Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) is a Walla Walla non-profit agency that offers support and services to vulnerable people in our area. Many University Church members are volunteers and employees of this important organization that has been operating in Walla Walla for more than 50 years. This week, the bulletin highlights one of BMAC's many programs, the food bank.

While a physical building for BMAC's food bank is located on Cherry Street, in Walla Walla, its work extends beyond that location. The food bank director, Jeff Matthias, was recently interviewed by Pastors Alex, Jenn, and Kris on the Walla Walla Podcast. Matthias said that the food bank is an integral piece of a regional network of food banks whose mission is nothing less than ending hunger in southeast Washington. Each year BMAC's food bank distributes 1.83 million pounds of food, collected from more than 100 sources.

Listen to the original interview with Jeff Matthias at: WALLAWALLAPODCAST.COM/EXTRAS.



During the month of May, Pastor Alex will lead us through a short sermon series entitled, "Pulse: How to Stay Alive." Messages will be themed around healthful living, inside and out. Be sure to join the University Church family as we take part in a wide variety of health activities, challenges, and social events including outdoor church on May 20!



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We are also delighted to hear the Park Duo consisting of our own Jinhyang Park, piano, and her good friend So Young Park, soprano. Having trained at the Los Angeles Opera, So Young is now on the roster of the San Francisco Opera and, next season, joins the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She has worked with many great conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, and Placido Domingo with whom she recently recorded a Christmas album. So Young and Jinhyang met while pursuing graduate degrees at the New England Conservatory. They will present a concert tomorrow at 7pm in the Fine Arts Center.

We also thank the student string quartet comprised of Kendra Haugen and Johnel Lagabon (violin), Felicia Martinez (viola), and Justin Chung (cello). We also welcome back Peter Gogl, a nurse at Hospice of Walla Walla, as our guest organist. Please join me in thanking all of these musicians and wishing them a warm Walla Walla welcome. As you prepare your heart to worship God I invite you to silently meditate on the words of our opening hymn, some of which are given here:

Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!

Thou the Father, Christ our Brother—
All who live in love are Thine:
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

-Kraig Scott




The loose offering collected today will go to the "Share the Life" initiative of the Upper Columbia Conference. Donations made online (, click "give") or placed in envelopes and marked "University Church budget" support local ministry in our valley.

Thank you for your consistent and generous contributions to our important work in Walla Walla and beyond!

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The Pulse! During the month of May, Pastor Alex will lead us through a short sermon series on healthful living, inside and out. Be sure to join our University Church family as we take part in a wide variety of health activities, challenges, and social events including outdoor church on May 20!

Mission Adventure Report & Sacred Songs: Joshua & Stephanie Lewis, Adventist Frontier Missionary Candidates will be sharing their journey as missionary kids and their new calling to the frontiers of SE Asia. Vocalist Megan Schwark accompanied by Jan Roberts. You won’t want to miss it. April 22, at 5 PM, Walla Walla University Church.

Join "The Afters" in concert, courtesy of ASWWU Spiritual, on April 22 at 9pm in the WWU Gym. Tickets at the door.

BIBLE TRANSLATION BANQUET presented by Wycliffe Associates, April 25, 7:00 pm at Courtyard by Marriott. Over 3,000 language groups are still waiting to hear the truth of God’s transforming Word in their heart language.  Come hear Max Lewis share an exciting media update on what God is doing in Bible translation.Complimentary tickets available until April 15.  Contact Curt Schafer at 527-3116 or For more information visit and

Please join the WWU community in praying for student missionaries. This week, pray for Garrett Wilson, who is serving in Yap.

Register now for the 2017 Global Leadership Summit. For the second year in a row, the University Church is a premier host site to this great leadership training event. For more information, visit or contact Pastor Kris Loewen.

WWU is Hiring!  Please visit to view available positions and to fill out an online application.

Registration for Rogers Adventist School is now open. A discounted registration fee is available until April. Please be sure to contact the Rogers treasurer about details and programs for making Rogers affordable. We want every motivated student and family to have a spot at this amazing school. Call 509.529.1850 or email

Maplewood Academy alumni and attendees are having a reunion potluck, May 6th at 1:30pm in Home Econ room at WWVA.

