Gateway Friends -

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 3:12-14

This inspired passage of Scripture is a timely reminder to 'press on'.

Press on with only a couple weeks of school left.

Press on with the weather changes.

Press on with your current health challenges.

Press on with your financial situation.

Press on with relationships.

Press on with the laundry and dishes piling up.

Press on with forgiveness over an offense.

Press on with a greater devotion to God.

So many ways to press on this season.  May the LORD grace you and me as we 'forget what lies behind and reach forward'.

Press on and keep Pursuing what matters most.  I'm cheering and praying for you.



Happy Wednesday Gateway Family -

I hope you have had the opportunity to be with us at church the past 2 Sundays as we’ve studied the Women of Luke.  If you haven’t, I definitely want to encourage you to listen to the podcast on the Gateway App or on our website.

This past Sunday, as Pastor Greg took a deeper look at Mary, the mother of Jesus, I was struck by what a tremendous honor it was for Mary to be asked to carry God’s son.   Mary understood the magnitude of the honor and wrote her praise to God in a song, known now as the Song of Mary, or the Magnificat.  I remember singing Bach’s Magnificat in Latin when I was in school.  Just this week, I took another look at it in the Message version of the Bible and I would love to share that with you.

Mary said,

I’m bursting with God-news.

I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.

God took one look at me, and look what happened-

I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!

What God has done for me will never be forgotten,

The God whose name is holy, set apart from all others,

His mercy flows in wave after wave

On those who are in awe before Him.

 We, too, have been chosen!  We should be singing His praise right alongside Mary!  God took one look at me, and look what happened!  Tonight, at 7pm, we are having a Prayer and Praise night at Gateway.  Take this opportunity to join us and give praise back to God.

Hope to see you there!



Gateway Friends -

Woah!  Did the powerfully 'pink' message from Pastor Stacey on Sunday 'rock your world'?  The feedback from 'Choose the Best' has been tremendously positive.  The depth of teaching has stretched my paradigm and has me doing the dishes this week.  Some of the quotable moments from Sunday's sermon:

"loss of focus causes us to question God's care"

"loss of focus causes us to find fault in others"

"loss of focus causes us to miss what really matters most"

"Jesus was the first feminist."

"Jesus wasn't gender biased; He was breaking down barriers."

"Jesus didn't segregate; He was inclusive, not exclusive."

"Circumcision...women couldn't participate in..."

"Jesus got rid of the boys' club."

"Men and Women were not created the same, but were created equal...Scandalous"

"Jesus was counter-cultural with His reaction toward women."

"Be devoted to Jesus more than doing for Jesus."

You can listen to the full message at or from the new Gateway App. 

We will tackle this 'scandalous' topic with part two of the series - "Women in Luke" on Mother's Day (5/14) during both the 9 & 11am celebration services. 

Luke 8:1-3



Gateway Friends -

It's been 10 days since Easter and I have great news.  Jesus is still alive! 

Friends, the Word is alive as well.  Earlier this week, I was reading in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 10.  Many of you are familiar with the S.O.A.P. Life Journaling method and I thought I would share mine from Sunday, April 23.

Scripture -

MATTHEW 10:20 ESV  For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Observation -

<WHO> Jesus instructions were not vague.  Avoid the Gentiles and Samaritans.  Go to the House of Israel (Jews). 

<WHERE> Jesus instructed his disciples to 'go' to a certain area.  

<WHAT>  Jesus instructions included specifics.  Don't receive money, speak peace when you enter, knock the dust off…  Jesus said, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leper, cast out demons. 

With the Who, What, Where being laid out, there's one big thing missing, HOW?  How will they accomplish this big task?  This is where verse 20 provides the answer: …but the Spirit of your Father will speak through you.  We may feel like we know the where, who, what, but the HOW is vitally important.  The Spirit speaking through you is essential.

Application -

Stay focused on the mission of where, what, who, but rely more on the Spirit for the HOW.

  • How do I live > through the Spirit
  • How do I work > through the Spirit
  • How do I relate > through the Spirit
  • How do I speak > through the Spirit
  • How do I forgive > through the Spirit
  • How do I accept > through the Spirit
  • How do I lead > through the Spirit
  • How do I minister > through the Spirit
  • How do I parent / grandparent > through the Spirit

Prayer -

Thank you Jesus, for reminding the disciples of old and me today, how to operate and live a life on mission.  Will you fill me fresh today with Your Spirit.  Pour in me and work through me.  NO matter where, no matter what, no matter when, no matter who . . . may it all be done THROUGH Your Spirit.  Like the first disciples, I choose to follow you and your way - the way of the Spirit.

