Tavistock Mennonite Church (Tavistock, ON)

Classification scheme: 
V-7

Title: Tavistock Mennonite Church fonds

Dates of creation: 1943-2009
Note: Further accruals are expected

Physical description: 1.4 m of textual records

Administrative history: This congregation was formed in 1942 by the East Zorra Amish Mennonite Church. East Zorra was becoming overcrowded, and a number of members lived in the town of Tavistock. For almost eight years the new congregation met in a Presbyterian Church; it completed its own building in 1950, located at 131 Wettlaufer Street. A major renovation was completed in 1998.

Custodial history: Accessions have been received from time to time, with some materials coming almost annually.

Scope and content: Formal and informal records of the congregation, bulletins and newsletters.

Notes: See also Tavistock related items in Sound Recordings and Video Recordings. Any photographs related to this congregation can be found in Hist.Mss.10.
For further information see Fred Lichti, A history of the East Zorra Amish Mennonite Church (Tavistock, Ont. : The Church, 1977) and Wray L. Bender and D. Catherine Bender, A history of the Tavistock Mennonite Church, 1992).
Original description created December 1998 by Sam Steiner.

Series 1: Formal records

Vol. 1 - Early

  1.  Historian's records, 1972-1992
  2.  Annual meeting minute book, 1964-1973 (minutes from 1963/64 re: division of church structures from East Zorra Mennonite Church laid in)
  3.  Sunday school Treasurer's book, 1943-1970/71
  4.  Young People's Bible Meeting Treasurer's book, 1964-1979
  5.  Tavistock Sewing Circle Book, 1953-1955
  6.  Tavistock Sewing Circle Book, 1956-1958
  7.  Summer Bible School record, 1951

Vol. 2  - Church Council (1964-), Commissions and Annual Meetings
Note: file numbers in this list differ from file numbers on folders.

  1. Church Council minutes
    1964-1994
  2. Church Council/Administrative Council, annual and congregational meeting minutes, 1995-1999, 2000-2015
  3. Annual meeting reports and/or minutes, 1964, 1967-1971, 1973-1994 (see #7 above for later reports/minutes)
  4. Worship Commission / Word & Worship Ministries, 1979-2009, 2010 (some missing), 2011-2012, 2014-2015
  5. Facilities Review Committee, 1993-1995
  6. Mission & Service Commission / Witness and Service, 1987-2001, 2003-2008, 2010-2013 (some missing), 2014-2015
  7. Finance Commission / Finance & Administration, 1987-2009, 2012-2013 (some missing), 2014-2015
  8. Education and Nurture Commission, 1987-2005
  9. Fellowship Commission, 1988-1992, 1996-1999
  10. Congregational profile, 1988, 1994
  11. Anniversary Committee, 1991
  12. Pastoral Review, 1998
  13. Ministerial Committee, 1977-1978
  14. Committee to Study Growth, 1975-1978
  15. Young Adult census, 1982, 1988
  16. Elders, 2002
  17. Personnel, 2005
  18. Handbook for Church Organization, 2006
  19. Church Directory, 1995, 2007
  20. Women's groups
    Willing Workers, 1963-1969
    Senior WMSA, 1967-1977
    WMSC/GMSA, Sept 1978- Aug 1982 [photocopy]

Series 2: Informal records, books, memorabilia

Vol. 1

  1.  Alvin Ramseyer, "History of the Tavistock Mennonite Church," 1972
  2.  Wray L. Bender and D. Catherine Bender, A history of the Tavistock Mennonite Church 1942-1992(Tavistock, Ont. : The Church, 1992)
  3.  50th anniversary celebrations June 5-7, 1992 (Videotape - VHS format)
  4.  Church directories, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1987, 1992, 2001, 2003
  5.  Das Neue Testament (Berlin, 1914) (Mrs. Solomon M. Bender's copy)
  6.  J. H. Ingreham, Der F?st aus Davids Hause (Konstanz : Karl Hirsch) (Fanny Bender's copy)
  7.  Das Neue Testament (C?n, 1885)

Vol. 2 - Scrapbooks

  1. 50th anniversary scrapbook of families, 1992
  2. Album of families, 1981
  3. Congregational guest book, 1969-1998
  4. Historian's books, 1959-1992, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1994-1995, 1995-1996, 2015-2016
    Note: Contains news clippings of people related to the congregation.

Series 3: Bulletins

1950-2009, 2010 (most missing), 2011-2015

Series 4: Newsletter

  1. T.M.C. Church Chat, 1994-1995
  2. Calendars, 2007-2009, 2010 (partial), 2011-2013
  3. The Dwelling Place, 2013-2015

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