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Local News 5.1.2018

An Odyssey of the Mind team from Pella is advancing to the world competition on May 23-26 in Ames. Pella Community School’s Division I team placed first at the state competition in April.  Odyssey of the Mind is an international creativity competition that helps students develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and subjects like math, language arts, among others.  Pella’s teams began practicing last October; At the beginning of the season, teams are given five long-term problems to choose from. Pella’s Division I team chose, “A Stellar Hangout.” The team had to create a scenario centered on a science fiction hangout that included three original characters, foods and a search for space treasure. Pella Community School’s Division I team will compete against 800 other teams representing more than 26 countries at the worlds competition.

Governor Kim Reynolds stopped by recently to visit with the assembly workers at the C & C Manufacturing plant in Ottumwa.  Company executives President Gaylon Cowan and Vice-President Geoff Cowan, told Reynolds C & C Manufacturing is bringing in plenty of business — but they could use more of the great workers they rely upon.  Starting almost 25 years ago in a 10-foot workspace, C & C Manufacturing now occupies a 150,000 sq/ft production facility; One piece of equipment the governor asked about was the car crusher, or “logger,” which can turn an SUV into a refrigerator-sized package in roughly one minute.  They also produce snow removal equipment is in use at such international airports as John F. Kennedy in New York.

 

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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.

Today in the Workplace
What trouble do you have that you can take to your friend?
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