Walla Walla University Church
March 3, 2018
Today's sermon is based on Acts 8:26-39 which is printed here in the English Standard Version:
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went.
And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”
And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”
And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
AT THE UNIVERSITY CHURCH
We are so fortunate to live in this valley teeming with musicians. Join me in welcoming the Rogers Adventist School students of the Jr. High Handbell Choir, 3rd–6th grade Treble Choir and string ensemble, Con Brio led by two talented women: Patti Short and Holly Carpenter. In addition, we welcome Bethany Foster back to the organ bench, and Melissa Cadieux who is accompanying the ensembles. Thank you all for your musical offerings!
The prelude is a celebration — a reminder that we have the freedom to worship our King today. I guarantee the students will be rejoicing, particularly during the first anthem, “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel.” Then, listen carefully to the words of the second anthem, with text depicting a simple child-like faith and untainted trust in God. This theme carries into the offertory, which is based on this well- known text that claims, "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." We are all treasured in God’s eyes, no matter who we are or where we come from.
I encourage you to pull out your hymnal during the postlude and meditate on the words of Hymn No. 334 as the bells play this familiar tune. May we, though we are prone to wander, choose to bless those around us as God has blessed us with fountains of mercy and love.
This Sabbath, we are blessed by many musicians from Rogers Adventist School. Your gifts to the University Church budget support the ministry of Rogers in a substantive way. More than 25 percent of the University Church's budget goes to subsidize Rogers' operating budget. This investment, is essential Rogers remaining the amazing ministry that it is. Each year, many hundreds of students and their families are impacted by the top notch Christian education that our school provides. Thank you for empowering this work through your gifts to the University Church's budget.
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TOUCHES OF INTEREST
The University Church Office will be open with limited hours Monday, March 12-Wednesday, March 14. Office hours are 9am-12pm.
University Church Family Gym Night is tonight at Rogers Adventist School at 6pm. Families with kids of all ages are invited! Join us!
All-Church Potluck - including students and visitors - Sabbath, March 10 after Second Serve (1:15 PM) in the Church Fellowship Hall.
Membership Transfers (second reading)
(IN) Volker and Linda Henning, Collegedale, Tenn.
Nerissa Lewis, Baton Rouge, La.
Glyn Marsh, Clarkston, Wash.
(Away) Rick and Sue Bockmann, Post Falls, Idaho
Norma Flores, Keene, Texas
Employment Opportunity: Rogers Adventist School is hiring a part time 7th/8th grade teacher for the 18-19 school year. SDA certification required (or will be completed by the beginning of the school year), state certification preferred. Applicant should be skilled in teaching algebra, language arts, and Bible. Interested applicants should submit a resume with references and a cover letter to Holley Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SonBridge Dental Clinic is looking to fill the paid position of a Dentist at 3 days/week. Call Mel Lang at (509) 301-3460 if interested.
Your Input Requested in Selection of New UCC President: The North Pacific Union Conference is looking for your assistance as we select a new conference president for Upper Columbia Conference. The input from each church member in your family is valued in the selection process. A letter from John Freedman, president of the NPUC, explaining the presidential search process; and a survey for you to include your input is available here: https://sp.uccsda.org/news2018-01-23/ Thank you for taking the time to find out more about the selection process and if you desire, to also fill out the survey.
WWVA Drama presents the musical Godspell March 17 at 8:00 and March 18 at 7:00 in Village Hall on the Walla Walla University campus. Join us as a zany bunch of groupies helps Jesus act out the timeless lessons of the gospel in modern America and, one by one, they “get it.” $10 for adults, $5 for students.
Denominational Retired Worker’s Potluck, March 4, 5:00 PM, Village Church Fellowship Hall. Following the potluck, Pastor John Stafford will present power point pictures and stories of his recent trip to West Africa with Gospel Outreach. We always welcome new retirees to join us each month.
The College Place Spanish SDA Church invites you to join in a Brunch Buffet to raise funds for their building project. The Brunch Buffet will take place at the Village Youth Center (36 SW 8th St College Place) on April 8, 2018, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The cost for the ticket is $10 and you can buy tickets by calling at 509-525-9523 or 509-301-2956.
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.
Discovery Preschool is now enrolling children 3-5 years of age. It is the goal of our staff to work closely together with each family to provide a solid foundation for intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual growth of the child. Children are encouraged to explore their world through self-expression in a natural, playful, social environment. Contact information: email@example.com or 509.527.2252. Visit: wallawalla.edu/preschool
This Sabbath, March 10, at the Milton SDA Church, Pam Tucker (wife of Mike Tucker from the Quiet Hour), will give a concert at 4:30 pm. All are invited to attend!
ROSARIO SINGLES RETREAT April 5-8, 2018 in Anacortes WA. Marvin Wray, pastor of the Napa California SDA Church is our speaker for the weekend. His passion in ministry is to share the absolute assurance of God’s gift of salvation. Arrive Thursday and spend Friday on an Island Adventure in the San Juan Islands. Registration is $235 for the full retreat. Other registration options are listed on the registration form. For more details and a registration form, send an email to RosarioRetreat@Gmail.com. For those without access to email, you may call our registration line at 360 588-3179 to request info. The deadline to register is March 19, 2018.
Market With A Mission: Come enjoy delicious food, baked goods, specialty items, and live music. Stateline SDA Church Friendship Center, Sunday, March 4, from 4-7 pm. Proceeds will benefit our local Christian Aid Center/Rescue Mission.
Milton-Stateline Adventist School invites you to a New Student Visitation Day on Friday, March 9th 8:15-10:00 am. We service preschoolers to 8th graders. Come and see what we have to offer! Call 541-938-7131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Beat the winter doldrums and come to the fair! Milton-Stateline Adventist School’s Annual Fair is Sunday, March 11th, 4:00-7:00 pm. There will be games, face painting, a cake walk, put someone in jail and prizes! Delicious vege-burgers, vege-corn dogs, a taco bar, snow cones and whole lot more! No admission fee. All booths run on 50 cent tickets. Fun family night for all ages!
Sabbath, March 3
5:43pm — Sundown
6pm — Adventist Singles Fellowship, SonBridge
Sunday, March 4
5pm — Retired Denominational Worker’s Potluck, Village Church Fellowship Hall
Monday, March 5
7:30am — (daily) Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel
Tuesday, March 6
11am — WWU CommUnity, Erin Jones, Sanctuary
7pm — High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room
Wednesday, March 7
6:30pm — Pathfinders, Fellowship Hall
7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel
Thursday, March 8
6:30pm — J.U.M.P., Juniors Room
Friday, March 9
1pm — “Change the Day” Activity, Youth Room
5:51pm — Sundown
8pm — WWU Vespers, Journey 1, Sanctuary
Sabbath, March 10
1:15pm — All-church potluck, Fellowship Hall
6pm — Family Gym Night, Rogers School Gym
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