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SEPTEMBER 2017

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FIND THE TOOLS FOR A POWERFUL SPIRITUAL LIFE. Pink Impact is returning to Southlake!

What do you do when God is silent?

One couple uses their Airbnb to share the gospel.

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CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2017

COMMENTS

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WELCOME

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PULSE F E AT U R E S

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A BIGGER IMPACT

Pink Impact is returning to Southlake!

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Pastor Tom Lane explains what to do when God is silent.

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WORSHIP

GATEWAY releases its newest album, Monuments.

EQUIP-MEANT

Find the tools for a powerful spiritual life. OUTREACH

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OUTREACH INN

How one couple uses their Airbnb to share the gospel.

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THE INTERSECTION

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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PROFILE – LEDA RUPERT

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WELCOME to GATEWAY LIFE EVERY YEAR AT OUR ROSH HASHANAH

Messianic service, we have a tradition. We actually have many traditions, but one of them is to dip apples in honey. It’s a way of saying, “May you have a sweet year.” Even though Rosh Hashanah falls in September, it marks the beginning of the new year on the Jewish calendar, and it sets the tone for the year to come. You see, after Rosh Hashanah (September 20) there are 10 days of awe.

During these 10 days, Jewish people believe God is deciding how the following year will be for them. Will it be a good or bad year? Their actions over the 10 days will seal their fate, so there are a lot of good deeds and repentance happening. And on the final day, Yom Kippur, an animal is sacrificed (in some Orthodox traditions) to forgive their sins for another year. I sat next to a secular Jewish man on an airplane once during the 10 days of awe. He was reading his Torah and said he reads it every year at this time to find God. I asked him if I could show him some verses in it that point to Jesus. When I did, it was like his entire countenance changed. That’s because when we introduce Jesus, everything changes. As Christians, we can view this particular holiday through a completely different lens. Rather than a time of deep, somber reflection, we can have a joyful celebration because Jesus’ blood is sufficient to cover our sins forever—not just for one more year. It’s truly a joyful occasion for believers!

In this issue of Gateway Life, there are many reasons to celebrate! Pink Impact is coming back to the Southlake Campus next year, and Pastor Debbie has exciting news to share about this powerful women’s event (page 8). You’ll also want to read about a man whose journey with God was changed by Gateway Equip (page 12) and the story behind GATEWAY’s newest album, Monuments (page 11). Whether or not you celebrate Rosh Hashanah, I want to encourage you to take some time this month to reflect on your salvation. It’s easy to take it for granted, but when we realize that Jesus’ blood has wiped our sins away forever, it’s something to celebrate!

Wayne Wilks Jr. Executive Pastor, Jewish Ministry

How do you celebrate Labor Day? gateway life gatewaylifemag.com Thomas Miller, Senior Pastoral Oversight project management Tracey Schwellinger editorial “With hot dogs.” Daniel Hopkins, Senior Writer/Editor Katie Smith, Staff Writer/Editor Georgette Shuler, Copy Editor Alec Wallace, Contributing Writer Leila Wilson, Contributing Writer “Going to a lake. Preferably one with a rope swing.”

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photography Adam Fish, Staff Photographer Cory Hale, Contributing Photographer Abrahanny Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer art Shane Dennehey, Creative Director Tim Lautensack, Art Director/Designer Justin Miller, Art Director/Designer Perri Adcock, Production Artist Leila Wilson, Production Artist David Phillips, Print Coordinator

“Dove hunting with a group of friends.”

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


IN RESPONSE TO THE GATEWAY PERFORMING ARTS PRODUCTION, GODSPELL

“GODSPELL WAS AMAZING! WE LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

And unlike the original Broadway musical, Gateway made it plain that Jesus was resurrected!”

Amy Bills Adcock | via Facebook Godspell production at Dallas Campus.

“We brought some girls from Dallas’s juvenile diversion program to the show. They loved it! I was sitting next to one who is just now 14 years old. She started crying when the scene came up with the woman caught in adultery.

It was so powerful and healing for them.” Prayer 4 Freedom | via Email

MEANWHILE AT

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The 20 Gateway Performing Arts Godspell cast members memorized 1,731 measures of music, and 3,957 guests attended performances at the

Dallas Campus, including 231 guests gifted with tickets from 48 of Gateway’s local ministry partners. Godspell began as John-Michael Tebelak’s master’s thesis in 1970 and didn’t originally include a resurrection scene at the end. • At Gateway’s Presbytery services, 18 presbyters prophesied over 171 individual candidates. In addition, many people attending the services also received personal prophetic words. • 543 people were baptized during our churchwide water baptism services in July. • This summer, 1,914 people attended The Global Leadership Summit at Gateway Church—1 of 1,375 sites worldwide streaming the simulcast from South Barrington, Illinois.

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

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IN RESPONSE TO GATEWAY WOMEN’S PINK NIGHT

Women's Pink Night.

“Absolutely INCREDIBLE Pink Night! The women sang so loudly in worship, the message was beautifully delivered, and the Friends decor was spot on!”

Amber Rhoads | via Facebook

“This was an amazing night! I didn’t want it to end.” Jill Gessner | via Facebook

DAVID AKOTO

“I’m from Ghana and I came here for my education a long time ago, but I dropped out because I couldn’t finance it. It was a struggle, and it still is. I’m still working on it, but being baptized today is a new beginning for me.”


IN RESPONSE TO GATEWAY STUDENT CONFERENCE

WHAT GOD DID IN MY HEART THESE PAST THREE DAYS.” @clairezakharova via Instagram

HAMID FARAHBAKHSH

“I came to the United States in February 2016. I work for an electricity company and some of my coworkers invited me to Gateway so I started coming to church with them. I’m originally from Iran, but I lived in Turkey as a refugee for three years, and then I came here. We left Iran because if we stayed, they would kill me for my religious beliefs.

It’s a Muslim country but there are Christian churches there, and if you are born into Christianity you can go to church, but if you leave Islam they will kill you. My children came with me, but my dad and sister are still in Iran because they are Muslim. My father didn’t want to leave, but I’m glad to be here. In fact, I was just baptized yesterday!”

“My girls (ages 14, 10, and 8) and I were so thrilled to be a part of Access Outreach! The family we were with had three boys who all varied on the autism spectrum. Their father told me how much it meant to him that we would give up our Saturday to be with his family. With tears in his eyes, he said that they feel very alone as parents of children with special needs. So he was more than blessed that Gateway organized the buddies and that my girls were so kind to his boys and comfortable with them.

WE HAD AN AMAZING TIME!”

TIM AND MICAH JOHNSON

“This is my first time baptizing anyone. They just asked us this morning if I’d like to baptize my son and I said, ‘Yes!’ In the church I grew up in, the pastor was the only one who baptized people, so this was a big responsibility as well as an honor and privilege to be able to do it.”

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PUL SE

“Gateway Student Conference was absolutely amazing. There’s no way I can describe in words


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was at the gym and when I left, I called my mom who co-owned a bridal boutique with me. We decided we should go ahead into work because we felt that it would be a day of ministry. It was. Everyone who came in just needed to talk, cry, or vent about the tragedy. My mom felt led to put a Scripture in our window. She wrote out John 16:33 on a piece of white paper with a black marker. That day and throughout the 10 years to follow, people would come by just to tell us what the verse meant to them. Washing the window one day in 2011, I bumped the paper and one corner ripped so we took it down. The paper was a little brittle but the words never faded.”

