Aug
20
11:30am11:30am

Baptism Class

Throughout the history of the Christian Church, Baptism has been one of the most universally accepted practices. It is a symbol of our being united with Christ in his death and resurrection. This is a sacred and beautiful opportunity to declare, “I believe the best possible way to live is the way of Jesus, and I am committed to following Christ - daily dying to myself and allowing the resurrected Christ to live in and through me.”

If you have committed to following Jesus and have not yet been baptized,
our BBQ & Baptism would be a perfect opportunity to do so! 

Visit our Baptism Page to read more & register for the class. 

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Aug
27
5:00pm 5:00pm

BBQ & Baptism

SAVE THE DATE! Our annual BBQ and Baptism is Sunday, August 27 from 5pm - 8pm at the Prairie Church at Living History Farms. This is the highlight event of the summer! We'll share some delicious food, enjoy a few highly competitive yard games and celebrate as individuals within our community bear witness to the difference that Jesus has made in their lives through water baptism. Don't miss it!  Visit our event page for more information.  

SAVE THE DATE! Our annual BBQ and Baptism is Sunday, August 27 from 5pm - 8pm at the Prairie Church at Living History Farms. This is the highlight event of the summer! We'll share some delicious food, enjoy a few highly competitive yard games and celebrate as individuals within our community bear witness to the difference that Jesus has made in their lives through water baptism. Don't miss it! 

Visit our event page for more information.

 

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Oct
7
to Oct 14

Guatemala Trip

Guatemala Trip

October 7-14th
Estimated Cost: $1000 plus airfare


We will be working with International Justice Mission at one of their aftercare facilities, Oasis. The trip will be a good introduction to the systematic problems that plague the poor in Guatemala, with an emphasis on victims and family members of criminal sexual violence. 

For more information contact jessica@thegatewaychurch.com or rstokka12@gmail.com

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Jun
10
10:00am10:00am

World Refugee Day

Volunteer with World Refugee Day

June 10 & July 8


World Refugee Day is an international day to celebrate and raise awareness about refugees. This year, Des Moines World Refugee Day's Cultural Celebration is on June 10th and the Cup of All Nations soccer tournament is on July 8th. They have several volunteer opportunities including helping set up tables, distribute free food, or doing kids' activities planned by community partners like the Des Moines Children's Museum that they would love to have you involved in.

Visit their facebook event or sign up to volunteer here

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Jun
4
11:30am11:30am

Small Group Leaders Meeting

June 4th | 11:30am

Interested in leading a small group this summer? 

Summer is an opportunity for new rhythms of relationships and renewal. Beginning in June we will take a break from Sermon Discussion Guides and will instead be providing a list of Bible or book studies that can be done together, or done individually with encouragement and updates from the group. 

We will have a brief (under 30 minutes) meeting with all small group leaders on Sunday, June 4th, right after church. This meeting will be a chance to share ideas & resources for new or existing small group leaders.

Please let Kate know if you can attend (kate@thegatewaychurch.com). 


Resources

New Testament for Everyone. N. T. Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the back of the book. The series is suitable for group study, personal study, or daily devotions.

Know Doubt: Embracing Uncertainty in Your Faith by John Ortberg. In this refreshingly candid look at what it takes to live a life of faith, John Ortberg takes an honest look at the misgivings and uncertainties that often shake our beliefs as we navigate through the highs and lows of life.

Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey Philip Yancey explores the intimate place where God and humans meet in Prayer. Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer’s day, can also be frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. Writing as a fellow pilgrim, Yancey probes such questions as: Is God listening? Why should God care about me? If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer? Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent? Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away? How can I make prayer more satisfying? Yancey tackles the tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic. “I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty,” he says, and he invites you to join him on this all-important journey.

Psalms of Ascent from She Reads Truth. The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. They are a series of songs to divide the journey, each one focusing on an essential aspect of the life of a child of God. We’ll dig into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.

Deeper into Scripture from YouVersion. Deeper Into Scripture is a methodology of scripture reading that instructs, encourages and equips people to read God's Word daily and deeply. We have created a unique four-fold method of bible reading that directs the individual to read a short passage of scripture four times. Each reading is done with a different question, instruction or objective to be considered. This repetitive reading takes us deeply into the Word of God, increases our understanding and draws us closer to Him.

