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Happy Fourth of July Gateway Family!!
I hope you have a fun and safe time celebrating our country’s birthday with family and friends!!

This past week, Gateway was home for 80 kids,15 youth, and 15 adults for the Day Camp / VBS – ROAR.  The over-arching theme was that no matter the circumstances, God is Good.  More than 30 children made decisions for Christ this week, whether for the first time or a re-dedication.  What a celebration that was!!  A huge thank you to  Jackie and the team for a week well done!           

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Make sure you take a look at the Gateway website to see all of the other events                                                  coming up this summer.  You don’t want to miss out.

See you all on Sunday for Pastor Aaron’s message on Goodness!

Blessings, 

Lynn 

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Gateway Friends,

I pray you’ve been staying connected to the latest sermon series on “Flavors”.  Everyone has their favorite you know. To some vanilla, others apple or maybe butterscotch and most likely, the majority, chocolate!  Flavors are everywhere and thank God for His wisdom in that we don’t all share the same favorite flavor. This diversity in flavors is one of the things that keeps life interesting, one of God’s unique touches on creation.  

But there is one flavor we should all have in common.  You see flavor does not always mean a “taste or preference”.  In fact, when you look at the definition of flavor, you’ll see a secondary meaning that may be more important than our favorite kind of ice cream.  The dictionary also defines flavor as, “an indication of the essential character of something.” So, I ask you… what is your flavor? Your essential character?

Philippians 2:5 says, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.”  I like the way the New American Standard Version says it. “In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.”

It’s awesome that we have so many flavors to choose from.  However, when it comes to your essential character, I challenge us to all be of the same flavor-the flavor of reflecting the love and character of Jesus to those around us.

Finish Exhausted!

Pastor Daryl





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Hi Church! 

            Greetings!  I hope you have been enjoying the incredibly beautiful weather!  I have started the summer off by picking berries and produce from my garden with my 3 boys.  I absolutely love it!  

            I Thessalonians 5:12-13 reads, “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.  Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.  Live in peace with each other.” 

I’d like to acknowledge someone who has been working so hard to assist the ministry God has called me to, Gateway worship.  Cassie Hooton has been working on scheduling, communication, set-up, and many other things for our team.  She carries such a good attitude and has really enhanced our team.  I want to thank her for all she’s done.  You’re so great Cassie!

            Who have you seen around you that works hard?  Your assistant?  Your Pastor?  Your spouse?  Your children?  (No laughing at that one; wink, wink.)  When is the last time that you acknowledged or encouraged them, or just said thank you?  Let’s be a grateful group of people. 

Ephesians 3:17-19 says, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” 

I love you church!  Have a wonderful rest of your week!  See you Sunday. 

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Karen Lytle
Worship Director

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Hello Gateway Family,

Can you believe it is Wednesday already and the school year is almost over! This last weekend we had an incredible launch of our summer series of “9flavors 1Fruit.” This is a series that will be looking at the fruit produced in our lives as a result of living with the Spirit of God. Last week we talked about “Love” and this week is all about “Joy.”  Bringing the word, we have special guest Pastor Jordan Fehlen joining us. (See bio below)

We will also be celebrating and praying over all of our graduates! Hopefull, we will see you all this coming Sunday at church

Blessing

- Aaron

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This is how I fight my battles….

This past weekend, Pastor Aaron shared from 2nd Chronicles 20.  King Jehoshaphat was facing a vast army that his men had no chance of defeating.  The Lord told him to stand firm and He would be with them. Jehoshaphat sent out men ahead of the army praising God and singing:  

“Give thanks to the Lord,

For His love endures forever.”

When they mounted the hill to face the enemy, there were none left alive.  The Lord fought their battle for them.

Are you facing an enemy too big for you to take on?  A health crisis?? ... A financial worry??… Family issues?? ... Take them to the Lord, then begin to worship Him and see what happens.

It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You . . .

If you missed it, download the podcast on our website.  

This coming week, we are hosting Pastor David Eddy, the Associate Supervisor for the North Pacific District.  David will be kicking off our new sermon series, “ 9 Flavors, 1 Fruit," talking about the fruit of the Spirit.  He will start us off with “Love”.

There is so much going on this summer, you won’t want to miss out!  Check the church website and stop by the cafe on Sunday morning.

Have a great week, and we will see you on Sunday!

Blessings

Pastor Lynn

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Psalm 118:24 This is the very day of the Lord that brings gladness and joy, filling our hearts with glee.

This Scripture describes how I feel this season. My heart is full of glee with all that the Lord has done, is doing, and will do. Gateway has so many exciting opportunities 'on deck' for this season. Check out the website or download the Gateway4 App to stay up to date. This Sunday, Stacey and I will be at the 10am service for a send off. We leave for the Foursquare International Conference in Nashville and then on to Sabbatical for June-July. The Gateway4 Team is ready to partner and support you during this redemptive season. Please connect by email (gatewayfoursquare@gmail.com) or by phone (503-364-3551).

