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Local News 10.6.2017

Young people in Mahaska County got a taste of the outdoor life at the 14th annual Youth Outdoor Field Day.  Nearly 300 people attended the event at the Russell Wildlife area; of those Mahaska County Conservation Naturalist Laura DeCook said 170 were local area youth.  For the second year in a row participants were able to experience different activities by moving from one station to the next and staying as long as they liked.  Some favorites for the day were a boat ride for bow fishing, retriever dogs, and  clay pigeon shooting.  

Another Oskaloosa event had folks going to the dogs as they raised funds for the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter – the 6th annual Stephen Memorial K-9 5K took place this past Saturday at Lake Keomah, where approximately 40 runners participated in the Shelter’s largest fundraising event of the year.  Shelter employee Connie Rodgers remarked that after a period of turmoil in leadership at the shelter, it feels like they’ve turned a corner, with operations steadily improving day by day.  

The former Caseys store at the corner of Main and Washington Street has been sold – during a recent auction of the property Bank Iowa purchased the location for $210,000.  CEO of Bank Iowa Jim Plagge says they’re expanding banking services to Pella; the bank intends to demolish the current structure, and is currently coming up with design documents to submit to the city of Pella for a new building.  There is no timeline for completion, but Plagge says they intend to start working as soon as possible, with potential construction possible in early 2018.


The Gift of Selflessness
Written by Drew Paden

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."
Philippians 2: 3-5

In a world that constantly preaches on capturing the "American Dream," and becoming "successful," it is easy to lose sight of a gift such as selflessness. While selflessness in the form of personal ambition and interests is a fruitful gift and one that we are called to have, we often forget about selflessness in our relationships.

In this passage from Philippians 2, Paul urges the church in Philippi to strip off selfishness in all areas of their life. It is easy to hone in on our visible actions, and material possessions but the Bible repeatedly gives us valuable wisdom on how to be selfless with them. But what does it mean to have this in relationships? Paul tells us right here: "value others above yourselves," and have the "same mindset as Christ Jesus." When you value the people in your life more than you value your own, your relationship with them is not affected by the bad days you have, or how you are feeling at the moment. It is not about what YOU want or need, but what THEY want and need and this is having the mindset of Jesus. He did not need to leave paradise to redeem the world, but We needed Him to. He displayed the ultimate sign of selflessness in His relationship with us.
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Our earthly relationships will grow and flourish when we live this way, but in our relationship with Jesus, it is a necessity. We cannot allow whatever we have done, and whatever is currently happening in our daily lives, to influence what is true every day. Jesus gave the sacrifice that never stops giving, and never changes. We have to build and develop our relationship with Him based on what He has done, and what He is doing, not the other way around. Having a selfless relationship with Jesus is to love and meet Him every day, because every day He is waiting to love and meet YOU.
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