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How to raise godly children. 8 What’s the role of women in ministry? 10

Do you see a need? Start a Gateway Group and help meet it! 12

Gateway NRH gets an extreme campus makeover. 14


CONTENTS JUNE 2017

COMMENTS

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WELCOME

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PULSE F E AT U R E S

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PRIESTLY PARENTING

Pastor Zach Neese talks about how to raise godly children.

10 ASK A PASTOR

Pastor Mallory Bassham discusses the role of women in ministry.

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SONG STORY Kari Jobe’s “The Garden”

12 THE NEED TO LEAD Is God calling you?

OUTREACH

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EXTREME CAMPUS MAKEOVER

Gateway NRH is next!

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THE INTERSECTION

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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PROFILES

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WELCOME to GATEWAY LIFE I CAN’T BELIEVE we’re already halfway into 2017! My son, Harrison, recently turned twelve years old, and it’s becoming more apparent to me how quickly time flies. He’s definitely becoming an adolescent, and as he enters into this new phase of life, he’s developing some personality traits that remind me of myself. He’s a passionate person who likes what he likes. Some of the things I’m passionate about outside

of ministry are music and running. For Harrison, it’s LEGO and Star Wars. We work on his elaborate LEGO sets together, but some of them take a longer time to complete because, instead of finishing them on his own when I’m not around, he’ll say, “No, I’m waiting for Dad.” I have no idea how he discerns which sets he builds on his own and which ones he wants to build with me, but I know that he wants me to be present with him. Learning how to be present hasn’t always been easy. There have been times when I’ve been emotionally and physically tired and my wife has said to me, “You’re here, but you’re not really here.” She was right, and I know there are other parents struggling to be “present” with their families after a long day. It can be difficult, but taking the time to regroup when I get home and set aside the stress of the day is worth it! Being present is the key to being the leader, husband, and father God has called me to be. If you’d like to be a better parent or spiritual leader in your home, you’ll

enjoy this issue of Gateway Life because we have an article from Pastor Zach Neese about being a good parent (page 8). You’ll also love the article about a GRP Campus member who saw a need and decided to meet it by starting a Gateway Group (page 12), and you’ll want to read about how your Heart for the Kingdom giving is going toward a much needed remodel of the NRH Campus (page 14). We’ll be able to reach more people than ever in the NRH area and it’s because of your giving. As you read this issue of Gateway Life and enter the summer season, I want to encourage you to be present wherever you are. It’s as simple as remembering that each person you meet has a high level of value, whether it be at work or at home. Take the time to disconnect from the world and connect with family.

Thomas Miller Executive Senior Pastor

What was your favorite summer activity growing up? gateway life gatewaylifemag.com Thomas Miller, Senior Pastoral Oversight Lawrence Swicegood, Editor-in-Chief project management Tracey Schwellinger

“Going to summer camp in the mountains.”

editorial Stacy Burnett, Managing Editor Daniel Hopkins, Senior Writer/Editor Katie Smith, Staff Writer/Editor Georgette Shuler, Copy Editor

photography Adam Fish, Staff Photographer Cory Hale, Contributing Photographer Abrahanny Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer Delaney Griffith, Contributing Photographer

OUR VISION is to see people saved, healed, set free, discipled, equipped, empowered, and serving.

art Shane Dennehey, Creative Director Tim Lautensack, Art Director/Designer Justin Miller, Art Director/Designer Jules Oravetz, Production Designer Leila Wilson, Production Designer David Phillips, Print Coordinator

OUR MISSION is to help each person at Gateway BELIEVE in Jesus, BELONG to family, BECOME a follower, and BUILD God’s kingdom. For Gateway’s complete mission statement, visit mission.gatewaypeople.com.

“Avoiding the dunkmaster at the public pool.”

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“I loved being barefoot all summer.”


Pink Impact.

IN RESPONSE TO EASTER WEEKEND SERVICES:

“THE SERVICE WAS AMAZING. What a wonderful Easter treat! The song ‘I Saw Jesus’ brought me to tears. The music really made the magnitude of His sacrifice fill my heart.” Jamie Hughey | via Facebook

MEANWHILE AT

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Right after it was released, Rita Springer’s album, Battles , spent a week at No. 2 on the iTunes Christian Albums chart. • 55,624 people attended Gateway’s

Easter services, the largest recorded attendance in Gateway history. 730 people made first-time or rededication decisions, and 1,685 kids accepted Christ. • Members of Gateway’s media team were recently interviewed by NBC DFW News. The spot aired mid-April and featured our use of social media in the church! • 611 people were baptized across all campuses during our most recent water baptism weekend in late April. • 8,841 women attended this year’s Pink Impact women’s conference at the Fort Worth Convention Center. • The month of April was host to Gateway’s 47th KAIROS event since its inception. 1,170 people attended, which was the highest KAIROS attendance in Gateway history.

GATEWAYPEOPLE Send us your story, testimony, or feedback on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or email us at life@gatewaypeople.com.

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“DURING THE MINISTRY TIMES, GOD GENTLY SHOWED ME HE WAS THERE DURING SOME OF THE TOUGHEST TIMES IN MY LIFE.” KAIROS II Attendee

DANNY GRAHAM “I’d been told all my life that God’s healing didn’t happen anymore. But all that changed for me several years ago. I was diagnosed with a malignant tumor and I went home, got on my knees, and this is what I said. ‘Lord, if You have any healing left I could sure use some.’ Two days later the doctor called me and said the biopsy came back and the tumor was benign—I didn’t have cancer! He said, ‘Don’t get your hopes up, I think the results are wrong.’ I went under the knife and the pathology reports and testing showed that there was no cancer. I told the doctor, ‘Don’t feel bad. I want you to know I think you were right, but I went home and prayed, and I believe God healed me.’”

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HAROLD MOORE “I’m going down an unexpected path right now with my divorce. My sister and her family have invited me to Gateway over the years and I’ve gone to some of the Christmas productions with them, but I found myself coming here for the past six or seven Sundays too. It’s so different than the church I grew up in. I went to a church in a small town south of here, and the preacher was a screamer. But Gateway is a little more modern; the music and the messages are easier to grasp and understand. I like being here too—how you can come and have a cup of coffee and look at books that are helpful. And everyone has been so nice to me. It’s been a good experience in this difficult season.”


JOSH PETREY “I used to focus more on earning money. I was working 80 to 100 hours a week and didn’t have much time for my friends. One day in 2011, I had a stroke. I was diagnosed with cancer and immediately put on chemotherapy. It was a scary time— especially when I overheard a nurse tell my sister I was going to die. However, I went into remission the next year, and I had a dream. God showed me that my relationships with people are more important than earning money. He also showed me that He’s always available to talk but I had been unavailable. It made me realize that I need to spend more time with Him. Now, my relationships are a priority and my whole life is a conversation with Him, no matter what I’m doing.”

“All my life I have only known money to be related to difficulties. If money were a horse, I feel like I have been gripping on to the reins while it drags me down the street. But after the second week of this class, I felt like I was learning to ride the horse, and now I feel like I’m starting to enjoy the ride. It’s a great feeling to be empowered and equipped to live in control.

Thank you all!

Financial Hope Workshop Attendee

ID Seminar.

“After leaving a violent marriage, I was totally a wounded person. God, through Gateway Freedom ministry, the ID Seminar, equipping, women’s ministry, and groups, has

completely transformed my life! Thank you, God and Gateway, for all the resources to heal so many hurting, wounded, and damaged people!”

Leslie Townsend Greene | via Facebook

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WHEN HAS FORGIVENESS IMPACTED YOUR LIFE?

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n obedience to God we recently sold our home and most of our things. We are now debt-free! But many things have come to light about our new home. The previous owners covered up mold and did not disclose, and the cost to repair the home is a lot. Last night the Lord impressed upon our hearts to forgive. We called today and prayed over them and the situation. It is released to heaven's court. We cannot wait to see what He does to turn this for the good of many!”

LISA IOVINE

“The day I chose to forgive my ex completely. That choice has had a very positive impact on my children. Knowing that their parents are friends and working together for their benefit has brought healing and confidence in an area that could've been just plain ugly and hurtful.” DAWN HERNDON COURSEY

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had to learn to forgive the man who killed my uncle in the line of duty. My uncle was a police officer, and today is three years since he passed. Learning to forgive the man has been one of the most challenging but also one of the most rewarding things I’ve done.”

ANNIE GREER

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forgave my ex-husband days before what would have been our anniversary. I woke up the next day and actually sensed the love I had for him, and I called him to tell him that I had forgiven him and still cared! He didn't pick up, and the next day he was killed in a tragic car accident. I couldn't believe it, but if I hadn't forgiven him I believe his death would have been harder, and the devil would have plagued me with guilt. What I held against him only hurt me and those I encountered daily! Now I was free in my mind and my heart!”

DAWN J. LLOYD


“I’m just so grateful for community. Without my church, this last year would have felt empty and scary and lonely. Not only am I constantly blown away by others serving my family with meals when we needed it and just overall blessings, but I get the opportunity to do the same for others. If you’re feeling alone in your world, or even in your church, get in a group!” Sarah Eslinger | via Facebook Caiden Brennan is a 13-year-old volunteer at the Frisco Campus.


Priestly

Parenting H O W TO R A I S E G O D LY C H I L D R E N

by Pastor Zach Neese

OR THE PAST 20 YEARS, I’ve been on a pursuit to find out how to raise godly children, and for good reason—I have six of them! One of the most fundamental things I’ve learned is it’s no one else’s job to raise my children, but it’s mine as their parent. I was a youth pastor for years, and I can tell you that simply having your children in church will not make them

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godly people. You can’t have your kids in church enough for them to be transformed. Their schools won’t do it either. And I know our culture won’t do it! The only ones who can raise godly children are parents. And it takes more than just being godly parents. The job requires them to be priests. Your pastoral role is the most important relationship your family will ever have.


