Student-led African American style worship

Berean Fellowship began nearly a decade ago under the direction of the Black Faculty and Staff Fellowship. In one sense, it grew in response to the need for African American style worship on campus. In another, Berean sought to create space for people of all ethnicities to share common ground and build community. On both accounts, the gathering that takes place every Sabbath morning is a powerful success.

All are invited to join one of the largest Adventist African American gatherings in the North Pacific Union for worship in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium each Sabbath at 10:30am. A warm reception of fellowship and food precedes each gathering followed by worship and teaching.



Join us next Sabbath, October 22, at 3pm in the sanctuary for an important presentation on the history and meaning of ordination. 

Darius Jankiewicz, Andrews University professor of history and theology, is a leading authority on the practice of ordination since the early church. In addition to these topics, Jankiewicz will also discuss the issue of authority in the New Testament.

Please plan to attend this special event that is sponsored by the WWU School of Theology,
FORUM, and The University Church.



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Please join me in welcoming Kendra Haugen, a junior music major (pre–med) from Medford, OR. Also, I am excited to welcome and introduce to our congregation Jinhyang Park, a new member of the music faculty. Jinhyang comes to us from Seoul, Korea by way of Boston University, where she is just completing her doctorate in collaborative piano. Please join me in wishing both of these musicians the warmest of Walla Walla welcomes.

Kendra and Jinhyang perform a slow movement from a violin sonata by Francesco Veracini (1690-1768). In addition, Jinhyang plays some hymn arrangements. Two Seventh-day Adventist artists wrote the hymn we hear at the offertory (No.554). Lillian Dale Avery-Stuttle (1855-1933) penned the text and Edwin Barnes (1864-1930) composed the music. At the age of 17, Barnes left his native Southampton, England, to serve as organist for Battle Creek SDA church and attend Battle Creek College. A life-long student, Barnes returned to Europe many times to study with the best musicians including organ study with Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), composer of today’s organ music. As you prepare your heart to worship, I invite you to silently meditate on the words of hymn No.554, or those of the first anthem which are given here: 

There comes to my heart one sweet strain,
A glad and a joyous refrain;
I sing it again and again--
Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love.
Peace, peace, sweet peace!
Wonderful gift from above!
O wonderful, wonderful peace!
Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love!

-Kraig Scott




Sabbath's Question:
What does God think about "Black Lives Matter"?





The University Church budget funds many important aspects of our local ministry. Although pastors' salaries are funded by donations marked "tithe", the University Church budget is what subsidizes our amazing K-12 school programs at Walla Walla Valley Academy and Rogers Adventist School. It also makes our worship services and broadcast ministry possible. Thank you for your generous and systematic support!

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Ordination update. The Upper Columbia Conference administration has agreed to meet with our church in response to a request by our board. The time will be spent discussing the status of commissioned pastors in this conference. All church members are encouraged to attend, Wednesday evening, November 9 at 7pm. Location TBD.

Darius Jankiewicz, Professor of Historical Theology at Andrews University, will present on the history and meaning of ordination on October 22 at 3pm in the Sanctuary. This event is sponsored by FORUM and the School of Theology.

Ask Anything midweek conversations continue this week.  Thursday, October 6, at 7pm in Heubach Chapel. Pastor Alex will lead the discussion on our weekly topic!

New Sabbath Schools are beginning. This Sabbath, October 15, student-led Sabbath schools meet together on Kretschmar lawn for ASWWU Mobile Church with guest speakers Anthony Lyder and Ben Lundquist. Next Sabbath, October 22, Circle Church and Sabbath Seminar begin for the first time this academic school year while all other student Sabbath schools return to their normal locations.  

Student Missions Vespers will be Friday, October 28 at 8pm in the Sanctuary. Lauren Epperson will be our speaker. The Missions Fair in the Church lobby will follow the Vespers service.  

50 Plus Club potluck is Sunday, October 16 at 5p in the Youth Center. Come and enjoy a Ray Sample family musical program. Bring a friend!”

