Happy Snow Day, Gateway!

If you grew up in the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s, you probably remember the ritual of watching and waiting for the school closings on the news. My sister, brother, and I would cross our fingers and wait for “Mayfield” to scroll on the alphabetical list of Cleveland schools…

“Olmsted Falls…..Orange…Macedonia….Maple Heights…..”

**Here it comes!!! Oh boy!!!**


Everyone. But. Us.

If your kids were on the “not you” list this morning, my heart goes out to them! Better luck next time!

Here’s what’s going on this week….

Choir Rehearsal Cancelled tonight: Melissa Pickens is in the process of scheduling a make-up rehearsal now. Email her at for details.

No Hunger Holiday (this weekend and Tuesday, November 20th): Hadrian and Yolanda asked me to share two things this week:

  1. Turkeys can be brought to the church tonight or tomorrow night between 5pm and 7pm, on Saturday 9am-2pm, or on Sunday 9am-1pm. If possible, we would prefer for Gateway members to bring their turkeys to church on Sunday, as we are expecting community deliveries and a bulk delivery on Saturday.
  2. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, November 20th. We have shifts beginning at 8am going to 9pm that evening. Please SIGN UP HEREif you are able! We especially need people between the hours of noon and 3pm on Tuesday.

Christmas Banquet (Friday December 7th, 6pm – 10pm): Ticket sales have been extended to Sunday, November 25th. CLICK HERE to register you and your family now. Also, please do continue to send your pictures to me; you can just reply to this email. We’ve already gotten several but definitely have room for more. Additionally, we do want everyone to attend this end of year celebration. If money is an issue, just let your family group leader know.

Blood Drive (Sunday December 9th, 8:30am – 1pm): The sign up link for the blood drive is open now.  CLICK HERE to sign up now. As a special Christmas gift, anyone who donates for this blood drive will be emailed a $5 Amazon gift card after their donation!

All for now, have a great week!



Christmas Banquet2018

Hello, Gateway!

Some additional details we wanted to share about the Christmas Banquet on Friday, December 7th:

  • Registration will end on Wednesday, November 21st. Why so early? We need to get our total number of guests and meal selections into the hotel on the Monday after Thanksgiving. I’ll be off from November 22nd to November 25th, so I want to make sure I’m available to answer any questions or concerns about your registrations before I go on break. Sending the banquet order in will be THE FIRST thing I do after I return from vacation! In person sales will be available after church this Sunday and next, or you can GO HERE for full details and to register now.
  • Take the elevator home for $104. If you would like an easy “ride” home, we invite you to take advantage of the courtesy block at the Holiday Inn. To take advantage of the special rate, just call 314-892-3600, and let them know you are with Gateway City Church.
  • Plan to arrive by 6:30, but no later than 6:45. As this is a plated dinner, it’s important that all attendees arrive on time. Please keep in mind that Friday evening commute traffic is fairly heavy (and could be more so in bad weather). Please allow a little extra time to get to the venue.

We hope to see you there! Click here for full details and to register.

No Hunger Holiday: Two reminders for this week:

  • GO HERE to sign up to volunteer for onsite help. Phase 2 has been going GREAT, but we now need help for Phase 3, which is onsite volunteering. We need volunteers on November 17th, 18th, and 20th in various roles.
  • If you are planning to shop for your own frozen turkeys, please bring them to church on Sunday, November 18th. We will have a freezer truck onsite that day to store the turkeys until they can be delivered to Knights of Columbus for distribution. Don’t forget that the Ruler Foods sale continues through November 21st.

Finally, three events at the building this week:

High School Parents Devotional (Tonight, 7pm). Led by Tink and Glinda Sullivan
Singles Devotional (Friday, 7pm). Led by Vince Hawkins
Titus 2 Women (Saturday, 9:30am). Led by Robin Hawkins.

Have a great week, everyone!



Happy Halloween everyone!

For those of you venturing out this evening, be safe! Usually I’m the one who escorts my kids but this year I have candy bowl duty at home. Please stop by! (1446 Glenpeak, 63043.) We’ll have candy for those of you in costume…grown-ups too! In the St. Louis tradition, extra candy will be provided in exchange for telling me jokes.

Speaking of treats….

Soup Night (Friday November 2nd, 6:15pm): Looking forward to seeing you all there! A few reminders…

  • If you are bringing a soup or chili, please also remember to bring a serving utensil. We have only a few “community ladles” in our kitchen, so bring your own if you want to be sure your soup will be eaten.
  • Setup Volunteers needed on Thursday night. Kathy Lohmann has asked for all who are able to come and help with setup tomorrow night (Nov 1st), beginning at 6:30. We especially need men, as there’s some heavy lifting that needs to be done. A few volunteers will also be needed for night-of setup and also post-event tear-down.
  • Plan on arriving by 6:15. We will set up and begin serving dinner at 6:30.

