Gateway Friends -

We're now on day 10 of our 21 day fast.  As we move into the second half of the journey, I want to encourage you with a devotional I have been reading daily (Lead Like Jesus - Let the leader in you show).

The call to follow Jesus is a call to transformation.  He does not leave us as He finds us.  What great news!  He leaves no area of our lives untouched: family relationships, friendships, our perspective on life, work, leadership and the world in which we live - all are fair game. Jesus doesn't come to justify our current lives, He comes to call us to real life.  Are you ready to trade in your life to find real life?  Are you ready to follow Him?

Come, follow me, Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men.  At once they left their nets and followed him.  Matthew 4:19-20

"At once they left." The Disciples urgency and obedience compared to my slow and sluggish response to Jesus is alarming.  During the final 11 days of this fast, I'm committing to an "at once" immediacy. O, Lord, help us all respond quicker to Your wHISper this season.

Greg

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Gateway Friends

Fasting is a personal event: "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you" (Matthew 6:16-18).

We're only a few days into our 21 day fast for the new year. My experience is that the first three days are often the most challenging.   

I have appreciated the words of Stovall Weems in his book, Awakening: A New Approach to Faith, Fasting, and Spiritual Freedom.

Why do we fast?  You can do it for the right reasons or the wrong reasons. I want to make it clear that under the New Covenant, fasting is not to get God to change His mind about something. Fasting is also not something we do to obtain favor or forgiveness. After you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your past, present, and future sins have already been forgiven! You don't need to fast to obtain favor or receive mercy because through Jesus you live in a continual state of God's mercy. Instead, fasting is a way of celebrating the goodness of God. You don't have to fast for mercy, instead, celebrate the mercy given to you as a free gift through your relationship with Christ. You don't fast to obtain the Lord's favor because you perpetually live in the favor of the Lord. 

May this be an encouragement to you this season.

Strong & Steady

reg

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Gateway Friends -

Happy 2018 to you and your families!!

We finished 2017 with some incredible celebration services. What a blast to be with many of you for the three on Dec 24/Christmas Eve and the two on Dec 31/New Years Eve.

In 2018 - Gateway wants to hear the Spirit's voice, the whisper, the nudge, the instruction, the direction, the vision for our lives.

Four ways to hear better. Here’s a Prescription from your Pastor - Spiritual Audiologist :) 

1)    Slow down your pace when possible    Psalm 46:10  "Be…still…and…know…that I am God."

2)    Reduce and eliminate distractions  (social media, tv, netflix, bad habits, ?)                                    Luke 14:35 "... He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

3)    Tune in to Scripture                                                                                                                            Psalm 119:116  "I love your clear-cut revelation. You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for            your Word to renew me."

4)    Turn up the volume  // Resource to help you: Whisper Prayer & Fasting Guides // Jan                  8 Gateway launches a 21 Day Fast

Believing that this first week of 2018, you will be able to slow down, reduce distractions, tune in, turn up.

Greg

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RAYER FOCUS FOR THE WEEK:

  • Gateway's Cambodia Missions Team departed Jan 1 for a two-week adventure. Gateway4.com for more info on their trip

  • Students and Teachers returning to school after Holiday break.

  • Pastor Greg's torn Achilles and pending surgery.

  • All those struggling with Winter illness. Believing for healing!

GATEWAY ATTAWAY THIS WEEK:  Attaway Annette Brown! Thank you for leading and loving Gateway kids for the last 15 years. Your loyal, faithful, dedicated service to Kids Ministry is making a difference. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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Gateway Friends -

For a child has been born—for us!
    the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over
    the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor,
    Strong God,
Eternal Father,
    Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow,
    and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.

Isaiah 9:6  Message

Five days til Christmas...

The closer we get to the BIG day, the more giddy I get.

This Christmas, Stacey and I will be hosting all five of our adult children, plus their spouses, plus the four grandbabies, plus our family from Cameroon Africa. Now, do you see why I'm so excited? Rejoice-Rejoice, the Prince of Wholeness is here! This Holiday season, you may be hosting or travelling near or far. Either way, I trust the sweetness of our Savior fills your homes, your families, your lives.

Grateful

Greg

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Gateway Friends

With only 12 days til Christmas, I'm wondering how you're doing?  Are you calm in the midst of the chaos?  Are you truly enjoying this season of Advent?  Are you experiencing genuine hope, peace, joy, and love this Christmas?  If so, wonderful, keep it up.  If not, my prayer is that the next 12 days leading up to Christmas will be full of God's wonder, God's hope, peace, joy and love.

