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October 6, 2015


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Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

Hilty Home bazaar Nov. 14-15

Hilty Home, 304 Hilty Drive, Pandora, will hold its annual Bazaar Friday, November 14, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. It will feature baked goods, crafts, raffle items, soups and sandwiches.

Photos of long-time Bluffton photographer Leland Gerber on exhibit at MMH

A collection of family and individual portraits from the 1950s to 1970s taken by long-time Bluffton photographer, Leland Gerber, is on display in the third floor gallery at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. 

Gerber owned a photo studio on South Main Street, Bluffton, during the 1950s-70s era. Most class photos of Bluffton elementary students from this era were taken by Gerber.

Boedicker to perform at Nov. 4 Prime Timers

Jim Boedicker will perform at Prime Timers November 4 at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora. The event begins at noon and includes dinner. Boedicker's performance will include humorous songs, standards, some serious songs, and trick guitar moves. 

The dinner menu includes turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, mixed green salad with maple dressing, cranberry nut bread, pumpkin pie, and coffee. Donations are accepted.

Maple Crest appreciation program recognizes 20 area pastors

Twenty area pastors and 58  parishioners, who reside at Maple Crest, gathered for a banquet on Oct. 16.


“This annual banquet is provided to honor the ministries of area pastors who visit and minister to their parishioners not only in the church, but in whatever places their parishioners call home,” according to Doug Luginbill, Director of Church Relations. 

Maple Crest welcomes Halloweeners Oct. 30

Maple Crest will accept Halloweeners during Bluffton's trick-or-treat night. The event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30.

Elders will greet Halloweeners in the Maple Crest Family Room and lobby.

October worship schedule set at MMH

October worship service schedules are in place at Mennonite Memorial Home. They follow:

Sundays - 9:30 a.m. chapel
Oct. 5 - Bill Herr
Oct. 12 - Rev. Charles Warren
Oct. 19 - Bill Herr
Oct. 26 - Elizabeth McDowell

Tuesdays - 6:30 p.m. chapel
Oct. 7 - Rev. Thomas Dearth, County Line Church of the Brethren
Oct. 14 - Rev. Dick Potter, Ebenezer Mennonite, communion
Oct. 21 - Steve Yoder, First Mennonite
Oct. 28 - Rev. Dave Lanquist, Riley Creek Baptist

PGHS choir performs for PrimeTimers on Oct. 7

PrimeTimers Fellowship will meet at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 7, at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora.

PrimeTimers is a ministry of St. John Mennonite Church and Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. 

The Pandora-Gilboa High School Choir will present a musical program at the event. A free luncheon includes cubed steak, mashed potatoes, buttered corn, rolls, caramel fudge brownies and coffee. The meal is provided for persons attending. Donations are accepted.

Maple Crest elders entertained by bagpipe music

Bluffton's Maple Crest senior living community kicked off National Assisted Living Week week with a performance of bagpipes played by Stephan R. Johnson of Ada. The week was Sept. 7-13 and the week's theme was "the magic of music!"

Johnson was formally dressed in his Irish kilt (the Irish wear solid colored kilts) with every detail in place from the knife in his sock to the shoes with no tongue (so muddy water can drain out).

Maple Crest "nursery" gives birth and the baby's probably on the way to Mexico

“Our baby has arrived,” Joanne Niswander announced with pride and joy!

Icon viewers shouldn’t be confused at all, because every year Maple Crest elder, Joanne Niswander, sets up a Monarch butterfly “nursery” complete with milk weed from her own garden for the little caterpillars to feed upon.


Ice cream on the lawn - a Mennonite Home summer tradition

A beautiful summer evening set the tone for over 100 crowd members at Mennonite Memorial Home’s annual “Concert on the Lawn” on Aug. 17. 

This year’s concert featured Bob Ford, a musician and storyteller from Cedarville. Residents, family members and community members gathered to enjoy the folk sounds brought by Ford. 

Kids, both young and old, enjoyed the sounds and soon learned that you can’t simply listen to Bob play – the melodies are so contagious you can’t help but tap your toes.