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! Contact Erica Lovejoy who also serves as the lead teacher for more information.
Worship Series: Active Hope
"When I consider the condition of our world, I think things are getting..." The answer to that question for most people today is not a positive one. How do we find hope in times like these? We will begin the year with a worship series and a book group based on JoAnna Macy’s book Active Hope. The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power. Active Hope is a readiness to engage. Let’s engage in Active Hope together.
Active Hope Small Group
Dig deeper into our Active Hope sermon series by reading our guiding text and meeting with a small group twice to discuss it. Carter Friend will lead our 2nd book discussions on Tue. 2/18 at 7pm at HGW. Join the group in-person or online via Zoom. We have books ready for you to take for a suggested donation of $12. Please sign up on Sundays at the back table.
Upcoming Worship Series:
Radical Jesus: A Lenten Worship Series
Over the weeks leading to Easter we will tell the story of Jesus life as he gained popularity, notoriety, and criticism. The journey of his life predictably leads to his execution. He was a radical, meaning he was extreme, unconventional, extraordinary, but also meaning he was "rooted" in his own tradition. Jesus has a very radical way of dealing with his own nation and its significance. Join us for worship during the season of Lent as we get to know Jesus the man as we seek to be radicals in our own culture and society today.
Intergenerational Game Night
Saturday, March 7th ~ 3-6pm ~ HopeGateWay
This family friendly event is for anyone who enjoys being around kids and playing games. Drop in anytime between 3 and 6pm, pizza will be served at 5:00pm, bring a side dish to share. Games of all kinds will be available for folks ages 2-102, if you have a favorite game bring it along! We’d love to have you join us.
An Invitation to embrace our Community Practices
On Sunday, February 23, we’ll invite you to express your commitment to God and to the HopeGateWay community by signing your name to our 2020 Community Practices commitment wall. This is an annual practice – an opportunity to say yes to prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness — yes to God — and yes to HopeGateWay!
Souper Bowl of Caring WIN!
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Souper Bowl of Caring Event. As HGW joined the nationwide effort to raise awareness about hunger, and to care for hungry people in thousands of cities and towns in all 50 states. Did you know that Maine is 7th in the nation and first in New England for food insecurity, and nearly 1 in 5 children in Maine are food insecure. Thanks to all who have donated food for Sacred Heart Food Pantry and Project FEED. The 2020 totals: 766 food items collected and $730.
Family Promise Host Week ~ Sun, Feb 23- Sun, Mar 1
Sign up now! On February 23- March 1, we will be hosting families from the Greater Portland Family Promise program. Some volunteer slots require that you have attended a Volunteer Training; others do not. Whether you provide a hot meal, play with children, come to share dinner, help with set-up or laundry or clean-up, or stay overnight, you can make a difference in the lives of these families For more information, or to receive the link for online sign-up, contact our Host Coordinator, Shantia or Jonathan Wright-Gray or Cassie Moon.
A World on Fire: An Ash Wednesday Evening of Ritual
Wednesday, Feb 26 ~Drop in 6-8pm
First Congregational Church 301 Cottage Ave., South Portland
Join us for a labyrinth, ashes, and four ritual stations. Drop in for a twenty-minute time of contemplation or explore your Lenten journey over the full two hours. This service will focus on themes of Earth Care and Climate Justice and is a collaboration between Arise Portland, HopeGateWay and FCC South Portland. Childcare provided.
Youth Group Gathering: Rev. Katie Holicky’s Ordination
February 15 at 11:00am ~ St. Luke’s Episcopal Cathedral
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. Next week, Katie will be ordained as a Priest in the Episcopal Church! All are invited and welcome to celebrate this milestone with Katie! St Luke’s Cathedral is located at 143 State Street, Portland.
Share the Warmth
Over the coming weeks, please continue to bring winter hats, gloves, and mittens — handmade or purchased, all sizes. Place them in the basket, and we’ll distribute them to help keep our neighbors warm during the cold winter months.
HGW Discernment Process ~ Feb 23 ~12:30-1:30pm
HGW is engaging in an intentional process about our identity and relationship with the United Methodist Church over an eight month period of time. We hope to have the whole community engaging in this process as much as possible.
Join us for our first official “listening session” in our process of discernment about HopeGateWay’s relationship with the United Methodist Church. John Blackadar a United Methodist Elder and representative of our District Superintendent will be joining us as we continue to move through this eight month discernment process. We hope that as many people as possible will participate in these important conversations either in person or via Zoom. Lunch will be provided.
Session 5. February 23, 2020 – Conversation with District Superintendent's Designee, John Blackadar
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
We Disagree, Now What?
Sundays ~ March 1, 8, 15, 22 ~ 10:30-11:45 a
Join Mike Davis and Evelyn Jonson Moore in a 4-week small group setting to explore ways to have difficult conversations, especially when we disagree with one another. At this time in our culture civil conversations between persons of differing strongly held opinions seems a rarity. Yet such conversations are at the heart of authentic community. Using a variety of resources, including materials from the Civil Conversation Project of On Being, we will explore our guiding values, practice civil conversation skills and look at Jesus’ example.
Volunteers Needed Before and After Sunday Gatherings
We are in need of individuals to help Set-up and Clean- up our Sunday gatherings. Come at 8:30 to help create our worship space or stay after 11:00 worship ends to help clean up. FMI: Mike Davis at Mike@hopegateway.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 here on our “Serve” page.
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.
Amjambo Africa: Understanding, Embracing, and Celebrating Diversity in Maine
The February edition of this informative newspaper has 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.
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!