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THE ACADEMY // COMMUNIT y life // mastercl ass // christmas

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G A T E WAYA L L I A N C E C H U R C H . C O M I S S U E 9 : fa l l 2 0 1 3

get excited for

MAN IN THE MIRROR A brand new 6-part message series with pastor martin trench, kicking off this Fall.

MICHAEL HARDIN

Author of 'The Jesus Driven Life' and founder of 'Preaching Peace' joins us this September.

the usual suspects: special sundays • calendar • connect, grow, serve


c o n n e c t on sundays

A new 6-part message series with Pastor Martin Trench September/October/November 2013

ALL OF US REFLECT THE GLORY OF THE LORD, WHO CONTINUES TO CHANGE US BY HIS SPIRIT, INTO HIS GLORIOUS MIRROR IMAGE. 2 CORINTHIANS 3:18

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esus repeatedly taught that, instead of judging other people, complaining about the mess of the world, or withdrawing from society, we should rather be looking to God for our example, and looking within to change ourselves, and then work as transformed people to make the world a better place.

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The man who looks into the perfect mirror of God’s law of liberty, and makes a habit of so doing, and puts into practice what he sees there; he wins true happiness. James 1:25

Discover who you really are... a gifted, amazing child of God, created in “his image and likeness”, born to reflect the very image of God.

Discover who God is... a loving, forgiving, creative intelligence, perfectly revealed in Jesus “the visible image of the invisible God”.

Discover what the scriptures really are... “a perfect mirror” that lets us see ourselves – our problems and our possibilities – in the stories and characters, and seeing ourselves, we gain wisdom, and so grow and change.

What’s with the symbols? To make it easier for you to quickly know what section of the magazine you are in, we’ve implemented an icon and colour code to each. You’ll find them situated at the top of the page and each colour icon and line corresponds to three distinct categories:

Connect - on Sundays with God with people with church Grow - in a group community nights community groups house parties Serve - on a team Sunday service teams social justice teams mid-week ministry teams

I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways and no message could have been any clearer: If you want to make the world a better place,take a look at yourself and then make a change. Michael Jackson

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gatewaykids

belong. believe. become At Gateway, kids matter! They are respected for the way God created them. He made them so that they love to play, discover, question and have fun! So we at GatewayKids are all about helping kids BELONG, BELIEVE and BECOME what God made them to be. We believe in kids and have a passion for kids and all that God has for them. Every experience here at GatewayKids has an eternal purpose behind it. We provide a place for kids from 0 to grade 6. With nursery & toddler, a preschool program, an elementary program and a preteen program. Check out the KidCheck center and talk to one of our GatewayKids team members for more information or contact Drake at the church office.

MILESTONES

Email: pastordrake@gatewayalliancechurch.com

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At Gateway we take our kids' safety seriously. All workers are screened and trained in Plan to Protect Policies. Parents, please create a KidCheck Profile at: http://www.kidcheck.com/signup.aspx

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s we journey through life, we occasionally meet with major milestones in our life - the birth of a child, the beginning of a new relationship, the decision to join a faith community, the need for support during an illness or crisis. Our Community Pastor, Drake Farmer, together with our Elders Team are happy to help you with the following Milestones:

Becoming a Christian Water Baptism Child Dedication Church Membership

Healing Prayer Crisis Counseling Weddings Funerals

Enquire at the Info Desk or contact Pastor Drake at the church office. If you have any prayer requests please email:

prayer@gatewayalliancechurch.com


{ Special Sundays }

We have lots of exciting sunday events coming up. put these dates in your diary, you don’t want to miss them!

Michael Hardin - Sept 29th

Thanksgiving - Oct 13th

Harold Eberle - Oct 27th

“He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.”

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:1)

“How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15b)

A special service of praise and music honouring Canadian traditions old and new. We will also be collecting nonperishable food items during this service for the Edmonton Food Bank (See next page). Please give generously to those less fortunate.

We are delighted to have Harold back with us again. Expect to be inspired, motivated, enthused and challenged by this excellent communicator and prolific author. (See back cover for details of Harold’s Masterclass)

(Ephesians 2:17)

Michael is the author of numerous books and theological publications, including the popular book, The Jesus Driven Life, and he is the founder of Preaching Peace. Come expecting a refreshing and new look at scripture, faith and real life.

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» preachingpeace.org

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Remembrance Day - Nov 10th Vision Sunday - Nov 17th “Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore”. (Isaiah 2:4b) During this service we will take time to remember all who are affected by war, and those who serve, and to pray for peace to come, to individuals, families, and nations.

