"Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to
be baptized by John. But John tried to deter Him,
saying, 'I need to be baptized by you, and do you
come to me?

Jesus replied, 'Let it be so now; it is proper for us
to do this to fulfill all righteousness.'

Then John consented.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of
the water. At that moment heaven was opened,
and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a
dove and alighting on Him.

And a voice from heaven said,
'This is My Son, whom I love;
with Him I am well pleased.'"

-Matthew 3:16-17 (NIV)




Today we highlight the work of a ministry that holds an important place in the hearts of many of our members. Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs followers of Jesus with young people suffering from poverty around the world. Compassion International's mission is "for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult."

The ministry began in 1952 in South Korea under the leadership of American evangelist Everett Swanson. Today, it serves more than 1.8 million people by partnering with more than 6,000 churches in 25 countries. Compassion's principal program invites individuals and institutions to sign up as sponsors for babies, kids, and young adults who receive holistic support according to their needs. Funds may be used for needs as basic as food and medical care, but may also be used for education or counseling. In all its programs, Compassion International is intentionally child-focused. This means that the form support takes is determined by context and culture.

University Church member Curtis Schafer has been a long-time advocate for and supporter of Compassion International. Please visit Curtis in the lobby today to learn more about the ministry and perhaps to join this worthy cause. You may also find out more by visiting compassion.com.


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Today we welcome 11 talented string players who comprise three of Walla Walla University’s string quartets, each with their own unique name: Vier Streicher Quartette (Kendra Haugen, Alyssa Chung, Roylan Messinger and Justin Chung), The Pine Nut String Quartet (Hannah Schafer, Christina Moran, Lyn Ritz and Kristina Filippello), and The Mountain Ash String Quartet (Annie Gibson, Chelsea Gibson, Lyn Ritz and Brandon Rittenour). Let’s give an emphatic thank you to WWU professor Lyn Ritz who plays in two of these quartets and also mentors each group throughout the school year. We also welcome Lanny Collins back to the organ bench. Thank you, all musicians.

The three composers represented in the quartets’ selections are among the most superb composers of string quartet music. You are in for a treat! First we hear from Brahms (1833–1897), who was a perfectionist and self-conscious about his ability as a composer. Brahms spent his life feeling as though he was living ‘in the shadow’ of his musical predecessor, Beethoven (1770–1827), whose work is also featured before the sermon today. Beethoven is known as the bridge composer between the classical and the romantic musical eras and was so well-liked by audiences of his time that it is clear Brahms’s insecurities were warranted. After the sermon, we go back in time to hear from Classical era composer Mozart (1756–1791), whose musical contribution to the world in only 35 years is astounding. I am confident that you will enjoy these selections and hope that this Sabbath day of rest continues to refuel a joyful and grateful heart.

-Lindsay Armstrong



Thank you for your generosity to the local ministry of the University Church, as well as to the global mission of the Adventist Church. Today, the loose offering goes to Upper Columbia Conference's "Streams of Light" initiative.

The chart below compares giving to the University Church Budget in 2017 with giving so far in 2018.


Donate here on our website, by placing your gift in a tithe envelope and marking it "Local Church Budget," or by placing it in the offering bags.

Our online giving portal allows any person to set up regular, monthly, weekly, or biweekly contributions to be deducted automatically from their connected accounts into whatever budget, ministry, or funds they choose.




University Church board meeting is Monday, April 23 at 7pm in the Youth Room. All church members are welcome to attend.

Retired denominational workers’ potluck is Monday, May 7 at 5:30pm in the Village Church Fellowship Hall.

Join dietitian Adina Pearson and therapist Elisa Hope for a seminar exploring how parents and caregivers approach food and activity in a way that supports a healthy body image and prevents disordered eating. Because of the sensitive nature of this topic, this is an adults-only seminar. Please RSVP to the Rogers School front desk, but last minute attendees are welcome. Tuesday, May 1, 6:30pm, Rogers Adventist School Conference Room.

The SonBridge Dental Clinic is looking for a sterilization technician with entry-level dental skills or willingness to be trained in the position. If interested, call 509.956.3165.

