Our pub ministry is back in action tonight at the Pizza Lounge. We’ll enjoy some awesome pizza and great conversation. I’ll be bringing some thoughts of doing some work and leading youth on a mission experience up in northwest Arkansas. I anticipate our friend Robert Hearne being back to share a bit about working with youth and seeing the beautiful expanse of Alaska. We start gathering at 7:30 pm – hope to see you there!
Since it’s the first pub of the month, we will have free childcare at the church from 7-9:30 pm. It’s open to anybody with little kids. You can drop them off at the nursery – come to the back parking lot of the church to get in. Our attendants always take down cellphone numbers, so if there is anything that comes up, you will be a short phone call away.
The Pub Ministry will be at Bryan Street Tavern tonight, 7:30 PM, for our regular bout of conversation and delicious eats.
I was stoked to see this short blurb about a local (hipster?) ice cream outfit that features their goods at Bryan Street. Anyone up to try some tonight?
Carnival Barker is a neighborhood ice-cream upstart that offers delightful flavors such as the Fat Elvis, with peanut butter, bananas, candied bacon and a honey swirl. It’s available at Bryan Street Tavern, among a few other restaurants and grocers around town. Carnival Barker all started with a TV show about ice cream college. Ice cream college is a real thing. It’s a seven-day short course at Penn State University, and Aaron Barker and his girlfriend, Sarah Miller, watched a show about it while relaxing in their hotel room in Austin last summer. “I started eating ice cream more, and making it at home,” he says. “I started making two or three batches a week.” Everyone loved his ice cream, and friends often put in orders.
Read the rest at the Advocate site: http://lakewood.advocatemag.com/2012/05/24/ice-cream-dreams/
Holy Week is like the central week of the Christian year (next to Christmas). We worship in different ways, beginning with palm branches being waved in an ad hoc parade, reflecting on the final teaching of the prophet Jesus, sharing something a little bit like the Passover meal (or remembrance of), reflect on the deep darkness of the cross on Friday, and then celebrate new life breaking into our world on Easter morn. It’s a dizzying week. Some folks just go from palms to Easter, but that seems a little too easy when you recognize how Jesus got an up close picture of humanity’s own tendency towards cruelty and hate in those days in between. It wasn’t like the whole week was just an extended drum roll to the big reveal on Sunday morning. Jesus confronted the powers of domination and oppression of his day and seemed to lose, scattering his most trusted followers in defeat. And yet, at the last minute, Something Extraordinary Happened.
Maybe those different kinds of worship opportunities aren’t your thing. Maybe beer and conversation is. That’s why we’ll be hosting a special Holy Week Pub at Bryan Street Tavern on Tuesday evening, 7:30-9:30 PM, discussing whether or not Jesus knew he was going to be crucified. Did God want Jesus to be crucified? Did he have to die in such a way? Why did Jesus ask God in the hours before his death, “God, please take this cup from me”? Heavy questions. Was Jesus on a direct path of confrontation to the powers who were willing to crush him like they did to so many other rebels before? Or was this some divinely ordered, cosmic event? Or both? Or neither?
The conversation should be great. The cold beverages will be great. The pizza will be delicious. We even have free childcare at the church, so you will know your kids are having a good time while you are too. Register on our little Facebook event page to let us know you are coming.
Faith in the City, our Tuesday weekly pub ministry, has been changing locations, exploring what our great neighborhood has to offer. East Dallas has a ton of tasty places – pizza joints, burger spots, barbecue, tacos, southern cuisine, and more. But I know that can all be confusing if you are coming for your first time or trying to find us after being too busy to make it for a couple of weeks. So here’s the good news – we’ll always be posting our monthly calendar up on faithinthecity.com, so you will always know where we are.
Tonight, we’ll be on Greenville at the Bottle Shop. Bob has been raving about this place near his home for a while. It looks like we can order some takeout pizza from Greenville Pizza Company while we are there, which is awesome.
And just to be clear, since I get this questions a lot too – who can come to Faith in the City? Is it just for young adults? Everyone – it’s for everyone! Yes, we are predominantly made up of young adults, and the kind of group we are serves young working professionals well. But anyone of any age is welcome to join the conversation!
If you want to discuss theology, philosophy, life, work, and culture with a bunch of cool, respectful, and humorous people, come join us.
See you tonight!