June 28 Gathering: Guest Speaker Dina Andrews–Helping Lift People from Poverty


This Sunday at New Wineskins our guest speaker will be Rev. Dina Andrews, Director of the Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Inc.

Circles® is a national initiative that seeks to empower individuals from all economic backgrounds to solve poverty in their communities. The Circles model started in 2000 as a way to increase the capacity of communities to address poverty by combining best practices in several disciplines, including community organizing, coaching, grassroots leadership, SMART goal setting, financial literacy, mentoring, peer-to-peer counseling and learning, and child/youth development.

Dina is an ordained Deacon with the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves as the Pastor at Stephenson United Methodist Church in Parkersburg, WV and is an Associate Staff Chaplain at Camden Clark Medical Center. She is a graduate of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio with a Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries and a Master of Divinity. She’s also an occasional guest and long-time supporter of the New Wineskins community!

Join us in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company this Sunday, June 28, to hear from Dina about how Circles® is helping people right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley and how to get involved!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

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Sept. 14 Gathering — When Community and Grace Collide


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We spend a lot of time critiquing some of the issues and abuses in the church. But what about all of those times when the church gets it right? When communities come together to love and support people in their lowest moments? When something radical and mystical happens among a group of people who see a deep need and are compelled to fill it? When we learn to embrace uncertainty and discover its own healing power? When love becomes a verb, and when reckless love becomes a way of life?

Join us this week at The Marietta Brewing Company for a conversation on what it looks like when the church gets it right and how we can empower our churches to get it more right more often. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Elizabeth Campbell-Maleke, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown, WV. Elizabeth will guide us in a discussion of the importance of grace-filled community and what the church can learn from some specific examples in contemporary contexts.

Here’s some insight into what Elizabeth will be sharing:

Dear Friends, I am going to share with us a few short Scripture passages from Acts and Philippians (Specifically, Acts 2:42-47 and Phil 2:1-13), a mathematical concept (I’ll keep this one a surprise!), and then I’ll be sharing some insights and stories from two of my favorite contemporary authors, Kathleen Norris and Barbara Brown Taylor. I look forward to this time in community!

Invite a friend and join us for great food, drinks & conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm
Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

July 6 Gathering: Guest Speaker — Jake Kaufman


Mark your calendars now for our next gathering on Sunday, July 6, when we welcome Jake Kaufman to New Wineskins.

Jake is a writer, speaker, artist and creative strategist who has appeared at a number of local churches and events over the past several years. His blog, jkstories.com, celebrates the places where human brokenness and God’s grace intersect.

You won’t want to miss this special night of storytelling and conversation.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm
Conversation Begins: 7:00pm