Reading recommendations from University Church members

End-Time events and the Last Generation

by George R. Knight

Growing up in the church, sometimes we take for granted how our history shapes our current circumstances. This book really helped me connect the dots with current friction points and challenged me to be more engaged in the church I love. —Brian Harris

Amazing Grace and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Marty, Prophet, Spy

by Eric Metaxas

One author, two books. Eric Metaxas has written two powerful biographies. One of them details a great triumph: "Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery." The other book narrates a great tragedy: "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy." Both books are inspiring, but in radically different ways.
—Alden Thompson

The Rag Coat

by Lauren Mills

The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills is a children's book that reminds of the power of kindness, acceptance, and forgiveness as it points out the importance of the stories we all have. —Joy Veverka

So You Want to Talk about Race

by Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo’s book is an uncomfortable book. One that outlines conversations that are frankly, hard to have. But I think being receptive to sitting with people, hearing their experiences and difficulties, and giving them the GIFT of believing the heart of what they are saying is step one in approaching our inherent racism and bias. I think Oluo masterfully outlines what these conversations can look like. —Nelita Crawford

Christ from Beginning to End: How the Full Story of Scripture Reveals the Full Glory of Christ,

by Trent Hunter and Stephen Wellum.

This newly released book (from Zonderan Publishers) shows how the Old Testament stories of Creation, Noah, Moses, David, and the Prophets point forward to, and are filled full of new meaning in Jesus Christ. The authors make a strong case for a unified Bible and cohesive narrative of God’s Son and His redemption that unites both the Old and New Testaments. They conclude with a look at our experience in the Church—Christ’s body—as a continuing fulfillment of Scripture. —Brant Berglin

Let Your Life Speak

by Parker Palmer

Parker J. Palmer’s, “Let Your Life Speak” was nothing short of life-changing for me. I revisit it every few years.—Nelita Crawford

Out of Solitude

by Henry Nouwen

Out of Solitude by Henry Nouwen moves me from being busy to taking quiet time with God. As that happens, I see people and their needs instead of schedules and accumulations. —Joy Veverka


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We thank the many students and community members of Wind Symphony under the direction of Brandon Beck for sharing their festive and beautiful music with us.

As you prepare your heart to worship I invite you to meditate on the following words from one of my favorite books.

The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden “the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God,” (Romans 11:33). We marvel at the Saviour’s sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man‘s nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life. (Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p.48-49)

—Kraig Scott




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We are grateful to John McVay for sharing the sermon with our congregation today. John is the president of Walla Walla University and is a regular contributor from the pulpit at the University Church.

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

The Denominational Retired Workers’ potluck is planned for December 9, 5pm at the Village Church Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy live Christmas dinner music performed by “Violin Praise”.

You are invited to the 2018 Christmas music program by Walla Walla Valley Academy tonight, December 8 at 7pm in the WWVA Auditorium.

50-Plus Potluck, Sunday, December 16 at 5pm in the Youth Center. Roman and Linda Hintz will present a travelogue of African Adventure.

We are sad to announce that Robert Sutton, former professor of engineering at Walla Walla University, passed away on November 28 in Denver, Colo. He is survived by his sons Clint Sutton of Mich. and Craig Sutton of College Place, Wash. and their families.

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 Pastoral Search Committee is now in Phase III of the process and is actively interviewing candidates. If you have any questions, please contact the chair of the committee, Pam Cress:

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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. Come for a meditative service of music, reflection, and healing prayer.
Join the University Church and bring a friend, Friday night, December 21, at 7pm in the Sanctuary.

You are invited to A Song in the Air a service of worship presented by the Village Church Choir, Orchestra, Kids of the King Children’s Choir, and Grace Notes Handbells, featuring familiar, beloved seasonal carols and selections from Handel’s MESSIAH. Today at 3:30pm at the Village Church.

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.

Want to be a Missionary? Volunteer missionaries urgently needed in December to teach English in SDA K-12 schools in Jakarta, Indonesia. The stipend is low; the experiences are incredible. If God is calling you, or for additional information, please contact Larry Davis, a longtime UCC member, former resident in Indonesia, and whose daughter you would be working with, at: 509-598-5116.

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.

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

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 8
1:15pm — All Church Potluck, Fellowship Hall
2pm — Adventurers, Jr. High Room
6pm — Adventist Singles Fellowship, SonBridge
7pm — WWVA Christmas Concert, WWVA Auditorium

Monday, December 10
7:30am — Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel
(through Wednesday, December 12)

Tuesday, December 11
7pm — High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room

Wednesday, December 12
6:30pm — Pathfinders, Fellowship Hall
7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel

Thursday, December 13
Walla Walla University Christmas break begins

Friday, December 14
4:08pm — Sundown

Sabbath, December 15
6pm — Adventist Singles Fellowship, SonBridge

Monday, December 17
7pm — Church Board and Business Meeting, Youth Room

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






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