Marilyn Kettering Badger

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Maple Grove History-Names and Age

The Bible is clear on what a brethren is and what a brethren is not. A brethren is a Christian that has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. A brethren is no more...
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A Brush With Greatness and Fame

Early years, before the division into church districts, "church" was held in homes/cabins every two weeks or maybe once per month, varying the locations: north, south, east, west. Since the "Brethren" tended to live in...
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The Ministers' Table Becomes a Pulpit

In the early church era (1850-1870) there was a long table at the front of the sanctuary behind which several volunteer ministers sat who were to speak at that...
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What's with that painting?

Above the double doors as you exit the sanctuary is a painting of Christ praying on a rock assumed to depict the Garden of Gethsemane. This painting hung at the front of ...
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Church of the Brethren Theme

The theme of the Church of the Brethren denomination is: “Continuing the work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.” ...
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God Is In Control..

When I wake in the morning, I’m so glad God is in control and wants me with Him in His work for the next day. When I look out on the world of nature...
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Reading and Transcribing Maple Grove History

In working on the church history, I soon found that some of it was becoming unreadable because the writing utensil used was fading into oblivion. So one of my first task...
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Thankfulness

How can we show thankfulness to God and to others? What do we say? What do we do? There is so much to be thankful for but so often we just never mention that because...
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Serving the Church in Other Ways

Maple Grove people who have served in special ways and in special places as servants of our Lord...
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Heifer Project International #1

In October 1946 Maple Grove Church of the Brethren gave a heifer to Heifer Project to go to China through the efforts of the Cross Bearer’s Adult Class. Two more heifers...
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Pioneer Life in Ashland County

By(Aunt) Kate Shopbell Shidler (written in 1890) As today, Feb. 22, 1890, is my fifty-sixth birthday, I thought I would like to have a talk with the boys and girls of Maple Grove (Church) and vicinity; to tell them of the old pioneers...
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Heifer Project International #2

Here are several letters of thanks sent from the recipients of the heifers donated by Maple Grove...
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Our Sanctuary Clock

Once, a student of mine, during a discussion about the problems many their sixth grade age face, listened and then raised his hand. His maturity was far beyond...
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Called to Serve

Called to Serve – Serving as God’s Hands and Feet – Doing His Work -Their pay is the reward of doing for others...
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Heifer Project

Our preacher, Fred Bernhard, told us that some weeks earlier he had awakened in the night with an idea. He woke his wife and shared his idea with her, gained her approval
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The Dunkers and the UNRRA

It was 1945 and, according to Time magazine, the Baltimore stockyards were full of livestock, and an empty ship waited in the harbor, but there was no one to herd the animals on to the ship and overseas to the hungry...
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Steps and Stepladders

May 2003/4, it was time to prepare ourselves for BIG CHANGE at Maple Grove Church. We had reached a goal we had met for money for the new building. We had decided to raze the old building and replace It with a new educational, office, kitchen,...
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Interesting Facts about the Re-Building Project

DID YOU KNOW?1.-that before the “old” building was razed, church people worked to remove cement blocks, sandstones, wiring, plumbing, heating ducts, windows, doors, etc. for...
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GOD in Capital Letters

Many years ago, I was in a meeting in which some decisions were being made about a document for a church group. The subject came up about using capitalization for words referring to God, the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the I Am ...
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Following the Leading of the Lord

Our parents taught us that learning to listen to the Lord's leading was very important to knowing what He wanted of us. Our father helped more than one family or person when he followed the Lord's nudges. Once he was driving down a road...
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Mentoring and My Faith Walk

When I think back over my 73 nearly 74 years I can say that over the years, God directed me to numerous mentors for my life. I say it that way because any person who touches our lives in some way, can be that person called a mentor, if we evaluate...
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Hungry House Café and A Flat Tire

After much work and preparation, Andrea, Dave and Marilyn were ready to make a trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma (OK), soon to be Andrea’s new home town. Mike was already there and already teaching at the University. She had stayed in West...
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Maple Grove Goes to the Ashland County Fair

The Ashland County Fair is usually the third week of September. Maple Grove has been actively involved in the Fair for many years. We have many church people who participate each year in the showing of animals for 4-H and displays for FFA. Some people...
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On Time - Coming Late

