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Happy Sabbath! Today, we welcome the many gifted student musicians that comprise the WWU Symphony Orchestra and University Singers, as well as student pianist Matthew Moran who will play one piece with the orchestra. We must also thank both orchestra director Brandon Beck and organist Bethany Foster for their continued musical leadership throughout the year. Thank you all musicians for your hard work, time and loads of energy that are necessary to make any musical performance a success.

During prelude, we hear Eugene Ormandy’s orchestral transcription of Bach’s famous passacaglia in C minor. By definition, a passacaglia has an “ostinato” or repeating musical figure that continues throughout the whole piece and is clearly stated at the beginning. The first choral anthem is a lively piece claiming praises to God with joy, while the second is a soft, lilting piece that paints a picture of life in an earth filled with pain — pain that is relieved through God’s gift of music. After the sermon, the wandering second movement of Shostakovich’s piano concerto is the perfect time to enjoy that gift of music as the orchestra and piano peacefully trade the spotlight back and forth. Finally, you might notice that the postlude is actually an arrangement of Hymn No.86, which is also the closing hymn today. I invite you to stay for postlude and truly let your soul sing as you listen to the words you just sang moments earlier: “How great Thou Art!”

-Lindsay Armstrong



Thank you for your generous support of the ministry of the University Church. This weekend, our facility hosts a wide array of gatherings, services, and events for WWU Homecoming. The University Church family is eager to partner with WWU in its mission in a myriad of ways.

Your gifts to the University Church budget make this invaluable collaboration possible.

Thank you for supporting our mission of teaching people everywhere—of every age, gender, race, and culture—to follow Jesus. Give online at, or by placing your donation in a tithe envelope and marking it: "Local Church Budget." Thank you!


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.




Welcome to WWU Homecoming Weekend 2018! The University Church welcomes visitors and old friends to worship today and to the many events over the weekend. If you have challenges or quesitons while visiting today, please stop at our information desk in the lobby, send an email to, or phone 509.527.2800. A detailed schedule of events for the weekend can be viewed here:

Save the Date! University Church OUTDOOR CHURCH is scheduled for June 2 at 11:45am. This special service will happen on Centennial Green and will feature University Singers, I Cantori, and sermon by Alex Bryan. Begin planning your picnic lunch today! (First Serve will take a one-week hiatus on June 2; Sabbath Schools will take place on their normal schedule). Join us!

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.

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.

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.

WWU School of Business is working on a project with Sunset Lake Camp this quarter. They’ve made a survey for parents of camp-aged children, and they’d be very grateful if you could find 2 minutes to complete it.

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

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.

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 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.

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


Young Life is hosting a spaghetti fundraiser to send Middle School and High School kids to camp. Young Life is an international organization with a mission to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. May 14th from 5pm-9pm, the First Presbyterian Church of Walla Walla is generously hosting a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in which 100% of the funds raised go directly to the camp expenses. The food has been paid for by a generous donation and the students are ready to serve vegetarian and meat spaghetti options; all we need is empty stomachs! Tickets are $10/person and $5 for kids under 6. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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

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

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: or 509.527.2252. Visit:



Sabbath, April 28
    7pm — Adventist Singles Fellowship, SonBridge
    7pm — Alleluias & Meditations, Sanctuary
    7:58pm — Sundown
    8pm — ASWWU Battle of the Comedians, Black Box

Sunday, April 29
    10am-1pm — WWU Alumni Car Show,
                            WWU Front Campus

Monday, April 30
    7:30am (daily) — Morning Worship, Heubach Chapel
    11:25am (daily) — WWVA Week of Worship, auditorium

Tuesday, May 1
    11am — WWU CommUnity, Sanctuary
    7pm — High Five Youth Group, Junior High Room

Wednesday, May 2
    6:30pm — Pathfinders, Fellowship Hall
    7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel
    7pm — “Evidence” Bible Study, Youth Room

Friday, May 4    
    1pm — “Change the Day” Activity, Youth Room    
    8pm — Vespers, with Damian Chandler, Sanctuary
    8:06pm — Sundown

Sabbath, May 5
    1:15pm — “Thank-you” reception for Alex Bryan, Lobby
    5pm — WWVA Ringers & Singers Concert, Sanctuary