Sabbath School
at the University Church

Each week beginning between 10–10:30am, a wide array of classes and groups meet across the church and University campuses. From worship programs for kids to discussion gatherings for adults, you’re likely to find something that will help you grow. This week, The Bulletin highlights a couple possibilities.

A women’s Bible study group has been meeting in the church office since 2006. Before delving into God’s word each week, the welcoming group begins with warm introductions and prayer. This is followed by time digging into the practical application of scripture in their lives. The class concludes with with significant time for individual prayer requests that often spill over into private conversations and personal follow-up. All women are welcome to join this gathering led by Joy Veverka, Linda Ivy, and Pat Gustin.

Chan Shun Sabbath School begins at 10:15am in the lecture auditorium on the first floor of the Chan Shun Pavilion (Room 154). This is a larger group that, while it presents in a classroom setting, carefully attends to building community each week through prayer requests, singing, and group fund-raising or service projects. Alden Thompson, Cortney Needham, Loren Dickinson, and Alareece Collie are regular teachers in Chan Shun although the class is known to “borrow” instructors from the WWU School of Theology from time to time. All are welcome!


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We thank two musicians who have relocated to the Walla Walla valley in the last several years. Jinhyang Park of the music faculty plays her own arrangement of Hymn No.301, Nearer, Still Nearer, and Gary Peter serves as our guest organist. Please join me in thanking them both.

The organ prelude and postlude feature music from the celebrated organ sonatas of Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847). In the prelude we hear almost all of Sonata No.2 in C minor, while in the postlude we hear the grand first movement of Sonata No.3 in A Major.

As you prepare your heart to worship God, I invite you to meditate on the words of the anthem hymn. Lelia Naylor Morris (1862–1929) wrote over 1,000 hymn texts and, in this case, also the music. You may find the complete text at Hymn No.301, some of the words appear here:

Nearer, still nearer,
close to Thy heart,
Draw me, my Savior,
so precious Thou art;
Fold me, O fold me
close to Thy breast,
Shelter me safe in
that haven of rest,
Shelter me safe in
that haven of rest.

-Kraig Scott




Today’s loose offering is earmarked for Upper Columbia Conference’s budget. The graphic below illustrates the University Church’s 2019 budget progress in comparison with 2018.

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Church Board Meeting will be on Monday, February 25, 7pm in the Youth Room. All are welcome to attend.

A church evacuation instructional video will be shown during Second Service today. This was produced by University Students as a gift to the University Church community. Thank you for your attention to this important matter. If you have any questions or concerns regarding safety in the church, please contact Pastor Alareece Collie, the pastoral liaison to the church’s Safety Team:

The Church Office will be closed on Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents' Day. Normal office hours will resume Tuesday, February 19.

All are welcome to join our University Church prayer meeting each Wednesday at 7pm in Heubach Chapel. The group will view a part of the current week’s Sabbath School lesson in Ranko Stefanovic’s, “Revelation of Jesus Christ”video.

Interested in checking out Rogers Adventist School for your child’s education? Join K-8 teachers and administration for a school tour, complimentary meal, and important information about RAS curriculum and community on February 21, 6pm. Childcare available. Text your RSVP to 509.386.7386 or cindy.mccrery@rogersschool.or

The family of Harold Lund thanks the University Church family for the prayers, cards, and words of comfort offered during this time of loss. It is greatly appreciated.

ASWWU Global Service’s annual Valentine Benefit Banquet is Monday, February 18, 7pm in the Church Fellowship Hall. You are invited to join students for an evening of live music, a catered meal, and dessert auction. Tickets are $50, with 50 percent of ticket sales being matched by a local business. All proceeds will go towards the ASWWU annual project of a literacy project in Nepal. Tickets will be paid for at the door, but to RSVP, please email: or text 509.876.7548 to RSVP by February 17.

Senior art and business student, Jaucelyn Carter, will be displaying “Defining Home,” her cumulative works, in the Clyde and Mary Harris Art Gallery, WWU Fine Arts Center, February 8–21. An opening reception will be February 8, 5–7pm. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

The 50+ potluck and program will be held on Sunday, February 17 at 5pm at the Youth Center, 8th and Bade in College Place. Come and enjoy an uplifting musical program presented by the Eslinger Family. And of course, please bring a friend.

Join Children’s Home Society for their annual "SweetHearts for Kids Benefit Luncheon" on February 20 at 11:30am at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. Tickets are $40. To RSVP, call 509-529-2130 before February 12.

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Becoming a Man of God retreat is at Camp MiVoden March 1–3 for the Upper Columbia Conference Men’s Summit. Pastor Kevin Wilfley will present his “Becoming a Man of God” series, focusing on five “Becomings” in the life of a Christian man. Topics include, integrity, prayer, service, and generosity. Learn more and register at Enter the Coupon Code “EARLY!” before February 14 and save $25.

Emotional and spiritual care provider training to be offered at the Upper Columbia Conference office, March 13-14. This foundational program will equip people to serve as credentialed responders after disasters and other traumatic events. To register, email: or

Rosario Singles Retreat with Pastor Ofa Langi and sponsored by the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is April 4-7. Come enjoy the coastal beauty of Rosario and the breaking waves on the beach. Registration will be available by mid February. Mark it on your calendar now. For more information, visit

Free estate planning is offered as a service of the Upper Columbia Conference Trust Department for UCC members. They help you take care of family, and just ask that you have a desire to make a significant difference in some way connected with Upper Columbia Conference (evangelism, your local church or school, etc.). For more information, or to arrange an appointment next time a representative is in your area, please contact Andrew McCrary at 509.242.0472 or e-mail

Volunteer for “Love Heals” free clinic coming to Walla Walla, April 18 & 19, 2019. Physicians, dentists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, nurses, dental hygienists and assistants, chiropractors, prayer warriors, organizers, hospitality experts, pastors and chaplains, and everyone in between are encouraged to partner with Walla Walla University and many area churches and support organizations in lending your hand to this beautiful ministry. Learn more and register to volunteer at:

The Winter Quarter pulpit series at the University Church is entitled “Wise Guys.” Each Sabbath, a variety of preachers from our community (including our new senior pastor Andreas Beccai) will open the scriptures sharing from the wisdom literature books of: Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Job, and Song of Solomon.

You are invited to Milton-Stateline Adventist School's annual Talent Show on Feb. 24th in our gym! The show starts at 4pm. There will be a refreshment stand. Our students have been practicing and are looking forward to sharing their talents with you!



Sabbath, February 16
6pm — Adventist Singles Fellowship, Sonbridge

Monday, February 18
President’s Day — Church Office Closed
7:30am — (daily) Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel
7pm — ASWWU Global Service Banquet, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, February 19
11am — WWU CommUnity, Black History, Sanctuary
6:30pm — J.U.M.P, Juniors Room
7pm — High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room

Wednesday, February 20
6:30pm — Pathfinders, Fellowship Hall
7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel [Satan, a Defeated Enemy]

Friday, February 22
5:28pm — Sundown
8pm — WWU Vespers, OPS, Sanctuary

Sabbath, February 23
5pm — Evensong, Sanctuary
6pm — Adventist Singles Fellowship, SonBridge

Monday, February 25
7:30am — (daily) Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel
7pm — Church Board Meeting, Youth Room

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