TURKEY SALE ALERT! No Hunger Holiday:
 Take a look at this sale that begins tomorrow at Ruler Foods:

This sale will be ongoing through November 21st; you’ll be able to pick up a turkey for No Hunger Holiday for just $5 – $10.

Local Ruler Foods locations:

  • St Ann: 11050 Saint Charles Rock Road
  • St. Charles: 2458 W Clay St
  • St. Louis South City: 2700 S Grand Blvd

Freezer space?  Gateway to Hope would like to start purchasing turkeys this week, but we need help storing them!  If you have freezer space available, and would be willing to store some turkeys for a few weeks, contact Hadrian Suber: Even storing one or two turkeys would be appreciated.

Phase 3 is LIVE! Many of you have asked about helping out onsite for meal collection and distribution, and we’re happy to let you know that the sign up form for this is now LIVE! We will need people to volunteer for the following assignments:

  • Sat Nov 17th and Sun Nov 18th: Receiving frozen turkey donations
  • Tues Nov 20th: Setup, check-in, distribution, and tear-down

Go here to sign up:

Titus 2 Women (Saturday November 10th, 9:30am): This will be our final Titus 2 class, taught by Robin Hawkins. Childcare and light refreshments will be provided Please do invite your friends, ladies. You can share the above image via text or social media.

November Ministry-Specific Events: 
High School Parents Devotional (Wednesday November 7th, 7pm): Presented by Tink and Glinda Sullivan.

Singles Devotional (Friday November 9th, 7pm)

Singles Outing to Festival of Lights @ Kiener Plaza (Friday November 17th, 3pm) 

All for now, see you on Friday.
PS: If anyone wants to give up their Butterfingers, I will gladly take them off your hands. 😉



It’s coming, Gateway!

Christmas is approaching, which means that the 2018 Gateway Family Christmas Banquet is just around the corner. I spent the day on the phone with various people and finalizing the registration and menu details. I have a few eagle-eye helpers are reviewing my work, and we plan to announce all the details this coming Sunday at church. For now, mark your calendars for Friday December 7th, 6-10pm. More to come on Sunday.

But before that…we have other upcoming events:

No Hunger Holiday: How’s your outreach going? Please do continue to share the opportunity to donate turkeys with others. Click HERE for all the details, the link to the sign-up, and access to printable flyers and business letters. Online donations will be accepted through Sunday, November 11th, or donate in person on November 17th and 18th.

Soup Night (Friday November 2nd, 6:30pm): We need just one more Souper Hero! If you would like to bring a dessert, sign up HERE. All are invited to bring a soup or chili to share; bring enough for at least 6-8 people. Please also bring a serving utensil for your soup. Plan to arrive by 6:30; dinner will be served at 6:45.

Titus 2 Slide
Titus 2 Women (Saturday November 10th, 9:30am): Ladies, this will be the final Titus 2 class. As in, no more after this one. As in, don’t miss it! Our own Robin Hawkins will be teaching her lesson titled, “By Faith”. Age teen and up are welcome to join us; childcare will be provided. Please do share the above image and invite your friends!

That’s all for now, see you on Sunday.



Fall Festival is this Saturday, Gateway (October 20th, 5pm – 9pm)!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there (in costume!). Doors will open at 5pm. If you RSVP’d, you’ll get a complimentary s’mores packet at the door when you arrive. Dinner will be served at 6pm, with games and other fun activities taking place 5pm-9pm.

We still need just a few more volunteers for setup and tear down! A minor correction…festival setup is actually 9am-12pm on Saturday morning. The form has been updated accordingly. If you are able to help out for part or all of that time, please do sign up, or just show up on Saturday morning!

Other upcoming events:

Men’s Breakfast (Saturday October 20th, 9am): All men and their sons are invited to the final Men’s Breakfast of the year, at Denny’s near Dorsett and 270. Men’s Breakfasts will resume in January of 2019; dates will be coming soon.

No Hunger Holiday: Phase 2 is in full swing and donations have started to come in for our virtual turkey drive! I’ve heard from some of you that your workplaces will be participating in No Hunger Holiday, while others of you are making plans to canvas your respective neighborhoods. Just a reminder that you can find printable resources on our website HERE, or you can contact me to arrange a pickup time for copies printed at the church. We’ll have an update for you on donations collected this coming Sunday.

Soup Night (Friday, November 2nd, 6:30pm): BIG THANKS to those of you who have already signed up to be SOUPER HEROES! If you are able to bring bread or a dessert in addition to your soup or chili, please sign up here. We are looking for just 10 people to bring a dessert for 10 people, plus three people each who are willing to bring corn bread or bread rolls for the group.

