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First Sunday in Advent: Sunday, November 28th, 2021
Worship Online via Zoom:  10am (EST) 

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Advent Sermon Series

Those Who Dream

Psalm 126 opens with the line: “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” What does it look like to live as those who dream? How can we embody and bring forth God's dreams? How do we dream of a better world when our current one feels harrowing and disorienting?

This theme is for the dreamers in all of us—those who dream of a deeper connection with God and those who dream of a better world. It’s for those who dream of comfort and for those who have given up on their dreams. It’s for those whose dreams have been crushed and for those who show us that dreams take time. Join us this Advent as we dream alongside prophets and angels, Mary and the Magi. Join us as we seek and sow God’s dreams for our world. In Advent, we step into the mystery and awe of God’s dreams and pray they shape our reality.

Please let us know if you'd like to receive a Those Who Dream Advent devotional, including daily reflections, inspiring art & space for journaling...a resource for your Advent preparations.

Toxic Charity book discussion group with Katie Mears

Wednesday, December 1   6:30-8 pm on Zoom

Join Katie Mears in a discussion focused on charity: what helps and what hurts? Katie is the Sr. Director for US Disaster Response at Episcopal Relief & Development. She's been with the organization for 11 years and before that worked for the Episcopal Church in Louisiana coordinating Katrina recovery in New Orleans. Katie will lead us through small group discussions based on the book Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton. Meeting dates will be Wednesdays November 10 and 17 and December 1, from 6:30 - 8pm on Zoom. This is sure to provoke interesting and significant discussions. Join in the conversation ~ please sign up and we'll be in touch!

Decorating for Advent
Sunday, November 28 • 2:00-3:30pm

If you'd like to join together to do some decorating for the Advent Season in our space at 509 Forest Ave, you are invited. We will set up some Christmas trees, hang some banners, and make the place festive for the small groups and individuals who are using our space. Masks will be required. We have MERV-13 filters in the space and they will be running. Please sign up so we can know how many people to plan for. Sign up here.

Family Christmas Movie and Service Project

Sunday, December 5 • 2:30 pm at HGW (509 Forest Avenue)

Families will assemble "art kits" - to be distributed by Maine Needs - for kids who would enjoy the opportunity to express themselves creatively at home. Some supplies will be provided. Families are invited to bring new art supplies (paper, paints, glue, scissors, markers etc.) to add to the supplies, and make additional kits. After this project, we will be showing the short (30 minute) movie, Angela's Christmas. Everyone old enough is asked to wear a mask in the space. There are air purifiers in the space and families will be spaced out throughout the big room for movie viewing.  

"Those Who Dream" Small Groups on Zoom

Monday evenings Dec 6 - Jan 3 • 6:30-7:30pm

Wednesday mornings Dec 8 - Jan 5 • 10am

From scripture, art, prayers and journal prompts, as well as ideas for taking Sabbath, our Those Who Dream Advent devotional has a lot to offer and a lot to reflect upon. This invitation to participate in an Advent small group is an opportunity to share the meaning you find in your reflection during this season and to listen to the reflections and dreams of others. Sign up, indicating your choice of day/time, to engage with HopeGateWay community in a time of contemplation during this busy season.

2021 Annual Congregational Meeting

Thursday, December 9 • 6:30pm on Zoom

Mark your calendar for our upcoming Annual Meeting. It will be a fun time of recalling the joys of the last year, doing some business, and celebrating our hopes for what lies ahead. Everyone is invited to wear a party hat or other festive apparel. Games will be played. You won't want to miss it! 

In this podcast Margaret Menger, chairperson of the HopeGateWay Leadership Team, invites you to our 2021 annual meeting, on Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 pm on Zoom. Please use the Zoom worship link.

We hope you'll listen and reflect on our past year together in preparation for this meeting. We will discuss and vote on motions made by our Leadership Team regarding our 2022 budget (please see two budget slides below: projected income and projected expenditures), a motion to amend our bylaws to create greater flexibility in scheduling future annual meetings, and set Sara's housing subsidy and housing exclusion allowance for the coming year. We hope for your participation as we move forward in faith together!

In-person Worship at Temple Beth El

Sunday, December 12 • 10 am

We are deeply grateful for the patio space our neighboring congregation, Temple Beth El, is sharing with us! We plan to gather again on the patio for in-person worship on Sunday, December 12th. Bring a lawn chair if you can & maybe a blanket, too! Temple Beth El is located at 400 Deering Avenue in Portland. If you cannot join in person, you'll still have the option to connect on Zoom or Facebook Live.

Parents Connect

Wednesday, December 15 • 8pm on Zoom

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 Erica for more information.

Visio Divina with Sara
Thursday, December 16 6:30pm at 509 Forest Avenue

Join Sara for this exploration of sacred meaning through art. Images from our Those Who Dream Advent materials will be paired with scripture for this time of personal reflection. We hope many will take this opportunity to gather in our worship space at 509 Forest Avenue and reflect inwardly on these images and scripture and the meaning they hold for us personally in this time. Masks will be required.

Christmas Caroling, Cocoa & Cookies in Monument Square

Saturday, December 18 • 1 - 3pm

One of our beloved holiday traditions is returning! We will gather in Monument Square on the afternoon of December 18th from 1-3pm to spread joy and good cheer in downtown Portland! Join HopeGateWay friends for a fun afternoon as we sing carols and pass out free hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes in Monument Square, near the city Christmas tree! Sign up to gather and sing, to bake cookies, or both!

Gateways Daily Reflection

Each morning, we send out a prayer, reflection, or Scripture reading, along with a daily question to ponder. Consider trying this as a new spiritual practice. 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.

Worship anytime!
Facebook Livestream and on-demand video

Worship services are live-streamed in and recorded on Facebook. So if you miss worship or just prefer an earlier or later time, you can always join us! facebook.com/hopegateway

Thank you for your faithful Stewardship!

Your generosity fuels HopeGateWay's Micah 6:8 mission to "do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God." 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 these challenging times, 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 the green tote in our lobby, fill it with returnable bottles and cans, and return it to a Clynk collection site near Hannaford. If you have a personal Clynk account, you can also donate your balance to HopeGateWay! 


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