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Local News 2.20.2018

Want a historic home in Pella for free, and some cash to help move it?  If so, here’s your big chance – Central College doesn’t have a good use for the home at 300 Broadway, and it would cost too much to bring it up to code for institutional purposes, so they’re giving it away.  Last week the Historic Pella Trust posted on Facebook that the home would be demolished if it couldn’t be moved by June 1st – that post has since been shared 4600 times and received over 2600 “likes”.  The historic trust’s move to publicize the over 100-year-old home came after approximately two years of Central College’s efforts to save the home.  The 100+ year old home, known as the Waechter Home, will cost about $35,000-$40,000 to move; Central is selling it for just $1, and will give the buyer $10,000 to help move the structure – the amount it will cost them to tear it down.  Anyone interested in learning more about this unique opportunity should e-mail Alice Claypool, at claypoola@central.edu.

Oskaloosa residents will soon be paying a bit more for water – the Oskaloosa Water Board met on February 12th and voted to increase the rates inside city limits by 5% to bring the minimum charge up to $14.14 per month, and in addition, consumers would pay $7.07 for 100 cubic feet of water beyond the first 200 cubic feet of water which is included in the minimum charge.  Currently, the minimum charge in the city of Oskaloosa for water is $13.46, and double that amount for those outside the city limits.

 

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What to do with a Troubled Heart
Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Psalm 25:17

There is no greater answer for our troubles than to have a conversation with our Lord. Not a one-sided conversation but truly enter a time of listening. Often, we want to share our anguish but how regularly do we want to hear feedback. This prayer takes more than sharing our troubles for it takes waiting in His presence and receiving instruction.

We all have a trusted friend we share the troubles of our heart with but what if we looked towards God as a trusted friend and confidant. He is ready to hear from us and will help us as our friend with the problems we carry.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

He calls us his friends and His desire is to sit with us in our troubles and anguish. His friendship is motivated by love for us for His very essence is love for us. When He approaches our problems, he hears them through love, so I’m not sure why we wait to carry all our difficulties to our friend.

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