In honor of the 61st wedding anniversary of John and Vera Parrish, their family gathered at the Lodge Restaurant in St. Paul, Kan. Those present were Wayne and Christie Parrish, Jenny and Ryan; Allyson and Karter Dugan; Janet and Mark Vanleeuwen. Christie presented the couple with a beautiful, homemade, decorated cake that was served in their honor. On Sunday, the couple gave their anniversary offering as the congregation sang the anniversary song in Arcadia Christian Church.
Owen McWilliams of Joplin, Mo., was pictured and spoke his opinion about the problems Congress members are discussing this week. His Arcadia friends saw him on Fox 14 Newscast on Sunday Night, July 31, at 9 p.m. His wife is the former Juanita Giger, a 1936 graduate of Arcadia High School.
While visiting her aunt Mandy and family in Fort Scott, Cheyenne Mellon, Arcadia, went to Schlitter Bahn Water Park in Kansas City over the last weekend.
Sunday morning, July 31, before the morning prayer was led by David Bridgewater, his wife, Carol, read a special poem entitled "If."
A special prayer request was for Mrs. Allen Watt, Wichita, who recently went to St. Luke's in Kansas City for a consultation.
Among the special guests present that morning in the JOY Sunday School class were Cody Martin and Bryan Guest, Arcadia, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Semple, Carthage, Mo.
Guest speaker that morning was Stuart Semple, Redfield. After a two-week break, Pastor Charles Cable and Willa will be back in pulpit and Bible Study on Monday evenings.
Kids Fun Day was held the first day of August. Vacation Bible School will begin Aug. 8-12 at 6:30 each evening with the Oskaloosa Baptist Church as the host. Requests have been made for food items, cookies and transportation.
On another Sunday morning, Bridgette Schmitz gave her 12th birthday offering as others sang the birthday song to her.
By reading the Liberal News, I learned good things about former Arcadia residents. Bob Garrett gave the devotions in the Hannon Baptist Church. It was entitled "No one ever cared for me like Jesus." The early history of this special song took place during the Great Depression of l932.
Harold and Birdie Malone received word of the birth of a great-great-grandson, Benjamin James, on July 22, 2011. Their son, Harold Malone Jr., taught the lesson "Alive in Christ" Sunday morning at the Lighthouse of Worship.
Ralph and Cindy Shead spent a weekend in July visiting her aunt Ardie McKinney in Arkansas. From there they traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., to attend the weeklong Spanish Speaking Christian National Convention.
On July 23, they drove to Hurst, Ill., where they spoke in the Christian Church on behalf of LATM of Joplin, Mo., on Sunday morning.
They returned to their home in Carl Junction, Mo., on July 25. Back in their home church, they continued their turn in helping to serve breakfast to folks who stay overnight in the church and do clean-up work in Joplin during the day.
Area residents are reminded of the free blood pressure checks held in Mercy Medical Plaza of Arma at 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. No appointment is necessary. Patients may enter a drawing each time their blood pressure is taken. A monthly prize is awarded.
Keep in mind that the Kansas Sesquicentennial is Oct. 21 and 22 in Cato, Kan.
Arcadia City Hall hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, and closed noon to 1 p.m. each day for lunch.