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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

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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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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.

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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLMWiPL-4Q4

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

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This is a BIG week for our family.  Tomorrow, our youngest son, Daniel, will graduate from Nursing School at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.  In addition, his fiancée, Kenna James, graduates with a degree in Education for Teaching.  On Friday, my long journey of graduate school culminates with graduation ceremonies in Portland.  Being a life-long learner is an important value for our entire family.  Even though my Masters in Theological Studies will be formally recognized by Professors and Peers this week, I know my journey is still ongoing and full of more discovery. (Philippians 3:12-14)

During this adventure, Gateway has been patient, gracious, generous, and merciful as I pursued my studies.  Thank you for extending such care, compassion, and support.  Your prayers and cheers along the way have certainly helped.  Special thanks to the Gateway Staff for your unwavering diligence, focus, service, and leadership.  The entire Gateway community has been terrific!  I love our church and all that God is stirring.  May I add one more gigantic note of gratitude to my life partner, wife of 30 years this July, co-shepherd/pastor, and kingdom advancer -- Stacey Schaub. 

This Sunday, we will finale the YOU ASKED FOR IT sermon series at 9 & 11.  Hopefully, your questions are being answered.  We dove into challenging topics: Where was Jesus on Saturday (the day between crucifixion and resurrection / 1 Peter 3).  How does the Church 'handle' Mental Health (1 John 1:5).  Overcoming addiction (Romans 6).  This Sunday, we will tackle three more questions with our Panel of Preachers. 

Grateful,

Greg

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Did you hear ... The sun may shine today?  Either way, God is faithful.  Were you encouraged and equipped by Sunday's timely message about Mental Health and the Church's response?  One of the ways we may stay encouraged and equipped is to live a devoted life in the Word.  Reading, relying, studying, journaling, praying through the Holy Scriptures.  Psalm 59 is ministering to me this week.  Here's my S.O.A.P. journal:

Scripture - Psalm 59:16-17   The Passion Translation

"But as for me, your strength shall be my song of joy.  

At each and every sunrise, my lyrics of your love will fill the air!

For you have been my glory-fortress,

a stronghold in my day of distress.

O my strength, I sing with joy your praises.

O my stronghold, I sing with joy your song!

O my Savior, I sing with joy the lyrics of your faithful love for me."

Observation // DO I WAKE UP EACH AND EVERY SUNRISE WITH A SONG of JOY?  Not most days.  The Psalmist is drawn to song because he realizes where his strength lies.  Even in distress, he sings with joy.  How is that even possible?  I think it is because he knows he is loved.  What will my lyrics be today?  What is my song of joy?

Application // Roll out of bed humming a new song of praise to the One who strengthens and sustains.  Not every once in awhile.  Not once a month.  Not only on Sundays.  Roll out with joy every day.  Roll out with praise instead of complaints.  Roll out with hope and expectation for the Almighty to reveal more and more of His faithful love. 

Prayer // Almighty One-  I’ve already rolled out of bed, showered and dressed for the day, but help me with a song of joy today.  Help me tomorrow to roll out at sunrise with joy.  Help me roll out the next day with joy.  On a joy ride with Jesus and loving every moment of it. 

Friends, enjoy the rich gift of Scripture.  Hold onto God's promises.

Greg

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May the blessings of divine grace and supernatural peace that flow from God our wonderful Father, and our Messiah, the Lord Jesus, be upon your lives. (Philippians 1:2 TPT)

This week I had the sweet opportunity of visiting a handful of Life Groups.  Seeing people smile, laugh, connect, eat, learn, pray, and dream together filled my soul.  What I witnessed was Gateway's purpose statement - Know/Grow/Go.

Knowing Jesus and others personally 

Growing with Jesus and others purposefully

Going passionately 

As many of our Life Groups transition this season, it may be a perfect time to jump-in and join one.  See the Life Group wall at the back of the Sanctuary or go online at www.gateway4.com for more information. 

This week we continue our new series You Asked For It, and my friend, Sarah, will be helping tackle some tough & tender topics (mental health, suicide, migraines, and more). 

See you Sunday!

Greg

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What a weekend!  Between Good Friday service and three Sunday morning celebration services, nearly 600+ people came on campus and through the doors of Gateway.  Reaching our community with the LOVE of Jesus happened.  Thank you for helping make the weekend wonderful.  Know/Grow/Go

This week, we begin a new series titled: YOU ASKED FOR IT?!  We will do our best to answer your questions about the Bible, Culture, Religion, Relationships, ?  Send us your questions by email, text, facebook, Instagram. (See options below) This will be a great season to invite your friends and family to church.

Special announcement for new Gateway Team members - Help me welcome new part time staff: Cassie Hooton as Media & Graphics specialist and Jackie Noble as Kids' Ministry Associate Director with Kristin Gawne.  Our team is expanding. 

Grace & Peace

Greg

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We're at the mid mark of Holy Week and some of you have asked what happened on each day of Jesus' final week? BibleGateway.com offers a decent description. The horizontal axis shows time, and the vertical axis shows space. Proximity of the lines shows who interacted with whom. Constructed from a harmony of the Gospels, this chart is an interpretation; the timing of some events in the Holy Week narrative is open to debate.

What is consistent and true is Christ's purpose to honor and obey his Father, by going to the cross on Friday. After a day in the tomb, Christ-followers celebrate the holiest day of the Holy Week. Resurrection Sunday! 

My prayer is that you will experience Jesus in amazing ways this Holy Week.

Grateful for Friday/Cross 

Touched by Saturday/Tomb

Thrilled for Sunday/Resurrection

 

Greg

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For all who shared their Saturday, last week - thank you for helping beautify the campus (inside/out).