So what does it look like to be a priest in your home? 1. Priests worship God and teach others to worship God. A priest reaches up to embrace and adore God and reaches out to the world to embrace and adore them and then connects the two with each other. To teach children worship, we have to teach them how to love God and receive love from Him and how to submit to His lordship and serve him.

2. Priests are stewards of the sanctuary. When your home is a sanctuary, it’s a place where your kids can come in and be spiritually safe. It’s a place where God feels welcome. As a parent, it’s our responsibility to guard the gates of our homes. What kind of spirit do you permit in your home? My wife and I go through our house and pray, and we ask God, “What spirit do we need to get rid of?” I love when people visit our home and expect a madhouse, but when they walk in they’re greeted with a peaceful atmosphere.

3. Priests practice the fear of the Lord, not the fear of man. Our culture is concerned about every opinion but God’s, but the person who fears the Lord puts His opinion first. A priest says, “Listen, up to my driveway, you can have whatever opinion you want. But once you get to the driveway, God’s opinion reigns, and what He says goes!” Many times this means my opinion stops at the driveway too, because my house is submitted to Jesus and His opinion.

4. Priests teach their families about holy relationships. My oldest son has been praying for his future wife since he was three years old. We’ve been praying for her too—that she would be godly and have priestly parents. Part of my job as a priest is to protect my children’s hearts. If they fall in with ungodly people, it’s my job to discipline them and say, “God’s not cool with this, and I’m not cool with this.”

5. Priests view obedience as worship. We have a saying in our house: “Obey, right away, every day.” Being a priest means we have to model this behavior for our kids. When God tells me to do something, I need to obey right away so my children learn. John 14:15 says, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” My children need to know when I love God, I demonstrate this love through joyful obedience.

6. Priests help their spouses love Jesus more. The best way to help your spouse in this area is by modeling it for them. Rather than forcing them in their relationship with Him, love them into it by being a good example. A priest’s love for God is infectious! Being a priest in your home can be challenging, and it’s easy to make mistakes. (Trust me, I’ve made many!) But thankfully there’s grace, and when we fail in any of these areas, God can redeem our mistakes, help us turn our homes into sanctuaries, and help our families understand how to have a relationship with Him. GL Zach Neese is the worship pastor at the North Fort Worth Campus. To learn more about being a priest, check out his book, How to Worship a King, available at the Gateway Bookstore, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

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1. The Work of the Holy Spirit The gifts of the Holy Spirit are distributed to men and women alike, for His greater purpose. If a woman has the gift of teaching or prophecy or pastoring, we believe she should have the opportunity to use these gifts to encourage fellow believers and advance God’s kingdom. (Acts 2:1–2; 1 Corinthians 12:7–11, 27–28; Joel 2:28–29.)

ASK A PASTOR GATEWAY PASTORS ANSWER YOUR DIFFICULT QUESTIONS

My wife and I have been discussing women’s roles in the Church. She believes it’s okay for women to be pastors, but I have been taught the opposite! Do I have an incorrect understanding of God’s truth? by PASTOR MALLORY BASSHAM

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HE ROLE OF WOMEN IN MINISTRY is an ongoing debate in the Church today. As a woman pastor, this is nothing new to me. I have experienced my fair share of challenges because of the varying opinions about my role. But the leadership of Gateway strongly believes there is biblical evidence that a woman can serve, teach, and lead as long as she lives a biblically qualifying life and is submitted to the leadership above her. With the exception of the senior pastor and elders (positions Gateway reserves solely for men according to 1 Timothy 3:1–7, Titus 1:5–9, and Ephesians 5:23), women may function in all other ministry and leadership positions at Gateway. In my pastoral role, I have been able to offer viewpoints and understanding that were crucial to successful resolutions as a result of my uniquely female empathy or emotional connection. Women are a beautiful complement to men. God made us each different and to need one another, at home and in ministry.

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2. Cultural Context One of the most popular verses cited to keep women from ministry is 1 Corinthians 14:34–35 (kjv) in which Paul says, “Let your women keep silent in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak ….” A closer look shows this was a time when women were disrupting that particular public assembly of believers, and Paul was simply attempting to keep order within that specific church body. Other writings from Paul describe how women should pray and prophesy in public (1 Corinthians 11:5), so Paul must have meant something different in this passage than banning women from ministry. 3. Female Ministers in the Bible Miriam, Deborah, and Huldah were strong and vital to God’s work in the Old Testament. Paul, in the New Testament, frequently referred to the contribution made by women, including Phoebe, Euodia, and Syntyche (Romans 16:1; Philippians 4:3). In addition, Priscilla and Lydia hosted churches in their homes, and Priscilla is always listed before her husband. With all that said, I understand your angst in dealing with this. However, I invite you to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and bring you revelation as you read the Word. I pray this brings clarity to you. May God richly bless you. GL This month’s Ask a Pastor is written by Mallory Bassham who is an associate senior pastor at Gateway. Have a difficult question? Email askapastor@gatewaypeople.com, and look for your answer in a future issue of Gateway Life.


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“THE GARDEN” by Katie Smith

WHEN KARI AND HER YOUNGER SISTER, KRIS, WERE LITTLE GIRLS,

they imagined a day when they’d be able to share the wonder and excitement of being pregnant at the same time. So when this dream came true, they were ecstatic! They celebrated and laughed with each other as they talked about nausea and baby names and having to wake up in the middle of the night to eat. But the dream ended when seven and a half months into her pregnancy, Kris and her husband, Michael, lost their baby girl, James Ivy. It shook their entire family to the core, and Kari struggled to balance her overwhelming sadness and grief while remaining present and expectant for her own baby. “It was uncharted waters. I’ve never experienced a season where I had to learn to grieve and celebrate at the same time,” Kari says. “I spent a lot of time crying and questioning God. If I didn’t feel my son move in my belly for a while, I would be overcome with fear. And when I finally had him, it was difficult to hold him knowing my sister couldn’t hold her baby too.” It was during this vulnerable season that Kari began to write, not only for her and her family’s healing but also for anyone who was processing a traumatic experience, questioning God, or waiting for prayers to be answered. “Anytime I walk through something difficult, I always want to be able to turn around and share what God has done out of it,” she says. She took all her questions and prayers and poured them into each word, each note, and each song of her newest project, The Garden. About four months after James Ivy went to heaven, Kari and her husband, Cody, purchased a home in Nashville. As spring approached, they were surprised to find a beautiful

flower garden blooming in their new backyard. And ivy was everywhere. Kari stood in the garden, holding her son, Canyon, with tears rolling down her face. “It was one of the sweetest spiritual experiences of my entire life,” she says. “I felt so seen, so cared for. God used His own creation to bring me and my family back to life.” Her sister and brother-in-law named their baby girl not knowing God would later use her name to heal them in their grief. Out of that moment, Kari wrote the title track of her newest album, “The Garden,” where she sings, “Then I saw the garden / hope had come to me.” Every lyric of the song points to God’s faithfulness in bringing hope and healing to their family. In a very real way, Kari’s family learned that God “will stop at nothing / to heal my broken soul.” And in a delicate yet powerful bridge, she sings, “Faith is rising up like ivy / reaching for the light. Hope is stirring deep inside me / making all things right. Love is lifting me from sorrow / catching every tear. Dispelling every lie and torment / crushing all my fears.” When Kari and her sister get together, there are still moments when they cry and grieve. “But immediately after, we are able to look at each other and say, ‘God has really moved,’” she says. “He can turn something really difficult into something truly beautiful if we open up our eyes to see it.” GL Kari would like to thank Gateway for being instrumental in her and her family’s process of grieving and healing. She says,“Gateway is family, and that’s what family does for one another.” The Garden album is available at iTunes, Gateway Bookstore, and Amazon.

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SONG STORY

K A R I


The Need to Lead

Is God Calling You?

by Pastor Chelsea Seaton

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NOT LONG AGO, I was standing in the lobby during a weekend service and a lady, seeing my shiny name tag, approached me with a question: “Why doesn’t Gateway have a ministry to help people who are disabled and can’t leave their homes? My other church had a ministry that took them meals.” I responded to her with a question, “Are you wanting to see people who can’t leave their homes ministered to?” She replied with a passionate, “Yes!” and told me she had been talking to friends about how Gateway needs to do something to meet this need. After a few minutes of talking, I asked her an important question: “Do you think God might be asking you to do this?” She had a puzzled look and said, “I don’t know how I would do it if He was.” I reassured her and explained, “If you and your friends are passionate about this, it sounds like you have a Gateway Group that could meet this need.” Maybe you’ve asked a similar question: Why doesn’t Gateway do this? As a staff member, I hear questions like this more often than you’d think. Someone has a passion for something, sees a need, or wants to do an activity with other attendees and will ask me why Gateway doesn’t do something. Sure, I could’ve taken her idea and said, “I’ll make sure someone on staff does something about this.” But by doing that I would rob her of the joy, opportunity, and fulfillment of doing what God put in her heart. My job in this scenario is to equip her to do the work God has called her to do. It’s what Paul’s talking about when he explains the role of pastors in Ephesians 4:12: “Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” This lady and her friends saw a need, and I’m excited to report that she is currently in the pipeline to be a group leader. One of my favorite things about Gateway is our small group structure. I love it because a group can do most any activity, curriculum, or passion its members want. The goal of every Gateway Group is to create a safe place where you can talk about life. I got involved at Gateway because I liked running and was invited to join a running group. When my group ran together, a safe place was created and over time when life’s hurdles were thrown my way, I had a place to process. I wasn’t alone.