“I know the plans I have for your, says the Lord, plans for your prosperity and not your harm, plans to bring about the future that you hope for” (Jeremiah 29:11) Come and hear about the next exciting steps we are taking as a church, as we continue to grow numerically larger and spiritually deeper.

Healing & Communion Service - Nov 24th “He forgives all of our sins, and heals all of our diseases” (Psalm 103:2)

A Spirit-filled service, with worship, teaching, the breaking of bread, and healing prayer with the laying on of hands as we seek to encounter the presence of God.

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g r o w in a group

RENDER is a place for ages 18-30 to take a break from the everyday, where you can invite your friends, share life together, and grow in faith and community. » facebook.com/render.gac » pastordrake@gatewayalliancechurch.com

Date

Time

What

When

Sept 22

12:30pm-3pm

HOUSE PARTY

SPORER'S HOUSE

Oct 4

645pm-9pm

OUTBREAK

CHURCH

Oct 20

1230pm-3pm

HOUSE PARTY

SPORER'S HOUSE

Nov 8

645pm-9pm

OUTBREAK

CHURCH

Nov 17

1230pm-3pm

HOUSE PARTY

SPORER'S HOUSE

Dec 6

645pm-9pm

OUTBREAK

CHURCH

WITH

On Thanksgiving, October 13 2013 we will be accepting donations for the Food Bank. This is the time of year that demand for food is high so there’s no better time to clean out your pantry and spread the love! We will need 4-6 people to collect and sort food before and after our thanksgiving service. We will need 2-3 people to drive donations to the food bank the following week. Find out more at the Gateway info desk on Sundays or visit/email: » facebook.com/releasegac » info@gatewayalliancechurch.com Release is a ministry department set up for people who are interested in social justice issues in Edmonton and further afield. 6 / / g a t e way m a g a z i n e f a l l 2 0 1 3


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2PM AT GATEWAY ALLIANCE CHURCH followed by Q&A time with director Kevin Miller and theologian Michael Hardin, who is featured in the movie.

Does hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why? Featuring an eclectic group of authors, theologians, pastors, social commentators and musicians, Hellbound? is a provocative, 85 minute documentary that will ensure you never look at hell the same way again. hellboundthemovie.com

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SEARCHERS

HOSTILE PRAYER TO HELP YOU TAKE THE NEXT STEP:

OPEN

SEEKIING

FAI COMMI

Father God, I come to you today to seek your forgiveness, blessing, and power. I acknowledge that I have sinned and fallen short of the life you created me for. I ask for your forgiveness. I believe that your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross in my place and for my sins, so that I may receive new life and a new relationship with you; and I believe that he rose from the dead and is alive for evermore. I open up my life fully to the presence of your Spirit, to change me, lead me, and empower me to take the next step in my journey of faith. By your grace, may I become the person you always intended me to be — a fully-forgiven, fully-alive child of the living God. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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FOLLOWERS

ITH ITMENT

CONNECTING

Opportunities to help you take the next step:

GROWING

SERVING

We have a number of different Community Groups (see next page for more info) that you can be a part of. Some of them are social groups, some are service groups, and some are study groups. Wherever you are in your faith journey, and whatever you feel is the right step for you to take next, you are not alone - there are others you can share this leg of your journey with. Please visit gatewayalliancechurch.com or our Info Desk on a Sunday for a list of our current groups, or the next few pages for more opportunities. g a t e waya l l i a n c e c h u r c h . c o m / / 9


COMMUNITY GROUPS COMMUNITY NIGHTS It’s great to be a part of a growing church, but it is also important to build relationships and really become part of the community here at Gateway. To help facilitate that, we have a variety of different Community Groups, each with a different purpose, flavour or emphasis – because everyone is unique, and there is no one group which meets every need. Watch our Bulletin Board in the church building, or our website for an updated list of all the groups we currently have available. If you are someone who is searching for a group or you have a desire to lead or host such a group, please use our online form at gatewayalliancechurch.com/community-life to find your perfect fit! You can also get more details at the info desk on a Sunday or contact Pastor Drake: » pastordrake@gatewayalliancechurch.com

Community Nights are a place for you to experience and explore the deeper things of the Christian faith. This is where you can come and grow in community and is where our various community groups meet together in a larger group setting. From 6.30pm until 8.30pm on Wednesdays twice a month.

DATES

RELAX with good friends and

DEC 18th

Sept 25th O ct 9th O ct 23rd Nov 6th Nov 20th DEC 4th

meet new people. Enjoy a drink from our Connections Café.

Acoustic style worship, expressions of

adoration, communion, healing, prayer and spiritual gifts.

