Have you ever done something that you wish you’d done differently? We all have. There are times when our approach to life in general or even our approach to Spiritual life may be “upside down”. We just need to do things differently. Over the next seven weeks, we will be looking at some areas of church life and personal attitudes that we might need to all God to turn “upside down”. If you’ve ever stepped on a roller coaster that goes “upside down” then you know it can be frightening and thrilling all at the same time. As we allow God to change us, it may be frightening, but the thrill of His work in us is well worth the ride!
An army of volunteers from Gateway will be going out to spread kindness in a variety of ways this week! We want to start a movement by spreading the love of Jesus in practical ways all over our community.
Here are some of your stories of
Random Acts of Kindness:
2013 Random Acts of Kindness Day
I made cupcakes for Dani’s birthday so decided I’d treat my mail carrier on Tues. 10/08/13. She said it made her day to find a sweet treat she’d been craving( she ate it on the spot) and an ice cold soda, along with a note of appreciation .
They nurses and doctors that took care of Mom while she was recovering from heart surgery was the best. They were all very nice and attentive to her needs. When we checked her out on Monday I took them a thank you card and some cookies. We got the surgery team a card for Mom to take on Wednesday to her follow up appointment. So thankful for there skill and caring heart.
Popcorn is a must with a movie. It tastes better when it’s free!
a surprise at CoinStar
Home baked goodies for local businesses, delicious!
Even the littlest members of our faith family get involved!
cookies for the waiting room at the hospital
These girls went door-to-door giving out little bouquets. It was an extra special honor to pray for some of their neighbors.
The 7th & 8th grade boys worked at the food pantry.
Pay for the coffee for the person behind you in line!
Or just hand them a gift card!
What’s YOUR story of kindness?
We have started a new series called FAQ: Frequently Asked (or Avoided Questions. Over the next several weeks, we will address questions that we all ask in our hearts, but hardly ever voice. Some of them will be controversial, and some of them will challenge us to look closer at God’s Word than we’ve ever looked before.
This week’s question is: Why does God seem to answer to answer only some prayers? Why do some people receive healing, while others die from disease? Why do we sometimes pray and see miracles, but other times God just seems silent? Why does God often seem to intervene in response to our prayers, but not always? The truth is that we may never understand all of the answers to these questions, but there are definitely some principles that can help us understand what God is like, and what He’s up to in our lives. Let’s journey together through some of the FAQs of life.
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As Christians we have a ruler and an authority that is wise and full of truth. Yet somehow we choose to run from this loving ruler. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that we are all really rebels at heart: “The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable – who can understand it?” Jonah is the obvious example of a rebel in the Bible. God said, “Go.” Jonah said, “No.” The rest is a story of Jonah’s running, and God’s pursuing.
It’s not just Jonah’s story. . .it’s ours as well. As we study the book of Jonah, we’ll discover that despite our best efforts to run from God. . .we can never outrun Him.
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Gateway has been involved in so many wonderful things this summer! Let’s celebrate together and look forward to what the Lord has in store for the rest of 2014. We’ll all come together for ONE service, at 10:30am (No Saturday Worship) followed by lunch and games on the grounds.
Here’s what you need to know:
*Bring a dessert to share. The Burnt Offerings Cooking Team is smoking BBQ and the fabulous hospitality ladies are getting together all the fixins!
*We know lots of people will plan to stay for lunch, so bring your lawn chairs. And maybe your pop-up tents?
*We’ll have a volleyball tournament (more details to come about teams), corn holes, moonbounces, horseshoes, and more!
*Small groups will compete in the first ever SMALL GROUP CHAOS at 2pm. Who will win!? Only one group can take home the title Small Group Champions!
*Plan to stay cool and be ready to play. Wear comfy clothes! (Maybe your small group will all wear the same color? Go TEAM!)