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February 13, 2016

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Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

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. 

Willow Ridge earns five-star rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The summer issue of "The Visioneer," is now available to Icon viewers. It is a publication of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. To view the issue open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Following are some of the issue highlights:

In April the Ohio Department of Health conducted its first survey since Willow Ridge opened.

The purpose of these annual surveys is to ensure that the quality of care and the quality of life of the elders is provided for in a “homelike” environment.

Reservations taken for Aug. 17 Maple Crest Sunday buffet

The next Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is August 17, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.

The menu includes:

• Pork tenderloin in dijon sauce
• Wild rice
• Steamed asparagus
• Dinner rolls
• Key lime 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.

Please call 419-358-1015, (choose option 2) to RSVP. Limited seating is available.


MMH Aug. 17 concert on the lawn features Bob Ford

 Who doesn’t like a free concert and ice cream? 

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. 17.

The evening includes a free concert featuring the music of Bob Ford, a musician from Cedarville. He will share his musical talent and storytelling. Persons attending are invited to bring a lawn chair.

Free ice cream sundaes will be provided during the evening. For more information call 419-358-1015.

August worship service schedule set at Mennonite Home

The August worship service schedule at Mennonite Memorial Home is announced and follows:

Sunday services, 9:30 a.m.

Aug. 3 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Aug. 10 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Aug. 17 - Wally and Wanda Geiger
Aug. 24 - Elizabeth Kelly
Aug. 31 - Chaplain Bill Herr

Tuesday evening services, 6:30 p.m.

MMH Service Group seeks silent auction items

Handcrafted items are needed for the Mennonite Memorial Home's Service Group silent auction planned Saturday, Sept. 27.

The silent auction is part of this year's Bluffton Fall Festival. Persons interested in donating items to the auction should contact Mary Ann Ring at 419-358-1015. Items should be delivered by Sept. 19. 

All auction items will be on display from Sept. 22 to 27 with bids being collected at that time. The auction ends on Sept. 27.