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St Columba Orthodox Church

(corner of Truck Inn Way & Mission Way), PO Box 1661 - 1320 Mission Way • Fernley, Nevada 89408 • United States • 775 835-6915 land • Orthodox

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St. Columba Orthodox Church is a canonical parish of the 300M-member Orthodox Churches.  

What if you could actually participate in a truly authentic Christian Tradition which dates back to Jesus Christ and His Apostles and has been unchanged for millennia?

Orthodox Christianity has stood the test of time. The truth of the reality of a new life in Christ is not simply a cliché, it has been lived by countless Christians throughout the ages.

The Western-Rite of the Orthodox Church is a response to requests to re-establish the Western Church as it existed prior to AD 1054 and is helping preserve the western liturgy with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

In 1996 Saint Columba's had constructed a small building and began using it as a church building; the interior includes reminders of the cloud of witnesses by which we are surrounded. In 2016 the entire parish completed a journey from protestant (Episcopal) Anglicanism to catholic Western Rite Orthodoxy.

Those who could escape from communist Russia in the 1920s did so. Most sought refuge in European countries, and, like many other refugees some came to America and became citizens here.

While the communists did as they pleased with the church buildings, and the lives and the deaths of those still in Soviet Russia (as well as the assassination of the Tsar and his entire family), the refugees in America did what they do well: They worshiped our Lord, Jesus Christ as Christians have been doing since AD 33.

It was not a matter of waiting; it was a matter of a new life, a new hope and a new nation: the United States. The “Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia” (ROCOR) adopted the English Language for services in America and prayed.

When the Soviet Union finally collapsed in 1991, the Church in America waited for over a decade before re-establishing Communion with the revitalized Russian Church in Moscow, and also continued independent governance as an American Church.

The service of Divine Liturgy is continued in the United States in Church Slavonic for those who wish but mostly in English. St Columba Parish in Fernley offers worship services in English as authorized by the Russian synod several years prior to the Russian communist rebellion in the early years for the 20th Century.

There are now over 300,000,000 members of the Orthodox churches worldwide (Greece, Russia, Austria, Serbia, Romania, Georgia, and in essence churches springing up in countries after the defeat of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine) in the 15th Century.

The Orthodox parish in Fernley uses an English Liturgy (10L00 Am each sunday), developed by Pope Saint Gregory the Great after the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

You won’t find anything new at Saint Columba's  No new theology... no politically correct amorality...Music is provided by the congregation a capella. You will find a group of Christians entrusting themselves to the person and teaching of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Orthodoxy, since the early centuries of Christianity. Our purpose here on earth is to work toward becoming more like Christ and helping others to do the same. We are a hospital for sinners and a parish committed to living our life for God in this world and in the next.

The church building is at 1320 Mission Way, just north of I-80 Exit 48 in Fernley, Nevada (corner of Truck inn Way and Mission way). The building is small, and there is plenty of parking.

The picture above is courtesy of the United States Postal Service.

Services are always in American English with a familiar "King James" lilt. We are Orthodox in Faith and approved Western in practice You are welcome to visit us Sunday at 10:00 AM. We are open to members of the Orthodox Communion of Churches and to those who wish to belong as members of the Church. Those wishing to become Catechumans are welcome.

Evening Prayer (Vespers) is Wednesday at 7:00 PM where you can pray like a Christian Monk (for 28 minutes). No guitars, no altar call, no "offering".... Just the sound of men at prayer. Holy Day and weekday Services are as announced.


PICTURE: The last Tsar of Russia and family. they were shot to death by Soviet Communists.

 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers” (Acts).


The Orthodox Communion of Churches is an original and remains essentially unchanged since the early centuries of Christendom and is concerned with the direction of our nation. We note that our nation’s laws differ from the Church in definitions of Marriage, Divorce and the humanity of children beginning at conception. We also valuer the Truth that parents are the primary teachers in the family. Our obligation is to recognize and acknowledge publicaly and privately that Christ is King, and that all freedoms are actually gifts to us from Him. We acknowledge that freedom is not a license to break rules, but is the gift given to us that allows us to value God's rules.

St Columba parish parish also helps coordinate Home Schooling.


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St Columba's is not involved in social media. Our faces are acutally loyal to "the Book" and not censored by "Twits".


Abortion is fatal for the baby and harmful to the health of the mother.

Pregnant? Think you might be?

Locate a Pregnancy Center near you. There is a center in Reno, a center in Fernley, a Center in Carson City and a center in Fallon.

If you or someone you know is an unexpectedly expectant mother, the site provides a vital link to help for mother and baby.

If you live in Fernley EMBRACE GRACE FERNLEY can help you. They offer a structured program for pregnant women. The 12-week program is follwed with a baby shower and a process day. You can learn more by calling Amanda at 686-8650.

Please remember to pray and work to stop the legal slaughter of unborn babies in this country. No nation can survive the murder of over 60,000,000 of its children.

Speaking of children: You may want to take advantage of some quality Christian education at St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy in Reno.

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For HomeSchooling help and structure one can contact Amy Bauer at 775 835-6915

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Fr William Bauer PhD

Parish Priest •

Western Rite Radio

1940 Hymnal

Music •

Amy Bauer MA

Home School Coordinator •