The Jews answered Him, “Are we not right to say that You are a Samaritan and You have a demon?”

“I do not have a demon,” Jesus replied, “but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. I do not seek My own glory. There is One who seeks it, and He is the Judge. Truly, truly, I tell you, if anyone keeps My word, he will never see death.”

“Now we know that You have a demon!” declared the Jews. “Abraham died, and so did the prophets, yet You say that anyone who keeps Your word will never taste death. Are You greater than our father Abraham? He died, as did the prophets. Who do You claim to be?”

Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory means nothing. The One who glorifies Me is My Father,
of whom you say ‘He is our God.’ You do not know Him, but I know Him. If I said I did not know Him,

I would be a liar like you. But I do know Him, and I keep His word. Your father Abraham was overjoyed to see My day. He saw it and was glad.”

Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and You have seen Abraham?”

“Truly, truly, I tell you,” Jesus declared, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

At this, they picked up stones to throw at Him. But Jesus hid Himself and slipped away from the temple area.

-John 8:48-59




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Following the worship service today, you are invited to the main lobby for ice cream and conversation. After that, we will tour the church building together, celebrating the most recent renovations and dreaming about what might yet be to come. 

One of the latest projects is a face-lift of the Fellowship Hall. This space is heavily used by many groups in our community, including: Pathfinders, Circle Church, and several WWU departments. Another project we will see in progress is the sound recording studio. The current location of the studio on the south side of the balcony is only temporary. It was moved from its original location on the north end to accommodate renovations made possible by a generous church member's donation. The new studio will greatly improve sound quality for our broadcast ministry.




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Once again we get to hear a just-graduated voice student from the studio of Dr. Christine Janis, Rachelle Lebold from Tri–Cities. We also thank Cameron Fitzgerald for leading the praise band, and Lyn Ritz, of the WWU Music Department, for sharing her violin music.

Josef Rheinberger (1839–1901) composed the offertory and postlude. Often considered a German composer, Rheinberger was actually born in Lichtenstein. He lived most of his life in Munich, Germany, beginning at age 12 when he entered the Munich Conservatorium, where he later taught. At the time of his death, he held the position of Royal Professor of organ and composition.

While Walla Walla University is in the quietest portion of the year, our friends at Rogers Adventist School and Walla Walla Valley Academy are experiencing one of their busiest periods as the new school year begins. It is with them in mind that I invite us all to quietly meditate on these words from our closing hymn.

O Master, let me walk with Thee
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me Thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

-Kraig Scott




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 toward the University Church Budget. Aside from pastors' salaries, which are funded by donations marked "tithe," the University Church Budget funds all local ministries, including youth and children, WWVA and Rogers subsidies, broadcast, worship, and the upkeep of the church campus.

The following graphic illustrates giving this year, relative to our budget as well as to giving at this time last year.


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(Although there is a new look to the giving page
at this link, your username and password
is exactly the same.)



Membership Transfers (Second Reading):
   Transferring In:
Phil, Brenda, Kristen, Connor and Cameron Smith from Richland, WA
   Transferring Out:
Jonathan Anderson to Coquille, OR

Julianna Sayler’s Life Celebration will be held at the Walla Walla University Church in College Place, Washington on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 5:00pm. The service will be family friendly and have children’s activities. You are welcome to wear Team Julianna colors: Teal and Pink. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Sayler family to help cover medical and funeral expenses.

Pathfinders enrollment night for the 2017–18 school year is Tuesday, August 29 from 6:30–7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Felix Tan for more information: 509.301.4117.

The Longest Table sign-ups begin next Sabbath, September 2, at 10:30am in the church lobby. The Longest Table event is scheduled for Sabbath, September 30.

WWU Church Family Camping weekend is planned for September 8–10, at Harris Park Campground in Umatilla County, up the hill from Milton-Freewater. The full campground is being held for our members to reserve (RV sites with full hook-ups, 2 cabins, and spaces for tents are available). Sites will be released to the public however, if we do not call and specifically register individually. This gathering and any additional activities will be informally organized, with the exception of a family worship and group potluck to follow on Sabbath. Register by calling Cortney at Harris Park: 541.938.5330. Contact Sherrice Croft for details:

The Christian Aid Center needs you! This important ministry partner of the University Church is always in need of volunteer help. In particular, the director of volunteers at CAC (and our church member), Jeannette Regalado, is requesting for help with chapel speakers (6:30pm daily), breakfast cooks (Sunday and Monday mornings), and van drivers to pick up donated food (Tuesday and Thursday mornings). Contact Jeannette at 509.525.7153.

Walla Walla Valley ASAM (Singles) will be having their annual corn roast and watermelon picnic at the Rooks Park group shelter on Sunday, August 27, at 5 pm.  Singles, their families and friends (married or not) are invited.  If you have questions, you may call Jim Cain at 509-301-5091.

Milton-Stateline Adventist School is enrolling now. We still have places open in all our classrooms. We have financial aid available. We offer free bus service to Walla Walla and College Place. After the first day of school, August 21st, a student, preschool to 8th grade, who would like to check us out can visit free for a day. Call 541-938-7131 email

WWU Teacher Supervisor Positions Available: Do you love working with teachers in training? The WWU School of Education and Psychology has two openings for Student Teaching Field Supervisors beginning September 2017. You can see more specific information about applying for these part-time positions listed on the staff employment website or by calling 509-527-2211.

Buying school supplies?  Don’t forget hygiene supplies!   Having clean clothes and refreshed body is a great way to start the new school year.  Your donation of body wash, shampoo, deodorant, razors and shaving cream help to refresh the body. Laundry pods and dryer sheets help to make sure clothes are looking great; small things like nail clippers, body lotion and hand soap keep everyone looking good.  Bring buy your tax deductible donations to HELPLINE at 1520 Kelly Place, St 180, Walla Walla, WA, Mon – Fri 9:00-11:45am or 1:00-3:45pm. A receipt can be given upon request.

Bracelets supporting Miles Kearbey are available. They are $5 each, available in both adult and youth size, 100% proceeds go to the Kearbey family. They’re orange (the color for pediatric cancer) with the following inscription: #MilesCourage *Psalms 27:14* #MilesStrength If anyone is interested in buying one (or more), they are welcome to email, text, or call Kate Follett,, (509)876-9131.



Sabbath, August 26
    12:30pm — University Church Open House, Lobby
    1pm — Singles and guests dinner, Jr. High Room
    7:42pm — Sundown
    8pm — Adventist Singles Vespers, SonBridge

Sunday, August 27
    5pm — Adventist Singles picnic, Rooks Park Shelter

Tuesday, August 29
    6:30pm — Prayer, Praise, Promises, Heubach Chapel
    6:30pm — Pathfinders enrollment, Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, August 30
    7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel

Friday, September 1
    7:31pm — Sundown
    8pm — WWU Vespers, Conard Courtyard

Sabbath, September 2
    10:30am — Sign-ups to host the Longest Table begin, lobby

Monday, September 4
    Labor Day, Church Office Closed
    5pm — Celebration of Life for Julianna Sayler,             Sanctuary

Friday, September 8 - Sunday, September 10
    WWU Church Family Camping, Harris Park

Sabbath, September 16
    School-year worship service schedule resumes:
    9:30am - First Serve
    10:30am - Sabbath Schools
    11:45am - Second Service

Tuesday, September 19
    7pm - High Five Parents' Night, Jr. High Room

Thursday, September 21
    6:30pm - J.U.M.P. Parents' Night, Junior Room

Sabbath, September 30
    1:30pm — Longest Table, 4th St.