Dig deeper into God’s word and how it speaks

to your life today.

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WHERE

WHAT

DATE

TIME

XLR8 is a place where any student can BELONG and feel safe and accepted, where they can explore and wrestle with what they BELIEVE and BECOME all that God made them to be.

Sept 20

6.45pm-9pm XLR8 Kickoff!

Church

Sept 27

6.45pm-9pm

XLR8 Arcade: Hit & Run

Church

Oct 4

6.45pm-9pm OUTBREAK

Church

We at XLR8 believe in students and have a passion to see them thrive for a full and fulfilled life and to know the power of God in their lives.

Oct 11

6.45pm-9pm CHAOS

Church

Oct 18

6.45pm-9pm

XLR8 Arcade: Gladiator Night!

Church

Oct 25

TBA

Superhero Bowling

Bronx Bowling

pastordrake@ gatewayalliancechurch.com

Nov 1

NO YOUTH

Nov 8

6.45pm-9pm OUTBREAK

Church

What is Search?

Nov 15

6.45pm-9pm CHOAS

Church

Ever wonder what it means to be a Christian? Have you ever had questions about God? SEARCH coincides with our twice-a-month Community Nights (see opposite page for dates) and is a place where we find answers to those head scratching questions in an environment where every question is valid. It’s a place where the Bible becomes real and relevant to the teen life!

Nov 22

TBA

WEM Waterpark

West Edmonton Mall

Nov 29

6.45pm-9pm

XLR8 Arcade: Momentum

Church

Dec 6

6.45pm-9pm OUTBREAK

Church

Dec 13

6.45pm-9pm Christmas Wrap Up

Church

What is

?

Email for info:

Make sure to "Like" our Facebook page to stay in the know!All our events are listed there with all the info you need: facebook.com/YouthXLR8 g a t e waya l l i a n c e c h u r c h . c o m / / 1 1


Theology, Leadership & Spiritual Growth

A Non-Violent Atonement with Michael Hardin Wednesday October 2nd at 7pm A special class - open to everyone - with guest teacher & theologian Michael Hardin. Michael emphasizes peace studies, non-violence, an holistic view of God, scripture, and life. In this Academy class, he will take us through the reasons that we misinterpret the Bible to reveal a god of wrath and a cross where Jesus took our punishment, and how we can see the scriptures with new eyes, to reveal a God of unconditional love, who does not require ‘payment’ for sins, but who freely and fully forgives. Cost - $20. Notes & refreshments included. Book online or at the Gateway Info Desk.

The Kingdom, The Power, and the Glory with Martin Trench Oct 30th, Nov 13th & 27th The Kingdom: a look at God’s new world that is emerging in our midst, and how we can re-capture some of the surprising ways the early church expressed community. The Power: we will learn about the person, character, power, gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit - not only in theory, but in practice as we experiment with various spiritual gifts. The Glory: what does the future hold in store for the individual, the church, and the whole of creation? We will look at God’s ultimate intention to make everything ‘glorious’. Cost - $30. Notes, refreshments, and all three sessions included. Book online or at the Gateway Info Desk. 1 2 / / g a t e way m a g a z i n e f a l l 2 0 1 3


s e r v e on a team

If you regard Gateway as your church home, then perhaps the next step for you is to volunteer and serve on one of our teams, once a month.

Serve on a Gateway Team

Scan here with you mobile QR code reader to get to the Gateway Volunteer Opportunities board.

Have a look at the various teams’ departments below and find the perfect match for your God-given gifts and talents. Then head over to our Volunteer Opportunities board on the Gateway website here:

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Student Ministry Contact Drake Farmer pastordrake@gatewayalliancechurch.com

design & Technical arts Contact Michael Clayton michael@gatewayalliancechurch.com

community life Contact Drake Farmer pastordrake@gatewayalliancechurch.com

hospitality Contact Administration info@gatewayalliancechurch.com

church operations

Do you have a passion for children and/or youth and want to be a part of a team that empowers students to become lifelong followers of Christ? If this sounds like you, then maybe you need to explore and use your gifts, in one form or another, for God’s Kingdom and make an eternal impact in a student’s life by joining the student ministry team.

Here at Gateway we have an exciting, creative, growing design and tech team who strive to make the name of Jesus famous through graphic design & new media, video, sound, lighting and presentation. For our Sunday services, we’re looking for sound engineers, lighting engineers/designers as well as presentation team members. We also always need fresh talent for our church news shoots, if you’re comfortable in front of a camera (or behind), give us a shout! Do you have a passion to see people go deeper in their relationship with God and see people come to faith in Christ? Then come and be a part of the Community Life Team! Be it working in the background or in the trenches —­­God made you for something, so come explore what that might be! Coming to church for the first time can be a nerve wracking experience. That’s why we have a fantastic hospitality team here at Gateway. Our cafe, info desk, ushering and greeting teams make sure everyone feels at home in our house. If you are sociable and enjoy helping others feel welcome, we’d love to have you!

