Crossing Jordan


It was that lonely day, folks,
When I walked by myself.
My friends was all around me
But it was just as if they’d left
I went up on a mountain
In a high cold wind
And the coat that I was wearing
Was mosquito-net thin.
Then I went down in the valley
And I crossed an icy stream
And the water I was crossing,
Was no water in a dream,
And the shoes that I was wearing
No protection for that stream.
Then I stood out on a prairie
And as far as I could see
Wasn’t nobody on that prairie
That looked like me—
Cause it was that lonely day, folks,
When I walked all by myself
And my friends was right there with me
But was just as if they’d left.
Crossing Jordan! Crossing Jordan!
Alone and by myself.

– Langston Hughes, 1941



The Longest Table

The tenth annual Longest Table hosted by the University Church is scheduled for September 29, the Sabbath following the first week of fall quarter classes at WWU. This well-loved event features more than 1,000 feet of table stretching down 4th Street from College Avenue to SW Davis Avenue.

Sign up to host a table beginning next Sabbath, September 8, between 9:30am–12:30pm in the church lobby. Sign ups will continue at church on September 15 and 22, 9am–1:15pm.

Please watch the Bulletin for additional updates through the month of September. You may also contact Pastor Alareece Collie with questions:


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It is a special pleasure to welcome Amelia Messervy back to the Walla Walla Valley. Amelia is a 2003 graduate and the new music director at Tri-City Adventist School, the mother of two, as well as a part-time dental hygienist. Margo Cox, another 2003 graduate, oversees a thriving piano studio and accompanies services for Kennewick First United Methodist Church. We also welcome our own Sam Derting, our First Serve coordinator and a counselor at College Place High School, who leads the praise band. Please join me in thanking all of our musicians.

It is our prayer that you find comfort in the music offered here today. As you prepare your heart to worship God, I invite you to meditate on the following verses.

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

-Kraig Scott




The University Church's significant project of re-roofing the Sanctuary is nearly complete. This was the first time since the facility was originally built in 1962 that the entire surface has been be replaced. Thank you to Elsom Roofing for leading the effort which stretched through the months of July and August. The total cost of the project was  more than a quarter of a million dollars.

Your contributions to this project will allow the church to reduce use  of the depreciation and reserve funds that careful fiscal responsibility have accumulated over the past decade. If you are inspired to give specifically to this, please mark your tithe envelope "church roof" or in the Online giving portal, click "more offering categories" and then type "roof" in the box. Thank you for your generosity to the ministry of the University Church!

New pictures and video of the roof replacement process are posted on the church website in the Bulletin. Thank you to Chris Drake for these!


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.



The church office will have new regular hours: Monday–Thursday 8am–1pm and 2pm–5pm; Friday 8am–12pm.

Torchbearer Pathfinder registration is Wednesday, September 5 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.

The final Sabbath of Summer Light, our adjusted Sabbath morning schedule, is September 8. On September 15, the University Church will return to the regular school-year schedule: 9:30am First Serve, 10:30am Sabbath Schools, and 11:45am Second Service.

Sign up to host tables at The Longest Table. The event is Sabbath, September 29 following Second Service. Anyone may sign up to host tables. Signups in the church lobby beginning at 9:30am on September 8 and at 9am on September 15 and 22. Contact Pastor Alareece with any questions:

You are invited to remember Betty Sorensen, wife of former WWU President Cliff Sorensen, at a memorial service on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 3 pm, at the Walla Walla University Church. Dr. Sorensen and Betty served WWU from 1976 to 1985, and in 2001-02. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cliff and Betty Sorensen Memorial Fund at WWU (submit to Advancement Office, or donate online at  

We will be welcoming Walla Walla University freshman and new incoming students on Friday, September 14 and Sunday, September 16 at the residence halls with cookies. If you enjoy baking and would like to be a part of this special welcome please email or call 509.527.2772.

Thank you, University Church family, for the beautiful flowers, kind cards and words of encouragement during this difficult time after the passing of Patricia's mother in Trinidad. It has meant a lot to us. –Dr. Gerald and Patricia Craigg

Thank you church pastors, staff and family, for the lovely white floral bouquet in honor of our sister, Sandi Carlson. She is greatly missed but we look forward to a wonderful reunion. –Darold and Barbara Bigger

The church Sanctuary re-roofing project is nearing completion. Elsom Roofing and Tektonics have spent a number of weeks carefully peeling off and replacing the old roof, wood sheeting, and assorted parts to leave us with a new protective barrier for decades to come. Check out the latest flyover video by Chris Drake, chronicling the progress: (this video was taken the week of August 20-24.

