January 24, 2021 at 11:00 am Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Current Sermon Series: Together
At the start of a new year, many of us are dreaming about what the world can become. But whether it's our own lives, our world, or our church: we are designed to do this together, to be in this together. Even while we're socially distanced from one another, we can still find ways to work together to make the world and church we want to live in. Join us for "Together," a four-week series that will invite us to commit courageously to personal and community practices of love and generosity. At the end of the series, you'll have the opportunity to respond to these invitations.
HopeGateWay Kids New Series - The Beatitudes
Sundays at 9:30am on Zoom
We are excited to start a new series with our young friends, age 3 through 5th grade! Our study of the Beatitudes will include movement, crafts, games, story books and discussion. Together we will be exploring how Jesus turned expectations and traditional beliefs about being blessed upside down, and imagining ways to fill the world with more love and justice.Some activities will also be posted in the HGW Kids facebook group, for families to do at home. Contact Erica for more information! HGW Kids Zoom Link
Ecumenical Youth Group
January 31: 2-3:30pm on Zoom
HopeGateWay is a part of Portland's Ecumenical youth group, consisting of young people from State Street UCC, Woodfords, HopeGateWay, St. Luke's, and Williston-Immanuel. The January 31st meeting will be a visioning meeting to plan our time together. Youth: please fill out this survey. Please contact Hannah with any questions and for the Zoom link.
Calling in the Calling Out Culture
January 19 & 26, February 2 & 9 online class: 7-9pm
January 20 & 27, February 3 & 10 discussion and debrief: 7-8pm
Activist and professor Loretta Ross is committed to changing our national dialogue and improving our work on human rights by inviting us to take a deep exploration into how we can most effectively impact change in our communities. She asks the hard question: Is Calling Out culture preventing us from fighting the real challenges before us? What if we Called In, instead? Find more information about Calling In the Calling Out Culture online. Please fill out this form if you plan to join in the class and optional opportunity to debrief with HopeGateWay community.
The HopeGateWay Antiracism Imperative newsletter
Antiracism Imperative Newsletter #9,, with our reflections from 2020, looking forward to 2021..
Racial Equity Policy Group: Tuesday, January 19, 6:15-7:00pm
The HGW Racial Equity Policy Group is preparing for an active early 2021.
At the state level, the Maine legislature convened for the first session of its two year cycle on December 2, and all proposed bills were scheduled to be submitted by December 18. We will review the proposed bills through an anti-racist lens to consider which ones to support (or oppose). We are paying particular attention to bills proposed by the members of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations, which issued a series of recommendations last year.
At the local level, the Portland Racial Equity Steering Committee (focused on the role of the police and public safety policies and practices) is scheduled to make recommendations by the end of January. We are also following the work of the South Portland Human Rights Commission (more broadly focused on human rights issues), of which Ravi Koil is a member. Finally, we are also assessing policies impacting access for refugee and immigrant families to public transportation in Portland.
Please consider joining us! Policy change is critically important to anti-racist work, and there are many different ways to get involved, to suit every interest – from attending/listening to hearings or contacting your local or state representative, to tracking bills or organizing information . . . and many more! The next meeting of the Policy Group is Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. If you are interested in attending, or in learning more, please email Kathy, Evelyn or Carter for more information.
Tuesday January 19th • 8pm
Parents with children at home, connect and socialize with other parents in this Zoom meetup facilitated by HopeGateWay’s Children’s Coordinator, Erica Lovejoy. Email email@example.com for more information. Parent Connect Zoom Link
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Book Discussion: January 28th • 7pm
The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. On Tyranny is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come.
Souper Bowl of Caring - Food Donation
This year for the Souper Bowl of Caring we will be collecting money for Saint Luke’s Food Pantry. The St. Luke Food Pantry is a low-barrier, food pantry that is available on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00. Neighbors are invited to come on a weekly basis, and they can select the food items that they most need. Anyone who is hungry or needs food to feed their family is welcome. They offer fresh milk, fresh produce, fresh eggs, frozen meats, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, dried beans, dried fruits and nuts, and whatever else they are able to procure. At this time, in addition to monetary donations, they especially need canned tuna, canned tomatoes, dried beans (not lentils), and cooking oil. They do not need canned soups, raisins or cereal. Volunteers are at the Pantry to set up on Wednesday mornings between 9:00 and 10:30 when they prepare for the next day’s distribution, and on Thursdays from 8:00 to 11:00. These are good times to drop off donations. To donate financially to support this year's Souper Bowl of Caring effort, use our giving page.
Worship Fully. Spend Less. Give More. Love All.
Advent Conspiracy was founded on the radical idea that we can celebrate Christmas humbly, beautifully, and generously. You can learn more about the Advent Conspiracy movement on their website. This year’s Advent Conspiracy gifts will go to LearningWorks here in Portland, Maine, and Salud y Paz in Guatemala. Checks may be sent to 509 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101 with a note in the memo line for Advent Conspiracy. Giving may also be completed online choosing the Advent Conspiracy option. Please make your Advent Conspiracy gifts by January 31, 2021.
Gateways Daily Reflection
Are you seeking a new spiritual practice or wanting to commit to a daily quiet time of meditation and writing? We send out a daily email with a prayer, reflection, or Scripture reading — something to ponder and reflect on. We'd love to add you to our list! Subscribe here.
Sing along with the HopeGateWay Virtual Choir
Do you ever have worship songs going through your mind long after worship? You can now sing along at home any day of the week! Kelly and the HopeGateWay Acapella Virtual Choir creates a new song recording for worship every week. So our library of songs is growing! You can listen at this link.
Alliance of Inclusive Methodists
Recorded Informational Session
The Alliance of Inclusive Methodists discernment team hosted a Zoom Presentation and Question and Answer Session on November 29th. You will find the recorded meeting here:
HopeGateWay is partnering with a graduate family of Greater Portland Family Promise, to assist with ongoing needs throughout the pandemic. Currently we are accepting donations to help cover bus passes for the winter, for a family of five. Donations may be mailed to HopeGateWay at 509 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101. Please indicate 'Family Promise' in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Some have asked how to send a donation to HopeGateWay during this time of virtual worship. You may give through our website or send a check to 509 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101. Thank you so much for your generous support of HopeGateWay's ministry and programs as we navigate through this time apart, together.
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!
HopeGateWay Discernment Process
On May 31 we concluded our process. Check out our discernment page to learn more.
HopeGateWay Kids - temporarily suspended
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!
Volunteers Needed Before and After Sunday Gatherings - temporarily suspended
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. For more information, please email Mike Davis
Sharing the gift of hospitality - temporarily suspended
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.