On Sunday, March 4, Charles and Willa Cable celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a special church service provided by several family members at the Arcadia Christian Church, where they are the pastors. Lloyd Houk, guest pianist, provided all the music for congregational singing and special music.
Sam and Nate Cable played and sang, "I'll Fly Away." Paul Walrod played and sang a special song of tribute to the anniversary couple.
Bob Cable was the guest preacher for the morning. He chose Colossians 3:1-12. At the noon hour all enjoyed the monthly chicken dinner.
In the afternoon there was a reception for the couple held in Arcadia Community Center with approximately 150 in attendance. It was hosted by the Cable's children and grandchildren, namely, son Bob and Lori Cable; daughter Cherri and Paul Walrod; and Ashley and Stuart Semple. Charles and Willa want to thank their children, grandchildren, family and friends for making the day a joyous occasion.
Patty Peterson, president of both Class 10 and JOY Sunday School classes, has announced the annual ladies retreat will be held Saturday, March 31. All ladies are invited to attend. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon.
The subject of the day will be the Bible through the ages. Guest speaker will be Kristin Girard from Joplin. Music will be led by Patty McCullough. There will be crafts and pampering. This will be held at Arcadia Christian Church and bungalow.
The March 12 gathering of Arcadia Autumn Leaves Senior Citizens was held in its own cottage on Monday with a fine variety of food served at the noon hour.
Blood pressure readings were taken by Jan Mayfield, Beth Popejoy and Jodee Valley from Arma Care Center. Their monthly ticket drawing was won by Raymond Kalm.
The business meeting was conducted by President Lilly Coonrod, who also read the numbers for playing bingo. A thank you card was signed by all and sent to Gary Lofts, art teacher in Northeast High School in Arma, who made the new sign for the front porch of the cottage.
The April 9 meeting is open to area senior citizens who enjoy fellowship and dinner with people their own age. Doors open at 11 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring a covered dish. The 18 present this month were Helen Sisney, Alta Carpenter, David and Carol Bridgewater, Jack and Mary Lee Payne, Patty and Gary Peterson, Charles and Willa Cable, Bob Prettyman, Jerry Coonrod and Mary V. Shead.
The Open Door Church has invited the Arcadia Christian Church congregation to attend as guests at their Easter breakfast on Sunday, April 8, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the community center downtown.
On Sunday morning, March 18, the birthday song was dedicated to Daniel Parrish when his grandmother Vera Parrish gave an offering in his name. Pastor Cable closed his message this past Sunday by singing "Got Any Rivers You Can't Cross?"
The last verse of the song during "meet and greet" was sung as a duet by the two song leaders, Clay Carrington and Stuart Semple.
Ralph and Cindy Shead spent last week in Mississippi on a mission for LATM (Learning and Teaching Ministries). They spoke in a church where friends from college days at Ozark Christian College are pastoring. The pastor, Tim Crowe, and Ralph were in the same quartet while in school together in Joplin, Mo.