2017 painting by Martha mason, wwu church member

2017 painting by Martha mason, wwu church member



Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone who journeyed through the night
with plans and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice catches the thread
of all sorrows and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,
only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say
’It is I you have been looking for,’
and then goes with you everywhere like a shadow or a friend.

-Naomi Shihab Nye, excerpted from The Words Under the Words



Each November, a community Thanksgiving dinner is held in the cafeteria at DeSales High School. The free meal is served on Tuesday the week of Thanksgiving and is always open to anyone in the public to attend. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army are the primary organizers of the event, but many different churches and community organizations contribute to making it possible.

During the past several years, the University Church has supplied at least 50 pies for this community dinner. Our community has committed to doing the same for this year's event which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 20. If you want to help by supplying pies, please deliver them to the Church Office before 10am that day. If you would like to help Pastor Kris with the delivery, please contact him by emailing or phoning the church office.


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We are excited to hear the debut of the WWU Wind Symphony for this academic year. Please join me in thanking the many students and community members of this organization under the direction of Brandon Beck.

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day, so it is fitting that much of the music we hear today conforms to that theme. The anthem presents the Air Force hymn, which begins with these words:

Lord, guard and guide all those who fly
Through the great spaces of the sky;
Be with them traversing the air
In darkening storms or sunshine fair

The offertory presents Hymn No.647, known as the BATTLE HYMN. The prelude and postlude are both celebratory in nature, and the prelude presents yet another hymn – the great tune LASST UNS ERFREUEN. This tune is found three times in our hymnal, including No.2 “All Creatures of Our God and King.”

As you prepare your heart to worship I invite you to meditate on the words of these hymns or one of the hymns we sing together.

-Kraig Scott




Thank you for your generosity to the work of the Adventist Church in Walla Walla and beyond! The following graphic broadly illustrates how your donations marked “tithe” are allocated.

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An all-church potluck is today, at 1:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited!

Church Board Meeting is Monday, November 12 at 7pm in the Youth Room. All church members are invited.

We are sad to announce that Jack Bergman, former WWU President, passed away. A memorial service is scheduled for November 17 at 4pm in the University Church Sanctuary.

Heubach Chapel is getting a new piano! And that means a time of transition. During the week of November 12-16, morning worship will move to the Church proper. We’ll meet in the Youth Room on Wednesday, but on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, we’ll gather around the Bösendorfer in the main sanctuary and sing our hearts out. The time remains 7:30-7:50 am.  Enter the church through the doors opposite Heubach. We come back home (to the new piano!) after Thanksgiving Break. Come sing, share, and pray. And students can get worship credit.

The University Church’s fall quarter sermon series is entitled “Savage: Hard Sayings of Jesus.” The title, “Savage,”makes use of an old word in the popular modern usage, connoting: brazen, bold, or impudent behavior or speech despite the ways in which it generates uncomfortable social consequences. The schedule below outlines the challenging teaching each Sabbath’s preacher will explore. Visit wwuchurch.com/worship-service-archive to access past sermons.

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“Christians in a Polarized Public Square” continues this afternoon, beginning at 3:30pm, in the WWU Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Sponsored by the Center for Bible, Faith, and Mission (CBFM), the outreach branch of the WWU School of Theology, today’s seminar segments are presented by Andre Wang (NPUC General Counsel) “Daring to Be a Daniel: The Lion’s Den of American Politics” and David Thomas (WWU) “Religious Liberty: The Adventist Dilemma.”

The Spanish Translation Team is recruiting bilingual Spanish/English speakers to interpret the University Church worship service. If you are interested in joining this ministry, contact Sandra Graham at 509.526.8011.

Elder Edwin Beck, who served the church as a missionary and pastor, passed away on October 14. He was the husband of Jackie Beck and father of Jeanne Jarnes, Nancy Irland, and Peter Beck. A memorial service will be held November 24 at 2pm in Heubach Chapel.

A memorial service for Grover Rose, father of church members Steve Rose and Ronda King, will be held at the Village Church on Sunday, November 18 at 10am. Memorial contributions may be made to Bangla Hope Orphanage and Schools, 6853 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336.

We need pies! Each year for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the University Church supplies 50 pies. If you want to help, please deliver your pies to the church office before 10am on Tuesday, November 20. Thank you!

The Walla Walla University drama program and the Department of Music will perform “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Village Hall on November 3, 8, and 10 at 8pm, and November 4 and 11 at 2pm. Tickets for the show are available at drama.wallawalla.edu or facebook.com/wwudrama.

Walla Walla University’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture “Lost Voices: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Chronic Pain” will be presented by Kari Firestone, WWU Professor of Nursing, Sunday, November 11 at 7pm in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium; live-stream at: wallawalla.edu/DFL.

