Walla Walla University Church
July 7, 2018
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
AT THE UNIVERSITY CHURCH
It is with heartfelt joy that I wish my congregation a Happy Sabbath, this first Sabbath back after my six-month sabbatical. Thank for your supporting Lindsay Armstrong and our organists during my absence, and please join me in welcoming and thanking our musicians today. During foot washing, Keifer Brown will play the cello near the Jesus sculpture while here in the sanctuary we hear from a trio of fine musicians: Lyn Ritz, violin; Melva Lou Drury, cello; and Jinhyang Park, piano. Finally, we thank Bruce Toews who leads the praise band.
The organ music presents two organ chorales that focus in wonder on Christ’s sacrifice. The melody of the prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) repeats three times. If this reflects the Trinity (not a far reach), then the order in this case seems to be Jesus – Holy Spirit – God the Father. A synopsis of the text follows:
O Lamb of God, most holy,
Slain on the cross,
Always found forbearing
Though you were despised.
All sin you have borne,
Otherwise we should have despaired. Have mercy on us.
In the offertory we hear the familiar hymn “O Sacred Head Now Wounded’ (No.156) set by Johannes Brahms (1833‒1897). May all of the music turn your thoughts and your heart toward our loving Saviour.
Thank you for your generosity to the local ministry of the University Church, as well as to the global mission of the Adventist Church. Today, the loose offering goes to the University Church budget.
The chart below compares giving to the University Church Budget in 2017 with giving so far in 2018.
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.
TOUCHES OF INTEREST
Bev Beem has agreed to serve as the University Church Interim Member Care Pastor. Bev is a retired WWU professor of English, an elder in our congregation, and an active part of the member care ministry team created by Pastor Lois before her retirement. Please join the church board and pastors in welcoming her!
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/
Stay up to date with the University Church’s texting service. To receive important information about events, schedule changes, and emergencies, opt-in by texting “WWUCINFO” to 84576.
The senior pastor search committee has outlined the following process for identifying the next senior pastor. The committee is currently in phase 1. The search committee is asking for church-member input specifically on the following questions: What do you like about the University church? What would you like to see changed? What dreams would you have for the University Church? What do we bring to the pastor as a congregation? Please email comments: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WWU Freshman Mentoring Program is looking for people who have a passion to help college freshman succeed. If you are interested or know someone who would be a great asset to our team, please call KarrLayn Beck at 509.527.2715 or apply on the WWU website.
A report from the placement board is included as an insert in this week's bulletin and can be viewed by clicking here (a full list of officers and staff is available at: wwuchurch.com/staff). Please review the changes and contact the pastoral staff if you have any concerns. If you are interested in getting involved in a ministry at the University Church or would like to learn more, please contact Deanne Hoehn (email@example.com), the chair of the placement board, or any of our pastors.
Dear Church Family, no words can ever adequately express my sincere appreciation for all you have done for me during my cancer treatment, except possibly "thank you" from the bottom of my heart. I have so much for which to be thankful. Love, Vicky Edwards
Walla Walla University is hiring! Please visit jobs.wallawalla.edu for current job openings and to apply.
The Christian Aid Center is an important ministry partner of the University Church. They are currently in need of the following volunteers: Chapel Speakers (6:30‒7pm, various dates available); Childcare Providers (daily 9-11am shifts, and Tues. and Thurs. shifts from 1:30‒3:30pm); Receptionist (various shifts available); Kitchen Host (morning and evening shifts available); Hair Stylist; Registered Nurses. Please contact Jeannette Regalado, Volunteer & Donor Relations at 525-7153 ext. 114 for more information.
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!
Former Walla Walla General Hospital employees, physicians, AHMG and Clinic employees, and volunteers are invited to a one-year post closure reunion potluck Sunday, July 29, at the Fort Walla Walla picnic shelter at 4pm. Bring food for 6-8 people, table service for your family, and lawn chairs. Water and drinks provided. Go to wwghlegacy.com for more information or contact Miki Uren at 509-525-1026.
FoundationONE is hosting a “Circle of Friends” brunch for alumni and friends of Upper Columbia Academy on Sunday, July 8, 10am. The event will be held at Todd & Teri Wagner’s home in Walla Walla. All alumni, former faculty, family, and friends are invited. Come connect with your UCA family, enjoy a complimentary brunch, and hear current miracle stories from Upper Columbia Academy. For more information or to RSVP contact Linda Klinger 509.939.1716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call to Service: Are you a physician or dentist with an earnest longing for souls? Then the AMEN conference is for you! Join us Thursday October 25 – Sunday October 28, 2018 in Indian Wells, CA. The 2018 AMEN conference Call to Service will call each of us to a deeper level of service that goes beyond our comfort zone, challenging us to examine the significance of Christ’s sacrifice, instilling a desire to share Him on a daily basis. Speakers include: Pastor John Bradshaw of It Is Written, and Pastor Wes Peppers; Dentists Stephen Wright and Ken Pierson; Physicians Brian Schwartz, Tash Ching, and Dapne Moretta and many others. All physicians, dentists, healthcare professionals, and pastors are encouraged to attend. This year a special symposium for young professionals (especially residents & fellows) will be held Friday and Sabbath afternoons called: God’s Call, My Work. We hope you will join us as hundreds of physicians and dentists from across America, and around the world, gather to answer God’s Call to Service. For more information go to amensda.org/conferences/ or email email@example.com.
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.
Singles Campout, July 27-29, at Kaner Flats Campground. More information and registration forms can be found at http://www.villageadventist.org/connect/singles
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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, July 7
“Summer Light” schedule continues:
10am — Sabbath School classes
11:15am — Summer Light worship service, Sanctuary
8pm — Adventist Singles Fellowship, SonBridge
8:46pm — Sundown
Wednesday, July 11
7pm — Prayer Meeting, Gathering Room
Friday, July 13
8pm — WWU Vespers, Conard Courtyard
8:42pm — Sundown
Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13
9am-4pm — University Church Vacation Bible Camp
Thursday, August 9 - Friday, August 10
Global Leadership Summit, Sanctuary