SonBridge is in need of two volunteers, one for the reception desk and another for the Thrift & Gift decorative flower department. If interested, please call (509) 529-3100 or visit

Blue Mountain Television (BMT) Fall Sharathon 2016 is nearly here! Join us October 24-26, each night from 6–10pm on BMT to watch the Sharathon program full of beautiful music and touching stories. 

LRF 88.5 needs your help by NOV 1 so we can install a new antenna and coax cable before snow falls at our site in the mountains. Our old equipment shuts down the station when it gets too cold to handle the power. The cost is $22,000. The station is operated by volunteers. All donations will go to this urgent project. Mail to KLRF 88.5,1200 SE 12th St, College Place, WA 99324. Thank you for your help, Owen Bandy, General Manager.

Milton Adventist Church is looking for volunteers to help with leadership positions in the “Journey to Bethlehem” community program. For more information or to sign up, please contact Marja McChesney, Office Manager at509.386.6071.

“Armor of God”, a free women’s DVD Bible Study, starts at noon on Wednesday, September 28! Based on Ephesians 6:10–19 by Christian author and speaker Priscilla Shirer, the study will take place on Wednesdays, noon to 1pm, September 28 through November 9. No registration needed. SonBridge Community Center, 1200 SE 12th Street, College Place. 509.529.3100.

Interested in Jail Ministries? Call Eastgate SDA Church (Candice Reece) at 509.301.8114 for more information.”

Free counseling for individuals, couples, and families at Pathways to Change, a community counseling clinic managed by the School of Education and Psychology at Walla Walla University.  Counselors are second-year master’s students in counseling psychology under the supervision of program faculty.  The clinic is located in Smith Hall and is open Sunday through Thursday from 2 to 9pm.  For more information, or to make an appointment, call Pathways to Change at 509.527.2654.

At SonBridge Community Center, we are dedicated to creating educational opportunities for the betterment of our community. Starting September 28, most of our fall classes begin. Some of these classes include Grief Support and English as a Second Language. Call (509) 529-3100 or visit for more information.

UCC Women’s Retreat: Registrants will enjoy a relaxing weekend, October 21-23, 2016, at Camp Mivoden with this year’s keynote speaker, Brenda Duerksen, along with other great speakers and musicians. Register online at If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Terry at or (509) 242-0478.

Volunteer Opportunities at Christian Aid Center:
- Breakfast Cook every Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m.
- Weekend Breakfast Host from 6:00 to 8:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday openings (food handler card required)
- Weekend Dinner Host from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday openings
- Chapel Speaker
- Childcare Provider (weekday morning times available)
Please call Jeannette Regalado, at (509) 525-7153 ext. 114 for more information.

Milton-Stateline Adventist School is hosting a book fair FIESTA! Everyone is invited to come and look over new books titles which can be purchased at discounted prices. Don’t forget, Christmas is coming and books always make great gifts! Each purchase helps our school earn points towards free books for our library. The fair will be held in our library Oct 31-Nov 4. The hours are Mon-Thurs 8:00 am-4:00 pm and Fri 9:00 am-12:30 pm. We appreciate all of your support!

Milton-Stateline Adventist School invites you to a Talent Show and fundraising sale on Saturday, Oct. 29th at 6:30 pm in our gym. Admission is by donation.  There will be singers, musicians and more!   Fun for the entire family! There will be concession stand. All proceeds go to purchasing some much needed P.E. equipment.



Sabbath, October 15
    6:05pm — Sunset

Sunday, October 16
    5pm — 50 Plus Club potluck, Youth Center

Daily, October 1721
    7:30am — Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel

Tuesday, October 18
    7pm — High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room

Wednesday, October 19
    12–1pm — Women’s DVD Bible Study, SonBridge
    6:30pm — Pathfinders Club, Fellowship Hall

Thursday, October 20
7pm — Ask Anything Conversation, Heubach Chapel

Friday, October 21
5:54pm — Sunset
    8pm — WWU Vespers, Katie Palumbo, Sanctuary

Sabbath, October 22
    3pm — Darius Jankiewicz, FORUM, Sanctuary    

Wednesday, November 9
    7pm — Ordination conversation with UCC Leaders