Apr 29, 2012

110th anniversary celebration for BRC


BY RYAN BERRY
GREENVILLE – The Brethren Retirement Community (BRC) celebrated its 110th anniversary on April 20. The program featured music from the Greenville High School’s orchestra program and Nancy Jackson, flautist and resident, presentations from local, state and federal government representatives, and addresses from John Warner, president/CEO of BRC, Todd Reish, director of pastoral care, Dave Shetler, district executive for the Southern Ohio District Church of the Brethren, and Fred Bernhard, board chair for BRC. The event also featured the collection of items for a Time Capsule that will be opened at the 150th anniversary of BRC.
In his opening remarks, Warner said, “Today we honor the past, celebrate the present and look expectantly to the future.” Over the course of the program he presented short excerpts from the book Journey of Faith Eighty-Five Years and Beyond: A History of The Brethren’s Home, Greenville, Ohio 1902-1987, which detailed the early years of BRC. Warner also recognized former BRC presidents and CEOs, Wilbur Mullen and Bob Cain. He thanked them for their leadership, which has given the organization the opportunity to continue on in the ministry that was established in 1902.
Reish pointed out the vision for BRC was established long before Church of the Brethren decided to open an “Orphan’s Home” and “Old Folks’ Home.” He recited Matthew 25:34-36, Then will the King say to those on his right, Come, you who have the blessing of my Father, into the kingdom made ready for you before the world was: (35) For I was in need of food, and you gave it to me: I was in need of drink, and you gave it to me: I was wandering, and you took me in; (36) I had no clothing, and you gave it to me: when I was ill, or in prison, you came to me. He noted since the organizations opened its doors, its main purpose was to help those in need.
Shetler marveled at how far the vision of a group of men in the early 20th century has come. He noted that after 110 years, the organization continues to serve the Church of the Brethren and the Darke County community.
Bernhard called BRC a place of wonderful caring. “We’ve come a long way,” he said. From caring for kids and “old folks” to continuing its care for the sick and offering a Christian Retirement Community for people over 55 years of age, Bernhard believes the organization has tried to listen and follow the voice of God faithfully. He also noted that although there are many facilities and organizations affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, BRC is the only retirement community still owned by the churches of this district.
Janet Julian, vice-president of BRC, read and collected a list of items for the Time Capsule. Some of the items included in the capsule were a list of current residents and employees, Eden Alternatives Brochure, menu and catering pamphlet, activity calendar, daily report, Fanfare, Chestnut Village Newsletter, Mill Ridge Newsletter, celebration program, 2012 Gala Invitation, and much more.
In attendance to offer proclamations and commendations were Senator Bill Beagle, Representative Jim Buchy, Mayor Mike Bowers and Frank Debrosse (representative for Speaker of the House John Boehner).
Bowers called BRC a “great piece of quality of life that is Greenville, Ohio.”
Buchy said, “I’ve lived most of my life knowing the impact BRC has had on this community. Under the leadership of John Warner that legacy continues.”
Representative Jim Buchy spoke about the impact the Brethren Retirement Community has had on the Darke County Community and presented a commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives. (Berry photo)

Items for a Time Capsule were collected during the celebration. The capsule will be opened at the 150th anniversary of BRC. (Berry photo)

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