First Mennonite Church
Chicago IL

60636

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First Mennonite Church is a Mennonite Church in Chicago, Illinois.

We are a fellowship of believers, made in God's image and called as disciples of Christ to share the Good News with everyone through learning, listening, praying and working together actively to reach out to our communities.

We are a place to believe, belong, and become!

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First Mennonite Church
1477 W 73rd St
Chicago, IL 60636
United States
Phone: 773-783-8280 / 708-870-5260
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Rev. John H. Burke
Rev. John H. Burke
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1477 W 73rd St
Chicago, IL 60636
United States
Phone: 773-783-8280
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Sunday School 9:30am
Morning Worship 10:30am

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First Mennonite Church History

First Mennonite Church, Chicago, Illinois, began as a mission on 5 March 1914, when the Mission Board of the General Conference Mennonite Church opened a city rescue mission at 727 West 63rd Street. The board called W. W. Miller as superintendent and Catherine Niswander as a mission assistant. On 22 April 1915, the work transferred to 7110 South Ashland Avenue, and it changed its focus to Sunday School and church work. The congregation moved to larger quarters at 7205 South Ashland two years later. It continued to grow, so in the summer of 1918, the mission board erected the present brick building at 73rd and Lafflin.

In April of 1919, W. W. Miller left Chicago but was recalled in October 1920. W. S. Shelly served as pastor for several months and J. F. Balzer served as supply until Miller returned. When Miller returned, the group organized into a church and received members.

Catherine Niswander left for mission work in Portland, Oregon in 1927; Jane Entz then served as an assistant for nearly three years.

In 1934 division occurred within the congregation. Seventy-five percent of the congregation withdrew with the pastor, William Rhea, and wished to take over the building and mission house. After extended negotiations facilitated by A. Hershey Leaman, the mission board retained the property, and Rhea surrendered the property after receiving some back pay the board had been unable to provide earlier.

For a time in the 1950s, students or recent graduates of Mennonite Biblical Seminary, then located in Chicago, served First Mennonite as pastor.

In the 1960s, the demographics of the area changed rapidly as more African Americans moved to the community. Arthur L. Jackson was the first African American pastor.

In 2022 the congregation was part of the Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

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Question: Where is First Mennonite Church located?
Answer: First Mennonite Church is located at 1477 W 73rd St, Chicago, Illinois.

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Answer: First Mennonite Church's pastor is Rev. John H. Burke.

Question: What time is service at First Mennonite Church?
Answer: Sunday School 9:30am Morning Worship 10:30am

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Answer: https://www.mennoniteusa.org/who-are-mennonites/find-a-church/

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Answer: First Mennonite Church belongs to Mennonite Church denomination and is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA.

The power of Christian prayer Abide with us
O Holy Spirit of God, abide with us; inspire all our thoughts; pervade our imaginations; suggest all our decisions; order all our doings. Be with us in our silence and in our speech, in our haste and in our leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of the morning and in the weariness of the evening; and give us grace at all times humbly to rejoice in Thy mysterious companionship.
First Mennonite Church listing was last updated on the 23rd of November, 2023
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