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Name: Mennonite Association of Retired Persons
Variant Name: MARP, Inter-Mennonite Council on Aging


Historical Note:

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.






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