If you would like to start Journaling, the S.O.A.P. method is an easy and effective one.  In fact, the Life Journal is on the new Gateway App.  Download today and start reading the Word; it will transform your life.


Pursue what matters most / Matt 6:33

*Join us at Gateway this Sunday for Missions & Baptisms

Gateway Friends -

Thank you for sharing your Easter weekend with the Gateway community.  What a weekend! Gateway hosted our first ever Tenebrae Good Friday service and nearly 200 people encountered the cross in a meaningful way.  Was that your first Tenebrae?  What were your impressions/feedback?  Other than the blackout finale being a bit dark for some, I have heard positive and encouraging feedback.

Three Celebration services on Easter Sunday brought nearly 500 people onto our campus.  Did you enjoy the opening dance and song with the kids as much as I did?  The music was marvelous, the cookies were endless, the photo booth was a blast, the friendly-factor was energetic, the poem and message were inspiring - but the best part of Sunday was seeing four more people say "YES" to Jesus.

Several of you have asked where I found my Pacman suit and some even asked if you could have it when I was finished.  You can find almost anything online, and you can get your own Pacman suit for next year.  I'm saving mine for another special occasion.

Remember...Preach the gospel at all times, but WHEN NECESSARY, use words.


Pursue what matters most

Gateway Friends -

We're two days away from GOOD FRIDAY, three days away from TAX DAY, and four days away from RESURRECTION SUNDAY.  Besides the one in the middle, I am thrilled for this HOLY WEEK.

Earlier this week, Stacey and I added a new, and uniquely special, HOLY WEEK experience.  We walked "The Way of the Cross" across from Broadway Commons/Salem Alliance Church.  As we wandered through the warehouse maze, we encountered the final days of Christ in a three-dimensional, art-filled, visceral, meaningful way.  The Way of the Cross is open M-F from 8:30am-8:30pm this week.  Check it out!

Check out Gateway's Good Friday, Tenebrae service at 7pm.  This Family friendly service will be like none other Gateway has hosted on a Good Friday.  I invite you to join us for this dark/light/gloomy/hazy/amazing Christ-Connection.  In preparation for this service, you may want to read Luke 24, pray and ready your heart to be stirred and inspired.  At the conclusion of the Tenebrae service, we encourage you to exit in silence, remembering the sacrifice Christ has made for you personally.  Childcare will be available for babies to 5yrs.

Check out Gateway's Resurrection Celebration Services Sunday, <8:30 / 10 / 11:30>  This will be a fun, upbeat, bouncing, joyous, praise-filled, dance-filled day with delicious treats, an applicable word, and sweet connections with family and friends.  The Gateway photo-booth will be open after each service.  Extra parking will be available at Judson Middle School, (around the corner on Jones Road).  Excited to meet your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers.

Praising the LORD  

(Psalm 148)




How's the new Gateway App working for you?  If you have a story to share, we would enjoy hearing how the Life Journal, the Podcast, the Calendar, the Bible, the easy ways to Give, . . . how the App is helping you?

Gateway Friends -

The next two weeks will be a thrill around Gateway!  This Sunday is Palm Sunday and we're building a bounce house for the kids and offering a delicious brunch for everyone at 10am. Celebration services are t 9am & 11am.

Next Friday, we will host a significant experience at the cross during our Good Friday service at 7pm.  This will be a family service, but childcare is available for babies to 5 yrs old in our newly remodeled Nursery-Toddler rooms.

April 16 is Resurrection Sunday!  Three Celebration services will be offered - 8:30/10/11:30. Be sure to om early and get a seat, because our kids are opening the service with song and dance.  Pop in for a fun family pic at the Photo booth, and in us at the café for plenty of yummy treats and bold NW coffee.  All of our first time guests will receive a Gateway We-Care-bag. 

We're excited to meet your friends and family.  You may have noticed on Sundays, during the Worship, that prayer and ministry is available AT THE CROSS.  Gateway is a safe place for you to receive prayer, encouragement, healing, and a divine touch from God.  We invite you to bring your needs.  Gateway is a grace-place and our heart is to partner with you in prayer. 

Meet you AT THE CROSS.


