Blog posts tagged with "history"

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Samuel Weir Part 1

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  October 16, 2017

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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Agape Acres:Part 3

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  September 11, 2017

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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Agape Acres:Part 2

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  August 28, 2017

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 1

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  August 14, 2017

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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Coincidence? Or God?

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  May 30, 2017

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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Paying It Forward

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  March 27, 2017

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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Special Needs at Maple Grove

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  March 13, 2017

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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A Plan for a Peaceful, Loving Invasion of Church Worship as planned by Rev. Sheets

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  February 20, 2017

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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Lessons From A Bookmark

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  January 2, 2017

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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Sunday School at Maple Grove

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  November 28, 2016

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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By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  October 31, 2016

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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On Time - Coming Late

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  October 17, 2016

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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Maple Grove Goes to the Ashland County Fair

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  October 10, 2016

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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Interesting Facts about the Re-Building Project

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  August 1, 2016

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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Steps and Stepladders

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  July 18, 2016

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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The Dunkers and the UNRRA

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  July 4, 2016

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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Heifer Project

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  June 20, 2016

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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Called to Serve

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  June 6, 2016

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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Our Sanctuary Clock

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  May 23, 2016

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...

Keywords: ecclesiastes, history  |   2 comments

Heifer Project International #2

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  May 9, 2016

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

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Heifer Project International #1

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  April 18, 2016

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 Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  April 4, 2016

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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Serving the Church in Other Ways

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  March 21, 2016

Maple Grove people who have served in special ways and in special places as servants of our Lord...

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By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  March 7, 2016

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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Reading and Transcribing Maple Grove History

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  February 22, 2016

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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God Is In Control..

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  February 8, 2016

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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Church of the Brethren Theme

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  January 25, 2016

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

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What's with that painting?

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  January 11, 2016

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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The Ministers' Table Becomes a Pulpit

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  December 28, 2015

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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A Brush With Greatness and Fame

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  December 14, 2015

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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