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Zion Mennonite Church (Hubbard, Or.) Records

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

First 50 years

Box 2

John Lederach years

Paul Brunner years

John P. Oyer Ministry

John P. Oyer years

John P. Oyer years

John P. Oyer years

Interim Years

Interim Years

Interim Years

Interim Years

Interim Years

Bulletins

Bulletins

Cemetery

Centennial Year

Centennial Year

Centennial Year

Richard Regier ministry

Richard Regier ministry

Bulletins

Oversized items, miscellaneous

Todd Lehman years

Todd Lehman Years

Todd Lehman Years

Todd Lehman and interim Leo Hartshorn

Leo Hartshorn and Bob Buxman, Interim pastors

Mathew Swora, pastor

"Welcome" notebook prepared for Richard and Flossie Stoltzfus

Miscellaneous older documents

Additional older documents and information

Oral History Project Seminar

Zion Quilters

School of Discipleship materials

Church Guest Books

Zion Lists collection



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Zion Mennonite Church (Hubbard, Or.) Records, 1893-2012 | Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society

By John Gingerich

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Collection Overview

Title: Zion Mennonite Church (Hubbard, Or.) Records, 1893-2012Add to your cart.

ID: PNCG/II-1893

Primary Creator: Zion Mennonite Church (Hubbard, Or.)

Extent: 13.2 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Flat

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This comprehensive collection of church records includes annual meeting and history reports; minutes of church council, commission and annual meetings; reports from Women's meetings, anniversaries, library, and other groups; bulletins, calendars, phone lists, etc. The records are primarily grouped by terms of service by church pastors.

Biographical Note

Old Order Amish and Amish Mennonite families began moving to the Willamette Valley shortly before the l880s. There were several Amish families in the area east of Hubbard known as Needy. The Amish held their worship services in their homes. Some of the early Amish Mennonite families occasionally joined them in these worship services. The Amish community died out after the death of their bishop, Jonas Kauffman, in 1907. Those remaining at that time either moved away or joined other churches, including the Zion congregation.

As the number of Amish Mennonite families increased, they first had Sunday school which met in homes.  By 1893 there were sufficient families that they wanted to organize a congregation. This was done in June, using the rented facilities of the Rock Creek Methodist Church on Sconce Road. The congregation was organized under the auspices of the Western District Amish Mennonite Conference and was a member of that body. Charter membership numbered 41 individuals. Brethren ordained to serve the new congregation were Daniel Kropf, minister, and Amos P. Troyer, deacon. Bishop oversight was held by Joseph Schlegel of Milford, Nebraska.

The group soon built a meeting house on present Highway 211, just west of the intersection with the present Barlow-Monitor Road. As the congregation experienced growth by folks moving in, young folks becoming members and folks from the Amish community also joining, the first meeting house was soon too small. That first building site was too wet for a cemetery, so a new site was sought and the one chosen was the present location on Whiskey Hill Road. That first church was known as the Fir Grove Amish Mennonite Church.

The second meeting house was erected in 1898 at which time the congregation name was changed to Zion Amish Mennonite Church. (If you are looking for early information in the county courthouse, however, you will have to look under Amish Mennonite Zion Church of Needy, Clackamas County, State of Oregon. Not until 1960 was the name oficially recorded as Zion Mennonite Church.)

The first meeting house was a building of 24 x 36 feet. The second one was 36 x 48 feet with a porch and two doors facing east and was patterned after the Sycamore Grove Church in Cass County, Missouri, from whence about half of the charter members had come. Even before the meeting house was finished and the cemetery completely laid out, the first burial took place when the three-year-o1d Elmer, son of minister Daniel Kropf, died following a sudden illness.

This second meeting house underwent several renovations and improvements over the years including: an anteroom built on the north side of the building; a basement under the building; the porch and doors on the east side were removed in favor of double doors on both the north and south sides and eventually a 22-foot extension on the east end.  Electric lights eventually became available but there was never running water or indoor plumbing. Lacking also was adequate room for the Sunday school.

More space and better facilities were needed. Ground was broken for the third, and present, building on July 10,1955 and the nearly finished building was first used for the Thanksgiving service in 1957. This building has also undergone several renovations and a much appreciated addition which includes a ground-level multipurpose room, additional classrooms, offices and a modern kitchen was dedicated February 8, 1998.