The Apprenticeship series by James Bryan Smith. The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in love with the God Jesus KnowsThe Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of ChristThe Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love

Praying the Lord’s Prayer as a group. Payer is a struggle because creation is at war with God but the Lord’s Prayer helps align our lives around His kingdom. http://thegatewaychurch.com/the-lords-prayer/

Table fellowship. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him (Luke 24:30-31)

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Jun
4
11:00am11:00am

Pentecost Sunday

Ten days after the ascension of Christ and fifty days after his resurrection, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples on the day of Pentecost. Pentecost symbolizes a new beginning. It celebrates the unleashing of the Holy Spirit on the world and the empowering of the church to reach the world with the gospel.

In celebrating Pentecost, the church expresses its gratitude for the faithfulness of Christ in fulfilling his promise to send “another counselor” (John 14: 16); celebrates the work of the Spirit in renewing all of creation; and grows in awareness of the immensity of its calling to reach the world with the gospel. And now, with the followers of his own time, we await the coming of the promised Holy Spirit, his gift to his people, through whom we make Christ known to the world.

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May
14
10:00am10:00am

Baby Dedication

Baby Dedication is a practice in which parents commit themselves to raising their children in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. Dedicating your child to God is a public sign that you are seeking to bring your children up in the ways of Christ, and as a community we stand with you in that passion. 

This service typically includes a Scripture reading, prayer, and a series of vows spoken by parents and the church. We pray for the parents as they strive to teach their child and for our community as we learn to model Christ to our children.

If you are interested in having your child dedicated please contact Kate: kate@thegatewaychurch.com

 

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May
7
11:30am11:30am

Simple Feast

We believe that sharing a meal with someone is a key way to build friendship. With that in mind, we enjoy periodic simple meals together at the end of our Sunday gatherings. This is a great time to invest in each other and celebrate old and new friendships.

To participate in Simple Feast, just show up!

If you are interested in providing food, please contact Kate (kate@thegatewaychurch.com) or sign up via our Meal Train

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Apr
20
9:00am 9:00am

Homeless Connect 2017

This is a day where all services providers who support people experiencing homelessness come together in one location to connect them to services.  By volunteering you will be paired with an individual to assist them in getting connected with services to meet their needs.

 April 20th from 9.00 AM to 3.00 PM

Walnut Creek Church in East Village at 323 East Locust

Sign up to be a volunteer:   http://www.polkcares.org/get-involved/homeless-connect-2017/

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Apr
15
9:00am 9:00am

Eggs, Eggs Everywhere

Downtown Des Moines’ Favorite Egg Hunt!

Bring your Easter basket, your family and all your friends to Western Gateway Park, downtown Des Moines on Saturday, April 15 for the 7th annual Eggs, Eggs Everywhere! 

This is a one-of-a-kind urban family experience with more than 15,000 candy- and prize-filled eggs, music, games and laughter. The event is brought to you by The Gateway Church and is completely FREE!

After the massive egg hunt, stick around for more family fun at the Kids' Art Station, Giant Inflatables Area and the Face Painting Station. Parents can keep up with the hunting mayhem with FREE coffee all morning long!

Saturday, April 15 2017
9am - 12pm
Western Gateway Park
1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Sign up to volunteer here!

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Apr
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

Good Friday

Good Friday
A Service of Shadows

Good Friday marks the paradox of our faith. The community of God celebrate thefuneral of God. Join us anytime between 6pm - 8pm for an interactive experience of quite reflection and prayer around the Stations of the Cross.

Tonight will be an evening of quiet meditation around the Stations of the Cross - a series of seven depictions of Christ's suffering and death. The journey begins with the Last Supper and culminates in Christ's burial. 

Along the way there will be art, music, and prayers to guide your experience. Scripture readings trace the story of Christ’s passion, music portrays his pathos, and the power of silence and darkness suggests the drama of this momentous day. 

  1. The Shadow of Betrayal at the Last Supper - Mt 26:20-29
  2. The Shadow of the Agony of Spirit and Arrest - Mt 26:36-50
  3. The Shadow of Denial - Mt 26:69-75
  4. The Shadow of Accusation - Mt 27:11-14, 20-29
  5. The Shadow of Crucifixion and Humiliation - Mt 27:31-43
  6. The Shadow of Death | Mt 27:45-54
  7. The Shadow of Burial | Mt 27:57-60

As Good Friday is a solemn event we encourage worshipers to go through the stations in silent prayer and to leave in quite meditation. However, if you would like to receive prayer, our elders are available at each station and would love to pray with you.

Together in the darkness we ponder the depth of Christ’s suffering and death -- but through the small but persistent flame of the Christ candle we anticipate the joy of ultimate victory!

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Apr
2
12:00pm12:00pm

Baptism Class

Throughout the history of the Christian Church, Baptism has been one of the most universally accepted practices. It is a symbol of our being united with Christ in his death and resurrection. This is a sacred and beautiful opportunity to declare, “I believe the best possible way to live is the way of Jesus, and I am committed to following Christ - daily dying to myself and allowing the resurrected Christ to live in and through me.”

