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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...

Keywords: history

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...

Keywords: history  |   2 comments

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...

Keywords: history  |   2 comments

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...

Keywords: history  |   3 comments

A Student Named Richard

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  July 10, 2017

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

Keywords: proverbs  |   5 comments

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 ....

Keywords: history  |   8 comments

Marinated in God's Love

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  April 17, 2017

“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...

He Took The Towel

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  April 3, 2017

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...

Keywords: john  |   10 comments

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...

Keywords: history  |   7 comments

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...

Keywords: history  |   9 comments

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...

Keywords: history  |   8 comments

Maple Grove Helps with Lord's Acres Projects

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  January 30, 2017

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 ...

Be Like Jesus

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  January 16, 2017

I am so glad God does not keep track of when and where and how often I think ...

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...

Keywords: history

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...

Keywords: history  |   15 comments


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...

Keywords: history  |   2 comments

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...

Keywords: history  |   3 comments

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...

Keywords: history  |   2 comments

Hungry House Café and A Flat Tire

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  September 26, 2016

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...

Keywords: 1 peter  |   3 comments

Mentoring and My Faith Walk

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  September 12, 2016

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...

Following the Leading of the Lord

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  August 29, 2016

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...

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 ...

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...

Keywords: proverbs  |   1 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...

Keywords: history  |   2 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 ...

Keywords: luke  |   1 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,...

Keywords: history  |   3 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....

Keywords: 2 timothy, proverbs  |   2 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...

Keywords: history  |   1 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

Keywords: history  |   7 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...

Keywords: 2 timothy, romans  |   2 comments