In 1926, 15 families that had recently immigrated from the Soviet Union settled in the Lena, Manitoba area. These Mennonite settlers felt the need to join together for worship and fellowship. At first the congregation met in homes but then the Plum Hollow School, near Lena, was made available. In 1928, the congregation decided to meet in two locations, one in Holmfield and one in Lena. The official name of the two groups was the Holmfield Mennonite Brethren Church. The Holmfield group met in various homes and then rented a school. Once a month, joint communion services with the Lena group were held in the town hall or the local United Church. These services were whole day events. In the 1940s, when car travel became more common place the joint services took place only in the morning. Baptisms were also held jointly.
The Holmfield congregation merged with the Lena Mennonite Brethren Church in 1959 as a result of dissension among the group and declining membership. By the early 1960s, English was mostly used in the services. In 1967, the congregation decided to build a new church building in Killarney because of lack of space. The first service in this new building was on Christmas Eve. In 1968, the name officially changed to Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church, and in 2002 the name was changed to Lakeview Community Church.
Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba. "Lakeview MB Church." Web. 18 October 2011. http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/published_genealogies/mb_provincial_conferences_and_church_congregation_records/manitoba_archives/lakeview_mennonite_brethren_church_archives/.
Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 37; (24 October 2003): http://www.mbherald.com/42/14/personalia.en.html; (27 February 2004); (26 November 2004): http://www.mbherald.com/43/16/transitions.en.html; (February 2013): 31.
Toews, John A. A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA, 1975: 162.
Archival RecordsCentre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: Volumes 421, 1333, Reel 88.
 Additional Information
Mailing Address: Box 1077, Killarney, MB R0K 1G0
Location: 616 Lakeview Avenue, Killarney, MB
Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (1928-present)
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1928-present)
General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1928-present)
Lakeview Community Church Leading Ministers
|J. F. Poetker||1959–1965|
|G. P. Martens||1966|
|Abram J. Neufeld||1973–1975|
|Allan Labun (interim)||2004|
|John Klassen (interim)||2012-2013|
Lakeview Community Church Membership
|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||February 2013|
 Cite This Article
Thiessen, Richard D. "Lakeview Community Church (Killarney, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2013. Web. 7 Dec 2013. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Lakeview_Community_Church_(Killarney,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=88876.
Thiessen, Richard D. (February 2013). Lakeview Community Church (Killarney, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 December 2013, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Lakeview_Community_Church_(Killarney,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=88876.
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