The congregation began services and formally organized in 1926. The first building was occupied in 1949 and 1950. Elder Johann P. Klassen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.
Joined with Starbuck Mennonite in 1926 and became known as Schoenwiese. The congregation became known as First Mennonite in 1951.
Sometimes First Mennonite is considered the mother church of the Schoenwiese Gemeinde, although this is not really accurate. The Schoenwiese Gemeinde was a collection of churches with no parent congregation.
Canadian Mennonite (20 May 1960): 20.
Klassen, Isaac. Dem Herrn die Ehre: Schoenwieser Mennoniten Gemeinde von Manitoba, 1924-1968. Altona: D.W. Friesen, 1969, 150 pp.
Mennonite Reporter (15 November 1976): 14; (15 September 1986): 14; (4 April 1994): 8; (20 March 1995): 10.
Unpublished congregational history, 1979, 20 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.
Archival Records:Microfilmed records at Mennonite Heritage Centre.
|Date Published||September 1986|
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Epp, Marlene. "First Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 1986. Web. 6 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=First_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=91768.
Epp, Marlene. (September 1986). First Mennonite Church (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 6 May 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=First_Mennonite_Church_(Winnipeg,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=91768.
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