More than one tour leader and/or bus driver has made an announcement similar to this: “If you come early, you are on time; If you come on time, you are late...
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Baccalaureate

A definition of baccalaureate is “a sermon to a graduation class or a service before graduation at which a sermon is delivered”. Today some schools call it a “Day of Remembrance” instead, to avoid any religious connotations and...
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Sunday School at Maple Grove

Maple Grove had one of the first organized Sunday School programs in Northern Ohio. The date is not officially preserved (since written records did not start until 1876), but in an account written in 1874 for the Young Disciple, the church public...
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Lessons From A Bookmark

The information on this old bookmark was found in an old Bible found in the library books at Maple Grove Church of the Brethren in 2016...
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Be Like Jesus

I am so glad God does not keep track of when and where and how often I think ...
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Maple Grove Helps with Lord's Acres Projects

The Church of the Brethren with the help of Church World Service (CWS) and CROP (Christian Rural Overseas Program) developed a program in which crops were grown and harvested, and then train cars ...
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A Plan for a Peaceful, Loving Invasion of Church Worship as planned by Rev. Sheets

In the 1960's there was a group of Oberlin College students who would come to (frequently) rural churches on Sunday mornings with plans to create a disruption to the morning services to "test" the churches. What their purpose was is...
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Special Needs at Maple Grove

I was very young when I learned that God does not make us all alike, but he loves us as we are. As a Japanese teacher friend once noticed, people in the US are like a “flower garden” with many shapes of faces, eyes, noses, bodies, many...
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Paying It Forward

One recent discovery occurred when, as historian, I submitted copies of two old letters to Maple Grove Church found by Annamae Rush Swaisgood in her parents "stuff." (Cloyd and Alice Rush). I sent copies to...
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Marinated in God's Love

“But God’s love can happen ANYWHERE. Once it happened to me at the Department of Motor Vehicles office when I was selecting a personalized license plate for my husband Bill. As I looked through the giant book of...
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He Took The Towel

Consider this invitation from an old book in the Maple Grove Church of the Brethren historic library, In His Presence, as you think about our upcoming Love Feast and Communion Service on Thursday, April 13. All believers...
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Coincidence? Or God?

This story predates the time of credit cards, gas cards, cell phones, or gadgets like that. My twin brother, Merlyn, decided to delay his final year at Manchester College in ....
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A Student Named Richard

He was a very intelligent sixth grade student; sometimes a little eager boy-learner who got so excited about learning that...
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Agape Acres:Part 1

This is the story of two people, a church and their pastor, an idea and a wonderfully generous man. How they all got together and what they did is our story. In the scriptures, we read that the effectual fervent prayers...
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Agape Acres:Part 2

As Dedication and Open House approaches we look back on a busy eighteen months of preparation. The schedule was...
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Agape Acres:Part 3

A Word About the Donor: Mr. Leon A Beeghly is a leading churchman, philanthropist, and industrialist. He was born in Bloomville...
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Samuel Weir Part 1

If Elder George Wolfe was most of his life masterful in the best sense, Elder Samuel Weir began his life as a slave in the worst sense.  Both were courageous, but circumstances called for a different kind of courage from Elder Weir.  Where Elder Wolfe always had the freedom...
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Baptism

Excerpt taken from Learning the Brethren Way with Jim and Jane by Dessie R. Miller, Illustrated by Harry Durkee, Elgin, Illinois: Brethren Publishing House, 1951.
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When We Forgive

Jim was swinging along the road toward home in the twilight. He and David had had a wonderful hike to the top of Little Mountain, but it was getting late and Jim was somewhat afraid as he noticed the shadows...
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When We Share

The next Saturday Jim and Jane went with Grandfather to the town. Jane felt very important and grown up because she was going to buy the groceries for Grandmother. Grandfather had several crates...
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Samuel Weir Part 2

    Of his work and life as a minister, he said little, but that little expressed much in the life of a minister, and especially so with one placed as he was; for his public life was at that time, and in his situation, well calculated to bring out all the variety found in the brief period of one man’s life.  He said: “I then preached just wherever...
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You, Too, Can Be Set Free!

Samuel Weir, born a Virginia slave in 1812, was the first African-American minister and ordained Elder in the German Baptist (Dunkard) Brethren (later Church of the Brethren) church. He was sold at age twelve (1824) for two hundred eighty dollars to...
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