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It’s Pork Chop Dinner Time

It’s that time of year again, time for American Lutheran Church’s annual pork chop dinner. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, October 14 in the church fellowship hall. Featuring grilled boneless pork chops, 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.
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.

Meditations – September 30, 2015

By Pastor Nathan Richardson  Heartland Community Church
Last week I went to a leadership conference in Sioux Falls. One of the speakers was Roddy Chong, a very talented violinist. He shared a story of when he was growing up he would perform at different events. Every now and then he would make a mistake. When he was young he would stop and start the whole song again. When he was a little older and a little more talented he would start again just before the place he made the mistake. It took him a while to learn that most people watching never noticed the mistake. When he learned this he said it was an epiphany. It was then he learned to play through the mistake. Not to look back on the mistake at least in the middle of the performance. Roddy Chong refused to be defined by his mistake.
So many people let mistakes rule their life. They let the mistakes impact their decisions. They choose to avoid certain activities. They write people off because of their mistakes. As a Pastor I have met many people that say they could never step inside of a church because of their past. How I respond to one person is how I respond to all people. You are not your mistake. You are not defined by your worst act. We are not our mess. We all have something better that God has planned for us. Unfortunately so many people are allowing guilt to dictate what they do. This should not be so.
Throughout this month I have been encouraging Cause to invade your life. Causes are important. Causes are something we stand up for, fight for and maybe even willing to put our life on the line for. I have addressed different causes like Celebrate Recovery, Slavery, the Food Pantry and digging a well in Sierra Leone. Every one needs a cause. Some causes involve taking a risk.
Last week I mentioned how you are the cause of Christ that he was willing to risk and eventually give up his life for you. Through his death on the cross and his resurrection a few days later he opened up the door of grace for you and me. This door of grace allows us to leave our mistakes behind us. The door offers forgiveness for us, and the freedom we need to move forward and not to be held down by our past.
Most causes eventually end. Maybe a cure was found. Or the needs were met. But the cause of salvation is eternal. It last forever and gives life to those who have a relationship with Christ. Salvation is a cause worth standing up for, fighting for and laying your life down for. If you have any questions about salvation give me or one of the other Pastors in town a call. We would be happy to help. Salvation is our cause.

Artifacts – September 30, 2015

Mark Saturday, October 10th on your calendars as the Museum will offer its final enrichment class of the year, “Dare to Dream.” This class will be held at the Museum and will offer students age 8-14 the opportunity to create a pillowcase for themselves, to give as a gift, or to donate to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Pillowcases donated to the hospital will be delivered to children who are battling a disease, encouraging them to dream about better days ahead.
Each student is asked to bring 1 yd. of fabric (prewashed and dried for best results) for each pillowcase they wish to make (limit 2). The Museum will provide instruction, sewing machines, scissors and an assortment of colored thread. A snack will also be provided. Cost for the class is $10.00. Advance registration is required by October 8. You may register by contacting the Museum (319-342-3619) or obtaining a registration form from the elementary school offices. We encourage you to register early as class size is limited.
This would make a great club service project for 4-H groups! Anyone having juvenile print fabric they wish to donate to this project may drop it off at the Museum.

Fire Station Open House Welcomes Visitors Oct. 7

La Porte City Fire Rescue invites community members and prospective volunteers to visit during an Open House to be held Wednesday evening, October 7 from 6 – 9 PM at the firehouse at 204 Main Street. The Open House is being held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, underscoring the difference community involvement makes in the operation of the local, volunteer department. LPC Fire Rescue/EMT team members are looking for others to join them in service to the community as the department belongs to all residents. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and live within the La Porte city limits.
A wide variety of tools and equipment will be on display. Stop in, visit and thank La Porte City’s finest and join them in making a difference each and every day.
If questions, call Becky Clark at 319-269-0069 or Sam Weich at 319-269-6306.
Additionally, the Department will be hosting its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Saturday, October 10 from 5-8 PM at the Fire Station. The all-you-can-eat meal costs $8 for ages 9 and up, $4 for kids 5-8 years of age, and kids 4 and under eat free. Carry outs will be available, as well as delivery (to shut-ins only – please call 342-2521 to schedule). Mark your calendar and support local emergency volunteers and services.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – September 30, 2015

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 TJ, a tenacious little long-haired Dachshund who is looking for a family…will it be yours? Wouldn’t you like to come home to that sweet face each day? TJ is a bit of a spitfire, who isn’t crazy about being picked up or handled too much. He has also shown signs of being territorial, which is why TJ will need a home without small children. If you have other pets in your home, TJ should meet them before coming home with you. Once TJ gets to know you, he is a sweet dog, and in the right home, will make a loyal and loving companion.
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

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