Christ is risen! 

You have come into a world of debt
where we are all in hock. 

We pray daily that You forgive our debts.
We boldly qualify our prayer by the
condition of how we treat our neighbors.
So we pray for the cancellation of our debts

and the debts of the poor,
of the weak,
of the imprisoned,
of the abused. 

Your Easter jubilee has broken our
old patterns of debt and credit,

and made us all rich
beyond our acknowledgment.

You are the one who was rich
and became Friday poor,

that by being made poor,
You would make many rich.

We are among those who
have been made rich ...
along with our neighbors.

For Your Sunday wealth that is
our new beginning,
we give you deep and exuberant thanks.


Walter Brueggemann,
Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth



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 ( or Evan Davies ( 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




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We thank our own Noel Jabagat for sharing his violin music, and Matt Heinrich for leading the praise band. During this quietest part of the summer, it is a great blessing to have musicians such as these right here in our valley, willing to lend their talents to the glory of God. In a real sense, Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of the year, for families with school age children live according to the academic year even more than the calendar year. With this time frame in mind, I invite you to meditate on Hymn no. 56, by John Ellerton, that speaks of time period endings and beginnings.

The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at Thy behest;
To Thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall hallow now our rest.

We thank Thee that Thy church, unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night. 

As o’er each continent and island
The dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor die the strains of praise away. 

So be it, Lord, Thy throne shall never,
Like earth’s proud empires, pass away;
Thy kingdom stands, and grows forever,
Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.

-Kraig Scott



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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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The last Sabbath of Summer Light is 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.

The Flowers on the platform for today’s service are provided in honor of Doyle Saxby by his wife Lorelei and his siblings, Harold, Dorothy, and Elaine.

The Placement Board reports that Patricia Craigg has agreed to serve on the Facility and Maintenance Committee. August 27 is the first reading.

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. 

You are Invited to join Pastor Jenn and the University Church family as she is officialy 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!

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.

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.

Pianists Needed for Worship Services at the Walla Walla Penitentiary.  Please speak with Pastor Kris Loewen at 509.527.2826 or             

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 or email

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.

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

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 If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Terry at 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 To inquire about financial assistance, contact Patty Marsh at

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.

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 9 p.m.  For more information, or to make an appointment, call Pathways to Change at 509-527-2654.

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Sabbath, September 3
    10:45am — Summer Light Worship Service
    4pm — Doyle Saxby Memorial Service, Sanctuary
    7pm — Adventist singles vespers, Sonbridge
    7:25pm — Sunset

Wednesday, September 7
    6:30pm — Pathfinders club, Fellowship Hall

Friday, September 9
7:14pm — Sunset
    8pm — WWU Vespers, Conard Chapel courtyard

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

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

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