Nov. 13 Gathering: North Place Maternity House


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In a culture where being a young, unwed mother can easily trigger a cycle of poverty and ever-shrinking options, there is a place in our community offering hope and support to women and their children.

North Place Maternity House offers a safe, Christ-centered environment for young women who find themselves unexpectedly expecting. Through mentoring, support, and education, NPCH helps give their clients the tools they need for a safe, healthy, productive life.

This Sunday at New Wineskins, North Place’s Wendy Williams will join us to introduce us to the facility’s mission and vision and share how unconditional love is breaking through to transform the lives of new mothers and their children.

Please join us Sunday, Nov. 13, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company to learn more about North Place Maternity House!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

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July 24 Gathering: Scorpions, Snakes, and a Prayer


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“Which father among you would give a snake to your child if the child asked for a fish? If a child asked for an egg, what father would give the child a scorpion? If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Our summer lectionary series continues this Sunday with a look at Luke 11:1-13, which is Luke’s rendition of what we commonly call the “Lord’s Prayer,” also found in Matthew 6:9-13.

Why does Luke’s version of this prayer differ from Matthew’s, where it appears in the midst of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount? Is it the same prayer taught in a different context? Or is Luke’s agenda different? Why does it matter? And what’s all this about snakes and scorpions?

Join us this Sunday, July 24, at the Marietta Brewing Company as we discuss all this and more!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

April 17 Gathering: Oh Lord, It’s Hard to be Humble!


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Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble
When you’re perfect in every way.
I can’t wait to look in the mirror.
Cause I get better looking each day.
To know me is to love me.
I must be a hell of a man.
Oh Lord It’s hard to be humble,
But I’m doing the best that I can.

–Mac Davis

 

Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.

— Jesus (Matt 5:5, CEB)

Why is humility so difficult? Honestly, it’s like the moment you think you’ve got it, you’ve lost it! Is pride that strong of a force? Can we ever overcome it?

And yet, if we think about the people we admire greatly, most of us would have at least one person on that list that exhibits great humility. What is it about humbleness that’s so attractive, yet so difficult? Could it be that our humility might be the most compelling thing about us and our churches? How might that effect the way we “do church,” not just on Sunday mornings, but every moment of every day?

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll talk about humility, what it looks like, and some of the ways we can start to practice it better. Join us at the Marietta Brewing Company and be part of the conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

 

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

December 14 Gathering: Christmas Love Feast


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God loves you, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

The “Love Feast,” or Agape Feast, is a practice that traces all the way back to the early church when believers would gather around a common table for a meal, fellowship, and conversation before hearing God’s word proclaimed and celebrating the Eucharist. A millennium and a half later, the Moravians, and later the primitive Methodists, adopted and contextualized the Love Feast as a basis for their early small group movements.

Among the liturgical elements used by those early Methodists was the passing of bread and a  cup, accompanied by the phrase:

God loves you, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

We at New Wineskins embrace that attitude as we enter into these final weeks of Advent in preparation for Christmas. We also embrace the incarnational love of Jesus that came into the world through a homeless baby and continues to emerge in and through us as we seek to follow his ways.

Join us Sunday, Dec. 14 at The Marietta Brewing Company for our New Wineskins Christmas Love Feast, where we’ll enjoy a meal together and share stories of incarnation.

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

Oct. 26 Gathering: “Unequally Yoked?” How should Christian communities engage other faith traditions?


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“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

1 Corinthians 6:14

In our pluralistic culture, more religious and non-religious traditions exist within the same space than perhaps any time in modern history. Interestingly, even as many Christian communities bemoan this diversity of belief systems and worldviews, we find ourselves in a time not at all unlike that of Paul and the early church.

That means that our cities, our workplaces, our communities, our neighborhoods, and even our homes may contain people of multiple faiths.

So how are those of us who follow Jesus called to interact with Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists, Pantheists, Zoroastrians, Wiccans, or others? Do we tolerate them in our towns and businesses but exclude them from our dinner tables or wedding beds? Is our sole purpose to “convert” them to our way of thinking?

Or does Jesus call us to something different, something more holistic? Do we take Paul’s words to the church in Corinth at face value, or might there be a particular contextual reality to consider that might better inform our present circumstances?

This Sunday, we’ll explore the question of whether the church in the postmodern era can faithfully follow Jesus while honoring other traditions, and how exclusive a claim “Christians” may or may not have on the Kingdom of God.

Join us at The Marietta Brewing Company for a compelling night of good food, good drink, and good conversation.

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

October 12 Gathering: Open Forum


Background of questionsWhat’s on your mind? What conversations should we be having more of? What issues do you want to shed more light on? As people trying to live into the principles of New Wineskins, how do we navigate the often stormy waters of religion, faith, and culture?

This Sunday at New Wineskins we’ll break the routine and have an open forum conversation. No set topic, no presentation, just friends talking over good food & drinks.

As always, the only ground rule is to keep it classy. Where we agree, let us agree honorably. Where we disagree, let us do it respectfully and charitably.

With schedules getting crunched and the holiday season approaching, we will also discuss the upcoming schedule for New Wineskins for the next few months.

So come with your friends, your ideas, and whatever inspiration you’d like to share!

See you Sunday!

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