Sundays at HopeGateWay
9 am • Worship Celebration
10 am • Coffee and conversation
10:15 am • HopeGateWay Kids
11 am • Worship Celebration
Worship Series beginning Sunday, Feb. 17
The Gift of Simplicity
Sunday Worship: 9am & 11am
’Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free — these are the words of an old Quaker song written and composed here in Maine in 1848, by Elder Joseph Brackett. Now, 171 years later, we live lives that are busier, noisier, more complex, and filled with more distractions. Over the next three weeks, we’ll dig into our Core Value of Simplicity, and we’ll think about the gifts that come with intentionally practicing Simplicity, individually and as a community. Please join us for worship next Sunday at 9 am or 11 am, and invite a friend to join you!
Sundays at 10:15 am • Rooms 3 & 4
All kids, grades K-5, are invited for engaging, multi-sensory explorations of the Bible and concepts of faith through storytelling, art, and creative activities. HGW Kids meets in rooms 3 & 4 in the back hallway, between our two worship gatherings. Invite your friends!
Greater Portland Family Promise Volunteer Training
Tuesday, Feb. 26 • 5:30 – 8:30 pm • Allen Avenue UU
If you want to volunteer with Family Promise during our next Host Week in April and have not yet attended training, this is for you! Whether you provide a hot meal, arrange activities for children, set up or take down beds, or stay overnight, you can make a difference in the lives of families who have suffered the ordeal of losing their home. Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 524 Allen Avenue, Portland.
International Open Mic Night
Friday, March 1 • 7 – 9pm • Mayo Street Arts
Let’s gather a group of HGW folks together to experience this vibrant celebration of the diverse Portland community through music and performance. International Open Mic only comes around every 2–3 months, sponsored by the Maine Immigrant Musical Instrument Project, Jenny Van West Music, Mayo Street Arts — and for March, HopeGateWay! $10 adv / $15 door / free for no income / low-income sliding scale. Mayo Street Arts is at 10 Mayo St. To sign up to perform, please contact Jenny West directly: www.jennyvanwestmusic.com
An Invitation to embrace our Community Practices
Sunday, March 3 • 9 am & 11 am
On Sunday, March 3, we’ll invite you to express your commitment to God and to the HopeGateWay community by signing your name to our 2019 Community Practices commitment wall. This is an annual practice – an opportunity to say yes to prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness — yes to God — and yes to HopeGateWay!
Ash Wednesday Gathering
Wednesday, March 6 • 6:00-6:45 pm
We’ll begin the Season of Lent with quiet, reflective worship: music, prayer, and an opportunity to receive ashes as a reminder of our human mortality. Plan to join us.
2019 Faith-based Advocacy Days
Building peace with justice. Guiding justice with love.
Monday-Tuesday • March 25-26 • Augusta
Join leading policy analysts and theologians for this two-day event designed to inspire and equip people of faith to speak confidently and with conviction to legislators around key issues facing our state: health care & the opioid crisis, climate justice, hunger & poverty, and immigration & racism. Monday includes workshops and a keynote speaker. Tuesday is a day of advocacy at the State House. We’d love to send a strong HGW contingent! Cost is $25; breakfast and lunch included both days; HGW can assist with the cost. For more information or to register, visit www.mainecouncilofchurches.org.
Centering Prayer Group
Tuesdays • 12:00 – 12:50 pm • Hope.Gate.Way
Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead. Jonathan Wright-Gray and others are leading a Tuesday mid-day Centering Prayer group — an opportunity to connect with God who is present within us every moment of every day. We’ll take a break for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, starting up again on Tuesday, January 8. In the new year, take on this peace-filled spiritual practice — an oasis in the middle of your day. Beginners at prayer are welcome!
GPS: Grow through Prayer & Scripture
How about starting the New Year with a new spiritual practice? We send out a daily email with a prayer, reflection, or Scripture reading — an excellent resource for your daily quiet time. If you don’t already receive it, subscribe now at www.hopegateway.com, through our Facebook page, or here: subscribe now.
Thursday morning Bible Study
Thursdays • 10:15-11:30 am • 75 State Street
Don Rudalevige leads this weekly study at 75 State Street, a retirement community.
Starting this week, the group will be studying the Pastoral Epistles. All are welcome.
Share the Warmth
Over the coming weeks, please bring please in winter hats, gloves, and mittens — handmade or purchased, all sizes.
We’ll distribute them to neighbors in need during the cold winter months.
Storm cancellation notifications
Normally, even if it’s snowing, HopeGateWay will have worship on Sundays, but on rare occasions, when the roads are dangerous, we may decide to cancel. If so, you will find notices on the HopeGateWay website, on our Facebook page, and on Channels 6, 8 and 13 closings / delays listings.
Grab a CLYNK Bag and Support HopeGateWay!
Support the ministry and mission of HopeGateWay in a super easy way! Just pick up one of our Clynk bags in our lobby, fill it with returnable bottles and cans, and return it to Hannaford. If you have a personal Clynk account, you can also donate your balance to HGW! Your gift through the Clynk fundraiser helps us to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God!