Tag: 050714

American Lutheran Church Plans “Weird Animals”

The members of American Lutheran are making plans to provide an opportunity this summer for children to grow in their faith, make new friends, and have fun. This year’s theme is “Weird Animals: Where God’s Love is One of a Kind.” Lessons will be taught to help kids discover God’s love for them as special, uniquely created people. All children entering 3 or 4 year preschool and kindergarten through 5th grade in the fall are welcome.
The program will be July 28-July 31 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the church 801 Monroe St. The cost is $5.00 per child up to $15.00 per family. This fee includes a t-shirt and snacks each evening. Please contact Jennifer Hoelscher at jamzjen@mchsi.com or 319-610-0932 for more information and to register.

National Nursing Home Week is May 11-17

La Porte City Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is honoring those who work, live, and volunteer in nursing facilities every day.  The theme for this year’s events is Living the Aloha Spirit.
To Hawaiians, the word “aloha” has a deeper significance than just a fond farewell. By Living the Aloha Spirit, we show others love and respect and joyfully share life in order to create a better world. Key attributes of the “Aloha Spirit” include patience, kindness and good feelings and respect in caring about others. Staff, families, and friends are invited to attend any of the special activities for residents during the week.
Schedule of Events:
Sun., May 11    Mother’s Day Open House from 2-4 PM
Mon., May 12    Annual Balloon Launch/Pineapple Fest on the patio at 1 PM
Thu., May 15     La Porte City Mayor, David Neil, Council Members and Chamber Members are also invited to a coffee reception, 10 AM
Friday, May 16     A Hawaiian Ice Cream Social with 2nd graders at 9 AM; A Hawaiian BBQ for all staff and residents

38th Annual Green Scene Plant Sale May 10th

The 38th Annual Green Scene Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May l0th from 9 AM to 12 PM, at The Agriculture Building on the Cattle Congress Grounds, 257 Ansborough Ave. in Waterloo, Iowa. Admission is free.
Green Scene encourages you to “Experiment!”, or try something new this spring. The plant sale offers proven perennials in addition to new varieties. Plants include: day lilies, hosta, ornamental grasses, vines, groundcovers, houseplants, herbs, small shrubs and domestic wildflowers. Old favorites and new varieties such as Heuchera ‘Bella Notte’, Echinacea ‘Salsa Red’, and Lily ‘Acoustic’ will be available. The 2014 hosta of the year ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd,’ as well as ‘American Hero,’ ‘Curly Fries,’ ‘Prairie Sky,’ and ‘Sparkler’ are among those that will be offered.
Labeled plants can be donated by dropping them off at the sale barn May 5th through May 8th starting at 9am. Please label bags of plants with variety and color if possible.
Our volunteers are happy to dig and/or pick up plants from gardens in Black Hawk County: Please call Brian (319-269-2549) by April 26th to schedule a collection date for your plants. Volunteers are needed during the week to pot, water, label, dig and haul plants. In.addition, volunteers are needed during the sale to work as cashiers, assistants at tables, and helping customers. Call Diane (319-233-6656) to volunteer.
Green Scene is a 100% volunteer powered nonprofit organization that has contributed over $600,000 to Black Hawk County for tree plantings and county beautification projects. Please help Green Scene “Plant Today for a Greener Tomorrow.” For more information, please call (319)277-2729 or visit the website www.greensceneinc.org.

Volleyball Camp Offered in Independence

Independence Head Volleyball Coach Joe Schmitz will be conducting a two day volleyball camp for area girls entering grades 4-9 for the 2014-15 school year. The Future Stars Volleyball Camp will be held at the new Independence High School Gymnasium on May 31-June 1, 2014.         Camp times will be as follows:
(Grades are based on the 2014-15 school year)
May 31
Grades 4-6: 8-10 AM; Grades 7-9: 10 AM-Noon
June 1
Grades 4-6: Noon-2 PM;  Grades 7-9:   2-4 PM
Cost is $20.00 and includes a camp t-shirt. Please make checks out to Independence Volleyball. Deadline to register for camp is May 19, 2014 to assure a camp t-shirt.
Girls wishing to participate may e-mail Coach Schmitz at vbschmitz@yahoo.com to have a camp form sent to them. Camp forms should be mailed to: Joe Schmitz, 1600 2nd St. SW Apt. 3, Independence, IA 50644
For further information, you can also call 319-269-2869.

Meditations – May 7, 2014

By Rev. Doug Rokke    American Lutheran Church, La Porte City
Four Psalms for May: Psalm 23  “The Lord is my Shepherd”
Psalm Twenty-three is probably one of the best known and loved Psalms in the Bible.  Many commentaries and books have been written and its meanings. I simply want to focus on the opening line which says, “The Lord is my shepherd.”
One of the ways I like to read this opening line is by putting the emphasis on three different words. The first would be to say that the Lord is my shepherd. Of all the things I believe in none has the same place as the Lord.In our day we usually interpret this to mean Jesus and so as we pray this Psalm we say that God and his Son Jesus Christ are the ones who are Lord in our life.
The second way to read this would be to say that the Lord is my shepherd. This would remind us that while he is shepherd for all his people, he is also my personal shepherd. He is the one who knows me by name and whom I personally trust to help and forgive, to lead and guide me.
The third way to read this would be to say that the Lord is my Shepherd. For us this is a statement of trust and confidence. There are so many would-be “shepherds” in our world that would like to lead us down many different paths. However as we read this Psalm we join all the countless people of faith who say, “But the Lord is my Shepherd.” He is the one we trust to lead us and guide us through life and forever.
“The Lord is my Shepherd,” often this Psalm is used at funerals and associated with people who are sick or near death. However really it’s a good Psalm to use throughout our lives. Whether we are talking about our personal life, or married life, whether it is in good times or bad, from our first day to our last, this is a good Psalm to know and to pray. For in it we are called to believe and  trust that like a shepherd, God will lead us all the days of our life and in the end we will dwell in his house forever. “The Lord is my Shepherd,” may this Psalm be in your heart and on your lips in the month ahead.


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