Bay Shore Mennonite Church (Sarasota, Florida, USA)
Bay Shore Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), located in Sarasota, western Florida, was formally organized as a congregation under the Ohio Mennonite and Eastern Amish Mennonite Conference on 17 April 1945 with 20 charter members, in 1953 increased to 120 members. On 3 February 1946 a new church of cement block with a seating capacity of about 250 was dedicated. In the winter of 1947-1948 an additional building was erected on the church grounds for Sunday-school classes, young people’s activities, and to accommodate the overflowing crowd of the winter tourist season. Mennonites and Amish have come to Sarasota for the winter since about 1930, but there was an enormous increase after 1945. The increasing number who located permanently in this vicinity gave rise to the need for a regularly organized congregation.
Brenneman, Timothy H. "A Unique Mennonite Community." Bay Shore Mennonite Church. http://www.bayshoremennonite.org/about.html (accessed 19 April 2009).
Address: 3809 Chapel Drive, Sarasota, Florida
Website: Bay Shore Mennonite Church
Southeast Mennonite Conference
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MLA style: Brenneman, Timothy H. "Bay Shore Mennonite Church (Sarasota, Florida, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 22 May 2013. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/B3795.html.
APA style: Brenneman, Timothy H. (1953). Bay Shore Mennonite Church (Sarasota, Florida, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 May 2013, from http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/B3795.html.