Walla Walla Valley Academy
Empowering Students for Christ!

Walla Walla Valley Academy (WWVA), one of the University Church's key ministry partners, is kicking off the 2016–17 school year with energy and joy. WWVA is excited to welcome 36 freshmen to campus. Elaine Hinshaw, director of marketing and recruitment, says that the size of this group is a miracle because between the graduating 8th grade classes from Rogers and Stateline, there were only 33 total students combined. "We are so grateful to have these young people from all over our region to join us for a terrific year!", she says.

WWVA welcomes three new staff members this year. Amy Underhill joins as the director of development and alumni. Amy is a graduate of WWVA herself (1990) and she and her husband Tom are the proud parents of two daughters and a son. Kathlene and Abbie are both WWVA alumni themselves and Brad is a 7th grader at Rogers. Wally Garrett is the new director of facilities at WWVA. He moves from La Sierra Academy with his wife Dena. The two have grown sons, Wesley and Wallace. Finally, Chloe Congleton joins WWVA's staff as the assistant to the principal as well as the photography teacher. Chloe's husband Trevor is the associate VP of marketing and enrollment at WWU.

The 51 members of WWVA's class of 2017 are on Senior Survival this week, a pivotal bonding and spiritual-growth experience for the senior class. Brian Harris, principal, invites the University Church family to pray for these students as they camp in the woods in Idaho.

In the coming weeks, WWVA has many events scheduled, a great deal of which are open to everyone. Homecoming weekend is September 16-18. This year's honor classes are: 1966 and earlier, 1976, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2006. A special golf tournament fundraiser will take place that Sunday, the 18th, in the morning. Student Week of Worship is September 26–October 1. Church members are invited to attend daily at 11:35am in the WWVA auditorium. Impact day, which involves students serving through the community, is at the end of Week of Worship on September 30. The first orchestra performance of the year is scheduled for October 9 at the Eastgate Seventh-day Adventist Church. This same group will be with us at the University Church on the Sabbath of November 19.




"To Such Belongs the Kingdom of God"
Watercolor by Randy J. Klassen of Walla Walla, 1981
Reproduced by permission, original artwork currently displayed at Cavu Cellars on Aeronca Drive in Walla Walla.



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We thank Megan Schwark, a senior music education major, for sharing her singing with us. Today we hear music from a series of American composers. "Assurance" is a setting, by John Ness Beck
(1930–1987), of the favorite hymn, No. 462, “Blessed Assurance.” Beck was born in Ohio and taught for many years at The Ohio State University. Cancer caused his untimely death at age 56. Albert Hay Malotte (1895–1964) was born in Philadelphia, studied composition with Victor Herbert in Philadelphia and New York, and organ with Georges Jacob in Paris. He wrote his famous setting of "The Lord’s Prayer" in 1935 by which time he had moved to Los Angeles where he composed many film scores, among other music. Dale Wood of Glendale, California (1934–2003) wrote our organ music, all based on American hymn tunes. The prelude is based on hymn No. 162, "What Wondrous Love is This," and the postlude on hymn No. 464, "When I Can Read My Title Clear."

As you prepare to worship, I invite you to meditate on the words of our special music or any of these hymns. Part of hymn No. 462, "Blessed Assurance," written by the American poet Fanny Crosby (1820–1915) is given here:

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

-Kraig Scott








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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High Five, our 7–8th grade youth group, is beginning again soon! A parents' meeting will take place September 20, at 7pm in the Jr. High Room. The official High Five start time is the following week, September 27, at 7pm in the Jr. High Room. Contact Pastor Jenn (jenn.ogden@wallawalla.edu) or Evan Davies (evan.davies@wallawalla.edu) with questions.

J.U.M.P. is a new youth group for 5–6th-graders beginning this fall. A parents' meeting will take place on September 22 at 6:30pm in the Junior's Room. J.U.M.P. will meet every other Thursday at 6:30pm beginning September 29. If you have questions, please email Pastor Jenn at jenn.ogden@wallawalla.edu.

You are Invited to join Pastor Jenn and the University Church family as she is officially commissioned into pastoral ministry by the Upper Columbia Conference. A special service is planned for Sabbath, September 17, at 4pm in the University Church sanctuary.

Children’s Sabbath School leaders & assistants, join fellow Sabbath School leaders on October 2 at 6pm in the Junior High Room for a time of dialogue, training, and prayer. Thank you for making this time a priority!

The Longest Table is scheduled for Sabbath, October 1, at about 1pm. Sign up for a table starting September 10 at 9am in the sanctuary lobby. 

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 Jennifer Ogden.


Walla Walla Valley Academy Alumni Homecoming is September 16-18, 2016. Alumni, former faculty and friends are encouraged to join Sabbath, September 17 at WWVA. Come share your stories and connect with the WWVA family during the Welcome Reception, at 9:30 am Sabbath Morning in the auditorium lobby and dining hall. The reception will be followed by a Celebration Church Service featuring alumnus Gail Crosby (’76) speaking and the WWVA Music department at 10:45 am.  An alumni and family potluck, as well as a faculty reception will be held in the afternoon. For more information, please visit wwva.org/homecoming-weekend or email undeam@wwva.org.

Celebrate the end of summer with a few hours on the links at our Walla Walla Valley Academy Benefit Golf Tournament, Sunday Morning, September 18. Come support WWVA’s Student Financial Fund and enjoy the morning playing golf with friends! For information, call 509.525.1050 or visit wwva.org/golf-tournament.

“Armor of God”, a free women’s DVD Bible Study, starts at noon on Wednesday, September 28! Based on Ephesians 6:10–19 by Christian author and speaker Priscilla Shirer, the study will take place on Wednesdays, noon to 1pm, September 28 through November 9. No registration needed. SonBridge Community Center, 1200 SE 12th Street, College Place. 509.529.3100.

50-Plus Club potluck and corn feed will be September 18 at 5pm at the home of Larry and Jacque Goodhew: 4261 S. Hwy 125, Walla Walla.

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.

Free counseling for individuals, couples, and families at Pathways to Change, a community counseling clinic managed by the School of Education and Psychology at Walla Walla University.  Counselors are second-year master’s students in counseling psychology under the supervision of program faculty.  The clinic is located in Smith Hall and is open Sunday through Thursday from 2 to 9pm.  For more information, or to make an appointment, call Pathways to Change at 509.527.2654.

SonBridge Community Center will offer classes in conversational English to those who desire more education opportunities, better jobs, and closer family connections, beginning in September. If you are interested in leading out in one of these ESL classes or have a friend or family member who would benefit please call at (509) 529-3100.

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 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.

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.

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Sabbath, September 10
    4:00pm — Duane Meidinger Memorial Service, Village Church
    7:12pm — Sunset

Wednesday, September 14
    6:30pm — Pathfinders club, Fellowship Hall

Friday, September 16
    WWVA Alumni Weekend, (through Sunday)
    7pm — Sunset
    8pm — WWU Vespers, Conard Chapel courtyard

Sabbath, September 17
    4pm — Pastor Jenn Ogden, commissioning service, sanctuary

Sunday, September 18
    5pm - 50-Plus Club Potluck, Goodhew's Home

Tuesday, September 20
    7pm — High Five parents meeting, Jr. High Room

Thursday, September 22
    6:30pm — J.U.M.P. parents meeting, Junior’s Room

Sabbath, September 24
    9am — CFM Pancake Breakfast, Jr. High Room

Wednesday, September 28
    12-1pm — Women's DVD Bible Study, SonBridge

Sabbath, October 1
    1pm — Longest Table, 4th street in College Place