Gateway begins a new sermon series with special guest speakers starting in June. The series is titled: 9Flavors1Fruit - based out of Galatians 5. This summer will be a fruitful time as a community.  Thank you for welcoming my friends as they bring the Good News during our rest&recharge. See you August 4th at the Outreach at the Park.

Greg & Stacey

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Grace and peace to you this week.  Last Sunday, we read from John's Gospel and discovered two vital words for our lives.  We desperately need these two words on a daily, if not hourly, basis.  Jesus demonstrated these two words, and lived them out during his 33 years on this earth.  The words cannot be separated or treated as independent from each other.  In fact, the two words are interdependent and extremely necessary for our witness to the world.


The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV


Do you see the keywords?  Hint: "full of..."  Jesus was and is full of grace and truth.  We also must live in the healthy tension of these two words - in our relationships, at our workplaces and schools, in our hobbies, in every conversation.  Grace and Truth!  Not half-full of grace and half-full of truth.  Not full of grace and partially full of truth.  FULL OF GRACE AND FULL OF TRUTH.  Just like Jesus, Friends, every day we get to choose how we will respond to crisis, chaos, celebration, winning, and losing.  Join me and pursue a life lived full of grace and full of truth.


Stacey and I will be lifting you up in prayer during this exciting season at Gateway.  Thank you for your prayers as we embark upon this season of rest and recharge.  Most of June, we will be travelling to a conference in Nashville, a retreat in Virginia, and reconnecting with family throughout the Midwest.  While we're away, there are a few ways you can best support us during Sabbatical.  Pray & Stay. 


My specific prayer for you may be found in today's devotional reading:  1 Thessalonians 3:11-14 Message 


May God our Father himself and our Master, Jesus clear the road to you!  And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you.  May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all his followers.

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And as they stepped into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right, dressed in a long white robe. The women were startled and amazed.  Mark 16:5 

STAY AMAZED! That was the Resurrection Sunday message at Gateway4.  We're three days post Easter and I'm curious if you're staying amazed by God's sufficient grace and great love?  For Jesus followers in the 1st century, the 'church' began to expand and grow in the days following the Resurrection.  May this be true of us.  May your faith and boldness increase.  Look at some of the encouraging #'s from Holy Week.

663 people over four services
300+ goodies eaten in the cafe

160 tulips planted

149 large nails

100+ pictures taken under the arch

1 amazing tomb scene in Kids church

13 worship songs

4 little chicks

6 kids said YES to JESUS
4 adults said YES to JESUS

Greg

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THE WEEK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD


Do you ever wonder where to turn in the Holy Scriptures?  During this Holy Week, I hope this helps.

Join with Christ followers around the globe and read and pray this week.


Wednesday - Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 26:27-561 Corinthians 1:18

Lord God,
We tremble to think
That it was one of Jesus’ own friends who betrayed him.
One who sat by him, who broke bread with him.
Give us strength, we pray,
To walk faithfully with Jesus,
Even when the road we walk is rocky
Even when the message of the cross seems like foolishness
And even when we feel betrayed.
You, Lord, are always faithful.
We stumble, we become lost,
But you are steady and sure.
Give us the grace to endure our troubles,
And reveal to us the glory of your kingdom,
Through your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

 

Thursday (Maundy Thursday) - Holy Week Prayer

John 13:1-17John 13:34-35

Lord God,
You sent your Son into the world,
And before his hour had come,
He washed his disciples’ feet.
You had given all things into his hands.
He had come from you, and was going to you,
And what did he do?
He knelt down on the floor,
And washed his friends’ feet.
He was their teacher and their Lord,
Yet he washed their feet.
Lord God, help us learn from his example;
Help us to do as he has done for us.
The world will know we are his disciples
If we love one another.
Strengthen our hands and our wills for love
And for service.
Keep before our eyes the image of your Son,
Who, being God, became a Servant for our sake.
All glory be to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever.
Amen.

Friday (Good Friday) - Holy Week Prayer

John 18:1-40John 19:1-42Isaiah 52:13-15Isaiah 53:1-12Hebrews 10:16-25; Psa 22

Lord God,
Jesus cried out to you on the cross,
“Why have you forsaken me?”
You seemed so far from his cry
And from his distress.
Those who stood at the foot of the cross
Wondered where you were,
As they saw Jesus mocked and shamed and killed.
Where were you then?
Lord God,
We, too, ask where you are,
When there is trouble and suffering and death,
And we cry out to you for help.
Be near to us, and save us
So that we may praise you for your deliverance.
Lord God,
We wait, on Friday, for the resurrection of Sunday
And sometimes our lives seem a succession of Fridays
And we cannot see what is “Good.”
Teach us to call your name
As Jesus did.
Make us to trust in you like little children.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Saturday (Holy Saturday) - Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 17:1-6Lamentations 3:1-9Lamentations 3:19-24

Lord God,
On the Sabbath,
Jesus rested.
He was in the grave.
He had finished his work.
To most people’s eyes,
It looked as if it were all over.
He was dead and buried.
But only as a seed dies when it is planted in the earth,
Not to decay, but to spring to new life.
Teach us to take refuge in you when we are afraid
Teach us that death is not our end
Teach us to hope always in you
And in the resurrection, the making of all things
New.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Amen.

