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Missions, retreats and memories

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Open Door Church in Arcadia is inviting folks to hear Jody Dunn tell of her mission work in the Philippine Islands. She will be at the church on Wednesday evening, Oct.19, at 6 p.m.

Twenty-nine people from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., representing Agape. Zoe and Rock Wings of three Dorms held a week end retreat at the Shead Farm, rural Garland, Oct. 5-7.

This group helped harvest sweet potatoes, tear down an old carport, clean barn stalls, pick apples, clean the garden and stack wood.

The two Shead daughters and husbands, Mitzi and Joel Ray and Maria and Clayton Whitson are wingbackers for the three groups present.

The ORU students also played ultimate Frisbee, took a hayride, had devotions by the campfire, studied for mid-term exams and took a walk in the woods.

The boys slept in the barn while the girls occupied the upstairs in the farm house. Food was furnished by the ORU Food Service. ORU students have been coming to the Shead farm for retreats since l994.

Last week, Glen Watt, former Arcadia High School Grad visited with Cathy Allen who lives in the home where Glen's grandparents lived at the time grandpa was a rural mail carrier in town. Glen inquired about his cousins Mae and Delton Watt and the Sheads.

Mrs. Shead recalls that Glen's parents before marriage, Mae Lyden and Rich Watt worked for the G.W. Corporon family, he as a carpenter and she in the home. Glen and his brother Charles Watt and sister, Dorothy Mae were school mates to the Corporon and Shead students. Nice memories of oldtime friends.

Sunday, Oct. 7, the Arcadia Christian Church honored longtime worker Patty Peterson by presenting her with a gift and special card.

At noon she blessed the dinner and shared a specially decorated cake in her honor. She was pleased to have their daughter, and husband Mr. and Mrs. Girard and two sons from Joplin present for this special occasion.

Her friends are happy to tell that Patty and Gary were longtime high school class teachers, and now she is the little kids' class teacher while Gary is JOY Class teacher. Patty is also president of JOY Class and Class No. 10 and quilts with the ladies each Tuesday.

The JOY Class carry-in dinner to be held Oct. 15, in the church bungalow will include a household shower for Cathy Allen. All her friends are invited to attend. Dinner is at 6 p.m.

On Nov. 3, from 5:30-8 p.m. a chili and soup supper with dessert and drink will be served for a free will donation in the Arcadia Community Center. A pie auction will begin at 6:30. All proceeds go to the Bridgewater Santa Project for Arcadia Kids to have a toy for Christmas. This is a citywide project.

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Partridge of Mulberry were welcomed back in Christian Church in Arcadia after a long sick leave for both. Also Lori Cable from Lamar was welcomed back with husband Bob Cable who again served as pianist for his father, Pastor, Charles Cable.

The Hueston family of Mapleton did contact this reporter to confirm the fact that I did know the Hueston twins and classmate to their sister Laverne Hueston during our high school days. Thank you for the call.

Mary V. Shead
Arcadia Area News