Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Mennonite Church USA), located at 549 Swan Road, Atglen, Pennsylvania, is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA (formerly it was part of the Ohio and Eastern Conference). It was organized as the Millwood congregation in 1882 with a membership of 124. The Maple Grove meetinghouse was built in 1909. The original church at Millwood, a frame structure, was enlarged in 1935 to a seating capacity of 450. The Millwood and Maple Grove churches continued to function as one congregation until 1945, when the Millwood part withdrew to join the Lancaster Mennonite Conference , while the Maple Grove Church continued under the Ohio and Eastern Conference. On 1 October 1954 the membership of the Maple Grove congregation was 418, with Aaron F. Stoltzfus, Abner G. Stoltzfus, and Calvin S. Kennel serving as ministers. In 2004 the membership was 239.

In May 2015 Maple Grove voted by 95.8% to withdraw from the Atlantic Coast Conference to become an independent Mennonite congregation. The Conference gave its release in October 2015. This move was part of a larger realignment of Mennonite congregations formerly part of Mennonite Church USA. These congregations were unhappy with Mennonite Church USA's failure to take stronger disciplinary actions against area conferences and congregations who expressed openness to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

Additional Information

Address: 549 Swan Rd., Atglen, PA 19310

Phone: 610-593-6658

Website: http://maplegrove-atglen.org/

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Map:Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA)


Author(s) Abner G Stoltzfus
Sam Steiner
Date Published May 2017


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Stoltzfus, Abner G and Sam Steiner. "Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2017. Web. 19 Aug 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maple_Grove_Mennonite_Church_of_Atglen_(Atglen,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=148616.

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Stoltzfus, Abner G and Sam Steiner. (May 2017). Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Atglen (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 August 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maple_Grove_Mennonite_Church_of_Atglen_(Atglen,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=148616.




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