Aug. 13 Gathering: What does it mean to be a “New Wineskin?” (Rivers, Trails & Ales Festival Edition)


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We talk a lot at our New Wineskins gatherings about the passage from Luke 5 where Jesus admonishes the religious establishment of his time about how their legalisms and traditions had become a barrier to people’s ability to know God by telling them that no one pours new wine into old wineskins.

But Fr. Richard Rohr, a Jesuit priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, insists that “new wineskins” are more than just a different way of doing religion or doing church. It’s actually a new way–a better way–of being. A way of finding your true self behind the facade of your false self.

So if our false self is an “old wineskin,” what does it look like to embrace our true self…to be a vessel for “new wine” where growth and change can happen without restriction?

This Sunday at New Wineskins: RTA Edition we’ll celebrate with Marietta as the annual Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival winds down with a conversation on what it means to live a “new wineskin” sort of life, and what it looks like to shed our old wineskins in favor of something new and amazing that God is doing in us and through us.

Join us in the 167 Side Room of the  Marietta Brewing Company. to celebrate the end of this year’s RTA Fest with a lively discussion about life and faith. Invite a friend and be part of the conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

A New Creation…


At our July 30 gathering, we created a community art piece in response to a reading from Romans 8:18-28 and a variation of the Jesuit “Daily Examen” known as “The Environmental Examen.” Here’s the final product, for your enjoyment and edification (click to enlarge):

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July 30 Gathering: Prayer & Poem


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We talk a lot about the personal practice of prayer. It’s our way of communicating one-on-one with the living God, of lifting our concerns, our hopes, our fears, our questions, and our doubts.

But outside of Sunday mornings and special occasions, how often do we engage in corporate prayer…seeking God’s will for God’s people. Looking for how God is speaking into the community and not just individuals.

And how limited and limiting might our corporate prayer practices be? More often than not, we sit still, with heads bowed, while someone else prays on our behalf.

But there are many ways to connect our hearts with God’s. And this week at New Wineskins, we’re going to try something a little new and different!

Join us this Sunday, July 30, as we discuss an ancient prayer practice called the Daily Examen and then work together to create a community response to our shared prayers. It promises to be a fun and interesting night with friends and neighbors as we join our hearts, hands, and minds to lift our prayers to God through a piece of corporate art!

As always, we will meet in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company. Come on out and be part of our prayer poem!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

New Wineskins Joins RTA Fest!


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We have big news for the New Wineskins community! This year, we’re part of Marietta’s annual Rivers, Trails & Ales festival on Sunday, Aug. 13!

We are grateful to Tony Styer of our host site, the Marietta Brewing Company, for making it possible for us to be part of this amazing civic event.

Stay tuned for details on our special RTA gathering! Meanwhile, don’t forget our next upcoming gathering on Aug. 30 (post coming soon!).

July 16 Gathering: The Gabriel Project


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We all know of families with young children that need different types of assistance. One of the assistance projects in our area that you may not have heard much about is called The Gabriel Project.

The Gabriel Project of West Virginia benefits families without adequate financial resources to meet the tangible needs of a new baby. They provide necessary baby items, such as new cribs, new car seats, diapers, formula, clothing, and hygiene products at no or low cost to clients. Locally, First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown and Waverly Presbyterian Church are host sites for the Gabriel Project.

Please join us this Sunday, July 17, to hear from guest speaker Pastor Elizabeth Campbell-Maleke about the services being provided through the Gabriel Project and how it is impacting families in our area.

As always, we will meet in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company. Come on out and hear more about The Gabriel Project!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

July 2 Gathering: What brings you here?


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As churches everywhere struggle to attract and retain people, one of the questions we’re eventually forced to ask is what makes people want to come in the first place.

Now a little over 3 years into what started as an experiment to create a “third space” for people who were interested in Jesus but maybe didn’t trust the church, it’s a good time for the New Wineskins community to ask itself that same question. Why are we here? What keeps us coming back? What compels us to invite others? What kind of community are we creating?

Introspection is good for the soul. And for the community. This Sunday we will reflect on where we’ve been, why we come, and where God may be taking us.

Join us Sunday, July 2, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company to talk about why you attend New Wineskins, hear from others, and share ideas for our future!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

June 18 Gathering: God as Father? (a Fathers Day conversation)


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Referring to God in masculine terms has drawn plenty of examination in recent years. And it’s certainly clear that the creator of humanity transcends gender.

But much debate exists as to whether it’s appropriate to refer to God–or at least the first person of the Trinity–as “Father.” We have to ask ourselves whether such identity is harmless, or if it may actually make God less accessible, especially for people for whom their families of origin have left less than favorable impressions of what a father is.

This Sunday at New Wineskins we’ll talk about why we identify God in masculine terms, what our alternatives might be, and why it may or may not matter.

Join us Sunday, June 18, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for what promises to be a fascinating Father’s Day conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm