About Our Church
Who We Are—and Want to Be
Updated: Nov 11, 2012
A brief word to those thinking of joining us . . .
We are happy for your visits to our church and hope you are considering having your membership here. Because we want that move to be a mutual blessing to both you and our church family, we have put together this "Who We Are" statement as one way of further introduction.
You may have observed that we live in a time when there is not as much uniformity in faith and practice from one Seventh-day Adventist congregation to another as there once was. So in fairness to those who are thinking of joining us, we believe it appropriate to share what might be called our "church identity profile."
First, let us say that we do not consider ourselves some kind of model church with no failings. Far from it. Some of what you will read below represents objectives more than achievements. In any case, we sincerely hope that what we want is what you want, and that you will soon be a part of our church family!
- We are the Kettle Falls Seventh-day Adventist church, one of approximately 130 such churches and companies which presently make up the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (Eastern Washington, Northeastern Oregon, and Northern Idaho).
- We accept the entire Bible as authoritative and trustworthy. We do not think of ourselves as conservatives, moderates, or liberals; we are Seventh-day Adventists. We affirm our faith in all of the fundamental beliefs of our church, believing them to be solidly Bible-based.
- We believe that the gift of prophecy as manifest in the life and ministry of Ellen White has special significance for us in these last days and we accept her writings, along with the Bible, as an inspired, authoritative guide to our faith and practice.
- We want to be known as a caring fellowship of Christians who love and accept each other in spite of our diversity and shortcomings. But while we want to be quick to allow for different levels of spiritual maturity, we also want to be caring enough to hold each other accountable to our mutual commitment to Christ and His Word.
- We are not blind to its shortcomings, but we are positive about the church and loyal to its chosen leadership. We believe the organized Seventh-day Adventist church is divinely commissioned to bear to the world the fullest revelation of truth ever given to mankind and we wish to cooperate with our fellow believers around the world in the fulfillment of that task.
- We believe in supporting the worldwide work of the Seventh-day Adventist church by paying an honest tithe to the Upper Columbia Conference through our local church. We believe that all persons elected to any church office should be faithful tithe-payers.
- We think that a desire to hold membership in our church ought also to reflect a desire to fellowship with our church as demonstrated by regular attendance at Sabbath services when physically able to do so.
- We believe our church ought to be a place of reverent, Christ-centered worship, not an entertainment center. Our music would likely be defined by most as "traditional," and our worship attire as conservative, modest, and without adornment. In order to be consistent with what we teach and what we model for our children and youth, we elect only those individuals to church office who do not wear jewelry of any kind, including the wedding ring.
- We are guided by the Church Manual in the day-to-day operation of our church.
- We are committed to serving our members and our community through a wide variety of educational and outreach programs and endeavor to employ the gifts of each member in that work.
- We want our church to be a place where all who come will find grace, forgiveness, healing, and victory through Christ, a place where every aspect of our Sabbath services is not only helpful to our members but also understandable and appealing to those who have not yet come to faith in Him.
Your brothers and sisters in the
Kettle Falls Seventh-day Adventist Church