Sundays at HopeGateWay
9 am • Worship Celebration
10 am • Coffee and conversation
10:15 am • HopeGateWay Kids
11 am • Worship Celebration
Join us between service 10:15am for HopeGateWay Kids a fun, interactive time for kids in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. Each week we engage different stories of faith through games, songs, drama, crafts and more!
Current Worship Series: Are You Listening?
Advent is a four-week season of anticipation and preparation, leading to Christmas. During this year’s Advent worship series, Are You Listening?, we are reminded it’s an old story, and we tell it every year: the fear, the readiness, the risk, and the listening. Sometimes, the story of Jesus’ birth feels unbelievable. But in it, if we still our hearts and listen, we catch glimpses of ourselves. This is the story of ordinary people, like us, responding with ordinary fear and bravery to the voice of God. Do you ever wonder what God is trying to say to you? If God is speaking at all? Listen...
Youth Group Christmas Party
Next Sunday, Dec, 15 | 4-7pm | Home of Meredith Cough
Youth grades 7-12 are invited to a Christmas Party: delicious food, cookie decorating, a Yankee Gift Swap, and more. Bring a re-gifted, homemade, or less than $10 item for the Yankee Swap, and bring a food item to share. Christmas sweaters encouraged! The party will be at the home of Youth Group volunteer Meredith Cough, Contact Katie Holicky: email@example.com for address.
Christmas Caroling & Hot Chocolate Give-Away
Saturday, December 21 | 1-3pm | 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. We’ll need lots of homemade cookies! Sign up on the clipboard.
Christmas Pageant | December 24 | 4pm | HGW
Calling all HGW kids and teens! This year HGW will have a low-key pageant at the 4pm Christmas Eve service! There is a part for everyone, whether you want to act, sing, read, or do all three. Grownups, we also need your help herding sheep/angels/etc., sewing costumes, and more. Join us in the HGW Kids room at 10:15 on December 8th and 22nd for more information and to do a bit of practicing. If you are interested in any way, talk to Elisabeth Snell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Erica (Erica@hopegateway.com)
Enough: Practicing Faithful Stewardship in 2020
If you haven’t had a chance to turn in your 2020 stewardship commitment card, please do so this week, either by returning your card or by making your pledge online. Take some time to give thanks for all the ways HopeGateWay is making a difference, and then express your commitment for 2020 through your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness. We’re counting on 100% participation!
Volunteers Needed before and after Sunday Gatherings
We are in need of individuals to help in the Set-up and Clean- up of our Sunday gatherings. Come at 8:30 to help create our worship space or stay after 11:00 worship ends to help reset the space to be used by all others all week long. To learn more contact Mike Davis at Mike@hopegateway.com
Sharing the gift of hospitality
Coffee and snacks are an important part of our Sunday morning hospitality — and it’s a great opportunity to serve! Sign up to bring snacks, make coffee, and share your gifts of making people feel at home by hosting in the coming weeks. If you need an orientation to the kitchen, one will be provided.
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 we will support Greater Portland Family Promise and the continuing rebuilding effort after Hurricane Dorian on the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. Your gift this year will make a world of difference!
Multicultural Book Drive
Sponsored by Gateway Community Services
Gateway Community Services is developing a Multicultural library in their Study Lab. It is their hope to share with the community a wide range of narratives with educational books and ones that are culturally and racially aware and promote positive racial identity and awareness. We have a box in the lobby area for an easy opportunity to drop off appropriate books.
HopeGateWay is hiring | Child Care Provider Needed
Do you know someone who might be interested in caring for our youngest members? Please spread the word. Contact Erica Lovejoy FMI: email@example.com
Time and Talent Sheet | An Opportunity to Connect
Stewardship means living a life of gratitude by sharing prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. If you haven’t had the opportunity to fill out your Time and Talent sheet please do so and return it to the basket marked Time and Talent at the back of the gathering space. The Time and Talent sheet can also be submitted on-line through our HopeGateWay website “Serve” page.
Discernment Gathering | Jan 11 | 9a-3p | HopeGateWay
This year our congregation began an exciting journey of discernment. More than ten congregations in New England are trying to learn from God whether or not we should disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. To assist us in our learning, a gathering is planned for Saturday January 11, 2020 at HopeGateWay. Anyone connected with one of the congregations in this discernment process is welcome to attend. This is a chance to meet with others who share some of the hopes and struggles that you have been addressing in your context. It is important that we all know that we are not alone. This is an important chance to check in with others, compare our progress, strategize around next steps and be present for each other. This journey can be exciting, and it can also be overwhelming. We will be joined by special guest, Dr. Elyse Ambrose, a Christian sexual ethicist and educator whose work focuses on “justice love: Fostering right relationships with the self, spirit, and all the natural world. Bring $10 cover the cost of lunch.
Amjambo Africa: Understanding, Embracing, and Celebrating Diversity in Maine
December Copies of this informative newspaper have arrived and are available at the Front Desk of HopeGateWay.
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.
Upcoming Discernment Dates
Dates for our Discernment Process will be:
Session 3. December 29, 2019 – An Intersectional Analysis of Oppression and Liberation within our Church and World
Session 4. January 26, 2020 – The Role of Clergy
Session 5. February 23, 2020 – Reporting from Conference Groups (including Annual Conference Trustees, Board of Congregational and Community Development, Treasurer, and Chancellor)
Session 6. March 29, 2020 – Financial obligations and options
Session 7. April 26, 2020 – Pre-General Conference
Session 8. May 31, 2020 – Post-General Conference
For more information www.ne-discerners.org.
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.
Wednesdays | 9 - 10:30 am | HopeGateWay
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.
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.
Second Friday of every month | 7:00-8:30pm | HopeGateWay
All are invited to join this drumming circle no experience needed.
Gateways daily reflection
Are you seeking a new spiritual practice or wanting to commit to a daily quiet time of meditation and perhaps journaling? We send out a daily email with a prayer, reflection, or Scripture reading — something to ponder and reflect on. 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!