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The church continued to play an important role in the lives of immigrants by welcoming another influx from Europe and [[South America|South America]] from 1947 and continuing into the 1950s. To meet the needs of these newcomers, all worship services were conducted in the German language until the early 1950s. Separate services continued in both English and German until May 2012 when the German services ended. Music became an integral part of worship under the long directorship of Jacob H. Enns and continues to be important. Community outreach has taken several forms including the establishment and construction of the adjacent Waterloo Mennonite Homes (1980), community meals for seniors, support for the House of Friendship in caring for homeless men and the recent involvement at Parkwood Mennonite Home to expand into a new facility. On 5-7 October 1984 the church, along with Erb Street Mennonite Church, one of the original sponsors of the refugees, spearheaded the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the first immigrants in [[Ontario (Canada)|Ontario]].
 
The church continued to play an important role in the lives of immigrants by welcoming another influx from Europe and [[South America|South America]] from 1947 and continuing into the 1950s. To meet the needs of these newcomers, all worship services were conducted in the German language until the early 1950s. Separate services continued in both English and German until May 2012 when the German services ended. Music became an integral part of worship under the long directorship of Jacob H. Enns and continues to be important. Community outreach has taken several forms including the establishment and construction of the adjacent Waterloo Mennonite Homes (1980), community meals for seniors, support for the House of Friendship in caring for homeless men and the recent involvement at Parkwood Mennonite Home to expand into a new facility. On 5-7 October 1984 the church, along with Erb Street Mennonite Church, one of the original sponsors of the refugees, spearheaded the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the first immigrants in [[Ontario (Canada)|Ontario]].
 
Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church has been affiliated with the [[Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario|Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario]] (1929-88), the [[Conference of Mennonites in Canada|Conference of Mennonites in Canada]]/[[Mennonite Church Canada|Mennonite Church Canada]], the General Conference Mennonite Church (1926-1999) and [[Mennonite Church Eastern Canada|Mennonite Church Eastern Canada]] (1988-present).
 
 
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The congregation's archives are located at the church and at the [https://uwaterloo.ca/mennonite-archives-ontario/ Mennonite Archives of Ontario].
 
The congregation's archives are located at the church and at the [https://uwaterloo.ca/mennonite-archives-ontario/ Mennonite Archives of Ontario].
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Revision as of 07:26, 10 February 2014

Jacob H. & Eliese Janzen

The Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite congregation originally consisted of some of the 875 immigrants that arrived in Waterloo from Russia on 19 July 1924. In June of 1925, fifty-eight of these people met to organize a new congregation -- the Mennonite Refugee Congregation of Ontario (Mennoniten Flüchtlingsgemeinde in Ontario) -- under the leadership of Jacob H. Janzen. On 15 August 1926, this name changed to the United Mennonite Church of Ontario and included members from central, southwestern and northern Ontario. In January 1929, this group was divided into three separate congregations: the Essex County UM Church in the southwest, the Reesor UM Church in the north and the Waterloo-Kitchener UM Church in central Ontario.

Initially the Waterloo-Kitchener congregation met in rented quarters on King Street North in Waterloo in a building where the Harmony Lunch restaurant is now located. In 1927 the congregation moved to 15 George St. in Waterloo, first renting and then in 1932, purchasing the former Presbyterian Church, for $4000, at this location. The church building was enlarged in 1952-53, a new foyer added in 1961, then modified to include a new organ in 1973, and an education wing added in 1974.

Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite in 1932

The church continued to play an important role in the lives of immigrants by welcoming another influx from Europe and South America from 1947 and continuing into the 1950s. To meet the needs of these newcomers, all worship services were conducted in the German language until the early 1950s. Separate services continued in both English and German until May 2012 when the German services ended. Music became an integral part of worship under the long directorship of Jacob H. Enns and continues to be important. Community outreach has taken several forms including the establishment and construction of the adjacent Waterloo Mennonite Homes (1980), community meals for seniors, support for the House of Friendship in caring for homeless men and the recent involvement at Parkwood Mennonite Home to expand into a new facility. On 5-7 October 1984 the church, along with Erb Street Mennonite Church, one of the original sponsors of the refugees, spearheaded the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the first immigrants in Ontario.

Bibliography

Canadian Mennonite (28 June 1966): 14.

Dick, Karl. Worship at "George Street" : a history of our transitions at W-K United Mennonite Church, 1924-2008. Waterloo, Ontario: The Church, 2008, 270 pp.

Fast, Jacob and Herbert Enns, eds. Jubilee Issue of the Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church, 1924-1974. Waterloo, Ontario: Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church, 1974, 134 pp.

Geschichte der Waterloo-Kitchener Vereinigten Menoniten Gemeinde, 1925-1953. 1953, 35 pp.

Mennonite Reporter (14 April 1986): 14; (19 February 1996): 17.

Mennonite Encyclopedia, "Waterloo-Kitchener."

Archival Records

The congregation's archives are located at the church and at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Additional Information

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1929-1988)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada/Mennonite Church Canada

General Conference Mennonite Church (1926-1999)

== Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church Leading Pastors ==

Minister Years
of Service
Jacob H. Janzen 1925-1947
Henry H. Epp 1948-1951
Henry P. Epp 1951-1956
No Leading Minister 1956-1958
Henry H. Epp 1958-1965
No Leading Minister 1965-1967
Henry Isaac 1967-1971
David Neufeld (Interim) 1971-1973
Leonard Epp 1973-1980
Walter Klaassen (Interim) 1980-1981
Peter G. Sawatzky 1981-1988
Waldemar Regier 1988-1998
Edmund Pries (Interim) 1999-2000
David Rogalsky 2000-2005
Sue C. Steiner (Interim) 2005
David Brubacher (Interim) 2005-2006
Nancy Brubaker (Interim) 2006-2009
Nancy Mann 2009-Present

Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church Membership

Year Membership
1925 125
1950 400
1965 440
1975 419
1985 440
1995 434
2000 402
2011 322
2013 297


Author(s) John Reimer
Date Published January 2014


Cite This Article

MLA style

Reimer, John. "Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 2014. Web. 22 May 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Waterloo-Kitchener_United_Mennonite_Church_(Waterloo,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=112745.

APA style

Reimer, John. (January 2014). Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 May 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Waterloo-Kitchener_United_Mennonite_Church_(Waterloo,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=112745.




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