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Local News 3.8.2018

Pella Community High School’s student council fundraised $3,000 for Kaelie De Heer, a PHS student who needed a service dog.  De Heer has cerebral palsy, a diagnosis that limits her mobility. She and her mother, Tina Uitermarkt, had been raising money to buy a service dog since November 2017. Prior to Tuesday’s presentation, De Heer’s family had raised roughly $12,000 toward the $14,000 dog.  The amount fundraised by student council had been kept a secret from De Heer and her mother prior to the presentation. Afterward, De Heer could not stop smiling and expressed excitement to her mother. Uitermarkt conveyed gratitude toward the students.  This $3,000 will go over the family’s goal to purchase the dog. The extra funds will be used toward a fence for the dog at the family’s home.

A Pella Christian High School is one of 50 students nationwide piloting a new course called Google Course Share Collaboration at Calvin College.   Taylor Hartson, class of 2015 and junior at Calvin College, said she was approached by her faculty advisor and course teacher, Roman Williams, and encouraged to participate.   The class, which fulfills one of her sociology major elective requirements, will provide an opportunity for her to practice different methods of collecting sociological data.  The Google Course Share Collaboration comprises of three courses during this semester. Hartson said the content of her course focuses on how sociologists can best use visual methods in the study of sociology.


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You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! Psalm 22:23

There are many things in this world we can admire. There are many famous people we may stargaze over because of all the abilities they have been given. We may soon be finding ourselves praising them and honoring them to the place they get all of our attention. We see them behind the TV screen which grasps a lot of our daily attention. We would instead praise the celebrity or athlete behind the screen than the One who is truly worthy.

This isn’t to make us feel guilty, but it is written to change us. David called out and said for those who fear the Lord, Praise Him. If we admire God, then praise should be a daily heartfelt response. Maybe our hearts have been overtaken by false idols, and there isn’t enough room for fearing God. Could it be, we have allowed to much space to worship idols instead of the One True God?

David called out to the descendants with an an exclamation point behind his statements. He knew there would be other idols trying to compete with the fear of the Lord. We too are descendants of Jacob and like our ancestors, it’s time to honor, revere and praise His name. It could be time to get rid of what’s taking the place of our daily praise! Making praise a regular exercise will conquer the invasion of the idol.

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