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was in elementary school. Before school, my parents had the news on, and my mother said, ‘Did a plane just hit the tower?’ She thought it was surely a fake image and took me to school. Later that morning, everything stopped in classrooms as TVs were turned on. My school was close to the NASA Space Center, so many parents were concerned that might get hit and took their kids out. I stayed the day there in confusion, but I’ll never forget my mom’s face when she first saw the footage. Now, I’m a junior high teacher. The kids who weren’t alive yet are largely unaware but need to know the gravity of that day. When September 11 comes around, we spend the whole day discussing what happened, often full of tears.”

SARA CASSIDY ALTOM

“We were stationed at Fort Hood. I was standing in base housing watching TV with my parents and my three-year-old. My husband called and said, ‘We are ready to go. We are ready to defend.’ I remember saying, ‘We don’t even know who the enemy is yet.’ That day I got to my knees and prayed earnestly.” MONTENE BRYANT

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was on a flight that morning from Dallas to Miami, “ was in Colorado Springs leading a trip, and the first and our flight was diverted to New Orleans. Once thing I remember was a girl bursting into our room on the ground, we were escorted off the plane by armed screaming that there was a terrorist attack in NYC. I National Guards to get our luggage. It wasn’t until then remember saying ‘That’s not possible. We’re I was told of a possible terrorist attack in New York. Then Americans.’ Then we turned the TV on. I’ll never forget I had to find a hotel to go to and my cab driver gave me the stunned silence that fell over the room as we watched more details on the way. Upon finally finding a hotel, I in total disbelief. We gathered everyone together to pray. walked in and saw on a TV what was happening. I watched Turns out, Colorado Springs is one of the potential locathe first tower go down and my heart sank. I had been tions to take the president in a crisis. So the city shut on a plane at the same time this was happening. I went down, and we listened to a guy’s ham radio talking about up to my room and called my wife, who had been wor- Air Force One being in the air and then started seeing rying about me and watching all that had happened. It the streets fill with military vehicles. Knowing the world was the most difficult situation I had ever been in.” today, it was so naive to say that an attack on US soil was impossible, but it had been mostly true up to that point ROBERT LEONHART in my life. Everything changed that day.”

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Churchwide Water Baptism.

IN RESPONSE TO PRESBYTERY SERVICES

“LAST NIGHT, I ATTENDED THE PRESBYTERY SERVICE AT GATEWAY DALLAS, AND I GOT CHILLS when I heard one of the words. One of the presbyters asked everyone in their 20s to stand, and I was shocked by the number of young adults who were scattered about the room on a Monday night. He gave them this word: ‘God has an exchange for you: if you will continue to worship Him, He will give you your generation.’ My heart was heavy knowing how much could change if the Church would wake up and stand against what is happening in our world. I’m believing this word to be true, and I’m excited to see what God will do through the younger generations.”

Brandy Coty | via Facebook

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BiggerImpact P I N K I M PACT I S RETURNING TO SOUTHLAKE! by Hannah E tsebe th


OVER THE YEARS Pink Impact has seen many changes. Growing each year to accommodate more people eventually led the conference to the Fort Worth Convention Center where attendance ranged from 8,500 to 9,500 for the last two years. And, what an amazing experience it has been to watch God move in all of us, all at once. But there was a problem. The cost of continually finding more building space to accommodate all those attending the live event was quickly beginning to outprice what many of our own Gateway women and younger women could afford, especially when tacking on travel and hotel costs. And then the Lord spoke. One week before Pink Impact this year, while in prayer, Pastor Debbie heard the Lord say from Mark 5:18–19 (nlt), “Go home to your family and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful He has been.” As the day unfolded, it became clear God was doing something new and exciting that would allow everyone to participate in the conference! Pink Impact 2018 is returning to the Gateway Southlake Campus on May 18 and 19. With one live event and general admission tickets for only $99, seats will sell out fast! It’s our desire that our 4,000 seats are filled with Gateway Women. Registration opens October 1, 2017, for the live event! Mark your calendars and secure your tickets.

Now it gets really fun ... We’re adding a new online experience—the Pink Impact watch party! This $29 online experience will be available for groups of 1 to 12 people for at-home viewing. Our most powerful, life-changing moments often happen in small groups, surrounded by friends. We believe the watch parties will allow the conference to minister to so many more women without the limitations of building space and price. So between our live event and the Pink Impact watch parties, we have something for every Gateway woman! We are very excited about this new direction. The live event is changing to support a greater watch party and simulcast experience. Community will be developed. Lives will be changed. GL

Registration is available October 1 at pinkimpact.com.

F RO M PA S TO R D E B B I E’S H E A RT Why are you so excited about this shift? I know God spoke to my heart. This wasn't a bunch of beautiful minds thinking how can we spend less money and reach more people. To be honest, my team and I had spent a year looking at options and this never came up as a possibility.

What do you see as the true benefits? Every woman can participate! Over 10 years ago, we changed the name of our women’s conference (from a name that reminded me of a feminine product) to Pink Impact. But it was more than a change of name. I nailed down two values that would govern the conference. First, we would always focus on the Gateway woman. And second, but equal in importance, was a desire to reach young women. Prior to God speaking to my heart, I was frustrated because the extra expense of having the conference in a different location made attending difficult for many of the lovely women I wanted to participate.

What do you hope every Gateway woman hears about Pink Impact? Pink Impact is like a deep tissue massage for your spirit. If you have never been, try it! There is something so special about a room full of women when faith is bouncing off the walls, truth is demolishing lies, and love and worship are expressed freely.

What is a watch party? It is friends gathered to experience Pink Impact together. Girlfriends reclining in the comfort of a home. We are committed to doing everything we can to make these experiences amazing!

Will this be simulcast to all the Gateway campuses? Our plan is to only open the Southlake Campus, but there will be hundreds of watch parties in your area.

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2. Run to a buddy for support.

When Navy SEALs are dropped behind enemy lines, there are three questions they ask themselves: Where am I? Where is the enemy? Where is my buddy? Everyone needs a trusted, godly friend— a buddy—to lean upon in times of trouble and confusion. Don’t have one? Get one! Joining a Gateway Group is a great way to build relationships.

3. Supplement your faith.

When you are not strong enough, when you know what God’s Word says but still doubt, or when you can believe it for others but are having trouble believing it for yourself, you need to borrow some faith to overcome your unbelief. That means admitting your weakness and asking for help. Do what the father did in Mark 9:23–24. Jesus told him all things are possible for those who believe, and he responded, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

ASK A PASTOR GATEWAY PASTORS ANSWER YOUR DIFFICULT QUESTIONS

What do I do when God is silent? by PASTOR TOM LANE HEN IT SEEMS LIKE GOD IS SILENT, the natural question is why? Is He mad? Have I done something to separate us? Will I ever hear Him again? The truth is, God is never silent. He just speaks softly, but the enemy tries to shout louder. The enemy’s accusing voice attempts to create regret, worry, fear, and a sense of loneliness. What’s needed in this moment is faith. Faith enables us to know with confidence that God is with us. But when the noise of our circumstances is louder than the whisper of God’s voice, how can we ensure we are doing what God wants and tackle the insecurity created by the enemy’s attack? Here are four things we can do:

1. Stand on God’s Word.

Stand firm in your commitment to Him. Recite Proverbs 18:10 (esv), “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” His Word is true, so stand on it. Don’t allow any voice—yours or the enemy’s—to convince you to run away from God when you can’t hear Him.

