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Local News 3.28.2018

If you’ve got fines to pay at the Pella Public Library, April will bring a great opportunity to take a bit out of them – In honor of National Library Week, the Pella Public Library will hold a food for fines drive April 8-14.  The library will accept non-perishable food items in exchange for overdue fines. One food item will equal up to $1.00, with up to a maximum of $10.00 forgiven during the week. Each food item donated to the library will be given to the Pella Community Food Shelf. All donations must be in their original containers, unopened, undamaged, and not expired according to the package expiration date.Food donations are in lieu of overdue fines only, and cannot be used to clear fees for lost or damaged materials, printing, interlibrary loans, or other charges.

The Ottumwa school district got quite the shock from the IRS recently in the form of a $94,000 penalty.  Chief Financial Officer John Berg told the board that a W-2 report due to the IRS by March 31, 2016 was not filed until July 6, 2016. The report was late due to a computer problem that delayed verification of employee social security numbers, Berg said, but he doesn’t know why the report was not filed until July.  Unable to make a compelling reason to the IRS for the delay, the district was charged the standard fine, $100 per W-2, which for 941 employees equalled $94,000.  

 

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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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What trouble do you have that you can take to your friend?
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