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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...

Keywords: history, matthew  |   6 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...

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...

Keywords: ecclesiastes, history  |   2 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...

Keywords: 1 peter  |   5 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...

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

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...

Keywords: history, matthew  |   2 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...

Keywords: 1 corinthians, galatians  |   10 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...

Keywords: history  |   1 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...

Keywords: 1 samuel  |   0 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...

Keywords: history  |   1 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...

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...

Keywords: history  |   2 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...

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...

Keywords: history  |   2 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...

Keywords: john, luke  |   2 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...

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...

Keywords: psalms  |   0 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.” ...

Keywords: history  |   1 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...

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 ...

Keywords: history  |   1 comments

The Importance of Positive Influences

By Mallory Slocum   |  January 4, 2016

I love history. It is one of my many interests. One of my favorite areas to study is the British monarchy, especially monarchs of the late 19th century. The reason why I...

Keywords: esther, james  |   0 comments

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...

Keywords: history  |   2 comments

Finding Light in the Darkness

By Mallory Slocum   |  December 21, 2015

On Halloween, my professor and his wife (Chad and Jen) experienced something that most parents can’t even fathom. They lost their daughter, Evelyn. She passed away...

Keywords: job  |   0 comments

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...

Keywords: history, proverbs, romans  |   1 comments

Villains Can Become Heroes

By Mallory Slocum   |  December 7, 2015

One of my favorite television shows is Once Upon A Time. If you have not watched this series, this show brings our beloved fairy tale characters to reality as they...

Keywords: acts  |   0 comments

Maple Grove History-Names and Age

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  November 30, 2015

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...

Keywords: history, matthew  |   1 comments

God As Our Guide

By Mallory Slocum   |  November 23, 2015

Do you ever have one of those days where you are wondering, what am I supposed to be doing with my life? I would be the first to admit that I have asked myself this ...

Keywords: ruth  |   0 comments

For Such A Time As This

By John Ballinger   |  November 16, 2015

Life poses to us some tough questions Why are we here or the more personal Why am I here? It sometimes is very clear to us and other times takes a lifetime to discover...

Keywords: esther  |   3 comments


By John Ballinger   |  November 9, 2015

A few months ago I read an article on the vagabond life. It explained how people are freeing their lives of excess “stuff” and enjoying a life of traveling...

Keywords: matthew  |   1 comments