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Appelsga is a moorland colony made arable in the 19th century, in the southern part of the Dutch province of Friesland. Some Mennonites settled there and acquired a church and a parsonage. On 7 November 1867 A. H. ten Cate of Gorredijk conducted the first service. From 12 March 1871 to 26 October 1873 H. Boetje filled the office of minister. He was their only minister, for the membership declined rapidly (in 1902 there were seven, and in 1913 only three members), and services were discontinued. The Friesche Doopsgezinde Societeit took over the church and parsonage, leased the church to the Reformed congregation, and later sold it.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 79.


Map:Appelsga (Netherlands)

Author(s) Karel Vos
Date Published 1953

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Vos, Karel. "Appelsga (Friesland, Netherlands)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 29 Mar 2015.,_Netherlands)&oldid=74886.

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Vos, Karel. (1953). Appelsga (Friesland, Netherlands). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 March 2015, from,_Netherlands)&oldid=74886.

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