Walla Walla University Church
January 6, 2018
January -March, 2018, the University Church will join a collective of nearly two dozen Adventist churches across the country exploring the same weekly texts from the book of Acts. Together, we will study Jesus' continued work of redemption through the church. Thematic schedule and DailyWalk companion study guides for individuals and families are available on our website: wwuchurch.com/#daily. Weekly discussion and resources will also be available through our Facebook page.
AT THE UNIVERSITY CHURCH
Happy New Year! I am honored to begin 2018 serving as interim minister of music for the University Church. I must begin this week’s music note by thanking Dr. Kraig Scott who has spent his life dedicated to the music here in College Place, whether in his years as a student, or those spent as professor and minister of music. Our church services would be drastically different without his continued effort to include excellent musical content each week. Be sure to thank him if you see him during his six-month sabbatical.
Today, we celebrate Christ’s birth as experienced by the magi in Matthew 2:1–12. Bethany Foster, a Walla Walla local, begins the prelude on the organ. Listen for the rocking of the manger, where the baby awaits its new visitors. The opening hymn (No. 137) signals the magi’s discovery of Christ. These gentile scholars had journeyed in pursuit of a star, all in hopes of finding themselves at the feet of a miraculous infant king. Upon finding him, they rejoice, personified by the “tuneful oboe” in hymn No. 133. In a quiet moment of reflection before the sermon, we hear:
Patiently have I waited for the Lord,
And lo! He heard my cry.
What a blessing to serve a God who is invested in our trials, and who promises that all who seek Him will find Him. May we live the remainder of this year ever conscious of the gift of mercy given that holy night.
On behalf of the University Church board and pastoral staff, I want to thank you for your enduring commitment to the mission and ministry of this local congregation.
Each parish has its own unique calling. The work we do here to bless young people matters. Our investments in Christian education (from Pre-K through WWU’s graduate program) will pay off deep into the future. The ways we serve our public schools, civic institutions, and community service centers are inspiring and useful.
Again, thank you for your financial commitments, and even more for your gifts of blood, sweat, tears, and prayers that empower the Way of Jesus here and now.
-Alex Bryan, senior pastor
TOUCHES OF INTEREST
Membership Transfers (second 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.
An all-church potluck is planned for January 13 at 1:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of small groups will be offered at the University Church this winter. Groups will be discussion-based, run for 60–90 minutes, and span a four to eight week period beginning later in January. Some groups this quarter will be focused on personal support for challenging seasons in life, others will center on Bible study, while still others will be geared toward practical daily living as followers of Jesus. Click here: for a detailed listing of small groups offered this quarter and contact information for leaders. Group size will be limited to about 10, so if you’re interested, contact the respective group leader right away. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor Alareece Collie at email@example.com
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 sfs.wallawalla.edu/webinars.
Retired Denominational Workers’ dinner January 14, will be at WHEATLAND VILLAGE 1:30 p.m. A Gala Buffet will be served, compliments of management. Parking is available on west side of building. Enter the building on same side. Come and enjoy “Ellen White’s Life Story” as recreated by pioneers of early Adventism.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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! email@example.com or 509.527.2800.
Enchiladas to go, from College Place Spanish SDA Church to benefit their student aid fund. Call 509.525-9523, 509.301.2956 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.wallawalla.edu/alumni/wwu-alumni-association/guest-rooms/ 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 volunteers to serve as barbers/hairstylists, registered nurses to help in our health clinic, and a van driver to pick up donated food on Monday mornings. Contact Jeannette at 509.525.7153.
Sabbath, January 6
4:24pm — Sundown
6pm — Adventist Singles Holiday Party, SonBridge
Monday, January 8
WWU classes resume
7:30am — (daily) Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel
Tuesday, January 9
11am — WWU CommUnity, Gregory Boyle, Sanctuary
7pm — High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room
Wednesday, January 10
6:30pm — Pathfinders, Fellowship Hall
7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel
Thursday, January 11
6:30pm - J.U.M.P., Juniors Room
Friday, January 12
1pm — “Change the Day” Service Activity, Youth Room
4:31pm — Sundown
8pm — WWU Vespers with Paul Dybdahl, Sanctuary
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