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4. Stay the course.

Continue doing the last thing God told you to do. Let these qualities be found in all your responses: diligence—give your very best effort and don’t take shortcuts; faithfulness—remain obedient to His assignment and command; and commitment—no matter what, look to God. The Apostle Paul said it this way in 1 Corinthians 15:58 (esv): “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

When it seems that God is silent, know for sure He is not silent; He is speaking ever so softly. When the noise around you is louder than the softness of His voice, these four responses will help you keep your perspective until the noise of the situation dies down and the voice of the Lord becomes clear to you! GL This month’s Ask a Pastor is written by Tom Lane, lead executive senior pastor/Dallas Campus pastor. Have a difficult question? Email askapastor@gatewaypeople.com, and look for your answer in a future issue of Gateway Life.


WORSHIP

G A T E W A Y ’s

MONUMENTS by Alec Wallace MARK HARRIS, GATEWAY’S ASSOCIATE SENIOR PASTOR OF WORSHIP, studio rather than in a live worship setting,” says Mark. “It cranks the volume up on his speakers much louder than was the best way to reinvigorate the sound.” The resulting necessary for his narrow office. He sits down and expec- production quality shines through every track. “For All My tantly watches the faces of listeners passing by as the music Days” sounds like something you might hear on modern pop plays—driving, expansive, and hopeful. He samples song radio, while “Monuments” is sure to be a staple of Gateway after song from Monuments, GATEWAY’s newest worship worship services for a long time to come. Mark also points album, as office-mates walk past and look in, curious about out that recording in-studio was the best way to steward the ringing, impromptu Wednesday-afternoon concert. and maximize GATEWAY’s talent, for the greatest impact. Finally he stands up, turns off the music, then sits back “This album is a resource. We want it to be used and to have down. The silence is profound. “So that gives you a little as much impact as possible, not to make us famous but to sample of what we’ve done,” he says and smiles. make Him famous—across the world. This is what Gateway Monuments consists of 12 songs, featuring writers and Church is all about.” musicians from every campus at Gateway. Mark remiThe album’s title, Monuments, refers to the Old Testament nisces about the unity of the recording process. “We were practice of building a stone mound as evidence of God’s cutting vocals,” he says, “and I looked around the circle, faithfulness. “When we look back at what God has done and it wasn’t intentional, but it was just the way God put at Gateway Church, we have these monuments to Him,” it together. I thought, there is Frisco, there is Dallas, Grand Mark points out. “They are there, so we can look at them Prairie, NRH, North Fort Worth, and there is Southlake. We and say, ‘God was with us.’” even have Scottsdale represented.” Writing and producing Monuments has given GATEWAY While the album as a whole has GATEWAY’s familiar new energy and drive, from looking back on where they have atmosphere and heart-on-your-sleeve passion for God’s been to looking ahead where God is taking them. “Every presence, the sound is fresh and youthful. “There is a great song that we’ve ever sung or produced is a soundwave that’s heritage here. We’ve dug a lot of deep wells here at Gateway,” still travelling somewhere out in the universe, declaring says Mark. “We wanted to honor what has been done but God’s goodness.” Mark says. “This album is joining in.” GL take our sound into new territory as well.” GATEWAY has recorded previous albums in live ses- Monuments is available for pre-order on iTunes now and will be released on September 15. sions, but Monuments is a studio project. “The mission is still the same, but we decided to record this album in the

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EQUIP-MEANT FIND THE TOOLS FOR A POWERFUL SPIRITUAL LIFE. by Katie Smith


EIGHT YEARS AGO, Jerry and Janis Harper found themselves at home on a Sunday night with nothing to do. The church they usually attended had canceled services for that evening. They sat on their couch and turned on their TV only to run across a channel with a Texas preacher. He caught their interest and after listening to the message, they said, “Wow, wouldn't it be great if we could visit that church next time we go to Denton to visit Abi? That church is not far from there!” (Their daughter was working on a degree at the University of North Texas.) That TV preacher was Pastor Robert, and what began as a missed Sunday night service turned into something that would change them forever. Jerry, a Christian since the ’80s and retired Marine, unexpectedly moved to the Dallas area for work about a year ago, which enabled him and Janis to start attending Gateway in person. They loved the weekend services but something had been stirred inside them. They wanted to serve and establish some friendships here too. Thinking that starting out as volunteers would be a good way to get their feet wet at Gateway, they set out one night to attend the Guest Experience Volunteer Orientation, but God had other plans. When they got to the Southlake Campus, they asked the first person they saw where the orientation was being held, and he directed them to the Gateway Equip volunteer meeting instead. “I like to say he shanghaied us!” Jerry says with a laugh. “But it was God-ordained—He surprised us with

something better.” Jerry and Janis were introduced to Gateway Equip classes, and they felt like they hit the jackpot. “When I realized the wealth and depth and breadth of the knowledge offered, I was overwhelmed at first,” Jerry says. “But when I got past that feeling and saw that it was lovingly being presented to me to enjoy and soak in for His glory and to fully equip me for every phase of life, I was hooked.”

accident when that pastor directed them to the Equip volunteer meeting, they were meant to be part of Equip. Now, every time Equip is on the schedule, you’ll find Jerry and Janis there. They not only love attending any and all the classes they can, they love the energy and community in Equip— seeing newcomers blown away by the spiritual insight or watching someone who came by themselves suddenly in

Jerry and Janis were introduced to Gateway Equip classes, and they felt like they hit the jackpot. He began helping out as a classroom host, and after serving, he would sit in on classes reveling in every word. From freedom to Messianic to worship classes, he started taking them all. You’d often find him tearing up in the back of the room as he discovered new revelation or insight from the Lord. “Several of the classes gave me tangible proof that there was more to God’s Word and this Christian life,” Jerry says. “Equip gave me the tools to read the white space between the words and start hearing God’s voice. It taught me how to worship and come into His presence, and it helped me realize who God is and who I am.” He and Janis even made a bunch of friends and started attending a Gateway Group with people they met in Equip. They know now that it wasn’t just a happy

the midst of five or six people chatting about the class—it’s like watching his own experience again and again. In the 30 years since becoming a Christian, he’s never experienced so much concentrated spiritual growth as he has in this year of attending Equip, and he’s thrilled. “Equip is my heartbeat. God has worked in me so much through this ministry, and I’m still so excited about it,” Jerry says. “Wherever you are in life, you’re going to find a class that appeals to you at Equip. God will speak to you and help you become who you were meant to be. Everyone should come to Equip!”. GL Gateway Equip starts up again at all campuses this month! For more information about Gateway Equip and classes at your campus, visit equip.gatewaypeople.com.

