©Mennonite Heritage Centre 2002
Last updated April 17, 2002
Title: Mather Mennonite Church fonds
Extent: 40 cm of textual records
The congregation was formed after a division of the Crystal City Mennonite Church, part of the Whitewater Gemeinde, in 1958. Two well known leaders, John Warkentin and George Bock left the community in 1966 and 1972 respectively. The Gemeinde structured was dissolved and so Mather became an independent congregation in 1971. In 1973 women were given the right to be part of the decision making process. In 1976 the congregation had a division and two Mennonite congregations emerged in this rural community. Due to declining membership the congregation dissolved in 1981. The leaders of the congregation were: Johann Warkentin (1959-1967), Gerhard Bock (1958-1973), Wiegand Friesen (1967-1972), Alvin Peters (1966-1972), Peter Buhler (1973-1975), Henry Bock (1976-1977), Norman Friesen (19787-1981).
This fonds consists of minutes, reports, financial records, correspondence, and registers which pertain to the beginning, development, and dissolution of the Mennonite congregation at Mather, Manitoba. It documents the leaders and members of the congregation. This fonds contains congregational meeting and church council meeting minutes (1958-1982), education committee meeting minutes (1971-1975), youth society documents (1958-1966), Sunday school documents (1958-1981), congregational financial records (1973-1982), a brief congregational history (1983), congregational constitution (1971), congregational membership and family register (1958-1981).
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This congregation deposited its textual records at the Mennonite Heritage Centre after 1982. Described by Bert Friesen 3 December 2001.
This congregation existed from 1958 to 1981. It deposited textual records at the Mennonite Heritage Centre sometime after 9 March 1982 when the decision was made to deposit. It was decided on 3 December 2001 to shred some of the financial records. This consisted on invoices, payments, receipts, bank deposit books, bank cheque books, etc. These give details already contained in the general ledger. The period covered was 1973-1981.