Elmira Mennonite Church (Elmira, ON)

Classification scheme: 
III-11

Title: Elmira Mennonite Church fonds

Dates of creation: 1919-2011

Physical description: 70 cm of textual records

Administrative history: Elmira Mennonite Church was planted by Floradale Mennonite Church. The lot was purchased in 1919 and the present brick building was erected in 1924. In 1976 the building was renovated and an extension was added. For further reference see Ken Bechtel, Three Score Years (Elmira: Elmira Mennonite Church, 1984).

Scope and content: There are three series: Formal recordsInformal Records, and Church Bulletins

Custodial history: The congregation has made periodic donations to the archives.

Notes: For photographs related to this congregation see the Mennonite Archival Image Database.
Audiovisual recordings related to this congregation are located in Video recordings.
Sound recordings are located in Worship services recordings.
Further information on this congregation can be found by searching the Archives.
Original description created February 2002 by Sam Steiner

Series 1: Formal Records

Vol.1: Early records

  1. List of founding members, 1955
  2. Marriage register, 1947-1986, 1986-2009
  3. Annual meeting minute book, 1919-1972
  4. Constitution of the Elmira Mennonite Church, 1974, 1997, 2011
  5. Sunday school re-organization book, 1948-1966/67
  6. Church Council minute books, 1959-1967
  7. Pastoral Supervisory Committee, 1980-1982

Vol. 2: Recent formal records

  1. Church Council, annual meeting minutes, some correspondence, 1967-1974
  2. Church Council, annual meeting minutes, some correspondence, 1975-1979

    2a.  Church Council, annual meeting minutes, some correspondence, 1980-1982

  1. Church Council minutes, 1982-1984

    3a  Commission minutes, 1984-1985

  1. Church Council and Commission minutes, 1985/86
  2. Church Council and Commission minutes, 1986/87
  3. Church Council and Commission minutes, 1987-1990

    6a.  Church Council and Commission minutes, 1991-1992

  1. Church Council and annual meeting minutes, 1993-1999, 2000-2008 (annual meeting minutes only), Nov 2007- 2018
  2. Education Commission, 1993-1999, 2008-2011, 2013-2018
  3. Missions Commission, 1993-1999, 2008-2011, 2013-2018
  4. Pastoral Care Commission, 1993-1999
  5. Facilities/Property/Stewardship Committee, 1990-1991, 1997, 1999, 2008-2011, 2013-2018
  6. Worship Commission, 1996-1999, 2008-2011, 2013-2018
  7. Gift Discernment Commission, 1997, 2008-2010, 2013-2018
  8. Vacation Bible School committee, 2009
  9. Directories, 2011, 2013, 2018, 2019
  10. Green Team minutes, 2011, 2015
  11. Website Committee, 2015
  12. Outreach Committee, 2015
  13. Ad Hoc Safe Church Committee, 2018

Vol. 3: Women's Organizations

  1. Elmira Sewing Circle book, 1931-1937
  2. Elmira Sewing Circle book, 1945-1949
  3. Elmira Sewing Circle book, 1953-1957
  4. Elmira Senior Auxiliary, 1957-1968
  5. Elmira Senior Auxiliary, 1965-1970
  6. Elmira Senior WMSA, 1966-1974
  7. Busy Bees
  8. Kitchen logbook
  9. WMSC 1950-1955
  10. WMSC 1955-1960
  11. WMSA re-organization reports; annual newsletter, 1960-1980
  12. Empty
  13. Misc. Materials relating to MCC Relief Sale and Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, 1970s
  14. Sharon Mission Circle Records, 1954-1968

Vol. 4: Financial records

  1. Church Treasurer's book, 1925-1948
  2. Mission offering records, 1925-1957
  3. General ledger, 1968-1972
  4. Financial reports, 1952-1956, 1961; includes several annual meeting minutes

Vol. 5: Youth records

  1. Junior Mennonite Youth Fellowship record book 1962-1967
  2. Sunday school, Bible conference and Evangelistic service records, including "Eighth Annual Ontario Mennonite Sunday School Conference and Dedication Service held in the new Mennonite Church, Elmira, Ont. Aug. 31st& Sept. 1st, 1924", 1924-1935

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Series 2: Informal Records

Vol. 1

  1. Misc. news clippings
  2. Special dedication and anniversary programs, 1924, 1959, 1974
  3. Anniversary photographs, 1974
  4. Glenn Brubacher, "The frema Geisht: a study of the 1939 schism in the Woolwich Conference that ended in a merger with the Ontario Mennonite Conference," n.d.
  5. Willard Martin, "A history of the Elmira Mennonite congregation," 1959
  6. Jim Brubacher, "An examination of a recent schism in the Elmira Mennonite congregation (OMC)," 197?
  7. Norman Snider, "Historical sketches," n.d.
  8. Misc. programs and reports, 1928-
  9. Photo directories, 1974, [1984?], 2013
  10. Orvie & Adeline Horst, "Celebrating 75 years of worshipping God at Elmira Mennonite Church," November, 1999; Orvie Horst, "A kaleidoscopic view of the Mennonite Church in upper Woolwich Township," April 2000
    Note: includes list of bishops, pastors and deacons at Elmira
  11. Special bulletins and publications for 75th anniversary, 1999
  12. "Celebrating Seniors" -- short sketches of older members, ca. 2002
  13. Oliver D. Snyder ordination document, 1909 & clipping from ordination as Bishop in 1936
  14. Three Score Years by Ken Bechtel, 1984. (History of the congregation)

Series 3: Church bulletins

1948-2018

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Hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Making an appointment with the archivist in advance is strongly recommended.

Contact

Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

Phone: 519-885-0220 x24238

Email: marchive@uwaterloo.ca