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Sundays at HopeGateWay
Worship Online via Zoom: Every Sunday at 11 am (Eastern time)
We are worshipping online via Zoom on Sundays at 11:00 AM (Eastern time) only for the foreseeable future.
Please do not come to 509 Forest Avenue!
Join Zoom Meeting : https://zoom.us/j/5334692118
> Meeting ID: 533 469 2118 (in case you need it, though the link above should get you right in)
> Dial by your location: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
Wherever you are, please WASH YOUR HANDS. Frequently. And do it thoroughly and well.
Stay safe. Take care. Be well. You are loved.
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 each of these Sundays during the season of Lent as we get to know Jesus, the man, and seek to be radicals in our own culture and society today.
Easter Project — your photo or video clip wanted!
We are working on a video project that will be part of our Easter worship celebration. Between now and April 9, we invite you to take a picture of yourself or your family — or a series of photos, or a video clip — holding a sign that says "Hallelujah anyway." You can create your own sign, or you can download this one, which can be colored or not. Your offering can be a still photo or two or three, or it can be a brief (10 seconds or less) video clip — record yourself offering an Easter greeting or dancing with the sign or celebrating in your own way. Whatever you want to contribute, please email it to Sara by April 9. We will compile these into a special video montage to be shared on Easter Sunday.
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! Contact Erica Lovejoy who also serves as the lead teacher for more information.
HGW Discernment Process | next gathering: April 26, 2020 | time TBD | via Zoom
watch the video of the March 29 gathering here
HGW is engaging in an intentional process of reflecting on 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 the next “listening session” in our process of discernment about HopeGateWay’s relationship with the United Methodist Church. Metro Boston District Superintendent Rev. We Chang will lead and share reports from the New England Annual Conference. The stated topics of this session are related to financial and clergy implications for HopeGateWay if we should decide to disaffiliate. We will also spend time listening again to one another about our concerns and dreams. We hope that as many people as possible will participate in these important conversations, either in person or via Zoom (link will be provided as the date nears).
- If you missed the last meeting you can view the recording of it at this link. There was some open, honest, and deep sharing. It's worth taking a listen if you weren't able to be present.
- HopeGateWay is not alone in this process. Ten other churches in New England are following this path. You can learn more at www.ne-discerners.org.
Gateways daily reflection - subscribe now!
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. If you don’t already receive it, subscribe now.
An Invitation to embrace our Community Practices
We 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.
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.
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 email@example.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 is available at the Front Desk of HopeGateWay.
More info: www.amjamboafrica.com.
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.
Bible Study - temporarily suspended
Thursdays: 10:15-11:30 am | 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.
Drumming 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!