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Meditations – September 2, 2015

By Pastor Nathan Richardson,  Heartland Community Church

When my family moved to La Porte City we were welcomed with open arms, not only at Heartland Church but the rest of LPC as well. It was not long before we really felt it was home and that we belonged here in LPC. Belonging is important. We all want to feel like we matter to the people we spend our lives with. It starts with welcoming but goes far beyond that. It is about feeling accepted and secure.
Each year we live here we become more accustom to the ritual and traditions of LPC. We can set our clocks to the sirens and our calendars to Festival of Trails, Union Football, and the Fire Dept Fish Fry. As a parent of a three year old we frequent the parks and are able to ride our bikes to Tootsies and the Bakery. Everything is close. We sure love this town.
Belonging in community is vital to LPC life. This past summer the community became a little more tight knit as the churches worked together to host a Vacation Bible School. I was able to meet and form many new friendships; I cannot wait until we partner again next summer. We were also able to host RAGBRAI as they rode through our town. It was truly a day to remember.
Our community also has resources like LPC Community Food Pantry hosted here at Heartland but supported by all the churches. We have a community center where we deliver meals on wheels to the elderly and Crosslines that will help our community with Vouchers for Gas, Groceries or a night at the Motel. Heartland will even start up a Celebrate Recovery for those that are looking for help with their addiction. Many resources are provided in our community but maybe you were just unaware of what the community had to offer.
Maybe there is something that we need to do as a community to support the evolving needs of our town. So I am looking to hear from you. What are the needs that go unmet? How can the churches and community come together to support each other? Do you feel like you belong or do you feel misunderstood? Do you feel like you are missing out on something? How can we support you? Please email me at or call/text 319-540-5727. I look forward to hearing from you.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – September 2, 2015


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.

Clyde is one cool cat. He is very personable and likes to meet new people. In fact, he may have even greeted you if you’ve ever visited our adoption center. He is around 3 years old, and has a sharp black and white, “tuxedo” coat. He gets along well with other animals, and would be a loving addition to any home. Come meet him today!

For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887

Hawkins’ Happenings – September 2, 2015

By Jolene Kronschnabel

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Did you know there are more than 2 million registered borrowers in Iowa public libraries and that 68% of Iowans are registered cardholders? If you are not already a library patron, come in, sign-up, and start using your library. We have a lot to offer – for free.
Read a Book Day is Sunday, September 6. Reading is a great lifetime hobby and it offers so many positive attributes. It’s relaxing and therapeutic. It’s educational. And it’s entertaining. Reading is very good for improving memory and concentration, as well as, reducing stress. Reading is a good way to learn about other times, other places and many other things, and is also a very affordable means of entertainment. If you have young children, or elderly people in your home, take the time to read a book with them today and create pleasant, lasting memories.
Plan ahead for the Labor Day weekend and pick up extra books and movies for the holiday. The library will be closed on Monday, September 7, for Labor Day.
On Thursday, Sept. 10, at 10:30 AM, preschoolers will learn about using their library at Story Time. Youngsters are invited to Preschool Story Time each week for stories, activities, and crafts on Thursday mornings during the school year. Bring your preschooler for this fun learning program.
From 1 to 3 PM on Thursday, September 10, Hawkins’ Handcrafters meet. Grab any type of craft or handwork and join others at the library for conversation and inspiration.
Don’t forget the library has coffee at 8 AM each Monday morning. Everyone is welcome.
Story Time will visit the La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum at 10:30 AM on Thursday, September 17. Bring your preschooler to read with us about clocks and time, and see the museum display.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – August 26, 2015


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.

Valerie is a sweet terrier mix who is looking for a new home. She is 8 years old, and pretty mellow, but don’t let that fool you. This girl has a 4-foot vertical jump, so she’ll need a high fence or a tie out at her new home. She is nervous around new people, but warms up quickly, especially if you offer her a nice treat. Valerie gets along well with other dogs, but an interaction with small children should be supervised at first. Valerie is current on vaccinations, heartworm tested, microchipped and started on flea/tick prevention.

For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887

Meditations – August 26, 2015

By Christopher Simon

Reconsidering Columbus

“Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” ~ Psalm 19:4

When I was a schoolboy, in the 1960s, Christopher Columbus was celebrated as the heroic discoverer of America, and every child knew that “Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen-hundred ninety-two.” By the 1980s, when I was in college, history was no longer taught as if the great explorers were heroes. Their exploits were subjected to reasonable criticism, and the fact that Columbus was seeking wealth and slaves took the luster off of his image. It is worth noting that even in Columbus’ own time his treatment of the native Americans was subject to criticism.
But perhaps we shouldn’t judge Columbus too harshly. In the late 1400s slavery was still a near universal practice; Columbus had a lot of “bad apples” among his crew, and some of the “Indians” Columbus encountered were hostile. Furthermore, Columbus really did see his role at least partly as spreading Christianity to a benighted race of people who he thought would make good Christians.
Columbus belonged to the Franciscan third order and he took to wearing the monk’s robe after his third voyage, which he returned from in chains. After successfully defending himself, he spent time in a Carthusian monastery, where he wrote a Book of Prophecies which attempted to place his explorations within a larger divine plan. Columbus genuinely believed that he was doing the will of God, and so maybe this year on Columbus Day we should take a closer look at his exploits and his legacy.