Fellowship News & Events  
Fellowship 2011

Fellowship is a crucial part of any church as it is at Marcus Whitman. Here you will find upcoming events and activities that bring our church family together...














 Carl Parker

A native of Ohio, Carl Parker graduated from Cornell University and took an internship on the Jersey shores. There he met a young woman from Snoqualmie who was on  a service project.  He and Nadine were married and began life on the east coast, but soon moved to Canada where Carl worked at Mt Trembling Lodge in Quebec and then joined the Westin Hotel chain.  They were transferred to Seattle in 1969 where Carl became an internal auditor for the chain.
They settled in a home south of Des Moines. Their three boys and two girls grew up in Federal Way schools and Marcus Whitman.
Carl was a man of many interests.  He liked theatre,  music, reading, art and cooking.  His skill in the kitchen enriched our One Great Hour of Sharing, our social groups and our waistlines.  He was a member of the Des Moines Library book club. And he was very active in the activities of the community club at the park where he and Nadine moved after retirement.  There he spent much time and effort in growing prize winning roses. Carl loved to travel. He and Nadine explored much of the world especially enjoying Central America.  
Carl was an Elder several times, often serving as Stewardship chair and keeping our finances in order. Until he became ill, he regularly counted the offerings. He will be greatly missed.  Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Marriage Encounter.

A memorial service will be held at Marcus Whitman on October 29th at 2 p.m.


Until we meet again Margaret. 

After a long illness we say farewell to Margaret Arnold who went to be with the Lord and her beloved Barry on Sept. 22.  Margaret was proud of her six children and the 13 grandchildren and 3 great grand children.  She liked sharing the stories of their latest accomplishments almost as much as she liked the traveling she and Barry did.
An active member of Marcus Whitman, Margaret served as deacon several times and as treasurer of the Women’s group for several years.  She could often be found helping out with receptions or fellowship hours and always with that great smile that said she liked what she was doing and who she was doing it with.  We miss her, but we are certain she is taking her dog for a walk with Barry going down to see the Lord.



Vera Harper  Vera’s Gone Home

NOTE: Des Moines Parks Recreation and Senior Services would like to take a moment to recognize a dedicated volunteer who recently passed away.
There will be a bench dedicated in her honor on opening day at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market, June 5th, @ 10am (South Marina Park, Des Moines). 

Vera Jean Wilson Harper was a Washington native and a loyal Cougar. She grew up in Spokane, attended WSU and then married Glen Harper. Most of her life she spent in Des Moines where she found a special talent for service and hospitality. She shared her home freelyt, whether for fun or to help people who needed time to get on their feet. She was full of fun, and that was what made her such a great activity director for assisted care facilities. She was only the 37th person to be cetified as an Activity Professional. The National Association of Activity Professionals honored her more than once, and their next conference will be dedicated to Vera.
Vera was instrumental in forming Friend to Friend, an organization dedicated to making sure every resident of a care home had a visitor. As a member of Kiwanis, she worked hard to maintain its vitality, serving coffee every Saturday at the Public Market and sponsoring the Mt Rainier Key Club. Vera has served our church as Elder and as Deacon numerous terms.

She has furnished countless batches of cookies for our fellowship coffee and for the One Great Hour of Sharing auction. In her spare time she visited members who were ill, or in need. Folks who had been away, people on her care list all received drop in visits from Vera, who usually had some small gift to bring as well. But her true love was  music. She played the piano and the cello, using her skills for the Huntington Park choir and in leading worshpi at nursing homes. For over 50 years she was our lead soprano and her voice has permeated our sanctuary so deeply that we can almost hear the beams singing the old hymns she loved so well.

We will miss her everyday!!


BerniceLoving and Loved, Bernice goes home

  Bernice Andrews left a big space in the back of our sanctuary when her heart finally said  “enough,” but there is a bigger hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.   Those of us at Marcus Whitman often get to know people in the later years of their life, and we miss  much of the vitality that marked their youth.  It is especially so with  Bernice.  Dubbed “a character” by her family, Bernice was eager to explore wherever she was.  Bernice was not daunted by dirt roads so she found herself in some remote places and now and them  some dangerous ones.  When  one dirt road turned to concrete, her children realized they had strayed onto the main runway of the Anchorage Air Force base. 

She was unwilling to give up the Alaskan berry harvest to the locals so she took her nieces and nephews berry picking with the bears.  She may have been lost now and then but it never phased her.  She always found her way back home.

 She kept her children and grandchildren laughing and singing  silly songs while they searched for every museum and zoo in  the Seattle area.   She made up silly poems and wrote them on the lunch bags to remind her grandkids how much they were loved.  And the lunches she packed were huge and memorable.

Bernice had a serious side.  She worked for Boeing and finished her work life with 12 years at the port of Seattle.

Although she had a long battle with  illness ,she might report on how she was feeling, but she never complained.

 She was a woman of strong faith which she shared with everyone. Her doctor  said of her, “ Her faith was unshakeable.  Whenever we discussed God, I realized how strong it was.  I always admired that.  I looked forward to ending each of our visits with a prayer.”  What better  evidence that she is home with her Lord.

Our sympathy goes to Janet and her sister.


Bob Weigand  Stroke takes Bob Weigand, Charter Member, Friend

  Bob Weigand was born April 24, 1930.   He died on September 22, 2009. He and Sara are the parents of Debbie (Jim Robbins), Gary and Kathy.     

Bob and Sara are charter members of Marcus Whitman.  He was elected elder in 1964 and again in 1995.  He served as Trustee several times. A Boeing engineer, he used his skills to monitor  the original construction program for our building and has been involved in every building project since then.  His leadership kept the Men’s group busy and  our facility in good repair.  He was our point man when issues regarding property or taxes arose.

Among his interests were woodworking, camping , sports. 

Bob was a very friendly person. After his retirement  he became interested in genealogy.  He developed an extensive new extended family and was a leader of a group with Russian/German ancestry.

Bob was in Arizona caring for a sister when the Lord came for him.  It was typical of Bob that his last weeks were spent caring for someone else.

Without him we are emptier and poorer, but because of him we  are  safer, more comfortable, and rich in memories.  Go With God, Bob.






past news ...


WORSHIP Services Combined; Schedule Changes

After listening to the round table discussions during January, our Worship Commission has decided to combine our worship services and hold a single service at 10 a.m. This will be our schedule al least until summer, when the commission will look at the schedule again. Coffee fellowship will follow the service. Mark your calendars and set your alarms. This begins Feb 1st.

The church calendar is also posted on line, on the Home Page. Members can update events they are responsible for by creating their own password. If you have questions, contact your webmaster@mwpres.org.



Handing Ted Rickelton a big bag of his favorite goodies and signed thank you cards, Pastor Rob thanked Ted for his more than 40 years of service as Financial Secretary. If you have offering envelopes or know how much you contributed to Marcus Whitman, it is because of Ted's careful records of offerings and pledges.


Can You Hear Us Now?

"Improve your communication" was heard numerous times during our table top discussions in January. So in the interest of better communication the Session wants to know:

What is the best way to get information to you?

On paper?
On the telephone?
Face to face?
Do you need all of them to be sure you get the information?

Would you be more likely to read the Newsletter on paper or on line?

Is the calendar in the newsletter helpful? How could it be better?

How long before an event do you need to know about it, in order to include it on your personal calendar?

Please use your favorite method of communication to let us know your preferences.

On paper - use prayer request form in bulletin

Online - email us atmwpres@reachone.com

On phone - call 878-2013 during office hours or call your elder anytime

Face to face - tell the Pastors

Help us communicate better!


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