LIVE YOUR PASSION. LEAD A GROUP. If you love to fish, you can lead a group. If you want to try new restaurants, you can lead a group. If you want to see more people serving at a food bank, you can lead a group. If you are passionate about becoming more like Jesus by studying the Bible with some trusted friends, you can lead a group. If you want to try and master underwater basket weaving with some people, you can lead a group! What’s your passion? Is there an activity, ministry, or outreach you’d like to see Gateway do? Is it possible God’s asking you to lead it? If He is, I want you to know you can do it. We will equip you to do what God has put in your heart. You’ll receive covering, training, and resources. And best of all, you won’t be alone! GL Interested in leading a group? Visit groups.gatewaypeople.com and click “Lead a Group.”

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Outreach

Extreme Campus Makeover Gateway NRH is next! IN NOVEMBER 2007, Gateway’s first extension campus opened in North Richland Hills with Campus Pastor Marcus Brecheen. The weekend services mirrored those at the Southlake Campus with live worship, personal ministry, and a video message from the Southlake Campus. In addition, half of the NRH Campus was created to hold a vibrant student ministry with a basketball court, a skateboard park out back, and space for games and activities. With great leaders like Pastor Marcus and current Campus Pastor Byron Copeland, the NRH Campus has operated at peak efficiency, consistently filling most of its services and serving its people whole-heartedly. Over the past few years, the campus has continued to grow and finding room for all the people has gotten tougher, yet people have continued to attend faithfully. “This campus is filled with so many incredible people who have been here since the beginning,” says Josh Hall, associate campus pastor. “And as of last month, they’re seeing Gateway’s Heart for the Kingdom giving come to fruition with the remodel of our campus.” There’s more to these updates than the campus getting new stuff. “It’s about the people. They’ve been so generous in helping Gateway build the kingdom with their giving and sweet spirits,” says Pastor Byron. “Now we’re outfitting the campus with brand-new tools to reach our community in new ways. It’s going to be electric and exciting for the whole Gateway family!” GL

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THE NRH CAMPUS OPENED ITS DOORS FOR THE FIRST TIME ON NOVEMBER 17, 2007.

3,649 IN 2016, THE NRH CAMPUS HAD AN AVERAGE WEEKEND ATTENDANCE OF 3,649—

THAT MAKES IT THE THIRD-LARGEST GATEWAY CAMPUS. ON AVERAGE, 900 KIDS ARE TAUGHT THE LOVE OF JESUS EACH WEEKEND.

IN 2016, AT THE NRH CAMPUS:

277 PEOPLE WERE BAPTIZED. 199 PEOPLE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR. 146 EQUIP CLASSES WERE OFFERED.

THE NRH CAMPUS HAS MORE EQUIP ATTENDEES PER CAPITA THAN ANY OTHER CAMPUS, EVEN THOUGH IT ONLY HAD ONE EQUIP CLASSROOM.


The updates will create more space for training and resources, visitor comfort, family security, community involvement, and better guest interactions. Here’s a full list of the upcoming renovations:

To make dropping off your kids easier and help make the whole children’s area more secure, a new classroom for fifth and sixth graders will be created. In addition, a couple of the elementary rooms (Flying Ferris Wheel and Rockn-Roller Coaster) will be completely redone to make better use of the space.

Flooring and Furniture Sometimes, after much wear and tear, floors need to be replaced. This year, all the flooring in the Auditorium and the Gateway Café will be redone to give the space a fresh, clean look. New furniture will be bought for a few of the open areas.

Updated Audio/ Visual Equipment Gateway NRH’s audio/visual system is the oldest of all the campuses and has experienced several blackouts during weekend services over the years because of inclement weather. “We pray harder than any other campus during a storm!” says Pastor Josh. The new equipment will help us provide an even better service experience for attendees and visitors.

BubbleLand BubbleLand is a play space for young children that is open on certain days of the week for families to use. “This new addition makes the campus much more of a community space for people to come in and enjoy,” says Pastor Josh.

THE MIX

ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS

The Mix & Elementary Classrooms

Classrooms Equipping is a big part of Gateway’s vision, so Gateway NRH will be adding another classroom to the layout (for a total of two classrooms).

MULTIPURPOSE AREA

CAFÉ BUBBLELAND

CHILDREN’S

AUDITORIUM

LOBBY

GATEWAY CENTRAL

Gateway Central & Serve Lounge To make Gateway Central more accessible and friendly, it will be given a designated, blocked-off space in the Lobby. In addition, the Serve Lounge will be moved to a different location and be outfitted with lockers and a relaxing space for volunteers.

Gateway Bookstore For those who like to browse Gateway’s resources, the Gateway Bookstore will be moved to the front of the building. It will be much more inviting and spacious.

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THE INTERSECTION FAITH + POP CULTURE

Arrival by KATIE SMITH AND RACHEL PETERSON

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T’S UNLIKELY THAT ANY STORY FOCUSING ON A LINGUIST as the heroine is

going to intrigue anyone other than grammar and language nerds. But add aliens, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, a stunning soundtrack, and a twisty plotline and you’ve got an Academy Award–winning film. Arrival follows the story of Dr. Louise Banks, a world-renowned language expert who is called upon when aliens land on earth. The aliens are seemingly peaceful heptapods (they look like giant walking squid with seven legs) who communicate in a mysterious way, thus the need for a linguist. Louise enters the scene to find out what the aliens want and why they came, literally ascending into the aliens’ spacecraft to start decoding their language. She tackles the communication gap with patience, hard work, and a palpable emotion. The story is painted with a strange kind of grief as Louise battles memory flashes of a daughter she raised who falls ill and dies. What she learns while creating a tentative relationship with the heptapods is a circular, icon-based language that not only communicates emotions and full sentences in a single image but also holds the secret to time and how we perceive it. In short, the aliens gift humanity with a complex universal language that gives those who understand it the ability to see the past, present, and future all at once. Louise learns through this language

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that her memory flashes are actually of a future child who she has yet to bear, and at the end of the movie, we watch her choose, regardless of the outcome she knows to be true, to still pursue a relationship with her husband and still have that child. And her knowledge of what’s going to happen makes her appreciate and treasure every moment with them. If you think about it, the heptapods’ perception of time mirrors how God views time. He’s outside of it—sees past, present, and future all at once—and He is not surprised by anything that is thrown your way. When He gives you a promise, it’s not something He’s hoping will happen, it’s something He’s already seen. He can see your promise coming to pass just as clearly as He can see you as you wait for it. And through His Word (or His language), we can view the big picture too. You see, there’s more to our stories than the “right now.” In the meantime, we can take a page out of Louise’s book and truly treasure every moment as it comes. GL

“Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past.” Psalm 93:2 (NLT)


WHAT’S HAPPENING

Stay connected with us! GATEWAYPEOPLE GUEST EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Saturday–Sunday, Jun 17–18

Learn more about our greeter, usher, parking lot attendant, guest host, or other volunteer roles. Register at gxp.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Jim Mayher, 817.552.7566, gxp@gatewaypeople.com

SINGLE PARENT FAMILY CAMP

Monday–Thursday, Jul 10–13 | San Antonio Hill Country

Connect with each other, other families, and God while making family memories that will last a lifetime. Cost: $500 per family. Includes transportation, lodging, group activities, and meals. A $100 deposit is due at registration. Register at singleparents.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Kristine Lopez, 817.328.2030, spf@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY FREEDOM TRAINING | PART ONE

Wednesday & Sunday, Jul 12 & 16

This training gives you the tools to minister freedom to others! Prerequisites: Catch the Vision, Freedom Basics classes, and KAIROS. Register at freedom.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Elizabeth Settle, 817.552.7368, freedomslk@gatewaypeople.com

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, Jun 13 | Food & Giveaways at 6:00 pm Service at 7:00 pm Join us as all campuses come together for a night of worship, a message from guest speaker Robert Madu, and an opportunity to connect with other young adults. SLK

Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

ACCESS LIFE OUTREACH

Saturday, Jun 17 | 8:00 am | Lake Grapevine Help someone with a disability enjoy a day at Lake Grapevine by signing up to be a buddy! Register at outreach.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Sarah Weaver, 817.552.3774, outreachslk@gatewaypeople.com

HEALING MINISTRY

Wednesdays | 7:00 pm

MIN

If you need physical healing, we would love to pray with you. Contact: Benjamin Gilmore, 817.552.7614, healing@gatewaypeople.com

CATCH THE VISION (MEMBERSHIP CLASS)

1st Saturday of Every Month | 4:00 pm | Classroom 2D This class connects you to Gateway Church and explains our purpose, values, and history and gives you an opportunity to become a member. Register at ctv.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Janice Scott, 817.552.7483, ctvslk@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY GROUPS WOMEN’S GROUPS SUMMER CLASSES: LIFE #NOFILTER & MAKE YOUR MARK

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jun 6–22 10:00 am | Classroom 2D

Join us for two groups where we discuss how to tackle tough situations life throws at us and how to make your mark at home, in the marketplace, and in the kingdom. Contact: Velory Latham, 817.552.3684, womensgroups@gatewaypeople.com

MARRIAGE CHALLENGE

Sundays | 9:30–10:30 am | Ministry Center at 540 S. Nolen (Canceled on Holiday Weekends) Marriage Challenge is for couples in crisis or experiencing a difficult season. Come meet with a couple from our team who is trained and passionate about supporting those in hurting marriages. We offer prayer, direction, and tools for resolution. Registration is not required, and children’s ministry is available at the Southlake Campus. Contact: Doug Hawk, 682.223.6063, marriagechallenge@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY FREEDOM INFO NIGHT

Wednesday, Jun 21 | 7:15 pm [MIN]

Come learn more about how to serve in Freedom classes, groups, and sessions. Contact: Elizabeth Settle, 817.552.7368, freedomslk@gatewaypeople.com

LEAD A GROUP: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT!

Leading a group doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming! We will give you all the training, resources, and support you need. Visit groups.gatewaypeople.com.

