Mennonite Association of Retired Persons Records, 1981-2010
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Brief Description:

These records are divided into four series:

(1) Director's Correspondence and Subject Files

(2) Board of Directors Records

(3) Publications

(4) Program Files

Held at:
Mennonite Church USA Archives
3145 Benham Ave, Ste. 1
Elkhart, IN 46517
Phone: 574-523-3080
Email: JasonK [at]
Record Series Number: X/059
Created by: Mennonite Association of Retired Persons
Volume: 3.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 07/02/1999. Jay Roth, Acc. 2011-53, 01/05/2011
Arrangement: By series.
Biographical Note for Mennonite Association of Retired Persons :

The Mennonite Association of Retired Persons (MARP) was founded in 1981 as the Inter-Mennonite Council on Aging.  The organization was launched as a cooperative effort of the General Conference Mennonite Church, Brethren in Christ, Mennonite Brethren, and the Mennonite Church to facilitate fellowship, mutual support, and volunteerism among older adults.

In 1989, the organization was restructured and given the name Mennonite Association of Retired Persons.  From 1989 to 2010, MARP assisted in administering the SOOP program (Service Opportunities for  Older Persons), organized and sponsored the Mennonite Senior Sports Classic (1998-2008), held retreats and provided educational opportunities for older Mennonites.  Directors of MARP included Martha and Elden Graber (1981-1985), Barbara Reber (1985-1999), Helen Lapp (1999-2007) and Jay Roth (2007-2010).

Because of steady declines in membership and the effects of the economic crisis of 2008, the MARP board of directors decide to dissolve MARP as a church agency effective June 30, 2010.  Laurelville Mennonite Church Center assumed responsibility for the Aging with Spirit retreats, while Mennonite Mission Network took over administration of the SOOP program.

Access Restrictions: These materials are open to public research.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.
Acquisition Notes: Barbara Reber, Pre-Acc. 99-08
PreferredCitation: Mennonite Association of Retired Persons Records, 1981-2010.  X-59.  Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.