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Local News 10.9.2017

It may have been wet and dreary, but the weather this past Saturday morning didn’t dampen the spirits of the men and women who gathered at the Tulip Toren to join the fight against breast cancer.  Breast cancer survivors, their friends, families, and medical professionals all participated in the annual Pella in Pink 2K Saturday morning.  Pella Regional Health Center held the walk and run in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities. Resident Becky Rozenboom was diagnosed earlier this year, and was overwhelmed by the support of those closest to her and all that turned out for the event.

More jobs are coming to South Central Iowa as Lely North America intends to continue growth at their facility in Pella.  Vice President Chad Huyser says as the dairy industry becomes more automated, demand increases to provide up-to-date products to operations throughout North America, which also provides the opportunity to increase market share.  Huyser says they are continuing to expand their staff and are in discussions to expand their facilities — both their location on Vermeer’s Campus and their recently-opened training facility, in the coming years.

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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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