Contact: Liz Lowrie, 817.552.7482, groupsslk@gatewaypeople.com

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NIGHT OF WORSHIP

Sunday, Jun 11 6:00 pm | Auditorium

Join us for an exciting time of worship and ministry as we draw near to God and He draws near to us. Children’s ministry, birth through five years old, is available. Contact: Hilary Johnston, 817.552.7538, worshipslk@gatewaypeople.com

SINGLE PARENT FAMILY MINISTRY TRIP

Wednesday–Sunday, Jul 19–23 | The Hub in Shreveport Serve with The Hub in Louisiana while building community with other like-minded single parents at Gateway Church! Register at trips.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Kristine Lopez, 817.328.2030, spf@gatewaypeople.com

YOUNG ADULTS WEEKEND

Friday–Sunday, Sep 22–24 | Sky Ranch in Van, Texas

Join us for three days as we encounter God’s presence, hear from dynamic communicators, and connect with others. Early bird discount available now at gatewayyoungadultsweekend.com. Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604,  youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

FIFTY-PLUS TRIP | BRANSON

Thursday–Sunday, Oct 19–22

Join our Fifty-Plus Ministry (adults ages 50+) on a four-day road trip to Branson, Missouri, to see the musical Moses, have dinner on the Showboat Branson Belle, and enjoy other excursions. Transportation provided. Cost: $425 per person. Register at fiftyplus.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Noelle Preston, 817.552.7374, fiftyplusslk@gatewaypeople.com

WEEKLY EVENTS TUESDAYS »» Pray First | 7:00 am | Lobby »» Fifty-Plus Bible Study (Adults 50+) 10:00 am | Classroom 2C WEDNESDAYS »» Gateway Students (7th–12th Graders) 7:00 pm | Auditorium UC THURSDAYS »» Men’s Prayer | 5:30 am | Lobby SATURDAYS »» Preservice Prayer | 3:30 pm SUNDAYS »» Freedom Basics Classes | 9:00 am Classroom 1C »» Prayer for Our Nation | 10:40 am

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GATEWAY EQUIP

EQUIP SEMINAR | THE NAME CHANGER

Sunday, Jun 11 | 9:00 am–12:00 pm | Classroom 2D

Wednesdays & Weekends

We offer a wide range of Equip classes featuring Jewish, freedom, stewardship, spiritual life, and marriage and family ministries. We also have a Jewish Roots/Havdalah Fellowship class! Register at equip.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Karen Hageman, 817.552.7462, equip@gatewaypeople.com

EQUIP SEMINAR | APOLOGETICS: JESUS AND THE BIBLE AS FOUNDATION OF TRUTH

Sunday, Jun 4 | 9:00 am–12:00 pm | Classroom 2D

Join us as we answer your questions and give you the knowledge needed to defend your faith. Register at equip.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Crystal Johnson, 682.223.6018, equip@gatewaypeople.com

Join us for a groundbreaking approach to personal transformation through God. Register at equip.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Crystal Johnson, 682.223.6018, equip@gatewaypeople.com

EQUIP SEMINAR | THE VOICE AND THE VERSE

Sunday, Jun 18 | 9:00 am | Classroom 2D

What is the difference between the Word of God as Person (Jesus Christ), rhema (spoken), and written (the Scriptures)? Understanding the distinction can make a huge difference in our connection with God. Register at equip.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Crystal Johnson, 682.223.6018, equip@gatewaypeople.com

FINANCIAL HOPE WORKSHOP

Sundays, Jun 4–Jul 8 | 9:00 am

Through this seven-week workshop, you’ll learn how to create a financial plan for your life. Children’s ministry is available. Cost: $10. Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Jacquelyn Bushnell, 817.552.7428, stewardship@gatewaypeople.com

EQUIP SUMMER SERIES: ONENESS

Wednesdays, Jun 7–21 | 7:00 pm | Auditorium Becoming one in marriage requires a lifetime process of surrendering, serving one another, and sharing in each other’s strengths. Register at equip.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Crystal Johnson, 682.223.6018, equip@gatewaypeople.com

LOVE NEVER DIES: EMBRACING GRIEF WITH HOPE AND PROMISE

Saturdays, Jun 10–Jul 8 | 3:30 pm

Are you walking through a difficult time of grief? Join us and discover how to experience healthy grief. Cost: $10, includes a copy of Love Never Dies. Space is limited. Register at care. gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Weston Brown, 817.328.2087, care@gatewaypeople.com

ID SEMINAR

Friday–Saturday, Jul 28–29

UC

Come discover the unique life mission God has planned for you and take the next step toward your destiny. Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Jacquelyn Bushnell, 817.552.7428, stewardship@gatewaypeople.com

EQUIP VOLUNTEERS

Come be part of the Southlake Campus Equip team! We have opportunities for greeters, room hosts, and altar ministers. Contact: Crystal Johnson, 682.223.6018, equip@gatewaypeople.com

WACKY WEEK

Tuesday–Thursday, Jun 27–29 SLK Join us for an action-packed week of adventure on the high seas as we learn about the depth of God’s love! Wacky Week is for kids 6 years old–6th grade. Cost: $20 per child. We also need volunteers (ages 13+) to join us in the adventure! To attend or volunteer, visit kids.gatewaypeople.com. To attend: Contact Julie Stockenberg, 817.552.7433, wackyweek@gatewaypeople.com To volunteer: Contact Tabitha Rupert, 817.552.7341, wackyweekvolunteers@gatewaypeople.com

Visit events.gatewaypeople.com for the latest information.


IT NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Saturday, Jun 10 | 1:30 pm | Classroom 2B

SLK

Are you interested in the world of information technology? Serve with us! As an IT volunteer, you can assist different ministries and troubleshoot problems during weekend services. Register by email. Contact: Bonnie Ruth Rolf, 817.552.7457, volunteer.it@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY CUP MEN’S GOLF TOURNAMENT

Monday, Jun 12 | 8:30 am | Trophy Club Country Club Join us for our annual Gateway Cup Golf Tournament. Each campus competes for the Gateway Cup! Register by June 8 at sports.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Justin Greene, 817.552.5887, golf@gatewaypeople.com

MESSIANIC SERVICE

Friday, Jul 7 Jewish Dance Class | 6:15 pm | Classroom 2C Preservice Prayer | 6:30 pm | Classroom 1D Service | 7:00 pm | Auditorium SLK

LOCATIONS &

SERVICE TIMES KIDS KAIROS

Tuesday, Jul 31 | 9:00 am–4:00 pm | Auditorium

SLK

Kids KAIROS is an opportunity to allow God to show kids who He says they are and what He has planned for them! One parent needs to have attended KAIROS before registering their child (ages 8–12). Register at freedom.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Heather Martin, 817.552.7435, kidsfreedom@gatewaypeople.com

WORSHIP TEAM ACADEMY Aug–Nov

UC FRS GRP NFW

Worship Team Academy offers group lessons on piano, guitars, drums, bass, percussion, or vocal technique. For more information, attend the Worship Information Meeting on July 11 or visit wta.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Jill Brewer, 817.552.7460, worshipteamacademy@gatewaypeople.com

Join us for an enlightening message by Pastor Greg Stone, anointed worship, and a fun After Party. Habrá traducción en Español. Contact: Oli Snyder, 817.552.7452, jewish@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY STUDENT CONFERENCE | DO IT AGAIN

Jul 19–21

SLK

Students, embrace your role as world changers and join us for this amazing conference filled with friends, games, fun, incredible worship, and amazing speakers, including Louie Giglio, Tim Ross, Jason Laird, Alex Seeley, and more! For more information and to register, visit gatewaystudentconference.com. Contact: Joy Cromer, 817.552.7375, gwstudents@gatewaypeople.com

GODSPELL | VOLUNTEERS

Jul 27–Aug 6

DAL

Help us create a memorable experience for everyone who comes to our show! Opportunities to serve include box office/ticketing, ushers/greeters, or concessions teams. Register at performingarts.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Emily Thomas, 817.552.7597, performingarts@gatewaypeople.com

FRISCO CAMPUS FRS 7125 Legacy Dr · Frisco, TX 75034 Sat 4:00 pm & 5:45 pm Sun 9:00 am, 10:45 am & 12:30 pm GRAND PRAIRIE CAMPUS GRP 2404 N Carrier Pkwy · Grand Prairie, TX 75050 Sat 4:00 pm Sun 9:00 am, 10:45 am & 12:30 pm

NRH CAMPUS NRH 7501 Davis Blvd · North Richland Hills, TX 76182 Sat 4:00 pm & 5:45 pm Sun 9:00 am, 10:45 am & 12:30 pm

UC

If you are interested in being part of Gateway Worship (including Worship Team Academy and Gateway Choir), please join us for this informational meeting. Register at worship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Rachel Melton, 817.552.3728, worshipconnection@gatewaypeople.com

DALLAS CAMPUS DAL 12123 Hillcrest Rd · Dallas, TX 75230 Sat 5:45 pm Sun 10:45 am

NORTH FORT WORTH CAMPUS NFW 4209 Basswood Blvd · Fort Worth, TX 76137 Sat 4:00 pm & 5:45 pm Sun 9:00 am, 10:45 am & 12:30 pm

GATEWAY WORSHIP INFORMATION MEETING

Tuesday, Jul 11 | 7:00 pm

SOUTHLAKE CAMPUS SLK 700 Blessed Way · Southlake, TX 76092 Sat 4:00 pm & 5:45 pm Sun 9:00 am, 10:45 am & 12:30 pm

THE SCHOOL OF TECH ARTS

Aug 22–Dec 9 | Registration Opens in June

Gain real-world experience with our Pro Tools certification courses; live audio, video, and stage lighting courses; and more! For more information, visit schooloftecharts.com. Contact: Vivian Smith, 817.552.5884, info@schooloftecharts.com 