If you have committed to following Jesus and have not yet been baptized,
this Easter would be a perfect opportunity to do so! 

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Mar
31
to Apr 1

Men's Retreat

Step back from life's busyness, ignore your cell phone, and re-connect with God in the beauty of nature. Located at the YMCA campground in Boone, IA overlooking the beautiful Des Moines River Valley. Together we will hike the woods, take theropes course, sit around a campfire, build relationships and discover God.
Cost is $60 which includes all meals and activities. 

Click Here to Register!

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Mar
26
11:30am11:30am

Cake Auction

Join us Sunday, March 26 immediately after service for another highly anticipated Cake Auction! Cakes and homemade desserts will be auctioned off by the El Salvador team to raise money for their upcoming trip with our missions partner ENLACE.

Join us Sunday, March 26 immediately after service for another highly anticipated Cake Auction! Cakes and homemade desserts will be auctioned off by the El Salvador team to raise money for their upcoming trip with our missions partner ENLACE.

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Mar
1
6:30pm 6:30pm

Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday

Join us Ash Wednesday for the beginning of Lent as we gather for the imposition of ashes, holy communion, contemplative prayer and corporate confession.

6:30pm at the Backroom of Noce
1326 Walnut Street, Des Moines

What is Lent?

The Lenten season has been observed throughout the church's history. It starts with Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of 40 days (minus Sundays) leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. Lent is a season of preparation and anticipation. It is a time to reflect on the brokenness of our world and a time to repent for the brokenness in our lives. It is also a time to look ahead to the day when all things will be made new. It climaxes on Holy Week with Jesus being placed in the dark tomb and rising again to launch God’s worldwide project of making the world the right. 

Find out more at http://thegatewaychurch.com/lent

What is the deal with the ashes?

Ashes have long been a symbolic part of Biblical worship. They were a sign of sorrow and mourning (2 Sam. 13v19, Is. 61v3, Jer. 6v26, Ez. 27v30). They were also an act of repentance and turning toward God's face. Daniel says that he "turned [his] face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes" (Dan. 9v3). Jesus uses ashes symbolically to speak of repentance (Matthew 11v21).

As with all spiritual practices, the practices themselves are not the point; the practices point to Jesus. So how can Ash Wednesday, point us to Jesus?

  1. Let it be an act of humility. Make yourself low before the Lord Almighty, theOne who formed us from the dust.
  2. Let it be a confession of mortality. The psalmist urges us to "number our days", to remember that we have limits, that we are finite, that we shall one day return to the dust (Ps. 90:3, 12). Kneel before the "Lord our God our Maker" (Ps. 95:6).
  3. Let it be a time to repent. We do not confess our sins to make God gracious; we confess because we have found that God is gracious. We turn away from self-reliance and self-destruction, and we turn toward the God whose nail-pierced hands are ever and always open to us. Repentance is not about shaming us; it's about making us whole.
  4. Let it be a time to receive God's grace. When we humble ourselves, we find we are met by God's grace (James 4:6).

You don't have to observe Ash Wednesday, but it is a beautiful way to join with the people of God and humbly repent and seek God's face.

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Feb
24
to Feb 25

30 Hour Famine

Worldwide, 795 million people — about one in nine — are chronically hungry. Word Vision's 30 Hour Famine project gives us a chance to do something about this unacceptable tragedy. Join with thousands in fasting and prayer on February 24-25 to stand in solidarity with the poor and serve the hungry in Jesus’ name.

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Feb
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Annual Covenant Member Meeting

To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to scripture and to support the work of the congregation. Covenant membership at Gateway is not so much about signing on a dotted line of beliefs, but rather joining a family that is seeking to share Christ with the world and with each other.  The Gateway Membership Covenant is a stated commitment that we are living in community together and seeking to embody the values of our church in active expressions of love and service. Join us Sunday, February 19th at 6:30 pm for an evening of celebrating new members!

To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to scripture and to support the work of the congregation. Covenant membership at Gateway is not so much about signing on a dotted line of beliefs, but rather joining a family that is seeking to share Christ with the world and with each other. 

The Gateway Membership Covenant is a stated commitment that we are living in community together and seeking to embody the values of our church in active expressions of love and service. Join us Sunday, February 19th at 6:30 pm for an evening of celebrating new members!

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Feb
12
11:30am11:30am

New Members Class

If you are interested in becoming a Covenant Member please join us after church Sunday, February 5 OR Sunday, February 12 for a Covenant Members Class. This class covers what it means to be a Covenant Member, as well as our mission, beliefs and theological distinctives. We want you to know exactly what it means to join the church and what is required when you do before asking you to make a decision. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to info@thegatewaychurch.com.

