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

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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

April 8 Gathering: Myth, Legend, and Scripture


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In our age of certainty and literalism, it’s hard to imagine that we could use words like “myth” and “legend” to describe Holy Scripture. But for the people who lived within the oral traditions from which our sacred writings come, myth and legend were perfectly natural ways to convey the deepest truths of existence.

The Genesis narrative, for instance, begins with two separate accounts of the Creation story. For centuries, religious interpreters have tried to reconcile the differences. But what if the people who first compiled these stories into the scriptural canon were less concerned with historical fact than with relating more nuanced levels of meaning? What if stories like the Exodus, Jonah, and Ruth are really more legend than memoir?

This Sunday at New Wineskins we’ll dive into some of the myths and legends contained in the Bible and explore the truths behind the stories. Join us in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for what should be a lively and enlightening conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

March 25 Gathering: Palm Sunday–Celebration or Subversion?


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We often view the scene of Palm Sunday through iconic eyes, imagining Jesus riding triumphantly into Jerusalem to take his rightful place as Israel’s true king on the back of a humble donkey. Our church services invite us to shout hosannas as we wave palm branches, usually led by our children.

It seems ironic in some ways that this raucous celebration leads us into Holy Week/Passion Week, which is arguably the time of Jesus’ greatest suffering and the church’s most somber observance.

So what if we’re missing the point of Palm Sunday. What if it’s less celebration and more subversion? Not so much a shindig as a scandal?

We invite you to observe this Palm Sunday with us at New Wineskins, where we’ll talk about the thoroughly subversive act of Palm Sunday and discuss where we might identify with and re-enact it in today’s world.

As always, we’ll meet in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company. Join us for what we hope will be a lively and informative conversation on the scandalous disruption that is Palm Sunday!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

March 11 Gathering: Faith or Fear?


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The writer of 1 John claims that “perfect love casts out all fear.” (1 Jn. 4:18). But often, it seems our faith is motivated more by fear than by love. Fear of death, fear of the other, fear of the unknown. Fear of punishment. Fear of hell.

Why are we so quick to embrace a fear-based theology? Why is it so hard to live out of a motivation of love rather than fear?

This week at New Wineskins, we’ll talk about the sources of a fear-based faith narrative, the implications of it, and how we can combat it and even turn it into something more powerful and more beautiful.

Join us this Sunday, March 11, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company as we seek to understand the role of fear in faith and seek ways to overcome it.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

Feb. 25 Gathering CANCELLED


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Due to anticipated flooding in Marietta and the probable closure of streets and business, including our host site at the Marietta Brewing Company, our scheduled gathering on Sunday, Feb. 25, has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Please keep our friends at MBC and throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley in your prayers in the face of potentially serious flooding and damage to homes and businesses.

Our next gathering will be held on Sunday, March 11. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for details.