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Sundays at HopeGateWay

9 am  •  Worship Celebration

10 am  •  Coffee and conversation

10:15 am  •  HopeGateWay Kids   

11 am  •  Worship Celebration

David: Not Your Storybook Hero

Please join us this Sunday for our continuing series on the biblical hero David. He was a complicated character. We will share five intriguing stories from the beginning of David's life until the end. David proves you don't have to have it all together to be used by God!

Welcome, New HopeGateWay Staff Members!

We are so excited to introduce the newest members of HopeGateWay’s gifted and creative staff team:

Nathan Ndayiziga - Intercultural Community Coordinator

Nathan Ndayiziga has been part of the HopeGateWay community since arriving in Portland in December 2016. Nathan worked as a primary school teacher in Burundi from 1980-1990. He then attended the University of Nairobi in Kenya, pursuing Biblical and Theological Studies, graduating in 1996. He was ordained as a pastor in the Anglican church in 1997 and served for 13 years before joining the United Methodist Church. As a part of his ministry in Burundi, Nathan did extensive work partnering with community organizations and advocating for compassionate care for those suffering from AIDS and advocating for accurate information and training to stop the spread of AIDS. It is with great joy that he takes on this role of Intercultural Coordinator, working alongside others on their spiritual journey.

Tricia Gilbert - Administrative & Program Assistant

Tricia lives in Old Orchard Beach with her wife, Barb and their 17 year old cat, Gizmo. A new resident to the state of Maine, she enjoys exploring and photographing the picturesque small towns and villages. Tricia is an ordained minister within the United Church of Christ and she is a member of Woodfords UCC. She attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and has served three congregations - Sunburg, MN, Edgdewood Arsenal, MD and Cleveland, Ohio - but primarily has served in chaplaincy settings over her past 23 years of ordained ministry. Tricia brings a rich chaplaincy experience as well as a deep love for social justice ministries. She has served as a chaplain in the US Army, a brain injury rehab center, hospice, and hospital settings. She has also worked at an Emergency Homeless Shelter for Women. Before moving to Maine, she most recently served in the administrative role of Director of Spiritual Care/Healing Services at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Tricia is very interested in the mind, body, spirit connection and is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki practitioner. She looks forward to connecting with you all - our HGW community!


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Katie Holicky’s ordination

Saturday, August 10 5pm Trinity Episcopal 

Katie Holicky serves as the Youth Group Coordinator for our joint ministry collaboration with Woodfords Congregational Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and St. Luke's Episcopal Cathedral. She grew up in Richmond, Virginia and studied Religion at Virginia Commonwealth University, eventually earning a Masters of Divinity, with a focus in Intercultural Social Justice, at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. In less than two weeks, Katie will be ordained as a transitional deacon in the Episcopal Church! All are invited and welcome to celebrate this milestone with Katie! Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 580 Forest Avenue. 

Youth Pool Party! 

Sunday, August 11    2 – 5 pm    34 Val Halla Rd, Cumberland

The Green family, from Trinity Episcopal, has invited all youth grades 7-12 to a pool party at their home. Come dressed for swimming! Bring a towel, sunscreen and a change of clothes. We will be having a cookout as well! Please bring a salad or side to share. Have questions? Need to carpool? Contact Katie Holicky: Also, please RSVP!

Family Potluck Picnic

Sunday, August 18  •  4pm  •  Deering Oaks Park

Families with school-aged children are invited to share in a family potluck picnic. We’ll eat, connect, play, make new friends and have fun! Meet at the bandstand across from the playground in Deering Oaks Park. Bring any food you'd like to share! For more information, please connect with Erica:

HopeGateWay Kids Now on Summer Break

Our children’s ministry, HopeGateWay Kids, is taking a break for the summer, but the fun will begin again in September, Sundays at 10:15 am. Erica has a wonderful new curriculum planned for our Kindergarten to 5th grade kids!

How to Be a Successful Tenant Workshop

Wednesday, September 4 3pm Prosperity ME: 62 Elm

This two-hour workshop is designed to help immigrant renters understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants. It is also the first step in a process to qualify for a security deposit loan through Prosperity ME / Supporting Immigrant Tenants. To learn more, visit:, or talk with Sue Rudalevige.

6th annual Rally 4 Recovery

September 8 12-4pm Deering Oaks Park

Rally 4 Recovery is Portland Recovery Community Center’s largest recovery celebration of the year - a fun and engaging event for the whole community! If you enjoy music, food trucks, guest speakers and fun activities for children, please consider coming out in support of, and in celebration with, Portland’s recovery community. This is a free event open to the public and for all ages!

Youth Group Fall Kick-Off

Sunday, September 15 2 - 4pm Trinity Episcopal Church

All 7-12 graders are invited to our Fall Youth Group kick-off! We’ll play games, share snacks and more! If you’re interested in collaborating with youth leaders regarding ideas for future events, please arrive at 1:30 for a short planning meeting. 

Family Promise Volunteer Training

Thursday, September 26 5:30 - 8:30pm TBA

Sara and Courtney offer this training, which combines thought-provoking ways of understanding challenges of homelessness and tips and guidelines for volunteering with empathy and compassion. If you are not yet a trained Family Promise Volunteer and you would like to be able to volunteer to fill positions interacting with families, mark your calendar!

Have you considered a Guatemala service experience?

October 26 - November 3, 2019

Works of Grace, a Maine based nonprofit, in partnership with Salud y Paz, a health and education organization located in Camanchaj, Guatemala, is offering a 9-day educational service experience October 26 - November 3, 2019. The trip includes basic hands on work at the Suzanna Wesley School and Salud y Paz clinic alongside Guatemalans. Outside of work, experience a Guatemalan market, visit historic sites, weekend in Panajachel or Antigua, and bond with your team! Mike Davis is one of the trip leaders. For more information, visit with Mike, email Mike at or visit Registration deadline is August 15th.

Centering Prayer Group

Tuesdays  •  12:00 – 12:50 pm • Hope.Gate.Way

Jonathan Wright-Gray leads a Tuesday mid-day Centering Prayer group. All are welcome to join in the contemplative silence and reflection on a sacred text, listening for God's word for our lives. 

Tai Chi

Wednesdays  •  9 - 10:30 am  •  Fort Allen Park on Munjoy Hill - gazebo (summer location)

Fred Brancato leads this weekly group of Tai Chi practice and group reflection. All are welcome. 

Contact Fred with any questions about this group, or to be on a weekly reminder list.

Bible Study

Thursdays  •  10:15-11:30 am  •  75 State Street

Don Rudalevige leads this weekly study at 75 State Street, a retirement community. All are welcome.

Drum Circle is on hiatus for summer and will resume in the fall on 2nd Fridays, beginning October 11

Contact Cynde Clark with any questions.

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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!


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