THE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT SIMULCAST

Thursday–Friday, Aug 10–11

SLK GRP

You’ll hear from world-class experts on leadership, including Bill Hybels, Marcus Buckingham, Angela Duckworth, Laszlo Bock, and so many more! No matter where you lead— from the boardroom to the living room—you’re invited to this spectacular two-day leadership conference. Register at gls.gatewaypeople.com. Promo Code: PHS17TEAM. Contact: Jaclyn Bowe, 817.552.3629, gls@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY BUSINESS LEADERS

Our desire is to equip business leaders to have strong relationships with God and their families while running successful businesses and achieving their God-given destinies. If you are a business owner, C-level executive, or vice president of a corporation, apply for our program! For more information and to apply, visit gatewaybusinessleaders.org. Contact: Nancy Brumit, 817.552.5893, business@gatewaypeople.com

MINISTRY CENTER MIN 540 S Nolen · Southlake, TX 76092 UNIVERSITY CAMPUS UC 2121 E Southlake Blvd · Southlake, TX 76092 817.328.1000

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY AVAILABLE

WEEKLY EVENTS WEDNESDAYS »» Gateway Students (7th–12th Graders) 7:00 pm | Auditorium UC DAL FRS GRP NFW NRH

SUNDAYS »» Marriage Challenge | 9:30 am MIN (Canceled on Holiday Weekends)

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

GATEWAY DALLAS

Stay connected with us! GATEWAYDALLAS CATCH THE VISION (MEMBERSHIP CLASS)

Saturday, Jun 10 | 9:00–11:45 am | Classroom 2A This class connects you to Gateway Church and explains our purpose, values, and history and gives you an opportunity to become a member. Register at ctv.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Katherine Hesami, 469.801.7250, ctvdal@gatewaypeople.com

MEN’S BREAKFAST

Saturday, Jun 17 | 8:30 am | Great Hall Join us for worship, teaching, fun activities, and breakfast! All men (ages 12 and up) are invited. Register at men.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Marc Bolling, 469.801.7237, mendal@gatewaypeople.com

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, Jun 13 | Food & Giveaways at 6:00 pm Service at 7:00 pm Join us as all campuses come together for a night of worship, a message from guest speaker Robert Madu, and an opportunity to connect with other young adults. SLK

Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY STUDENTS

Wednesdays | 7:00 pm | Auditorium We invite every 7th- through 12th-grade student who wants to experience God, connect with amazing people, and have an incredible time! See you soon! Contact: Matt Washington, 469.801.7230, studentsdal@gatewaypeople.com

PRAY FIRST

Thursdays | 7:00–8:00 am | Prayer Suite Join us as we gather to worship and pray! Come ready to connect with God and pray for our church and nation. Contact: Tracey Newcomer, 469.801.7206, praydal@gatewaypeople.com

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GATEWAY GROUPS COMMUNITY GROUPS

Saturdays at 5:15 pm | Sundays at 9:00 am

DAL

Looking to connect with others who love Jesus? Join a Community Group at the Dallas Campus. Contact: Dana Vestal, 469.801.7250, groupsdal@gatewaypeople.com

LEAD A GROUP: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT!

Leading a group doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming! We will give you all the training, resources, and support you need. Visit groups.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Dana Vestal, 469.801.7250, groupsdal@gatewaypeople.com

Visit events.gatewaypeople.com for the latest information.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

NIGHT OF WORSHIP

Sunday, Jun 11 6:00 pm | Auditorium Join us for an exciting time of worship and ministry as we draw near to God and He draws near to us. Children’s ministry, birth through five years old, is available. Contact: Ruben Robles, 469.801.7232, worshipdal@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY DALLAS SUMMER NIGHTS

YOUNG ADULTS WEEKEND

Join us for our 4:00 pm service and then stay for an evening of family fun immediately following the service! This is a great time of fellowship with our Gateway Dallas family! Contact: Tracey Newcomer, 469.801.7206, dallas@gatewaypeople.com

Join us for three days as we encounter God's presence, hear from dynamic communicators, and connect with others. Early-bird discount available now at gatewayyoungadultsweekend.com. Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

Saturdays, Jul 1–15 | After 4:00 pm Service | Courtyard

Friday–Sunday, Sep 22–24 | Sky Ranch in Van, Texas

GATEWAY KIDS VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE

We’re looking for team members who would like to help us shape the next generation! Volunteer positions (for age groups birth–elementary) are open at all campuses. Contact: Donna Hunt, 469.801.7321, kidsdal@gatewaypeople.com

WEEKEND GUEST EXPERIENCE

Are you looking for a way to get involved at Gateway? We’d love for you to be a part of our usher, greeter, parking lot, and Gateway Central teams. For more information, visit serve. gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Katherine Hesami, 469.801.7250, servedal@gatewaypeople.com

CONCIERGE TEAM MEMBERS

Sundays

This team meets our first-time guests, gives them a quick tour, and then shows them to reserved seating in the Auditorium. If you enjoy meeting new people, this team is for you! For more information, visit serve.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Katherine Hesami, 469.801.7250, servedal@gatewaypeople.com

SINGLE PARENT FAMILY CAMP

Monday–Thursday, Jul 10–13 | San Antonio

Enjoy the beautiful Hill Country and connect with each other, other families, and God while making family memories that will last a lifetime. Cost: $500 per family. Includes transportation, lodging, group activities, and meals for each family member. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Register at singleparents.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Kristine Lopez, 817.328.2030, spf@gatewaypeople.com

WEEKLY EVENTS WEDNESDAYS »» Gateway Students (7th–12th Graders) 7:00 pm | Auditorium THURSDAYS »» Pray First | 7:00–8:00 am | Prayer Suite

WACKY WEEK

Tuesday–Thursday, Jun 27–29 SLK Join us for an action-packed week of adventure on the high seas as we learn about the depth of God’s love! Wacky Week is for kids 6 years old–6th grade. Cost: $20 per child. We also need volunteers (ages 13+) to join us in the adventure! To attend or volunteer, visit kids.gatewaypeople.com. To attend: Contact Julie Stockenberg, 817.552.7433, wackyweek@gatewaypeople.com To volunteer: Contact Tabitha Rupert, 817.552.7341, wackyweekvolunteers@gatewaypeople.com

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GATEWAY FRISCO

Stay connected with us! GATEWAYFRISCO

GATEWAY GROUPS

If you’re looking for a way to get connected and make new friends at the Frisco Campus, join a Gateway Group. Find your group at groups.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Tricia Centracco, 817.552.7445, groupsfrs@gatewaypeople.com

LEAD A GROUP: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT!

Leading a group doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming! We will give you all the training, resources, and support you need. Visit groups.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Tricia Centracco, 817.552.7445, groupsfrs@gatewaypeople.com

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, Jun 13 | Food & Giveaways at 6:00 pm Service at 7:00 pm Join us as all campuses come together for a night of worship, a message from guest speaker Robert Madu, and an opportunity to connect with other young adults. SLK

Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

CATCH THE VISION (MEMBERSHIP CLASS)

Saturday, Jul 1 | 4:00 pm | Classroom B

This class connects you to Gateway Church and explains our purpose, values, and history and gives you an opportunity to become a member. Register at ctv.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Vernita Lovett, 817.552.7517, ctvfrs@gatewaypeople.com

BABY DEDICATIONS

Jun 3–4 | 15 Minutes Before Each Weekend Service | Auditorium

Attention all parents! Bring your jewels to spend at the Jewel Store! Jewels can be earned by bringing your Bible to class, bringing friends, and much more. Contact: Janet Braselton, 817.552.6062, kidsfrs@gatewaypeople.com

MEN’S BREAKFAST

A baby dedication is a ceremony in which parents make a commitment before the Lord to raise their child in God’s Word and ways. If you would like to dedicate your baby or child to the Lord, register at kids.gatewaypeople.com. Space is limited! Contact: Janet Braselton, 817.552.6062, kidsfrs@gatewaypeople.com

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GATEWAY KIDS JEWEL STORE WEEKEND

Saturday–Sunday, Jun 24–25 After Each Service | The Mix

Saturday, Jun 17 | 7:00 am | Lobby We hope to see you at our next breakfast where men in our community come together to connect and hear from the Lord. Register at men.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Jana Mason, 817.552.3705, mensfrs@gatewaypeople.com

Visit events.gatewaypeople.com for the latest information.


We offer a wide range of Equip classes featuring Jewish, freedom, stewardship, spiritual life, and marriage and family ministries. Register at equip.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Connie Brown, 817.552.5868, equipfrs@gatewaypeople.com

WOMEN’S SUMMER EQUIP

Wednesdays, Jun 7–21 10:00–11:45 am | Auditorium

Ladies, join us this summer for a time to worship, hear the Word, and connect with other women. Children’s ministry is available. Contact Tricia Centracco, 817.552.7445, pinkfrs@gatewaypeople.com

FREEDOM CLASSES

Saturdays, Jul 29–Aug 19 | 5:45 pm | Classroom B

NIGHT OF WORSHIP

Sunday, Jun 11 | 6:00 pm | Auditorium Join us for an exciting time of worship and ministry as we draw near to God and He draws near to us. Children’s ministry, birth through five years old, is available.

