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Willow Creek Mennonite Church

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
1. Willow Creek Mennonite Church Marker
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Members of the Willow Creek Mennonite Church worshiped at this site from 1911 to 1967. The building was moved here from the San Marcos area where it had been built in 1898. It burned on January 26, 1967

"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 3:11

 
Location. 35° 35.342′ N, 120° 49.274′ W. Marker is in Paso Robles, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker is on Vineyard Drive just north of Dover Canyon Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located at the entrance to the Willow Creek Mennonite Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7001 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles CA 93446, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Adelaida (approx. 5 miles away); Lincoln-Adelaida School (approx. 5.8 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 7 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 7 miles away); Bethel Lutheran Church (approx. 7 miles away); Templeton Carriage Works (approx. 7.1 miles away); Museum Property / Horstman House (approx. 7.1 miles away); Pittsburg Pirates (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paso Robles.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
2. Willow Creek Mennonite Church Marker

1. San Marcos Mennonite Church (Paso Robles, California, USA). ...The San Marcos meetinghouse was moved to Willow Creek in 1911, but the congregation continued to be called San Marcos. In 1943 the name was changed to Second Mennonite Church of Paso Robles, and in 1954 to Willow Creek Mennonite Church.
In January 1967 the Willow Creek Church burned to the ground. Though the church is gone, the Mennonite Cemetery, dating back to 1911, still serves the churches in the area. After the fire, numerous meetings were conducted, and the congregation decided not to rebuild. Representatives from Willow Creek and First Mennonite Church concluded that the two churches would unite. The merger took place with a special service in September 1967.
(Submitted on April 23, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

2. Paso Robles First Mennonite Church (Paso Robles, California, USA). Paso Robles First Mennonite Church in Paso Robles, California, was originally organized in 1897 as part of the San Marcos Mennonite Church, the earliest Mennonite church in the Pacific District Conference in California. (Submitted on April 23, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

3. A Centennial History of Mennonites in the Paso Robles Area. In 1897 a group of Mennonites in the Paso Robles area of San Luis Obispo County established the first recognized
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 22, 2013
3. Willow Creek Mennonite Cemetery
Mennonite congregation in California. Though Mennonites had been in the state on a permanent basis since at least 1886, this event marked a significant milestone in the development of a Mennonite presence in California. In the fall of 1997 the First Mennonite Church of Paso Robles celebrated its centennial. In honor of that event, Phyllis Bergman and Robert Toevs prepared a congregational history entitled History of the Mennonites in the Paso Robles Area. The following article is adapted from that history.
(Submitted on April 23, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.
 
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By James King, August 12, 2013
4. San Marcos Mennonite Cemetery
Located on Chimney Rock Road, 0.1 miles past the intersection of Nacimiento Lake Road at 35.688291 N by 120.799130 W. This would have been the church's cemetery before it moved to Willow Creek.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 418 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on August 1, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on April 23, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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