"I Love My Church" Family Conversation January 21, 4–5pm, University Church Sanctuary.

All University Church members: young and old, families and individuals, students and staff, are invited to a family conversation about the bright future of the University Church on January 21.

We will provide the dessert, activities for kids, and the opportunity for rich conversation; you provide your continued dedication, energy, and love!



Once upon a time in the 1990s, "High Five" youth group was known as "Team Rad". Since then, the tradition of a weekly jr. high youth group in addition to Pathfinders has not wavered at the University Church. Each Tuesday night at 7pm in the Jr. High room, Pastor Jenn and a team of energetic WWU students hang out with 20–40 remarkable 7–8th graders. From service projects to worship, international mission to leadership, and even fun and games, High Five's kids do it all. Thank you for making ministries like this possible through your support of Children and Family Ministries at the University Church!



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We wish a warm Walla Walla welcome to all worshipers as we start winter quarter. I love the deeply contrasting seasons we experience here in the Walla Walla valley. As our weather gets colder, may you feel ever warmer the holy fellowship of this congregation as we sing hymns and enjoy the music of our own Jeremy Irland. These hymns and his anthems demonstrate another instructive contrast —each of the hymns reveals an aspect of social fellowship whereas the arias illustrate aspects of isolation and loneliness. As you prepare your heart to worship I invite you to meditate on the words of our hymns and portions of the aria texts, given here.


I have enough
I have the Savior,

the hope of the faithful,
In my arms; 

I have enough!
I have seen Him,
My faith has held Jesus
to my heart;
Now I wish, today, 
with joy to depart.


Fall asleep, tired eyes, 
Close softly
and blessedly! 

World, I will not
stay here,

I have no part of you
That could matter
to my soul.
Here I build up misery,

but there, I will see
Sweet peace, quiet rest.


-Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

The infinite shining heavens
Rose and I saw in the night
Uncountable angel stars
howering sorrow and light.

I saw them distant as heaven,
Dumb and shining and dead,
And the idle stars of the night
Were dearer to me than bread.

Night after night in my sorrow
The stars stood over the sea,
Till lo! I looked in the dusk
And a star had come down to me.






Dear Church Family,

You are amazing.

The successful completion of our church budget was met with several days to spare — and it appears our giving has exceeded the 2016 budgeted need by some $25,000. Bravo! And better news yet: the number of us who contributed to the local church budget was up significantly this year. In the coming days I will be sharing with you some of this data in further detail.

What does this reality mean?

First, it tells me we are motivated and invested in what the Spirit of Jesus Christ is doing in this local congregation. We recognize, collectively, that investment in this place is making a very real difference in the world.

Second, it tells me, that you, as I do, share great confidence in the care and wisdom our church leadership team exercises with the financial resources given by the congregation. My own testimony is this: the handling and investment of money by our pastors, church leaders, board, finance committee, facility committee, and others, is exercised with intentional prayer, good financial stewardship, and a clear-eyed understanding of the beautiful mission of this church.

Third, may I state what may be obvious to you: the good giving result this year (and in previous cycles as well) provides for a durable and healthy stewardship of God’s resources in our midst. This may sound old-fashioned, but the good and great care of “The House of God” matters as much now as it did in Old Testament times. We need holy spaces, holy times, and holy people where God is noticed more than ever before.

Happy New Year!

-Pastor Alex Bryan




All-church Potluck next Sabbath, January 14, at 1:15pm. Students and visitors are invited! Join us in the Fellowship Hall.

ASWWU Student and Faculty Week of Worship begins next week, January 9-13. You are invited to daily services in the Sanctuary, 11:38am-12:40pm. ·         
          Monday: Alex Bauer, Kraig Scott (Music)
·         Tuesday: Emily Ellis, Bob Egbert (Psychology)
·         Wednesday: Enoc Tena, Tim Golden (Philosophy)
·         Thursday: Josh Fry, Jodi Wagner (Enrollment)
·         Friday AM: Kris De Bruin, Rosi Brower (Cafe')
·         Friday PM: Mackenzie Wood, Michaellyn Paul (Nursing)
·         Sabbath: Peter Flores


It is with deeply saddened hearts that our family shares JW (James) Richman fell asleep in Jesus on Christmas morning. We covet your prayers and suggest memorial donations may be made to SonBridge Community Center or Christian Aid Center.

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: sbtatro@charter.net. Training provided.

Bible Study on The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children led by Carol Cosaert and Lori Hutton (We will be using the book and study guide The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children by Stormy Omartian.) At the University Church Youth Room on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. January 4-February 1.  You’ll need The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children book and study guide available at the ABC or online. Contact carol.cosaert@rschool.org or huttond@charter.net for more information.

2017 Walla Walla Valley Week of Prayer, sponsored by all local Adventist churches and the NAD, January 7-13. Each day of the week, a one hour program will be hosted at churches in the valley. See schedule for locations and times.

You are invited to roller skate with Children and Family Ministries (CFM), Sabbath, January 7, at 7:30pm in the Youth Center. Free for WWU Church families.

How to Pay for College—Online Webinar: Walla Walla University will host a free online webinar for prospective students and their parents titled How to Pay for College on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services team and the Marketing and Enrollment Services team. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. Register at sfs.wallawalla.edu/webinars.

William Melvin Gilliland, former Walla Walla University librarian, peacefully passed away at 91 years of age in Vancouver, WA, with his family around him on December 29th, 2016.  Cards can be sent to his wife, Freda, at 2710 NW 7th Street, Battle Ground, WA 98604.

Milton-Stateline Adventist School students are collecting pet food for the Blue Mountain Humane Society. If you would like to help by donated dry dog or cat food, please bring it to our school. The pet food drive ends January 31st. Thank you for helping us feed these unwanted pets.

Retired Denominational Workers’ January dinner and program will be held at Wheatland Village on Sunday,  January 8, 1:30 p.m.  Please DO NOT BRING ANY FOOD,  Wheatland will provide the food Buffet Style, both vegan and vegetarian. Park on the west side of the building, and use the west entry door. Come and enjoy your favorite musical group “Hand Picked”. Please RSVP to Bona Engen509-522-4848 or Evelyn Visger 509-520-4474.

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.

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 lepiba@miltonstateline.org.

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, January 7
    1:30pm — Adventist Singles Potato Bar Potluck,             SonBridge
    4:18pm — Sundown

Sunday, January 8
    1:30pm — Retired Denominational Workers’ Potluck,         Wheatland Village

Monday, January 9
    7:30am — (daily) Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel
    11:38am–12:40pm — (daily) WWU Student &
    Faculty Week of Worship, Sanctuary

Tuesday, January 10
    7pm - High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room

Wednesday, January 11
    4pm and 7pm — “How to Pay for College” webinar
    6:30pm — Pathfinders Club, Fellowship Hall
    7pm — NAD Week of Prayer meeting, Heubach

Friday, January 13
    4:31pm — Sundown
    8pm — ASWWU Week of Worship Vespers,Sanctuary

Sabbath, January 14
    1:15pm — All-church potluck, Fellowship Hall

Sabbath, January 21
    4pm — “I Love My Church” family conversation, Sanctuary

Friday, January 27
    8:30am-4:30pm — Symposium on Spiritual Care, WWGH Auditorium

Sabbath, January 14
10:30 - ASWWU Mobile Church, Village Hall

Monday, January 16
12pm -- Bowers Hall groundbreaking

Wednesday, January 18
12–1pm — Women’s DVD Bible Study, SonBridge