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O utreach

How one couple uses their Airbnb to share the gospel. by Katie Smith


DAY MICHELE BAILEY CLOSED on her new home, she walked through it and began to pray. She started asking God to make it a “mission home,” but she didn’t really know what that meant at the time. As a missionary herself, Michele had lived in Haiti on and off for several years, so her idea of “missions” had to do with orphans and the needy in her beloved second home. Nevertheless, she began dreaming about what her new “mission home” in Carrollton would look like. A couple months later, Michele ran across an ad on Facebook for Airbnb, an online marketplace for travelers to rent accommodations. “I realized I could rent out a room periodically, which could help fund my work in Haiti,” she says. Michele, a single woman at the time, took all the necessary precautions—she changed her locks and put security procedures in place for herself and renters—and listed her home as an Airbnb location. Her first renter was a youth pastor and his wife who were in the midst of a turning point in their ministry. “I spent time in prayer and great conversation with them, speaking into their lives a bit,” Michele says. “And I thought, Thank you, God, that I get to do this in my house.” Finally realizing what her “mission home” prayer meant, she continued to rent out to different people in between trips back and forth to Haiti, and it was during this time she met Riis Christensen, now her husband. Almost immediately, he began helping her with her Airbnb renters. One of the first times he helped her, he picked up two Hindu-practicing young men from the airport who were from India. They were enrolling in school in Dallas so they planned to stay for six weeks. Riis brought them back to the house, and they all sat at the kitchen table half the night talking about Christ. “They saw my pictures on the walls of Haiti, and they said, ‘Wow, you do that for poor people?’” Michele says. “And I responded, ‘No, I do that for God.’ They

started asking me about Jesus, and I shared the gospel with them.” A few days later, Michele and Riis invited the guys to attend church with them. They said yes, and they all sat in Gateway’s Sunday service. After the message, one of the guys leaned over to Michele and whispered, “How do I receive Christ?” “We went down to the front with him, and he received Christ that day,” Michele says. “It was amazing.” He was the first, but definitely not the last, person to receive Christ while living in her home. Michele and Riis got married soon after and have continued to rent out a room in their home to many international guests with various beliefs—Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists— and because renters share a living room and kitchen with Michele and Riis, opportunities to initiate conversation and share meals are easy to find. It often turns into Michele and Riis helping people in other practical ways too. “We’ve helped people find apartments, purchase furniture, set up bank accounts and cellphone contracts, and do so many other things. Riis took two days off work once to help a Muslim couple find a car,” Michele says. “And when they ask why we do what we do, we point them to Jesus.” It’s been four years since Michele first opened her home, and in that time, she’s had a lot of beautiful and crazy experiences with renters: from praying with people, to calling the FBI, to staying in touch with renters-turned-friends years later. It’s never been easy, but it’s been rewarding in more ways than one. They’ve learned a lot about other cultures, food, and traditions and tackled perceptions and preconceived notions of people groups. And each rent check helps Michele fund her ministry in Haiti. “We thought we were doing this to support a ministry, but God used it as ministry,” Riis says. “He’s sending people right to our door.” GL Michele and Riis Christensen live in Carrollton and attend Gateway’s Dallas Campus. For more information on Michele’s ministry in Haiti, visit missionpossibledisasterrelief.com or email missionpossiblerelief@gmail.com.

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THE INTERSECTION FAITH + POP CULTURE

I Marvel at It by LEILA WILSON T THE VERY MENTION OF ANOTHER SUPERHERO STORY—especially one

with Greek mythology themes—the average moviegoer might be inclined to say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” However, this summer’s Wonder Woman not only possesses the expected entertainment value within a well-told storyline but also, beneath that expensive CGI veneer, offers a depth that’s worth exploring. When the knowledge of a war-torn world reaches Diana (aka Wonder Woman), she decides to leave the idyllic confines of her Amazon society of Themyscira in search of her arch-enemy, the Greek god of war, Ares. Her mission is to find him and end the war that threatens to destroy mankind. Filled with kindness, compassion, and sincerity that in no way negates her sheer power as a warriordaughter of Zeus, Diana is thrust into the gray and harsh backdrop of England in World War I. She plunges into her sacred purpose at the cost of losing her family, friends, and all she has ever known. This is reminiscent of that same courage and promise found in Mark 10:28–30 when the disciples left everything to follow Jesus. Although in this Scripture Jesus was speaking of leaving “home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Me and the gospel,” it captures the same feeling of being driven away from the safety of home by a higher

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purpose. Diana’s higher purpose defines her very identity, even when she doesn’t fully understand it. Her behaviors and decisions align with that purpose. Diana seemed to know the price of not answering the call when she was confronted by her mother, Queen Hippolyta, while leaving the island after dark, “If you choose to leave, you may never return.” To which Diana answered, “Who will I be if I stay?” I venture to say that she would not have completed her purpose, and mankind would have suffered had she chosen safety with the Amazons. She later says, “Only love can truly save the world. So I fight, and I give, for the world I know it can be.” Similarly, we each have a higher purpose, a reason for being here on earth. And if we stay safe and hidden from the world, not only do we not live out our true purpose, but mankind also suffers. We each have a part to play in spreading God’s Good News and saving mankind through love. Who will you be if you stay? GL


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REVIVETX LOCAL OUTREACH CONTINUES

Weekly | Thursdays | 8:30 am | Gateway Café Monthly | Third Saturdays | 9:00 am | Gateway Café

Join us in sharing the gospel across the Dallas community! You will be trained and sent out in teams to share the gospel with people in a simple and nonconfrontational way. This is a great opportunity to connect with fellow believers across the Metroplex and truly make a difference in our cities. For more information, visit revivetx.org. Contact: Tracey Newcomer, 469.801.7206, outreachdal@gatewaypeople.com

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT Tuesday, Sep 12 | 7:00 pm

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We’ll have worship, a live message from Chris Durso, and time to hang out following the service. We can’t wait to see you there! Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

WORSHIP VISION BRUNCH

Sunday, Sep 17 | 12:30 pm | Classroom 2A

GATEWAY FALL EQUIP

Saturdays, Sep 9–Oct 28 | 4:00 pm Sundays, Sep 10–Oct 29 | 9:00 am Join us for a variety of new classes in freedom, stewardship, marriage & family, spiritual life, and more! Don’t miss He Still Speaks with our very own Pastor Tom Lane! Register at equip.gatewaypeople.com. Children’s ministry is available. Contact: Brigette Ferrier, 469.801.7207, equipdal@gatewaypeople.com

Do you love worship and want to connect with other worshippers at the Dallas Campus? You’re invited to join our worship vision brunch! Email us for more information. Contact: Ruben Robles, 469.801.7232, worshipdal@gatewaypeople.com

GUEST EXPERIENCE TRAINING Saturday, Oct 7 | 8:30–11:00 am

Our Guest Experience Teams include all of the volunteers who serve our worship services, baptisms, communion, and Catch the Vision classes. If you’d like to serve with us, come to our next orientation! Breakfast will be served. Register at serve.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Katherine Hesami, 469.801.7209, servedal@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY KIDS | VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE

ESTATE PLANNING

Saturday, Oct 14 | 10:00 am Everyone needs an estate plan, regardless of age or phase of life. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build your estate plan and pass godly wisdom on to those you value most. Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Brigette Ferrier, 469.801.7207, stewardshipdal@gatewaypeople.com.