These four exciting classes contain the essential principles of freedom and lay the groundwork for you to hear who God made you to be. Register at freedom.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Mikayla Blease, 817.552.3752, freedomfrs@gatewaypeople.com

Contact: Jana Mason, 817.552.3705, worshipfrs@gatewaypeople.com

SINGLE PARENT FAMILY CAMP

WORSHIP TEAM ACADEMY

Enjoy the beautiful Hill Country and connect with each other, other families, and God while making family memories that will last a lifetime. Cost: $500 per family. Includes transportation, lodging, group activities, and meals for each family member. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Register at singleparents.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Kristine Lopez, 817.328.2030, spf@gatewaypeople.com

We are so excited for another semester of the Worship Team Academy at Gateway Frisco! We are offering group piano, guitar, and vocal lessons. For more information, attend the Worship Information Meeting on July 11 or visit wta.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Amber Rhoads, 682.223.6070, worshipfrs@gatewaypeople.com

Monday–Thursday, Jul 10–13 | San Antonio

WEEKLY EVENTS TUESDAYS »» Healing Ministry | 6:30 pm WEDNESDAYS »» Gateway Students (7th–12th Graders) 7:00 pm | Auditorium FRIDAYS »» Men’s Prayer | 6:00 am | Lobby SATURDAYS »» Equip | 5:45 pm | Classroom B SUNDAYS »» Equip | 9:00 am | Classroom B »» Equip | 12:30 pm | Classroom B

Aug–Nov

FRS

YOUNG ADULTS WEEKEND

Friday–Sunday, Sep 22–24 | Sky Ranch in Van, Texas

Join us for three days as we encounter God's presence, hear from dynamic communicators, and connect with others. Early bird discount available now at gatewayyoungadultsweekend.com. Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

PARKING LOT TEAM

Join our team as we welcome people from the minute they arrive at Gateway Frisco. We also help people find parking spots on busy weekends. Contact: Tricia Centracco, 817.552.7445, servefrs@gatewaypeople.com

WACKY WEEK

Tuesday–Thursday, Jun 27–29 SLK

Join us for an action-packed week of adventure on the high seas as we learn about the depth of God’s love! Wacky Week is for kids 6 years old–6th grade. Cost: $20 per child. We will be providing a bus from the Frisco Campus to the Southlake Campus each day. We also need volunteers (ages 13+) to join us in the adventure! To attend or volunteer, visit kids.gatewaypeople.com. To attend: Contact Janet Braselton, 817.552.6062, kidsfrs@gatewaypeople.com To volunteer: Contact Tabitha Rupert, 817.552.7341, wackyweekvolunteers@gatewaypeople.com

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

GATEWAY GRAND PRAIRIE

Stay connected with us! GATEWAYGRP

GATEWAY GROUPS LEADERS NEEDED

If you like bringing people together and helping them grow, consider leading a Gateway Group! We will give you all of the training, resources, and support you need to succeed. For more information, visit groups.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: James Gadberry, 972.314.9087, groupsgrp@gatewaypeople.com

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, Jun 13 | Food & Giveaways at 6:00 pm Service at 7:00 pm Join us as all campuses come together for a night of worship, a message from guest speaker Robert Madu, and an opportunity to connect with other young adults. SLK

Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TEAM

Leading a group doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming! We will give you all the training, resources, and support you need. Visit groups.gatewaypeople.com.

Contact: James Gadberry, 972.314.9087, groupsgrp@gatewaypeople.com

Saturdays at 3:40 pm & Sundays at 10:35 am Classroom 2A Looking for a way to get more involved in prayer and worship during our weekend services? Join us as we come together to worship and pray for the services. (Musical ability not required!) Contact: Jacqueline Marciante, 972.314.9000, prayergrp@gatewaypeople.com

MARRIAGE CHALLENGE

Sundays | 9:30–10:30 am | Administrative Offices (2410 N Carrier Pkwy) (Canceled on Holiday Weekends)

Marriage Challenge is for couples who are in crisis or experiencing a difficult season. Come meet with a couple from our team who is trained and passionate about supporting those in hurting marriages. We offer prayer, direction, and tools for resolution. Registration is not required. Contact: Jacqueline Marciante, 972.314.9000, marriagegrp@gatewaypeople.com

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GATEWAY STUDENTS FIRST LOOK

First Wednesday of the Month | 6:30 pm | Auditorium If you’re interested in serving with Gateway Students, come visit a service, meet our staff, and hear our heart and vision for the next generation. Registration is not required. Contact: Abby Fernandez, 972.314.9107, studentsgrp@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY KIDS JEWEL STORE

Jun 10–11 | After Each Weekend Service | Classroom 2B Bring your jewels to spend at the Jewel Store! Jewels can be earned by bringing your Bible to class, bringing your friends, and more. Contact: Neesy Brooks, 972.314.9101, kidsgrp@gatewaypeople.com

Visit events.gatewaypeople.com for the latest information.


YOUNG ADULTS WEEKEND

This class connects you to Gateway Church and explains our purpose, values, and history and gives you an opportunity to become a member. Register at ctv.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Bri Kramer, 972.314.9000, ctvgrp@gatewaypeople.com

Join us for three days as we encounter God's presence, hear from dynamic communicators, and connect with others. Early-bird discount available now at gatewayyoungadultsweekend.com. Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

SINGLE PARENT FAMILY CAMP

Monday–Thursday, Jul 10–13 | San Antonio

NIGHT OF WORSHIP

Sunday, Jun 11 6:00 pm | Auditorium Join us for an exciting time of worship and ministry as we draw near to God and He draws near to us. Children’s ministry, birth through five years old, is available.

Enjoy the beautiful Hill Country and connect with each other, other families, and God while making family memories that will last a lifetime. Cost: $500 per family. Includes transportation, lodging, group activities, and meals for each family member. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Register at singleparents.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Kristine Lopez, 817.328.2030, spf@gatewaypeople.com

Friday–Sunday, Sep 22–24 | Sky Ranch in Van, Texas

GATEWAY KIDS VOLUNTEERS

Help us shape the next generation for the future God has planned for them. We have volunteer positions available for all ages. Contact: Neesy Brooks, 972.314.9101, kidsjobsgrp@gatewaypeople.com

MEN’S SUMMER NIGHT: STAR WARS

Thursday, Jul 27 | Check-In 6:00 pm Service 7:00 pm GRP

Men, join us for a night of powerful worship and delicious food, along with an encouraging word from the Southlake Campus Men’s Pastor, Philip Hunter. This event is free, but registration is required to receive a meal ticket. Register at men.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Bri Kramer, 972.314.9098, mengrp@gatewaypeople.com

WEEKEND GUEST EXPERIENCE

Are you looking for a way to get involved at Gateway? We’d love for you to be a part of our usher, greeter, parking lot, and Gateway Central teams. For more information, visit serve. gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Joel Maldonado, 972.314.9108, servegrp@gatewaypeople.com

Contact: Jacqueline Marciante, 972.314.9000, nightofworshipgrp@gatewaypeople.com

MINISTRY TRIP: THE HUB

Jun 23–25 | Shreveport, Louisiana Join us as we partner with the Hub, a ministry that helps those in poverty discover all God made them to be: happy, whole, healthy, free, self-sufficient, and walking with Him. Register at trips.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Angela Wescott, 972.314.9106, outreachgrp@gatewaypeople.com

WACKY WEEK

Tuesday–Thursday, Jun 27–29 SLK

WEEKLY EVENTS TUESDAYS »» Freedom Sessions (By Appointment) 6:30 pm | Administrative Offices »» Healing Ministry 6:30 pm | Administrative Offices WEDNESDAYS »» Gateway Students (7th–12th Graders) 7:00 pm | Auditorium SUNDAYS »» Marriage Challenge | 9:30 am Ministry Center, 2410 N Carrier Pkwy (Canceled on Holiday Weekends)

Join us for an action-packed week of adventure on the high seas as we learn about the depth of God’s love! Wacky Week is for kids 6 years old–6th grade. Cost: $20 per child. We also need volunteers (ages 13+) to join us in the adventure! To attend or volunteer, visit kids.gatewaypeople.com. To attend: Contact Julie Stockenberg, 817.552.7433, wackyweek@gatewaypeople.com To volunteer: Contact Tabitha Rupert, 817.552.7341, wackyweekvolunteers@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY EQUIP FREEDOM BASICS: SPANISH

Sundays, Jul 23–Aug 13 | 12:30 pm | Classroom 2C These four classes taught in Spanish set the stage for you to begin your journey toward true freedom in Christ and establish the basis for hearing what God created for you. Register at freedom.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Angela Wescott, 972.314.9106 equipgrp@gatewaypeople.com

EQUIP

Sundays, Jul 23–Aug 13 | 9:00 am & 10:45 am Equip is in session for the summer! We will have Freedom Basics, stewardship, prayer, and marriage & family classes. Register at equip.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Angela Wescott, 972.314.9106, equipgrp@gatewaypeople.com

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

CATCH THE VISION (MEMBERSHIP CLASS)

Sunday, Jul 2 | 12:30–2:00 pm | Classroom 2A


ANNOUNCEMENTS

WHAT’S HAPPENING

GATEWAY NORTH FORT WORTH

Stay connected with us! GATEWAYNFW MEN’S NIGHT

Tuesday, Jun 13 | 6:30 pm Men, you’re invited to a very special Men’s Night featuring Colonel Allen West! We are going to have free food, fun activities sponsored by the military, and an inspiring message. Register at men.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Kaitlen Bottone, 817.552.3792, mennfw@gatewaypeople.com

SINGLE PARENT FAMILY FUN NIGHT Monday, Jun 19 | 5:30 pm | Auditorium

Single parents, gather your family and join us for a night of fun, games, bounce houses, face painting, food, beverages, and so much more! Register at singleparents.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Denise Edwards, 817.552.5801, spfnfw@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY GROUPS

If you’re looking for a way to get connected and make new friends at the North Fort Worth Campus, join a Gateway Group. Find your group at groups.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Byna Terndrup, 682.223.6072, groupsnfw@gatewaypeople.com

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, Jun 13 | Food & Giveaways at 6:00 pm Service at 7:00 pm Join us as all campuses come together for a night of worship, a message from guest speaker Robert Madu, and an opportunity to connect with other young adults. SLK

Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

MARRIAGE CHALLENGE

Sundays | 9:30–10:30 am North Fort Worth Campus Offices Marriage Challenge is for couples who are in crisis or experiencing a difficult season. Come meet with a couple from our team who is trained and passionate about supporting those in hurting marriages. We offer prayer, direction, and tools for resolution. Registration is not required. Contact: Denise Edwards, 817.552.5801, marriagenfw@gatewaypeople.com

MEN’S BRIGADE SERVICE DAY

Saturday, Jun 10 | 7:30 am | North Fort Worth Campus Men’s Brigade serves widows and single mothers by doing odd jobs around their homes on the second Saturday of every month. Come help us spread the gospel with a hammer and nails! Contact: Kaitlen Bottone, 817.552.3792, mennfw@gatewaypeople.com

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LEAD A GROUP: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT! Leading a group doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming! We will give you all the training, resources, and support you need. Visit groups. gatewaypeople.com.

