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First Bergthal Mennonite Church building
First Bergthal Mennonite Church building

Title and Physical Description
Bergthal Mennonite Church fonds. — 1927-2006, predominant 1969-2001. — 96 cm of textual records. — 16 photographs

Administrative History
The Bergthal Mennonite Church began its services in 1901 and formally organized in 1910. The first building was occupied in 1903, with a subsequent building program in 1948. Isaac Giesbrecht is considered the founding leader of the group. The congregation originated through colonization by Manitoba Sommerfelder Mennonites. In 1912, they became affiliated with the Conference of Mennonites in Canada. In 1929, they became the first congregation in the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta, and became affiliated with the General Conference Mennonite Church (later reorganized as Mennonite Church Canada) in 1938. Until the 1960s, the language in use was German and it was known as the Bergthal Mennonitische Gemeinde or Bergthaler Mennonitengemeinde, when there was a transition to the use of the English language and its current name. It is located 3 miles south and nine miles east of Didsbury.

Custodial History
The records were transferred to the Mennonite Church Alberta.

Scope & Content
The fonds consists of five series: A) Governance, B) Bulletins, C) Food Committee/Ladies Committee, D) Sunday School, E) Youth and Other Newsletters and F) History Book.

Source of Supplied Title
Title based on the contents of the fonds

Source of Acquisition
Gift by Mennonite Church Alberta through Henry Goerzen, MCA Archivist.

Access Restrictions
None known

Finding Aids
See Series Inventory

Associated Materials
Records associated with the Bergthal Mennonite Church fonds held by Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg.

Related Materials
For records related to the, see Mennonite Church Alberta fonds (MHSA Archives) and The Mennonite Conference of Alberta: A History of its Churches and Institutions by C.L. Dick, 1980 (MHSA Library)

Accruals
Expected

Notes
Accession no. 2002.017, 2008.011, and 2012.022 filed at 2002.017
Language: early records are in German
Bibliography:

  • Mennonite Church Alberta Yearbooks
  • Canadian Mennonite Encyclopedia, "Didsbury."
  • Canadian Mennonite (1 July 1955): 11.
  • Mennonite Reporter (7 August 1978): 15; (13 November 1989): B2.
  • Brown, Helena M. "Will Bergthal Mennonite Church Survive Another 20 years? a Short Historical Sketch." Research paper, CMBC, 1974, 14 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Brown, Helena M. "Bergthal Church (Didsbury, Alberta), 1903-1978." Research paper, CMBC, 1978, 18 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Goerzen, Robert E. "The Bergthal Mennonite Church of Didsbury." Research paper, CMBC, 1978, 14 pp. Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Dick, C.L.The Mennonite Conference of Alberta: A History of its Churches and Institutions. Edmonton: The Mennonite Conference of Alberta, 1981.

Description by Judith Rempel, revised October 2012
Last updated June 2013 - Jim Bowman

Series Inventory

A. Governance. — 1927-2004, predominant 1969-2004. — 24.5 cm textual records
The series consists of bylaws & constitutions, minutes, and annual reports. Arranged by date

Box 1
1-1 Bylaws - n.d.
1-2 Constitution - [1950s], 1980, 1985, 1989
1-3 Constitution and Minutes - 1946-1974 [separated to Vertical File Box 2]
1-3a Handbook and constitution - 1966
1-4 Minutes - Translated - 1927-1954
1-4a Minutes and reports - 1947-1975
1-4b Minutes, Jugendverein - 1947-1960
1-5 Minutes - 1974-1990 [separated to Vertical File Box 2]
1-6 Minutes - 1983 and 1985
1-7 Minutes and Financial Report - 1983-1984
1-8 Minutes and Financial Report - 1986
1-9 Minutes - 1987
1-10 Minutes, Personnel and Other Notes - 1987-1988
1-11 Minutes - 1989
1-12 Minutes - 1990
1-13 Minutes - 1991
1-14 Minutes, Reports, Bulletins - 1991
5-109 Minutes, Church Council - 1991-2000
5-110 Minutes, Church Council - 1991-2000
5-123 Living in Faithful Evangelism worksheets [congregational analysis]. — [ca. 1993]
1-15 Annual Report - 1966
1-16 Annual Report - 1969
1-17 Annual Report - 1970
1-18 Annual Report - 1972
1-19 Annual Report - 1974
1-20 Annual Report - 1975
1-21 Annual Report - 1977
1-22 Annual Report - 1978
1-23 Bergthal Mennonite Church Council Report - H.D. Goerzen - 1978
1-24 Annual Meeting - 1979
1-25 Annual Report - 1979
1-26 Annual Report - 1981
1-27 Annual Report - 1982
1-28 Annual Report - 1983
1-29 Annual Report - 1984
1-30 Annual Report - 1985
1-31 Annual Report - 1986
1-32 Annual Report - 1987
1-33 Annual Report - 1988
1-34 Annual Report - 1989
1-35 Annual Report - 1990
1-36 Annual Report - 1991
5-111 Annual Report - 1992
1-37 Annual Report - 1993
1-38 Annual Report - 1997
1-39 Annual Report - 1998
1-40 Annual Report - 1999
5-112 Annual Report - 2003
5-113 Annual Report - 2004

