Sunday Worship Online via Zoom: Every Sunday at 11 am (Eastern time)
Sunday, September 20th: 11 am
Dial in audio: 1.929.205.6099
Meeting ID: 962 3311 3490
When you first connect, you'll be in the waiting room. If you're a first time visitor, we'll ask you to complete this form, to help ensure a safe online worship space. Upon arriving in worship, please remember to 'put on your name tag' (change your screen name to reflect who is with you in worship). This is one way we can stay connected and put faces with names during this time of distancing. See you there!
Our services are also live-streamed on our HopeGateWay facebook page. Services are streamed in two parts, before and after our sharing of joys and concerns, for privacy and respect of all who are sharing.
Re-imagine Sermon Series
A Sacred Opportunity
If you had all the building blocks for a new world, what would you build? The pandemics of COVID-19 and white supremacy have revealed that many of our systems, institutions, and ideas aren't holding up the way we thought they might. But what if this moment is also a sacred opportunity to re-imagine ourselves, our communities, and even HopeGateWay? For six weeks, we're exploring holy imagination and what could be on the other end of this moment. This week we'll hear from Kelsey Rioux regarding her experience in this summer's Antiracism study/action group and what she has learned and put into practice.
Register now for Compassion Camp!
Starting Sunday, September 13
Compassion Camp is like Sunday School... but cooler. This 5-session program is best for kids in pre-school or elementary school and will be held virtually. Each week's videos (made by HGW members) will be uploaded and will lead children in songs, Bible stories, yoga, crafts and "compassion in action." More information coming soon. Contact Erica with questions or to volunteer! Please register your children so we can plan for supplies, etc! HopeGateWay Compassion Camp Registration
HopeGateWay Apple Picking - an annual tradition
Saturday, September 19th - 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 22nd - 4 p.m.
HopeGateWay Apple Picking adventures are happening on two different days this year. We have made group reservations at Hansel's Orchard in North Yarmouth for Saturday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday, September 22 at 4 p.m. On Saturday, our reservations begin prior to their opening to the public. On Tuesday, we have a reservation during normally closed hours. So we believe this will be a safe socially distanced outdoor activity for all to enjoy together. We are limiting the size of the groups. To reserve your individual or family spot, sign up using the link above. Hansel's Orchard is located at 44 Sweetser Road in North Yarmouth. After picking, we will have time to gather in the orchard and enjoy the beauty of autumn together. In case of inclement weather, we will reschedule.
A new form of hosting
In light of covid-19, and in lieu of our scheduled Family Promise hosting week at the end of August / first week of September, Greater Portland Family Promise has asked HopeGateWay to partner with a graduate family to help with ongoing needs throughout the pandemic. Shantia, Jonathan and Cassie - our Family Promise coordinators - have assessed interest among volunteers and the response to taking this on has been positive. Next week they will have more information to share with us, including how we are best able to partner with this family according to their expressed needs and concerns. A donations request list will follow. We are looking forward to how we can support the mission of Family Promise in a new and different way during this time, We remain aware that many newcomers to Portland are socially distanced in a city in which they have not really had a chance to explore or make many connections. While we will still need to limit contact with them, it won't keep us from showing love & hospitality. For more information, please contact Shantia.
The HopeGateWay Antiracism Imperative
In the coming weeks and months, our action group - formed from our book study of Ibram X Kendi's book How to Be an Antiracist - will continue to share learning, ideas, action steps and opportunities with each other and our community. Jonathan Wright-Gray will be curating a bi-weekly newsletter which will be published every other Wednesday. If you would like to subscribe to this resource, please email us.
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.
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.
Bible Study - temporarily suspended
Thursdays: 10:15-11:30 am at 75 State Street
Because of the concerns around COVID-19, especially for seniors and those with health issues, the Bible Study that Rev. Don Rudalevige leads at 75 State Street, a retirement community. is suspended until further notice. We are grateful for Don's faithful leadership for many, many years, and we hope this group will resume when the concerns subside. If you have questions, please contact Don.
Drum Circle - temporarily suspended
Second Friday of every month | 7:00-8:30pm
All are invited to join this drumming circle - no experience needed.
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!