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Tomorrow most Americans will celebrate Valentines Day and spend an average of $136.57 on their sweetheart.  Flowers, cards, chocolate, jewelry, stuffed animals, and other trinkets will be exchanged.  I read one stat that reported 58 million pounds of chocolate will be purchased this week.  I was thinking of picking up a Papa Murphy's Heart Pizza for $9 bucks.  Pretty romantic, right?! :) 


Whatever your plans, my hope is that you understand and embrace how much God loves you.  The famous and familiar Bible verse, John 3:16 proves it, Jesus showed it, and the Holy Spirit continues to reveal it.  God loves you.  Enjoy the chocolate, cards, and whatever else this Valentines Day... but regardless of gifts, please remember that you're God's true love.

Grateful

Greg

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My fellow Americans, did you watch the State of the Union last night?  I actually missed it because my Life Group was meeting.  I'm sure our President had some solid statements to make and our nation will be united as a result (my sincere prayer).  Many Life Groups have begun and I strongly encourage you to consider participating in one.  Our nation needs help, just like our families and community need help.  A great way to start the new year is to connect with community.  Our spiritual lives will certainly be enhanced, equipped, and encouraged through prayer.  Check out the Life Group wall in the sanctuary or the Gateway website for more information.

Believing 

Greg

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"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."  2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV 

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Proverbs 28:1  The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

How are the final days of January going?  Remember from Sunday's message -  God's got your back, so keep roaring.  With the first month now behind us, we will continue to focus on our word for the year, BOLD.   I'm thrilled to announce a new series that launches this Super Bowl Sunday, titled Four-Letter-Words.  My friend, Tyler, from Eugene will be our guest speaker; please help make him feel welcome and loved. 

Friends, this is a perfect season to dive into a Life Group.  See the website or Life Group Wall in the Sanctuary for more information.  Life Groups are a great way to KNOW, GROW, and GO.

Bold

Greg

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"but the godly are as BOLD as lions." Prov 28:1b

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How’s the second week of the 21 day fast going? How’s your time in the Word? How’s your prayer life?


Be encouraged and keep pressing into Jesus.  I believe the LORD has a significant word for you. At our weekly staff huddle, we discussed the Fast as a team and ways we're being encouraged. Ways we have been hearing from God during the fast?


Matthew Tacey (G4 intern) - "The gospel is something that was given to us and we are in debt to God until we pass it on."


Jackie Noble (Children's Ministries) - "fine tuning . . . hearing from God.  Fasting time tunes that.  I'm listening closely to the 'yes" or 'no'...   deliberate intention to stop - open my ears - what am I hearing?  Good exercise ... listening to Him say     'I love you; ;I delight in you'."


Aaron Mireles (Executive Pastor) - Romans 12:2 - test and approve His will ... conformed and transformed.  Fasting is an opportunity  to break those things --- patterns and behaviors... become aware of those patterns.  God is working.      Becoming more aware of the patterns that need to be changed."

Greg

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Here we go 2019! 

On Sunday, we were reminded that it is a 'time for totes: retain, release, remember'.  As we begin the new year, may you have the boldness and courage to make the adjustments that will bring God the most honor and glory.  A popular Theologian from the 1800's said it well: 


"Rouse thee, O believer, from thy low condition!  Cast away thy sloth, thy lethargy, thy coldness, or whatever interferes with thy chaste and pure love to Christ.  Make Him the source, the center, and the circumference of all thy soul's range of delight.  Rest no longer satisfied with thy dwarfish attainments.  Aspire to a higher, a nobler, a fuller life.  Upward to heaven!  Nearer to God!"  Charles Spurgeon


Friends, at Gateway we believe the new year will be filled with opportunities to aspire higher.  Join us for our new celebration service times on Sundays (10:00 & 11:30).


Nearer to God

Greg

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As we hit the middle of this beautiful month, my prayer is that you will encounter God's great power and that you may see His glory.  We certainly caught a glimpse of God's goodness last Sunday as we celebrated baptisms.  Continue praying for the seven precious people who courageously stepped into the water and declared their faith publicly.  Be courageous and lean into God's amazing grace. 

Join us for Celebration Services this Sunday at 9&11 -  Part two of Titus - "Godly Living in Light of God's Grace."

For HIS glory

Greg

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Some of you know our dear friends, Steven & Candyce Wani who serve in Africa.  Last week, you generously gave $1,577 toward their vehicle fund.  Thank you for investing in this precious family.  Will you continue to pray for the Wani family as they settle in to their new home, school, and ministry?