B. Bulletins. — 1967-2006. — 36cm. of textual records
The series consists of Sunday morning worship bulletins, congregational records & a telephone directory. Arranged by subject and date

2-41 Bulletins - 1967
2-42 Bulletins - 1968
2-43 Bulletins - 1969
2-44 Bulletins - 1970
2-45 Bulletins - 1971
2-46 Bulletins - 1972
2-47 Bulletins - 1973
2-48 Bulletins - 1974
2-49 Bulletins - 1975
2-50 Bulletins - 1976
2-51 Bulletins - 1988
2-52 Bulletins - 1989
2-53 Bulletins - 1990
2-54 Bulletins - 1991
2-55 Bulletins - 1992

3-56 Bulletins - 1993
3-57 Bulletins - 1994
3-58 Bulletins - 1995
3-59 Bulletins - 1996
3-60 Bulletins - 1997
3-61 Bulletins - 1998
3-62 Bulletins - 1999
3-63 Bulletins - 2000
3-64 Bulletins - 2001
5-114 Bulletins - 2002
5-115 Bulletins - 2003
5-116 Bulletins - 2004
5-117 Bulletins - 2005
5-118 Bulletins - 2006
3-65 Bulletins and Congregational Records - 2001
3-66 Telephone Directory - 1998, 2000-2002
3-66a Sewing Circle financial records - 1971-1992

C. Food Committee/Ladies Committee. — 1962-1998. — 4 cm. of textual records
The series consists of menus, membership lists, and minutes. Arranged by date

3-67 Minutes - 1960-1984
3-68 Food Committee Menus, Members, etc. - 1962-1967
3-69 Food Committee Menus, Members, etc. - 1968-1972
3-70 Cookies Distribution Notes - 1971-1980

4-71 Food Committee Financial Records - 1975-1984
4-72 Ladies and Food Committee Notes, membership and Minutes - 1978-1989
3-73 Kitchen Inventory - 1978-1998
4-74 Food Committee Menus, Members, etc. - 1982- 1987
4-75 Minutes - Ladies Annual Meetings - 1985-1991
4-76 Food Committee Menus - 1996

D. Sunday School. — 1991-1997. — 10.5 cm. of textual records
The series consists of project descriptions, resources, program information, evaluations, staff listings, minutes and notes. Arranged by subject and date

4-77 Teacher Handbook - n.d.
4-78 Sunday School Resources - n.d.
4-79 Resource Committee - n.d.
4-80 Summer Sunday School - n.d.
4-81 Evaluation of Teacher In-Service - n.d.
4-82 Sunday School - 1991
4-83 Christmas Eve - 1991-1993
4-84 Parent Newsletters, Evaluation Forms, Intent Forms - 1991-1993
4-84a Sunday School staff meeting minutes - 1964-1983
4-85 Sunday School staff Meeting - 1991-1993
4-86 Curriculum Information and Other Resources - 1991-1994
4-87 Education - 1991-1994
4-88 Executive - Sunday School - 1991-1994
4-89 Promotion Sunday - 1992-1993
4-90 To do - 1992-1993
4-91 Possible Sunday School Projects - 1993
4-92 Sunday School Class Lists - 1993
4-92 Resources - 1993
4-93 Mini Teacher In-Service - 1993
4-94 Summer Sunday School - 1993
4-95 Yearly Staffing - 1993-1994
4-96 Sunday School Notes, Minutes - 1993-1997

E. Youth and Other Newsletters. — 1967-1982. — 3.5 cm. of textual records
The series consists of newsletters written by Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization, the Young People of the Bergthal Mennonite Church, or other Bergthal Mennonite Church members. Arranged by subject and date

4-97 Thanksgiving Newsletter - n.d.
4-98 Bergthal Bestseller - n.d.
4-99 Newsletter - n.d.
4-100 Thanksgiving Newsletter - 1967
4-101 Young Peoples Newsletter - 1969
4-102 Newsletter - 1969
4-103 Y.P. News - 1970
4-104 Bergthal News - 1973
4-105 Young People's Newsletter - 1973
4-106 deVine - 1974
4-107 Newsletter - 1975
4-108 AMYO Christmas Newsletter - 1982
5-119 Bergthal Bestseller - 1999

F. History Book. — 2003. — 6 cm of textual records. — 16 photographs
The series consists of documents created in preparation of the congregational 100th anniversary history book. Arranged by subject and date

5-120 Interviews - 2003
5-121 Reviews, Additions - 2003
5-122 Manuscript - 2003 [photographs separated; inventory available]

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