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

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HEARTLINE VOLUNTEERS

The Heartline team calls all Gateway first-time guests to thank them for worshipping with us. Volunteers are asked to make three to five calls a week from home through a computer program where the caller ID reads “Gateway Church.” This is a great opportunity for those who are not able to serve on the weekends. Contact: Katherine Hesami, 469.801.7209, servedal@gatewaypeople.com

CATCH THE VISION

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Community Groups are a great way to connect with your peers at the Dallas Campus. Each group meets prior to our weekend services and serves as a convenient way to study God’s Word with people in your age range. Children’s ministry is available. Contact: Dana Vestal, 469.801.7221, groupsdal@gatewaypeople.com

WEEKLY EVENTS

(MEMBERSHIP CLASS) Wednesday, Sep 13 | 7:00–9:00 pm 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. Children’s ministry is available. Register at ctv.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Katherine Hesami, 469.801.7209, ctvdal@gatewaypeople.com

PARKING LOT ATTENDANTS

We are looking for people who love to be outside and want to help us welcome people to the Dallas Campus! For more information, visit serve.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Katherine Hesami, 469.801.7209, servedal@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, and Gateway Central teams. For more information, visit serve.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Katherine Hesami, 469.801.7209, servedal@gatewaypeople.com

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

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

Stay connected with us! GATEWAYFRISCO CATCH THE VISION

Saturday, Sep 2 or Oct 7 | 4:00 pm | Classroom B Come learn more about Gateway’s purpose, values, and history and explore how to get involved. Register at ctv.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Vernita Lovett, 817.552.7517, ctvfrs@gatewaypeople.com

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, Sep 12 | 7:00 pm

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We’ll have worship, a live message from Chris Durso, and time to hang out following the service. We can’t wait to see you there! Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

BABY DEDICATIONS

Saturday–Sunday, September 16–17 15 Minutes Prior to Each Service | Auditorium

JOIN A GROUP

If you’re looking for a way to get connected and make new friends at Frisco, join us for our fall semester of Gateway Groups! To find a group, visit groups.gatewaypeople.com or pick up a Groups booklet at Gateway Central. Contact: Kelly Hamilton, 817.552.7301, groupsfrs@gatewaypeople.com

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. Contact: Kelly Hamilton, 817.552.7301, groupsfrs@gatewaypeople.com

A baby dedication is a ceremony in which parents make a commitment before the Lord to raise their child according to God’s ways. Register at kids.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Janet Braselton, 817.552.6062, kidsfrs@gatewaypeople.com

KAIROS II

Thursday–Friday, Sep 21–22 | 9:00 am–5:00 pm Auditorium SLK KAIROS II is a safe place to find greater freedom in Christ and become prepared to grow in freedom in our day-to-day lives. KAIROS is a prerequisite for this event. Register at kairos.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Monica Bates, 817.552.7363, freedomfrs@gatewaypeople.com

KAIROS

Thursday–Friday, Nov 16–17 | 9:00 am–5:00 pm Auditorium SLK KAIROS is a time for you to experience God in a deeper and more intimate way. Come expecting to have an encounter with the Holy Spirit through worship, teaching, and ministry. Register at kairos.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Monica Bates, 817.552.7363, freedomfrs@gatewaypeople.com

HEALING MINISTRY

Tuesdays | 7:00–8:15 pm | The Mix If you need physical healing, we would love to pray with you. Contact: Monica Bates, 817.552.7363, freedomfrs@gatewaypeople.com

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EQUIP CLASSES MARRIAGE & FAMILY CLASSES

Saturdays, Sep 9–30 | 5:45 pm | Classroom B

MEN’S BREAKFAST

Saturday, Sep 16 | 7:00 am | Auditorium

We hope to see you at our next breakfast where men in our community come together to connect and hear from the Lord. Registration is not required for this free breakfast. Contact: Doyle Duran, 817.552.5860, mensfrs@gatewaypeople.com

We know that successful parents never stop learning biblical and practical principles that help build a strong foundation in their children. This month, come grow deeper using godly principles taught by Pastor Larry Brown. We will explore High School Parenting: Guiding Not Controlling, Parenting & Puberty, and Parenting Toddlers’ First Steps. Contact: Connie Brown, 817.552.5868, equipfrs@gatewaypeople.com

FREEDOM CLASSES

Sundays, Sep 10–24 | 9:00 am | Classroom B

GUEST EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEERS

Our Freedom Classes connect you to God and help you hear His voice. This fall, we’re offering classes on subjects such as Freedom from Fear, Jealously and Envy, Generational Curses, Soul Ties, and Inner Vows & Judgments. Register at equip.gatewaypeople.com.Contact:ConnieBrown, 817.552.5868, equipfrs@gatewaypeople.com

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: Bryan Burkholder, 817.552.3736, servefrs@gatewaypeople.com

JEWISH EQUIP SERIES

WEEKLY EVENTS

Sundays, Sep 10–Oct 1 | 12:30 pm | Classroom B

Join Rebecca Kopplin for a fourweek Jewish Equip series on Jewish holidays. Register for classes at equip.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Connie Brown, 817.552.5868, equipfrs@gatewaypeople.com

TUESDAYS »» Healing Ministry | 6:30 pm WEDNESDAYS »» Gateway Students (7th–12th Graders) 7:00 pm | Auditorium

ESTATE PLANNING

Sunday, Oct 15 | 4:00 pm

FRIDAYS »» Men’s Prayer | 6:00 am | Lobby SATURDAYS »» Equip | 5:45 pm SUNDAYS »» Equip | 9:00 am & 12:30 pm

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WATER BAPTISM VOLUNTEERS

Seeing God move as people are baptized is always inspiring! Our baptism team serves once a quarter to support this step of obedience and freedom. Contact: Vernita Lovett, 817.552.7517, baptismfrs@gatewaypeople.com

Everyone needs a will and an estate plan, regardless of age or phase of life. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build your estate plan and pass godly wisdom on to those you value most. Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Connie Brown, 817.552.5868, equipfrs@gatewaypeople.com

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

Stay connected with us! GATEWAYGRP HEALING MINISTRY

Tuesdays, Sep 12–Dec 12 | 6:30 pm | Ministry Center If you need prayer for physical or emotional healing, we would love for you to join us. Contact: Jackie Alexander, 972.314.9076, caregrp@gatewaypeople.com

CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP TEAM

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

GATEWAY EQUIP

Sundays, Sep 17–Nov 5 | 9:00 am, 10:45 am & 12:30 pm This fall, join us for a variety of Equip classes in freedom, stewardship, marriage & family, spiritual life, and Spanish! Register at equip.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Angela Wescott, 972.314.9106, equipgrp@gatewaypeople.com

MARRIAGE CHALLENGE

FIFTY-PLUS GROUPS

Come to a Fifty-Plus Group and find community with friends who are in a similar stage of life! We have groups all over the Metroplex. Find one near you at groups.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Noelle Preston, 817.552.7374, fiftyplusslk@gatewaypeople.com

CONQUER GROUPS

Tuesdays Through September 12 | 7:00 pm Ministry Center

Conquer Groups provide a biblical and scientific approach that helps men walk in freedom from pornography and sexual addiction. Register at groups.gatewaypeople.com.

