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The Westview Community Church at Grassy Lake, Alberta, formally organized in 1927. Peter Neufeld and David Penner are considered the founding leaders of the group.
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[[File:GrassyLakeMBChurch1950.jpg|400px|thumbnail|''Grassy Lake Mennonite Brethren Church building, 1950.<br />Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)<br />Digitized by Hiebert Library. [http://callimachus.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15008coll27/id/2/rec/83 Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies]''.]]
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The Grassy Lake Mennonite Brethren Church (later known as Westview Community Church) at Grassy Lake, Alberta, formally organized in 1927. Peter Neufeld and David Penner are considered the founding leaders of the group.
  
Mennonite families began moving into the Grassy Lake area in 1926. The congregation began with 7 charter members in 1927. During these early years the families met for worship in their homes. Then a few years later rented facilities were used. They received church leadership assistance from the Coaldale congregation. In the 1936 there were 19 members and they built their own meeting house, first the basement, and then in 1949 the upper sanctuary. In 1961 the membership stood at 46. In 1970 an educational wing was added. In 1982, with a membership of 33, they completed a new meeting house in the town site and they changed their name to the Westview Community Church. The group was previously known as Grassy Lake Mennonite Brethren Church.
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Mennonite families began moving into the Grassy Lake area in 1926. The congregation began with 7 charter members in 1927. During these early years the families met for worship in their homes. Then a few years later rented facilities were used. They received church leadership assistance from the Coaldale congregation. In the 1936 there were 19 members and they built their own meeting house, first the basement, and then in 1949 the upper sanctuary. In 1961 the membership stood at 46. In 1970 an educational wing was added. In 1982, with a membership of 33, they completed a new meeting house in the town site and they changed their name to the Westview Community Church.
  
 
The congregation held its last service on 26 October 2008.
 
The congregation held its last service on 26 October 2008.
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General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1928-2002).
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<h3>Westview Community Church Leading Ministers</h3> <table class="vertical listing"> <tr> <th>Minister
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<h3>Westview Community Church Leading Ministers</h3>
 
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<tr> <td>Peter Neufeld</td> <td>1934-1938</td> </tr>
</th> </tr>   <tr> <td>Peter Neufeld</td> <td>1934-1938</td> </tr> <tr> <td>David Penner</td> <td>1939-1941</td> </tr> <tr> <td>David Dyck</td> <td>1942-1943</td> </tr> <tr> <td>David Penner</td> <td>1944-1951</td> </tr> <tr> <td>David Dyck</td> <td>1952-1953</td> </tr> <tr> <td>David Penner</td> <td>1954-1956</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Alex Neumann</td> <td>1957-1959</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Abe Konrad</td> <td>1960-1962</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Jake Thielmann</td> <td>1963-1965</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Roland Marsch</td> <td>1965-1967</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Allan Andres</td> <td>1967-1971</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Bert Affleck</td> <td>1972</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Edward Epp</td> <td>1973-1977</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Alex Campbell</td> <td>1978-1985</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Walter Enns</td> <td>1986-1990</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Corny Braun</td> <td>1991-1994</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Les Riediger</td> <td>1994-1999</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kris Peters</td> <td>2000-2008</td> </tr> </table> <h3>Westview Community Church Membership</h3> <table class="vertical listing"> <tr> <th>Year</th> <th>Members
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<tr> <td>David Penner</td> <td>1939-1941</td> </tr>
 
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<tr> <td>David Dyck</td> <td>1942-1943</td> </tr>
</th> </tr>   <tr> <td>1965</td> <td align="right">41</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1975</td> <td align="right">50</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1985</td> <td align="right">58</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1992</td> <td align="right">74</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2000</td> <td align="right">34</td> </tr> </table>
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<tr> <td>David Penner</td> <td>1944-1951</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>David Dyck</td> <td>1952-1953</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>David Penner</td> <td>1954-1956</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Alex Neumann</td> <td>1957-1959</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Abe Konrad</td> <td>1960-1962</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Jake Thielmann</td> <td>1963-1965</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Roland Marsch</td> <td>1965-1967</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Allan Andres</td> <td>1967-1971</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Bert Affleck</td> <td>1972</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Edward Epp</td> <td>1973-1977</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Alex Campbell</td> <td>1978-1985</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Walter Enns</td> <td>1986-1990</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Corny Braun</td> <td>1991-1994</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Les Riediger</td> <td>1994-1999</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>Kris Peters</td> <td>2000-2008</td> </tr>
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<h3>Westview Community Church Membership</h3>
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<tr> <th>Year</th> <th>Members</th> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1965</td> <td align="right">41</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1975</td> <td align="right">50</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1985</td> <td align="right">58</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>1992</td> <td align="right">74</td> </tr>
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<tr> <td>2000</td> <td align="right">34</td> </tr>
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Grassy Lake Mennonite Brethren Church building, 1950.
Creator: Henry J. Wiens (1885-1975)
Digitized by Hiebert Library. Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
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The Grassy Lake Mennonite Brethren Church (later known as Westview Community Church) at Grassy Lake, Alberta, formally organized in 1927. Peter Neufeld and David Penner are considered the founding leaders of the group.

Mennonite families began moving into the Grassy Lake area in 1926. The congregation began with 7 charter members in 1927. During these early years the families met for worship in their homes. Then a few years later rented facilities were used. They received church leadership assistance from the Coaldale congregation. In the 1936 there were 19 members and they built their own meeting house, first the basement, and then in 1949 the upper sanctuary. In 1961 the membership stood at 46. In 1970 an educational wing was added. In 1982, with a membership of 33, they completed a new meeting house in the town site and they changed their name to the Westview Community Church.

The congregation held its last service on 26 October 2008.

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 5; (June 2009): 32.

Toews, John A. A History the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers. Fresno, CA: 1975: 166.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: Box 699, Grassy Lake, AB, T0K 0Z0.

Telephone: 403-655-2256.

Denominational Affiliations:

Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1928-2008)

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1928-2008)

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (1928-2002).

Westview Community Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
Peter Neufeld 1934-1938
David Penner 1939-1941
David Dyck 1942-1943
David Penner 1944-1951
David Dyck 1952-1953
David Penner 1954-1956
Alex Neumann 1957-1959
Abe Konrad 1960-1962
Jake Thielmann 1963-1965
Roland Marsch 1965-1967
Allan Andres 1967-1971
Bert Affleck 1972
Edward Epp 1973-1977
Alex Campbell 1978-1985
Walter Enns 1986-1990
Corny Braun 1991-1994
Les Riediger 1994-1999
Kris Peters 2000-2008

Westview Community Church Membership

Year Members
1965 41
1975 50
1985 58
1992 74
2000 34


Author(s) Marlene Epp
Date Published August 2009


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MLA style

Epp, Marlene. "Westview Community Church (Grassy Lake, Alberta, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2009. Web. 30 Aug 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Westview_Community_Church_(Grassy_Lake,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=115552.

APA style

Epp, Marlene. (August 2009). Westview Community Church (Grassy Lake, Alberta, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 August 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Westview_Community_Church_(Grassy_Lake,_Alberta,_Canada)&oldid=115552.




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