Comins Mennonite Church (Comins, Michigan, USA)
The Comins (Michigan) Mennonite Church began as a union Sunday school, sponsored by F. F. Stutesman and a number of Mennonite families living in that vicinity. Revival meetings were held in the fall of 1924; and in the summer of 1925 a congregation was organized and a church built. There were 166 members in 1953.
On 3 July 1999 a tornado destroyed the Comins church and parsonage along with many other buildings in Comins. Pastor Terry Berg and family were away from home at a funeral, and stopped on the way home for ice cream. When they finally arrived nothing was left. Mennonite Disaster Service helped to reconstruct the parsonage by the end of August and a new church by the end of the year.
On 24 October 2010 Comins Mennonite Church withdrew from the Central District Conference and Mennonite Church USA and continued as an independent Mennonite church. A letter from its Spiritual Life Board expressed concern "about the direction we have observed CDC and MC USA leaning toward in regards to Biblical teachings. . . ." It initiated a process to find another denomination in late 2011.
In 2008 the membership was 103; the pastor was Robert Martz.
"Comins votes to becomes independent Mennonite congregation." Central District Conference Reporter (January 2011): 3. Web. 7 December 2011. http://centraldistrict.mennonite.net/News/CDC_Reporter#.
Comins Mennonite Church. "Newsletter" (November-December 2011). Web. 7 December 2011. http://cominsmennonite.wordpress.com/newsletter-nov-dec-2011/.
Doncevic, Marisa. "Blessing in disguise." Mennonite Brethren Herald 39 (12 May 2000). Web. 7 December 2011. http://old.mbherald.com/39-10/blessing.html.
"Timing spares villagers from tornado fury." Toledo Blade (7 July 1999). Web. 7 December 2011. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19990707&id=nVxIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ngMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6766,2009809
Address: 4263 North First Street West, Comins, Michigan
Website: Comins Mennonite Church
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