ESTATE PLANNING

Sunday, Oct 15 | 12:30 pm Everyone needs an estate plan, regardless of age or phase of life. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build your estate plan and pass godly wisdom on to those you value most. Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Angela Wescott, 972.314.9106, equipgrp@gatewaypeople.com

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

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

CATCH THE VISION (MEMBERSHIP CLASS)

Saturday, Sep 2 | 4:00 pm | 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: Angela Wescott,

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GUEST EXPERIENCE ORIENTATION

Saturday, Sep 9 or Oct 7 | 4:00 pm Sunday, Sep 10 or Oct 8 | 9:00 am

Come to our next Guest Experience Orientation to find out what it takes to become a greeter, usher, parking lot attendant, guest host, or any of our other volunteer roles! You’ll get an overview of our ministry teams, have an opportunity to meet with our leadership, and find your place to serve. Prerequisite: Catch the Vision. Contact: Angela Wescott, 972.314.9106, servegrp@gatewaypeople.com

MEN’S BREAKFAST

Saturday, Sep 23 | 9:00–11:00 am | Gateway Café Join us for worship, teaching, fun activities, and breakfast! All men (ages 12 and up) are invited. Register at men.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Bri Kramer, 972.314.9098, mengrp@gatewaypeople.com

COUPLES NIGHT OUT

Thursday, Oct 19 | 6:45–8:45 pm Join us for a couples night out with our Grand Prairie pastors and wives! This will be a special night full of fun, food, entertainment, joy, and community. Cost: $30 per couple. Register at family.gatewaypeople.com. Children’s ministry is not available. Contact: Jacqueline Marciante, 972.314.9000, marriagegrp@gatewaypeople.com

FIFTY-PLUS TRIP | BRANSON

Thursday–Sunday, Oct 19–22

Join Gateway Fifty-Plus (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

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, Sep 12 | 7:00 pm We’ll have worship, a live message from Chris Durso, and time to hang out following the service. We can’t wait to see you there! SLK

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

WELCOME KIT VOLUNTEERS Mondays & Tuesdays

WEEKLY EVENTS TUESDAYS »» Healing Ministry | 6:30 pm Ministry Center, 2410 N Carrier Pkwy »» Freedom Ministry | 6:30 pm Ministry Center, 2410 N Carrier Pkwy 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)

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To follow up each week with our first-time guests, we have a volunteer team delivering welcome kits to their homes! Email us to join our team! Contact: Angela Wescott, 972.314.9106, servegrp@gatewaypeople.com

WATER BAPTISM VOLUNTEERS Sep 23–24

Seeing God move as people are baptized is always inspiring! Our baptism team serves once a quarter to support this step of obedience and freedom. Contact: Angela Wescott, 972.314.9106, baptismgrp@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY KIDS VOLUNTEERS & PAID POSITIONS

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

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

Stay connected with us! GATEWAYNFW

EQUIP

Sep 9–Nov 19 Saturday Classes: Stewardship, Spiritual Life, Men’s, Women’s, and Jewish Sunday Classes: Marriage & Family and Freedom We’re moving all our Equip classes to the weekends in a brand-new way that will help you find the class that’s right for you! Our speakers include Marcus & Lexa Brecheen, Sion Alford, and Zach Neese. Contact: Matt Osgood, 817.552.5846, equipnfw@gatewaypeople.com

CATCH THE VISION (MEMBERSHIP CLASS)

Saturday, Sep 2 | 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, ctvnfw@gatewaypeople.com

MEN’S BREAKFAST

Saturday, Sep 9 | 8:00–10:00 am Join us for our next Men’s Breakfast! It’s going to be a great time of putting on a few pounds, engaging in worship, and hearing from the Lord. Contact: Kaitlen Bottone, 817.663.7394, mennfw@gatewaypeople.com

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.Contact:BynaTerndrup, 682.223.6072, groupsnfw@gatewaypeople.com

WOMEN’S GROUPS

We have so many types of women’s groups, no matter your interest—fitness, creative, Bible study, Spanish, mentoring, Propel, homeschooling, and more. Find the right group for you at groups.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Shannon Tolliver, 817.552.7469, womennfw@gatewaypeople.com

TITUS 2

Wednesdays | 10:00 am

Join us for a time of corporate worship, teaching, and small groups as we seek to grow, be filled, and build relationships together. Contact: Samantha Golden, 817.552.3644, wommennfw@gatewaypeople.com

WOMEN’S MENTORING

Do you want to discover more about yourself, your potential, and your capabilities? Consider becoming a mentor or mentee. Contact: Samantha Golden, 817.552.3644, womennfw@gatewaypeople.com

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GATEWAY EQUIP GRIEFSHARE

Saturdays, Aug 19–Oct 7 | 3:30–5:00 pm | Suite 176

If you’re experiencing heartache from the death of a loved one or friend, you don’t have to go through it alone. This class is dedicated to helping people through the grieving process. Cost: $25 for materials. Register at care.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Debbie Rhodes, 817.552.7325, carenfw@gatewaypeople.com

FREEDOM CLASSES

Sundays, Beginning Sep 10 | 12:30 pm | Compass B Looking to hear God, connect to His heart, and find healing? Each week we will be creating opportunities to hear God and respond more fully to His love. We will begin with the four Freedom Basics classes. Contact: Kelly Jones, freedomnfw@gatewaypeople.com

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, Sep 12 | 7:00 pm SLK

We’ll have worship, a live message from Chris Durso, and time to hang out following the service. We can’t wait to see you there! Contact: Kaitlen Bottone, 817.552.3792, youngadultsnfw@gatewaypeople.com

ESTATE PLANNING

Saturday, Oct 14 | 5:45 pm Everyone needs a will and an estate plan, regardless of age or phase of life. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build your estate plan and pass godly wisdom on to those you value most. Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Matt Osgood, 817.552.5846, stewardshipnfw@gatewaypeople.com

WEEKLY EVENTS WEDNESDAYS »» High Noon Prayer | 12:00 pm | The Gathering »» Gateway Students (7th–12th Graders) 7:00 pm | Auditorium SATURDAYS »» Morning Prayer | 8:00 am | Parking Lot SUNDAYS »» Marriage Challenge | 9:30 am North Fort Worth Offices

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COMMUNION VOLUNTEERS

Wednesdays, Sep 13 & 27 | 7:00–8:00 am | Compass A & B

Sep 16–17 | Weekend Services

Pray First is back! We’d love for you to join us as we put God first in prayer. Contact: Tagi Takape, 817.328.2061, prayernfw@gatewaypeople.com

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

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

Stay connected with us! GATEWAYNRH FIFTY-PLUS DAY TRIP | THE PROMISE MUSICAL

Friday, Sep 8 | 4:30 pm | Texas Amphitheatre in Glen Rose Join Gateway Fifty-Plus for a day trip to Glen Rose, Texas, to see The Promise. We’ll meet at the NRH Campus and ride down to Glen Rose together to arrive in time for the performance at 6:30 pm. Cost: $38 per person, which includes a ticket for the event and a boxed dinner. Contact: Alicia Osgood, 682.223.6144, fiftyplusnrh@gatewaypeople.com

