Permeable Boundaries – 11/05/17

Permeable Boundaries November 5, 2017 (All Saints) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:9– 13 At one point when I was in college my grandmother shared with me that she still spoke regularly with my grandfather. I’m not sure why this conversation came up, but I

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Testimony – 10/15/17

Blessing through Testimony October 15, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10  “For in spite of persecution you received the Word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.” As he

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Charlottesville 2017 – 8/20/17

Charlottesville – 2017 August 20, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 John 4:7-8 Germany – 1934: Adolph Hitler has declared himself head of the German church and replaced gospel truth with Nazi ideology. A small group of pastors and church leaders gather to draft a response.

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Vines and Branches; Roots and Soil

Vines and Branches, Roots and Soil July 30, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: John 15:1-7; Galatians 5:16-26 Soil, roots, vines, branches, fruit.  Orchardists have long understood that if you want good fruit, it starts with good soil and good roots.  My father, for whom growing fruit

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Restoring Community – 5/21/17

  Restoring Community May 21, 2017 (Heritage Sunday) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 1 Peter 2:4-10 Once, in the midst of that dreamtime between buying a lottery ticket and the assurance of not winning, I devised a plan to transform my humble, vinyl sided ranch house into

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Congregational Values: Radical Welcome – 3/12/17

Congregational Values Value #1: Radical Welcome March 12, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Ruth Our scripture reading this morning comes from the story of Ruth.  Often we view this story through the lens of family loyalty – Ruth as the loyal daughter-in-law to Naomi; Boaz as

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Congregational Values: Welcoming Children – 3/5/17

Congregational Values Value #2: Welcoming Children March 5, 2016 (Lent 1) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Matthew 18:1-5; 19:13-15 What did it feel like to be that child welcomed into Jesus’ presence?  Was it a moment of excitement, of joy, of awe?  Were you afraid?  Scared to

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State of the Church – 02/19/17

State of the Church 2017 February 19, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Colossians 3:1-17 As First Presbyterian enters its 152nd year of ministry in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I can say with confidence that we remain faithful.  Week in and week

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Being Church Together – 2/05/17

Being Church Together February 5, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Isaiah 58 The other day I was talking to a friend about church.  She was sharing with me some of the things her church – not one here in town – has started doing in worship

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