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When We Pray for Others

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  February 19, 2018

Jim was very excited. He and David had planned a week-end camping trip up on the mountain. They had been planning it for several weeks and now it was almost time to leave. Jim kept hovering...

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Keywords: learning

When We Choose the Best Way

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  February 5, 2018

One of the happiest times of the day for Jim and Jane was the evening, when all the chores were done and they could sit in the twilight on the porch with Grandfather and Grandmother.  They loved to watch...

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Keywords: learning

When We Keep Our Word

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  January 22, 2018

One hot morning in July, Jim and Jane were picking blackberries for Grandmother along the meadow fence. Huge white clouds were raising their heads in the west. There was a distant roll of thunder. The air was very still; not a leaf...

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Keywords: learning

When We Do Hard Things

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  January 8, 2018

One beautiful warm afternoon in June, Grandmother and Jane were shelling peas on the back porch.  “All these peas should make a lot...

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Keywords: history, learning

When We Share

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  December 25, 2017

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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Keywords: learning, share

When We Forgive

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  December 11, 2017

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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Keywords: forgiveness, learning

Baptism

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  November 27, 2017

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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Keywords: baptism, learning

You, Too, Can Be Set Free!

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  November 13, 2017

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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Keywords: history

Samuel Weir Part 2

By Marilyn Kettering Badger   |  October 30, 2017

    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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Keywords: history

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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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...

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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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Keywords: history

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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Keywords: history

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...

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Keywords: proverbs

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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Keywords: history

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...

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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...

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Keywords: john

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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Keywords: history

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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Keywords: history

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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Keywords: history

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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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...

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Keywords: history

Baccalaureate

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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Keywords: history

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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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...

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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...

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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...

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