Tag: 081716

Governor Branstad to Recognize Iowa Centenarians

In an effort to recognize Iowans who are celebrating 100 years or more of life, Governor Terry Branstad and the Iowa Department on Aging are launching a call for centenarians and are planning a number of regional Centenarian Recognition events throughout the state.
For the purposes of this program, a centenarian is any older adult who will be 100 or older by Dec. 31, 2016, and whose primary residence is Iowa.
“We are so fortunate to have such a large number of centenarians in Iowa,” said Iowa Department on Aging Director Donna Harvey. “They have lived through things many of us have only read about in books or seen in movies; their collective wisdom and experience is an inspiration to us all. We can learn so much from these men and women who have helped make Iowa the great state that it is.”
To assist the State of Iowa in recognizing centenarians, the public is encouraged to inform a centenarian, or the person’s family or caregiver, about this call for centenarians and where to access and submit an application. The application is posted on the Iowa Department on Aging’s website at www.iowaaging.gov or may be requested by calling 800.532.3213 or emailing Danika.Welsch@iowa.gov.
Each centenarian will receive a signed certificate from Governor Branstad that is suitable for framing and will be invited to attend a Centenarian Recognition event on October 19 at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence. This event will be sponsored by the Iowa Department on Aging and Iowa’s Area Agencies on Aging.
The Iowa Department on Aging will accept forms for any centenarian on an ongoing basis to be included in the statewide Centenarian Registry, but to receive an invitation to one of this year’s Centenarian Recognition Events and a signed certificate from the Governor, applications must be received by August 31, 2016.

Terry Scheffert Announces Supervisor Bid

Terry Schaffert, longtime Cedar Valley resident and volunteer, has announced his run for a seat on the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors.
Schaffert works with the Cedar Valley AMVETS, AMVETS Riders, American Legion, DAV and
Suicide prevention for military. He’s a well known advocate for veterans and active duty soldiers.
Important issues facing the future of all Iowans have inspired Terry make change from within
the system. His core campaign issues include:
1. Transparency in government and tighter control on spending
2. Expansion of renewable energy solutions in Iowa
3. Lower unemployment rates for all citizens, with additional assistance for veterans
4. Investment in education for all Iowa students
Terry Scheffert is a graduate of Columbus High School, an Air Force Veteran who served 1967-71, with an Associate Degree in Marketing Management. He’s worked in retail sales and purchasing and as a committed, community volunteer. He’s been married twice, has four children, 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. With a strong belief that family comes first, Scheffert enjoys sharing his
love for hunting, fishing and golf.
For additional information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/scheffertforsupervisor/.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – August 17, 2016

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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.

Little man, Noah, here! Have you seen my ears? Aren’t they fun? All the better to hear you with! I love to learn new things, I get along well with dogs and cats, and I love being with humans. I am gentle, fairly calm, and would love to be your next best friend! I am about 5 years old, current on vaccinations, microchipped, heartworm tested, and started on flea/tick prevention. Come adopt this great boy!

For more information about adopting a pet, contact:
Cedar Bend Humane Society
1166 W. Airline Highway • Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887


Meditations – August 17, 2016

By Nathan Richardson, Heartland Community Church
Confidence in the Race
Last week we touched on the idea that life is a race and we want to live a life that is not running aimlessly. We should desire to live a live of purpose and that the race is important enough to finish.
Everyone likes to win. In fact I think that when someone joins a race the desire is that they would win the race. Everyone wants to win. Shawn Johnson, as a 16 year old from Des Moines, Iowa, had the world watching her in 2008 during the Olympics in Beijing. She was the favorite to win the gold but another American, Nastia Liukin finished with the gold. Shawn Johnson was devastated. She felt like she let everyone down and she did not measure up. On top of that, while on the podium the person giving her the silver medal told her “I am sorry,” making her feel like the silver was not enough.
Maybe you also heard the name Michael Phelps. Before Rio he had a total of 22 Olympic medals with 18 gold medals. By all standards he has achieved all the success the world has to offer. However after the 2012 Olympics he went home depressed. He started drinking heavily and even received a DUI. This set him into a deeper depression to the point where he considered suicide. His friend Ray Lewis, former Baltimore Raven linebacker, gave him the book The Purpose Driven Life and shared with him about Jesus.
2 Corinthians 3:4 says, “Such confidence we have through Christ before God.” Both Johnson and Phelps are very successful Olympians but have struggled with depression and anxiety. They feel like they cannot measure up. I think a lot of us feel like this especially when we try to do everything on our own, or when we allow ourselves to listen to what the world is saying about us.
In the Old Testament God gave us 10 Commandments. Sure it helps when we follow it. But no human in history has followed it perfectly except Jesus. If we had been able to follow the law perfectly, we would not have needed Jesus to come to earth to die for our sins. In other words, as good as we might be, we can never save ourselves. It is only through the death and resurrection of Christ that we can be saved. Knowing this gives us a hope that leads to a confidence in Christ.
If you have been watching the Olympics the last few weeks maybe you saw David Boudia and Steele Johnson win a silver in synchronized diving. After they won they both shared how they find their identity in Christ. They have both experienced this hope that has impacted how they see themselves. Their identity is not built on how they perform, but who God tells them they are. God accepts and loves them as they are, “Children of God.”
You do not have to go through life alone. You do not have to live up to the world’s or even your own expectations. You do not have to be perfect and it is impossible for you to save yourself. Allow yourself not to put the pressure on yourself. God is there waiting for you to accept him and put your hope in him.


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