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Source: [http://www.emconf.ca/ EMC Website]'']]    Mennville Evangelical Mennonite Church in Riverton, Manitoba began services about 1950, and formally organized in 1954. The first building was occupied in 1956. Peter P. Friesen is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through colonization from rural Manitoba and outreach by the [[Evangelical Mennonite Conference (Kleine Gemeinde)|Evangelical Mennonite Conference]].
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Source: [http://www.emconf.ca/ EMC Website]'']]    Mennville Evangelical Mennonite Church, located near Riverton, [[Manitoba (Canada)|Manitoba]], was the first [[Evangelical Mennonite Conference (Kleine Gemeinde)|Evangelical Mennonite Conference]] congregation established in Manitoba’s Interlake Region.  In the early 1950s EMC families moved to the Washow Bay district for various reasons, including seeking freedom for their religious practice, land for farming, and to reach out spiritually to the wider area.  They began a Sunday School and built a school (that was also used for worship).  EMC deacon Jacob D. Friesen from Morris and minister Peter P. Friesen from Blumenort moved to the area with their families in 1952.
  
The congregation sponsors Mennville Christian School, grades kindergarten to ten. The district was known as Washow Bay until 1960 when it was changed to Mennville.
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In 1954 David P. Thiessen and his wife Katherine became leading pastoral couple.  They served till 1973. Leonard Dueck and Milton Friesen were elected as additional deacons in 1967 and 1974, respectively.  Additional ministers were elected  in 1985 -- Terry (and Eloa) Dueck, Roger Plett and Harry Friesen. The congregation had a period of paid leadership and also a time of local unpaid ministers who provided leadership.
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The language of worship was German in the beginning and transitioned to English in the 1970s.
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The church grew rapidly and by 1960 had 113 members. Church growth peaked at about 170 in the 1970s. In 1989 it had about 135 members. In 2016 its membership was 154.
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When the Washow Bay post office closed in 1966, the area became known as Mennville, and the church name Mennville EMC.
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For many years the church operated the Mennville Christian School, which offered instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 10. The school closed in 2009.
  
The language of worship is English; the transition from German occurred in the 1970s.
 
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
Loewen, Royden. <em class="gameo_bibliography">Blumenort: a Mennonite Community in Transition 1874-1982.</em> Blumenort: Blumenort Mennonite Historical Society, 1983.
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Loewen, Royden. ''Blumenort: a Mennonite Community in Transition 1874-1982''. Blumenort: Blumenort Mennonite Historical Society, 1983.
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Menno Hamm. “Church Profile: Mennville Evangelical Mennonite Conference.” ''The Messenger'' (24 March 1989): 7-10.
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[Menno Hamm]. “Mennville Christian School.” ''The Messenger'' (24 March 1989): 11.
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''EMC Yearbook for 2016.''
  
<em class="gameo_bibliography">Messenger</em> (24 March 1989): 7.
 
 
= Additional Information =
 
= Additional Information =
 
'''Address''': Box 403, Riverton, MB R0C 2R0
 
'''Address''': Box 403, Riverton, MB R0C 2R0
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[http://www.emconf.ca/ Evangelical Mennonite Conference]
 
[http://www.emconf.ca/ Evangelical Mennonite Conference]
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=== Mennville EMC Pastors ===
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Minister !! Years
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| Peter P. Friesen || 1952-1954
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| David P. Thiessen || 1954-1973
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| Jacob L. Friesen || 1973-1976
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| Andrew Dueck || 1976=1989
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| Ernest Reimer || 1991-2000
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| Terry Dueck || 2001
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| Tim and Eva Kroeker (pastoral couple) || 2002-2003
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|-
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| Terry and Eloa Dueck (pastoral couple) || 2002-2003
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|-
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| Terry and Eloa Dueck (pastoral couple) || 2004-2006
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|-
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| Mel Koop (part-time) || 2006
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|-
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| Barry and Jolene Barkman (pastoral couple) || 2007-2008
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|-
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| Dwight and Lorna Plett (pastoral couple)|| 2009-2013
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| Dwight Plett (minister)|| 2014-2015
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| David A. Thiessen (interim)|| 2016
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| Dwight Plett (lead minister) || 2016
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|}
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=== Mennville EMC Membership ===
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Year !! Members
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| 1960 || 113
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| 1965 || 140
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| 1970 || 163
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| 1975 || 160
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| 1980 || 148
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|-
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| 1985 || 146
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|-
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| 1990 || 120
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|-
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| 1995 || 138
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|-
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| 2000 || 155
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|-
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| 2005 || 157
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| 2010 || 153
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| 2015 || 155
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|}
  