Registration is open for the 2019 Upper Columbia Conference Camp Meeting. The main speakers this year are Randy Roberts, senior pastor of the Loma Linda University Adventist Church and Sung Kwon, director of the North American Division Adventist Community Services. Your whole family will be spiritually blessed as we seek to build up the family of God. Visit: www.uccsda.org/campmeeting to register.

Rogers School holiday bazaar is Sunday, November 11, 10am-3:30pm in the RAS commons. Purchase a wide variety of baked goods, foods, gifts, crafts and other items.

50–Plus Potluck is Sunday, November 18 at 5pm in the Youth Center. The program will be presented by Vicki Ruley, Crime Prevention Coordinator, and Wanda Galland, Crime Victim Advocate, from the Walla Walla Police Department. For more information call 509.540.9061.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is partnering with College Place High School to do a leaf-raking fundraiser. Contact justine.aiken@wallawalla.edu if you would like to have students rake leaves in your yard. They will accept donations if you would like to give. This money will go to the local EWB project or the Peru Project. This year the local project team will design, prototype, and build a mechanism to collect the rubber ducks from the river for the Ducky Derby that takes place in May. The Peru project will provide energy through solar panels.

The Eastgate Church invites you to join them on a Maranatha mission trip to India Nov. 13–30. They plan to build a church for the Sairkarap congregation and are looking for volunteers to help with construction, medical or dental outreach or Vacation Bible School. You may register online at: maranatha.org. Contact Kristi Bartlett at 509.520.6673 for more information.


The Christian Aid Center (CAC) is seeking a full-time food services program manager. This position will oversee the efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers in serving the needs of our community. CAC seeks a Christ-centered individual with prior food service management experience, good people skills, and a heart to serve others. Please submit resumes with references to Director of Operations, P.O. Box 56, Walla Walla, WA, 99362.

Are you looking for a life-changing journey? Here at SonBridge, we partner with IMPACT! Life Transitions, a life coaching and counseling center that offers free services to those seeking answers to life's hardest puzzles. 

Camp MiVoden is looking for a full-time food service director. This is an opportunity be a part of a fantastic team that is impacting young people, families, and groups for the kingdom of God, all while living in a beautiful environment. To apply go to uccsda.org/jobs and fill out an application. For further questions please call 509.242.0506 to know more about this opportunity.

KLRF Radio 88.5 is looking for someone who would like to be an Assistant Treasurer as well as someone who would be the Secretary for the board. The Assistant Treasurer must be familiar with Quickbooks. The Secretary must be available to attend the monthly board meetings. You can contact the KLRF Manager, Owen Bandy at manager@klrf.org or call 707.483.3291

Egypt Bible Tour is December 12–22, 2019. You are invited to join Dr. Carl Cosaert of Walla Walla University to discover the land of the pyramids, the pharaohs, Moses, and the Exodus. $2,425 plus airfare includes meals and accommodations. For more information, contact Sharon Searson at Sharons@uccsda.org

2019 Great Controversy Tour, June 21–July 4, 2019 Join Dr. Gerard Damsteegt, a specialist in church history and development of prophetic interpretation, and see the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation come alive. Visit Rome and the Reformation sites in the Waldensian Valleys, Switzerland, France, and Germany. For more information, call 269.815.8624 or email GCTours@mac.com.

Partners for Palau is a North Pacific Union Conference long–term mission initiative to provide ministry and educational support to this island territory. Palau is part of the Guam-Micronesia Mission at the far western edge of the North American Division. From teachers to Pathfinders and from mentoring a student teacher to purchasing a desk, there is a project for every group or person. Learn more about how you can become involved at palau.npuc.org.



Sabbath, November 10
1:15pm — All Church Potluck, Fellowship Hall
2:30pm — Adventurers, Jr. High Room
3:30pm — CBFM Seminar, Fine Arts Center

Sunday, November 11
Veteran’s Day
7pm — Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Fine Arts Center

Monday, November 12
7:30am — Morning Worship, Sanctuary
7pm — Church Board Meeting, Youth Room

Tuesday, November 13
7:30am — Morning Worship, Sanctuary
11am — WWU Departmental CommUnity
6pm — J.U.M.P., Juniors Room
7pm — High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room

Wednesday, November 14
7:30am — Morning Worship, Youth Room
6:30pm — Pathfinders, Fellowship Hall
7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel

Thursday, November 15
7:30am — Morning Worship, Sanctuary

Friday, November 16
7:30am — Morning Worship, Sanctuary
4:22pm — Sundown
8pm — WWU Vespers, Brittni Bryan, Heubach Chapel

Sabbath, November 17
4pm — Memorial Service for Jack Bergman, Sanctuary

November 18 – 25
WWU, WWVA, and RAS Thanksgiving break







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