Pursue what matters most[Matthew 6:33]

11 days to Easter :)

**The Gateway App launched on Sunday, April 2nd!   It's simple to use and a super helpful resource for connecting with Gateway (calendar, Life Journal, Bible, podcast, giving)Download from App Store "Gateway4" and enjoy the easy, accessible new cool tool.   

Be sure to click on CONNECT and then CONNECT CARD and send us your current information.  If you have a new address, or if there is a possibility we don't have your address, please add it to the Info box at the bottom.  

Greetings Gateway Family,

Can you believe this weekend is the beginning of April??   As I drive through our beautiful city and see trees beginning to blossom and daffodils blooming, I am filled with hope – hope that winter is over and new life is coming!! 

There is certainly new life at Gateway this spring.  We will be celebrating Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter in just a couple of weeks.  Be sure to watch for special service times and events for you and your family and friends to join in.  Don’t forget to grab a stack of touch cards or a yard sign to help you invite others during this special season. 

“It” is coming!!  This Sunday, April 2nd, “It” will be revealed.  Make sure you join us at the 9 or 11 am service to find out the latest Gateway news. 

Have a blessed Spring Break!!  See you Sunday!

~ Lynn Mireles

Gateway Friends -

Believe it or not, I am drafting this note while the sun is shining outside.  A minor miracle for the PNW (Pacific Northwest).  As we have been diving deeper into Luke's Gospel, many of you have given positive and helpful feedback.  For those who would like to catch up on a Sunday sermon, you can listen online to the Podcasts:  During our series=Go Fish, we started with an introduction of Luke, the author, artist, musician, physician, and so much more.  Week 2 we looked at Jesus' selection of the Twelve. On that Sunday, we passed out five Touch cards for you to invite your friends to Gateway's incredible Easter season services.  "Who's your five?"  Week 3 we learned how much Luke discusses FOOD throughout the gospel.  We even had a table set with china and a delicious roast.  Remember, it's not WHAT is on the table that matters, but WHO is around the table.  I encourage you to invite your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers to a family meal.  This is a great way to reach out.  

This week, we will dive into one of my favorite topics: Worship.  Join us as we discover the importance of rejoicing everyday.  Luke has some inspired thoughts about music/worship/rejoicing, that no other Gospel writer does.

For those travelling during this Spring break, my prayers are with you.  I look forward to seeing you next week, as we roll-out a super special pre-Easter option. "It" is coming and you won't want to miss the launch of "it" on April 2nd!

~Thank you for your responses last week to the Jesus art. David B, Tamra, Sandrea, and Kurt were the first to respond and win Great Harvest Gift Cards.


Pursue what matters most

25 days til Easter

Gateway Friends -

This picture of Jesus has stirred and encouraged my emotions and walk with God this season.  The artist is Yongsung Kim, and the portrait is titled: Save me - the Hand of God.  Rather than describing my impressions of this beautiful piece of art, I wonder what this image stirs in you? 

The beauty of art, is that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".  Email me a brief description of your thoughts.  How do you see Jesus?  How is Jesus encouraging you this season?  The first four to respond will receive a Great Harvest Gift Card.

We love because He first loved us.  1 John 4:19



31 days til Easter :)

Gateway Friends -

Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest are faithful messengers to those who send them;
 they refresh the spirit... Proverbs 25:13 NRSV

On Monday, at my house in south Salem, we had more than 3" of snow.  As a native Oregonian, I don't remember snow in March ever.  However, according to the Oregon Climate Services at Oregon State University, Oregon has experienced snow in March.  There were eight days of measurable snowfall in 1951, but the highest March snowfall in Salem was on March 2, 1960, when 6.7 inches fell. You may be like me and enjoy the white-fluffy stuff, or all this winter-wonderland in March may be a big inconvenience to you?  

Either way friends, we don't control the weather, but we do know the One who does.  May you be encouraged and refreshed by the Creator this week.  With all the pure, white snow, it does remind me of what Christ has done for my sins.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.                   (Psalm 51:7) 

39 days til Resurrection Sunday


PURSUE what matters most

Gateway Friends -

What's special about today?  Depending on your upbringing and church background, the season leading up to Easter may be a familiar one, or a completely new one.  I grew up going to church on Easter, but didn't realize the significance of the days and weeks leading up to this special day.  Traditions are important for the church if they serve a purpose.  Here's a brief explanation for Lent and Ash Wednesday. 

ASH WEDNESDAY / A day of fasting, is the first day of Lent.  It derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).