Contact: Byna Terndrup, 682.223.6072, groupsnfw@gatewaypeople.com

Visit events.gatewaypeople.com for the latest information.


We’re looking for communion volunteers! If you’d like to serve, visit Gateway Central for instructions 30 minutes before the service you attend. Attire is business casual. Contact: Josh Lebel, 817.552.7567, communionnfw@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY KIDS | VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE

We’re looking for team members who would like to help us shape the next generation! Volunteer positions (for age groups birth–elementary) are open at all campuses. Contact: Sandy Joanis, 817.552.7581, kidsnfw@gatewaypeople.com

CATCH THE VISION (MEMBERSHIP CLASS)

Saturday, Jul 1 | 4:00 pm | Compass A

This class connects you to Gateway Church and explains our purpose, values, and history and gives you an opportunity to become a member. Register at ctv.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Josh Lebel, 817.552.7581, gxpnfw@gatewaypeople.com

SINGLE PARENT FAMILY CAMP

Monday–Thursday, Jul 10–13 | San Antonio

NIGHT OF WORSHIP

Sunday, Jun 11 6:00 pm | Auditorium Join us for an exciting time of worship and ministry as we draw near to God and He draws near to us. Children’s ministry, birth through five years old, is available.

Enjoy the beautiful Hill Country and connect with each other, other families, and God while making family memories that will last a lifetime. Cost: $500 per family. Includes transportation, lodging, group activities, and meals for each family member. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Register at singleparents.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Kristine Lopez, 817.328.2030, spf@gatewaypeople.com

WEDNESDAYS »» Pray First | 7:00–8:00 am | Compass A & B »» High Noon Prayer | 12:00 pm | The Gathering »» Gateway Students (7th–12th Graders) 7:00 pm | Auditorium THURSDAYS »» Men’s Promise Principle Groups 6:30 am | Gateway Central SATURDAYS »» Morning Prayer | 8:00 am | Parking Lot

Join us for an action-packed week of adventure on the high seas as we learn about the depth of God’s love! Wacky Week is for kids 6 years old–6th grade. Cost: $20 per child. We also need volunteers (ages 13+) to join us in the adventure! To attend or volunteer, visit kids.gatewaypeople.com. To attend: Contact Julie Stockenberg, 817.552.7433, wackyweek@gatewaypeople.com To volunteer: Contact Tabitha Rupert, 817.552.7341, wackyweekvolunteers@gatewaypeople.com

Contact: Tagi Takape, 817.328.2061, worshipnfw@gatewaypeople.com

WEEKLY EVENTS

WACKY WEEK

Tuesday–Thursday, Jun 27–29 SLK

YOUNG ADULTS WEEKEND

Friday–Sunday, Sep 22–24 | Sky Ranch in Van, Texas

Join us for three days as we encounter God's presence, hear from dynamic communicators, and connect with others. Early-bird discount available now at gatewayyoungadultsweekend.com. Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

SINGLE PARENT VOLUNTEERS

Be part of the North Fort Worth Campus single parent team! We have opportunities for our upcoming fall semester for greeters, check-in hosts, food service helpers, and mentors. Contact: Denise Edwards, 817.552.5801, spfnfw@gatewaypeople.com

WEEKEND GUEST EXPERIENCE

Are you looking for a way to get involved at Gateway? We’d love for you to be a part of our parking lot, usher, greeter, and Gateway Central teams. For more information, visit serve.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Josh Lebel, 817.552.7567, servenfw@gatewaypeople.com

SUNDAYS »» Marriage Challenge | 9:30 am North Fort Worth Offices (Canceled on Holiday Weekends)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMMUNION VOLUNTEERS

Jun 24–25 | Weekend Services


ANNOUNCEMENTS

WHAT’S HAPPENING

GATEWAY NRH

Stay connected with us! GATEWAYNRH

GATEWAY GROUPS

LEAD A GROUP: THE SKY’S THE LIMIT!

Leading a group doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming! We will give you all the training, resources, and support you need. Visit groups.gatewaypeople.com.

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, Jun 13 Food & Giveaways at 6:00 pm | Service at 7:00 pm Join us as all campuses come together for a night of worship, a message from guest speaker Robert Madu, and an opportunity to connect with other young adults. SLK

Contact: Rachel Rupert, 817.552.5885, groupsnrh@gatewaypeople.com

FIFTY-PLUS GROUPS

Tuesdays | 10:00 am | Hospitality Room If you’re a part of the 50+ crowd, you’re invited to join us on Tuesday mornings for Bible study and fellowship. Contact: Jim Vanderburg, 817.449.3663, fiftyplusnrh@gatewaypeople.com

Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

WOMEN’S MENTORING

PRAY FIRST

Mondays | 7:00 am | Lobby Join us as we gather to worship and pray! Come ready to connect with God and pray for our church and nation. Contact: Alicia Osgood, 682.223.4144, prayernrh@gatewaypeople.com

MEN’S PRAYER

Wednesdays | 6:30–7:30 am | Lobby Join us as we worship and pray for the men of our church, as they lead in their homes, businesses, and communities. Contact: Alph Samuel, 972.948.1527, mennrh@gatewaypeople.com

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Do you want to discover more about yourself, your potential, and your capabilities? Consider becoming a mentor or mentee. Contact: Rachel Rupert, 817.552.5885, womennrh@gatewaypeople.com

CATCH THE VISION (MEMBERSHIP CLASS)

Saturday, Jun 17 | 4:00 pm | Chat Room

This class connects you to Gateway Church and explains our purpose, values, and history and gives you an opportunity to become a member. Register at ctv.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Al Pearson, 817.328.2023, ctvnrh@gatewaypeople.com

Visit events.gatewaypeople.com for the latest information.


Tuesday–Thursday, Jun 27–29 Join us for an action-packed week of adventure on the high seas as we learn about the depth of God’s love! Wacky Week is for kids 6 years old–6th grade. Cost: $20 per child. We also need volunteers (ages 13+) to join us in the adventure! To attend or volunteer, visit kids.gatewaypeople.com. SLK

To attend: Contact Julie Stockenberg, 817.552.7433, wackyweek@gatewaypeople.com To volunteer: Contact Tabitha Rupert, 817.552.7341, wackyweekvolunteers@gatewaypeople.com

SINGLE PARENT FAMILY CAMP

Monday–Thursday, Jul 10–13 | San Antonio

Enjoy the beautiful Hill Country and connect with each other, other families, and God while making family memories that will last a lifetime. Cost: $500 per family. Includes transportation, lodging, group activities, and meals for each family member. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. Register at singleparents. gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Kristine Lopez, 817.328.2030, spf@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY MEN

Men, we’d love to get to know you and share how you can get involved. For more information, visit men.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Alicia Osgood, 682.223.4144, mennrh@gatewaypeople.com

YOUNG ADULTS WEEKEND

Friday–Sunday, Sep 22–24 | Sky Ranch in Van, Texas

Join us as we encounter God's presence, hear from dynamic communicators, and connect with others. Early-bird discount available now at gatewayyoungadultsweekend.com. Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY EQUIP

GATEWAY KIDS | VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE

We’re looking for team members who would like to help us shape the next generation! Volunteer positions (for age groups birth–elementary) are open at all campuses. Contact: Amy Sellars, 817.552.7342, kidsnrh@gatewaypeople.com

WEEKLY EVENTS MONDAYS »» Pray First | 7:00 am | Lobby TUESDAYS »» Fifty-Plus Group | 10:00 am Hospitality Room WEDNESDAYS »» Men’s Prayer | 6:30–7:30 am | Lobby »» Gateway Students (7th–12th Graders) 7:00 pm | Auditorium

GATEWAY EQUIP

Weekends

PRAYER TEAM

If you are interested in praying for people in our congregation, join our NRH Campus prayer team. Contact: Alicia Osgood, 682.223.4144, prayernrh@gatewaypeople.com

We have a variety of Equip classes featuring Jewish Equip, parenting, freedom, and marriage. For more information, stop by the Equip booth in the Lobby or visit equip.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Crystal Molinar, 817.552.7619, equipnrh@gatewaypeople.com

NIGHT OF WORSHIP

Sunday, Jun 11 6:00 pm | Auditorium Join us for an exciting time of worship and ministry as we draw near to God and He draws near to us. Children’s ministry, birth through five years old, is available. Contact: Tagi Takape, 817.328.2061, worshipnfw@gatewaypeople.com

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WACKY WEEK


Profile

AMANDA JOHNSON I’M A CERTIFIED ENGLISH TEACHER. I love school, and I love leading, so I always thought teaching would be the perfect profession. I graduated college with a 6th–12th grade English education certificate only to learn it wasn’t for me. (I was daydreaming about other careers while sitting in the orientation for my first teaching job!) But I stuck it out for a full year and learned a ton of hard lessons about myself, how I function, and how to work really hard in a place that wasn’t super supportive. “THE OTHER LEFT HAND.” During our wedding, when the pastor asked me to place Cody’s ring on his finger, I could not figure out which hand was his left hand. It must have been the pressure of the moment, but I just decided to guess, and I guessed wrong! The pastor politely made a joke about the “other left hand.” We all laughed. And, thankfully, our families reserved their Aggie jokes about it until after the wedding. I WOULD’VE LOVED TO HAVE BEEN A FLY ON THE WALL WHEN MY PARENTS FIRST MET. They were neighbors in the same apartment building. There was a whole group of people in their building who hung out together all the time (kind of like Melrose Place, but without all the drama). Four couples got married out of that group, including my parents. My mom passed away when I was 14, and my dad passed away in my 30s before I got married. Their marriage was so inspiring to me, and they taught me so much about faith, compassion, influence, and kindness. I really would’ve loved to see how their story started. I’M NOT A DOG PERSON. But my husband loves dogs and really wanted one. We spent the first year of our marriage debating on whether or not to get one, and somehow my heart changed. I guess I saw how much joy dogs brought Cody, so we adopted an adorable yellow lab from a shelter. Her name is Pebbles, and she has won me over!

