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Harker-Fisher

State Representative Dean Fisher, of rural Garwin, and Vicki Harker, of Pleasant Hill, would like to announce their engagement. The couple is planning a private wedding on Saturday, July 9, 2016, with a public open house reception planned for that afternoon.
Vicki is the daughter of Harold and Beverly Harker, of Urbandale, and Dean is the son of Mary Etta and the late Gerald Fisher, of Garwin. The couple plan to make their home in rural Montour on the Fisher family Heritage Farm.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – March 30, 2016

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.
Are you looking for a glamorous kitty? Look no further; here I am, Cookie! I’m a dilute tortoiseshell, domestic long haired fur-baby; that’s a mouthful to say! I would love to be your lap kitty and your playmate. I am about 8 weeks old, current on vaccinations, microchipped, FELUK tested, and started on flea/tick prevention. I’m currently in a foster home, so if you’re interested in adopting me, please fill out an adoption application. Once you’re approved, we can set up a time for you to fall in love with me! It will be love at first sight; promise.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887
cbhsadoption@mchsi.com   www.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

Hawkins’ Happenings – March 30, 2016

By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director
Preschoolers will bloom with spring stories on Thursday, March 31. Warmer weather signals that it’s time to read books about rain and flowers at Story Time at 10:30 AM.
Our LEGO building program is Tuesday, April 5 from 4 to 5:30 PM. Build with bins of exciting LEGO pieces at LEGORAMA!
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs shows at 1:15 PM on Wednesday, April 6. Snow White, pursued by a jealous queen, hides with the Dwarfs, but the queen learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. Rated G, Animation/Family/Fantasy, plays 1 hr. 23 min.
Hop to Preschool Story Time for fluffy bunny tales on Thursday, April 7. We start the fun at 10:30 AM.
Choose from dozens of pictures and try our metallic, glitter and gel pens, colored pencils and other markers at Color and Connect from 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday, April 12. This is your opportunity to explore adult coloring with other budding artists.
Don’t miss another great book club read – pick up a copy of Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan. The discussion is on Monday, April 25 at 1 PM.
You are encouraged to compete in the 2016 DASH for the STASH, an investor education and protection program and contest taking place through May 15 at the library. Log the correct answers for all four posters and be entered in a drawing to receive a $1,000 Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contribution.
Free practice tests for ACT, SAT, and other college exams are available on the library website. LearningExpress college prep tests offer a broad range of practice tests based on official exams such as the ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, admissions essays, and more. Go to www.laportecity.lib.ia.us and click on LearningExpress 3.0 to start preparing.
Why rent movies when you can borrow them from the library? We have more than 2,500 titles for children, teens, and adults, available at no charge for a week.