Register for the 2019 Global Leadership Summit before October 23, 2018 for the lowest possible rate, $79.
Join fellow church members and community members as we sharpen our leadership skills together! Visit or contact Pastor Kris for more information:

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.

Heubach Chapel morning worship continues this summer on a weekly basis. Every Friday morning, 7:30-7:50am, you are invited to join Heather Lee for singing and prayer.

Need Training in Communicating? Attend One Voice: Communicating With Excellence on September 30 from 10am-4pm at the Upper Columbia Conference Office. Pastors, church, and school communication leaders are invited to this one-day seminar geared to help you communicate with clarity and excellence in an age when getting your message across is increasingly challenging. $15 covers lunch and seminar materials. Register online at or contact the communications department at 509.242.0512.

Will You Partner with Palau? Partners for Palau is a North Pacific Union Conference long-term mission initiative to provide ministry and educational support to this island territory. Palau is part of the Guam-Micronesia Mission at the far western edge of the North American Division. From teachers to Pathfinders and from mentoring a student teacher to purchasing a desk, there is a project for every group or person. Learn more about how you can become involved at

Women's Quilting Retreat Oct 21-26. Do you enjoy quilting and would like to learn more? UCC Women’s Quilting Retreat, under the guidance of Marlene Oddie, is planned for October 21-26 at Camp MiVoden. This quilting retreat will finish just in time to join the UCC women's retreat at Camp MiVoden. For more information and to register, visit

A women's retreat is planned October 26–28. Upper Columbia Conference invites you to Camp MiVoden for  “Beautiful,” a weekend for teen girls and women to be refreshed at Hayden Lake. The keynote speaker is Cindy Tutsch, a seasoned speaker who has shared the gospel around the world in over 60 countries. Register online at: or by calling Wendy (afternoons only) at 509.838.2761.

Hispanic couples retreat is September 28–30 at the Red Lion Hotel near the Pasco Airport. The main speakers will be Claudio and Pamela Consuegra. To register or receive more information, contact Walter Pintos at: or by phone: 509.242.0535.

Eqypt Bible Tour is December 12–22, 2019. You are invited to join Dr. Carl Cosaert of Walla Walla University to discover the land of the pyramids, the pharaohs, Moses, and the Exodus. $2,425 plus airfare includes meals and accommodations. For more information, contact Sharon Searson at

Diabetes Undone seminar is planned in September at SonBridge. Registration on September 10 at 6:30pm and 8 weekly sessions follow beginning September 16. $60. Contact Chad Washburn for details.

Your help is needed for a cookbook fund-raiser for
Pastor Lloyd Perrin from the Milton-Freewater SDA Church. Contribute vegetarian recipes or pre-order a copy of the book for yourself. Sales will benefit the Perrin family in funding ongoing therapy for Lloyd as he recovers from brain surgery last April 2018. Contact Sharlene Taylor for more information 509.714.4056. Order forms are available in the University Church web bulletin or in the office. 



Friday, August 31
    7:30am — Heubach Chapel morning worship
    7:36pm — Sundown
    8pm — WWU Vespers, Conard Courtyard

Sabbath, September 1
    7:34pm — Sundown

Monday, September 3
    Labor Day, church office closed

Wednesday, September 5
    6:30pm — Pathfinder Registration, Fellowship Hall   
    7pm — Prayer Meeting, Heubach Chapel

Friday, September 7
    7:30am — Heubach Chapel morning worship
    7:22pm — Sundown
    8pm — WWU Vespers, Conard Courtyard

Sabbath, September 8
    9:30am — Sign up for The Longest Table, Church lobby           
   12:30pm — All Church Potluck, Fellowship Hall
    Final Sabbath of Summer Light

Sabbath, September 15
    Return to school-year worship schedule:
    9:30am — First Serve, Sanctuary
    10:30am — Sabbath Schools
    11:45 — Second Service, Sanctuary
    3pm — Betty Sorensen's Memorial, Church Sanctuary

September 16-21
    WWU Jump Start (freshman orientation)

September 24
    WWU fall academic quarter begins

September 29
    1:15pm — The Longest Table, 4th Street









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