FAMILY Cody, husband of one year!

EDUCATION Bachelor of arts in English from Texas A&M University.

ROLE AT GATEWAY Executive Pastor.

BACKSTORY For more about our Gateway pastors and staff, visit staff.gatewaypeople.com. 30  JUNE 2017

Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas.


KEVIN WEST I WAS A MOVIE PROJECTIONIST. My cousin owned a drive-in theater, and for six years I worked for him. It was a great job because I got to see all the new movies. To keep from getting bored, I trained myself to watch only one part of a movie each night so by the end of a weeklong shift, I would have seen the whole movie. Even after I quit, it took me many years to watch a whole movie in one sitting! TALENT SHOWS AREN’T FUN! In fourth grade, for a talent show in front of the whole school, my best friend and I dressed up like girls to sing “Sisters” from the movie White Christmas. We did it to impress a couple of girls we liked at the time. Afterward, we had to go back to class, but we didn’t get a chance to change, so we ended up sitting at our desks for a while in those outfits. It was the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done, and it took a few years for the teasing to wear off. LISTEN TO GOD’S CALLING. I felt called to missions for years, but I thought that meant moving my family to a foreign country for the rest of our lives, so I refused. After a while, my wife and I began to have trouble in our marriage, and she filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. While divorced, I attended a missions school at my church where I learned about short-term missions trips. I went to Honduras on my first trip and realized this was what the Lord had originally called me to. I took another short trip to Russia and came home to go to my daughter’s birthday party. I saw my ex-wife there, and she looked really upset. I asked how I could help her, and she just said, “I wish we could go back in time.” So I asked her out on a date. We dated for six months and then got remarried. We had been apart for five years, but God restored our marriage when I listened to His calling! For more about our Gateway pastors and staff, visit staff.gatewaypeople.com.

FAMILY Beth, wife of 27 years. Two children: Leigh (33) and Sean (31). One granddaughter: Kylie (9).

EDUCATION Associate of science in electronic engineering from Vincennes University.

ROLE AT GATEWAY Director of Building Services.

BACKSTORY Born and raised in Austin, Indiana, on the family farm.

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BEN HAAKE IT TAKES CHOICES, NOT YEARS. One of my mentors said this all the time, and it stuck with me. Either I can choose to do something now, or I can make up excuses for years and never see my life change. I’ve made several decisions in my life with this advice in mind, and it’s made all the difference. RUNNING IS THE ULTIMATE INTROVERT SPORT. You can put headphones in and be alone with your music and your thoughts. I started running a few years ago, and it’s so refreshing and lifegiving. I ended up running a series of races as well as a marathon, but the adrenaline crash after a marathon makes you feel like your life is over so I haven’t done one in a while. I LOVE AIRPORTS. Traveling is so rewarding for me. I love getting to see different places and experience new things so airports represent the ability to go somewhere quickly. Last year, we did a cross-country road trip with our twoand three-year-old boys, and although it was nice to cross that item off the bucket list, we would be happy to never do it again. Planes are much better. I WAS 30 YEARS OLD THE FIRST TIME I WENT TO DISNEY WORLD. I was on a trip with some friends, and I called my mom and asked her why we had never gone before! Since that day, I have fallen in love with it—I feel creative there and like I’m a kid again. My wife and I even went there on our honeymoon! For more about our Gateway pastors and staff, visit staff.gatewaypeople.com.

FAMILY Elisa, wife of 7 years. Two boys: Graham (3) and Colin (2).

EDUCATION Christ For The Nations Institute.

ROLE AT GATEWAY Worship Pastor.

BACKSTORY Born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Forest City, Iowa.

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JOSH BRISCOE I ALMOST TOOK OUT KOBE BRYANT. For about six years, I worked as a Dallas Maverick’s Funslinger. We provided entertainment for the audience, and I was the stilt guy. One time, I was running full speed past the Lakers’ huddle, and Kobe stepped into my path. I had to quickly sidestep him on stilts. I almost fell, but thankfully I didn’t fall or kick Kobe. If I had, it would have probably been on ESPN that night. I’M NOT TO BE TRUSTED IN MOVIE THEATERS. A few years ago, my wife and I went to see Spiderman. No one else was in the theater with us, so when my wife left to use the restroom, I decided to scare her when she came back. I hid near the walkway, and when I saw her coming closer, I jumped out in a crazy Spiderman way—I made a big scene. But it wasn’t my wife. It was an older lady, and I scared the living daylights out of her! Her popcorn flew everywhere. The most embarrassing part is that the lady was good friends with my wife’s mom. MY GUARDIAN ANGEL WEARS A COWBOY HAT. My senior year of high school, I fell asleep at the wheel. My car went into a ditch, hit a fire hydrant, and flipped over. My head went through the windshield, and the steering wheel shattered my femur bone. Then I looked up and my engine was on fire. I thought I was going to die. It was the first time I really prayed to God. I looked up and saw a guy with a cowboy hat standing at my window. He pulled me out of the car and told me to not fall asleep. The police and fire department came shortly afterward. Later on, I found the policeman who was first on the scene and asked him if he remembered a guy in a cowboy hat being there. He told me he found me on the ground by myself. After that accident was when I started truly living for God.

FAMILY Marian, wife of 15 years. Two daughters: Emily (10) and Sidney (3).

EDUCATION Bachelor’s degree in theology at Dallas Christian College.

ROLE AT GATEWAY Adult Ministries Pastor.

For more about our Gateway pastors and staff, visit staff.gatewaypeople.com.

BACKSTORY Born and raised in Grand Prairie!

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BOAZ BRYANT I WAS OFFERED A CHEERLEADING SCHOLARSHIP. In high school, a friend suggested I join the gymnastics team. (I was short but I still wanted a varsity letter!) I hadn’t done anything like it before, but I ended up really enjoying it. Our coach’s wife was the cheerleading coach for a university, and she offered me a scholarship even though I’d never done cheerleading, but I turned it down. I was afraid of all the ladies. MY FAVORITE WORD IS “NO.” There is so much untapped potential in that one little word. What if I said no to all the wrong things? Then, I would have the time to say yes to all the right ones. This is a lesson I’m still learning. I LIKE TO BUILD. A couple years ago, my wife started showing me pictures of house updates and pieces of furniture she found on Pinterest. I kept saying, “Oh, I could build that for you!” So one day, she told me to go for it! I’d never really done anything like that, but I followed the directions and successfully built a great-looking coffee table. Since then, I’ve built a bunch of items for our house. My favorite thing I’ve created is a wood wall. I found some old, gray-looking fence posts, whitewashed them, and then nailed them to an accent wall in a chevron pattern. It looks really cool, and we always get a lot of compliments when people see it. GROUPS HELPED ME BELONG. One of the first times I attended Gateway, a worship leader walked up to me after the service and invited me to his Gateway Group. The rest is history!

FAMILY Kathleen, wife of 12 years. Two children: Isaiah (11) and Isabelle (9).

EDUCATION Associate of arts degree.

ROLE AT GATEWAY For more about our Gateway pastors and staff, visit staff.gatewaypeople.com.

Gateway Kids Pastor.

BACKSTORY Born in California, lived in England until second grade, and then lived in Abilene, Texas, through college.

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ROB SUMNER I ENJOY HEARING OLD GOSPEL SONGS ACAPELLA. In my early years, my mom and I lived with my grandparents. The best alarm I ever had was hearing my grandmother sing and worship God in the morning. It also meant she was making breakfast. Some of the best moments in my life started with worship and breakfast. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD. Years ago, my wife and I heard God speaking to us to leave everything in Tennessee to come here. Once we said yes, every hurdle seemed to jump out at us, but He made it happen. We arrived not knowing anyone and attended a Habitation service. That night, God confirmed our move even more when three people gave us the same amount of money He told us to give to Gateway before moving here. We’ve been here almost five years now and God continues to amaze us. I MAKE SECURITY NERVOUS. I once went into a bank to deposit a check and heard a lot of honking outside. I looked out to see a car backing out into oncoming traffic. As I asked myself who would do such a thing? I noticed the car looked familiar. Apparently, I failed to put my car in gear. Turns out, security gets nervous when there’s a lot of noise in front of the bank, and you’re running for your life through the lobby. I CAN’T SLEEP ON PLANES. The thought of 40,000 feet between myself and the ground makes me restless. I want to visit Israel, but I might need a freedom class before I get there! For more about our Gateway pastors and staff, visit staff.gatewaypeople.com.

FAMILY JoVena, wife of 15 years. Two children: Jocelyn (12) and Josiah (8).

EDUCATION Bachelor’s in business management from Lubbock Christian University.

ROLE AT GATEWAY Associate Pastor of Gateway Kids.

BACKSTORY Born and raised in a small West Texas town called Big Spring. It has about the same population as Gateway Church!

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