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Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – May 23, 2018

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.
Poochie is about 4 years old and is a very obedient boy who loves to learn. He loves his treats, and enjoys the company of people. He doesn’t mind relaxing and lounging around, but he does like to go for walks and exercise, too. Ideally, Poochie would love to be the only dog in the home. He has a goofy personality, and doesn’t mind being the center of attention. Poochie would do best in a home with older children or adults. His adoption fee is $190.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887  –

FEATURE Meditations – May 23, 2018

Even when an army is deployed against me, I do not fear. Even when war is imminent, I remain confident. I have asked the LORD for one thing—this is what I desire! I want to live in the LORD’s house all the days of my life, so I can gaze at the splendor of the LORD and contemplate in his temple.
-Psalm 27:3-4 (NET)
On Memorial Day we remember and give thanks for the men and women of our nation who have died while serving in the United States military. Trusting in the promise of resurrection to eternal life through Jesus Christ, we commend these brothers and sisters to God’s care, where rest eternal is granted them, and light perpetual shines upon them. Together we offer a prayer of thankfulness for their sacrifice in defense of our rights, freedoms, and safety.
We also mourn with those who have lost loved ones in active duty—those who still carry the burden of grief with them every day. In the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal there is a prayer during funeral services that I would like to share with all who grieve this Memorial Day:
Merciful God, you heal the broken in heart and bind up the wounds of the afflicted. Strengthen us in our weakness, calm our troubled spirits, and dispel our doubts and fears. In Christ’s rising from the dead, you conquered death and opened the gates to everlasting life. Renew our trust in you that by the power of your love we shall one day be brought together again with our sisters and brothers. Grant this, we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
-Evangelical Lutheran Worship, pg. 285
The psalmist’s desire, as written in the verses above, was, “…to live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, so I can gaze at the splendor of the Lord and contemplate in his temple.” Being in the presence of God, and training his mind to ponder all of God’s glorious deeds, were his sources of confidence even during the threat of war. Even in the face of enemies and armies, God’s presence dispelled his fear. For our men and women in the armed forces today we pray that God’s presence will likewise provide confidence, and that knowledge of God’s deeds may dispel fears. And for each of us, as we face our own fears and doubts, we trust that God is with us as well. God is surely with you, even when the odds are against you.
May God be with you and bless you as we observe Memorial Day, and may God hold near those whom we have lost in service to our nation.

Hawkins’ Happenings – May 23, 2018

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
May is Get Caught Reading Month. Thousands of items to read – books, magazines, and newspapers – are available to you at the library!
We are thrilled to have the La Porte City Elementary students visiting on Wednesday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 29, to learn about the library.
Preschoolers read about flowers at Story Time at 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 24. They’ll visit the FFA Historical & Ag Museum for the final morning preschool program of the school year.
Hawkins Handcrafters is 1 to 3 PM, on Thursday, May 24. Bring your knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, quilting, or other handwork.
Remember to pick up books, movies, and magazines for the long holiday weekend. The library will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 28.
LEGORAMA! is on Thursday, June 7. Join us from 2 to 4 PM for LEGO building fun. The theme will be summer.
Beginning Monday, June 11, Summer Science programs are provided by the Black Hawk County Extension Service 2018 STEM Library Tour Monday afternoons at the library. Sessions are 1 to 1:45 PM for preschool-2nd grade and 2 to 3 PM for grades 3rd -5th. These are entertaining, free, hands-on learning labs. Send the kids in!
Summer weekly movies begin on Wednesday, June 13. At 1:15 PM each Wednesday, the library provides family friendly flicks with popcorn.
The library has great programs all summer long. Stop at the library for a schedule, find it online at (Upcoming Events), or on our Facebook page (Events). Take advantage of these free, fun, and educational activities.


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