LENT / Forty days leading up to Easter (Monday-Saturday, Sunday represents rest). The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, repentance of sins, and self-denial.

LENT gives us an opportunity and a reason to expose the parts of our lives that, in most circumstances, we’d rather leave covered up.  We know, as Christians, we don’t need Lent to come to Jesus and expose and repent from our sin.  We can do that any day of the year and know that Jesus hears our cry and forgives our sin.  But Lent begs us to drag our full self out of the darkness of our everyday world and walk confidently into the light, while identifying to the best of our ability, with Jesus every step of the way.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           LENT isn’t to be observed only by traditional thinking Christians or devout Catholics.  Lent should be observed by any and all who believe in Jesus, possibly by making significant sacrifices over the course of the next 40 days.  Lent is about drawing near to God through acknowledging the life of Jesus who came to earth to sacrifice and die so we may be saved.

Will you join me and many of the GATEWAY Leaders for this season of Lent?  If you plan to participate this year, tell someone, not boastfully, but there’s nothing like some good ol’ accountability.  If you plan to use social media during the Lent season, we’d love to hear what you’re giving up this season and how the 40 days are going.  You can let us know by using #GatewayLent.

Let’s journey toward Easter together through reading Scripture and prayer, through giving something up in order that we may encounter Jesus deeper, and through letting the transformation that happens be light to those in our lives each day.

On the journey,


Gateway Friends -

"The Holy Spirit has been sent by the Father to assist you in all the practical matters of Christian living.  He is your number one helper."  Charles Stanley

This season, Stacey and I are facilitating a Life Group that is learning more about the Holy Spirit.  It amazes me how much I need comfort, counsel, and correction in my life, and how the Spirit provides for each.  The Holy Spirit provides so much...

The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom.  (2 Cor. 2:10-12)The Holy Spirit gives us supernatural strength.  (Eph. 3:16)

The Holy Spirit gives us Godly virtues.  (Gal. 5:22-23)

The Holy Spirit gives us certain talents and gifts beyond our natural abilities.  (1 Cor. 12:4-7)

You may be facing health, financial, job, family, relationship concerns.  With these final days of February in front of us, turn your cares over to him.  Join with me, and invite the Holy Spirit to fill you, help you, guide you.  He is our #1 helper.




Happy Friday Gateway Friends,

Just a quick note to invite you to Sunday's celebration services at 9 & 11am.  Last week we rejoiced with new life in Christ, twelve water baptisms, and 497 in attendance.  The place was packed, and we brought out all the chairs we could find.  What a joy it was to see you warmly welcoming the new guests to Gateway.  I was able to meet many of those sharing their first Sunday at Gateway, and several said they would be back.  This Sunday, we will hear inspiring stories from Generation Unleashed Youth and the Men's Retreat experience.  Pastor Aaron and I will be sharing a timely message as we continue the Pursue What Matters Most series.

I wonder if you could help us in three specific ways?

#1Please park in the outer parking area so our guests can enjoy the closer spots.

#2We're seeking more friendly greeters to add to the team for Sunday morning 

       services.  Contact the office if interested 503.364.3551.

#3Continue to invite your friends and family.  Continue welcoming our new guests. 

Let's help everyone experience the "friendliest church in the Willamette Valley".  God is stirring amazing momentum in our midst.  What a thrilling season to PURSUE Jesus.



Matt 6:33

Gateway Friends -

We love, because He first loved.  1 John 4:19

Millions of couples will celebrate Valentine's Day.  Eighteen (18) billion is the projected amount that will be spent on chocolate, cards, flowers, and jewelry.  The average couple will invest $137 on this silly holiday celebrating love.  As a romantic, I'm okay with Valentine's Day, but as a realist, this day is more of a cultural and commercial phenomenon.  Does your relationship really require a specific day to focus on love?  The history of Valentine's Day is not even Christian in nature.  Most historians suggest the roots of Valentine's is based on pagan traditions.  Friends, hopefully your feelings for that special someone are rooted in authentic, humble, pure love. 

My heart's desire is that you know, at the core of your being, that Jesus loves you.  You are His beloved.  He has given so much more than chocolate, flowers, or jewelry.  Jesus paid it all for our sins and gave His life on the cross.  Now that is true love.  Remember, on this worldly day of celebrating love, that Jesus loved us first. 