Save the Dates – More info coming soon:
Titus 2 Women (Saturday November 10th, 9:30am) This will be our final Titus 2 class and will feature our new Women’s Ministry Leader, Robin Hawkins.
Congregational Christmas Banquet (Friday December 7th, 6:30pm) We are finalizing the details on our banquet; registration will be opening soon!

See you Saturday night!


From Lu Garcia:

Dear Family,

Thank you all for your fasting efforts and prayers to bring about God’s power in selling the Hawkins’ home. Also for all who are sick and hurting emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

May God’s love fill you,

Here’s what’s going on:

No Hunger Holiday: 
GREAT NEWS! We have received enough donations to meet our goal! For now, we have turned off our donation form. Join us for church on Sunday to hear all the details of Phase 2, and how you can get your friends, family, and coworkers involved.

Fall Festival (Saturday October 20th, 5pm – 9pm): As of now over 100 people have RSVP’d “yes” for our Festival! If you plan to join us there’s still time to respond:

Please note that the start time of this event is 5pm. Also, if you would like to enter in the chili cookoff we still have some spots available. You can use the same link above to register; it is necessary to pre-register for the cookoff if you would like to participate.

In addition we do need just a few people to volunteer at the Fall Festival. Please contact Stayce Mayfield if you would like to help:

Men’s Breakfast (October 20th, 9am): Men and boys, please join us for our final Men’s Breakfast of the year. Meet us at the Denny’s near Dorsett and 270 for hotcakes, eggs, sausage, and coffee.

Soup Night (Friday November 2nd, 6:30pm): It’s baaaaaaaaack! Bring a pot of your favorite soup and and serving utensil to share.

Soup Night also marks the return of the Souper Heroes! We need just a few people to answer the call and provide bread or a dessert in addition to soup. If you would like to join this elite group, go here to sign up:

Save the Dates – More info coming soon:
Titus 2 Women (Saturday November 10th, 9:30am) This will be our final Titus 2 class and will feature our new Women’s Ministry Leader, Robin Hawkins.

Congregational Christmas Banquet (Friday December 7th, 6:30pm) 



If some of you are a little sleepy today, it’s understandable….last night’s Rockies vs. Cubs game broke the record on the longest “winner-take-all” game in MLB history.

But although it was long game, the record for the longest game ever still stands. There are a few ways to measure this, but in terms of time the longest game was May 8th, 1984, Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee Brewers. The game took 8 hours and 6 minutes to play, 25 innings, and had to be completed over 2 days!

And the shortest 9-inning game? September 28, 1919. New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies. 51 minutes.

A few events coming up (none lasting more than a few hours!):

Budgeting Class (Sunday October 7th, following church): This free class is open to all who would like to learn how to create a budget on any income. Contact Alia Aikens with questions: 314-409-4825.

Singles Event Cancellation: The Singles Harvest Festival on October 27th has been cancelled, however the devotionals on October 12th and November 9th will still take place. Contact Kimberly Williams with questions: 314-813-8118.

Gateway Choir (Thursdays beginning October 11th): Come and sing! Gateway Choir is a diverse group seeking singers of all experience levels who are at least 13 years old. We will perform special music for worship services and events. Gateway Choir will rehearse on Thursdays at the church building from 7pm to 8:30pm (excluding the week of Thanksgiving). Our first rehearsal will be Thursday, October 11 as we prepare music for Christmas. Interested? Contact Melissa Pickens (

Men’s Breakfast (Saturday October 20th, 9am): This will be the final Men’s Breakfast of the year. All men and their sons are invited to meet us at the Denny’s near Dorsett and 270. Contact Rob Woods with questions: 314-484-8428.

Fall Festival (Saturday October 20th, 5pm – 9pm): Remember to RSVP! Admission is free but we ask all who are planning to attend to GO HERE and complete our RSVP form. Chili chefs, have you signed up for the cookoff? Space is still available but is going quickly. You can also sign up for the chili contest through our RSVP form. Advance registration is required for entry in the chili cookoff.

No Hunger Holiday (throughout October and November): BIG thanks to all who have donated so far to sponsor families for Thanksgiving! We’ll have an update for you on Sunday of how much has been collected so far. Donations will be accepted through October 17th, CLICK HERE to make a donation now. Just $4 will feed an entire family!

And one last thing….

Our Business Directory is ready! CLICK HERE for the electronic version or pick up a paper copy on Sunday. Special thanks to all who submitted business information for this directory, and also BIG THANKS Deb Selzle for compiling, organizing, reviewing, and ultimately publishing our directory.

See you on Sunday!