This Sunday, October 7th, we launch a new series in the Book of Titus - Godly living in light of God's grace.  See you at 9 or 11am for Celebration services.

It's not to late to participate in a Life Group.  Check out options on our website - www.Gateway4.com

Greg

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OUT OF ROWS AND INTO CIRCLES

We value relationships. 

We were not designed to be alone but connected with God and each other. 

Life Groups are an excellent way to belong.

Acts 2:42-46

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Oh my, it's 80+ degrees in late September!
Drop everything and go outside. 

Hey, Gateway, something to not drop this FALL is Life Groups.  Jump in, join in, and belong.  Check out the Life Group wall at church or the website for more info.  There are excellent options  every day of the week. 


Psalm 68:6 The Passion Translation (TPT)

To the fatherless he is a father.
To the widow he is a champion friend.
To the lonely he gives a family.
To the prisoners he leads into prosperity until they sing for joy.
This is our Holy God in his Holy Place!
    
Belong to soar

Pastor Greg

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                            IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK,

                IT’S NOT OK TO PRETEND YOU’RE OK,

                    IT’S NOT OK TO STAY THAT WAY.

At Gateway4, we value authenticity, vulnerability, and transformation.  Honesty in our relationships with God and people is essential for growth.  As we begin a new month and a new season (fall), will you prayerfully consider joining a Life Group in September.  It is a great way to 'not be ok, but not stay that way'.  Make community count, invest your life, and watch your faith soar.  LG's launch mid September.  See LG wall in sanctuary or website for topics, times, and more. 

2 Corinthians 3:18 The Passion Translation (TPT)

18 We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces.  And with no veil, we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus.  We are being transfigured into His very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another.  And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Know Grow Go  

Pastor Greg 

 

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Psalm 150:6  Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!  Praise the Lord!  Gateway Friends - How are you doing with the air quality in the Willamette Valley? With aQi scores in the 150s this week, people are struggling with breathing.  Even local High Schools have cancelled sporting activities.  All of this reminds me how important clean breathable air is.  With the increase in smoke outside, will you join me in praying for Firefighters across our great state of Oregon?  Keep breathing, keep singing, keep praising, keep praying!  In fact, tonight at Gateway4, we will host an inspired evening of Praise, Prayer, and Pie.  Well, the pie portion won't be inspired, but should be tasty. Childcare will be provided for ages 5 yrs and under.  Praising, Greg

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Just imagine how different your life would be if, moment by moment, you were constantly OPEN to God.  Think of how much your experience of yourself, others and the world would change if you were continuously attuned to the loving presence of God, and if you allowed the life of God to flow into and through you with each breath.  Sounds like prayer, doesn't it?

As we transition into the second half of August, my hope and heart is for a greater openess to God through prayer.  Would you join Gateway, during the next two weeks, as we focus our attention and intimacy on Jesus?  Four ways to start your prayers:

1)  Oh, God, I adore You and praise You for who You are.  You are amazing and awesome at                                                                                                                     ___________?  (Adoration)

2)  Father, I confess/repent/apologize and come clean for my sin __________?     (Confession)

3)  Wow, Almighty God, You are so good, and I thank you for _____________?   (Thanksgiving)

4)  Jesus, with so many needs in my life, I'm asking for your assistance with ___________?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Supplication)

Open to God

Greg

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Have you started each day this week with praise and prayer?  That was the encouragement from Sunday's AWAKEN message.  The Old Testament story of David in the cave was an example of this.  David was running for his life, yet somehow, he found a way to praise instead of panic . . . a way to pray instead of getting paranoid . . . a way to faith-up instead of fear.  As you face the rest of this HOT week, my prayers are with you.  Keep leaning on Jesus in your trials, tragedies, and victories.  Highs or lows, God is with us and is ready to hear our prayers.  You can count on Him;  He is dependable, capable, reliable, steady, and close.

Join us at 9&11 for "Family Sundays" in August.  This Sunday, we're believing for the Spirit to awaken our senses as we focus on touch.  More watermelons will be served up, and Kid's Activity Packs are loaded with fun goodies.

Awaking the day with praise

Greg

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Awake, O my soul, with the music of his splendor-song!  Arise, my soul, and sing his praises!  My worship will awaken the dawn, greeting the daybreak with my songs of light !    

