Kleefeld Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Kleefeld, Manitoba, Canada)
Kleefeld (formerly Gruenfeld) Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Church, located at Kleefeld, 50 km. (30 miles) southeast of the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was organized in 1881. Most of the members are descendants of the first settlers of 1874-75, immigrant Mennonites from Russia, and until 1881 were a part of the Kleine Gemeinde group. One of the first ministers, Abraham Isaac, was actively in charge from 1881 until his death in 1938. In 1902-11 most of the congregation moved west to Swalwell, Alberta. Among them was Peter Toews, the first leader. John I. Penner, leading minister in the mid-1950s, and Deacon Jacob I. Bartel were ordained in 1924. Later Joseph Isaac was ordained as minister and Peter I. Bartel as deacon. A meetinghouse was erected in the early 1880s. A church was built in 1907 in Hochstadt and moved to its present site in 1917. Its seating capacity was 250.
In the 1950s Low German was spoken in the homes. The majority of members were farmers. The church activities in both the German and English language included weekly Sunday morning worship services, Sunday school, midweek Bible classes, and singing practice, with Christian Endeavor every third Sunday evening. The sewing circle aided in Mennonite Central Committee relief, hospitals, and home mission work. The membership in 1956 was 181.
The congregation operates the Wild Rose School.
Histories of the Congregations of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. Ste. Anne, MB: Gospel Publishers, 1975: 314 pp.
Address: Kleefeld, MB, R0A 0V0; located 8 miles west, one mile south of Steinbach, MB
Kleefeld Church of of God in Christ, Mennonite Membership
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 194. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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