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Meditations – July 1, 2015

By Rev. Ray Atwood,  Prince of Peace Cluster

Freedom

July 4 falls on a Saturday this year. This is a wonderful summertime holiday. Independence Day is also an opportunity to reflect on the important theme of freedom. What is freedom according to the Church?
Saint Paul tells the Christians at Galatia: “You were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use the freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather serve one another through love” (5:13). Freedom is a human quality. God created man in His image and likeness. The image refers to our ability to reason, while the likeness refers to free will. We are the only creatures that can make free will decisions. Animals, on the other hand are not free because they cannot make free will decisions.
Freedom is the exercise of our talents and abilities. It is the necessary quality of true human behavior. Paul tells the Christian community to use their freedom for service rather than selfish fulfillment. We serve our neighbor freely and without reservation, thus becoming what God calls us to be.
There are different kinds of freedom: there is artistic freedom, or the ability to exercise our artistic talents such as painting or architecture; there is intellectual freedom, or the ability to exercise our minds in creative writing such as poetry; there is physical freedom, or the ability to move about without restraint; and finally, there is the freedom of the children of God (Rom. 8:21). The ultimate liberation of God’s people comes when we live as Christ intends.
As we celebrate Independence Day weekend with parades, picnics, hot dogs and apple pie, let us remember what freedom means, and use our freedom in the service of our neighbor.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – July 1, 2015

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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.

Simon is a cool cat who’s looking for a place to relax, someone to scratch him behind his years, and…oh yeah, a family! Simon is housetrained, declawed on his front paws, gets along great with kids, dogs, and other cats. He’d make a great addition to any family. Simon is current on vaccinations, FELUK 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
cbhsadoption@mchsi.comwww.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

Hawkins’ Happenings – July 1, 2015

By Jolene Kronschnabel

The library will be closed on Saturday, July 4, for the holiday.
The next LEGORAMA building program is 2-3:30 PM on Monday, July 6. All ages are invited.
Attend week one of the Summer Reading Program, featuring Fire Heroes, on Tuesday, July 7, from 6 to 7 PM, with La Porte City Firefighters. Learn more about these local heroes, view vehicles and equipment, and participate with fun fire safety experiences. This program will be held at Hawkins Memorial Library and the La Porte City Historical FFA & Ag Museum Fire Station and Jailhouse.
An American Tail, Fievel Goes West is the 1:15 PM movie on Wednesday, July 8. A family of émigre mice decides to move west, unaware that they are falling into a trap perpetrated by a smooth talking cat.
Summer Reading crafts are Friday, July 10. Kids can be creative making superhero projects any time between 1 and 5 PM on Fridays in July.
Blank Park Zoo is our second Summer Reading Program on Tuesday, July 14, at 6 PM. You will witness animals doing some amazing things – just like superheroes!
The animated movie Green Lantern, Emerald Knights plays Wednesday, July 15, at 1:15 PM. As the home planet of the Green Lantern Corps faces a battle with an ancient enemy, Hal Jordan prepares new recruit Arisia for the coming.
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See is the July 27, 1 PM, book club selection. In 1937 Shanghai, Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives – until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides.
Can you help the library by contributing to our Ragbrai bake sale? We are taking donations of basic chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, rice crispy bars, and plain brownies. Recipes are available at the library.

Meditations – June 24, 2015

By Christopher Simon

Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

Sing to the Lord a new song… Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. ~ Psalm 149:1-3

On the weekend after Thanksgiving last year I attended a brunch activity at the home of one of my friends where his adult daughter had organized an impromptu jam session. She played the piano while her husband played the tuba and two others played the trumpet while several people sang. She did this for her father, who was dying at the time and has since passed away. She knew how much her father loved music, and how much it would please him to hear folks playing and singing. When he was asked if he wanted to hear anything in particular he requested “Amazing Grace,” and it was one of the most beautiful and poignant things I’ve ever witnessed.
The event made me wish I had continued to play the instrument I grew up playing (the trumpet) and made me realize how much pleasure music gives to people. I thank God that my parents encouraged me and my siblings to all play, and I’m thinking of starting to play again.
Consider learning to play an instrument, or learning to dance (which is another good way to enjoy music), or just committing to singing a bit more. You’ll be happy
you did!

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – June 24, 2015

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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.

Blake is a handsome cat waiting to be adopted. He has stunning white fur. Blake’s fur is medium-length, so he will require some brushing. He gets along well with other cats, and he enjoys lounging around the cat room at the Cedar Bend Humane Society. He is microchipped, FELUK tested, 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
cbhsadoption@mchsi.comwww.cedarbendhumanesociety.com