"We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created.

For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment."

-Colossians 1:15-17 (the Message)



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I am pleased to welcome a special musician, my friend Amy Dodds. A member of our congregation, Amy teaches violin at Whitman College.

On this last Sabbath of 2017 I would like to include a personal note. Our congregation has always shown interest in music and has actively supported the music ministry of this church, and for these I am very grateful. Thank you in advance for showing, over the next six months, the same level of support to our interim minister of music, Lindsay Armstrong.

The service music traces an emotional arc familiar to all of us, a trajectory stated perhaps most succinctly in Proverbs 28:13, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” The prelude presents Ernest Bloch’s (1880–1959) setting of Vidui, the Jewish prayer of confession prayed just before Yom Kippur. In the Postlude, we hear a familiar Christmas carol that begins with the following words:

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray

Oh tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy.

At year’s end, we often review past deeds and make resolutions to alter and improve our future behavior. I pray that the music today will assist you in these meditations and lead you toward a first-hand experience of God’s comfort and joy.

-Kraig Scott





Give to the University Church Budget by placing your contribution in a tithe envelope and marking it "church budget,".  Loose offering placed in bags this week will go toward "Adventist Community Services" worldwide. Thank-you for your generosity to this important work!


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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.)



Membership Transfers (first reading)
(IN) Don, Linda and Lindsey Crumley, Collegedale, Tenn.
Krista Hunt, Collegedale, Tenn.
Ana Pinza, Meadow Glade, Battle Ground, Wash.
Camryn Berglin, Stevensville, Mich.
Brian and Liana St Clair, Ellensburg, Wash.

(AWAY) Larrol and Robin Parlin, Friday Harbor, Wash.
Julianne Ward, Volunteer Park, Seattle, Wash.

I would like to say thank you on behalf of my family for the outpouring of cards, phone calls, visits, delicious food and most of all the kind care and love during John’s battle and days following his passing.  God bless and keep you
~ Joan Deming

Medical Responders Needed. EMT/Paramedics, CPR-qualified Nurses, Nurse Providers, or Physicians who are willing to be on a list of medical responders during the church services, with one present and available for each church service each week, for possible medical emergencies, please contact Deanne at 509-301-6703 or

Family and friends are invited to help celebrate Walt Meske and Liz Hanafin’s “Come and Go” wedding reception at the Walla Walla University Alumni Center, January 1, 2018 from 1-3.  No gifts please.

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, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. 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. Register at

Are you looking to connect with others? A number of small groups will be offered this winter. We would also love to have new leaders! The groups are discussion-based and will run for about an hour over a three to six week period. If you’re interested in leading a group, please contact Alareece Collie at

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.

Register for the final One project gathering before December 31. The grand finale promises to be a unique and transformative experience. Each speaker will share why they personally proclaim, “Oh, How I Love Jesus!”You, along with your family and friends—through conversation, through singing, and through celebration—will have the same opportunity. This gathering will not be recorded. Register to attend at before December 31, 2017. Prices increase in January 1, 2018, and the gathering is likely to sell out.

Enchiladas to go, from College Place Spanish SDA Church to benefit their student aid fund. Call 509.525-9523, 509.301.2956 or email to order. Order by January 30 to pick up on February 4 at Rogers Adventist School.

Guests coming and need an extra guest room? Havstad Alumni Center has 3 beautiful guest rooms. For guest room availability and information go to  or call 509 540-8095.

Need space for family/friends event? Havstad Alumni Center is available for rent for those special events. Choose between the 1st floor beautiful home-like living room setting or the 2nd floor which includes a full kitchen.  Located on 4th Street on the Walla Walla University campus.  For more information, please call 509.527.2241 between 9am - 5pm Monday - Thursday.

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, December 30
    4:17pm — Sundown
    6pm — Adventist Singles Holiday Party, SonBridge

Monday, January 1
    New Year’s Day — Church Office Closed
    1pm — Walt Meske & Liz Hanafin Wedding Reception,              Alumni Center

Tuesday, January 2
    High Five Youth Group on break until January 9

Wednesday, January 3
    Pathfinders Club on break until January 10
    WWVA and Rogers School classes resume

Thursday, January 4
    J.U.M.P. Youth Group on break until January 11

Friday, January 5    
    4:23pm — Sundown

Monday, January 8
    WWU classes resume

Tuesday, January 9
    11am — WWU CommUnity,  Gregory Boyle,  Sanctuary