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Westcoast German News - - Immanuel Baptist Church - 109-East 40th Av­enue, Van­cou­ver, BC 604 327-4010­

The ques­tion arose, who would sup­port this pro­posal. 98 mem­bers re­sponded by stand­ing up. This was the ac­tual hour of the birth of a new church. An or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee was elected that same evening. On Jan­uary 29th, 1956, the found­ing as­sem­bly met at Bethany. The num­ber of mem­bers who signed up had by now in­creased to 202. The name “Immanuel” was cho­sen, a build­ing com­mit­tee was elected and a build­ing fund set up. )HEUuDUy 19WK, 1956, WKH fiUVW ZRUVKLS VHUYLFH RI WKH ,PPDQuHO %DSWLVW &KuUFK ZDV KHOG LQ WKH “%HWKHO &KULVWLDQ 5HIRUPHG Church” and Immanuel met there un­til the con­struc­tion or their present church build­ing was com­pleted. Three houses, side by side, could be bought for only $13,800. The men did not bull­doze th­ese, but dis­as­sem­bled them by hand and sold what they could and burned the rest to save money. Ev­ery dol­lar saved helped the build­ing fund. Many trained and skilled work­ers from al­most ev­ery trade were part of the mem­ber­ship and so most of the con­struc­tion work was car­ried out by their own mem­bers. May 7th, 1957, ,%& PRYHG LQWR LWV QHZ EuLOGLQJ 7KH EuLOGLQJ SURMHFW ZDV DQ RYHUZKHOPLQJ fiQDQFLDO uQGHUWDNLQJ IRU QHZ LPPLJUDQWV try­ing to build their fu­ture and a church. Due to the many hours of free labour the ap­prox­i­mate cost of the build­ing was only $90,000. The mem­ber­ship in­creased steadily. Their main pur­pose was to min­is­ter to Ger­man im­mi­grants, but that grad­u­ally changed over the years. Now they have three Sun­day ser­vices: Ger­man at 9:30 am; English at 11:00 am and Korean at 1:30 pm. They need more peo­ple to at­tend the Ger­man Ser­vice, or they may be shut­ting the doors to Ger­man for­ever! Immanuel Bap­tist Church is lo­cated ap­prox one km from Oakridge Mall. In 2006 they cel­e­brated their 50th An­niver­sary with a huge party on July 1st. Here is a short his­tor­i­cal snap­shot: Dur­ing a church busi­ness meet­ing that was called De­cem­ber 28th, 1955 to dis­cuss Bethany Bap­tist Church’s grow­ing prob­lem of not hav­ing enough room for the steadily in­creas­ing num­ber of Ger­man im­mi­grants want­ing to be­come mem­bers, Rev. Ger­hard P. Ge­bauer, who served Bethany at that time, de­clared that he and his wife would make them­selves avail­able to start a new church in the same neigh­bour­hood.

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