New Hope Community Church of Midland (Midland, Michigan, USA)

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Midland Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA) was organized in June 1913, the first families having arrived from Emma, Indiana, in 1910 (Jacob Emmert) and 1912 (A. D. Miller). The first meetinghouse was a remodeled log dwelling in 1916, located five miles (8 km) north of Midland. The second, a former Grange hall 3/4 miles southwest of the city, was used in 1917-1928; then a new meetinghouse of cinder block was built on the same site. The first resident minister was E. A. Bontrager 1916-1939 (following Will Haarer, who served as unordained leader 1913-1916). F. F. Bontrager (ordained 1926) served as bishop-pastor after 1934, but Clarence Yoder (ordained 1936) served in 1956 as pastor, assisted by Erie Kindy, since Bontrager had charge of the mission outpost at Clare, 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Midland. In 1956 the membership was 134.

In 2011 the congregation changed its name to New Hope Community Church of Midland. It believed the Mennonite name was misunderstood, and a hindrance to outreach.

Bibliography

Woods, Matthew. "New Hope Community Church celebrates 100 years." 21 June 2013. Web. 5 June 2017. http://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/New-Hope-Community-Church-celebrates-100-years-6951300.php.

Additional Information

Address: 2510 East Stewart Road, Midland, MI 48640

Phone: 517-839-9451

Website: https://www.facebook.com/New-Hope-Community-Church-of-Midland-136824323013637/


Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1957


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Bender, Harold S. "New Hope Community Church of Midland (Midland, Michigan, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 20 Oct 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=New_Hope_Community_Church_of_Midland_(Midland,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=148729.

APA style

Bender, Harold S. (1957). New Hope Community Church of Midland (Midland, Michigan, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 October 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=New_Hope_Community_Church_of_Midland_(Midland,_Michigan,_USA)&oldid=148729.




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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 681-682. All rights reserved.


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