BABY DEDICATIONS

Sep 9–10 | After Weekend Services | Auditorium A baby dedication is a ceremony in which parents make a commitment before the Lord to raise their child according to God’s Word and God’s ways. If you’re interested in having your infant or child dedicated to the Lord, register at kids.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Amy Sellars, 817.552.7342, kidsnrh@gatewaypeople.com

GATEWAY EQUIP

Weekends

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

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT 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

ACFT SCHOOL MENTORING

Sep–May | ACFT Elementary School

Do you desire to invest in the next generation? By giving just one hour a week you can become a part of our mentoring program! For more information, visit outreach.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Kemtal Glasgow, 817.552.5863, outreachnrh@gatewaypeople.com

Tuesday, Sep 12 | 7:00 pm

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We’ll have worship, a live message from Chris Durso, and time to hang out following the service. We can’t wait to see you there! Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

CATCH THE VISION (MEMBERSHIP CLASS)

Saturday, Sep 16 | 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

MEN’S BREAKFAST

Saturday, Sep 16 | 8:00–10:00 am | NRH Campus Join us for our next Men’s Breakfast! It’s going to be a great time of putting on a few pounds, engaging in worship, and hearing from the Lord. Register at men.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Alicia Osgood, 682.223.6144, mennrh@gatewaypeople.com

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GATEWAY GROUPS GET CONNECTED IN A GROUP

Did you miss our Block Party? It’s not too late for you to get involved in Groups. Our fall semester is kicking off this month, which means there are plenty of groups ready and waiting for YOU! Visit groups.gatewaypeople.com to browse the groups we have available. 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

FAMILY NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK

Friday, Sep 29 | 7:00 pm | Globe Life Park in Arlington

Bring your family to cheer on the Texas Rangers as they take on the Oakland Athletics. Then stick around after the game for the fireworks show! Price is $20 per person, which includes a ticket and food vouchers for a hot dog, soft drink, and peanuts or popcorn. Contact: Alicia Osgood, 682.223.6144, familynrh@gatewaypeople.com

WOMEN’S MENTORING

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

BLESSED MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT RETREAT

Friday–Sunday, October 27–29 | Horseshoe Bay Resort This refreshing retreat is your opportunity to refuel, refocus, and reconnect as a couple while Pastor Wendell & Stacey DePrang help you explore how to reclaim intimacy in your marriage. The cost is just $360 per couple and space is limited. Register at marriage.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Alicia Osgood, 682.223.6144, marriagenrh@gatewaypeople.com

WEEKLY EVENTS MONDAYS »» Pray First | 7:00 am | Lobby

EQUIP CLASSES

TUESDAYS »» Fifty-Plus Group | 10:00 am Hospitality Room

Sunday, Oct 15 | 9:00 am

WEDNESDAYS »» Men’s Prayer | 6:30–7:30 am | Lobby »» Gateway Students (7th–12th Graders) 7:00 pm | Auditorium

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ESTATE PLANNING

Everyone needs an estate plan, regardless of age or phase of life. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build your estate plan and pass godly wisdom on to those you value most. Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Crystal Molinar, 817.552.7619, equipnrh@gatewaypeople.com

Men, we’d love to get to know you and share how you can get involved. For more information, visit men.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Todd Reynolds, 214.837.2850, mennrh@gatewaypeople.com

PRAYER TEAM

If you are interested in praying for people in our congregation, join our NRH Campus prayer team. Contact: Alicia Osgood, 682.223.6144, prayernrh@gatewaypeople.com

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

Stay connected with us! GATEWAYPEOPLE GUEST EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

Saturday–Sunday, Sep 16–17 | Classroom 1D

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

KAIROS II

Thursday–Friday, Sep 21–22 | 9:00 am–5:00 pm Auditorium SLK KAIROS II is a safe place to find greater freedom in Christ and become prepared to grow in that freedom in our day-to-day lives. KAIROS is a prerequisite for this event. Register at kairos.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Krystina Simon, 817.552.7606, freedom@gatewaypeople.com

KAIROS

Thursday–Friday, Nov 16–17 | 9:00 am–5:00 pm Auditorium SLK KAIROS is a time for you to experience God in a deeper and more intimate way. Come expecting to have an encounter with the Holy Spirit through worship, teaching, and ministry. Register at kairos.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Krystina Simon, 817.552.7606, kairos@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

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

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, Sep 12 | 7:00 pm

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We’ll have worship, a live message from Chris Durso, and time to hang out following the service. We can’t wait to see you there! Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

CONQUER GROUPS

Thursdays, Sep 7–Dec 7 7:00 pm

Conquer Groups provide a biblical and scientific approach that helps men walk in freedom from pornography and sexual addiction. Registration info at freedom.gatewaypeople.com.

Contact: John Michael Russian, 817.552.7299, freedomgroups@gatewaypeople.com

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EQUIP FALL SEMESTER

Begins Wednesday, Sep 6 | 7:00 pm | Auditorium

HEALING MINISTRY

Wednesdays | 7:00 pm MIN

If you need physical healing, we would love to pray with you.

Contact: Elizabeth Settle, 817.552.7614, healing@gatewaypeople.com

We’re excited to kick off our fall semester with Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker! We’re also doing a 40-day prayer challenge and offering Equip classes for your kids! For more information, visit equip.gatewaypeople.com. No registration required, except for children’s ministry.

Contact: Ron Kramer, 817.552.5839, equip@gatewaypeople.com

THE HEART OF A STEWARD

Wednesdays, Sep 13–27 | 7:00 pm

This class lays out a biblical foundation for your finances. Through interesting stories and study of Scripture, you will learn God’s ownership of your finances as well as His plans to redeem them and reward your faithful handling of the blessings He has entrusted to you! Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Jacquelyn Bushnell, 817.552.7428, stewardship@gatewaypeople.com

MINISTRY TRIP TO IRELAND

Jul 28–Aug 6, 2018

As we partner with Liberty Church, you have the opportunity to be a part of The Big Day Out in Bray. During this outreach, participate in the prayer tent, bouncy slides, face painting, Hope Café (tea and coffee plus testimonies of hope), kids games area, sports area, and much more! Register at trips.gatewaypeople. com. Contact: Sarah Weaver, 817.552.3774, trips@gatewaypeople.com

ANCHOR OF HOPE

Thursdays, Sep 14–Nov 30 | 7:00 pm

WEEKLY EVENTS

GRIEFSHARE

Saturdays, Sep 9–Nov 4 | 2:15 pm

WEDNESDAYS »» Gateway Students (7th–12th Graders) 7:00 pm | Auditorium UC »» Healing Ministry | 7:00 pm MIN

If you’re experiencing heartache from the death of a loved one or friend, you don’t have to go through it alone. This class is dedicated to helping people through the grieving process. Cost: $25 for materials. Register at care.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Jen Webster, 817.552.7454, griefshare@gatewaypeople.com

THURSDAYS »» Men’s Prayer | 5:30 am | Lobby

Sunday, Sep 10 | 12:30 pm

TUESDAYS »» Pray First | 7:00 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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FINANCIAL FITNESS

This monthly one-on-one coaching environment is a great place for any financial or budgeting questions you may have. The Gateway Stewardship team will help ensure the long-term success of your current budget and future financial goals. Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Jacquelyn Bushnell, 817.552.7428, stewardship.gatewaypeople.com

Anchor of Hope is a class for couples seeking healing in the aftermath of infidelity. This class is designed to offer hope and guidance to healthy recovery. We address emotional and physical infidelity, pornography, and sexual addiction. Contact: Crystal Persick, 817.552.7571, anchorofhope@gatewaypeople.com

ESTATE PLANNING

Saturday, Oct 14 | 2:00 pm Everyone needs an estate plan, regardless of age or phase of life. In this workshop you’ll learn how to build your estate plan and pass godly wisdom on to those you value most. Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Joanna Collins, 817.552.5871, stewardship@gatewaypeople.com

Visit events.gatewaypeople.com for the latest information.


