July 15 Gathering: Why worship?


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There’s a story in the Old Testament where David, having just become king of all the tribes of Israel, has the ark of the covenant brought into the freshly-conquered city of Jerusalem. Along the way he offers sacrifices, and the writer of 2 Samuel offers a picture of David dancing in a linen ephod before the ark while music plays and people cheer.

It’s a picture of extravagant worship.

Which raises the question for us: what is worship? Why do we worship? And what are we really worshipping?

This week at New Wineskins we’ll have a discussion about different worship practices and talk about what a theology of worship looks like in our post-Christian era.

Join us this Sunday, July 15, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company to share what you love and what challenges you in worship, and engage in conversation around this timeless topic.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

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July 1 Gathering: Circles of Grace


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In a time so dominated by disagreement and divisiveness, it seems more difficult than ever to find common ground. Whether it’s politics or theology, we live in an argumentative age.

But what if we could rediscover ways to have constructive dialogue? What if we could discover the motivations behind our positions, and use those as means of finding common ground?

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll engage in one such means of creating space for constructive dialogue called “Circles of Grace.” We’ll be led by trained and experienced facilitators Barbara and Russell Rogerson, who run a spiritual retreat center in their hometown of Harrisville, WV.

Join us this Sunday, July 1, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company to learn more about Circles of Grace and see how you might use this technique in your own contexts to create space for grace-filled conversations.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

June 17 Gathering: Salt & Light


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“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden.Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:13-16 (CEB)

Salt flavors and preserves.

Light illuminates so all may be seen clearly.

Right here in the opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes this statement about salt and light. About identity and vocation.

Jesus is telling his listeners what they were made to be and what they are called to do.

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll talk about what it means to be salt and light in the context of identity and vocation. How exactly do we go about being salt and light in our world today? And what does our community look like when we do?

Join us this Sunday, June 17, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company and join us in a conversation on one of Jesus’ most well-known (and maybe least fully understood) sayings…we hope to see you there!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

June 3 Gathering: Christ on the Psych Ward


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“In Christ on the Psych Ward, David Finnegan-Hosey does something the Church has had difficulty doing regarding mental illness; he opens up the blinds and he lets the light in. David’s story is compelling, his voice clear, his insight profound, and his subject matter critical. A book like this is long overdue, both in and outside the Church. It will save lives.”

— John Pavlovitz, author of A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community

It’s a special treat for our New Wineskins community to welcome David Finnegan-Hosey, author of Christ on the Psych Ward, to our June 3 Gathering.

According to David’s website, he currently serves as a chaplain-in-residence at Georgetown University, having previously worked with campus ministries at American University and the University of Hawaii. He holds an M.Div from Wesley Theological Seminary and a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. He is certified by Mental Health First Aid USA to provide initial help to people experiencing depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders.

In 2011, David was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a series of psychiatric hospitalizations. He now speaks and writes about the intersections among mental illness, mental health, and faith. You can read more of his writing on his blog, Foolish Hosey. David lives in Washington, DC with his wife Leigh and their dog Penny Lane.

Please plan to join us this Sunday, June 3, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company to meet David and hear more about his new book. Plus, we’ll discuss the various roles the church can play in the mental health of our congregants and communities.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

*Please note: we’ll take up a voluntary collection to help David offset his travel expenses. Copies of Christ on the Psych Ward will be available for sale.

May 20 Gathering: Pentecost


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“Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting [and] they saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” Acts 2:3-4 (NIV)

This Sunday is traditionally celebrated as Pentecost Sunday, coming 50 days after Easter and commemorating the coming of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus following his resurrection and ascension.

Pentecost is often celebrated as the “birthday of the church,” and is a major touchstone in trinitarian theology. But what do we know of the deeper Jewish history of Pentecost, its meanings prior to Christianity, and how those things translate into our faith traditions today?

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll focus on our friend the Holy Spirit as we celebrate Pentecost together! Join us in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

May 6 Gathering: A New Wineskins Free-for-All!


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Got questions about faith, the Bible, church, etc. that you just can’t seem to find answers for? Is there some issue you really want to talk about in a safe, non-judgmental environment? This Sunday’s New Wineskins is your chance!

This week at New Wineskins, we’re going to have a free-for-all open forum. We’ll talk about whatever you want to talk about!

Join us Sunday, May 6, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company and be ready to dive deep into whatever comes up!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

April 22 Gathering: Cassie Kile and the Nerd Gospel!


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If this picture heats up your blood and makes you cringe a little, you might be a nerd.

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we dive into Narnia to arrive in The Shire. If we take a step back and look at the fantasy stories that make up our era, we see a mosaic of the Gospel.

Gospel comes from the word, ‘godspel’ and literally means ‘good-story.’ The stories we tell each other at the present time are a representation of where we are as a people. We are piggy-backing off of our last meeting when we talked about some of the Biblical stories possibly being myth and legend and being told and retold to “convey the deepest truths of existence.”

Humanity is still telling those stories, and adding more stories to the mix day by day. In this week’s conversation, we will delve into stories that are made up by humanity, highjacked by The Holy One, and tell us again and again the good news—the godspel—the Gospel.

Cassie Kile will be our guest presenter for this week’s conversation. Cassie is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary where she earned her Master of Divinity. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Media Design from Full Sail University, is the owner and CEO of Lion Design Company, and specializes in static/dynamic graphics, music, & video for the Church. Cassie lives in Parkersburg, WV, with three fur-kids: Charlie, Sylvester, and Fonzie.

Join us Sunday, April 22, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for what should be a lively conversation about the stories we tell!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm