Our partner in ministry, Rogers Adventist School, has welcomed four new staff members to their team for the 2016–17 school year. Although each of these women is new to their positions, they're also already known and beloved in the valley.

Holley Bryant steps into the role of principal at Rogers after most recently serving as the WWU marketing and human relations director. Holly Blackwelder Carpenter takes over as the director of Rogers' strings, a program to which she belonged as a child and teenager. Melissa Claridge is shifting from part-time to full-time at Rogers, and from Jr. High to 3–4th grade. Finally, Jennifer Castleman joins the Rogers family leading a newly created Kindergarten room, the school's second of that grade level.

The University Church pastoral staff and church family celebrates the important work of not only these four, but of the entire team at Rogers Adventist School.




"Every day, intentionally add value to people."

-John C. Maxwell,
Global Leadership Summit 2016


The 2016 Global Leadership Summit is in the books! More than 100 Walla Walla leaders gathered last week in our sanctuary to rekindle their passion, sharpen their skills, and recommit themselves to lives of service. Thank you to the large team of dedicated volunteers who worked hard to make these valuable moments possible! You made your church family proud!

Please mark your calendar for next year's leadership summit: August 10–11, 2017.



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We thank Benjamin Gish for sharing his music with us this Sabbath. We also also thank Schuan Carpenter for leading the praise band.

The postlude derives from the Second Sonata for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord, BWV 1028, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). The six-string, fretted
viol da gamba has become rather a rare instrument, so we hear this sonata played on a modern cello and accompanied not with harpsichord but organ. It is a marvelous fact that Bach’s great music sounds good on any instrument!

The prelude forms the third movement of Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op.19, by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943). The full title of the offertory reads, “Melodie on a theme by Sergei Rachmaninoff.” The melody in question was written for, and dedicated to, Rachmaninoff’s Moscow Conservatory classmate Modest Altschuler (1873-1963), with whom he often presented concerts. Sergei Rachmaninoff often began his set with a piano improvisation and this melody was composed upon Altschuler’s request to lead off the cello set. After Rachmaninoff’s death when Altschuler was living in California, Modest finally published this piece as a token of affection for his old friend Rachmaninoff.

-Kraig Scott


Summer Light

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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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Membership Transfers:
(IN) Michael Bumgardner, Pasco Riverview Church
Kami Bumgardner, Oroville, Cal.
Jacob and Shelley Franco, Vancouver, Wash.
Elliot and Dorothy Graham, Vallejo Drive, Glendale, Cal
Neal and Dianne Matson, Clarkston, Wash.

(OUT) Robert Becker, Eastgate, Walla Walla, Wash.
Mara Brueske, Spokane Central
Greg Eiseman, Summit NW Ministries, Post Falls, Id.
Steve and Heidi Haynal, Beaverton, Or.
Laura Hoyt, Fallon, Nev.
Monty and Patty Knittel, Paradise, Cal.
Annie LaVelle, College Place Village
Ken and Tina Louderback, Stateline Church, Or.

Doyle Saxby passed away this past week. Please join us in keeping his wife Lorelei and the rest of his family in our prayers. A memorial service is being planned for Sabbath, September 3. More details to follow.

Church office hours are temporarily changed while our office manager, Jaimie, takes time at home with her soon–arriving baby. We are grateful for Heather Lee’s assistance during this season. The office hours will be as follows: Monday: 9am–12pm, Tuesday: 12–4pm, Wednesday-Thursday: 11am–1pm and 2–4pm, and Friday: 9am–12pm.

Church Board Meeting, August 22, 7 pm in the University Church Youth Room.

Vacation Bible Camp Bible Study & Planning Group - Study Nehemiah with the VBC planners and join our team. Beginning September 25th at 7 pm in the Children's Wing Gathering Room you are welcome to study and plan with us. Questions? Speak to Marci Knauft or Jenniffer Ogden

Pianists Needed for Worship Services at the Walla Walla Penitentiary.  Please speak with Pastor Kris Loewen at 509.527.2826 or kris.loewen@wallawalla.edu.

You are invited to affirm the ministry of Jaci Cress by attending her commissioning service on Friday, August 26 at 6:30pm in the Walla Walla General Hospital Auditorium.

The last Sabbath of Summer Light will be September 3.  We will resume our regular schedule of two services on Sabbath, September 10 with First Serve at 9:30, Sabbath School at 10:30, and Second Service at 11:45.

Beth Moore Simulcast, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Liberty Theater in Dayton, WA. Come praise the Lord with your sisters from the Walla Walla Valley & beyond Send a $25 check to register: Beth Moore Simulcast, 628 Strom Road, Dayton, WA 99328 Questions? Call or email Marcene: 509-382-4860 or pmhend@bmi.net

UCC Women’s Retreat: Register for the Upper Columbia Conference Women’s Retreat before August 31 to receive the early bird rate. Registrants will enjoy a relaxing weekend, October 21-23, 2016, at Camp Mivoden with this year’s keynote speaker, Brenda Duerksen, along with other great speakers and musicians. Register online at www.uccsda.org/womensretreat2016. If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Terry at tamarat@uccsda.org or (509) 242-0478.

The North American Division Adventist Community Services scheduled for September 7-10, 2016, at Gladstone, Oregon, Conference Center offers a wonderful opportunity for training and fellowship. The registration fee includes seven meals, t-shirt, tote bag, materials, notepad and more. For more information or to register, visit www.communityservices.org/acs-convention. To inquire about financial assistance, contact Patty Marsh at pattym@uccsda.org.

The NAD Health Summit will be held in Canada at the Mountain View Conference Center, which is also known as Camp Hope, September 28-October 2, 2016.  Register by September 15, 2016 at the Health Summit website. To carpool with others from UCC contact Cindy Williams, UCC Health Coordinator, at 509-242-0520.

Walla Walla Valley Academy Director of Development & Alumni Position Opening: Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Principal and Vice Principal for Finance, the Director of Development & Alumni will design and execute on a comprehensive development strategy for Walla Walla Valley Academy. This is a part-time (50%) salaried position. Salary based on the NAD Wage Scale and prior experience.

Volunteer Opportunities at Christian Aid Center:
- Breakfast Cook every Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 a.m.
- Weekend Breakfast Host from 6:00 to 8:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday openings (food handler card required)
- Weekend Dinner Host from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday openings
- Chapel Speaker
- Childcare Provider (weekday morning times available)
Please call Jeannette Regalado, at (509) 525-7153 ext. 114 for more information. 

The Walla Walla University annual Alumni Sabbath at Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory will be held August 27, 2016. Come for Sabbath or the full weekend. Meals and accommodations require registration. The guest speaker will be Dave Thomas, dean of the School of Theology. Meals will be catered by Laura Hall. For information, registration, and full schedule details, call Alumni and Advancement Services at (800) 377-2586 or visit wallawalla.edu/Rosario-Sabbath.

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, August 20
    10:45am — Summer Light Worship Service
    7:51pm — Sunset
    8:00pm — Adventist Singles Vespers & Table Games, SonBridge
Sunday, August 21
    7:00pm— Adventist Singles Blue Palm Event

Monday, August 22
    First day of school for RAS & WWVA
    7:00pm — Church Board Meeting, Youth Room

Friday, August 26
    6:30pm — Jaci Cress’s Commissioning Service, WWGH Auditorium
    7:40pm — Sunset    
    8:00pm — Vespers, Conard Courtyard
Sabbath, August 27
    10:45am — Summer Light Worship Service




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