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Bethel Mennonite Church in Canby, Oregon on 28 July 1948.
Source: Mennonite Community Photograph Collection, The Congregation (HM4-134 Box 1 photo 010.8-5).
Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, Indiana.

Bethel Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), located about eight miles (13 km) southeast of Canby, Oregon, and an equal distance from Hubbard and Aurora, was a member of the Pacific Coast Conference.

Members of the Zion and Hopewell congregations living in this community, five to ten miles (8-16 km) from their respective home churches, held Sunday school and preaching services in local schoolhouses while the roads were muddy in the wet season and dusty in the dry season, until 1912, when a church was built for their community. On 4 May 1919 a congregation was organized and a resident minister placed in the community.

Such names as Roth, Mitchell, Strubhar, Nofziger, Bond, Hostetler, Rogie, Yoder, Troyer, Christner, Kropf, Bressler, Schultz, Greenwood, Miller, Kauffman, Good, Snyder, Zook, Schrock, Gingerich, Bontrager, Switzer, Diener, and Birkey were known as being or having been among the worshipers at Bethel. In 1953 the membership was 80.

Due to declining attendance the congregation disbanded in 1969 when the membership was about 35.

[edit] Bibliography

Lind, Hope Kauffman. Apart & together: Mennonites in Oregon and neighboring states, 1876-1976. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1990: 51.

Shetler S. G. Church History of the Pacific Coast Mennonite Conference District. Scottdale, PA, 1931.

Author(s) F. J. Gingerich
Sam Steiner
Date Published 2008

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Gingerich, F. J. and Sam Steiner. "Bethel Mennonite Church (Canby, Oregon, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2008. Web. 27 Mar 2015.,_Oregon,_USA)&oldid=116999.

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Gingerich, F. J. and Sam Steiner. (2008). Bethel Mennonite Church (Canby, Oregon, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 March 2015, from,_Oregon,_USA)&oldid=116999.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 310. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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