<h3>Mennville EMC Membership</h3> <table class="vertical listing"> <tr> <th>Year
 
 
</th> <th>Members
 
  
</th> </tr>  <tr> <td>1965</td> <td align="right">140</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1975</td> <td align="right">160</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1985</td> <td align="right">146</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1995</td> <td align="right">138</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2000</td> <td align="right">155</td> </tr>  </table>
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Mennville Evangelical Mennonite Church, Riverton, Manitoba Source: EMC Website

Mennville Evangelical Mennonite Church, located near Riverton, Manitoba, was the first Evangelical Mennonite Conference congregation established in Manitoba’s Interlake Region. In the early 1950s EMC families moved to the Washow Bay district for various reasons, including seeking freedom for their religious practice, land for farming, and to reach out spiritually to the wider area. They began a Sunday School and built a school (that was also used for worship). EMC deacon Jacob D. Friesen from Morris and minister Peter P. Friesen from Blumenort moved to the area with their families in 1952.

In 1954 David P. Thiessen and his wife Katherine became leading pastoral couple. They served till 1973. Leonard Dueck and Milton Friesen were elected as additional deacons in 1967 and 1974, respectively. Additional ministers were elected in 1985 -- Terry (and Eloa) Dueck, Roger Plett and Harry Friesen. The congregation had a period of paid leadership and also a time of local unpaid ministers who provided leadership.

The language of worship was German in the beginning and transitioned to English in the 1970s.

The church grew rapidly and by 1960 had 113 members. Church growth peaked at about 170 in the 1970s. In 1989 it had about 135 members. In 2016 its membership was 154.

When the Washow Bay post office closed in 1966, the area became known as Mennville, and the church name Mennville EMC.

For many years the church operated the Mennville Christian School, which offered instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 10. The school closed in 2009.

Bibliography

Loewen, Royden. Blumenort: a Mennonite Community in Transition 1874-1982. Blumenort: Blumenort Mennonite Historical Society, 1983.

Menno Hamm. “Church Profile: Mennville Evangelical Mennonite Conference.” The Messenger (24 March 1989): 7-10. [Menno Hamm]. “Mennville Christian School.” The Messenger (24 March 1989): 11.

EMC Yearbook for 2016.

Additional Information

Address: Box 403, Riverton, MB R0C 2R0

Phone: 204-378-2985

Denominational Affiliation:

Evangelical Mennonite Conference

Mennville EMC Pastors

Minister Years
Peter P. Friesen 1952-1954
David P. Thiessen 1954-1973
Jacob L. Friesen 1973-1976
Andrew Dueck 1976=1989
Ernest Reimer 1991-2000
Terry Dueck 2001
Tim and Eva Kroeker (pastoral couple) 2002-2003
Terry and Eloa Dueck (pastoral couple) 2002-2003
Terry and Eloa Dueck (pastoral couple) 2004-2006
Mel Koop (part-time) 2006
Barry and Jolene Barkman (pastoral couple) 2007-2008
Dwight and Lorna Plett (pastoral couple) 2009-2013
Dwight Plett (minister) 2014-2015
David A. Thiessen (interim) 2016
Dwight Plett (lead minister) 2016

Mennville EMC Membership

Year Members
1960 113
1965 140
1970 163
1975 160
1980 148
1985 146
1990 120
1995 138
2000 155
2005 157
2010 153
2015 155



Author(s) Marlene Epp
Terry Smith
Date Published June 2017


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Epp, Marlene and Terry Smith. "Mennville Evangelical Mennonite Church (Riverton, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2017. Web. 14 Dec 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mennville_Evangelical_Mennonite_Church_(Riverton,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=148923.

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Epp, Marlene and Terry Smith. (June 2017). Mennville Evangelical Mennonite Church (Riverton, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 14 December 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mennville_Evangelical_Mennonite_Church_(Riverton,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=148923.




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