Psalm 57:8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

August is here and Gateway is thrilled to share where we're going during this final month of summer.  Our Sunday focus will include our students (Elementary-High School) as we celebrate Family services at 9&11am.  We're believing for God's continued Hand of healing to touch us divinely.  Our new sermon series: Awaken will be a 'hands-on' series with creative object lessons and memorable moments for all ages.  

Gateway is partnering with Faye Wright Elementary School for a Backpack Drive this month.  Help us collect 50 new backpacks stuffed with school supplies.  

Ladies, look at the www.Gateway4.com site for info on Women's Worship Night, Girl's Night-Out, and other fun options.  Men, this Saturday is breakfast at 8:30am, and a Wilderness Backpack adventure is planned for August 16-18.  Youth will continue meeting on Wednesday nights, and a swim/hike trip to Opal Creek is August 11.  Join us on August 22nd for an all church Prayer, Praise & Pie night.  The Storehouse will be open August 8th from 1-4pm.

Make sure to get a copy of the new August bulletin or get the Gateway4 app for more info. 

Greg

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How are you staying cool this week? With 90+ degree days all week, Gateway will be open as a 'cooling station' if you need a place to chill-out and stay hydrated? This Sunday, we're thrilled to celebrate Missions with special guests, Lee & Lisa Schnabel from Latin America.

Join us at 9 & 11 for an amazing time of Praise. Karen Lytle is back from Sabbatical and will be leading worship. Pastor Greg will finale the GRIT sermon series, and a significant time of healing ministry will be offered. Each service will wrap up with popsicles on the back patio.

Dr. Lee Schnabel has served as a pastor, missionary and educator to Latin America for nearly twenty years.  His greatest passion is to equip leaders to impact their communities and nations with the saving power of the Gospel and the healing authority of God’s kingdom.  During their eight years in Chile, Lee and his wife, Lisa, saw scores of people healed in miraculous ways.  Multiple individuals were set-free from spiritual bondages and others have received specific guidance through prophetic words.  Using their collaborative leadership training approach, Lee and his CAPAZ ministry team are developing in-service training programs in Bolivia, Nicaragua and Paraguay and Peru. Lee and Lisa have three married sons, and enjoy hanging out with their two grandsons, Asher and Noah. 

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Today, our Gateway Crew (Staff) took a field trip to CAFE 22 for yummy treats.  This amazing team has stepped up this summer.  Last week's VBS was a smashing success and Sunday's first ever indoor picnic was a blast!  When you see the guys/gals, please help thank them for their care, compassion, leadership, dedication, and devotion to the Gateway community.  Just so you know who's who, here's a list of names and their ministry role (from left to right).

Louis-Claude / Bookkeeper+

Mike Brown / Facilities

Heather Voigt / Ministry Support

Lynn Mireles / Missions & Discipleship Pastor

Stacey Schaub / Pastor + Women's Ministries

Corky Hooton / Office Administrator

Cassie Hooton / Communications & Graphics

Jackie Noble / Asst. Children's Coordinator

Aaron Mireles / Executive Pastor 

Matthew Tacey / G4 Intern

[not pictured:  Pastor Greg, Kristin Gawne, Karen Lytle]

Join us Sunday at 9&11am as we continue our sermon series: GRIT.

Doing Church as a Team

Greg

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Last week's Father's Day celebration was memorable in so many ways: We shared delicious Root beer floats together; Kids Church crafted the cutest gifts for Dads; special guest, Duane Reno, led us in inspired praise & worship; we laughed, we cried, we connected, we dug deeper into God's Word. 

This Sunday, we continue our series: GRIT during the 9&11 celebrations.  As the weather warms up and you find yourself outside more and more, I want to encourage you to notice your neighbors.  This may require some grit on your part.  Meet a new neighbor, invite a neighbor to join you for a BBQ, help a neighbor. Scripture instructs us to Love God and to Love our neighbors. 

Follow the Holy Spirit's nudges this summer.

He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  Matthew 22:37-39 NRSV

Greg

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What's so special about June 6, 2018?  Did you know, it's NATIONAL YO-YO DAY?!

Every year on June 6 we recognize the fun holiday, National Yo-Yo Day.  This day celebrates this historic toy.  It is the perfect day to get out your yo-yos and try your hand at The Sleeper, Walk the Dog, Shooting the Moon, Around the World, or Hop the Fence.