Gateway Friends,

If you're under the age of 40, you don't remember 1977.  For the rest of us, 1977 was a special year.  Special, not only because of the music (BeeGees, Manilow, Streisand, Abba), the movies (Star Wars, Rocky) and bell bottom pants, but because 1977 was the year this amazing church started building momentum.  

In fact, our church name has not always been Gateway.  We have been called New Life Fellowship, Life Fellowship, South Salem Foursquare, and currently Gateway.  Five different Pastors have led the charge.  Thank you David Alloway, Bob Nash, Nate Krupp, and Morris Brown.  

During the last 40 years, we have moved from the first pastor's home, to the YMCA downtown, to Pringle Park Club House on South Commercial street, to a small building with property on Sunnyside, to a massive middle school-Crossler, and to our current location on Idylwood.  Oh my, four church names, five pastors, and six locations.

As we look back on our 40 year history, there is much to rejoice over.  Special thanks to Corky Hooton (40yrs), Bob & Susan House (38yrs), Larry & Sallie Hayworth (28yrs). Seventeen years ago, Stacey and our five children moved from California to Salem.  The first Sunday we arrived, 33 people were in attendance.  I think that included the Schaub seven. The adventure has been memorable and now we look to the future.  Gateway's focus for this 40th year is, PURSUE what matters most (Matt 6:33; Prov 21:21).

Last Sunday, February 5, we celebrated the 40 year anniversary and shared the vision for 2017 -To KNOW Jesus personally, to GROW purposefully, and to GO passionately.  Thank you for making history with the Gateway community.  The future is bright with Jesus.


Gateway Friends,

From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace... John 1:16

My prayer for you today, is that you are experiencing the fullness of Jehovah's amazing grace.  Such amazing grace that the disciple, John, says, 'grace upon grace'.  Wow! That's a lot of grace!   God knows I need it, and I am grateful for it.  This note comes to you from Panama City, Panama, where I am serving with twenty other Foursquare Pastors on a mission to this incredible country.  Seeing God's grace on this nation stirs my heart.  I will be back for Sunday celebration services at Gateway.


Pursue what matters most

Proverbs 21:21


Gateway Friends,

Whoever PURSUES righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.  Proverbs 21:21 NIV

We're twenty-fives days into the new year and Gateway's focus for 2017 continues to motivate and inspire me.  <PURSUE what matters most>  Tonight, Gateway hosts an encouraging Prayer & Praise Night, 6:30pm.  With the 21 Day fast coming to a close, tonight will be a redemptive way to wrap up the fast. (Jan. 9-30)

Believing for Breakthroughs,


7 Steps to Spiritual Breakthrough (Sunday, Jan 22 sermon /

#1 Call on the Name of Jesus

#2 Praise

#3 Persistent Prayers

#4 Fasting

#5 Forgive

#6 Repent

#7 Stand and watch the Lord work victory

                      *Childcare available for Nursery - Toddlers tonight :)

Gateway Friends,

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Romans 12:11 NIV

Way to go Gateway!  We're halfway there with the 21 day fast, and I trust this season of focus with Jesus has been redemptive for you.  As we PURSUE what matters most this year, keep drawing close to Jesus.  Remember to pick up one of our practical Fasting Guides at Church to help you navigate the journey.  My prayer is that you will experience the presence and power of God in an extraordinary way as you commit yourself to Him.

Continue to ASK God for divine direction, breakthrough, and cleansing.Pray + Fast = ahh-ha!  (listen online to Jan 15 sermon /




Fasting Encouragement Note ~

We’re almost halfway through our 21 day fast, and I find I am pressing in even harder to hear the Lord’s voice for every area of my life.  Margaret Feinberg, in her book “Sacred Echo”, describes times in our lives when we hear the same words or message everywhere we turn – God trying to get our attention.  That’s been occurring for me during this fast. 

Deut. 4:29 says if we seek God, we will find Him if we seek Him with all our heart and soul.Lord, keep us listening for your echo and pursuing you!!








Fasting Encouragement Note ~


We’re almost halfway through our 21 day fast, and I find I am pressing in even harder 

to hear the Lord’s voice for every area of my life.  Margaret Feinberg, in her book “Sacred Echo”, 

describes times in our lives when we hear the same words or message everywhere we turn – 

God trying to get our attention.  That’s been occurring for me during this fast. 


Deut. 4:29 says if we seek God, we will find Him if we seek Him with all our heart and soul.

Lord, keep us listening for your echo and pursuing you!!