Greenland Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Ste. Anne, Manitoba, Canada)
The Greenland Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church is located five miles (eight km) southwest of Ste. Anne, Manitoba. The first members moved into the district in 1880, assembling in homes for worship services. The first meetinghouse was built in 1896, and later enlarged; the second was built in 1920, and the third in 1947, which seated 1,100. Martin Penner was the first minister, serving from 1891 until his death in 1928. In 1905 Isaac Penner was ordained as minister, but he with a number of members moved to British Columbia in 1912. Jacob T. Wiebe, a deacon, was chosen for the ministry in 1910 and was the presiding minister 1917-1943. John M. Penner, ordained in 1931, was the leading minister after 1943. The services, formerly held in the German, by the 1950s were conducted in both the German and English languages. The church had a membership of 285 in 1953. The sewing circle was started in 1935. Young people's meetings were held twice weekly during the winter season. Ministers from this congregation also held services at Ste. Anne, Prairie Rose, and Winnipeg for several years.
Ministers Melvin Penner, Edgar Wohlgemuth, Jesse Friesen and Elroy Penner served in 2001 as non-salaried congregational leaders. In 1950 there were 285 members; in 1985, 250; in 2000, 169. The congregation has been affiliated with the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. The language of worship is English.
The congregation operates Greenland School.
Histories of the Congregations of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Ste. Anne, Man.: Gospel Publishers, 1975, 314 pp.
Address: Ste. Anne, MB. Located 3 miles southwest of Ste. Anne on Hwy. 12, 2 miles west
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 576. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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MLA style: Penner, John M. and Marlene Epp. "Greenland Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Ste. Anne, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 1986. Web. 25 May 2013. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/G7447ME.html.
APA style: Penner, John M. and Marlene Epp. (December 1986). Greenland Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Ste. Anne, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 May 2013, from http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/G7447ME.html.