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A Future Not Our Own

It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of
saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession
brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives include everything.

This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one
day will grow. We water the seeds already planted
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of
liberation in realizing this.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's
grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the
difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not
messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.

-A prayer composed by Ken Untener as a reflection on teh anniversary of the assassination of a Catholic San Salvador Archbishop, Oscar Romero.


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Dear Pastor Alex,

Thank you.

We are profoundly grateful for your
years of soul-
drenched pastoral ministry among our congregation. Your visionary leadership, heart for community, passion for education, and insistence on keeping Jesus the center of all, have challenged and blessed us in ways you will never know.

Waves created by your ministry at the University Church will continue to reverberate through our small town and across Adventism. Thank you!

We are thrilled your new work will allow you to continue calling this place "home" and recognizing us not just as friends but as "family."

Nicole, Audrey, and William, thank you for sharing your husband and dad with us for these 10 years. We can never repay the sacrifices you have made in order for Alex to be our pastor. We understand that his great impact was only possible because of your generous gifts.

As you continue to follow Jesus' leading, your church is cheering you on. We continue to pray for God's blessings, challenges, and Word to show up in unmistakable and surprising ways in your life, as well as in our congregation.

-Your University Church Family



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Here at the University Church, we are blessed with creative musicians who bravely lead our church services. Today is no exception. First, we welcome back Lanny Collins who has frequently lead our congregation from the organ bench since January. We also welcome a number a number of cellists of all ages to the platform. Thank you to Ben Gish, who has organized this group, pulling from students past and present. We also welcome Sally Singer, Julia Salerno, Lyn Ritz and a few of their students who assist during the challenging postlude. Welcome, all musicians, and thank you!

Prelude features two pieces—the first of which is an ensemble version of perhaps the most famous solo cello piece of all time: Bach’s Cello Suite No.1. This version is arranged by Steven Sharp Nelson, who you may know as one of the "Piano Guys." The second prelude piece is actually a Russian choral work, but is perfect as a cello piece due to the richness and lyrical capability of the instrument.

I don’t normally mention the children’s story music, but this time I will say that your heart will melt. Then, stay tuned for two beautiful hymn arrangements: Hymn No.461 prior to the sermon, and Hymn No.473 during offertory. The service will end with violinists joining the cellists for Halvorsen’s incredibly difficult duo piece based off of Handel’s Suite No.7 for Harpsichord. Please enjoy as these musicians put their heart and soul into each and every note.

-Lindsay Armstrong



Thank you for your generosity to the ministry of the University Church. The mission of our community of faith is to teach people, young and old, how to follow Jesus. We do this through sacrificial investment in K–12 Christian education, excellence and beauty in worship services which are broadcast around the world, and outstanding generational ministries led by incredibly dedicated paid staff and volunteers. Your gifts to the University Church budget make this world-changing work possible!

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.




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!

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 University Church will begin using a texting service to share important information about events, schedule changes, and emergencies. Please opt-in by texting “WWUCINFO” to 84576. Members who wish to opt-out should call or email the church office before May 19.

The pastoral staff would like to remind you that they are available outside of office hours for emergencies. Please call the main office number at 509.527.2800 and follow the prompts. One of the pastors will respond.

ASWWU Global Service is looking for volunteers to cook food for our annual International Food Fair on June 3. If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions contact They are also looking for small pop-up canopies, such as used for sporting events, that we can use to cover the food booths. If you have one they could use, please contact them.

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 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.

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.

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, May 5
    1:15pm — “Thank-you” reception for Alex Bryan, Lobby
    5pm — WWVA Ringers & Singers Concert, Sanctuary
    7pm — Adventist Singles Fellowship, SonBridge
    8:07pm — Sundown

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

Tuesday, May 8
    11am — WWU CommUnity, InTents, Sanctuary
    7pm — High Five Youth Group, Junior High Room

Wednesday, May 9
    6:30pm — Pathfinders, Fellowship Hall
    7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel
    7pm — “Evidence” Bible Study, Youth Room

Thursday, May 10
    6:30pm — J.U.M.P., Juniors Room

Friday, May 11    
    1pm — “Change the Day” Activity, Youth Room    
    8pm — Vespers, AGA Women’s Weekend, Sanctuary
    8:14pm — Sundown

Sabbath, May 12
    1:15pm — All-church potluck, Fellowship Hall

Sabbath, June 2
    11:45am — “Outdoor Church”, Centennial Green
    1:15pm — All-church picnic lunch, Centennial Green