I’m New to JESUS
Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith. He is the very reason First Presbyterian Church exists. If you don’t already know him, we look forward to the opportunity to introduce Jesus to you.
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God – Even more than that, He is God’s only Son. Mark 1:1 reads, “The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus Christ is the visible love of God. It is because of God’s great love for the world that he sent Jesus to save us from ourselves. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he sent his only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- Jesus was fully human – This is how we know that god understands what we encounter in life. Because Jesus was at times tired, hungry, thirsty, sympathetic, and wept, we know that God stands with us in the midst of life.
- Jesus is fully divine – “In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” (Colossians 1:19) The New Testament is filled with hundreds of explicit verses that call Jesus “God” and “Lord”. Scripture also attributes words and actions to Jesus that could only be true of God. “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:25-26)
- Jesus was crucified and died for our salvation – In humble obedience to his Father, Jesus whose founder is living. We point to an empty tomb, other suffered so that our sins would not separate us from God for all eternity. “By his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5) He “did not count equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8). Because He did, we now enjoy a restored relationship with God who understands our suffering even better than we do ourselves.
- God raised Jesus from the dead on Easter Day – Christianity is the only religion in the world whose founder is living. We point to an empty tomb, others to an interred body. (John 20:1-20)
- Jesus Christ lives today – We know this to be true because scripture affirms it. “He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, through some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one untimely born. (1 Corinthians 15:5-7). Because Jesus lives, our lives are not lived in vain.
- Jesus Christ reigns for eternity – By the power of the Spirit of God, Jesus’ reign over the world is universal. “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
- Salvation is in Jesus Christ alone – In fact, Jesus Christ alone is sufficient for our salvation. We need nothing else but to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people but which we must be saved. (Acts of the Apostles 4:12)
We’re glad you’ve chosen to find out more about First Presbyterian Church of Whitefish. Our congregation is comprised of people who come from all parts the country and some from around the world. We are a blending of people who come from many different Christian backgrounds and no Christian background at all. What unites us is what God has done for us in Jesus Christ; why we exist as a church; what we understand to be true; and how we fulfill our unique purpose as a community church.
Our Vision Statement is very simple.
First Presbyterian Church of Whitefish provides a safe spiritual home where all people can explore faith, find healing and reach out with the love of Jesus Christ.
Everything we do is focused upon that vision. It is the standard by which we make all of our decisions. Our goal as a church family is to love, encourage, help, support, teach, uphold and nurture everyone with whom we come in contact.
With Christians around the world, we believe that:
- Jesus Christ is the only Son of God. In his life, death and resurrection, He perfectly reveals to us who God is. He is the sole Savior of the World. There is no salvation apart from him.
- God is the Creator of the world. As part of his creation, He created human beings to live in a perfect relationship with him. Because of our consistent failure to do so, He sent Jesus Christ to save us.
- Salvation is through Jesus Christ alone. This is a gift from God. There is nothing we can do to earn it. God gives us the gift of faith necessary for salvation. Salvation is available to all who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
- The Holy Spirit is the presence of the living God in our midst. His work is twofold: leading Christians into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and leading nonbelievers into a relationship of salvation with Jesus Christ.
- The Church is created and upheld by Jesus Christ, who is the Head of the Church. No Christian denomination or individual church has exclusive possession of Jesus Christ. Where the gospel is faithfully proclaimed and the sacraments are rightly administered, the Church exists.
- God alone is Lord of our conscience. When we sincerely seek his will in scripture and prayer, He will give us guidance.
- God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. In Jesus Christ, God captures the attention of our lives and turns our hearts toward himself. God chooses us before we choose him. Before we ever will to love god, God calls us and moves us to love him.
- Scripture is the inspired word of God. It is our only rule for faith and life. “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for graining in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
- The sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the gospel acted out. They are the outward sing of God’s gracious presence.
Baptism is the sign of membership in the church community. It is the sign and seal of what God does for us. God forgives. God calls us into a relationship with himself. God give us his Holy Spirit.
Like so many other people in the Whitefish area, Pastor Tim Dalstrom came from somewhere else. In his case Atlanta, Georgia. Since his arrival in May, 2012, Pastor Tim has brought an energetic and creative style of ministry to the congregation. A graduate of the University of Tennessee and Princeton Theological Seminary, Pastor Tim has served congregations in Annapolis, Maryland; Long Branch, New Jersey and Griffin, Georgia.
He has a passion for energetic worship that both connects us to God and builds strong personal relationships. His driving force is his faith, rooted in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is his Lord and Savior. His desire is that all people will have the opportunity to experience that same life-giving faith.
Tim and his wife of 38 years, Mickey, have two grown sons and a daughter-in-law.
How Do I Join First Presbyterian Church of Whitefish?
All you need to do is let Pastor Tim know that you are interested in exploring church membership and he will make an appointment with you to discuss your desires. There are four different ways you can be received into membership.
PROFESSION OF FAITH AND BAPTISM: If you have never been baptized, you will be asked to profess your faith in Jesus Christ and receive Christian baptism. Baptism normally takes place during a Sunday morning worship service.
PROFESSION OF FAITH: Many people are baptized as infants or children but never join a specific congregation. Even if you have been baptized, the church still requires a profession of faith for membership in the church.
LETTER OF TRANSFER: If you are a member of another Christian church, you can request for us to write for a Letter of Transfer and your membership will be transferred to First Presbyterian Church. Please note that not all Christian churches issue Letters of Transfer.
REAFFIRMATION OF FAITH: If you have been baptized and at one time made a profession of faith, you can request to join the church on a reaffirmation of that faith whereby you once again profess your faith in Jesus Christ.
Everyone who joins the congregation is asked to affirm the following questions.
- Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior?
- Do you trust in him?
- Do you intend to be his disciple, obey his word and show his love?
- Do you intend to be a faithful member of the congregation, giving of yourself in every way so that you can fulfill your calling as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
What to Expect When You Worship at First Presbyterian Church Whitefish.
We welcome you to the First Presbyterian Church of Whitefish and invite you to join with us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00AM. We provide a safe place for you to worship, where you can explore your faith, find healing and experience the love of Jesus Christ. Dress is always casual and worship is informal. We want you to feel at home. If you plan to go skiing or hiking following services, be dressed to hit the slopes or trails!
You can expect to be warmly welcomed by one of our greeters. If you are a first time guest, we encourage you to enter through the main doors located at the corner of Third and Central Avenues. If you have any special needs, please let our greeters know. They are eager to assist you in any way they can.
If you have a hearing problem, electronic aids are available upon request. Just ask an usher and he/she will provide one. Handicap parking is available at the Central Avenue entrance of the church and a handicap ramp and elevator are available at the Third Avenue entrance.
Services are always Christ centered, incorporating both traditional and contemporary elements of worship. Our services are always child friendly. If you have a child, we encourage you to sit where your child can see all that is happening. If they have any questions you can’t answer, just ask us. And feel free to let your child fulfill his; her curiosity by browsing around the sanctuary. Children’s activity bags are available at all services. Ushers will be glad to give one to your child.
In addition to weekly services, we also provide special services during the year on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. Communion is served monthly, usually on the first Sunday of the month and the Table is open to all.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all. Call: (406) 862-2802 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org