We want to thank our church family for all of your love and support in our recent time of loss of our Mother, Aunt, and Cousin. We couldn’t ask for more love than what we have received in cards, flowers, and condolences. Thank you so much! -The Ingersoll / Payne family.

Maplewood Academy annual meeting and potluck will be May 5 at 1:30pm at Walla Walla Valley Academy.
Please call 509.529.4837 for further information.

SonBridge Thrift & Gift Store is recruiting volunteers to sort donated goods, help haul items, or maintain the facility. If interested, please call 509.529.3100.

The first Battle of the Comedians event is coming to Walla Walla University’s Blackbox Theater on April 28, 2018 at 8:30pm. This event will feature a variety of acts as performers battle for the audience's votes and a cash prize. Space is limited, so reserve your free ticket today and get the best seats in the house.

The Christian Aid Center is pleased to celebrate the completion of their Gift of Grace campaign. THANK YOU to all who had a part in raising $4.85 million to build a new shelter for homeless women and children. The new building promises them a chance to be safe, to experience dignity, to live in a caring community, and to find restoration and hope. The project is currently under construction and slated to open its doors in June 2018.

WWU Homecoming Weekend! Alumni and friends of WWU are invited to Homecoming Weekend, April 26-29. We’ve planned more than 50 events especially for you, including a banquet celebrating our core theme of generosity in service, educational seminars, a special PRISM concert, a Bowers Hall open house, and an Alleluias and Meditations concert Sabbath evening. A full list of events and registration information is available at wallawalla.edu/homecoming or by calling (800) 377-2586.

The Christian Aid Center is currently in need of childcare volunteers on Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00.  Please contact Jeannette Regalado, Volunteer & Donor Relations at 525-7153 ext. 114 for more information.

WWVA Spring Week of Worship is April 30 - May 4. All are invite to join students in the WWVA auditorium as they speak to their peers each day at 11:25.

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 holley.bryant@rschool.org.

Milton-Stateline Adventist School is accepting applications for 4 part time positions to start for the 2018-2019 school year. The positions are librarian, music teacher, Special Education aide, and 5th/6th Science/Social Studies teacher. Two or more positions may be combined for one employee. Call 541-938-7131 or email info@miltonstateline.org

Digging Deeper Retreat -- May 18-20 at Camp Mivoden. We invite you to a spiritual retreat for young adults and young families (ages 20s-40s). Whether single, married, with or without kids, all in the 20s-40s age range are invited to come together for a weekend of connecting in friendship and digging into the Word. Ty Gibson, our keynote speaker, will be unpacking our theme “Digging Deeper into God’s Heart”. Children's program for ages 4-10yr, childcare for ages 18mos-3yr, and mother’s room for infants are provided at the retreat. For more information visit www.DiggingDeeperRetreat.com.

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: stacy.maxted@wallawalla.edu or 509.527.2252. Visit: wallawalla.edu/preschool



Sabbath, April 21
    7pm — Adventist Singles Fellowship, SonBridge
    7:49pm — Sundown

Monday, April 23
    WWVA & Rogers — April Break, no school
    7:30am (daily) — Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel
    7pm — University Church board meeting, Youth Room

Tuesday, April 24
    7pm — High Five Youth Group, Junior High Room

Wednesday, April 25
    6:30pm — Pathfinders, Fellowship Hall
    7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel
    7pm — “Evidence” Bible Study, Youth Room

Thursday, April 26
    WWU Alumni Homecoming Weekend begins
     (wallawalla.edu/homecoming for details)
    6:30pm — J.U.M.P., Juniors Room

Friday, April 27    
    11am — WWU CommUnity, Awards Chapel, Sanctuary
    1pm — “Change the Day” Activity, Youth Room            
    7:57pm — Sundown
    8pm — Vespers, PRISM Concert, Sanctuary

Sabbath, April 28
    7pm — Alleluias & Meditations, Sanctuary

April 30 - May 4
    11:25am (daily) — WWVA Week of Worship, auditorium