Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church (Hillsboro, Kansas, USA)
Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro, Marion County, Kansas, with a baptized membership of 827 in 1954, is a member of the Southern District. Organized 25 April 1881 near Hillsboro with 34 charter members as the "Johannestal Church of French Creek," the congregation met in rural homes until 1882, when a school building was purchased in Hillsboro. The first church, built about 1890, was replaced by a larger church in 1910, which was remodeled and enlarged in 1926 to a seating capacity of 700, with a large Sunday-school building 145 x 40 ft., with an increase of auditorium space of 300 seats. The ancestral background of the membership is mostly Dutch coming from Russia and Poland in 1874-1884. One third of the congregation in 1954 was rural and two thirds urban in a town of 2,000. Originally the Low German dialect was used in homes and German in services, but in the middle of the twentieth century both homes and services changed to the English language. The older people's Sunday school classes still used German in 1954, and occasionally it was used in services. Pastors serving the church were John Harms, John F. Harms, P. P. Rempel, P. E. Nickel, J. W. Vogt, and Waldo D. Hiebert. In 1954, the congregation had two young people's organizations, two women's organizations, church choir, two male choruses, a Sunday school, and a Bible school for the entire congregation meeting on Wednesday. The church practiced feetwashing, had an electronic organ, and several pianos.
Address: 610 S. Main, Hillsboro, Kansas
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 742-743. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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