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Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church
Source: Mennonite Church Saskatchewan Interior of Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church. Photo by Victor Wiebe.
Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church
Source: Mennonite Church Saskatchewan. Interior of Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church. Photo by Victor Wiebe.

The Hoffnungsfelder Rabbit Lake congregation began services in 1926, and formally organized in 1928. The first building was occupied in 1929. P. H. Plenert is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through immigration from the Soviet Union.

The group was known as Rabbit Lake Mennonite Church until 1935 when the name was changed to Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite. The Hoffnungsfelder church group had five settlement centers: Mayfair, Mullingar, Rabbit Lake, Bournemouth, and Glenbush, of which Rabbit Lake was originally the primary location.

By 2004, attendance had declined to the point where the congregation began to worship regularly with the Glenbush congregation. Christmas and Easter services along with funerals were still held in the Rabbit Lake church.

The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1960s.

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Canadian Mennonite(12 November 2012): 21.

CMC Nexus (November 1996): 4-5.

"Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church at Rabbit Lake, Sask," translation by Frank H. Epp from "Kirchenbuch der Hoffnungsfelder Mennoniten-Gemeinde bei Rabbit Lake, Sask." by A. A. Friesen. Mennonites in Canada Files - Rabbit Lake, 1920, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Unpublished congregational history, 1978, 16 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

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Address: Box 58, Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan S0M 2L0 (Located 2 km south, 1.5 km west of Rabbit Lake)

Phone: 306-824-4448

Denominational affiliations:

Conference of Mennonites of Saskatchewan/Mennonite Church Saskatchewan

Conference of Mennonites in Canada (1931-1999)

Mennonite Church Canada (1999-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1938-1999)

Hoffnungsfelder Church Pastors

Name Years
of Service
Jacob Janzen 1930-1938
Cornelius Mathies 1930-1946
Peter Plenert 1930-1946
Abram Martens 1933-1937
Abram Warkentin 1933-1934
Dan Loewen 1935-1942
Heinrich Klassen 1938-1945
J. Hildebrandt 1954-1966
C. Martens 1964-
Don Unger 1983-2011
Chad Doell 2012-present

Hoffnungsfelder Church Membership

Year Members
1965 25
1975 22
1985 24
1995 20
2000 24
2010 27


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Sam Steiner
Date Published November 2012


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MLA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. "Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church (Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2012. Web. 1 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hoffnungsfelder_Mennonite_Church_(Rabbit_Lake,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=112614.

APA style

Epp, Marlene and Sam Steiner. (November 2012). Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church (Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hoffnungsfelder_Mennonite_Church_(Rabbit_Lake,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=112614.




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