Pursuing the KING

Greg

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Christmas Trivia - How many gifts were given in the 12 days of Christmas song?  First three to answer correctly and let me know via email win this weeks trivia prize.

Gateway Friends

This Holiday season, we hear the catchy and creative Christmas carols from old.  Some of these songs are about Santa more than about the Savior.  Sleigh Ride, Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells, Silver Bells, and White Christmas are classics.  But what about some of the famous carols that focus on baby Jesus and the reason for this season?  Songs like: What Child is This, The First Noel, Ave Maria, Silent Night, We Three Kings, Away in the Manger, and many others.  Whatever your favorites are--enjoy them this month! I simply wanted to remind us that God's Master Plan for humanity was to send a baby through a virgin, and that this baby would grow up to rescue and redeem the world. This Christmas, join me as we PURSUE the KING.

Pursue Jesus daily in prayer (Look up, back, around, ahead).

Pursue Jesus in worship (play your favorite carols and listen closely to the lyrics). 

Pursue Jesus in the Word (read, write, apply the truths from Scripture). 

Pursue Jesus at work, play, school, in retirement, in your hobbies, wherever you are. 

Choosing JOY

reg

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Gateway Friends

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire? – Corrie Ten Boom. 

Pastor Greg asked this question on Sunday morning and many of us had to re-evaluate our prayer time.  Do we only pray when we need to?  Do we only read the Word when we are in a tough spot?  Do we only attend church when we need something from God?  That would definitely be the spare tire approach to a relationship with God.

The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing – to be in constant communication with God.  The result of living this way has so many benefits.  Our spirit becomes so “in-tune “ with His Spirit that we have a constant adviser in our everyday life. 

I don’t know about you, but I’ve done life my way and I don’t like the results.  I’m pushing in extra close this holiday season to listen for His ways.  I want to let Him “steer” my life.

If you haven’t done so already, pick up one of the Nehemiah journals this Sunday and let it help give your prayer life a boost.

Thankful to be on this journey with you Gateway family!

Lynn Mireles

Gateway Friends

From the Schaub family to yours, may your Thanksgiving be full of God's amazingly sufficient GRACE.  We're so thankful for each of you.  On Sunday, during the sermon, we laughed about how easy it is to make and bake a pumpkin pie.  However, I know the Holiday may not be easy for some of you.  Stacey and I are praying for your time around the Thanksgiving table.  Praying for conversations to be laced with grace and a spirit of joy, instead of anxiety and awkward tension.  Praying for Jesus to be included in your family connections. 

Pastors Greg & Stacey Schaub

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1 Chronicles 16:34 -  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

 

Gateway Friends

"Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!"  Psalm 133

Many of us have been on a 10-week ROOTED journey that finishes before Thanksgiving. The adventure has deepened our connection with God, the Church, and our purpose.  Rooted has been a catalyst for life-change, community, intimacy, and generosity.  We have begun to see God in new ways and hear His voice in surprising places.  For all those who  participated, I applaud your commitment and trust the adventure was encouraging, as well as, edifying. 

As we transition into the Holiday season, the community remains an essential ingredient in our faith development.  Most of the Rooted Life Groups will be sharing and serving alongside each other as 2017 comes to a close.  Contact the Church office for more information and ways to stay connected. 

We continue our study in Nehemiah during Celebration Sunday services.  Take a look at chapters 7 & 8 and join us at 9 or 11. 

See you Sunday,

 Greg

Gateway Friends,

Many of the Gateway gals had a memorable Retreat last weekend, and for that we rejoice.  Most of the Dads made it to church with their kids in pajamas, and the pancake buffet was a hit.  As we move into the month of Thanksgiving, my heart rejoices, but it is also broken.  Rejoicing over the amazing ways God is moving in our community. . . broken for the tragic shooting in Texas, Sunday.  How can one's heart be filled with hope, and hurt at the same time?  Will you join the prayers of our nation as we lift up the families affected in Sutherland, TX. The fatal statistics are unimaginable, especially since half of the victims were children.  Oh, God, have mercy.

Friends, this dreadful event is beyond my understanding and that is why I'm leaning and trusting in the LORD. (Proverbs 3:5-6)  Some of you have asked if Gateway is prepared for an emergency of this magnitude?  I don't know if any church is fully prepared for such evil and hate.  However, our Gatekeepers and Leadership have activated emergency protocols that will instill safety and security for our precious flock.  If you have concerns or questions about the recent shootings or about ways to participate in Gateway's safety and security team, please email or call me.  This is not a season to panic or be paranoid, rather, we will be prepared.

Hurting, but HOPEFUL,

Greg

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Gateway Friends

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
    Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
    Let the trees of the forest sing for joy.

