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Because the holidays aren't always merry and bright...

The season that is festive for so many is bittersweet for some. Winter solstice, the longest evening of the year, symbolizes the dark night of the soul that often accompanies disappointment, doubt, and loss of various kinds.

The good thing about the longest night is that with its passing, light shines forth more and more. The service of The Longest Night acknowledges pain and loss and points to a renewal of hope through the “Sun of Righteousness” who arises with “healing in His wings!” (Malachi 4:2)

It’s a different kind of Advent service, filled with both comfort and joy. Its focus is on our Wonderful Counselor, our Savior, who was not only a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief but is now our blessed Prince of Peace. Join us for a meditative service of music, reflection, and healing prayer. No tickets or RSVP required. Located in the main Sanctuary at 212 SW 4th Street, College Place, Washington.


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Please join me in thanking our musicians — the many students of the Walla Walla University Choirs with accompanists Siena Mirasol, piano, and David Aragon, organ; and, under the direction of Brandon Beck, the WWU Orchestra. We also thank our readers representing Rogers Adventist School, Walla Walla Valley Academy, Walla Walla University (presidents of OPS, AGA, and ASWWU), our congregation, and pastoral staff.

Our Christmastide service of Lessons and Carols focuses on the entire sweep of salvation history. Beginning with the fall of humankind and some prophecies of the Messiah, the readings next depict His kingdom and reign to come, and finally describe the events of His earthly birth. Embedded into this narrative we hear music both familiar and new and sing beloved carols highlighting the great story of Christ’s appearing in our lives – once in a lowly manger, and ultimately in the clouds of glory. Could there exist a better reason to sing?

The great, devout French composer Olivier Messiaen often appended texts to his works, including the following biblical reference for our prelude:

God, having predestined us unto the adoption of children

by Jesus Christ to Himself, to the praise and glory of His grace. –Ephesians 1:5,6

The postlude narrates the events of Luke 2 without the aid of words. The piece begins with a fast alternation of different scenes – a crashing bassline announces the descent of God from heaven to earth; quiet music depicts the human family gathered in a manger – recreating the bewilderment of the shepherds on hearing the heavenly news. A longer middle section, based on the manger tune, includes an evocation of twinkling stars and leads to the final section: a full-blown French toccata celebrating the news, God Among Us!

—Kraig Scott




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Thank you for the many ways you have blessed us since Jack’s death. All are greatly appreciated. The Family of Jack Bergman.

You are invited to a German Christmas Sing-along on Sabbath, December 1 at 10am in Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center room 208. If you have questions, contact Curt Schafer 509.527-3116.

Rogers Adventist School Christmas program is Wednesday, December 5 at 7pm in the WWVA Auditorium. All are invited to attend.

Walla Walla Valley Academy will present its annual Christmas Concert featuring the band, choir, hand bells, singers, and orchestra. The program will take place in the WWVA Auditorium, 7pm, Sabbath, December 8.

The Walla Walla University Music Department’s Christmas programs will be Friday evening, December 7, at 6pm and 8pm in the Sanctuary. There will be no late seating for these concerts.

A church potluck will be held December 8 at 1:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited!

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!

Please consider supporting the University Church Torchbearer Pathfinders’ raise money for their camporee to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in the summer of 2019. The club is offering a high quality “God’s Creation” calendar at the information desk in the lobby to those who make a donation. If you have any questions about the club, please contact Felix Tan, 509.301.7771.

The Senior Pastor Search Committee is actively into Phase III of the search process. Formal interviews are being conducted with two pastoral candidates over the next two weeks. Please continue to pray for God’s will and direction for leadership here at the WWU Church. If you have questions, please contact the chair of this committee, Pam Cress:

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.

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.

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, December 1
8:45am — CFM Pancake Breakfast, Jr. High Room
4pm — Evensong, Sanctuary
6pm — Adventist Singles Fellowship, SonBridge

Monday, December 3
7:30am — (daily) Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel

Tuesday, December 4
6pm — J.U.M.P., Juniors Room
7pm — High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room

Wednesday, December 5
6:30pm — Pathfinders, Fellowship Hall
7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel

Thursday, December 6
4-8pm — Winterfest, College Place City Hall

Friday, December 7
4:08pm — Sundown
6pm and 8pm — WWU Music Department Christmas Concert, Sanctuary
(No late seating for these concerts)

Sabbath, December 8
1:15pm — All Church Potluck, Fellowship Hall
2pm — Adventurers, Jr. High Room

Friday, December 21
7pm — The Longest Night, Sanctuary







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