March 26, 2016
"Jesus' resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven, but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about.
The resurrection completes the inauguration of God's kingdom. It is the decisive event demonstrating that God's kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven.
The message of Easter is that God's new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you're now invited to belong to it."
-NT Wright, Surprised by Hope
We thank our own Sophia Rich for sharing her
talent with us today. She sings one of the most loved arias from The Messiah, by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). On this Easter weekend we hear two settings of the Passion Hymn, “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” (Hymn No.156), the prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and the offertory by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). The postlude, published under the title “Concert Piece” is in the tradition of compositions titled “heroic piece” – works that either bear dedication to the memory of a great person or that depict struggle and overcoming – experiences particularly appropriate to Easter weekend.
As you prepare to worship I invite you to meditate on the words of our last hymn, some of which are given here:
Look, you saints, the sight is glorious, See the Man of sorrows now;
From the fight returned victorious, Every knee to Him shall bow.
Crown Him! Crown Him!
Crown Him! Crown Him!
Crowns become the victor’s brow. Crowns become the victor’s brow.
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TOUCHES OF INTEREST
Special Weekend Next Sabbath with guest David Trim, the General Conference director of archives, statistics, and research. He will speak Friday night at 7pm for “Forum” in the Fellowship Hall”, for both services Sabbath Morning, at Sabbath Seminar, and in the afternoon at Heubach Chapel. See the bulletin and posters for more details.
Parents of students who would be new to Rogers and in grades K-8 next school year, are invited to the Parents-only Evening, March 31 at 6pm. Join us for a light supper, teachers’ perspectives of school at Rogers, administrations’ big picture of curriculum and ideas about how your child can be successful at Rogers. Receive $50 off your entrance fee for attending. RSVP at 509-529-1850 or Cindy.Mccrery@Rschool.org.
Give Blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive in the University Church Fellowship Hall. Stop by any time Thursday, March 31 between 9am and 3pm.
Special German Sabbath School will take place next Sabbath, April 2. See next week’s bulletin for details.
Second Service is live-streamed in Heubach Chapel as an optional courtesy for families with small kids.
Bill Napier, a long time church member and Walla Walla University faculty member, passed away at his home this week. We want to remember the Napier family as they mourn the loss of a husband, father and grandfather. Bill impacted student’s lives through the years on several Adventist campuses and he will be missed by his many friends. The time of Bill’s service will be announced at a later date.
Walla Walla University Homecoming Weekend will be held April 21–24. Events will include an alumni banquet, touring choir reunion and concert, honor class meetings and photos, and a catered Sabbath dinner. Registration and a full list of events can be found at wallawalla.edu/homecoming, or call Alumni and Advancement Services at (509) 527-2631.
Volunteers Needed at Christian Aid Center. Women’s Devotional Leaders (choose a slot Monday-Friday, 9-10am), Childcare Providers (various times), Van Driver for donated foods (Saturday mornings 8:30-10am). Contact Jeannette Regalado at at 509.525.7153 ext. 114.
Retired Denominational Workers Potluck April 3, 5:00 pm, Village Church Fellowship Hall. Don’t miss the informative presentation by Dr. Stephen Chung “Ingeniously Designed Body Clock - how it affects our mind through sleep”. New members welcome!
WWVASAM Vespers and Fellowship is March 26 at 7pm at SonBridge Community Center.
April 1-9—Rafferty Prophecy & Health Seminars - Join James Rafferty in taking a walk through the book of Revelation, focusing on the everlasting gospel in preparation for what is ahead. Risë Rafferty will share a revolutionary understanding of how diet and lifestyle changes impact health and happiness. Special music by Frances Jennette and Laura Williams. Specific meeting times and titles can be viewed on Facebook by searching “College Place Village Church” and clicking on “Events.”
Children’s Storytime & Activity leader needed at the College Place ABC Christian Bookstore. The program is held year-round, Wednesdays, 10-11am. It is for ages newborn and up. Call 509.529.0723 for more info.
UCC Camp Meeting is June 22-25, 2016 at UCA: Now is the time to reserve, while lodging is still available! Visit uccsda.org/cammeeting for more information.
Upper Columbia Conference Office of Education is now accepting applications for the Students in His Service scholarship program for the 2016 summer. See guidelines at uccsda.org/Education/Scholarships. Applications due before May 15, 2016.
UCC Summer Work Opportunity for graduating seniors or college age men and women. “His Travelers” goes as a team to churches in the conference to offer VBS, day camps, and mentoring. Call Patty Marsh for information: firstname.lastname@example.org 509.242.0621.
Rosario Singles Retreat, April 1-3, 2016. Dick and Brenda Duerksen are our speakers and we have an extended schedule Sunday with whale watching, Deception Pass jet boat tour and driving tour of the tulip fields as options. The registration cost is $185. For details and 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 23, 2016.
Free counseling for individuals, couples, and families at Pathways to Change. The clinic is located in Smith Hall and is open Sunday through Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 509-527-2654.
Sabbath, March 26
7pm - WWVASAM Vespers, SonBridge
7:15pm - Sunset
Monday, March 28
WWU, WWVA, and Rogers Classes Resume
7:30am - Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel (M-F)
Tuesday, March 29
7pm - High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room
Wednesday, March 30
6:30pm - Pathfinders Club, Fellowship Hall
7pm - Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel
Thursday, March 31
9am-3:30pm - Blood Drive, Fellowship Hall
6pm - Parents-only Evening at Rogers School
Friday, April 1
7pm - Forum Conversation with David Trim, Fellowship Hall
7:14pm - Sunset
Sabbath, April 2
Special Weekend with General Conference researcher
David Trim, who will speak at both worship services,
at Sabbath Seminar, and in the afternoon in Heubach Chapel.