Walla Walla University Church
December 24, 2016
“The Word became flesh
and made His dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory,
the glory of
the one and only Son,
who came from the Father,
full of grace and truth.”
It is our prayer that the peace of God fill the heart of each worshiper on this special Christmastide Sabbath. We are glad that you are here.
Christmas provides a wonderful opportunity to welcome friends and family back home to the Walla Walla University Church. Tim Ruybalid, a graduate of the WWU music department, moved his family to our
valley several months ago and we are delighted to have him perform today and officially welcome him home. Several of our musicians are here only for the holidays - Daniel Goltz currently studies medicine at Duke University; Debra Baklund continues to light up the music department of Burman University; and Julia Salerno does the same at Eastern Washington University – welcome home all. Finally, we thank our own Benjamin Gish who plays along with his daughter Julia.
Sometimes words can take on new meaning when we encounter them in poetic form rather than interlined in music. As you prepare your heart to worship, please take some quiet time to read the following in this way.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing.
AT THE UNIVERSITY CHURCH
Cultural holidays like Christmas and Halloween have pagan roots. Why do Adventists celebrate only Christmas, but not the others?
We can't thank you enough for your generosity to the work of the University Church. Whether you volunteer on a regular basis, give financially to our Budget, offer leadership to our congregation, or all three, thank you!
Donations to the budget made up until December 31 will count towards 2016's budget. To the right is a graphical look at the many ministries our local church budget supports.
As always - we welcome your gifts made right here on our website. Click Here to Give!
TOUCHES OF INTEREST
A New Sermon Series entitled “I Love My Church” begins January 7. It is based, in part, on the 4th sermon of the “Ask Anything” series on October 15. To review that week’s sermon, visit wwuchurch.com/worship-service-archive.
Our church lighting team is looking for more help. If you are interested in volunteering once a month, operating lights for programs, please contact Steve Tatro for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Training provided.
College Place Co-op Preschool has openings for children 3-5 years old. Play-based & child-centered program of the WW Community College. Tue/Wed/Thur from 9am-12pm. Only $90/month. Meets in the children’s wing of WWU Church. For more info contact Teacher Andrea @ 301-3878 or program manager @ 527-4237.
A new podcast with Pastors Alex, Jenn, and Kris is now available, entitled "Walla Walla". Check it out! Four 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.
Music is Not just for Kids!! Adult Cello & Cello Ensemble Lessons: There is a place for Adults who want to learn or improve on their instrument and at the same time have a stress free outlet that fills their soul. All levels are welcome! Come join a group that explores music just for the love of it! Call Heather at (509) 638-2268 with your interest in classes and lessons starting in the New Year.
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.
Milton-Stateline Adventist School is accepting applications for a bus driver. You may contact us at 541-938-7131 or email email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed to ring the bell for Salvation Army. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 529-9470.
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.
Sabbath, December 17
4:09pm — Sunset
Sunday, December 18
5pm — 50-Plus Club Potluck, Youth Center
Friday, December 23
4:12pm — Sunset
Monday, December 26
Church Office Closed for Christmas
Monday, January 2
Church Office Closed for New Years
Sabbath, January 21
4pm — All Church Business Meeting
Friday, January 27
8:30am-4:30pm — Symposium on Spiritual Care, WWGH Auditorium