It is my joy on behalf of the Walla Walla University Church to welcome the extended family home!

You should know that our campus (including the Church, Chaplain's Office, and School of Theology) enjoys an exceptional spirit of collaboration in our sacred work of Christian worship, Biblical discipleship, and humanitarian service. I hope that you will hear some of our stories during your visit. It is my prayer that you find warm nostalgia, and rich hospitality this weekend.

-Alex Bryan, Senior Pastor




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"Annunciation to the shepherds" by tom Emmerson


Beauty in Expression

The theme for this year's WWU homecoming is "Beauty in Expression". An excerpt of a beautiful and meaningful piece, beloved to the University Church community, is published here. "Annunciation to the Shepherds" is comprised of glazed terra cotta tiles and depicts the announcement of the incarnation of Christ. Created by former WWU faculty Tom Emmerson in 1993, the piece graces the lobby of the University Church where it can be most fully appreciated.





We wish a warm Walla Walla welcome to the many alumni who have returned home. It's wonderful to see you. We especially thank the returning choristers who, together with University Singers, comprise our special choir. This evening at 7pm a slightly smaller choir consisting of alumni and I Cantori will perform a concert here in the church. We also thank four special musicians for sharing their music. This year two student conductors have taken large roles in leading the choirs -- Megan Schwark ('17) of College Place and Lindsay Armstrong ('17) of Coeur d'Alene, ID. For the past three years Frankie Bones ('16) has accompanied the choirs. In addition to that role we hear him in the offertory share one of the great Opus, 39 Etude- Tableaux by Sergei Rachmaninoff. We also welcome Virginia Oliver ('67) who assists at the organ both this morning and in the concert this evening.

As you prepare to worship please take some quiet time to contemplate the words of the closing hymn:

1 (ALL) All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
Him serve with fear, his praise forth tell,
Come ye before him, and rejoice.

2 (ALL) The Lord, ye know, is God indeed,
Without our aid He did us make;
We are his folk, He doth us feed,

And for His sheep He doth us take.

3 (CHOIR) O enter then His gates with praise
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His name always,
For it is seemly so to do.

4 (CHOIR) For why? The Lord our God is good:
His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure

5 (ALL) To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom heaven and earth adore,
From men and from the angel host
Be praise and glory evermore.

-Kraig Scott




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The University Church budget funds many important aspects of our local ministry. Although pastors' salaries are funded by donations marked "tithe", the University Church budget is what subsidizes our amazing K-12 school programs at Walla Walla Valley Academy and Rogers Adventist School. It also makes our worship services and broadcast ministry possible. Thank you for your generous and systematic support!

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Alumni and Advancement Services of Walla Walla University welcomes you to Homecoming 2016. May the events, memories, and reunions of this weekend bring you closer to fellow alumni, friends, and our creator.  Please join in the events of the weekend, including “College Avenue ‘Tours’" with George Bennett” today, 2:30-4:30pm.

50-Year Choral Reunion Concert, 7pm Sabbath, University Church Sanctuary.  More than 170 singers from 1966 - 2016 unite under the leadership of six of WWU's choral conductors. A first-ever event, powerful both in music and memories.

Second Service is live-streamed in Heubach Chapel as an optional courtesy for families with small kids.

Membership Transfers (In):
Caleb and Chandler Bartell from Walla Walla City
Madison Bartell from Milton, Milton Freewater, OR
Dean, Lorri, Jennifer and Christina Bays from Spokane Valley, WA
Ken and Toni Busby from Walla Walla City
Alareece Collie from Hillview, Nassau, NP, Bahamas
Richard and Sali Miller from Walla Walla City
Kaelyn Nelson from East Salem, Salem, OR
Tim Ruybalid from Port Townsend, WA
Matthew and Briana Toelke from Missoula, MT

Membership Transfers (Away):
Carolyn Eason to Rock Hill, SC
Jack Taylor to College Place Village
Clarence and Crystal Wood to Cloverdale, Boise, ID
Brandon Aberle to Walla Walla Northside

Rogers School has an opening for a third-fourth grade teacher for the 2016-17 school year.  To apply, send a cover letter and resume to  Applications will be accepted until April 25.

