Let gratitude be the pillow
upon which you kneel
to say your nightly prayer.

And let faith be the bridge you build
to overcome evil and welcome good.”

-Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer 




Student Missionary

Christmas Packages

A warmly welcomed yearly tradition at the University Church is mailing Christmas packages to student missionaries currently out serving around the world. The Student Missions Department provides the individually packed boxes and our church community takes the care of the postage in mailing.

Next Sabbath (December 3) and the following Sabbath if necessary (December 10) will be the days in which you will find boxes in the lobby, ready for mailing. Jeannie Vories has told us we have a slightly smaller bunch of SMs this year, and so a matching slightly smaller bunch of boxes to send. Pick up yours in the lobby one of those two future Sabbaths. And THANK YOU for your help in supporting our kids in the field!



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We give thanks for many things today including two seniors who share their music – Sophia Rich, an English major from College Place, and Kristina Kosakova, an International Communications major from Moscow, Russia. We also thank brothers Don and Kurt Schafer, and Bryce Cole for leading a special hymn preceding the children’s feature.

The three vocal pieces we hear come from the French romantic composer Charles Gounod (1818–1893), the American gospel singer Nichole Nordeman (b.1972), and the great German baroque master George Frideric Handel (1685–1759). The biblical references for Handel’s aria are given below.

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) was conscripted into the German army in 1917 and barely survived his posting to Flanders. In the 1930s he oscillated in and out of favor with the Nazi regime, finally emigrating to Switzerland (due in part to his partially Jewish wife) and then the United States where he taught composition at Yale University. The prelude and postlude derive from his Organ Sonata No.1 written in 1937 shortly before he left Germany.

As you prepare your heart to worship I invite you to silently meditate on the words of our hymns or the scriptures that inspired Handel’s aria, given here.

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd;
he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them in his bosom,

and shall gently lead those that are with young.
-Isaiah 40:11

Come unto me, all ye that labor
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart;
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
-Matthew 11:28, 29


-Kraig Scott




Ask Anything will resume December 10




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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Thank you for providing far more than enough pies for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner! We promised the organizers 50 and delivered almost double that. Well done!

A new podcast with Pastors Alex, Jenn, and Kris is now available, entitled "Walla Walla". Check it out! Two episodes have already been published with more to come on a biweekly basis. Access more details at wallawallapodcast.com or search for "Walla Walla Podcast" on iTunes.

Membership Transfers
(AWAY) — Darrell and Fay McPherson to Auburn, WA
Sara Saundersto Middle East University, Lebanon
Larry and Eleanor Veverka to El Cajon, CA

Bonnie Meske’s memorial service will be Sunday, 10 am at University Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either the University Church Benevolent fund or the Christian Aid Center.

The One project is coming February 24-27 to San Diego, Cal. This year, three events make up the weekend experience that is the One Project. Join Pastor Alex, Paddy, and the rest of the crew for one day, three, or all four. Find more information at the1project.org.

Symposium on Spiritual Care at WWGH - Save the date for the 7th annual Spiritual Care Symposium at Walla Walla General Hospital. Philip Watkins, PhD, will speak on “Gratitude: An Essential Foundation for Spiritual Well-being” Friday, January 27, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the WWGH auditorium.

The Rogers Adventist School K-6 Christmas Production this year is entitled "The Night Shift before Christmas".  This will take place on Thursday night, December 8, at 6:30 p.m.  It involves students from K-6 this year, which is different from the past.  By popular demand, our treble choir singers decided they would rather be a part of this event, and thus we will let the Grades 5 - 8 Christmas program on December 13 be for our instrumental performing organizations -- the two bands, our two orchestras, our three handbell ensembles, and our steel drums. We are looking forward to a fun December!

Join Walla Walla Valley Academy music department for their annual Christmas program, "Joy to the World". Begins at 7pm on Sabbath, December 10 in the WWVA auditorium.

Vespers Feast of Lessons and Carols, COME, EMMANUEL, COME! presented by the Village Church Choir, Orchestra, and Grace Notes Handbells featuring music and scriptures reflecting on the incredible gift of salvation given the world by the birth of Christ.  Sabbath, December 10, 3:30 pm, Village Church sanctuary.  Please bring an item of personal hygiene to donate to the Christian Aid Center.

Retired Denominational Workers’ Potluck, Sunday, December 4, 5:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Village Church.  A fee of $1.50 gets you a ticket for the bus to Cordiner Hall for the “Feast of Carols”.  The admission fee for the program is a can of food or a cash donation

Milton-Stateline Adventist School invites you to attend our annual Christmas Concert on Dec.8th at 7:00 pm.  We are collecting non-perishable food for some needy families. If you would like to help, you may bring it with you to the concert. Thank you for helping us make a family’s holiday a little brighter.

Camp MiVoden Registration for 2017 is now open! In addition to our regular kids camps we have a lot of exciting Ultimate Camps, and we have added another Family Camp as well. Along with the great camps that you already know are some new adventures that will be coming our way this summer. Come enjoy an amazing summer with God and others who live for him! Register now or get more information at MiVoden.com, or contact Denise Kinney: (509) 242-0506, DeniseK@uccsda.org.

SonBridge Community Center in College Place seeks an Office Manager/Executive Assistant.  This is a part-time and paid position.  For more information see www.SonBridge.org/about.  Send your resume and cover letter to search@sonbridge.org.

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.  chris@akwa.wish.org   laurend@akwa.wish.org



Sabbath, November 26
    4:11pm — Sunset
    6:00pm — Adventist Singles Vespers, SonBridge

Daily, November 28-December 2
    7:30am — Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel

Tuesday, November 29
    11am — CommUnity, Sanctuary
    7pm — High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room

Wednesday, November 30
    6:30pm — Pathfinders Club, Youth Room

Thursday, December 1
    6:30pm - J.U.M.P., Juniors Room

Friday, December 2
    4:08pm — Sunset
    8pm — WWU Vespers, Sanctuary

Sabbath, December 3
    Special "Lessons and Carols" programs for both first and second service. 
    4pm - Evensong, Sanctuary

Sunday, December 4
    10am — Bonnie Meske Memorial Service, Sanctuary
    5pm — Retired Denominational Workers Potluck,             Village Church
Wednesday, December 7
    7:30pm - Big Band and Steel Band Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 8
    6:30pm — Rogers School K-6 Christmas program, WWVA Auditorium

Friday, December 9
    6pm & 8pm — WWU Music Department Christmas Concert, Sanctuary

Sabbath, December 10
    7pm — Joy to the World, WWVA Music Department Christmas Program, WWVA Auditorium

Tuesday, December 13
    6:30pm — Rogers School grades 5-8 Christmas Program, WWVA Auditorium

Friday, December 16
     7pm - The Longest Night, a midwinter service of hope, Sanctuary