JOY Sunday School class meeting was held on Monday evening, Aug. 15, in the Christian Church parsonage for a fine carry-in dinner and business meeting.
Special thanks was given to Christie and Wayne Parrish, Vera Parrish, Karen Jerkins and Patty Peterson for the work they did to brighten the kitchen. Pastor Charles and Willa Cable, who occupy the home part time and host church gatherings there for both young and old, were proud to show the new look.
Another thank you was expressed to David and Carol Bridgewater for the work done in the church bungalow, especially in the library. The Petersons honored Willa with a birthday cake that evening.
The following Sunday, when she gave her offering for her 66th birthday and one given for Douglas Watt's 35th birthday, all sang the song in their honor. Others present for the evening JOY meeting were Kelly Reeves, Betty Dehn, Josie Bryant, Bridget Schmitz, Cathy and Pat Allen and Austin and Lani Sprague.
The president closed with a quote from a former president of JOY, Shirley Briggs, "A loose tongue often gets in a tight place"
Charles Corporon visited Nelson (his brother) and Eloise Corporon in Joplin on Thursday last week. On Sunday, Aug. 21, he attended the Pittsburg Luthern Church as a guest of his great niece, Beth Murphy and family from Girard. She is a granddaughter of the Corporons.
On Friday, Betty Dehn and Mary V. Shead visited Mae Watt and later shopped in Fort Scott at the new Dollar General Store where the bowling alley used to be active.
Before returning home, they enjoyed lunch at Long John Silvers.
On Sunday night, Mae enjoyed the Blackwood Brothers in concert at the Fort Scott Methodist Church.
Our Gang monthly meeting will gather Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. for a potluck dinner in the Arcadia Community Center. Look forward to a special meeting to be announced for the Sept. 24 gathering.
Congratulations to Perry Dobbins, former Arcadia resident, who celebrated with friends on his 90th birthday in First Church of God in Fort Scott on Saturday Aug. 20.
On Aug. 13, Larry and Vickie Shead took son Mark, Haley, Katy and Benjamin Shead to the Kansas City airport for a flight to Florida where they spent a week with Haley's dad for a vacation on the beach.
On Saturday, Aug. 20, Vickie Shead and friend Diana Goodbody of Fort Scott went to hear John Bever speak for Word Explosion at Victory Church in Tulsa.
They were overnight guests of Shirley Applegarth, who brought them home on Sunday.
When Cindy Shead celebrated her 61st birthday the end of July, her son and wife, Matthew and Ashley Shead of Joplin, prepared a special Sunday dinner for her.
Then, on Aug. l7, when she and husband Ralph Shead celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary, they helped serve breakfast to volunteer workers in the Joplin area who spent the night in the Carl Junction Christian Church.
Then the couple went to Springfield, Mo., for their special celebration and visited Bass Pro Shop and took a ride into Fantastic Caverns.
You are reminded that the Cato Historic Preservation Association is planning a tour and Sesquicentennial event over two days on Oct. 21 and 22.