THE WEEKLY: Christmas is coming!

Hello, friends!
A couple of you have asked about this year’s Christmas service projects. Rather than our church serving a single cause, small groups and coaching groups will choose the charities they want to help this Christmas. Talk to your HOPE Coordinator or Coach for details.

Christmas Banquet (Fri December 9th, 6:15pm):

Click HERE to register now. Registration closes next Sunday, December 4th.

Banquet details are posted HERE. Don’t forget that you can still book a room for a thirty-second commute home after the banquet! The Hilton Frontenac has reserved a block of rooms for us for the night of December 9th, only $99 for the night (current rack rate is $139). You must call the hotel no later than November 28th to book: 314-993-1100. Ask to speak to in-house reservations and request the “Gateway City Church Rate” for December 9th.

Please keep sending your non-awkward family photos! Both your own family, and church family.  We’ve received some great ones, but can use many more. Any from this past year’s events are appreciated. Please send them in by December 4th:

Christmas Eve Service (SATURDAY, December 24th, 4pm): As you may have noticed, Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. So that everyone can spend this day with their families, we will have one service on Christmas Eve at 4pm. This service will be at the main campus; there will be no downtown service that weekend.

This will be a shorter, family-style worship service. All children will sit with their parents; the cry room will be open if your little ones get restless.

Happy Thanksgiving!

PS: For those of you making the rounds to multiple turkey dinners…bear that cross! 😉


THE WEEKLY: Help our FB Page Grow! + Coming Events

Gateway Family,

We’re in the process of rebuilding our church’s Facebook page! Going forward, we’ll post new content once or twice a day. You can expect to see:

  • Scriptures
  • Sermon quotes
  • Sharable invites for upcoming events – both churchwide and ministry-specific
  • Photos of completed events
  • Links to relevant articles or videos that we think could help in your personal ministry.

Facebook has the potential to be a POWERFUL tool for evangelism, but we need your help to make it successful! Three things you can do to help increase our church’s online reach:

  • “Like” the page if you haven’t already and make sure you switch Notifications for our page to “On”.
  • Like something we post?  COMMENT on it! When a post gets lots of comments, the Facebook algorithm will notice and say “Hmmm…people are talking about this…this is something humans are interested in. I should make sure this gets exposure.” And consequently, that post gets sent to more people’s newsfeeds.
  • Want to go a step further? COMMENT and then SHARE! “Shares” allow our page to connect with people who might not otherwise be aware of Gateway (e.g. all your friends who aren’t church members).

If you’re already doing the above, THANK YOU!

On Instagram or Twitter? Updates for those will be coming soon too…have patience!

On deck:

Women’s Cafe Night (Fri November 18th, 7pm): Only a couple days until our big night! Looking forward to seeing all of you there. Please continue to extend last-minute invites to your friends and family, using the above graphic or our resources HERE.

Homeless Breakfast (Saturday, November 19th, 6:30am – 10:30am): Food assignments have been distributed; thank you to all who have volunteered for prep or onsite help this year! We’ll see you at the Peabody School on Saturday morning (1224 S. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104). If you cannot join us, or are coming for second shift, and have items to donate, please make sure to pass them along to someone in your small group who will be serving during the first shift.

Christmas Banquet (Fri December 9th, 6:15pm): All banquet details have been posted HERE. You can click HERE to register now, or register on the website HERE. We are currently seeking two things:

  • 2016 photos – Please spend a little time going through your phone and social media pages, and send your best pictures to me (
  • 10-year members – If you were baptized in 2006, we would like to recognize your 10-year anniversary in the Lord! Please contact Lincoln Gifford: 314-653-1615.

Have a great evening!


Christmas Banquet 2016 – What You Need To Know

2016 is quickly coming to a close. Please make plans to join us for our year-end celebration!

Click here to register now.

Date: December 9th, 2016

Time: 6:15pm – 10:00pm
Because this is a plated dinner, please plan on arriving no later than 6:45pm.

Location: Hilton Frontenac Hotel – 1335 S Lindbergh Blvd, Frontenac, MO 63131

A sit-down, plated three-course plated dinner will be served for all adults:

  • Baby Greens Salad with Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumbers, Cheese, and Ranch dressing
  • Bowtie Pasta with Grilled Chicken, Olive Oil, Sundried Tomatoes, Peppers, Mushrooms and Asparagus
  • New York Cheesecake with Chocolate and Raspberry Sauce

Children will be served the following:

  • Fruit Cup
  • Chicken Fingers and French Fries
  • 2 Chocolate Chip Cookies

The evening will also include a slideshow, table games, entertainment, a dance, and a visit from SANTA!

Cost is $22 per adult, $8 per child (Age 11 and under).

Slideshow pics: We want to include everyone’s beautiful faces in the slideshow! Sometime over the next few days, please scroll through the pics on your phone and social media, and forward your favorites from 2016 over to me (


Special Hotel Rate: Don’t want to make the drive home that night? Need a space for the kids to decompress? We’ve negotiated a special rate of $99 at the Hilton Frontenac for the night of December 9th only. To take advantage of this rate, you must call the hotel directly: 314-993-1100. Ask to speak to in-house reservations and tell them you want the “Gateway City Church Rate”. This rate is good through November 28th and space is limited, so make your reservation now.

