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

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*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.

Gateway Friends -

Stacey and I are back from a memorable vacation at the Coast.  Nineteen of us celebrated my Dad's 80th birthday at Bella Beach.  I describe the get-a-way as follows: we had four amazingly memorable days and three sleepless nights.  When was the last time you had a three night slumber party with your whole family?  Crazy fun, but crazy loud with three grand-babies under the age of two; one big happy family under one big roof.

Friends, this is similar to what Gateway is planning for August.  Not a slumber party!  ONE big month of connection as we combine our celebration services into ONE.  For the month of August only, Gateway is going to ONE 10am service.  During this thrilling month, we will eat together, pray together, sing together, dive deeper into God's Word together.  For this ONE month, the focus will be on our shared PURPOSE & PASSION as a PEOPLE.  Join us each week as we eat pancakes, give away watermelons, watch the solar eclipse, pray, and pursue what matters most.  

Greg

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Happy Wednesday Gateway! 

Here we are, right in the middle of summer, and it’s a busy season at Gateway!

We have just finished a wonderful week at VBS with about 60 kids, and we celebrated on Friday with a 100 ft. slip-n-slide.  Everyone had a great time and several of our children gave their lives to the Lord.   A big thank you to all who helped to make it a success!

This week, we have 14 teens and 2 adults at Camp Crestview.  Please be praying that the Lord would meet each one of them right where they need Him most.  I can’t wait to hear the stories.

‘Awaken the Dawn’, a prayer and worship rally for our state, is going on this Saturday on the steps of the capitol in downtown Salem.  The event will last from 10am until 9pm.  Feel free to come by for any or all of it and join brothers and sisters from all over Oregon.   II Chronicles 7:14 “ If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and heal their land.”

Gateway’s All Church Picnic is coming up on Sunday, July 30th.  Join us on the front lawn following second service.  We will be providing the main course and we’re asking everyone to bring a side dish and a pie for the pie contest. 

We will be celebrating baptisms as a family that day as well.  If you wish to be baptized, please contact the church office or let us know on Sunday.  There is still time.  If you’ve already been baptized, come and cheer them on.  It will be a blast!

Looking forward to celebrating all that God is doing in His people!!  See you Sunday!

Blessings,

Lynn

Gateway Friends -

Do you remember the movie with Robin Williams, the military radio host, back in the 90's?  He would start each broadcast with a booming, "Good morning, Vietnam!"  Last Sunday, I shared a recommendation to start each day with a similar greeting.  "Good morning, Holy Spirit!"   I'm curious how your week is going and how you're starting each day?  The encouragement from Sunday's sermon is to cultivate your relationship with the Holy Spirit.  Friends, the Holy Spirit is our Advocate, Counselor, Standby, Strengthener, and so much more.  We have access to the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. (Eph. 3:12; Heb. 4:16).  With the sunny, summer weather and vacations, you may miss a Sunday at Gateway.  However, you never have to miss the message.  Listen on the Gateway App or online www.gateway4.com.

Cheering for you!

Greg

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Gateway Friends -

I hope your 4th of July celebrations were memorable!  We're gearing up for so many fun summer activities at Gateway.  VBS is next Monday through Friday . . . Youth Camps are later this month . . . The All-Church picnic is July 30th.   Check out the Gateway app or website for more info.

Enjoy the sunshine,

Greg

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