As mentioned earlier, the congregation became a member of the Western District Amish Mennonite Conference when organized, and such it remained until 1921. At that time a church-wide merger of Amish Mennonite and Mennonite conferences was taking place, and the area of the Western District Conference that overlapped the area of the Pacific Coast Mennonite Conference merged and became the new Pacific Coast Conference of the Mennonite Church. At that time Zion officially became the Zion Mennonite Church and a member of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC). In 1994 the Pacific Coast Conference of the Mennonite Church integrated with the Pacific District Conference (PDC) of the General Conference Mennonite Church and the congregations of both groups in the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho became known as the newly formed Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference (PNMC), which conference affiliation remains today.

As was customary throughout the Amish and Amish Mennonite congregations in the early days, members of the ministerial body (bishops, ministers and deacons) were ordained by lot from within the congregation and served without remuneration. Ordained ministers who moved into the area and congregation from another place were generally recognized and used in the local congregation which they joined. Men ordained from within the Zion congregation included Daniel Kropf, Amos P. Troyer, Daniel Roth, Clarence Kropf, Edward Z. Yoder, Edward Kenagy and Chester Kauffman. Those who moved in from elsewhere and served included Daniel B. Kauffman, Levi J. Yoder and Paul N. Roth.

In 1957, for the first time Zion called a man from outside the congregation specifically to serve as minister and pastor; namely, John Lederach, a Goshen College graduate. He was also the first salaried minister. Since 1957 all ministers have been salaried and also have been from outside the congregation. At the present time we have both a full-time pastor and youth pastor. Individuals who have served in one or both of these positions have included John Lederach, Paul Brunner, John Oyer, Richard Stoltzfus, Steve Good, Del and Michele Hershberger, Richard Regier, Paul F. Erb, Carlos Sequiera, David and Jennifer Searls, and the present pastor, Todd Lehman, and associate/youth pastor, Jana Gingerich. We have also had interim pastors between times and during pastoral sabbaticals.

Services in the past have included Sunday school and preaching services in the mornings and children's meetings, juniors' meetings, young people's Bible meetings and preaching in the evening services as well as summer Bible schools, singing schools, winter Bible schools and various other outreach activities. The young people have been a part of Mennonite Youth Fellowship since its inception in the 1960’s. Our present program includes Sunday morning Sunday School and Worship Service, Sunday evening children’s and youth programs, Bible studies, summer Vacation Bible School, Children’s Choir, Sing Your Own Messiah, Mennonite Women, Quilting night and various other activities.

[for more on the history of Zion Mennonite Church, you may want to read “God at Work in our Midst, A History of the Zion Mennonite Church 1893-1993” compiled by Margaret Shetler and available in the church library.]

Administrative Information

Repository: Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society

Alternate Extent Statement: 13.5

Access Restrictions: These records are open for public research.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: First 50 years, 1893-1943],
[Box 2: 1943-1957],
[Box 3: John Lederach years, 1958-1965],
[Box 4: Paul Brunner years, 1966-1975],
[Box 5: John P. Oyer Ministry, 1975-1987],
[Box 6: John P. Oyer years, 1975-1987],
[Box 7: John P. Oyer years, 1975-1987],
[Box 8: John P. Oyer years, 1975-1987],
[Box 9: Interim Years, 1988-1993],
[Box 10: Interim Years, 1988-1993],
[Box 11: Interim Years, 1988-1993],
[Box 12: Interim Years, 1988-1993],
[Box 13: Interim Years, 1988-1993],
[Box 14: Bulletins, 1952-1985],
[Box 15: Bulletins, 1986-1993],
[Box 16: Cemetery, 1983-1992],
[Box 17: Centennial Year, 1993],
[Box 18: Centennial Year, 1993],
[Box 19: Centennial Year, 1993],
[Box 20: Richard Regier ministry, 1994-2001],
[Box 21: Richard Regier ministry, 1994-2002],
[Box 22: Bulletins, 1993-2002],
[Box 23: Oversized items, miscellaneous, 1900-2008],
[Box 24: Todd Lehman years, 2003-2005],
[Box 25: Todd Lehman Years, 2006-2007],
[Box 26: Todd Lehman Years, 2008-2010],
[Box 27: Todd Lehman and interim Leo Hartshorn, 2010],
[Box 28: Leo Hartshorn and Bob Buxman, Interim pastors, 2012-2013],
[Box 29: Mathew Swora, pastor],
[Box 30: "Welcome" notebook prepared for Richard and Flossie Stoltzfus, 1988],
[Box 31: Miscellaneous older documents],
[Box 32: Additional older documents and information],
[Box 33: Oral History Project Seminar, 1976],
[Box 34: Zion Quilters],
[Box 35: School of Discipleship materials, 1983-1989],
[Box 36: Church Guest Books, 1893-1908],
[Box 37: Zion Lists collection],
[All]