Meditations – March 30, 2016

By Pastor Nathan Richardson, Heartland Community Church, La Porte CityDisciples are Mature
The first three weeks of March we looked at different stages of discipleship. Unfortunately last week with my schedule I was unable to write one. For that I am sorry. This week we will wrap it up with the final two stages of discipleship as written about in the book Discipleshift.
To grow from a child to a young adult there are a few changes that will take place. First we grow physically. We grow in size. We grow in strength. Healthy growth will happen due to the food and drinks we consume and exercise. We also grow in maturity. The gap between being a child and a young adult is a big one and can be measured by the Great Commandment to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.” As a child we are still very selfish and look out for our own needs and desires.
As we grow into adulthood we realize the world is not just about us. If we are to be growers, we must live out what we are learning. We must put aside our pride and realize we are not always the best ones to decide how to live. Matthew 6:24 says “we cannot serve two masters.” It is impossible to serve two contradicting philosophies. I once heard this quote, “You cannot chase two rabbits at the same time. Both will get away.”
As growers we must be willing to sacrifice our time, our talent and treasure. God has blessed us in order to bless others. This might mean your willingness to give financially, using your talent to serve God and others in a multitude of ways. There is no better gift than time. If you want to show people you care give them your time. Whatever it might be find the purpose that God has placed you into and find a place to serve.
The final stage is becoming a parent. When I became a parent. I did not realize how selfish I could be. How easy it was to do anything I wanted. But when Tedy was born things changed. The biggest difference was that I had to learn to be intentional about what I did. Scheduling my day to fit in family, work, exercise and serving God was hard. When you intentionally live your life to serve others your life will change.
One thing about being a parent you have a smaller representation of yourself. No one wants their kids to still be living at home in the basement at age 35 still needing mom to cut their meat at dinner. How we live our lives will impact our children one way or the other, so we might as well be intentional about pouring into our children’s lives.
Parents are all in. God has called us according to the Great Commission, “teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” In order to teach something you must first live it. Your child will know when your beliefs do or do not line up to your life style. You must learn to live in a way that follows through on your beliefs. So many children walk away from faith because there parents only talked faith but never lived it out.
This past Sunday was Easter and if we learned anything from it, we learned that Jesus was willing to put his Father’s will in front of his own. He laid down his “life as a ransom for many.” It was because of this sacrifice that our sins can be forgiven and that we can be a part of his kingdom. Jesus modeled a life of sacrifice so we could imitate him and live a life in pursuit of these same qualities.
So wherever you fall on the discipleship stages of infant, child, young adult or parent, be willing to take the next step. Enjoy where you are but do not dwell there. Do not become comfortable in one stage or the other. God has called us all to be disciples of him and it means to always strive to grow in your life and to serve others to help them grow.

Practical Money Matters – March 30, 2016

By Nathaniel Sillin
Keeping the Peace Between Adult Children in Estate Planning
When you die, will your kids fight over your money?
It’s an important question that might be hard to answer now, but parents who devote themselves to estate planning with relevant updates over their lifetimes can potentially keep arguments between adult children to a minimum.
As of 2013, American retirees are the sixth most generous in the world when it comes to the amount of assets passed on to family, according to a survey by HSBC, the global British bank. The latest survey (http://www.about.hsbc.com.au/news-and-media) noted that 56 percent of American retirees planned to leave an inheritance with an average amount of $176,814.
How you allocate your estate, no matter what the amount, requires planning and proper communication. Here are a few ways to start.
Know where you stand first. If you haven’t updated your estate planning in the last 5-10 years, do so now to fully understand your complete financial picture. Like all personal finance issues, estate planning should be adjusted when significant life changes happen or there is a major shift in assets, such as when a relative needs help. In short, your estate picture has to reflect current financial realities, so before you decide how to allocate your wealth either before or after you die, seek qualified financial, tax (https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Estate-and-Gift-Taxes) and estate advice.
Once you’ve determined distribution, confirm your plan. Managing money and family are usually parallel issues until the topic of estate planning arises. For some families, splitting money, property and possessions more or less equally among adult children is a smooth process. However, when it doesn’t result in the fairest outcome for everyone involved, it can be trickier to navigate. Varying situations for each child might mean that an even split won’t work. Once you are able to determine your assets, start thinking through how you can distribute them.
Re-affirm your executor and powers of attorney. Making a will and designating various health, financial and business powers of attorney as applicable are the standard first steps in estate planning. Certain kinds of trusts might also be relevant. Generally it’s good to have documents in place (http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/estateplanning) early in life. As your children get older, it’s a good idea to review those documents and designated leadership.
Start communicating. Hollywood has produced many a movie scene with family members sitting nervously in a lawyer’s office waiting for the will to be read. Such moments make for great comedy or drama, but not great modern estate planning. Based on what you hope to leave your family, the state of your relationship with your adult children and whatever weigh-in you get from qualified advisors, it’s usually better to communicate your plans to your children in advance in person and make sure your legal documents confirm exactly what you plan to do.
Bottom line: Could your current estate planning eventually put your kids and other family members at odds? Don’t wait – the time to update or start estate planning is right now.

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