The yo-yo is an object that consists of an axle connected to two disks and a length of string looped around the axle.  It is played by holding the free end of the string, allowing gravity or the force of a throw to spin the yo-yo and unwind the string, then allowing the yo-yo to wind itself back up again.  This is called “yo-yoing.”

It is believed that the yo-yo was first invented in ancient Greece.  There is a Greek vase painting, from 500 BC, that shows a boy playing with a yo-yo.

The yo-yo was made popular in America when Donald F. Duncan, Sr. manufactured the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s.  The name “Yo-Yo” was first registered as a trademark in 1932.

  • In 1999, the Duncan Yo-Yo was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York.
  • The National Yo-Yo Museum is located in Chico, California.
  • Yo-yoing is a term often used to describe a person fluctuating between two difficult decisions.    
  • Friends, you may feel like your life is like a Yo-Yo, filled with ups & downs; highs & lows.  Already this month (less than one week into June), I have experienced the downs of close friends saying goodbye to family members.  The passing of loved ones from this life to heaven is full of emotion; the emotional Yo-Yo of sadness and grief, but also joy and hope.  This week I have experienced the highs of saying hello to new life.  Our fifth grandchild joined this world and the Yo-Yo of emotions continues.

Whether you're up or down, know that the Holy Spirit is close and will comfort, counsel, correct, challenge, boost confidence and nudge you to be more like Christ Jesus.  If you would like prayer this week, please contact the Gateway Team.  We're here for you.

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Greg

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Hopefully, you're enjoying some of this incredible sunshine!

Did you know that Gateway is one church out of several thousand Foursquare churches around the globe?  Gabriela from Southern California recently wrote about a subject Gateway has been focusing on. Be encouraged by this short note:

By: Gabriela Bogea, an assisting minister at Iglesia El Calvario (Ontario Hispanic Foursquare Church) in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 

"When it feels like the weight of the world sits on our shoulders, and people’s lives are affected by the decisions we make, the burden is often too great to bear. We feel trapped in the endless cycle of assessing impacts and predicting outcomes as we navigate the issues of life in ministry. It causes stress, discouragement, anxiety and illness.

The truth is that God doesn’t ask us to have all the answers. God wants to lead us, and we waste valuable time when we don’t filter everything through His perspective. Let us not be caught leading ourselves with acquired knowledge, polished skill or natural ability. 

Once they received the gift of the Holy Spirit, the disciples began to speak in other tongues (Acts 2:4), and they were led by the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:19-2013:2-416:6-7). We also have received this glorious gift, which should not be set aside for special occasions. When we incorporate our heavenly language into everyday prayer, asking the Holy Spirit for interpretation, we will be led in all things by His love, His compassion, His humility and His wisdom, not our own.

Only then will the weight be lifted."

Friends - tap into the Holy Spirit's gifts this week and follow the nudges.

Greg / know-grow-go

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Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you.  You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 NLT

s usual, the Holy Spirit nudged me during devotions.  Last week, the Psalms were nudging (Ps 23, 27, 91, 121, 139).  This week, Thessalonians Chapter 4 has been nudging.  Scripture is certainly alive and active and able to spur-me on.  Urge is the key word this week. Urge means: to earnestly or persistently persuade.  I believe the Holy Spirit urges us and nudges us to please the Father.  A couple ways I am putting the 'urge' into practice includes: watching my words and tone; adjusting my attitude toward gratitude instead of complaint.  My prayer for you this week is that the Holy Spirit will nudge/urge you with the Holy Scriptures.  Be encouraged and equipped.

Urging

Greg

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Hello Gateway Family,

Hopefully you were here this past week as we launched a brand new series “Nudges.” Come join us this Sunday as we continue to talk about the practical and everyday nudges that we as believers experience by the Holy Spirit. “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Romans 8:14

In case you missed the announcement, our Youth Mission team is hosting a dinner/ auction this Friday night, May 11th @ 6:30pm. All the proceeds will go directly to fund the home that they will be building while in Mazatlan. It’s not too late to purchase your tickets; they can be bought at the door.  There will be entertainment, auction, and each of the team will share their heart for the trip. Hope to see you at Gateway!

Check out this video about where they are headed and what they will be doing.

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For more info about upcoming events check us out at www.gateway4.com or download the app from the app store: http://gatewaysalem.echurchapps.com/assets/img/gbpromote/button-large-apple-classic-us.png

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Have an incredible week!

The Gateway Team