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July 24, 2014


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Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

MHCO winner of "Excellence in Service (Best Practices)" award from LeadingAge Ohio

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), Bluffton, was selected as the winner of the “Excellence in Service (Best Practices)” award, presented at a luncheon on Sept. 12, during the LeadingAge Ohio annual conference in Columbus, according to Laura Voth, chief executive officer of MHCO.

Each year, LeadingAge Ohio invites nominations for various awards, which are formally presented at the annual fall conference. 

Next Maple Crest Sunday buffet Sept. 15

The next Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is Sept. 15, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.
The menu includes:
• Beef and noodles
• Baked salmon with dill sauce
• Mashed potatoes
• Glazed carrots
• Dinner rolls
• Apple pie
• coffee and iced tea.
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 $7.50 per person.

Service Group of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio holds fall bulb sale

The Service Group of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) is selling fall flower bulbs as a fundraiser to support projects and programs that benefit the elders living at MHCO. 

Here's the Maple Crest September calendar

The Maple Crest activity calendar is now posted on The Icon. To view a printer-friendly calendar open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

MMH and Maple Crest events set for Sept. 28 fall festival

As part of Bluffton's Saturday, Sept. 28, fall festival, Mennonite Memorial Home and Maple Crest will hold several events.

At Mennonite Memorial Home
• Silent acution, bake sale, luncheon, kettle corn, horse and wage ride, straw dig and kiddie train ride

At Maple Crest
• Apple crisp and cinnamon ice cream, antique tractor show and kiddie tractor pull, fishing derby

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch the Icon for more details coming.

September worship services set at MMH

September worship services are set at Mennonite Memorial Home. The schedule follows:

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Sept. 1 - Mike Downey
Sept. 8 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Sept. 15 - Elizabeth Kelly
Sept. 22 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Sept. 29 - Gary Reese

Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 3 - Rev. Steve Ramsey, Good Hope Lutheran
Sep. 10 - Rev. Jerry Lewis, Pleasant View United Methodist
Sept. 17 - Rev. Louise Wideman, First Mennonite
Sept. 24 - Rev. Carol Clements, St. John's United Church of Christ

Maple Crest residents tour Challenged Champions Equestrian Center

From left to right – Rose Hostetler, Jeanine and Floyd Hartman

Many Maple Crest elders lived on farms in their childhoods or in their adult years, so it was a real treat for some of them to tour the Challenged Champions Equestrian Center in Ottawa recently.  

MHCO residents make pretty tasty homemade ice cream

Earlier this month residents of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio made homemade ice cream. They sent the Icon the recipe. They even provided some photos. Here goes:

Al Best Band performs at MMH concert on the lawn Aug. 18

Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, invites the public to its annual community “Concert on the Lawn,” at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18.

Free musical entertainment is by the Al Best Band of Columbus Grove. They will perform music for persons of all ages.

Persons attending are invited to bring a lawn chair. Free ice cream sundaes will be available throughout the evening.


August MMH worship service preachers announced

August worship services at Mennonite Memorial Home are scheduled.

Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel.
Aug. 4 - Mike Downey
Aug. 11 - Dave Thompson
Aug. 18 - Bill Herr
Aug. 25 - Bill Herr

Tuesday services are at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel.
Aug. 6 - Steve Yoder, First Mennonite
Aug. 13 - Rev. Kevin Mohr, English Lutheran
Aug. 20 - Gary Rummel, Harrod Christian
Aug. 27 - Sister Carol Inkrott, St. Mary's