Sunday Worship Online via Zoom: Every Sunday at 11 am (Eastern time)
Sunday, October 18th: 11 am
Dial in audio: 1.929.205.6099
Meeting ID: 533 469 2118
When you first connect, you'll be in the waiting room. If you're a first time visitor, we'll ask you to complete this form, to help ensure a safe online worship space. Upon arriving in worship, please remember to 'put on your name tag' (change your screen name to reflect who is with you in worship). This is one way we can stay connected and put faces with names during this time of distancing. See you there! Our services are also live-streamed on our HopeGateWay facebook page. Services are streamed in two parts, before and after our sharing of joys and concerns, for privacy and respect of all who are sharing.
A Time to Mourn
Our current Sunday worship series
Our world is experiencing a profound period of grief right now. Each of us has lost something in the last six months: choices, routines, safety, clarity, joy, community, and even loved ones. Even though God is with us in grief, it can be hard to navigate our way through it. From September 27 through October 25, we'll be talking about grief with some of our community's counselors and spiritual guides, and we'll explore how we can make it through this extraordinary time.
Sundays 9:30-10:30 online
Compassion Camp is like Sunday School... but cooler. This 10-session program is best for kids in pre-school or elementary school and will be held virtually. Each week's videos (made by HGW members) will be uploaded and will lead children in songs, Bible stories, yoga, crafts and "compassion in action." Contact Erica with questions or to volunteer! Please register your children so we can plan for supplies, etc! HopeGateWay Compassion Camp Registration Compassion camp runs for ten weeks beginning September 13th.
The Future Normal • A Six-week study led by Jim Davis
Thursdays 7-8pm beginning October 22
How do we survive these times and what do we want for our future? Using the book The Future Normal: Survival & Revival Emergency Kit Covid-19 and Beyond by Alan Dowman, we will explore how to navigate these times and prepare for the future. Each session will include devotional practice, review of potential resources, exchanging ideas, and committing to actions that will advance our revival. The six-week class will meet online on Thursdays, 7-8 pm, beginning October 22. Please sign up if interested.
HopeGateWay is partnering with a graduate family to help with ongoing needs throughout the pandemic. Currently we are accepting donations to help cover bus passes for a family of five. Donations may be mailed to HopeGateWay at 509 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101. Please indicate 'Family Promise' in the memo line.
The HopeGateWay Antiracism Imperative
Issue #4 of our Antiracism Imperative newsletter sent out October 7th and celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day
Racial Equity Policy Group
As we learned from Ibram Kendi's book How To Be An Antiracist, policy is at the heart of anti-racist work. To be successful, we need to implement policies promoting racial equity and to change or eliminate policies creating racial inequity. This action-oriented group has a particular emphasis on anti-racist policies impacting Blacks, Native Americans and immigrants of color, and it works in partnership with groups and individuals in Portland and beyond. You do not need experience with 'policies' to join this group. You only need to have an interest in learning about and changing those things that promote systemic racism in our community and our country. Conveners of this newly formed group are Carter Friend, Kathy Strand and Evelyn Johnson Moore. The next meeting is Thursday, October 22, 6:30-7:30p.m. Interested in attending?
Gateways Daily Reflection
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. We'd love to add you to our list! Subscribe here.
HopeGateWay Discernment Process
On May 31 we concluded our process. Check out our discernment page to learn more.
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!
Volunteers Needed Before and After Sunday Gatherings - temporarily suspended
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. For more information, please email Mike Davis
Sharing the gift of hospitality - temporarily suspended
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.
Bible Study - temporarily suspended
Thursdays: 10:15-11:30 am at 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.
Drum 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!