Welcome to the University Church on this Sabbath full of significance. Of course, we celebrate God's creative goodness every week in this place. But today also marks the completion of the school year, and for WWU graduates, the culmination of many years of God's blessing and guidance. Happy Sabbath indeed!

We are delighted to welcome family and friends who join us in expressing thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness in recent and distant memory!

-Darold Bigger, interim senior pastor


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Happy Sabbath. First, I would like to thank Jan Roberts and Bethany Foster who will play piano and organ during today’s service. Next, I would like to welcome two graduating seniors who will help lead us in worship. Arely Hernandez-Cruz is a civil engineering major and music minor who has been an integral part of the WWU Wind Symphony flute section during her time here. Pianist Matthew Moran, a double major in music and bioengineering with plans to pursue medicine in Loma Linda, has played several times with our WWU Symphony Orchestra as well as in some local competitions. Congratulations to both of you, and thank you for sharing your gifts with us today.

The anthem is an arrangement of a beautiful and well- known tune by Karen Lafferty that calls us to seek God above all else. I’ve included an excerpt from Matthew’s recital program about the offertory, which depicts courageous action against injustice:

“The polonaise was nicknamed 'The Heroic Polonaise'... for being a heroic symbol of the French Revolution spirit. The force, vigor, marching melodies, and dramatic character shifts definitely embody the fight for equality both in the French Revolution and today.”

Today, as we both honor our seniors’ accomplishments and rejoice with them as they go out to boldly make changes in the world, the prelude and postlude are appropriately joyful and triumphant bookends to the service. May you be inspired to join our seniors in a wave of vigor for living a purposeful life, given to us by our glorious Savior and King of Kings.

-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 of all ages 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 dedicated volunteers and paid staff. Your gifts to the University Church budget make this world-changing work possible!

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Donate here on our website, or in person 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.




Summer Light will begin on Sabbath, June 23, and continue through Sabbath, September 8. Each week, Sabbath Schools will begin at 10am and our worship service will be at 11:15am.

The church board has formed a search committee to guide us in finding the next senior pastor.
Pam Cress has agreed to chair the group which includes:
Alyssa Dybdahl and Katie Wagner, WWU Students
Patience Taruwinga, WWU Business Department; Kim Strobel, WWU University Relations; Holly Carpenter, church member, strings director at Rogers School; Sergio Hernandez, church member, Walla Walla Public Schools employee; Sue Willard, church member, Children and Family Ministries leader; Holley Bryant, Rogers School Principal. Please share your hopes, dreams, and insights with them directly or by emailing:

Mental Health First Aid is planned for Sunday, July 1, 8:30a-5pm. This is a University Church sponsored training that is welcome to the first 30 people to register. WWU Social Work Professors Susan Smith and Emily Tillotson will teach the course in the Fellowship Hall. The $15 fee includes all materials and lunch. Register by contacting the church office: church@wallawalla.edu or 509.527.2800.

The University Church will host the Global Leadership Summit for the third consecutive year this summer, Thursday and Friday, August 9-10. University Church members and regular attenders can register for $89 until June 26. Visit wwuchurch.com/gls2018 for more information!

Walla Walla University is hiring!  Please visit jobs.wallawalla.edu for current job openings and to apply.

Today’s flowers are a gift to the WWU Class of 2018 from the Class of 2019.

Vacation Bible Camp  at the University  Church is scheduled for July 9-13. Full day and half day options are available. Find out more and register at: wwuchurch.com/church-forms/

Melvin A. Johnson’s 95th Birthday, June 18, 4-6pm. All are invited to a come and go party with family, friends, food, and music at Havstad Alumni Center, Monday, June 18 from 4-6pm.

Elora Ford, mother of Mary Lou Steinweg, passed away. Her memorial service will be Sunday, June 24, 11am at the Village Church Chapel. A fellowship meal will follow.

Receptionist and Dental Assistant for SonBridge Dental Clinic needed. Bilingual skills preferred, but not required. Paid positions of 30 hours per week. Call Mel at (509) 301-3460.

Please remember the Marty Wessman family as they mourn the loss of Gloria Wessman. Her service will be June 30 at 4pm at the Cloverdale SDA Church in Boise, ID.

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.

Milton-Stateline Adventist School is now accepting applications for the position of janitor. The job is 25 hours per week.  Applications are due by June 20th. You may email info@miltonstateline.org or call 541-938-9386 for more 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 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.

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: stacy.maxted@wallawalla.edu or 509.527.2252. Visit: wallawalla.edu/preschool

FaithCamp West 2018:  Jesus for Asia will again be hosting FaithCamp West at Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, WA from July 11-15. Register now at faithcamponline.org to attend. Lodging and meal information available on the website. You will hear Jon Wood, Martin Kim, Jonathan and Hannah Hill, Gayle Haberkam, and other exciting missionary speakers. Plan now to attend, and bring your friends and family! We look forward to seeing you there!



Sabbath, June 16
    8pm — Adventist Singles Fellowship, SonBridge
    8:47pm — Sundown

Sunday, June 17
    8:30am — WWU Commencement, Centennial Green

Wednesday, June 20
    7pm — Prayer Meeting, Gathering Room

Friday, June 22
    No WWU Vespers
    8:48pm — Sundown

Sabbath, June 23
    “Summer Light” schedule begins:
    10am — Sabbath School classes
    11:15am — Summer Light worship service, Sanctuary

Sunday, July 1
    8:30am-5pm — Mental Health First Aid, Fellowship Hall

Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13
    9am-4pm — University Church Vacation Bible Camp