Psalm 96:11-12 NLT

As I write this email, the sunshine is streaming through my office window at the church.  Oh, what joy, but why am I inside?  Hopefully, you're out and about enjoying this crisp, but completely clear fall day?

Four exciting alerts for the week ahead: 

  1. We get an extra hour of sleep with Daylight Savings Sat/Sun. this weekend.

  2. Ladies Retreat is Fri.-Sun. at Macleay.

  3. Men's breakfast this Saturday.

  4. Sunday pancakes and pajamas for the kids.

I just realized that three out of the four include good food and great connections together.

Join us for Communion and our sermon series: Nehemiah - building/battling/belonging this Sunday at 9&11 for Celebration Services. 

Grateful,

Greg

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Gateway Friends

There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.  Job 1:1

Many of you know the story of JOB and the intense challenges he faced.  His story provides perspective.  Even in his immense loss and grief, he remained blameless and upright.  He feared God and turned away from evil.  Friends, I have been asking myself during this season of fires, shootings, storms, and more, if my faith will stand the test?  Do I succumb to temptation and justify it because 'life is hard'?  When I read the story of JOB, I am quickly reminded of the tenacity, endurance, perseverance, and grit he showed in the midst of all the 'stuff'.

My prayer is that, like me, your perspective will shift after reading JOB's story.  Consider it pure joy, when you face trials. (James 1)

Cheering & Praying for you ,

Greg

Gateway Friends

Have you ever wondered if watching the NEWS helps or hurts?  September has been especially difficult in light of storms, fires, shootings, nuclear bomb threats, presidential drama, DACA, more storms, Obama-care, and so much more.  Personally, I want to be aware of the NEWS so I can pray and be in touch with global and local issues, but lately, the NEWS is downright disturbing. This is why being ROOTED is so vital to our spiritual and emotional health. (Col 2:7; Eph 3:17) 

I strongly encourage you to implement Godly disciplines into your life.  Pastor Stacey did a brilliant job communicating areas we need to abstain from and practices we need to engage in. Listen to the podcast online www.gateway4.com or on the Gateway App. You will be equipped, edified, and encouraged.

Leaning on JESUS

Greg

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Gateway Friends

Gateway Friends -

STORM WARNING!!  Does anyone think September has been a bit stormy?  Hurricane Harvey (Texas), Irma (Florida), Jose and Maria pending, the fires in Oregon, yesterday's 7.1 earthquake in Mexico, and other storms around the globe --- how are we responding?  How do we handle the storms . . . the adversities when one comes upon us suddenly?  Matthew 6:34 in the Message Bible offers some great advice: "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.  God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

LAST WEEK: Pastor Aaron shared an inspiring message Sunday about being rooted in God's marvelous love. (Eph 3)  If you missed service, make sure to listen online at www.gateway4.com or on the Gateway APP in the iTunes store.

THIS WEEK: This Friday, Gateway will host our first Golf Benefit to help raise funds for Cambodia Orphans in January and building a home in Mazatlán in March 2018.  Register online to play, sponsor, or join us for lunch.  Tee off at 8:30am / Lunch at 1pm Salem Golf Club.

*There's still time to dive into a LIFE GROUP.  Call the office for times and locations.  Rooted, Alpha, 'I AM' women's community Bible study, Men's SOAP, Rooted Youth, and more. 

NEXT WEEK: The Rooted sermon series continues Sunday, Sept 24 with Pastor Stacey bringing a practical and prophetic word for the Gateway community.  Join us at 9am or 11am.  We will have more giveaways for those in attendance during the start of service.  

IN HIS GRIP

Greg

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Gateway Friends

Dear Brothers and Sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  James 1:2-4 NLT

Have the hurricanes stirred up your prayer life?  With Harvey and Irma hitting Texas, Louisiana, and Florida and the fires in the Columbia Gorge, my heart goes out to the people affected.  The 'troubles' have created serious stress, anxiety, and worry for millions of Americans.  Will you join with believers around the globe, and pray for our fellow Americans during this traumatic crisis?  Pray for first-responders, emergency crews, hospital staff, fire-fighters, chaplains and others who are assisting.  Pray for peace, protection, health, safety, and God's grace to be sufficient.

Closer to home, here in Salem, Rooted Life Groups launched this week and there's still time to dive into one.  Check out the options below. 

Facilitators info....

Sunday         -  Lance & Judy Baker (Youth) / Andrea & Mario Diaz (ALPHA course)

Monday         -  Daryl & Denice Borello

Tuesday        -  Aaron & Sarah Mireles / Greg & Stacey Schaub / Arlene Cullins & Hannah Hererra (Young Adults) / Georgia Meier (Tues. am Bible Study) / Heather Rayhorn (Tues. pm Bible Study)

Wednesday   -  Chris & Rhonda Bupp / Lee & Lynn Mireles / Shari Brown (Heritage-1st & 3rd Wed.)

