Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Weds 5/26: Ask Aaron Anything

This Weds, May 26, at 6:30 pm we have our final "dinner-and-discussion" meeting for Anchor until the fall.

(But don't worry! Our women's small group will still me meeting on Tuesday nights, and we're hoping to start another weekly Bible study, in addition to monthly cookouts, and the occasional outing.)

So for THIS WEDNESAY, here's the deal:

Time: 6:30 pm

Place: Walker Park in Edgeworth. Map here. Shelter #4 (if you're coming from Beaver Rd, it's the last shelter on the right.)

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What: We'll have a cookout, followed by a free-wheeling discussion about whatever you want. Submit questions anonymously or out loud on whatever you want: the Bible, God, faith, life, career, sex, money, calling, relationships, social justice, the Gospel vs. Law, or whatever. It's just a chance to process whatever you've gotten out of Anchor this year, or whatever is bugging you in your faith journey.

What to Bring: We're providing burgers and hot dogs, but we're asking folks to bring a drink or a side. Also feel free to bring any outdoor game stuff: frisbees, bocce, whatever.

We're meeting rain or shine! See you there!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Gospel Goes Pop!

Jesus never made a cameo on Seinfeld, but he shows up in pop culture all the time.

Join Anchor for dinner and discussion this Weds night. We're beginning by asking the basic question: "What is the Gospel?" From there, we'll take some examples from pop culture to illustrate the main ideas.

Why are we doing this? Often when Christianity is shown in the public media, it's in a negative way. Think of Christian characters in movies (like the preacher played by John Lithgow in Footloose, or Angela in The Office). This makes me ask a big question: Why has the Christian message failed to connect? Maybe we're saying the right thing in the wrong way. Or maybe the church is saying the wrong thing, period!

Can we try to say the right thing in a way that is meaningful? That's the hope of this discussion. Because even though Christians get a bad wrap in music, TV, and movies, Christian ideas show up in media all the time--concepts like the self-interested tendencies of all people, the inability to change our bad habits, and the power of love to transform people (Huey Lewis, anyone?).

So join Anchor on Weds night for "The Gospel Goes Pop!" Come for a fun, refreshing look at faith through a cultural lens.

Dinner at 6:30, talk at 7:10. Free childcare in the nursery. Dinner $5. Bring your friends.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bowl Bowl Bowl: Weds @ 6:30 pm

Ever long for a simpler life? A life with clear guidelines, minimal effort, and a reasonable chance at not totally failing? Well, that's what bowling is for.

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 13, we're going bowling again. Get out your competitive urges and eat non-organic food. Meet at 6:30 at Economy Lanes in Ambridge (location and directions here). You can buy dinner there. Lanes and shoes are a buck each.
See you there!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Anchor on Weds, May 6: U2: Prophets of Grace

"(Can't Get No) Satisfaction: Human Longing in Rock and Roll" wraps up this Weds night, May 6, at 6:30 PM with "U2: Prophets of Grace." We'll be meeting in (appropriately) Grace Commons for dinner, followed by the presentation at 7:15.
See you there!