)|Elmira]], [[Ontario (Canada)|Ontario]], [[Canada]] began as a church plant by neighboring Mennonite churches--[[Elmira Mennonite Church (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)|Elmira Mennonite]], [[Bethel Mennonite Church (Elora, Ontario, Canada)|Bethel Mennonite]], [[Hawkesville Mennonite Church (Hawkesville, Ontario, Canada)|Hawkesville Mennonite]] and [[St. Jacobs Mennonite Church (St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada)|St. Jacobs Mennonite]]. According to Ray Brubacher, pastor of Elmira Mennonite at the time, the vision was for a church that had "a different format, a different type of facility, maybe not a conventional church building, reaching out into the community in new and creative ways, possibly a different style of worship that would appeal to a broader spectrum of people."
  
The original membership was comprised primarily of people from [[Elmira Mennonite Church (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)|Elmira Mennonite Church]] and [[Bethel Mennonite Church (Elora, Ontario, Canada)|Bethel Mennonite Church ]]at Elora.
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Services began in January 1987 in the Royal Canadian Legion building, and continued for almost 10 years. The space was quite adequate for worship, but limited other visions for congregational programming. In 1996 the congregation obtained approval for use of a property on the main street of downtown [[Elmira (Ontario, Canada)|Elmira]]. It would allow for regular congregational programs as well child care (Play Junction) and youth programs (Youth Junction). The first service in the new space took place on 16 June 2016.
  
In 1995 there were 66 members; in 2000, 53. The congregation has been affiliated with [[Mennonite Church Eastern Canada|Mennonite Church Eastern Canada]] (1988-), Mennonite Church (1988-1999) and the [[Conference of Mennonites in Canada|Conference of Mennonites in Canada]] / Mennonite Church Canada (1995-). The language of worship is English.
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On its website in 2017, Zion Mennonite described its mission "to be a Christ-like presence that extends God’s love in our community."
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= Bibliography =
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''Mennonite Reporter'' (22 December 1986): 8; (16 April 1990): 15; (27 May 1996): 4.
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"Our history." Zion Mennonite Fellowship. 2016. Web. 24 January 2017. http://zionmenno.com/about-us/our-history/.
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= Additional Information =
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'''Address''': 47 Arthur St. South, Elmira, Ontario N3B 2Z5
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'''Phone''': 519-669-3153
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'''Website''': http://zionmenno.com/
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'''Denominational Affiliations''':
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[http://home.mennonitechurch.ca// Mennonite Church Canada]
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[https://www.mcec.ca// Mennonite Church Eastern Canada]
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== Zion Mennonite Fellowship Pastoral Leaders ==
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{| class="wikitable"
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|-
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| Lay leaders||1987-1989
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| Marian Wiens (preaching)||1989/1990
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| Doug Zehr||1990-1994
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| Art Byer (interim)||1994-1995
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| Keith Meyers||1996-2004
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| Gary Horst (interim)||2004-2005
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|-
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| Ken Driedger||2005-2014
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|-
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| Dawne Driedger||2005-2014
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|-
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| Steve Brnjas (interim)||2014-2015
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| Fanosie Legesse||September 2015-present
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|}
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== Zion Mennonite Fellowship Membership ==
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: right;"
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! Year !! Members
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| 1995 || 66
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| 2000 || 53
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| 2010 || 70
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| 2015 || 60
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= Map =
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[[Map:Zion Mennonite Fellowship (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)]]
  
The congregation's address is Box 38, Elmira, ON, N3B 2Z5. (519) 669-3153. Pastor Keith W. Meyers served in 2002 as a congregational leader.
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= Bibliography =
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[[Category:Churches]]
<em class="gameo_bibliography">Mennonite Reporter</em> (22 December 1986): 8; (16 April 1990): 15; (27 May 1996): 4.
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[[Category:Mennonite Church Canada Congregations]]
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[[Category:Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec Congregations]]
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[[Category:Mennonite Church Eastern Canada Congregations]]
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[[Category:Ontario Congregations]]
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[[Category:Canadian Congregations]]

Latest revision as of 18:09, 24 January 2017

Zion's 25th anniversary video

Zion Mennonite Fellowship in Elmira, Ontario, Canada began as a church plant by neighboring Mennonite churches--Elmira Mennonite, Bethel Mennonite, Hawkesville Mennonite and St. Jacobs Mennonite. According to Ray Brubacher, pastor of Elmira Mennonite at the time, the vision was for a church that had "a different format, a different type of facility, maybe not a conventional church building, reaching out into the community in new and creative ways, possibly a different style of worship that would appeal to a broader spectrum of people."

Services began in January 1987 in the Royal Canadian Legion building, and continued for almost 10 years. The space was quite adequate for worship, but limited other visions for congregational programming. In 1996 the congregation obtained approval for use of a property on the main street of downtown Elmira. It would allow for regular congregational programs as well child care (Play Junction) and youth programs (Youth Junction). The first service in the new space took place on 16 June 2016.

On its website in 2017, Zion Mennonite described its mission "to be a Christ-like presence that extends God’s love in our community."

Bibliography

Mennonite Reporter (22 December 1986): 8; (16 April 1990): 15; (27 May 1996): 4.

"Our history." Zion Mennonite Fellowship. 2016. Web. 24 January 2017. http://zionmenno.com/about-us/our-history/.

Additional Information

Address: 47 Arthur St. South, Elmira, Ontario N3B 2Z5

Phone: 519-669-3153

Website: http://zionmenno.com/

Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church Canada

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Zion Mennonite Fellowship Pastoral Leaders

Lay leaders 1987-1989
Marian Wiens (preaching) 1989/1990
Doug Zehr 1990-1994
Art Byer (interim) 1994-1995
Keith Meyers 1996-2004
Gary Horst (interim) 2004-2005
Ken Driedger 2005-2014
Dawne Driedger 2005-2014
Steve Brnjas (interim) 2014-2015
Fanosie Legesse September 2015-present

Zion Mennonite Fellowship Membership

Year Members
1995 66
2000 53
2010 70
2015 60

Map

Map:Zion Mennonite Fellowship (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)


Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published January 2017


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Steiner, Sam. "Zion Mennonite Fellowship (Elmira, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2017. Web. 16 Aug 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Zion_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Elmira,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=147048.

APA style

Steiner, Sam. (January 2017). Zion Mennonite Fellowship (Elmira, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 16 August 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Zion_Mennonite_Fellowship_(Elmira,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=147048.




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