If you are interested in becoming a Covenant Member please join us after church Sunday, February 5 OR Sunday, February 12 for a Covenant Members Class. This class covers what it means to be a Covenant Member, as well as our mission, beliefs and theological distinctives. We want you to know exactly what it means to join the church and what is required when you do before asking you to make a decision. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to info@thegatewaychurch.com.

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Feb
5
11:30am11:30am

New Members Class

If you are interested in becoming a Covenant Member please join us after church Sunday, February 5 OR Sunday, February 12 for a Covenant Members Class. This class covers what it means to be a Covenant Member, as well as our mission, beliefs and theological distinctives. We want you to know exactly what it means to join the church and what is required when you do before asking you to make a decision. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to info@thegatewaychurch.com.

If you are interested in becoming a Covenant Member please join us after church Sunday, February 5 OR Sunday, February 12 for a Covenant Members Class. This class covers what it means to be a Covenant Member, as well as our mission, beliefs and theological distinctives. We want you to know exactly what it means to join the church and what is required when you do before asking you to make a decision. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to info@thegatewaychurch.com.

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Feb
5
11:30am11:30am

Small Group Kick Off

Gateway places a heavy emphasis on small groups and the necessity of deep community. God’s purpose in history is not simply to save individual souls but to create a new humanity, a people with a communal life that reflects the future kingdom of God. These small groups of 5-15 help people grow and develop as followers of Jesus by gathering on a regular basis for prayer, laughter, Bible study, support, and encouragement. A new semester of small groups will kick off on Sunday, February 5th! Join us that Sunday in the cafeteria to meet the small group leaders and sign up for a group!

Gateway places a heavy emphasis on small groups and the necessity of deep community. God’s purpose in history is not simply to save individual souls but to create a new humanity, a people with a communal life that reflects the future kingdom of God. These small groups of 5-15 help people grow and develop as followers of Jesus by gathering on a regular basis for prayer, laughter, Bible study, support, and encouragement.

A new semester of small groups will kick off on Sunday, February 5th! Join us that Sunday in the cafeteria to meet the small group leaders and sign up for a group!

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Jan
22
11:30am11:30am

ENLACE Informational Meeting

On Sunday January 22 David McGee from our global outreach partner ENLACE will be joining us to share some exciting things happening in El Salvador. Immediately after the service we will have a brief informational meeting for those interested in going on a mission trip with ENLACE in April 2017.

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Jan
1
to Mar 5

12 Steps | Epiphany 2017

We are all addicted in some way. When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In this series we will explore how the gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addiction—from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the more common but less visible addiction that we all have to sin.

1/1 - Introduction - Luke 5v17-32
We are all addicts. Substance addictions like alcohol and drugs are merely the most visible forms of addiction, but actually we are all addicted to our own habitual way of doing anything, our own defenses, and most especially, our patterned way of thinking. This addiction is what the biblical tradition called “sin.”

1/8 - Powerlessness - Romans 7v15-25
We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and that our lives had become unmanageable. (Step 1 of the Twelve Steps)

1/15 - A Power Greater Than Ourselves - 1 Thessalonians 5v12-24
We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. (Step 2 of the Twelve Steps)

1/22 - Surrender - 2 Corinthians 12v7-10
We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God. (Step 3 of the Twelve Steps)

1/29 - Inventory - Matthew 7v4-5
We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. (Step 4 of the Twelve Steps)

2/5 - Confession - James 5v13-20
We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. (Step 5 of the Twelve Steps)

2/12 - Repentance - Psalm 51
We were entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character and humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. (Steps 6 & 7 of the Twelve Steps)

2/19 - Make Amends - Luke 15v11-24
We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. (Steps 8 - 10 of the Twelve Steps)

2/26 - Prayer & Meditation - Ephesians 4v17-24
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out. (Step 11 of the Twelve Steps)

3/5 - Spread the Love - Matthew 10v1-8
Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. (Step 12 of the Twelve Steps)

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Dec
18
to Dec 31

The Christmas Offering

The Christmas Offering is a special opportunity to display justice and mercy in the New Year. Our goal is to raise $10,000 above and beyond our regular weekend giving in order to target the following initiatives:

1. Empowering the marginalized through our strategic missional community partnerships.
2. Resourcing our Benevolence Fund so we can bear one another’s burdens.

Bring your offering on Sunday, December 18 or Saturday, December 24 or give anytime online.

thegatewaychurch.com/the-christmas-offering

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