On Sunday May 7, 2017 the student association of Walla Walla University (ASWWU) is hosting an International Food Fair from 1-6pm. Ethnic foods provided by donations of different local restaurants and dishes made by students and community members. Spring jam featuring student bands will begin at 3pm. Pay cash or card at the event. The proceeds from this Food Fair will be benefiting the ASWWU Global Service project called Hope in the Hills, to help refugees in Rwanda get an education. If you would like to make a special dish, please contact:

Apply now for an amazing summer scholarship program by the Upper Columbia Conference for Adventist Education. Students in grades 1-12 can apply to serve in their communities and receive scholarship funds for school tuition. Donors can give to this Summer Scholarship Program and make more funds available to more families. This is a win-win opportunity. To learn more go here: Online applications will be available until May 15, 2017 at

AMEN Conference May 11-13, 2017--Save money and register today for the very first regional Adventist Medical Evangelism Network Conference. Early-bird registration ends April 16. The keynote speaker is Dr. Zeno Charles-Marcel. Dr. Marcel is currently serving as a Health Ministries Associate Director at the General Conference and is a dynamic, engaging speaker. The theme is Comprehensive Health Care: Developing Your Ministry Toolkit. Health care providers at all levels, pastors, outreach coordinators, Bible workers, and health ministries leaders are encouraged to attend. Register online at . Contact Cindy Williams at or (509) 242-0520 for more information.

WWGH Golf Classic--You are cordially invited to experience an unforgettable day of great golf, excellent food, friendly competition, and nonstop fun in support of Walla Walla General Hospital. The 2017 WWGH Golf Classic is at Wine Valley Golf Club on May 21. Net proceeds support the completion of the hospital’s new Senior Behavioral Health Unit, providing crucial and previously unavailable mental health care treatment and services in our area. Click here to register.

Anti-racism activist, Tim Wise, will speak at Walla Walla University on April 25th at 6pm in Village Hall. His lecture, “White LIES Matter: Race, Crime and the Politics of Fear in America,” will discuss contemporary race relations and how to progress racial justice. Wise is nationally recognized for his book and documentary, White Like Me, as well as for a long career focused on challenging racism and other forms of inequality. He has spoken at more than 1,000 college and high school campuses and has made numerous appearances on both radio and television news programs, including CNN, NPR, and MSNBC. His essays have been featured in Salon, Huffington Post, The Root, and Commentator, among others. The Root named Wise one of the “8 Wokest White People We Know.” Most recently, he was included in a video exhibition, together with President Obama, at the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The event on April 25 is free and open to the public.

Please donate Lego and Duplo blocks for our Children and Family Ministries Vacation Bible Camp. No specific types or colors needed. Bring your new or used donation to Pastor Jenn’s office or contact her for more information:

Milton-Stateline Adventist School invites you to a retirement celebration for our wonderful teacher Ray Hall on Saturday, April 22nd in our gymnasium. Please RSVP at or call 541-938-7131

SonBridge Thrift & Gift Store is recruiting Summer Volunteers to sort donated goods and clothing. If interested, please call (509) 529-3100.

Christian Aid Center is in need of breakfast cooks, serving from 6-8am. Days currently open are Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Please contact Jeannette Regalado for more information, 509-525-7153.

Are you a Speaker, Preacher, Host, or Actor? - We Need Your Help! The Center for Media Ministry at Walla Walla University is looking for men and women ages 30-50 (or close to it) who would be willing to present as devotional speakers in a series of videos about the Bible. You’ll need to be comfortable speaking in front of people, and be able to memorize some sermonettes on Revelation. Does this sound like you? If you might be interested, please email Rachel Scribner at, or call 360.624.6765. Thank you for your help!

Milton-Stateline Adventist School is accepting applications for a bus driver and a part time librarian for the 2017-2018 school year. You may call for more information at 541-938-7131.



Sabbath, April 22
    3:30pm — Church Social Bike Ride, Children’s Wing Parking lot
    5pm — Mission Adventure Report & Songs, Sanctuary
    7pm — Theron King Celebration of Life Service, Sanctuary
    7pm — Adventist Singles vespers, SonBridge
    7:50pm — Sundown
    9pm — The Afters Concert, WWU Gym

Monday, April 24
    7:30am — (daily) Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel

Tuesday, April 25
    7pm — High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room
    6pm — Lecture by Tim Wise, Racism Activist, Village Hall
    7pm — Wycliffe Associates Bible Translation Banquet, Courtyard Marriott

Wednesday, April 26
    6:30pm — Pathfinder Club, Fellowship Hall
    7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel
    7pm — “Evidence” Bible Study, Youth Room
    7pm — Small Group Bible Study, Gathering Room

Thursday, April 27
    6:30pm - J.U.M.P., Juniors Room

Friday, April 28
    11am — WWU Awards CommUnity, Sanctuary
    6:30pm — Children & Family Minstries S'mores Vespers, Trees Home
    7:49pm — Sundown
    8pm — WWU Vespers, Prism Concert, Sanctuary

Sabbath, April 29
     4pm — Alleluias and Meditations, Sanctuary
     7:30pm — "Blast from the Past" Extravaganza by WWU Alumni, Sanctuary

Sabbath, May 7
     1-6pm — WWU International Food Fair