Can I register at the church? Yes! We do encourage everyone to register online as it’s the easiest way. But we’ll have a table open during church for the next four Sundays, at the main campus (Nov 13, 20, 27, Dec 4th).

See you there!

THE WEEKLY: Ephesians Sermons + Upcoming Events

Brothers and Sisters,

Have you been enjoying our current sermon series on Ephesians? If you need to get caught up (or you want to watch them again), you can view other sermons in the series HERE.

Upcoming Events:

Veterans Sunday (Sunday, November 13th, 9am): Just a reminder, we’ll be taking a few minutes at the 9am service on Sunday to recognize our Veterans. We look forward to seeing your friends and family who have served our country! Click HERE for more information.

Greenhouse (Sunday, November 13th, 4pm): DATE CHANGE! Please note that our quarterly Greenhouse leaders’ training has been moved up a week. All current and aspiring Small Group Leaders are welcome to attend.

Women’s Cafe Night (Fri November 18th, 7pm): Just over a week to go! For all of you who have taken time to share the FB invite and e-card with your friends, THANK YOU! We’re excited to see you and your friends there. If you haven’t shared yet, there’s still time!  All the details can be found HERE or you can share the above image.

Homeless Breakfast (Saturday, November 19th, 6:30am – 10:30am): This year we are returning again to the Peabody School for our annual Thanksgiving breakfast (1224 S. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104). The address has also been added to the Breakfast information on the app, HERE. Food assignments will be coming within the next few days.

Christmas Banquet (Fri December 9th, 6:30pm): Great news! We spoke with the hotel and registration has been extended until Sunday, December 4th. Click HERE to register now. A separate email will be coming tomorrow with complete banquet details.


See you Sunday!


THE WEEKLY: Life in the year 1908 + Upcoming Events

1908 Chicago Cubs
Gateway Family,

Rooting for the Cubs? Here’s a look at life in the USA the last time they won World Series.

In America in 1908:

  • Average human life expectancy – 47 years
  • Average wage was $.22 a hour, average annual income was $200-$400 a year.
  • You could buy a home from the Sears catalog for less than $1500
  • Henry Ford manufactured the first Model T in Detroit, MI. Cost: $850
  • The USA had 46 states (Arizona and New Mexico were territories until 1912, Hawaii and Alaska later followed in 1959)
  • Theodore Roosevelt declined to run for President for a third term and was succeeded by William Howard Taft

If you have an abundance of candy in your home and are overwhelmed with the prospect of consuming it all, we have a solution for you…MasterCard is collecting candy to send to the troops. All kinds of candy are welcome but they do ask that it be pre-wrapped (sorry, no homemade goodies or apples). If you would like to contribute, Sue Gipson will be collecting at the Soup Night this Friday, or you can call/text her to arrange a time to drop off sooner: 314-322-6149.

Coming up:

Soup Night (Fri, November 4th, 6:15pm): Almost time! Soup Night is this Friday. Here’s the nitty-gritty of the schedule:

  • Plan to arrive between 6:15 – 6:30 to set up. Bring your favorite soup or chili and a serving utensil.
  • Soup buffet will open at 6:30 and remain open until 7:25
  • Kids’ check-in upstairs will open at 7:15 for all kids ages 5th grade and under
  • Devotional will begin at 7:30
  • Water will be available to drink and the cafe will also be open to purchase beverages.

Veterans Sunday (Sunday, November 13th, 9am):
We’re starting a new tradition this year. Please extend a invite to your friends who are military veterans. We will take time during worship to recognize them for their service to our country. You’re welcome to share the above graphic or the Veterans Sunday Facebook event. I would encourage you to post these on your social media, and then also take a few minutes to send a personal text/private message to the people that you especially want to see there.

Greenhouse (Sunday, November 13th, 4pm): DATE CHANGE! Please note that our quarterly Greenhouse leaders’ training has been moved up a week. All current and aspiring Small Group Leaders are welcome to attend.

Women’s Cafe Night (Fri November 18th, 7pm): Ever attended an event and then later thought…”Wow. I know someone who would have loved this…I wish I had told them about it….” Our Women’s Cafe night will certainly be one of  those “wow” events.

Click HERE for more Cafe Night info and outreach tools we’ve created for you. You’re also welcome to download and share the above graphic.

Homeless Breakfast (Saturday, November 19th, 6:30am – 10:30am): The weather looks like it’s going be great this weekend, perfect for canvassing your neighborhood for toy and clothing donations! Print off the flyer attached to this email (use the Word version to type in your details, or PDF to write them in by hand). Then drop off on your neighbors’ doors, to give them an opportunity to contribute needed items. You’ll return the following weekend to pick any donations up, and bring them with you to the breakfast the following weekend. Good luck!

For more information about the Homeless Breakfast, click HERE.

Christmas Banquet (Fri December 9th, 6:30pm): Registration is open, and will only be available until Sunday, November 20. Click HERE to register now.

Hope to see all of you on Friday.