CHRISTMAS MUSICAL AUDITIONS

Sundays, Oct 1–Nov 12

Are you a singer, actor, or dancer looking for an opportunity to use your skills at church? Audition for this year’s Christmas musical! For more information and to register, visit performingarts.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Rachel Turner, 682.223.6913, performingarts@gatewaypeople.com

MESSIANIC SERVICE

Everyone is invited to our Messianic Service! This month Pastor Wayne Wilks Jr. is bringing a message about David, Mount Moriah, and Yeshua. Children’s ministry is available, birth through sixth grade. Registration is not required. Habrá traducción en Español. Contact: Oli Snyder, 817.552.7452, jewish@gatewaypeople.com SLK

Continue your travel through the book of Revelation as Pastor Greg Stone shares on very specific and uniquely Jewish passages in this exciting adventure. Contact: Oli Snyder, 817.552.7452, jewish@gatewaypeople.com

VOTE UNDER GOD CLASSES

Wednesdays, Sep 13–27 | 6:00 pm

SLK

Over three classes, we’ll cover how your local government works, how to get involved politically to make a difference, and America’s biblical foundation. Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Joanna Collins, 817.552.7616, stewardship@gatewaypeople.com

MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Saturday, Sep 23 or Oct 7 | 2:00 pm

We’ll cover Medicare, advantage plans, supplements, coverage choices, and how to enhance your Social Security benefits. Come with questions, and leave with peace of mind! Register at stewardship.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Joanna Collins, 817.552.7616, stewardship@gatewaypeople.com

CHURCHWIDE WATER BAPTISMS

Sep 23–24 | All Campuses

We would like to celebrate with you as you publicly declare your decision to surrender your life to the Lord. Register at baptism.gatewaypeople.com.

SLK

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

If you’re pre-engaged, engaged, or newly married, we invite you to join our premarriage classes! You’ll gain valuable insight into what the Bible says about the design, purpose, and wonder of married life. Register at marriage.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Amanda Wise, 817.552.7578, premarriageslk@gatewaypeople.com

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

YOUNG ADULTS ONE NIGHT

Tuesday, Oct 10 | 7:00 pm

Friday, Sep 8 Jewish Dance Class | 6:15 pm | Classroom 2C Preservice Prayer | 6:30 pm | Classroom 1D Service | 7:00 pm | Auditorium SLK

HAVDALAH FELLOWSHIP

SERVICE TIMES BECOMING ONE | PREMARRIAGE CLASS

Thursday, Sep 7 | 5:30–10:00 pm SLK Friday, Sep 8 | 5:30–10:00 pm SLK Sunday, Sep 10 | 4:00–8:00 pm SLK

Saturdays Through Nov 19 | 5:45 pm | Classroom 2D

LOCATIONS &

SLK

Join us for a combined campus One Night with an extended time of worship, teaching with special guest Levi Lusko, and community fun after the service. There are no services at the other campuses on Oct 10. Children’s ministry is available by registration only. Space is limited. Contact: Jenae Tankersley, 817.552.3604, youngadults@gatewaypeople.com

KARI JOBE | THE GARDEN TOUR

Friday, Oct 13 | 7:00 pm

SLK

Join us for a night experiencing God’s presence with Kari Jobe and special guest Cody Carnes. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit premierproductions.com. For a discount, use promo code: CHURCH. Contact: Rachel Melton, 817.552.3728, worshipconnection@gatewaypeople.com

ID SEMINAR

Friday–Saturday, Oct 20–21 | 6:30 pm | Auditorium

TKU

Come discover the unique life mission God has planned for you—because once you know it, you’ll have the confidence to take the next step toward your destiny. Imagine the sense of purpose that will come with knowing what you’re on this earth to do! We’d love to help you find your life mission at the next ID Seminar. Register at id.gatewaypeople.com. Contact: Jacquelyn Bushnell, 817.522.7428, id@gatewaypeople.com

PINK IMPACT 2018

May 18–19

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 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 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 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

SLK

Registration opens Sunday, October 1! We can’t wait to be back at the Southlake Campus with Pastor Debbie Morris, Todd White, Bob Goff, Christine Caine, and Kari Jobe. This year, you can also host a watch party at your home for groups of 12 or fewer for only $29! Register for the live event or watch party at pinkimpact.com.

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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LEDA RUPERT I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS IRISH ACCENT. I met my husband at TGI Fridays where I was a hostess working nights. He would always sit in the restaurant and drink Diet Coke. He never talked to me, but he always smiled at me. I thought he was cute and told my friend to set us up on a date. We went out and then got married six months later. He’s since lost his accent, but I still think he’s adorable. MY FAVORITE WORD IS “BAUMKUCHEN.” It’s a German word that means “tree cake.” We lived in Germany for three years, and this was one German word I never forgot and could actually remember how to pronounce. It was our favorite dessert at Christmastime, and it reminds me of great family time. Now that we’re back here in Texas, I found a German store that sells it, and we still enjoy it during Advent. GROWING UP, I WANTED TO BE A REGISTERED NURSE. I thought it would be so much fun. I used to watch ER and pretend I was a nurse. But during my senior year, I was in a class where we worked in all the different areas of a hospital. I nearly passed out in every area except housekeeping and physical therapy. I suddenly realized that I could not stand the sight of blood or seeing people get shots! I LOVE WATERFALLS. The sound of water makes me so happy and helps me relax. I could look at a waterfall for an hour and just listen to the water coming down. When you are next to one, it’s so loud it’s all you can hear. I love the sound of water so much that at night, I listen to rain drops on my phone app all night long. For more about our Gateway pastors and staff, visit staff.gatewaypeople.com.

FAMILY Paul, husband of 24 years. Four children: Rudy (23), Tabitha (22), Paige (18), and Ryce (17).

EDUCATION Bachelor’s in communication science (deaf education) from Texas Women’s University.

ROLE AT GATEWAY Pastor, Gateway Kids.

BACKSTORY Born in Plainview, Texas, and raised in Mansfield.

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Friday, October 13 | 7:00 pm Gateway Church Southlake Campus

Join us for a night experiencing God’s presence with Kari Jobe and special guest, Cody Carnes.

For a special Gateway offer, use promo code: CHURCH P U R C H A S E

Y O U R

T I C K E T S

T O D A Y !

premierproductions.com

A Gateway Women’s Conference Friday–Saturday, May 18–19, 2018 | Gateway Church Southlake Campus

Featuring

Debbie Morris, Hostess

Kari Jobe, Worship Leader

Registration for the live event or to host your own watch party opens October 1!

pinkimpact.com

Bob Goff

Lisa Harper

Christine Caine

Todd White

And more!


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