Thursday       -  Karen Lytle (Worship Team)

Saturday       -  Daryl Borello (Men 1st Sat.)

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7

Rooted together

Greg

 

Gateway Friends -

 

Today, many children in the Willamette Valley will be back to school.  My prayers are with these students and parents as they begin the FALL schedule.  It’s the time of year when backpacks overflow with supplies and classrooms fill with students!  As parents, we plan and purchase.  Some labor over the preparations; others have barely enough time to prepare at all.  We make choices and selections for school settings, classes, teachers, and extra-curricular activities.

And now there’s not much more we can do except begin the routine.  Start the day.  Only there is one more thing we can do, whether we’ve done it before now or not.  We can pray.

Pray for our hearts as parents who are trying our best not to worry and fear over our kids and their education.

Pray for the impressionable minds of our children who are learning and cultivating their thought processes.

Pray for all those involved in our educational experiences, whether it’s the bus driver, teacher’s aide, school secretary, nurse, principal, therapist, or teacher. 

Whether we’ve chosen home-school, public school or private education, let’s pray this prayer together over our children and our role as parents in their school experience.

Dear Heavenly Father,

School has started once again and we praise You for a fresh beginning.  May our hearts remember to seek you first each day.  We praise You for every individual involved in our education; and we ask for the wisdom, safety and protection only You can give.

Thank you for giving us strength to meet new milestones.  May we rely on You to help us move peacefully through each routine and to master every challenge.  Thank You for loving us and giving us one another.  Thank You for the gift of a new school year.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen


Greg

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ateway launched the Rooted sermon series on Sunday and will continue this week with another stirring message.  A quick recap from last Sunday: I am Groot.  We must be rooted in the Trinity - the GOOD, GOOD Father, the GRACE-GIVING Son, and look to the Holy Spirit for GUIDANCE.  You can listen online [www.gateway4.com

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Gateway Friends,

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The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1 ESV   

Did you see it Monday morning?  If you live in the Willamette Valley, you probably didn't miss it.  I have been asking people to describe their totality eclipse experience and some of the words include:  AWEsome, WOW, stellar, surpassed expectation, cool, immaculate, mystery, fear & reverence, amazing, and many others.  How would you describe it?  Send me your one word descriptions.  As we encountered this spectacular moment in history, I was reminded that our Creator is inspirational when it comes to HIS creation. 

May you continue to be awe-struck by God's handiwork.

Greg

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*This Sunday at Gateway we finalize the ONE sermon series at 10am.  Join us as we discover more of God's marvelous math for our lives.

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Gateway Friends -

We're five days away from the highly anticipated, historical total solar eclipse that will forever change our lives and future.  Not really!  Is it just me, or does it seem like Salem is overreacting?  The entire town is shutting down for a two minute and 40 second experience.  I don't remember the eclipse of 1973 being that earth shattering? Salem is sure making the eclipse of 2017 the biggest news on the planet.  However you plan on witnessing this encounter, just remember who created the moon, sun, stars, galaxies, planets, and solar system.  The eclipse may be groovy-cool, but ultimately, the Almighty Creator of the Universe is the Great One.  As you watch the sky go dark and look into the heavens, don't forget to wear your solar approved viewing glasswear.  More importantly, don't forget to give all glory and praise to our Heavenly Father. The same Father that created the sun & moon, created you & me. (Psalm 139)

What if you and your friends and family paused for two minutes and 40 seconds following the eclipse, to pray and give thanks to God?  That's what I plan on doing.

Enjoy

Greg

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Gateway Friends -

For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields.  And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.  Isaiah 44:3 NLT

109 degrees!!  Yes, this is the projected forecast for today. 

The hottest date in Salem on record goes back to August 17, 2002.  That day was 104.  With the HOT day ahead of us, may I encourage you to stay hydrated.  In addition to the practical ways to stay healthy, look closely at the words from Prophet Isaiah.  "I will pour out water to quench your thirst."   I'm so glad God cares for His kids and is able to meet the need.  The Gateway Team is ready to pray and support you.  Just give us a call.

This Sunday, Gateway begins our ONE service, ONE sermon series with a pancake breakfast at 9am and service at 10am.

Pastor Greg

Grace & Peace

*The Gateway Campus will be open today as a Cooling Center if you need a place to chill. 

*Reminder for Sunday Celebration Services in August -- ONE 10:00am service.