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Welcome to Wedgwood!

At Wedgwood Community Church, we see faith as a journey;
and as a community of faith, it is our desire to be on that journey together, nurturing, encouraging, and giving strength to one another as we learn and grow and move further along our path. We seek to be a place where everyone feels safe to explore a deep connection to God and with each other, knowing that every person's story is different.

We would love to meet you wherever you are on your journey--
so please, come see for yourself who we are at Wedgwood CC!

WEEKLY NOTES:

Lenten Small Groups
The Keep/Keeping Hope Alive series starts 2/22 (the First Sunday in Lent) in the Fellowship Hall. Both sessions are now at the same time, from 1:00 to 2:30, every Sunday until March 15.

Children Are Welcome
We encourage your children to attend the worship service with you each Sunday! Nursery care is available if desired from 10:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Please check with the greeter for directions. In addition, during the worship service, children will be dismissed to activities following the Young Disciples message.

The Week Ahead

Prayer Time

Sun 3/8 10:30 a.m.

Third Sunday in Lent

Sun 3/8 11:00 a.m.

Sermon Discussion

Sun 3/8 12:20 p.m.

Keep Hope Alive Group

Sun 3/8 1:00 p.m.

St. Anne's Ministry

Sun 3/8 3:00 p.m.

Bible Study

Tue 3/10 10:00 a.m.

Faith Connections

Tue 3/10 7:00 p.m.

Prayer Time

Sun 3/15 10:30 a.m.

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sun 3/15 11:00 a.m.

Soup and Sandwich

Sun 3/15 12:00 p.m.

Keep Hope Alive Group

Sun 3/15 1:00 p.m.

Movie Night: Son of God

Sat 3/21 6:00 p.m.

See Calendar for a complete list of events.

"YOUR STORY" FOR THIS WEEK (3/8/15):
Tell about a time when you felt strong feelings, but could not express them. Maybe you had a crush on someone, were angry at one of your parents or boss or felt like crying, but did not want anyone to know.

 This Month's Focus - March 2015

About Rev. Wim Mauldin

Rev. Wim Mauldin
 

Wim Mauldin has been pastor of Wedgwood Community Church since 2012. He comes from the American Baptist tradition and yet people who listen to him seem surprised because he does not fit what they think of as "Baptist". His training and experiences include those as family counselor, chemical dependency counselor and interventionist, supervisor of chaplains in training, community organizer, and local church pastor. Pastor Wim and his wife have two adult daughters who live in Seattle, WA and Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Marty Welch Martha "Marty" Jean (Rucker) WELCH

Martha Jean (Rucker) Welch was born to Robert and Harriet Rucker on May 28, 1948. Her father was the director of the largest fish hatchery system west of the Mississippi River and ran a fish laboratory as well. Her mother was director of personnel at the University Bookstore and taught physiology. Her brothers, Richard and Fred, had already arrived 8 and 6 years earlier and Martha thought that she was probably a surprise to her parents.

As Martha grew up she became thoroughly ensconced in the Ravenna Park neighborhood. She had a large number of friends and took many of them under her wing becoming known as "Mother Martha."

When Martha was 13, the family moved to nearby Sand Point. She remembers her father joining the country club there and how she refused to participate. Martha's heart did not make the move. She took every opportunity to go back to the old neighborhood and to Eckstein Jr. High when it was newly constructed. She also had to deal with the initial disappointment of going to Nathan Hale instead of Roosevelt High School. Gradually, she was won over by the new school and her ability to establish new traditions. She earned another nickname: "Martha Musket."

Martha was reared at University Congregational Church and that church powerfully shaped her Christian life and faith. Her parents supported her going to Pacific Lutheran University, but Martha thought that was not particularly because it was a Christian university, but rather so she would get a foundation in science with more personalized attention.

The first year at PLU, Martha joined the ski team. She was particularly proud as a novice skier to have taken 13th place at the intercollegiate meet at Mt Bachelor in OR. After the end of the season, many of those on the team got together to participate in the Slush Cup. That was an annual event. This time it was held on July 4, 1967. The Cup competition included hiking up Mt Baker and skiing down. On their way back in the car, they were in terrible accident and Martha was seriously injured.

Because of the extent of her injuries, she was taken from Sedro Woolley to Everett Hospital. She was unconscious for 8 days and spent two weeks in the hospital with brain bruising and loss of memory. Even much later she could not recall two weeks of her life, which she described as having been stolen from her. Martha continued in her college career at Western Washington University and then the University of Washington. Ultimately she settled on speech and hearing Therapy.

Martha was deaf in one ear from an early childhood bout with the measles. In fact one of her early disappointments was her elementary school would not allow her to be on the crossing guard patrol because of her deafness. But, it would be easy to know Martha for a long time and never realize she had hearing loss.

[Early in my ministry here, I was talking to a small group when someone in a very directive tone said to me, "Pastor, I can't hear you. Talk louder." At which point, Marty turned to the person and said, "Why don't you move closer?" Marty made adjustment so she could get through life demanding as little from others as possible and she was genuinely surprised when others wouldn't make simple adjustments to get their own needs met.]

Despite the obstacles put in her way, Martha continued to demonstrate courage. She reported, with typical matter-of-factness, signing on as the cook for polar research expedition with the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Washington where she worked as a secretary. It was on that trip that she came to know better Mike Welch, her future husband, who worked in that Department. She cooked for 28 people using varying and unpredictable food supplied by a Navy Base. When asked about why she would take on such high adventure, she shrugged and said, "I enjoyed the challenge."

She once said, "I love to create order out of chaos: filing, straightening and cleaning up." She gave as one example of challenge and organizing that she taught pre-school at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church on 35th Ave. She made wonderful contributions to the outreach ministry here at Wedgwood Community Church. She provided us with information about how we might support church efforts help victims of natural disasters and most recently, ebola.

But, the work that made her heart sing was as a substitute clerical worker for Seattle School District. She described that job as a "perfect fit' for her call to file, straighten and create order. She also loved that it included attending to the needs of sick and injured kids, and she had lots of stories about scraped knees. Additionally, she loved the social network of office friends. Not only did the work fit perfectly, also the schedule fit perfectly with her mother's need for intermittent care. She hoped to work until she was 70.

I have to admit that gathering all this information from Marty was a little difficult. When I sat down to talk with her about herself, I had some difficulty getting her to stay on the subject. She much preferred to talk about her husband, daughters and their accomplishments. She was a courageous, unselfconscious and loving person. And so it was with great sadness that we heard the news that on a beautiful spring-like day, with her daffodils in full bloom and the birds singing away in the middle of winter, Martha Welch died, February 24, 2015.

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