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Osler Mennonite Church in 2009
Photo by Victor Wiebe

A Mennonite congregation was formed in the Osler, Saskatchewan area on 24 March 1928 consisting of families belonging to the Rosenorter, Zoar and Nordheimer Gemeinden, under the initiative of church leaders Boldt and Rempel. Initially this congregation was called Zoar Gemeinde Zu Osler and while independent, was associated closely with the Langham Zoar Mennonite congregation. The church was dedicated by Elder David Toews on 9 September 1928.

In 1931 the Osler congregation became affiliated with the Rosenorter Gemeinde. In 1934 the meeting house reverted back to the creditor because the congregation could not keep up the payments. In 1936 the congregation was able to purchase the same building again. It was renovated in 1954. In 1955 when the Rosenorter Church divided into churches, the Osler congregation joined the United Mennonite Church (Vereinigten Gemeinde). When the Rosenorter and United Mennonite Churches dissolved in 1962, Osler became an independent congregation along with the others. The first building was occupied in 1928, with a subsequent building program in 1996-1997.

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

Bibliography

Banman, Jennifer. "Osler Mennonite Church." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1982, Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Boldt, Leonard C. Fortieth Anniversary: Osler Mennonite Church 1928-1968. Osler, SK: Osler Mennonite Church, 1968, 16 pp.

Boldt, Leonard C. "History of the Osler Mennonite Church, 1968-1974." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1975, 10 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Canadian Mennonite (4 June 1968): 10.

Mennonite Reporter (19 August 1996): 12; (14 April 1997): 11.

Stories of Our People. Historical Committee of Osler Mennonite Church, 1986, 60 pp.

Additional Information

Address: Box 129, Osler, SK  S0K 3A0

Location: 212 2nd Street, Osler Saskatchewan

Telephone: 306-239-2133

Web site: Osler Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan (1959-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1928-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1931-1999)

Osler Mennonite Church Ministers

Minister Years
Johann Boldt 1928-1935
Gerhard Loewen 1931-1934
Jacob Pauls 1938-1971
Cornelius Boldt 1938-1949
Walter Franz 1965-1969
Jake Wiebe 1970-1971
Cornelius Boldt 1972-1995
Ernie Hildebrand 1974-1978
Arthur Regier 1979
David Friesen 1980-1989
Bill Kruger 1991-1997
Gordon Janzen 1998-2001
Menno Epp 2002-2004
Gordon Allaby 2004-present

Osler Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1965 156
1975 116
1985 133
1995 139
2000 175
2010 170

Maps

Map:Osler Mennonite Church (Osler, Saskatchewan)


Author(s) Bert Friesen
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published July 2010


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Friesen, Bert and Richard D. Thiessen. "Osler Mennonite Church (Osler, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 19 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Osler_Mennonite_Church_(Osler,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=112623.

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Friesen, Bert and Richard D. Thiessen. (July 2010). Osler Mennonite Church (Osler, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Osler_Mennonite_Church_(Osler,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=112623.




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