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September 2021: Current Sermon Series: The Myth of Balance
For many of us, this is a season of changes and new responsibilities. Sometimes, these days have us feeling like we need to do it all and do it all well: working, parenting, learning, dealing with illness, caretaking, and so much more. It's enough to make us feel overburdened or burnt out, even while the world pressures us to have it all in balance. In this sermon series titled "The Myth of Balance," we'll explore facets of our lives that can lead us to a richer understanding of balance, including rest, play, relationships, and more.
Saturday, September 18th at 2pm
Join Art and Diane McClanahan at their lakeside yard in Raymond on Saturday, September 18th at 2PM. (Rain date: Sunday, September 19th). Swimming and boating are available if desired. Parking is limited; therefore, carpooling is encouraged. Please sign up so Art and Diane may connect with you. Questions: please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Picnic in the Park
Sunday, September 19th at 5pm
We invite you to gather on the Eastern Prom this Sunday, September 19th at 5pm and BYOP. "Bring your own picnic," or purchase from one of the many food trucks on site. Rick and Bethany Smart will host this informal gathering, conversation and connection. Bring a chair or bring a blanket, and bring a friend! We'll bring some lawn games and a frisbee. Meet near the tennis courts, a little ways down from the food trucks, where it's quieter. You can also visit one of Cultivating Communities' amazing community gardens as you overlook Casco Bay. It will be a lovely evening! We look forward to seeing you!
Jesse Lee Day Gathering
Twin Brook Recreation Area, Cumberland
Sunday, September 26 at 3pm
You are invited to a day of celebration with our sibling churches - Tuttle Road Community Church and Chebeague Island Community Church. We started this journey together on September 26, 2019. We chose that day because Jesse Lee formed the first Methodist Class Meeting (the first group of Methodists) in New England on September 26,1787. Now that we are all forming our new identity outside of the UMC, we want to start building our relationships with one another. We will begin with a brief time of worship with Kelly at the piano and enjoy a time of lawn games and refreshments. We hope you can join us! Twin Brook is located at 185 Tuttle Road in Cumberland.
Apple Picking: A HopeGateWay tradition!
Save the Date: Sunday, October 3rd
Plan to join us for this rite of fall — a longstanding HopeGateWay tradition. We'll meet at 3pm at Hansel's Orchard in North Yarmouth for apple picking and then continue to the Smarts' home to share a light meal and make apple crisp! Please sign up to get all the details! We look forward to this time together and continuing the tradition! You might want to start practicing your apple-juggling now...
In-person worship: Celebration of our new beginnings!
October 10th at 10am - Temple Beth El, Portland
We will gather to celebrate our new identity as HopeGateWay Church, an unaffiliated community. Temple Beth El, our neighbor congregation, is welcoming us to use their patio as our outdoor worship gathering place. We hope you will join us for this time of celebration and renewal as we move forward in faith, with joy! Temple Beth El is located at 400 Deering Avenue in Portland.
Opportunity to Host an Autumn Outdoor Gathering
Would you like to host an outdoor small-group gathering? A hike on a local trail, or backyard brunch? Creating nature mandalas or an evening campfire and s'mores? We are limited only by your imagination. If you have an idea (or would like to use one of these!) and would like to host an autumn gathering, please contact Bethany Smart. We will follow necessary covid-19
precautions at the time of each event.
Sunday, October 24th
Details to follow
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.
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!