Read the latest HopeGateWay Community Newsletter: May 13, 2022
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Current Worship Series: Encountering Resurrection
Christ is risen indeed! In this Eastertide series, we're "Encountering Resurrection" in all its oddities, glory, and relevance. The stories of Jesus' resurrection we find in scripture are alternatingly strange and poignant, much like the remarkable traces of resurrection we find in our world today. Like the people of that earliest Church, we encounter senseless tragedy and bewildering resurrection. And like the people of that earliest Church, we have reason for hope.
We are currently requiring registration to attend worship.
You will be asked if you are vaccinated and willing to mask throughout your time in the building.
In-person Film Viewing and Discussion
Monday, May 16 • 509 Forest Avenue • 6pm
BREAKING BREAD is a documentary that explores the A-Sham Festival, a groundbreaking food festival where Arab and Jewish chefs work in tandem to create mouthwatering dishes in order to foster social change. Founded by microbiologist Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Muslim Israeli to win Israel’s television cooking competition, MasterChef, the action unfolds in the city of Haifa, a model of multicultural coexistence. The chefs put personal spins on traditional recipes handed down over generations - including kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup) and qatayef (a dessert served during Ramadan) - transforming flavors while political and religious differences melt away. A treat for the senses, this delectable showcase of culinary heritage gives hope to the idea that collaboration in the kitchen could be a bridge to mutual understanding and, perhaps, a first step toward a lasting peace.
We will gather to view the film at HopeGateWay on Monday, May 16th at 6pm. Running time is 1.5 hours and we will share our thoughts and takeaways following the film. If Covid protocols allow, we may add a food component to this event. Please register and we will follow up closer to the event. Please email Bethany with any questions.
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.
HopeGateWay encourages at-home Covid testing
All of the speakers who are unmasking for in-person worship will continue to test at home before coming to worship. We have been collecting tests via donations and giving them out to speakers and singers so they can refill their supplies. If you have some extras to share, we would be glad to take them. 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:
- Maine residents are can order one (1) free kit with five (5) at-home rapid tests per household per month through The Rockefeller Foundation’s Project Access COVID Tests (Project ACT) program.
- As of January 15, 2022, those with private insurance can be reimbursed for the cost of up to eight (8) at-home test kits, per covered individual, per month.
- MaineCare members and parents of children covered by CubCare can obtain free at-home test kits at retail pharmacies that accept MaineCare.
- Free at-home test kits are available at most federally qualified health centers.
- As of January 19, 2022, any individual can order four (4) at-home tests per household directly from the federal government at no cost from covidtests.gov. To order by phone call 1-800-232-0233 or TTY 1-888-720-7489.
2022 Gifts and Talents Survey
Please take the time to fill out our 2022 Gifts and Talents Survey. We’re entering a phase where we’ll be building a team of people to enable us to come together in hybrid worship. If you would like to train for a role, the Gifts and Talents Survey is a great way to let us know. This survey also helps our staff do our best to incorporate everyone’s gifts and talents in ways that are meaningful into the life of our community. Thank you! We hope you'll find joy in sharing your gifts with HopeGateWay this year!
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 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!