Sundays at HopeGateWay
9 am • Worship Celebration
10 am • Coffee and conversation
10:15 am • HopeGateWay Kids
11 am • Worship Celebration
Lean In Toward the Light
Advent worship series
Advent is a four-week season of anticipation and preparation, leading to Christmas.
During this year’s Advent worship series, Lean In Toward the Light, we’ll reflect on several stories of hope and anticipation, stories that invite us to lean in toward the light – to claim the hope and joy of the season. Make a commitment to be here every Sunday in Advent, as a way of staying focused and grounded – expectant! – so that the joy of Christ’s birth will truly come alive.
Invite a friend to join you for worship next Sunday as we begin our Advent journey!
Advent Conspiracy. Turn your Christmas upside down.
Discover the true meaning of this season: Worship fully. Spend less. Give more. Love all. Replace consumption with compassion, and honor the one whose birthday we celebrate. We challenge you make a meaningful gift to help people in need. This year’s Advent Conspiracy gifts will go to Maison Shalom, a ministry that helps orphans and street children in Burundi and Rwanda; and Greater Portland Family Promise. Your gift this year will make a world of difference!
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!
Winter Coats Needed for Family Promise Guests
A chill is in the air! Warm winter coats are needed for the families of Greater Portland Family Promise!
We have a box to receive your donations of clean, gently used winter coats for kids and adults.
All sizes are welcome. Extras will be distributed beyond GPFP to those in need.
Advent Small Groups: The Living Nativity
Tuesdays • 7:00 - 8:30pm • parsonage
Fridays • 10:00 - 11:30 • HGW
Join a four-week small group during the Season of Advent, leading to Christmas. We’ll use a resource called The Living Nativity, by Larry Peacock, which offers a prayer, a reading, and reflection questions for each day of Advent. Two options: Tuesday evenings at the parsonage (31 Sheffield Street) or Friday mornings at HGW. Together we'll explore how common Christmas traditions came to be, but most importantly, we’ll gather to share in community as we prepare our hearts this Advent season. Interested? Contact us.
New Centering Prayer Group
Tuesdays • 12:00-12:50 pm • HGW
Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead. Starting the week after Thanksgiving, Jonathan Wright-Gray and others will lead a Tuesday mid-day Centering Prayer group — an opportunity to connect with God who is present within us every moment of every day. As the Season of Advent begins, join with others in nurturing this new peace-filled spiritual practice. Beginners at prayer are welcome!
Christmas Caroling & Hot Chocolate Give-Away
Saturday, December 15 • 1-4 pm • Monument Square
A holiday tradition! Join HGW friends for a fun afternoon! We’ll sing Christmas carols and pass out free hot chocolate, cookies, and candy canes in Monument Square, near the city Christmas tree and the horse & carriage rides.
Youth Group Christmas Party
Sunday, December 16 • 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Youth grades 7-12 from HopeGateWay and three neighboring churches will gather for a Christmas party!
For location details or questions, please contact leader Katie Holicky.
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.
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.
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!