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GOD in Capital Letters

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  August 15, 2016

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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Casting Judgement on Someone Else

By Mallory Slocum   |  August 8, 2016

I have previously written several blogs about jury duty. However, this one will be different because I, once again, was called for jury duty. This time, I actually sat on the jury and I was elected the foreman (or forewoman to be...

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Keywords: proverbs  |   5 comments

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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Keywords: history  |   7 comments

The Young Jesus: No Ordinary Child

By Mallory Slocum   |  July 25, 2016

As I am preparing my lessons for my class this fall, I have been reading through the assigned texts for the course I will be teaching. As an adjunct professor for this introductory class I am required to teach certain areas of interest that have ...

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Keywords: luke  |   2 comments

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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Keywords: history  |   6 comments

Knowing Where You Belong

By Mallory Slocum   |  July 11, 2016

The last month has brought some life changing events to my life. I have completed and received my master’s degree and that is a big deal. Then, a few weeks after graduation, I was offered a teaching position at Walsh University....

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Keywords: 2 timothy, proverbs  |   3 comments

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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Keywords: history  |   3 comments

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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Keywords: history  |   9 comments

Ending One Chapter Leads to Beginning Another

By Mallory Slocum   |  June 13, 2016

May 1st will be an important day for me (although by the time you read this it will be long past it) because it is my graduation day. On the first of May, I will...

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Keywords: 2 timothy, romans  |   3 comments

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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Keywords: history, matthew  |   8 comments

Owning Up to Our Mistakes

By Mallory Slocum   |  May 30, 2016

Unlike my first experience with jury duty, I felt less irritation towards my second one for two reasons. First, it was for the Ashland Municipal Court so my drive time...

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Keywords: luke  |   8 comments

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...

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Keywords: ecclesiastes, history  |   4 comments

Civic Duty ≠ Inconvenience

By Mallory Slocum   |  May 16, 2016

Recently, I had another experience with jury duty (I will save my first experience for another blog). It is that civic duty that all of us may or may not have experience...

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Keywords: 1 peter  |   10 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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Keywords: history  |   5 comments

The Fruitfulness of the Spirit

By Mallory Slocum   |  May 2, 2016

I feel it is necessary to continue the discussion on achieving good works. It is necessary to discuss what will help those works to become more fruitful. Imagine you have

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Keywords: galatians  |   1 comments

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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Keywords: history, matthew  |   3 comments

Achieving the Good Life

By Mallory Slocum   |  April 11, 2016

Lately, I have been thinking about morality and the influence it has on human behavior. I remember studying Plato's allegory of the cave as an undergraduate. This allegory makes reference...

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Keywords: 1 corinthians, galatians  |   15 comments

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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Keywords: history  |   3 comments

Patience Truly is a Virtue

By Mallory Slocum   |  March 28, 2016

Over the past few months I have been diligently working on my master's thesis. Every spare moment that I had was designated to this very long paper. If I was not...

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Keywords: 1 samuel  |   1 comments

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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Keywords: history  |   3 comments

Everything Comes at a Price

By Mallory Slocum   |  March 14, 2016

Continuing with my Once Upon a Time quotes theme, here is another one that really strikes a chord and it is one of the most popular quotes...

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Keywords: john  |   12 comments


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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Keywords: history  |   3 comments

Love Is Strength

By Mallory Slocum   |  February 29, 2016

If you have read one of my earlier blog entries you will know that Once Upon a Time. Emma counters her claim with the most accurate response. She tells Cora that love...

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Keywords: philippians  |   24 comments

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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Keywords: history  |   3 comments

God is the Greatest Teacher

By Mallory Slocum   |  February 15, 2016

Imagine you are back in school (if you're not currently in school) and you are taking a very important test. You have a grasp on the studied material yet you still...

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Keywords: john, luke  |   5 comments

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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Keywords: history  |   5 comments

Overcoming Fear Can Lead to Greatness

By Mallory Slocum   |  February 1, 2016

King George VI is, in my own opinion, the most intriguing monarch of the 20th century. He was the second son of King George V. His first given name was Albert, after his paternal great-grandfather, as a tribute to him...

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Keywords: psalms  |   1 comments

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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Keywords: history  |   2 comments

Choices and Consequences

By Mallory Slocum   |  January 18, 2016

King Edward VIII is one of the more notable monarchs of the 21st century. He had the shortest reign of any of the British monarchs since 1707 and he was the only one to abdicate in that timespan. His reign lasted less than...

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Keywords: 2 samuel, proverbs  |   0 comments

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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Keywords: history  |   3 comments