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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Rule of Welcome – 06/26/16

Rule of Welcome June 26, 2016 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Genesis 18:1-8, 19:1-11; Mark 2:1-12 For nomads like Abraham, hospitality can be a matter of life or death. In a landscape devoid of McDonalds and Motel 6; even of trees and streams, to be in the

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Brother’s Keeper – 06/19/16

Brother’s Keeper June 19, 2016 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Genesis 4:1-9; Matthew 1:18-23 It may come as a surprise to you that a favorite topic of the Columbiana Ministerial Association is how the churches might respond when a mass shooting happens in Columbiana. When it happens.

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