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Last updated 10 April 2014

Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives
Winnipeg, Manitoba


Title: Blumenort Mennonite Church (Rosetown, Manitoba) fonds
Dates: 1923-2013
Extent: 2.2 m of textual records
Extent: 1 microfilm reel

Historical note

The Blumenort Mennonite Church at Rosetown, Manitoba (previously known as Rosenort), traces its origins to the Mennonites who came to Manitoba in the 1920s. These immigrants settled in villages on the Mennonite West Reserve filling the vacant farms the Reinländer Mennonite Church members left when they immigrated to Mexico. Under the leadership of Jacob J. Klassen, these Russian Mennonites, began meeting in homes for worship services in September of 1923. In 1926 the Blumenort Mennonite Church, at Reinland, was officially formed and operated as a separate congregation until September 1968 when they joined the Rosenort (Rosetown) congregation. Rev. Johann P. Bueckert was the elder from 1928 until 1954 followed by Paul J. Schaefer 1954-1969. Other ministers who were called to minister in the Blumenort Mennonite Church include: Rev. A.A. Teichroeb 1970-1974, Rev. C.C. Thiessen 1975-1982, and Rev. Peter D. Zacharias 1983-2006.

Scope and content note

This fonds consists of membership and family registers, minutes, reports, bulletins, directories, newsletters, and correspondence which pertains to the beginning and development of the Mennonite congregation at Rosetown (formerly Rosenort), Manitoba. It documents who the leaders and participants are in this congregation and the Gemeinde which preceded it. This fonds contains bulletins (1961-2000), annual reports (1957-2000), directories (1976-1998), constitutions (1958-[199-?]), schedule of services (1934-1981), congregational and Gemeinde meeting minutes (1923-2000), membership and family registers (1923-1998), congregational newsletters (1996-2000), Christian education documents (1931-1969), various Gemeinde committee records (1939-1967)and miscellaneous Gemeinde documents (1912-1973).

Finding aids

Finding aid consists of a series description with an inventory file list.

Notes

Custodial history

The majority of the material in this fonds were first brought to the Mennonite Heritage Centre on Dec. 4, 1994 by Peter D. Zacharias on a "permanent loan basis" to help Anna Ens in the writing of the history of the Conference of Mennonite in Manitoba entitled, In Search of Unity. The materials in volume 3448 and 3449 were obtained in July of 1987 and the church bulletins and annual reports were submitted to the Mennonite Heritage Centre at various intervals over the years.

Language

Much German.

Arrangement

Arranged and described by Iris Hiebert in June 1998. Preliminary work done by Ed Enns.

Restrictions on access

No restrictions on access.

Related Materials

Jacob J. Klassen fonds (1868-1947)

Other notes

The congregation continues to make regular deposits of textual records in the Mennonite Heritage Centre. Description revised by Bert Friesen December 2001, Conrad Stoesz April 13, 2007.


Blumenorter Mennonite Church (Rosetown) fonds file list:

Volume 23

  1. Blumenorter Mennonite Gemeinde annual reports (1968-1977), meeting house dedication programme (1958), directory (1976)
  2. Blumenorter Mennonite Gemeinde bulletins (1963, 1973)
  3. Blumenorter Mennonite Church bulletins (1974)
  4. Blumenorter Mennonite Church bulletins (1975)
  5. Blumenorter Mennonite Church bulletins (1976)
  6. Blumenorter Mennonite Church bulletins (1977)
  7. Blumenorter Mennonite Church bulletins (1978), annual reports (1978)

Volume 1607

  1. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1979), annual reports (1979), proposed constitutional changes (1979), schedule of services (1979)
  2. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1980), calendar (1980), annual reports (1980), congregational meeting minutes (1980), directory (1980)
  3. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1981), annual reports (1981), congregational meeting minutes (1981), schedule of services (1981)
  4. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1982), annual reports (1982), congregational meeting minutes (1982)
  5. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1983), annual reports (1983), congregational meeting minutes (1983)
  6. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1984), annual reports (1984), congregational meeting minutes (1984)

Volume 2938

  1. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1985), congregational office holders (1985), annual reports (1985), congregational minutes (1985), directory (1985), membership list (1985)
  2. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1986), congregational office holders (1986), annual reports (1986), congregational minutes (1986), directory (1986)
  3. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1987), annual reports (1987), congregational minutes (1987), directory (1987)
  4. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1988), congregational office holders (1988), annual reports (1988), congregational minutes (1988), directory (1988)

