State of the Church 2018 – 2/11/18

State of the Church 2018 February 11, 2018 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: Hebrews 12:1-2 As First Presbyterian Church, Columbiana enters its 153rd year of ministry in the name of Jesus Christ we remain faithful to the gospel on which we were founded. We also find ourselves

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Holy Relationships – 11/19/17

Holy Relationships November 19, 2017 Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presby, Columbiana & First United Presby, EP Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 Where did your mind and spirit go as we read this passage? In the time of silence that followed? Know that wherever you are – whether its in a

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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: Walking in Faith – 3/26/17

Congregational Values Value #5: Walking in Faith March 26, 2016 (Lent 4) Rev. Fritz Nelson – First Presbyterian, Columbiana Text: 2 Samuel 12:1-7, 13-14 For our scripture reading this morning we turn to the words told to King David by the prophet Nathan after David had lain with Bathsheba. David

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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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