Sundays at HopeGateWay
9 am • Worship Celebration
10 am • Coffee and conversation
10:15 am • HopeGateWay Kids (on summer recess)
11 am • Worship Celebration
Current Worship Series: What Next, HGW?
Sundays at 9 am + 11 am
To correspond with our “What Next, HGW?” small groups, next week we’ll kick off a new summer worship series that invites all of us to lean into God’s future as we pray, trust, share our hopes and dreams, and embrace God’s wisdom and guidance for our life together. Please join us for worship next Sunday at 9 am or 11 am, and invite a friend to join you!
HopeGateWay Kids now on Summer Break
Our children’s ministry, HopeGateWay Kids, is taking a little break for the summer, but the fun will begin again in September, Sundays at 10:15 am. A big thank you to our creative, fun-loving HopeGateWay Kids leaders!
What Next, HopeGateWay?
Congregation-wide summer small groups
This summer you’ll receive an invitation to join our Leadership Team as – together – we envision the next few years for the HopeGateWay community. Everyone will be invited to join a small gathering to share the answers to just five questions so that we can engage in planning the identity and future of HGW’s ministry and mission. We will ask you questions about what it means for HGW in 2018 and in the next few years ahead to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. If you want more information or need to change the session you’ve been invited to attend, please reach out to Margaret Menger.
Bethany Smart to Join HopeGateWay Staff Team
The HopeGateWay Leadership Team is pleased to share that Bethany Smart has been hired to join our staff as our new Administrative & Program Assistant, effective August 13. Bethany will replace Liz Leuthner, who has shared her gifts and time and love in that capacity for the past seven years. We will soon announce details of a gathering to express our gratitude to Liz for her significant contributions to HGW. We look forward to welcoming Bethany in this new role, assisting with many important details of our ministry and mission!
New LGBTQ Group
Next gathering: Thursday, August 16 • 7 pm
This new group is for LGBTQ Christians who either affirm their sexuality or are looking to learn more about how to affirm their sexuality while growing in their faith. Christians and queer (and “same-sex attracted”) folks of all stripes welcome.
This is an inclusive and friendly space, now meeting on the 3rd Thursday each month at 7 pm.
To learn more and get connected, email Hayli Hu Kinney.
Youth Group Camping & Hiking Trip
Friday, Aug. 17 – Saturday, Aug. 18 • RSVP by July 31
All youth going into grades 7-12: We’re looking forward to a super fun overnight Camping Trip at Camden Hills State Park — leaving Friday at 4 pm, with a day hike on Saturday. More details are available from Katie Holicky, Youth Group Coordinator: email@example.com. RSVP by July 31.
Save the Date: Tour for Trans Allies
Friday, August 24 • 6:30-8:30 pm • HopeGateWay
This workshop will include a presentation on what it means to be an ally to transgender people in Maine, followed by Q&A with a panel of local transgender people and allies about their lives and what it’s like to be transgender in rural Maine.
Save the Date: Apple-picking and Apple Crisp Potluck
Sunday, September 23 • 2pm • meet at HGW to carpool
A Hope Gate Way autumn tradition. Set aside this afternoon to enjoy fall in Maine, outdoors, community and great food!
Save the Date: HopeGateWay Fall Retreat
Friday–Sunday, October 5-7 • East Madison, NH
Columbus Day weekend, Friday evening through Sunday mid-day — a weekend of community, creativity, outdoor activities, good food, laughter, worship, and spiritual renewal! This year’s retreat leader is Ben Yosua-Davis. Mark your calendar! The HGW Fall Retreat is not to be missed! Lots more details and registration information will be coming soon!
Silence / Heart Contemplation
Wednesdays at 6:15 pm
Liz Leuthner leads this weekly meditation circle — a guided practice that deepens our capacity for stillness and presence in the world and helps us move into a relationship with the silence. Ends in time for Chapter 2 / AA. All are welcome!
We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor Lawn Signs
We have a few remaining 3-color, double-sided, 18x24” corrugated plastic signs with the message “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor” in Spanish, English, and Arabic, with wire stakes for lawn display. Signs are $10 each or 5 for $40. Purchase yours today, and pick up a few extras for neighbors and friends.
GPS: Grow through Prayer & Scripture
Looking for a meaningful 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.
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!