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Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – May 20, 2020

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.
Irene is an Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler Mix who arrived here as a stray. She is about 12 years of age with a calm and gentle senior disposition and is looking for a family to spoil her. She loves attention and enjoys being around other dogs who aren’t overbearing. Please consider opening your heart and home to a senior shelter pet in need! Please call 319-232-6887 if interested in meeting Irene.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887  –

Meditations – May 20, 2020

By Pastor Chad Adelmune, Heartland Community Church, La Porte City
Savage Jesus – Part 2
As we pick up this week in our savage Jesus series we will be touching on the topic of validation and we need to remember, God’s love for you is never based on your performance.
Before He ever performs His first miracle, the Heavenly Father speaks a word of validation, and maybe you need to hear that God’s love for you is never based on your performance. Before He ever did anything. It’s kind of like He got the trophy before He even showed up for practice. It’s kind of like God does not validate how people validate, because people will validate you based on what you do for them. People validate you based on the value that your actions carry that will contribute directly to their wellbeing, but God does not validate based on performance. He validates based on relationship. He did not validate what Jesus would do, He validated who He was.
I am writing this after our Mother’s Day service and I had two moms give the message this week, their testimonies were the proof of validation we seek from people that is not from God. They talked about how moms compare themselves to each other and they notice things other moms are better at than they are. We do this all the time and we start to change who we are to receive validation from other people. The problem with this is, God didn’t make us to be like anyone else and we lose our identity when we start acting and living like other people. You are who God made you to be, flaws and all. Embrace this truth and don’t conform to this world and who people say you should be.
And just in case you haven’t heard it in a while, and you feel dirty, and kind of ashamed of yourself, and you feel like you don’t belong in the presence of God. And kind of like you’re not one of those good church people. I want you to know you’re still His child, you’re still made in His image, you’re still bought with His blood. And you don’t have to stand here ashamed, and look forward to one day when you know the bible better, you stop drinking or smoking, you get yourself better. Listen to me! If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, God will never love you any more than He loves you right now! You’re free right now! Loved right now! Cleansed right now! Healed right now! You are His child!
And if you haven’t accepted Jesus yet, He is here right now and you can lay everything down in this moment at the cross. If that’s you, say this prayer with me, “Jesus I need you.. I confess I am a sinner and I need your forgiveness. I believe you died on the cross to offer me this forgiveness and a new life. I believe you raised from death on the third day. I give my life to you right now and promise to follow you all the days of my life.
If you prayed this for the first time, know there is a celebration happening in Heaven right now you can’t begin to imagine! Come back next week as we continue our Savage Jesus series.

Hawkins’ Happenings – may 20, 2020

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Hawkins Memorial Library is closed to the public until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to staff and patrons.
Staff is available by telephone at 319-342-3025 from 9 AM to 4 PM on weekdays. If you want to use the library’s online resources and can’t remember your patron number or password, call or email and we can help.
Remember to reserve books, movies, and magazines for the long holiday weekend. The library will not be open for pick up on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.
Daykeeper, by Ran Walker, is the next online book for discussion. Ed and Tanya develop an unlikely friendship, but as things quickly evolve into something more intimate, he must now confront what it means to be a widower making sense of a life full of new and unexpected complications. This book is available on Bridges in ebook and audio with unlimited checkouts. Read or listen to the book at your convenience. Beginning Monday, May 18, one question will be posted on Facebook each weekday for 9 days.
Aureon is pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to Hawkins Memorial Library. Aureon presented Hawkins Memorial Library with a check to be used for purchasing 6 Fire HD tablets and cases for use by library patrons and staff. The grant was presented in conjunction with LPC Connect who sponsored the grant application.
Interested in learning a foreign language? Transparent Language Online is available to all Hawkins Memorial Library cardholders. With over 110 languages to choose from, you can learn at home, or on the go. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities will help you learn the words and phrases needed to communicate effectively in a foreign language. You can learn more about this resource by visiting our website, or at
You can sign up online for a library card for Hawkins Memorial Library. Go to the catalog tab on our website: and click on signup in the top right hand corner. Complete the form and submit it. After approval you will be notified of your patron number and can begin checking out eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and the movies available online through Overdrive.
May is Get Caught Reading Month. Thousands of items to read – books, magazines, and newspapers – are available to you from the library!

Freckles’ Adopt a Pet – may 13, 2020

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.
Meet Winchester, a young male (1½ yrs) Coonhound & German Shorthaired Pointer Mix who is ready for a new home. Winchester came to CBHS as a stray. Winchester is a goofy and playful boy that loves belly rubs! He is food motivated and will sit and shake for treats. He is calm and comfortable in the presence of other dogs and seems to enjoy their company. When introduced to a cat he seemed overbearing in a non-aggressive way. Because we have no prior history, we would suggest a home with no cats. Due to his high energy, size, and aloofness, we recommend a home without young children. For more information, please call CBHS adoptions at 319-232-6887.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887  –

Meditations – May 13, 2020

By Pastor Chad Adelmund   Heartland Community Church, La Porte City
Savage Jesus
I decided to write about our recent series called “Savage Jesus.” One reason I wanted to use the term “Savage Jesus” is because I knew that religious people wouldn’t like it. We typically like our heroes better safe, one that doesn’t offend us. When we do that, though, it’s almost like we make them a mascot.
I’m afraid we have done this same thing with Jesus. We just describe how much he loved everyone, we picture him carrying a lamb on His shoulders, or playing with little children. We just think about the nice, comforting Jesus, telling us the nice things we want to hear. But Jesus was more than free hugs, and warm feelings. Jesus was a Savage! He would let the Pharisees run their mouth, just setting them up. With just a word or a question he would blast them and leave them stunned and silent!
So let’s get started in this series. Mark 1:1-15 records these words:
“1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” 3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ 4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.
A lot of us do. We worship a certain version of Jesus. Well, Mark isn’t going to give us that portrait of Jesus. Instead, Mark writes with a paintbrush. He would rather show you than tell you. Demonstration is so much more powerful than Proclamation. Living out your Faith impacts people around you much more than talking about your faith, but giving no evidence of it. For example: Some people can explain all about Salvation and Redemption, Compassion and Love, but they’re so mean to their wife that why would I want a Jesus that can’t keep you from treating your family like crap? And so Mark is going to show us portraits of Jesus.
I’ve broken this introductory message into a couple sections, preparation and validation. This week, I’ll address preparation.
Great things come from small places
They had a saying about Nazareth. They would say, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” They said that about Jesus because the authority that He spoke with did not match the background that He came from. And the works that He would do so outstripped the expectations of the people. He taught with authority, and not as one of their teachers of the law.
Jesus came from Nazareth. Not from Jerusalem. It would have made sense for Him to come from Jerusalem, the center of the temple cult. It would have made sense for Him to have come from, perhaps a place in the Roman Empire that was more important. But Jesus came from Nazareth. It was His place of preparation.
New beginnings come from dead ends. Jesus came from Nazareth, it was His place of preparation. Preparation is kind of the opposite of the primary value of our day. We live in the age of instant validation instead of thinking an issue through, we post it immediately to see if we can get someone to agree or disagree with us just because we want attention. There is nothing off limits, we will even stage our kids. We’re staging them for the approval of people. “I know I have been yelling at you all morning but stand there and smile, it’s the first day of school and I need people to think I’m a good parent.”
Our problem is that we want validation before obedience.
We will look at this validation more next week.


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