Oct. 8 Gathering: Living Eucharistically


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Last Sunday (Oct. 1) was celebrated by many denominations worldwide as World Communion Sunday. And in what is becoming a New Wineskins tradition, we will celebrate the Eucharist as a community, officiated by Fr. Steve Peck and Rev. Joe Webb.

Prior to taking communion together, we’ll have a discussion around what it means to be a people of the Eucharist. We’ll also discuss sacramental theology, some of its history, and its place in the church and our lives today.

We hope you’ll join us this Sunday, Oct. 4, for what we hope will be a deeply meaningful conversation and time of community together. As always, we will gather in the 167 Side Room of the  Marietta Brewing Company.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

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Sept. 24 Gathering: Spiritual Gifts, Personality Types, Call, and Vocation


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Most everyone who’s been around church for any period of time has probably been exposed to the idea of “spiritual gifts,” mostly rooted in 1 Cor. 12. We have classes, retreats, tests, surveys, assessments, and all manner of “discovering” our gifts and learning what they mean.

Sometimes we go a little deeper and talk about personality types. Whether it’s our Myers-Briggs score, Enneagram number, or some other measurement, we seem fascinated with these tools that tell us more about who we are.

Often, these tools are used for little more than figuring out what committee at church we should be serving on. But what if they can unlock something more powerful?

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll talk about how our unique giftedness and personalities can intersect with our talents and passions for the good not just of our individual churches, but our communities and the world. We’ll talk about how those things connect with our sense of calling, and how vocation fits into the mix.

You won’t want to miss this fascinating look into who–and how–we’re made to be!

Join us Sunday, Sept. 24, in the 167 Side Room of the  Marietta Brewing Company to join in the conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

If you want to know more about how your own gifts and personality fit into the mix, here are some resources you may want to check out (links do not imply endorsement): 

Sept. 10 Gathering: “Peace on Earth”


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It’s something we sing about in Advent and Christmas. We call Jesus the Prince of it. We pass it to one another on Sunday mornings in church.

But what do we really mean when we talk about peace? Specifically, “Peace on Earth?” Is it just an absence of conflict? Or is there something more, something deeper, that we’re called to strive toward?

To be honest, “Peace on Earth” seems like a concept way too big for us to do anything about. Sort of like global warming or education reform.

But what if there actually is a path forward? How might we find it? Beyond cheap platitudes and religious-speak, is there really a way peace on earth could actually be realized?

This week at New Wineskins, we’ll try to unpack exactly what “Peace on Earth” means and what it might look like if it could actually be achieved. Rather than focusing on barriers, our dialogue will be more solution-oriented. So come with all your hard questions and crazy ideas!

Join us Sunday, Sept. 10, in the 167 Side Room of the  Marietta Brewing Company to add your voice to the conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

Aug. 27 Gathering: “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”


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Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

Paul’s letter to the first Christians in Rome is packed to the gills with rich theology. And as he reaches the climax of his instructions to the Roman church, he drops this little gem about not conforming to the pattern of this world, but being transformed by the renewing of your mind.

So what exactly does the apostle to the gentiles mean by this statement? How does the renewing of our minds lead to transformation? What exactly are the patterns of this world we should avoid conforming to? And what does it look like to be a “living sacrifice?”

This Sunday, we’ll unpack a bit of the context around this statement and see what new insights we might gain from Paul’s exhortation.

Join us in the 167 Side Room of the  Marietta Brewing Company this Sunday, Aug. 27, to join in the conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

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