Walla Walla University Church
October 29, 2016
A Flagship Program for WWU
Today we celebrate and thank Student Missionaries, current and returned, for their generous work all over the world. The flags in the sanctuary serve as an invitation to remember these dedicated people in prayer, remind ourselves of the global nature of our church, and for students who have yet to volunteer, to encourage them to consider it!
Each year, the WWU Student Missions Department works to empower 50–80 volunteers who find themselves teaching, pastoring, or serving as tutors, caregivers, medical assistants, or maintenance workers. If you are interested in becoming a Student Missionary, or would like to support the program, please contact Tommy Poole at 509.527.2633 or by email at email@example.com. Please visit a table in the lobby today to write an encouragement card to a current Student Missionary.
Jacqueline Allison, who served for 10 months on the island of Pohnpei, says about her experience, "While I originally went to teach fourth grade and coach the high school women’s basketball team, I quickly learned that student missionaries do so much more than what’s in their job title. Some experiences were heartbreaking, while others left me laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe. There were times that God showed His hand in undeniable ways, and moments where I had to simply trust His plan in the middle of silence."
Alyssa Olson is a sophomore studying pre-occupational therapy and psychology at WWU. She is currently serving as an assistant kindergarten teacher in Thailand. She writes, “I think that I speak not just for me, but all of the other Student Missionaries when I say that your prayers are so greatly appreciated. Please keep it up! It's true that this year has the potential to be the best in our entire lives, but that doesn't mean that we don't struggle some times. Knowing that all of you back home have our backs and are supporting us is great.”
Rohini Nageshbabu, who served in Pucallpa, Peru as a student nurse, orphanage coordinator, and Bible worker, reflects on her experience, "Going to a different country, not knowing the language or people was not easy, but I knew that it would be an experience of a life time. Serving in Pucallpa was one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life because, God blessed me with so many rich experiences that enhanced my personal relationship with God."
We wish a warm Walla Walla welcome to every visitor on this family weekend. We are excited today to hear the debut of this year’s Walla Walla University Symphony Orchestra directed by Brandon Beck. Please join me in thanking the many students and community members of both the orchestra and University Singers.
The translation of the first choral anthem, a setting of an ancient Latin hymn, is given below. The second choral piece, our offertory, is an arrangement of an old English hymn-carol first collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1909. The text for this is also printed below.
As you prepare your heart to worship I invite you to meditate silently on these texts or on those of our hymns.
Glory to God on high,
and on earth peace, good will towards men.
We praise Thee, we bless Thee,
we worship Thee, we glorify Thee,
We give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory.
O Lord God, heavenly King,
God the Father Almighty,
O Lord, the only–begotten Son Jesus Christ,
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
You only art the Lord,
You only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, are most high,
In the glory of God the Father. Amen.
THIS IS THE TRUTH
This is the truth sent from above,
The truth of God, the God of love,
Therefore don’t turn me from your door,
But hearken all both rich and poor.
The first thing which I do relate
Is that God did man create;
The next thing which to you I’ll tell:
Woman was made with man to dwell.
And we were heirs to endless woes,
Till God the Lord did interpose;
And so a promise soon did run
That He would redeem us by his Son.
And at that season of the year
Our blest Redeemer did appear:
He here did live, and here did preach.
And many thousands He did teach.
AT THE UNIVERSITY CHURCH
Why aspire to the pearly gates and harps when we can Netflix and chill?
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!
As always - we welcome your gifts made right here on our website. Click Here to Give!
Today's loose offering supports ministry at our local church. The following is a sample of how the budget is allocated:
TOUCHES OF INTEREST
(IN) Kris de Bruin from Cape Town, South Africa
John Paul and Stephanie Elie from Battle Ground, WA
Robert and Susan Gardner from Keene, TX
Michael Gref from Cornwall, Ontario (ON), Canada
Jason Holder from Brewster, WA
and Lisa Holder from CP Village
Brett and Briana Maynor from Redlands, CA
David and Jennifer Royer from Riverview, Pasco, WA
Brandon Wade from Yreka, CA
(AWAY) Michael Bork to Paradise, CA
Louis and Laurie Roosma to Stateline, MF
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.
Deacons Needed. Please contact Deanne Hoehn if you would be willing to serve, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marilynne Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, will be a special guest for WWU's Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series November 11–12. Her visit includes a presentation in the Sanctuary on Sabbath, November 12, at 10:30am.
WWVA Orchestra presents Bottom Line Duo a bass and a cello performing great music with a hilarious twist, October 30 at 7 pm in the Fine Arts Center. Tickets - Adult $25, Student - $20. Call 509-386-8140 for tickets and info.
You are invited to dinner next Sabbath, October 29 at 1pm in the Jr. High Room. All who are single, visiting, or might otherwise be alone, please come!
The Alaska and Washington chapter of Make-A-Wish® needs your help! They are seeking qualified Wish Granting Volunteers in Walla Walla. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Wish Granting Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, and work in teams of two to help plan and fulfill each wish. Volunteers interview each child to determine their wish, then work with the staff to make the wish come true! The time commitment is flexible and variable depending upon what the child wishes for. Volunteers can expect to meet with the family one time at their home to identify the wish and get the paperwork filled out, conduct follow-up phone calls about logistics, and plan a wish presentation about a week in advance of the wish. All of these things can be scheduled based on the family’s and volunteers’ availability.
Please visit http://www.akwa.wish.org for more information about Make-A-Wish, and check out Caitlin’s wish to go to New York City! http://akwa.wish.org/wishes/wish-stories/wish-to-go/caitlin-nyc-wicked. Please email Volunteer Coordinator Chris Sullivan or Wish Coordinator Lauren Davies to begin the process of becoming a Wish Granting volunteer. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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 SonBridge.org/volunteer.
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 at 509.386.6071.
“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.
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! www.scholastic.com/bf/mssda
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 29
WWU Family Weekend
1:00 pm — Guests & Singles Potluck, Jr. High Room
4:30pm — WWU Symphony Orchestra, Sanctuary
5:46pm – Sunset
Daily, October 31–November 4
7:30am — Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel
Tuesday, November 1
7pm — High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room
Wednesday, November 2
12–1pm — Women’s DVD Bible Study, SonBridge
6:30pm — Pathfinders Club, Fellowship Hall
Thursday, November 3
7pm — Ask Anything Conversation, Heubach Chapel
Friday, November 4
8pm — WWU Vespers, Michaela Jeffries, ACF Director, Sanctuary
Wednesday, November 9
7pm — Ordination conversation with UCC Leaders, Fellowship Hall
Sabbath, November 12
10:30–11:30am — Marilynne Robinson, Sanctuary