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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


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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Keywords: history  |   28 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...

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Keywords: history  |   38 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...

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Keywords: 1 peter  |   25 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...

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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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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  |   9 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  |   9 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  |   15 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  |   11 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  |   14 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  |   6 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  |   21 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  |   105 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  |   21 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  |   47 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  |   17 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  |   45 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  |   28 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  |   4 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  |   7 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  |   47 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  |   29 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  |   34 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  |   66 comments
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