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Chop! Chop! Lutheran Church Dinner Oct. 12

  American Lutheran Church invites community members to enjoy a mouth-watering pork chop dinner on Wednesday, October 12 in the church’s fellowship hall. Featuring grilled boneless pork chops (grilled to perfection by Black Hawk County Pork Producers), accompanied by a baked potato, baked beans, applesauce, coleslaw, rolls, beverage and delectable homemade desserts, the meal will be served from 4:30-7 PM. Grab a friend and celebrate the upcoming fall season.
Cost is $9 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-10 and free to children 3 and under. Carry-outs are available; stop in or call ahead to the church office, 342-2852.
The church is located at 801 Monroe Street, La Porte City.

4-H Foundation Annual Meeting Oct. 5

  The Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair Foundation will have its annual meeting at 7 PM, Wednesday, October 5 at the Black Hawk County Extension office, 3420 University Avenue in Waterloo.
The Foundation’s main function is to raise funds to perpetuate the annual Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair held each July. The evening will include election of new directors and officers.
Anyone interested in the Foundation is welcome to attend. If you’d like to make a donation to the Foundation, please contact Dresden Wulf at 319-234-6811.

Witham Auto: Drive 4 UR School

  Test-drive a Ford vehicle at Witham Auto Center, La Porte City now until October 8 and Ford will donate $20 to the Union Booster Club upon completion of a signed form. Give Witham Auto employees 10 minutes of your time and you can help raise up to $6,000 for upcoming Union extracurricular activities. Last year, the Booster Club spent nearly $21,000 in support of Union schools.
With every test drive/form completion, participants will receive a $750 Ford rebate to be applied to the purchase of a new Ford vehicle (limit of one test drive/rebate per household).
All Ford models will be available to test drive, with an all-day Drive Event set for Saturday, October 8 from 9 AM-4 PM at the dealership, located at 800 Hwy. 218 North.

Adventures at the Museum – September 28, 2016

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 By Jan Erdahl, Museum Director
If we interrupted your peaceful afternoon last Sunday we apologize, but sometimes kids’ enthusiasm is too hard to contain! Cries of “ooo” and “ahh” (baby animals in the petting zoo), “wow” (face painting and balloon creations), “duck” (water ball fights), “amazing” (broom and soap making) and even an occasional “eek” (ISU Bug Zoo) or “giddy up” (pony rides) rang out as children enjoyed all the delights our Fall Festival had to offer. Add in the lively tunes of the Getaway City Band and you have all the sounds of a perfect afternoon.
An event like this takes a lot of planning and volunteers. Thanks to the FFA and all of our volunteers who helped make this a great family day. A special thank you to our local vendors Rocket’s LPC Bakery, Tootsie’s and Hanson’s Pumpkin Farm, and local sponsors Gary’s Thriftway, Steve Sage, LPC Connect, Casey’s General Store, Cedar Valley Bank & Trust, Spence Farm Fertilizer, LPC Women’s Club, Silos & Smokestacks, and Jama Runyan, CPA. Lastly thanks to the LPC Fire Department who delighted kids with their opportunity to participate in water ball fights. Perhaps there are some future fire fighters in the making!
While these events are lots of fun they are also essential to the future of the museum as fundraisers to continue our efforts to bring you a quality museum. If you missed our Fall Festival, you won’t want to miss our upcoming Flavors of Fall Tea fundraiser. This is a celebration of tea, friends and food. It will provide a great opportunity to be with friends in an elegant setting, indulge in fine food, delicious treats and quiet conversations. Treat yourself and your friends today! Please note all tickets must be purchased in advance, there will be no tickets available at the door.
Flavors of Fall: Saturday, October 8, 10:30 AM, LPC Museum, Tickets $14.00. Tickets available at LPC Connect, LPC Museum (342-3619) or by calling Jan Erdahl (319-215-0257).
Menu: Tomato Basil Soup, Mini Quiche, Fresh Fruit, Tea Sandwiches, Scones, Shortbread, Profiteroles, Mini Cheese Cake, Devonshire cream, Marmalade, and Specialty Teas
Eliz Gouyer, owner of the Laughing Tree Café in the Center of the Art will share some of her specialty teas.
Just a reminder our new fall hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-4 or by appointment. You may book an appointment by calling 319-342-3619. Three short weeks remain to see the entire exhibit Collecting History.
Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, November 13, 9-Noon, LPC Museum, free will offering
La Porte-Dysart FFA will sponsor a pancake breakfast to benefit the Museum. Watch for details.


Meditations – September 28, 2016

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 By Pastor Rose Blank   St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City

This coming Sunday, October 2, 2016, will be celebrated as World Communion Sunday in many churches throughout the world. “Observed on the first Sunday in October, this day calls the Church to be the universal, inclusive Church. The day was first observed by Presbyterians in 1936, adopted by the Federal Council of Churches in 1940, and shortly thereafter observed in Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren churches.”
This day reminds us that we are all one in God’s eyes – no matter our denominational affiliation, or whatever human divisions we use to categorize people – we are brought together around this table of Christ’s as we come together to share in the feast of Holy Communion. We who have been created in the image of God are reminded to recognize the sacred worth of all of God’s people. I think the hymn “I Come with Joy” from The United Methodist Hymnal says it well: “I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed, the new community of love in Christ’s communion bread, in Christ’s communion bread. As Christ breaks bread and bids us share, each proud division ends. The love that made us makes us one, and strangers now are friends, and strangers now are friends.” (#617, vv. 2 and 3)
I have been in worship services where different imagery has been used to remind those gathered of the diversity of God’s people from around the world. Various types of breads and juices from different cultures were used as the elements for communion as yet another way to remind us that even though we come from a variety of places, we are one as we gather around the table to be renewed in body and spirit through the gifts of Christ.
In our world which seems to focus on so many differences, and not always in healthy or productive ways, this celebration of World Communion is a powerful reminder that we are all part of God’s good creation. Rather than allowing differences to undermine, celebrate the unique gifts each one brings to the wonder and joy that God invites us to experience in the world around us.



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