Circled by Mercy

We all know about being entitled
and then growing careless.

We all know about self-indulgence,
even amid work to be done.

We all know about being—for a moment—
beyond Torah requirement and

outside of Your world of command.

We know about seasons of life
not given over to us

and grief at being failed selves.

We also know that You
circle back among us

in harshness and in mercy,
in rigor and in generosity.

Now our world has gone careless
and self-indulgent

and beyond Torah.

So circle back, we pray—one more time,
among us with Your mercy,
our only source of comfort,
for we belong to You in Your faithfulness.

by Walter Brueggemann, from Prayers for a Privileged People



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You are invited to a number of special events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. See the "events" calendar in this print bulletin or online for additional details.



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We thank three special musicians for sharing their music with us. Debra Bakland built her legendary status as a teacher of piano during 10 years at Burman University (she just retired as Associate Professor of Music/Emeritus) and 25 years at Walla Walla University. She still loves to teach in her private College Place studio, and we are grateful that she also loves to perform. Lindsay Armstrong serves this year as interim director of choirs at WWU. She graduated last June with a major in voice. Rick Foster, who recently relocated to College Place, began playing guitar when he was 10 years old. He has recorded many albums and is also well known as an arranger with artists such as Chet Atkins and Christopher Parkening frequently featuring his work.

During the distribution of communion emblems, we hear three hymn arrangements by Rick Foster: Just As I Am (No.31), The Old Rugged Cross (No.159), and ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (No.524). The offertory presents the middle movement of Sonata in C Major, K.330, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791). In the anthem we hear a piece by Homer Newton Bartlett (1845–1920). During his lifetime, Bartlett ranked among the most prominent American composers. If that rank has dimmed a little, he still remains an important and frequently heard late nineteenth-century composer.

As you prepare to worship, I invite you to meditate silently on the meaning of communion, on the texts of our hymns, or the poem on the front of the bulletin.

-Kraig Scott




Thank you for your generosity to the local ministry of the University Church, as well as to the global mission of the Adventist Church. Today, the loose offering is for the Upper Columbia Conference budget. To give to the University Church budget, mark your gift on a tithe envelope. The following is a small sample of how this is allocated:


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(Although there is a new look to the giving page
at this link, your username and password
is exactly the same.)



The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is October 31. Walla Walla University has a number of events planned to commemorate the event. Greg Dodds, professor of history at WWU will present at CommUnity on October 31 at 11am in the Sanctuary. Then, later that night, John McVay will interview "Luther" live in Village Hall at 7pm *(see poster). The film "Luther" will be screened Wednesday evening, November 1, at 7pm in Conard chapel. On November 4, Sabbath, at 10:30am in Village Hall there is a special Sabbath School class planned joining Theology and Chan Shun communities. The format is a panel discussion about Adventism and the Reformation with John McVay, Karen Clausen-Brown, Volker Henning, and Greg Dodds (moderator). The worship services that day will also be themed around the reformation. All events are free and open to the public.

Membership Transfers (second reading)
(IN) Benjamin and Kalani Dodd, from Milton-Freewater
David and Melissa Rae, from Kirkland, Wash.

(AWAY) Kaelan, Caixin, and Keenen Brandenburg, to College Place Village Church
Robert and Judy Cushman, to PUC, Angwin, Cal.
Josefer and Heather Montes, to Kettering, Oh.
Michael Smith, to Spokane Valley, Wash.

Support the WWVA orchestra by ordering home made pies at $12/pie. Perfect for gifts, dinners, celebrations, and/or holidays.  Please order early by calling Ronda at 509-730-5891. Pie pick-up will be at WWVA Dining Hall, Nov 5 from 12-3pm. If you have previously used this fundraiser to donate pies to the community Thanksgiving dinner, you can do so again. Please indicate your donation when ordering so the pies can be baked at the appropriate time.

Classroom Coordinators Needed! Our Kindergarten 1 and Primary 2 classes are looking for a person willing to organize teachers weekly for their rooms! We would love someone who enjoys teaching in case they need to fill in on occasion. Volunteers must complete (or have already completed) the Verified Volunteers training and screening.Please contact Pastor Jenn today if this call is for you! or 509-527-2800

Denominational Retired Workers’ Potluck November 5, 5:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall, Village Church.We always welcome new Retirees to come and join our group for a potluck and  program each month.  Meetings begin in October and run through the winter until June.  See you there November 5!

 All-Church Potluck - including students and visitors.  Sabbath, Nov 11 after Second Serve (1:15 PM) in the Church Fellowship Hall.

We need pies! Each year for the community Thanksgiving dinner, the University Church supplies 50 pies. If you are willing to help, please deliver yours to the church office before 10am on Tuesday, November 21.

The viewing for Bernard B. Yanke will be at Mountain View Colonial Dewitt on Saturday Oct. 28th from 12 pm – 5 pm and on Oct. 29th from 12 pm – 5 pm.

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  Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Register at This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services, and Marketing and Enrollment Services. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.

If you’re a medical doctor or dental hygienist and are interested in going on a mission trip to Bolivia with a church group in March, please contact Monique Morris at or call 509-540-9345.

Memorial Service for Mabel Jones, Sabbath, October 28, 3 PM, Walla Walla City Church. Light meal following service in Fellowship Hall. Former City Church Pastor Rick Bowes currently at Meadow Glade will officiate.

You are invited to join Evidence, a youth group hosted in the Youth Room at 7 pm on Wednesday evenings, which focuses on Bible study, community service, and fellowship. The leaders, Cameron Fitzgerald and Emily Ellis, are excited to be part of this ministry and the student’s lives.

The Christian Aid Center needs you! This important ministry partner of the University Church is always in need of volunteer help. In particular, the director of volunteers at CAC (and our church member), Jeannette Regalado, is requesting for help with chapel speakers (6:30pm daily), breakfast cooks (Sunday and Monday mornings), and van drivers to pick up donated food (Tuesday and Thursday mornings). Contact Jeannette at 509.525.7153.



Sabbath, October 28
    1pm — Singles Potluck, Junior High Room
    5:45pm — Sundown
    7pm — Adventist Singles Vespers, SonBridge

Monday, October 30
    7:30am — (daily) Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel

Tuesday, October 31
    11am — WWU CommUnity, Reformation Day,             Sanctuary
    7pm — High Five, Junior High Room
    7pm — FORUM: “Conversation with Martin Luther”, Village             Hall

Wednesday, November 1
    6:30pm — Pathfinders, Fellowship Hall
    7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel
    7pm — Evidence Youth Group, Youth Room
    7pm — "Luther" film screening, hosted by ASWWU, Conard Chapel (free and open to the public)

Thursday, November 2
    6:30pm - J.U.M.P., Juniors Room

Friday, November 3
    1pm — “Change the Day” Service Activity, Youth             Room
    5:36pm — Sundown
    8pm — WWU Vespers with Jackie James, Sanctuary

Sabbath, November 4
   10:30am — Special combined Sabbath School with Theology and Chan Shun, Reformation panel discussion.