Read about what's going on in our HopeGateWay Community Newsletter: January 27, 2023.

If you don't find the information you're looking for in the newsletter, on this page or within the website, please send us an email!

Counterfactual: Our Stewardship 2023 Series

A counterfactual is kind of like an exercise in what may have been – an imagined alternative to reality. The reality we live in today can feel constrained by scarcity and restriction, and it can be easy to believe that things cannot improve. For the next four weeks, in this series called "Counterfactual," we're going to explore a counterfactual to the world we live in today. Be prepared to be surprised and to consider how you can contribute to God's alternative of abundance and justice for all.

Zoom link for worship

Dial in audio: 1.929.205.6099

Meeting ID: 533 469 2118

Masks optional, yet encouraged. (KN95 masks available)

Fierce Love • a book study in 3 sessions • online

Mondays • January 30th, February 6 and 13 • 6:30-8pm

Dodie Sheffield will lead this three-week book study discussing the book, Fierce Love, A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis. The book has nine chapters, divided into three sections, so three chapters will be covered each week: "You" (Jan 30), "You and Your Posse" (Feb 6), and "You and the World" (Feb 13). We will gather on Zoom. Participants are encouraged to read the three chapters in advance of each session. 

Copies of Fierce Love will be available for all participants who request one, as well as a pdf study guide, which can be used for personal reflection, and may guide some of our discussions (please don't feel you need to do the study guide in advance to participate). Sign up to receive materials and the Zoom link. For those interested in getting a taste of Rev. Jacqui Lewis in advance, check out her podcast, Love Period

Maine Council of Churches' Faith-Based Advocacy Series 2023

3 sessions left • February 2, 7 and 9 • 6:30-8pm

Designed to inspire and equip people of faith to advocate for policies and people that align with their deepest beliefs and values, this training event will include a four-part online series beginning Tuesday, January 31 and concluding Thursday, February 9, followed by an in-person tour of the State House in late February.

This series is designed to offer inspiration, camaraderie, and spiritual nourishment to people of faith—whether they’ve been doing faith-based advocacy work for decades or are just dipping their toe in the pond for the very first time! Our aim is to create a sense of community among faith-based advocates across the many towns and cities, farms and forests of Maine—connections and networks that will last long after the series has ended. 

Learn more about specific dates and sessions here.

Work Day at Hope House

Saturday, February 25 • 9am-4pm

Calling all painters and handy-people! We are defining the scope of a project to be done at Hope House on Saturday, February 4. We'll give it a fresh look with a new coat of paint. You can volunteer to help out in the morning, in the afternoon, or all day! All volunteers are invited to share a meal together at noon. Please contact Bethany with the hours you are available to help out or any questions.

Tai Chi Practice

Tuesdays at 10am • 509 Forest Avenue

You are invited to practice Tai Chi and Qigong at HopeGateWay, led by Fred Brancato. This practice encompasses beginners and those who have practiced before. Tai Chi and Qigong - described as meditation in motion - are ancient Chinese practices promoting physical, mental and spiritual well-being through soft flowing motion harmonized with the rhythms of breathing.

Classes are wide open, warm and welcoming for anyone interested. They run a little over an hour in length and people participate as their schedules allow. There is no fee; however, modest donations, based on whatever participants can afford, is welcomed. 

If you are interested, please contact Fred Brancato at so that he can place you on an email list that he uses only if class is cancelled for that day. Otherwise, classes are every Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Gather and Grow with HopeGateWay Small Groups

HopeGateWay offers a number of small groups. Our Active Hope group and our three Murmuration groups meet monthly. Recovery groups meet weekly on most nights of the week. We're always planning ahead for our next book study, film or podcast discussion. If you're interested in being part of a small group or if you have an idea for either a short-term or longer-term small group, talk with Bethany or email

Murmuration Group: Wednesday, January 11: 7 pm online

Murmuration Groups: Tuesday, January 17: 9 am and 1pm online

Active Hope: No December gathering. Next group: Monday, January 23: 7pm online

HopeGateWay Lending Library

Throughout Lent, we procured a lending library of titles related to Disability and Accessibility. We are grateful to Courtney for recommending these titles. These books are available to everyone to borrow. We will be adding lots more titles soon, specifically related to antiracism and other justice issues, titles which have also been recommended by folks in HopeGateWay community. We hope this will be a beneficial resource to all as we learn and grow together.

Community Care: Caring for One Another

At HopeGateWay, we follow Jesus' invitation to "love one another as I have loved you." Sometimes we offer our gifts and support and at other times we find ourselves on the receiving end. This is community, the kind of community that we want to be, graciously giving and receiving. Currently, we are providing meals for two families and we are looking for drivers willing to give rides to one or two people before and after worship on Sunday mornings. Please contact our Care Coordinator, Diane McClanahan if you'd be willing to help! If you need assistance with some home cooked meals, groceries, errands or a visit, please contact Diane.

2022 Gifts and Talents Survey

Please take the time to fill out our 2022 Gifts and Talents Survey. Let us know ways in which you'd like to serve in the HopeGateWay community and beyond! In this way, we can organize ourselves creatively, serving in ways which feel most authentic and life-giving!

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. 

If you miss worship, you can always join us!

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 can access all of the materials to make your pledge commitment for 2022 here. You may also make a one-time or recurring gift 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. We have so much to be thankful for as we have been navigating 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! 

HopeGateWay encourages at-home Covid testing
If you are having a hard time accessing tests and need some please let us know. At home tests are more available than ever before and can be found for free through various means. Here are some of them:


Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...