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Every month, the University Church welcomes new friends and loved ones into our community. Many new faces join our congregation from other Adventist communities around the world by transferring their membership. Others join through baptism or profession of faith. If you consider the University Church community your spiritual “home” in Walla Walla and would like to become a member (or aren’t sure whether you are or not), please get in touch with us!

Heather Lee is the University Church clerk. She can be reached at with inquiries about membership status and updating contact information. To initiate a church membership change, please contact Nicole Reedy at the Church Office To learn more about baptism or profession of faith, contact any of the pastors directly or through Nicole. You may also initiate membership transfers or questions about membership by submitting your written request and contact information on a “Connect Card” located in the pew racks.


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Welcome to the first of the two quiet weeks of Thanksgiving break. We thank senior music and psychology major Tamara Kibukevich, from Moses Lake, who shares her beautiful singing.

Our first hymn sets the stage for Thanksgiving week. This hymn is a thanksgiving for the harvest, and both words and music are meant to sound rustic and “of the earth.” The organ music is all by Johann Sebastian Bach, but it is all arranged or influenced by the idiosyncratic manner in which Virgil Fox famously played Bach’s music. This twentieth century organ virtuoso used all the resources of the modern organ, including things Bach never dreamt of, to bring the master’s music to life to a young generation of American and world-wide listeners. That his playing doesn’t have much to do with Bach does not, in the end, detract from its appeal. I have often considered playing a recital of Bach’s music in the manner of Virgil Fox—today is the closest I’ve come to doing something like that.

As you prepare your heart to worship I invite you to meditate on the words of our hymns.

-Kraig Scott




The Paradise, California community has many strong ties with Walla Walla. From family members and long-time friends, to former colleagues and WWU alumni, our collective connection to that part of the country is strong. Beyond ongoing prayers and other tangible work provided by emergency professionals, University Church members have inquired about other ways we can assist.

This Sabbath, the University Church pastors invite you to donate to one of a variety of relief funds set up to support those affected by the Camp Fire in the Paradise area. One option is a special offering being collected today by the Upper Columbia Conference that will be sent to the Northern California Conference to be distributed directly to those affected by the fire. To donate to this fund, mark your tithe envelopes or select this item under “conference/union” and then “more offering categories” in the online giving portal on the church’s website.

In addition, the University Church pastors also suggest a fund set up by the WWU Chaplain’s office through Pure Charity online. Learn more by visiting:



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.

Business club and ENACTUS are partnering to organize a drive on campus to gather personal hygiene products (toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, razors) and canned foods for the Christian Aid Center. The drive will run November 16–December 7. Collection bins are located in the church lobby, Bowers Hall, and Peterson Memorial Library. Thank you for the donations!

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 to access past sermons.

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Adventist Singles will host a popcorn and movie night at SonBridge tonight, November 17 at 7pm. The movie “November Christmas” will be shown and donations for Rogers Adventist School and Milton–Stateline Adventist School will be accepted. Everyone is welcome.

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!

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: to register.

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 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: Contact Kristi Bartlett at 509.520.6673 for more information.

Havstad Alumni Center is a great place to gather with family and friends for the holidays. It has a homelike atmosphere, while providing enough space for your family dinners, receptions, company dinners and meetings, and a place to gather with friends. For additional information and availability, call 509.527.2241 or email

Guests coming and you need an extra bedroom? Havstad Alumni Center has three beautiful guest rooms with private entrances, bathrooms and daily cleaning service for rent. For guestroom availability or to make a reservation, go to or call 509. 527.2241.


Do you have a passion for missions? Are you looking for a meaningful way to utilize your God-given gifts? Are you searching for a position where you can grow in your professional skills? Do you desire work that is more of a calling than merely a job? You may be just the right person to join our team. Bangla Hope is a non-profit SDA-based ministry that serves orphaned and underprivileged children in Bangladesh. We are looking to add another person to work in our US Headquarters in Kennewick, WA. If you are interested in learning more about this vacant position, please call to speak with Debi Axford Monday – Thursday from 9am – 3 pm at 509.586.4259 or e-mail her at to request a job description and application.

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 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 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

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

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



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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