Arcadia Christian Church will have its women’s spring retreat at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Speaker will be Kathy Groneau, retired RN/counselor, who lost her husband, longtime area photographer Orin Groneau, to cancer in 2007 and within a month was herself diagnosed with breast cancer. She is the author of “Eat Ice Cream for Supper.” Special music will be provided by Angela and Jeff King. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and there will be crafts and pamper time.
The movie “God’s Not Dead” is playing at the movie theater on Route 66 in Webb City, Mo. Larry Shead called to reserve tickets and talked to a man from a Joplin Methodist Church. It was the church’s men’s group that had made arrangements for the movie to be shown in Webb City. When Shead gave Jeff Koch his name, he asked if Shead had any relatives in Joplin. It turned out that Shead’s nephew, Matt Shead, teaches guitar lessons to Koch’s daughters. Matt Shead lived in Arcadia with his parents, Ralph and Cindy Shead, when they were on furlough from their mission work in Chile. He and his wife, Ashley, reside in Joplin and have a son, Miles. Ralph and Cindy Shead now live in Carl Junction, Mo. Larry Shead and Ralph Shead grew up in Arcadia as the sons of Paul and Mary V. Shead.
Larry and Vickie Shead traveled to Webb City Friday night to view “God’s Not Dead.” They had spoken for 10 tickets and are glad they did. When they arrived, the line outside the theater was half a block long and it was being announced that the showing was sold out. Only those with pre-purchased tickets would be allowed in. After getting their 10 tickets, the Sheads began looking for people to join them. They were Phil and Susan Casey, Joplin, who pastored the Arcadia  Christian Church for several years as they attended Ozark Christian College, and their daughter Emily; Carol DeWelt, Joplin, who pastored the Arcadia Christian Church with husband Chris DeWelt; Chris Nickerson, who has visited the Arcadia church many times, daughter of George and Tasci King, former OCC music teachers, and a cousin of Vickie Shead, with her husband, Nick Nickerson; Ralph Shead, brother of Larry Shead; and Carol Liston, Chris Nickerson’s sister, who has also visited the Arcadia church.  While at the movie the Sheads also visited with David and Rose Fish and their daughter, Carie, Joplin. The Fish family were missionaries in Chile at the same time that Ralph and Cindy Shead and Phil and Susan Casey were in the mission field. David Fish sang in a quartet with Ralph Shead while attending OCC and frequently sang in Arcadia with the quartet.
Arcadia residents were saddened to learn of the death of Bill Strecker, most recently of Pasadena, Calif. He was born in 1917 in Arcadia to Harvey and Katie Strecker. He played basketball at Arcadia High School. His brother, Earl Strecker, was Arcadia postmaster for several years.  The body was cremated. The information about his death was provided by his niece, Sherry Strecker, Pittsburg.
Sunday, March 23, would have been the 98th birthday of Paul Shead, former owner/operator of Shead’s Service in Arcadia. He died in 1985.