 

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Gateway Friends,

Yesterday was the first official day of spring.  The grass is growing and flowers are beginning to blossom and that means allergies are in the air.  It also means we're 'playing' in the yard this Saturday at Gateway.  Join the fun and bring a rake to help spread some bark.

Holy Week launches this Sunday, March 25th.  Gateway will host two services at 9&11am and our children are singing during both services.  A light brunch in the café will be available and a bounce-house will be set up in the back yard.  Invite your friends and join us for Palm Sunday Celebration.

This Sunday we will launch a new sermon series titled: YOU ASKED FOR IT.  Submit your questions about God, culture, religion, whatever, and I will attempt to answer your questions in April. You can email, Instagram, message me through the Gateway4.com website, or jot your questions down on a piece of paper and place them in a basket on Sunday.

Greg

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Hello Gateway Families!

For those of you who don't know me yet, my name is Kristin Gawne.  I'm the  Children's Ministry Director here at Gateway.  Although I have just recently stepped into this position, my husband Andrew and I have called Gateway our church home for over 6 years.  We have 2 kids . . . Savannah (5) and Trenton (2).  My greatest passion in life is raising my kids and there is no other title I hold more precious than that of being their Mom!  I have served in the Gateway kids' department for several years, and during this time I felt the Lord stirring my heart to serve in a greater capacity.  I'm grateful to be on the team and to be working with an amazing group of kids and an incredible team of teachers!

There are some exciting opportunities in Kids' Church this month and some information that I wanted to make sure you are all aware of:

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Mark your calendars for this Saturday, March 17th.  Gateway will be welcoming Steve Sanchez for a special parenting presentation called The Digital Dilemma.  Steve will be speaking on the topic of screen media and technology's effects on kids and families.  This event is for parents with children of all ages.  Breakfast and childcare will be provided.  i hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about this relevant topic.  

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If you asked the LORD for 'one thing', what would you ask?  To win the lottery?  For wisdom, health, reconciliation, forgiveness?  The Psalmist helps us with the answer. "One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life." Psalm 27:4   Friends, my prayer is that you will make time to dwell, rest, and recharge in God's Presence this week, this month, this season.  Some of you may be saying, "Pastor Greg, you're crazy, I don't have time to dwell or rest?"  Friend, I humbly submit to you that if you don't, you will most likely burn out, spin out, or crash.  Heed the Psalmist's encouragement to dwell, rest, set aside some time with the Almighty. 

This is not an easy ask?  Our staff is attempting to dwell in spite of the pace around Gateway being full-tilt as we prepare for the Easter season.  This Sunday, I will share a message titled, WWJ unDO.  Join us for the 9 & 11 celebration services and come early for a special gift. 

Grace & Grit

Greg

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Hard to believe the last day of February has arrived. This past month has been filled with incredible victories and indescribable challenges.  Like the winter Olympics, where we watch the joys of winning and the excruciating defeats, Gateway launched the Fixer Upper series and tackled an easy topic - renovating relationships.  Twenty-two Gateway guys rallied with dozens of other men in the Valley for a memorable retreat at Camp Crestview.  Our Middle & High School Youth ministry is growing and many are preparing for Mazatlán Mexico Mission.  We started a major remodel of the Family Room.  The Kids Ministry started an efficient check in process.  Powerful worship encounters on Sundays continued.  Life Groups gained traction.  These are just a few of the reasons to rejoice.

On the more challenging side of ministry and life: We said goodbye to a legend, God's General, Billy Graham.  I will never forget going to his crusade in Sacramento, California, as a young teenager in 1983.  (Enjoy the Tribute video attached.) The weather in February provided snow, sun, and the usual rain.  We witnessed in the news the terrible school shooting in Florida.  Our prayers go out to the seventeen families whose lives will be forever affected by the loss of their loved ones.  Many experienced the crazy flu or illness in February. Health and strength to you dear friends.

Life is full of highs and lows, health and sickness, victories and defeats, successes and failures, triumphs and tragedies, ups and downs, celebration and crisis.  Either way, we rejoice and trust Jesus to be our sustainer.  My prayer is that March will be a month filled with God's amazingly sufficient grace to help us through.

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor 12:9 NKJV

Strong & Steady

Greg

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Billy Graham, 1918-2018

Today we both mourn and celebrate the passing of a modern-day saint.  He shared the story of Jesus' love with MILLIONS through his evangelistic ministry and I can only imagine the party happening in heaven right now!

Through the years, Billy witnessed to countless people through televised crusades.  I remember seeing them on our own TV as a child.  Thousands of crying men and women flooding the aisles of stadiums,  stepping forward to ask Jesus into their hearts as the hymn, "Just As I Am" filled the air.  

I was thinking how good it would be to listen to that music again today--honoring, nostalgic.  But I can think of a much better way to celebrate the faith of Billy Graham--by sharing Jesus with someone you know.  I make no claims to be an evangelist.  It is not where I was gifted or called, but that doesn't mean that I don't have the responsibility to proclaim the Good News until Jesus comes again.  If each of us would adopt the attitude of Billy for just one day, to reach just one person for Christ, would the world change?  I promise it would change the world of that one person.

So my friends, For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will be saved!  (Jn3:16)

Jesus loves you, and God is waiting to forgive your sins and take away the pain.  He promised you a clean start here on earth and a home in heaven when this life is over.  Will you make the decision to follow Him today?  It starts with a prayer.  Admit you are a sinner, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, Confess your faith in Him.  

Find a way to share your Jesus with someone today!

~Lynise