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November worship leaders announced at MMH

The November worship schedule at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, is now available.

Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in the MMH chapel.

Sunday, Nov. 4, Bill Herr
Sunday, Nov. 11 - George Pirtie
Sunday, Nov. 18 - Gary Reese
Sunday, Nov. 25 - Bill Herr

Tuesday services are at 6:30 p.m. in the MMH chapel.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 - Steve Yoder, First Mennonite
Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Brandon Mayden, Bethel Church of Christ
Tuesday, Nov. 20 - John McMinn, Bluffton Baptist
Tuesday, Nov. 27 - Gary Rummel, Harrod Christian

Next Maple Crest Sunday buffet Oct. 28


The next Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is Oct. 28, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.

The menu includes:
• Vegetable quiche

• Western quiche

• Belgian waffle

• Fresh mixed fruit
• Assorted muffins

• Orange juice

• coffee. 

The buffet is in the Patio Room at Maple Crest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open to all adults 55 and older at a cost of $5 per person. Due to the overwhelming response, reservations are required for those planning to attend. Limited seating is available.

Hilty Home of Pandora becomes an affiliate of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Bluffton


Hilty Home, a retirement community and child care center in Pandora, officially became an affiliate member of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) in Bluffton today, Oct. 15. 

Previously owned by the Missionary Church East Central District, Hilty Home has provided excellent nursing care services to older adults since 1979.

Maple Crest residents take trek to India

On Oct. 12, 22 Maple Crest residents from Bluffton made a “trek to India” through a colorful slide and video presentation by Julie Stratton of Bluffton.
As the Advancement Director in the Great Lakes Region for Global Disciples, Stratton recently spent three weeks in India participating in the three-point mission strategy of the organization:  training locals in evangelism, leadership, and small business skills in order to share the Christian message among least-reached people groups.

Maple Crest pie-baking contest and spaghetti supper Nov. 9

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Bluffton, will hold a pie-baking contest on Friday, Nov. 9. The contest takes place at Maple Crest, 700 Maple Crest Court, just off Augsburger Road.

Pies to be judged must be delivered to Maple Crest by 2 p.m. on Nov. 9. Judging takes place at 3:30 p.m. in the Patio Room. All who enter must bring two pies of the same recipe. One pie is for judging, the second pie is for a silent auction.

MHCO opens Willow Ridge with day-long program

If home is where the hearth is, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) warmed the hearth on Oct. 14. MHCO dedicated its Green House Homes located at Willow Ridge, directly across the road from Maple Crest Senior Living Communities.

The day-long celebration includes a visit from Dr. Bill Thomas of Ithaca, New York, founder of the Green House Project. Willow Ridge is the first Green House Homes in Ohio.

Attached are videos of the day (more videos to come), photos and literature explaining the project.

Dr. Bill Thomas presents folk music concert, storytelling event Oct. 14

Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of The Green House Project, will present a folk concert, story-telling and book-signing program at Maple Crest Senior Living Village, 700 Maple Crest Court, Bluffton, at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14.

The program is part of the Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) daylong dedication of its Willow Ridge campus, the first two Green House homes in Ohio. The Willow Ridge dedication is at 1 p.m.

Willow Ridge Green House homes dedication Sunday

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio invites Icon viewers to its dedication and open house of Willow Ridge Green House homes on Sunday, Octy. 14.

1-2 p.m. - Dedication and celebration (at Maple Crest)
2-3 p.m. - Tour of Green House homes
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Book signing, story telling and folk concert by Dr. Bill Thomas 


Mennonite Memorial Home - a great setting for part of Bluffton's Fall Festival

The Mennonite Memorial Home (MMH) campus was a hub of activity on Sept. 29 as part of the Bluffton Fall Festival. 

From 10 am to noon, visitors could peruse the Silent Auction items, eat lunch and pick up delicious home-baked goods from the Service Group’s bake sale. 

Outside, the fun continued with craft tables with items for sale made by residents of the MMH campus and face painting, kiddie train rides and a hay dig for kids. 

Some fishing stories from Maple Crest - and some excellent tractor drivers

Fall Festival day at Maple Crest (Sept. 29,) was full of several events.

By 10 a.m. a colorful array of 31 tractors, 8 engines and one corn shredding machine was lined up ready to be examined.


Maple Crest residents got a big kick out of riding up and down the rows of machines in a sulky pulled by TR Steiner’s tractor. For all who participated, the experience was a reminder of our agricultural heritage, and for many, it was an opportunity to relive farming moments in their personal histories.