Volume 3905

  1. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1989), annual reports (1989), congregational minutes (1989), directory (1989)
  2. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1990), annual reports (1990), congregational minutes (1990), directory (1990), membership list (1990)
  3. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1991), annual reports (1991), congregational minutes (1991), directory (1991)

Volume 4004

  1. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1992), congregational constitution ([199-?]), list of children ([199-?])
  2. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1993), annual reports (1993), congregational minutes (1993), membership list (1993)
  3. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1994), annual reports (1994), congregational minutes (1994), directory (1994), membership list (1994)
  4. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1995), annual reports (1995), congregational minutes (1995), directory (1995), membership list (1995), D. H. Epp New Year’s sermon in Jekatherinoslaw (1895)

Volume 4504

  1. Blumenort Mennonite Church directories (1994-1996)
  2. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1996), congregational newsletters (1996)
  3. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1997), congregational newsletters (1997), annual reports (1997), congregational meeting minutes (1997), directory (1997-1998)

Volume 4685

  1. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1998), congregational newsletters (1998), annual reports (1998), congregational minutes (1998), directory (1998), membership list (1998)
  2. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (1999), congregational newsletters (1999)
  3. Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (2000), congregational newsletters (2000), annual reports (2000), congregrational meeting minutes (2000), the 75th anniversary program includes a list of all ministers and deacons (1925-2000)

Volume 3370

  1. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde Predigerlisten (1934-1979) [preaching assignment schedules in the various meeting houses of the multi-congregational church]
  2. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde congregational meeting minutes (1964-1976, 1979, 1981)

Volume 3449

  1. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde personal reflections on congregational history (1961-1962)
  2. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde personal reflections on congregational history ([196-?]), and manuscript outline ([196-?])
  3. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde membership statistics (1956-1958)
  4. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde membership statistics (1959)
  5. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde membership statistics (1960)
  6. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde membership statistics (1961)
  7. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde membership statistics (1962)
  8. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde membership statistics (1963)
  9. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde membership statistics (1964)
  10. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde membership statistics (1928)
  11. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde membership statistics (1957), annual reports (1957)
  12. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde membership statistics (1960), annual reports (1960)
  13. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde annual reports (1961)
  14. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde annual reports (1962)
  15. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde annual reports (1963)
  16. Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde annual reports (1968)

Volume 3348

  1. Mennonitischen Wohltätigskeitverein financial records (1912-1933)
  2. Notebooks of sermon outlines and Jugendverein programmes ([194-?])
  3. Miscellaneous manuscripts (1956-1959)
  4. Correspondence regarding Canadian Mennonite Bible College to Peter Rempel (1947-1948)
  5. Membership documents from Russia which includes birth and baptismal records ([19-])
  6. Membership documents from Russia which includes birth and baptismal records (1923-1929)
  7. Membership documents of the Blumenorter Mennonitengemeinde (1930-1933)
  8. Membership documents of the Blumenorter Mennonitengemeinde (1934)
  9. Membership documents of the Blumenorter Mennonitengemeinde (1935)
  10. Membership documents of the Blumenorter Mennonitengemeinde (1936-1937)
  11. Membership documents of the Blumenorter Mennonitengemeinde (1938-1939)
  12. Membership documents of the Blumenorter Mennonitengemeinde (1940-1941)
  13. Membership documents of the Blumenorter Mennonitengemeinde (1942-1943)
  14. Membership documents of the Blumenorter Mennonitengemeinde (1944-1945)
  15. Membership documents of the Blumenorter Mennonitengemeinde (1965-1969)
  16. Membership documents of the Blumenorter Mennonitengemeinde ([19-])
  17. Membership documents of the Blumenorter Mennonitengemeinde ([19-])
  18. P. J. Schaefer funeral sermon (1969)

Volume 2231

1.  Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (2002)

2.  Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (2003)

3.  Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (2004)

4.  Blumenort Mennonite church bulletins (2005)

5.  Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (2006), annual report book (F)

6.  Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (2007), annual report book (2007)

Volume 5394

1.  Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (2008)

2.  Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (2009)

3.  Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (2010)

4.  Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (2011)

5.  Blumenort Mennonite Church bulletins (2012)

Wingham Mennonite Church: This congregation emerged from the Blumenorter Mennoniten Gemeinde to be an independent congregation.

Volume 4918

  1. Wingham Mennonite Church bulletins (2000)


Microfilm

(MHC Project No. 75; MHC Microfilm no. 223)