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Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (Goshen, Ind.) Records

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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Church Governance

Church Bulletins, Newsletters, and Directories

Sunday School

Women's Organizations

Miscellaneous



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Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (Goshen, Ind.) Records, 1877-2014 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (Goshen, Ind.) Records, 1877-2014Add to your cart.

ID: III/14-11

Primary Creator: Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (Goshen, Ind.)

Extent: 8.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: By series

Subjects: Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (Goshen, Ind.), Mennonites - Indiana, Mennonite women

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records are divided into the following series:

(1) Church Governance, 1892-2003

(2) Church Bulletins, Newsletters, and Directories, 1949-2010

(3) Sunday School, 1877-1950

(4) Women's Organizations, 1907-2005

(5) Miscellaneous, 1905-2006

Biographical Note

Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church USA), located in Clinton Township, Elkhart County, Indiana, five miles (eight km) east of Goshen, is a congregation of the Indiana-Michigan Conference of the Mennonite Church. This was the first Amish Mennonite church organized in Indiana. The first services were held on Easter Day of 1842.

The first meetinghouse was built in 1848 at the location where the present church stands, which was built in 1888 and enlarged in 1913 and 1949. Two divisions have occurred in the congregation. The first (Old Order Amish, 1855-1865) was the result of differences on the question of whether to baptize in the  meetinghouse or in a stream. The second division at Clinton Frame came in 1892 when approximately 40 members left to organize the Silver Street Mennonite Church. Among the issues at that time were questions relating to the regulation of attire and open communion.

In July 1944 a church in the village of Benton, also in Elkhart County, about five miles (eight km)) southwest of the Clinton Frame Church, was purchased by the congregation and regular services held since then (1954). In 1948 this Benton mission church became an independent congregation in the Indiana-Michigan Conference. This action took about 40 members out of the Clinton Frame congregation. The 1954 membership was 200. In 2008 the membership was 511; the lead pastor was Terry L. Diener.

Bishops who have served this church were Jonas Troyer, Benjamin Schrock, D. J. Johns, D. D. Troyer, and Edwin J. Yoder. Ministers who have served are Christian Plank, Eli Miller, D. D. Troyer, Silas Yoder, Ira S. Johns, Verle Hoffman, Galen Johns, and Vernon Bontreger. The ministers in the 1954 were Vernon Bontreger, pastor, and Ira S. Johns, minister. Deacons who served up to 1950 were Daniel Schrock, Ira S. Johns, David Yontz, Vernon Bontreger, and Norman Kauffman.

The first Sunday school was organized in 1876. The first Mennonite Church Sunday-school conference in the United States was held at the Clinton Frame Church in 1892.

Subject/Index Terms

Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (Goshen, Ind.)
Mennonites - Indiana
Mennonite women

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 5 records cartons and 3 archives boxes

Access Restrictions: These materials are open to public research.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Preferred Citation: Clinton Frame Mennonite Church (Goshen, Ind.) Records, 1877-2014.  III-14-11.  Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Church Governance, 1892-2003],
[Series 2: Church Bulletins, Newsletters, and Directories, 1949-2010],
[Series 3: Sunday School, 1877-1950],
[Series 4: Women's Organizations, 1907-2005],
[Series 5: Miscellaneous, 1905-2006],
[All]

Series 1: Church Governance, 1892-2003Add to your cart.
Includes constitutions, church council meeting minutes, church secretary's records, financial records, and membership records.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Record of the Amish Mennonites, 1892-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Secretary's Records, 1948-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Secretary's Records, 1955-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Secretary's Record, 1960-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Secretary's Record, 1973-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Church Council Records, 1957-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Constitutions, 1976, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Finance Committee Records, 1961-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Financial Records, 1958-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Fundraising, 1997-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Membership Records, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Treasurer's Records, 1947-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Treasurer's Records, 1954-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Anniversary Booklet and Chuch Officers, 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Secretary's Records, 1907-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Secretary's Records, 1937-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Church Council Records, 1964-1973Add to your cart.
Box 8: Membership Cards, circa 1945-1990Add to your cart.
Series 2: Church Bulletins, Newsletters, and Directories, 1949-2010Add to your cart.
Box 2: Bulletins, 1949-1989Add to your cart.
Box 3: Bulletins, Newsletters, and Directories, 1964-2000Add to your cart.
Box 4: Bulletins and Newsletters, 2000-2014Add to your cart.
Series 3: Sunday School, 1877-1950Add to your cart.
Includes the records of the Aldebaran Literary Society.  Early Sunday school records are in German.
Box 5: Sunday School Records, 1877-1950Add to your cart.
Series 4: Women's Organizations, 1907-2005Add to your cart.
Box 6: Sisters' Mission Committee and Women's Missionary and Service Committee Records, 1907-1993Add to your cart.
Box 7: Young Married Women's Sewing Circle and Women's Missionary and Service Committee Records, 1947-2005Add to your cart.
Series 5: Miscellaneous, 1905-2006Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Clinton Frame Sketches", 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Ministry of Vernon Bontreger", 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Historical Essays by D. D. Troyer, I. S. Johns, and J. S. Hartzler, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Dedication Service Program, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Centennial Booklet, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Library Record Book, 1910-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 20: New Structure, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 21: D. J. Johns Sermon and Notebook, 1940, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Miscellaneous Programs, 1905-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 23: 125th Anniversary Booklet and Program, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Job Descriptions, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 25: History of Clinton Frame by Cleone Friesner Stutzman, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 26: "Our Favorite Recipes", 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Sermon Texts, 1932-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Teachers' Meeting Record, 1915-1916Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Record of Services, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Handbook, 1995Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Church Governance, 1892-2003],
[Series 2: Church Bulletins, Newsletters, and Directories, 1949-2010],
[Series 3: Sunday School, 1877-1950],
[Series 4: Women's Organizations, 1907-2005],
[Series 5: Miscellaneous, 1905-2006],
[All]


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