 

Sunday - (Easter/Resurrection Sunday) - Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 28Revelation 5:11-14; Psa 118:1-2; Psa 118:14-24

Lord God,
You loved this world so much,
That you gave your one and only Son,
That we might be called your children too.
Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace
Of Easter Sunday, everyday.
Let us have hearts of thankfulness
For your sacrifice.
Let us have eyes that look upon
Your grace and rejoice in our salvation.
Help us to walk in that mighty grace
And tell your good news to the world.
All for your glory do we pray, Lord,
Amen


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28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”   Matthew 11:28-30 Message

As a follow up to Sunday's message and the gracious invitation Jesus offers, many of us might be wondering how to experience rest.  A friend recently said to me, "I'm too busy to rest."

Often we say, “When thus-and-so happens, then I will catch up on my rest.” For you, that might be:

  • When I finish that project.

  • When my kids are in school.

  • When I get that promotion/raise.

  • When I find a different job.

  • When I have enough money to hire help.

  • When my kids leave home.

  • When my finances improve.

  • When I get in better health/shape.

  • When I retire.

“When we strive, God waits; when we rest, God acts.” –Jack Frost

Rest requires faith, and a lack of soul rest is caused by fear and doubt. The Greek definition for “rest” means “to cease, to be refreshed, to settle down, and to abide.”

It takes submission and surrender to settle down into God’s rest. Instead, many of us go through life feeling restless. When wedon’t allow our hearts to be still, our emotions stay stirred up. We struggle with an unresolved issue...Forgiveness...Bitterness... Hurt...Insecurity.

Restlessness is a symptom of being homesick for God’s love. True rest comes when we can hunker down in His love and know it’s enough—we don’t have to perform or strive for perfection; just be.

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” – The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland

If you can relate to that saying, you’re probably still striving for: praise, performance, power or perfection. You will never rest if you chase these self-focused goals. Let’s lay down those pursuits and chase after just one thing - More of Jesus. 

11 days til Easter

Greg

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Hoping that you are well and enjoying Spring Break this week.

This Sunday, March 31, is a BIG celebration at Gateway4.  Join us as we celebrate Missions.  We will Skype the Wani's in Africa and hear a report from the Mexico Team.  We continue our series, IN THEIR SHOES, so make sure to bring your shoe donations.  Let us know before Friday at noon if you would like to be water baptized Sunday? 

25 days til Easter

Greg

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This is the day the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it.   Psalm 118:24 NLT 

Oh my!  Is it really in the mid 70's in mid March?  Loving the sun, but struggling with the early onset of allergy season. With spring in full swing, my encouragement is to wait and watch what God is about to burst into bloom.  I'm not referring to daffodils and tulips.  I'm thinking more of the countless ways God will develop you into the person He sent His Son, Jesus for.  How are you looking, acting, speaking?  Are you living more like Jesus?  My prayer is that your time in the Bible, your prayer life, and your daily walk with Jesus is loaded with devotion instead of duty.  Watch for Jesus in the details.  Enjoy His presence this season.

32 days til Easter

Greg

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For we are mingled with the Messiah, if we will continue unshaken in this confident assurance from the beginning until the end.  Hebrews 3:14 TPT


The only thing I like shaken is my Oreo ice cream shake at Carl's Jr. 

When life shakes me with trials, tests, and circumstances outside my control, I sometimes squirm.  What about you?

The Bible verse in Hebrews 3 enCOURAGES me to settle-in this season.  I am 'mingled with the Messiah', which means I don't have to squirm. I get to 'continue to be unshaken in this confident assurance'.


Strong & Steady

Grace & Grit

Greg

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Gateway Friends,

The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.  Proverbs 18:21 NIV 

During our four-letter-word sermon series, we have tackled LOST, KIND, GRIT, QUIT, and others.  With only eight days of February left, my encouragement is to KEEP speaking words of LIFE to your family, friends, neighbors, strangers, coworkers, and classmates. Our words make a difference.  Just this week at the grocery store, a KIND conversation with the clerk led to a sweet connection and invitation.  See you Friday for the Missions Dinner & Auction.

PRESS on

Greg

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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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