December 12, 2015
For your heart,
for your commitment to excellence,
for your compassion
for your wise counsel
and insightful leadership,
for your steady dedication,
and not least for showing us Jesus,
Pastor Guldhammer, your congregation thanks you for pastoring us well over the past 32 years.
We Love You!
Pastor Henning Guldhammer’s greatest claim to fame must be his arrival at the Walla Walla College Church in the early 1980s. This of course far outweighs his Porsche racing, war protesting, project white-coating, and marching on Washington in the 1960’s. During his three decades as our pastor, Henning has overseen with faithfulness and skill many seasons and transitions. From the south office wing expansion, to the sanctuary renewal renovation project, to shifting senior pastors, to every number of technical and emotional crises, Henning has been a stable and wise presence of spiritual leadership. As he retires from his role as Executive Pastor, he will be deeply missed. Happily, he and his wife Kristy plan to stay in the valley as continuing members of our church community.
We thank the many members of the Walla Walla University Wind Symphony under the direction of Brandon Beck for sharing their wonderful music with us. During the past 16 years that Brandon Beck has conducted this ensemble, he has established it as a powerful musical force whose influence is felt on this campus, in the Walla Walla Valley, and throughout the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist education. For evidence of this fact we need look no further than the members of the ensemble who hail from all corners of this continent. Please join me in thanking Professor Beck, the many students and community members who comprise the WWU Wind Symphony. If you recognize someone in the group I encourage you to write them your thanks using the card in the pew rack.
The hymns we sing today are both narratives with lengthy, rather expansive texts well worth contemplation. I invite you, as you prepare to worship, to take time to quietly meditate on them.
SABBATH MORNING AT THE UNIVERSITY CHURCH
TOUCHES OF INTEREST
International Christmas Sing-a-long will be Sabbath, December 5, at 10am, in the MKW Fine Arts Center, room 208. Contact Kurt Schäfer at 509.527.3116 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Longest Night, a midwinter service of renewal and hope will take place Friday, December 18, at 7pm in the Sanctuary. Invite guests to join you!
International Christmas Sing-a-long will be Sabbath, December 12, at 10am in the MKW Fine Arts Center, room 115. Carols in German, Spanish, and other languages.
WWVA Music Department Christmas Program will take place on Sabbath, December 12 at 8pm in the WWVA Auditorium. You are invited to come out and support these young talented musicians.
Join Rogers Adventist School for their annual Christmas music programs. Grades K-4 will take place in the WWVA Auditorium at 6:30pm, Thursday, December 10. Grades 3-8 will perform on Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm in the WWVA Auditorium.
50-Plus Club Potluck will be Sunday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the Youth Center. Eliana Kearns, Hannah Schafer, and Tobin Kearns will present a musical program.
From Pastor Alex: “I need you! Job 12:12 says, ‘Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.’ If you are 65+ this is your invitation to join me for (brown bag) lunch, in the senior pastor’s office, on January 6. My agenda: to hear your wisdom.
Free counseling for individuals, couples, and families at Pathways to Change, a community counseling clinic managed by the School of Education and Psychology at Walla Walla University. Counselors are second-year master’s students in counseling psychology under the supervision of program faculty. The clinic is located in Smith Hall and is open Sunday through Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. For more information, or to make an appointment, call Pathways to Change at 509-527-2654.
Milton-Stateline Adventist School invites you to their Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 17th at 7:00 pm in their gym.
Thursday, December 10
6:30pm - Rogers School grades K-4 Christmas Program, WWVA Auditorium
Friday, December 11
6pm, 8pm - WWU Music Department Christmas Concert, Sanctuary
Sabbath, December 12
10am - International Christmas Sing-a-long, MKW Fine Arts Center, Room 115.
4:08pm - Sunset
7pm - Walla Walla Valley Academy Music Department Christmas Program, WWVA Auditorium
8pm - WWU Drama Production, Village Hall
Sunday, December 13
8pm - WWU Drama Production, Village Hall
8pm - ‘WWU Jam’ Worship, Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, December 15
7pm - Rogers School grades 3-8 Christmas Program, WWVA Auditorium
Friday, December 18
4:09pm - Sunset
7pm - The Longest Night Service, Sanctuary
Sunday, December 20
5pm - 50-Plus Club Potluck, Youth Center
This December we need $202,772 to meet our $729,000 annual budget. Thank you for a long history of faithfulness and generosity to this worthy cause. Each year, when we make and exceed our budget, we have the ability to keep our ministry both strong and vibrant. Click here to give online.