Retired Denominational Workers’ Potluck is May 1, 5:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall.  You won’t want to miss the program by the “Hand Picked Musical Group”.  See you there!  Ass’n members, please remember to bring your tableware!

Walla Walla University is pleased to announce the opening of the Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture on Sunday April 24 at 9 a.m. in Heubach Chapel.

Attend Global Leadership Summit 2016 at the University Church August 11-12. Because everyone is a leader of something, everyone is invited - everyone will benefit. This world-class training is guaranteed to energize and inspire you in the work you already are doing in any sphere. Register now for the best rates,

Computer Saavy? Need a ministry? Join the growing team of volunteers who serve our community through social media and our website. Contact Pastor Kris at for more information.

Vacation Bible Camp Volunteers Needed! Please download an application here and give to Pastor Jenn or Marci Knauft. Contact either of them with questions. VBC will run from June 13-17. We will need volunteers from 8am-4pm (morning only, afternoon only, or all day).

The Vine Newsletter for April is published! Pick up a paper copy from the literature rack or find the digital version on our website:

I’m Not Leaving, a powerful documentary by Kevin Ekvall will be shown April 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center (FAC) Auditorium on the Walla Walla University campus. When the Rwandan genocide broke out in 1994, one American chose to stay in the country and risk everything in hope of saving a few lives. This engaging, inspiring, intense and well-crafted film tells the story of former ADRA worker and Seventh-day Adventist, Carl Wilkins, and his choice to stay in Rwanda despite all advice to the contrary. The event sponsored by The Center for Media Ministry at WWU features a Q & A with the creator of the film, Kevin Ekvall. See for a 2 min. trailer of * I’m Not Leaving*.

2nd Annual Walla Walla Health Expo sponsored by the Village SDA Church, Walla Walla General Hospital, area churches, and local businesses. May 21, 2-9pm. Join us for an exciting afternoon of lectures by experts in the field of plant-based foods, a healthy chili contest by local food vendors, informational booths from local health-related businesses, and free health and wellness screenings by local medical providers. This community event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call Shelby Shewchuk at 509-525-0882.

The Christian Aid Center has several key volunteer needs. Will you answer the call? These needs include hosting at breakfast or dinner meals, morning child care in their newly renovated space, Bible Study leaders. Contact Jeanette Regalado at 509.525.7153 ext. 114 to help!

SonBridge Community Center is beginning their first Class in a Survival Series:  HOW TO PREPARE AN EVACUATION KIT ON A BUDGET. Sunday, April 24, at 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. You are invited to bring $10 to help start your kit.  Class Facilitator:  Melanie Rasmussen

Job opportunity at the Christian Aid Center, who is looking for an enthusiastic Christian person to work part-time as a receptionist.  Duties include answering the phone, greeting the public, providing secretarial support and assisting staff as a team member.  Must be able to work independently, have basic computer knowledge and have excellent interpersonal skills.  Current available hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the potential for more hours.  Starting pay is $11 an hour.  Please reply with a cover letter and resume to:, attn: Jason.

Milton-Stateline Adventist School is now open for registration for the 2016-17 school year. Thanks to a generous donation, the first ten new students in Kindergarten through 8th grade who sign up and are accepted will receive a certificate for $240 which covers the price of the entrance fee. Must not be a returning student from 2015-16.*

UCC Camp Meeting is June 22-25, 2016 at UCA: Now is the time to reserve, while lodging is still available! Visit 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  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: 509.242.0621.

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.

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Sabbath, April 23
    7pm - Touring Choir Reunion Concert, Sanctuary
    7:50pm - Sunset

Sunday, April 24
    9:00 am - WWU Opening of Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race,        Ethnicity, and Culture, Heubach Chapel

Monday,  April 25
    7:30am - Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel (M-F)

Tuesday,  April 26
    11am - WWU CommUnity, Gregg Treinish
    7pm - High Five Youth Group, Jr. High Room

Wednesday,  April 27
    6:30pm - Pathfinders Club, Fellowship Hall
    7pm - Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel

Friday, April 29
    7:58pm - Sunset
    8pm - WWU Vespers, Austin Nystrom, Sanctuary

Sabbath, May 7
    4pm - “I’m Not Leaving” film, FAC Auditorium
    4pm - WWVA Ringers & Singers Concert, Sanctuary


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