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Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
My name is Creed (a domestic short hair kitten) and I came to the shelter as a stray. I am 4 months old and neutered. I am a sweet boy and I love playing with the other kittens in the kitten room! Stop out and see me today!
I am current on vaccination, microchipped, FELUK tested and started on flea/tick prevention. My adoption fee is $80.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact:
Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway • Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887
By Rev. Mike Gudka, St. Paul United Methodist Church
My articles for this month are a little different than what I have done in the past. I am going to look at the history behind some of the great old hymns that many have come to know and love. Many of these hymns have an interesting past; they come from many different people and church denominations, and help tell a powerful story of what we believe. They can comfort us, bring back strong memories, and help us draw closer to Christ.
This week I am going to look at the hymn “He Lives.” This tune was written out of an experience that was had by the Presbyterian pastor Alfred H. Ackley in 1933. Alfred was having a discussion with a Jew about Christ and the discussion was not going well. The man finally turned to Alfred and quipped, “Why should I worship a dead Jew?” Alfred quickly responded with, “But Jesus lives!”
From this experience he wrote this hymn that is very upbeat, joyful, and proclaims without any doubt that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and is alive today. So the next time you have the opportunity to sing this wonderful hymn, sing it out loud and strong, just like Alfred powerful response to an unbeliever, “I serve a risen Savior, he’s in the world today; I know that he is living, whatever foes may say. I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer, and just the time I need him, he’s always near. He lives (he lives), he lives (he lives), Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives (he lives), he lives (he lives) salvation to impart! You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart.”
By Jolene Knroschnabel
It will be a delicious Story Time on Thursday, October 16, at 10:30 AM when preschoolers read about, eat, and do apple activities.
Please stop for our open house from 1 to 8 PM on Thursday, October 16, to view the recently painted library interior, and to recognize Paint Iowa Beautiful, Diamond Vogel, and Keep Iowa Beautiful for a grant that helped supply the library with paint.
Chocolate treats will be shared during the annual Chamber of Commerce Chocolate Walk on Thursday, October 16. Collect yummy chocolate at the library from 5:30 to 8 PM.
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Stout, is the October 20, 1 PM book club discussion selection. Pick up a copy of this book at the library and join the group.
October is Computer Learning Month. Sign up to participate in a basic computer use class for Windows, scheduled for Monday, October 20, 4:30 PM. Register at the library.
Computer Tech Time is on Tuesday, October 21, at 9 AM. Get computer help and learn specific programs using LearningExpress, available through the library.
Casper is the perfect Halloween movie for an early school out on Wednesday, October 22, at 1:15 PM. A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.
Children will read Halloween stories at Story Time on Thursday, October 23.
There’s a great deal on sale books by authors with last names beginning with A, B and C during the month of October. They are a meager $.25! Support the library.
Get your 2nd or 3rd grader in the Reading is Fun Book Club. Readers meet monthly to tell about one chapter book they have recently read. Kids read and share a book of their choice, and don’t have to read books they aren’t interested in. This group will meet on Thursday, November 6, at 4 PM for their first discussion. Register at the library.
Order your fresh greenery for the holidays locally! Decorated Wreaths, 25’ outdoor garland, and wreath door hangers can be purchased now, for pickup staring Nov. 30. Proceeds benefit Hawkins Memorial Library.
By Jolene Kronschnabel
Fall has arrived, and at Story Time at 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 2, we will have autumn fun for preschoolers to celebrate the change in seasons.
Toy Story of Terror is the movie on Wednesday, October 8, 1:15 PM. While on a road trip, an unexpected event leads the toys to a roadside motel. After one toy goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious, monstrous, and terrifying sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate. Popcorn comes with the movie.
For Fire Prevention Week, preschoolers will learn and practice fire safety at the La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum Fire Station with a fireman. This Story Time adventure is on Thursday, October 9.
Hawkins Handcrafters meet on Thursday, October 9, 1-3 PM.
Kid’s Wild About Books Club on Tuesday, October 14, at 3:45 PM, will discuss writings by Roald Dahl. Kids age 4th grade and older can register at the library and should read at least one of the Roald Dahl books before the discussion date.
An open house will be held on Thursday, October 16, during library hours to recognize Paint Iowa Beautiful, Diamond Vogel, and Keep Iowa Beautiful for a grant that helped supply the library with paint to freshen its interior. You are invited for a visit to ooh and aah over our clean and warm looking walls.
Chocolate treats will be given out at the library for the annual Chamber of Commerce Chocolate Walk on Thursday, October 16. Collect chocolate that evening from 5:30 to 8 PM.
Call the library to register for a computer class. Our Basic Computer Class is on Monday, October 20, 4:30 PM, or come to our Tech Time Class, Tuesday, October 21, 9 AM, to get computer help and learn specific programs using LearningExpress. October is Computer Learning Month.
By Rev. Mike Gudka
My articles for this month are going to be a little different than what I have done in the past. For these articles I am going to look at the history behind some of the great old hymns that many have come to know and love. Many of these hymns have an interesting past; they come from many different people and church denominations, and help tell a powerful story of what we believe. They can comfort us, bring back strong memories, and help us draw closer to Christ.
So this week, I am going to look at “It is Well with my Soul.” In 1873, a Chicago Lawyer Horatio G. Spafford sent his wife and four daughters on a ship headed out on a European vacation. He was going to follow them on another ship at a later time. The name of the ship that his wife and four daughters traveled on was the SS Ville du Havre. But tragically, while at sea this ship was struck by another ship and sank. All four of his daughters where lost, but his wife survived the tragedy. From England, she sent Horatio a very simple cable, “Saved alone.”
Horatio then sailed to see his wife in England and when his shipped reached the place where his wife’s ship had sunk, the Captain notified Horatio. Within the sea of emotions that Horatio must have experienced, he sat down and wrote “It is Well with My Soul.” So the next time you sing these words, “When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, though hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul” remember the sorrow that Horatio must have been feeling when he wrote those words, and yet he rested on God’s promise and allowed God to get him through this very difficult time in his life.