Box 1: First 50 years, 1893-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Fir Grove documentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Treasurer’s accounts with Church and Cemetery Association, 1900-1910Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Earliest cemetery burial recordsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Ledger Books - church dues (membership records)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: 1906 Bible conference notes and record; 1916 Sunday school meeting programAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: A.P. Troyer marriage certificates, 1898-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Interesting bills and letterheadsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Sewing Circle records and later receipts, 1918-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Assorted bills, etc., 1920sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Young People’s Meeting records, 1923 - May 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Assorted bills etc., 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Christmas chorus programs, 1920s, through 1960; incompleteAdd to your cart.
missing: 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 and 1951
Folder 13: General Conference in Oregon, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1939 onAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Reports: Sunday school departments, including library, 1930-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Transcript of Business Meeting Minutes, 1897-1943, Revised Constitution & by-laws, Jan.1918Add to your cart.
Folder 17: 50th Anniversary celebration, July 4, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Brief history by Robert YoderAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: First ten-year history; Margaret ShetlerAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Photos: 1898 church; winter Bible school; 1934 Mennonite Aid reportAdd to your cart.

• includes an envelope of photos scanned into this flickr album <https://flic.kr/s/aHskz79niz> includes early cemetery photo which shows wooden bridge on Whiskey Hill road; photos of 1972 Zion retreat at Drift Creek Camp; and photos by Beulah Widmer donated by Margaret Shetler in this album <https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2KopHf>; collection of photos from fundraiser event <https://flic.kr/s/aHsktbhrpi>; photo with names of 1939 Christmas Choir <https://flic.kr/s/aHsjLD7tY3>

• also includes Music Program for the Mennonite Men's Chorus directed by J. Clayton Kauffman with several Zion Members in participation with sketch of singers made during the program by Bertha M. Kropf

Folder 21: Charity (Mrs. John) Kropf probate record, 1940Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: First 50 years, 1893-1943],
[Box 2: 1943-1957],
[Box 3: John Lederach years, 1958-1965],
[Box 4: Paul Brunner years, 1966-1975],
[Box 5: John P. Oyer Ministry, 1975-1987],
[Box 6: John P. Oyer years, 1975-1987],
[Box 7: John P. Oyer years, 1975-1987],
[Box 8: John P. Oyer years, 1975-1987],
[Box 9: Interim Years, 1988-1993],
[Box 10: Interim Years, 1988-1993],
[Box 11: Interim Years, 1988-1993],
[Box 12: Interim Years, 1988-1993],
[Box 13: Interim Years, 1988-1993],
[Box 14: Bulletins, 1952-1985],
[Box 15: Bulletins, 1986-1993],
[Box 16: Cemetery, 1983-1992],
[Box 17: Centennial Year, 1993],
[Box 18: Centennial Year, 1993],
[Box 19: Centennial Year, 1993],
[Box 20: Richard Regier ministry, 1994-2001],
[Box 21: Richard Regier ministry, 1994-2002],
[Box 22: Bulletins, 1993-2002],
[Box 23: Oversized items, miscellaneous, 1900-2008],
[Box 24: Todd Lehman years, 2003-2005],
[Box 25: Todd Lehman Years, 2006-2007],
[Box 26: Todd Lehman Years, 2008-2010],
[Box 27: Todd Lehman and interim Leo Hartshorn, 2010],
[Box 28: Leo Hartshorn and Bob Buxman, Interim pastors, 2012-2013],
[Box 29: Mathew Swora, pastor],
[Box 30: "Welcome" notebook prepared for Richard and Flossie Stoltzfus, 1988],
[Box 31: Miscellaneous older documents],
[Box 32: Additional older documents and information],
[Box 33: Oral History Project Seminar, 1976],
[Box 34: Zion Quilters],
[Box 35: School of Discipleship materials, 1983-1989],
[Box 36: Church Guest Books, 1893-1908],
[Box 37: Zion Lists collection],
[All]


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