Mid-Week Messenger

May 23, 2024

Greetings Everyone

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Thank you all for a wonderful first Sunday as the pastor at FPC. Two people came up to me afterwards and said that the service seemed very comfortable, not at all like someone’s first time leading worship. From my perspective, I would say the same thing about my entire first week at Whitefish. I already feel at home here and at ease. FPC excels at being a welcoming community.

I do still need some help with names. It is especially difficult for me to remember names after Sunday morning. Please continue to help me by introducing yourself by name and being patient with me. I would like to repeat my offer to have lunch or coffee with each one of you sometime during the week, so that I can get to know you all better. And thank you to everyone who has already taken me up on this offer.

This Sunday should be a busy one at FPC. At nine o’clock the Romans Bible Study will pick up again. I will try to do my best imitation of Pastor Paul as we continue through Paul’s most famous letter. 









pink cosmos

Then during worship we will continue to talk about the biblical roots of the symbols that Christians of all kinds commonly use in worship. Last week for Pentecost we focused on the breath of God and the use of fiery candles to symbolize the Holy Spirit. This Sunday we will talk about water and the sacrament of baptism. 

As a reminder there is a brief congregational meeting after the service to confirm Rene Gense as an elder for Session. Rene has graciously offered to serve as our new clerk.

The service will be a good preparation for the afternoon. Pastor Paul will be overseeing Shelby Barnum’s baptism at noon in the Whitefish River near the Community Center. Everyone from the congregation is invited and encouraged to come celebrate! 


News & Events



Sunday, May 26th 

9:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study in the Chapel

10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Service

11:00 a.m. Congregational Meeting to elect & ordain Rene Gense as Clerk of Session

Monday, May 27th 

7:00 p.m. Choir Practice

Tuesday, May 28th 

7:00 a.m. Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast

Wednesday, May 29th  

100:00 a.m. Ladies AM Bible Study (L.A.M.B.S)

Thursday, May 30th

10:00 a.m. Bible Babes bible study

7:00 p.m. “The Chosen” watch party

Sunday, May 26th

10:00 am Worship Service




Check out the Events Calendar for more upcoming events.


The Bible Babes Bible study group did a hike along the Swan River, topped off with lunch at the Echo Lake Cafe. They will resume their Bible study in the Fall.

Left – right: Cindy Weaver, Leslee Washer, Shari Johnson, Rene Gense, Karen Rosenberg


The Wednesday Ladies AM Bible Study (L.A.M.B.S.) will have their last meeting on Wednesday, May 29th.  They will resume their meetings this fall. Watch the bulletin for the start date or check with Lynda Nelson.


The Fellowship Committee will be hosting a Spring “POT luck” luncheon on Sunday, June 9th shortly following our church service. The committee will be furnishing fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, and Hawaiian rolls. Please bring your favorite side dish and/or dessert to share with the congregation. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.

Thank You and come hungry!

The Fellowship Committee


Community Outreach

Whitefish Care & Rehab is looking for donations of personal care items. When a new resident comes into the facility they are provided with standard items. It will be a beautiful collaboration if residents also see a basket filled with items donated by the community that demonstrates they are thought of and cared for.  

We are looking for the following travel sized items and hope to make 10 baskets in total.


Items to donate 

-Small wooden basket

-Shampoo -Dove

– Conditioner- Dove

-Lotion- Dove

-Deodorant- Dove

-Lip balm

-Toothbrush & Toothpaste

-Activity books like sudoku and crosswords

-Snacks- Protein bars, soft cereal bars, mixed nuts (salt free),

-Water bottle

-Juice box

You may drop off donated items in the church office or look for the Whitefish Care & Rehab box in Fellowship Hall.



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