Contact Fervone Goings fervone@gatewayalliancechurch.com

We have an amazing venue and property at Gateway and it takes a lot of “behind the scenes” people to keep it looking great and functioning well. Volunteers to do general upkeep around the building and property are vital. We also have teams of people who help with special events, rentals and auditorium seating. Many of these opportunities to serve don’t require a weekly commitment, but having a list of people we can call on is essential. Consider adding your name to the list today.

worship & creative arts

At Gateway we believe the arts are a powerful way to experience God’s presence and share the message of God’s love to people. We are always looking for more musicians, singers, performers, and artists of every kind to use their talents in the church.

Contact Mitch McDougall mitch@gatewayalliancechurch.com

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Carols & Candles on christmas eve Two services at 5:30pm & 7pm A captivating and magical candle-light service featuring many of your favorite carols, musical items, and a short Christmas message.

Christmas Events Advent services

Dec 1st, 8th, and 15th at 10am

Christmas Party

Dec 22nd at 9:15am & 11am

Christmas Eve

Dec 24th at 5:30pm & 7pm

End of Year Communion Dec 29th at 10am

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Dec 22nd two services at 9:15am & 11am One of our biggest and best services of the year! Invite your friends & family to this upbeat, inspiring, and entertaining Christmas service with:

Festive foods & drinks Multi-media experience Special Kids Party A whole lot of surprises!


Sept OCT NOV DEC

DAY

TIME

EVENT

22nd

Sunday

10am

Man in the Mirror // Part 2

25th

Wednesday

6.30pm

Community Night

29th

Sunday

10am

Guest Speaker: Michael Hardin

29th

Sunday

2pm

Hellbound? screening // Q&A w/Michael Hardin

2nd

Wednesday

7pm

The Academy with Michael Hardin

6th

Sunday

10am

Man in the Mirror // Part 3

9th

Wednesday

6.30pm

Community Night

13th

Sunday

10am

Thanksgiving, Food Bank Collection, Man in the Mirror // Part 4

20th

Sunday

10am

Man in the Mirror // Part 5

23rd

Wednesday

6.30pm

Community Night

26th

Saturday

10am - 4pm

Prosperous Soul masterclass w/Harold Eberle

27th

Sunday

10am

Guest Speaker: Harold Eberle

30th

Wednesday

7pm

The Academy: The Kingdom

3rd

Sunday

10am

Man in the Mirror // Part 6

6th

Wednesday

6.30pm

Community Night

10th

Sunday

10am

Remembrance Day

13th

Wednesday

7pm

The Academy: The Power

17th

Sunday

1oam

Vision Sunday

20th

Wednesday

6.30pm

Community Night

24th

Sunday

10am

Healing & Communion Service

27th

Wednesday

7pm

The Academy: The Glory

1st

Sunday

10am

Advent Sunday 1

4th

Wednesday

6.30pm

Community Night

8th

Sunday

10am

Advent Sunday 2

15th

Sunday

10am

Advent Sunday 3

18th

Wednesday

7pm

Community Night // Potluck

22nd

Sunday

9.15am & 11am

The BIG Christmas Party

24th

Tuesday

5.30pm & 7pm

Carols & Candles on Christmas Eve

29th

Sunday

10am

End of Year Communion Service

FALL/WINTER 2013 events calendar

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with harold eberle

s a t u r d ay O c t o b e r 2 6 10am - 4pm

This Masterclass, based on Harold’s two-volume book of the same title, will open your eyes to ideas and concepts, based on scripture and proven by life-experience, which you may never have thought about before. This is not about a shallow ‘prosperity gospel’, nor is it a financial plan to follow, rather, it’s about mind & life-transformation.

“Let God change you into a new person, by changing the way you think!” (Romans 12:2)

There are fundamental changes that you can make in the way you think which will help you release God's blessings into your own life. This is a balanced look at the promises of God with practical steps you can take to move into financial freedom. Christians are not supposed to be poor. It is time to gain victory in the financial arena. After learning how to overcome a poverty mind-set, don't just earn a living. Instead, advance. Create wealth. You can break poverty's hold and receive the abundance God wants for your life.

Cost - $50 per person, $200 for a table of 5. Lunch included Book online at our website, or at our Info Desk on a Sunday

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