Conrad Grebel is about generations

Tidbit:  Conrad Grebel is about generations. Someone once asked me if I could name all 8 of my great-grandparents. I’m afraid to say that I couldn’t do it! Try it…if you can name all 8 of your great-grandparents (without having to look) email me. I want to hear from you. In all of my career I’ve only met one person who could do it. Think about that:  great-grandparents are only 3 generations away! Do you own something that belonged to a great-grandparent? If so, what is it? Why is it meaningful to you? At Conrad Grebel we take what we make seriously for this reason: Many great memories are made around the family dining table.  Something as simple as a table and chairs can become priceless years down the road. After a while that dining room set isn’t about the wood and the color anymore, it’s about the memories that were made around it. The nicks, scratches and dents become family stories of years gone by. Owning a Conrad Grebel piece of furniture will be something your great-grandchildren can remember you by. Be sure to sign your name to the back of the piece…personalize it for your family. Make it your very own that will be cherished for generations. Don’t be the great-grandparent who isn’t remembered when your great-grandchildren are asked to name you :-).


Quote:  "To create more positive results in your life, replace 'if only' with 'next time'." – Unknown


Just for Laughs:  My dental hygienist is cute. Every time I visit, I eat a whole package of Oreo cookies while waiting in the lobby. Sometimes she has to cancel the rest of the afternoon's appointments.” – Steven Wright


Fun Amish Fact:  I’m often asked what the difference is between the Amish and Mennonites.  While there are lifestyle differences we come from the same Anabaptist background that began in the early 1500’s.  Even within the Amish and Mennonite traditions there are differences between congregations.  USA Today reported a good example as it relates to the Amish specifically: 


The Amish are not a single unit.  There are four main groups — the Old Order, the New Order, the Beachy Amish and Amish Mennonites — with many subgroups and different rules within these categories.  For instance, the Beachy Amish and Amish Mennonites often drive cars and use electricity while the others use horse-drawn buggies.  – USA Today - August 16, 2014


Here in northern Indiana we have mostly Old Order Amish and Amish Mennonites, also known as “horse & buggy Mennonites.”  Take a look at the photos below…You can see within our woodshops the difference in the way they are dressed.  The Old Order Amish wear their traditional clothing, have beards, etc.  They will generate power for their woodshops via diesel generator and will use gas in their homes for lights, refrigeration, etc.  The Amish Mennonites wear blue jeans, more colorful shirts, etc.  They will use electricity from the power lines to power their woodshops and homes. 


The Old Order Amish on the left while Larion on the right is more modern Mennonite. They are working on designing new market items.


Cleason is “horse & buggy Mennonite.”  He’s putting together a Verona chest of drawers.