Dec. 30 Gathering: Watch Night


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In the early days of the Methodist movement, John Wesley gathered people together on New Year’s Eve to reflect and pray, and to give them an alternative to the drunken revelry that, even in the 18th Century, predominated the culture. The Watch Night service was also a time for people to renew their commitment to God, and many Methodist and Wesleyan churches today still hold Covenant Renewal Services at the turning of the year.

Watch Night took on special significance for the African American community on Dec. 31, 1862, as people anxiously awaited Lincoln’s enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation. Historians say that many slaves gathered in churches to pray together as they anticipated freedom from bondage. The Watch Night tradition remains strong in black churches as the struggle for equality continues more than 150 years later.

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll close out 2018 with our own Watch Night observation as we take some time to reflect together on the past year and look ahead to 2019. Please join us this Sunday, Dec. 30, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company as we look back and look ahead together!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

*PLEASE NOTE: New Wineskins will be on hiatus during January 2019. We will resume our gatherings in February. Please watch here and our Facebook page for dates and details!

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December 16 Gathering: Incarnation


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One of the ancient doctrines at the church is that Jesus is fully divine and fully human. But what exactly does that mean? How can it be possible? And how does that impact our lives and our faith?

For this second Sunday in Advent, we’ll discuss the concept of incarnation — the idea that God is brought to life in the person of Jesus. We’ll talk about what it means to call Jesus “Christ” (hint: it’s not his last name), and the critical importance of recognizing Jesus’ humanity.

Join us this Sunday, Dec. 16, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for a conversation that’s sure to be both interesting and provocative!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

Dec. 2 Gathering: Advent = Hope


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This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. More than just the lead-up to Christmas, Advent is a season of anticipation…of waiting, of wondering, of hope.

Is “hope” the same thing as “faith?” Or is hope something altogether different, something that motivates and informs the way we approach our day-to-day lives?

This Sunday at New Wineskins we’ll talk about Hope…what gives us hope, what feeds our hope, and what having hope means to us. We’ll discuss how the season of Advent is, in fact, a season of hope, and what that means in our lives.

Join us this Sunday, Dec. 2, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for a conversation about how Advent is a season based in hope, and what our own hopes are in this season.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

Nov. 18 Gathering: Thanks-Giving


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What are you thankful for? Not just in that warm-fuzzy-feeling-good kind of way, but in terms of deep gratitude? Things that deeply inform the way you live your life. Things that make you grateful to draw breath each morning. Things that give you a sense of self.

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’re going to celebrate a time of Thanks-Giving. We’ll express those things for which we’re thankful and open up group discussions on exactly what those things mean and how our gratitude for them can be life-giving and affirming.

Join us this Sunday, Nov. 18,  the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for a conversation about giving thanks and living grateful lives.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

Oct. 21 Gathering: Miracles (do they matter?)


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We love a good miracle story. Jesus feeding the 5,000. Healing the sick.Walking on water. Raising the dead. Giving sight to the blind. Or our personal favorite, turning water into wine.

Maybe it’s because we need to know miracles are real. We need to hope that the impossible can happen.

So why is it that so often in biblical post-miracle dialogues, Jesus tells people to keep it quiet? To not tell what they have seen or experienced?

It begs the question…do the miracles really matter?

This week at New Wineskins we’re going to talk about miracles, what they are (and aren’t!), and whether or not we view them the way Jesus intends them to be viewed. Come on out and be part of the conversation this Sunday, Oct. 21, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

Oct. 7 Gathering: Authority of Scripture


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In “church world,” we often talk about the authority of scripture. For many, that term implies a single way of viewing what the Bible is and what it means.

But what if there are other ways for scripture to have authority in our lives? What if it’s less about following a cosmic rulebook than about finding inspiration in stories about how human beings interact with the divine?

This Sunday at New Wineskins we’re going to talk about the different ways we might view the authority of scripture, what that authority means in our lives, and the implications of our various viewpoints.

We hope you’ll join us this Sunday, Oct. 7, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company to share your perspectives and be part of the conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm