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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


New worship series Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Sunday Worship at 9 am & 11 am

Who is my neighbor? And how do I love them? Jesus cared deeply about these questions and focused his time, energy, and teaching around answering them. He slowed down for children, went out of his way to touch lepers, engaged with those who were religiously and culturally different, elevated women, and showed honor to those who had been pushed to the margins. He ate with tax collectors and political rebels, religious people and prostitutes, sinners and saints, rich and poor. In short, he loved his neighbors and called his followers to do the same. During this series, we’ll explore how to follow his example. Invite a friend to join you next Sunday!


HopeGateWay Kids

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!


CornerFest: Woodfords Corner Neighborhood Block Party

Friday, September 21  •  5 - 8 pm  •  Woodfords Congregational Church

Here's a great opportunity to practice being good neighbors!  Come and spend some time at the HopeGateWay table at this fun neighborhood event on Friday evening - live music, arts and crafts, games, food trucks, kids' activities and more.  

Set-up begins at 4:15, but come when you can!  Please contact Allen or Sara if you are able to serve. 


Volunteer Housing Coach training

Saturday, September 22    10 am - 12:30 pm    HGW

Supporting Immigrant Tenants (SIT) offers new immigrants interest-free loans for security deposits. Each borrower is matched with a housing coach as a support and an advocate. This training is for those interested in serving as a housing coach. FMI: please contact Sue: suerudalevige@gmail.com


Community Conversation

Sunday, September 23  •  12:30pm  •  HopeGateWay

Following worship, all who are interested are invited to stay for our quarterly Community Conversation led by our Leadership Team. This Community Conversation will focus on HopeGateWay's finances. Everyone is invited to participate.


Confirmation – invitation to a spiritual journey for youth

Sunday, September 23  •  4 – 6 pm    Woodfords Congregational Church

Once again, we’re teaming up with Woodfords Congregational Church to offer Confirmation for youth grades 7 and up. Learn, grow, ask questions, make new friends, enjoy overnight retreats, and have fun while exploring the Christian faith. Youth planning to participate in Confirmation should plan to attend this first session. Questions?  Contact Allen


The Bible Says THAT?!  

Sunday, September 30    12:30 pm  •  HopeGateWay

Several of our retired pastors look forward to fielding your questions about the Bible. Everyone’s invited to stay for this

post-worship forum each 4th Sunday of the month. Bring a lunch or a snack to share, if you’d like, and bring your questions. 

There will be a basket for submitting questions, and this series will continue until the questions run out!


New Date! Apple-picking and Apple Crisp Potluck

Sunday, September 30  •  2pm  •  HopeGateWay

A Hope Gate Way autumn tradition. Set aside this afternoon to enjoy fall in Maine, outdoors, community and great food! We'll meet at 2pm to carpool to a Maine orchard, pick apples and then gather at a home in North Yarmouth for a potluck dinner and apple crisp making. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a fun afternoon!  All ages are welcome!


HopeGateWay Fall Retreat

For the Long Haul: Spiritual Practices for Sacred Resistance

Friday–Sunday, October 5-7  •  East Madison, NH

Indigenous People’s 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, and the theme is timely. Cost is $150 per person; $50 children ages 3-12; under age 3 free. Family rates may be negotiated. Registration & payment (or 4-month payment plan, $37.50 per month) due by September 23. Cost includes two nights’ accommodations and four meals. The weekend includes plenty of free time for walking trails, pool, hot tub, fitness room, hiking, tennis, horseshoes, playground, art, games, and more! Childcare will be provided during parts of Saturday.


Family Promise fundraiser: Pints & Pillowcases

Wednesday, October 10    5 – 8 pm  •  Liquid Riot

Come enjoy a pint while you stuff a pillowcase with personal care items for families experiencing homelessness. Your ticket ($40 individual; $75 double; $200 for 6) includes one pint and snacks. Additional food and drink will be available for purchase. Tickets online: greaterportlandfamilypromise.org. Liquid Riot is located at 250 Commercial Street, Portland.


How to Be a Successful Tenant

Thursday, October 11 •  6:30 - 9:00 pm  •  Avesta

Supporting Immigrant Tenants presents this workshop for immigrants interested in learning about tenant and landlord

rights in Maine. It is a required workshop for those wishing to apply for a SIT security deposit loan. 

This workshop takes place at Avesta Housing, 307 Cumberland Avenue. Registration is encouraged: sit@prosperityme.org


“Celebrating Home”: a benefit for Hope Acts

Thursday, October 18  •  6 pm    Woodfords Club

Please mark your calendar for this year’s Hope Acts benefit. All are invited to join in this evening of celebration, including

a silent auction, delicious food, lively music, and more!  Come celebrate the work of Hope Acts and lend your support! 

Learn more and purchase tickets at www.hopeacts.org


What Next HopeGateWay?

Here’s an opportunity to join our Leadership Team as – together – we envision the next few years for the HopeGateWay community. Everyone is 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, you aren’t yet signed up for one, or you need to change to a different session, please email Margaret Menger.


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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...