Buy a Tree. Change a Life.

Spread The Word:
Please spread the word via your neighborhood FB page – make sure to ‘like’ the Buy A Tree – Gateway Franklin page for easy posts to share!
Pick up postcards in the Great Hall on Sunday!

Upcoming Dates:
November 11 – Build Day
November 12 – Volunteer Training
November 14-15 – Tent Setup Nights
November 18 – Tree Delivery; SALES BEGIN!
November 18 -December 8 – Tree Sales
Sign-up here to volunteer!

Never heard of Buy A Tree. Change A Life?  Learn more on their website or on their Facebook Page!

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Be a Part of GatewayKids!

We are gearing up for the 2017/2018 school year and are looking to double our volunteer team at the 11:30 service! The need is great for committed volunteers who will say yes to investing in our kids, showing up each week to lead a small group, pray over babies, teach a lesson or engage in free play with a toddler. YOU can be the difference in a kid's life this school year! There are openings in all age groups at the 11:30 service and to be honest - we simply can't do it without you! This is a HUGE immediate need beginning in August, running through May. What could God do in and through you this school year if you step into something new? 

Please contact Pastor Jen today to talk about where you can serve and Say Yes to the next generation!

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Be a Part of GatewayKids Summer Team

GatewayKids has an amazing team of consistent leaders and teachers, many of whom serve every single week or every other week! As summer approaches, we want to give them the opportunity to take a break and work around summer vacation schedules. In order to do that, we are putting together a Summer Team of adults who will step in to serve in the Elementary or Preschool classes one or more times during the months of June and July. There is no long term commitment involved, just the opportunity to serve during the summer, in the 10 or 11:30 services when you are available.

There will be an orientation on Sunday, June 4th during the 11:30am service where you will get all the information you need, be able to choose the age group you would like to work with and submit the dates that you are available to serve in June and July. Please email me ( if you are interested in attending this orientation and being a part of our Summer Team!

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Gateway Kids New Serving Opportunities

According to Barna Group researchers, a person's moral foundations are generally in place by the time they reach age nine, and most people's spiritual beliefs are irrevocably formed when they are pre-teens. If you are looking to make a difference in someone's life, what better reason than to invest in Kids ministry?! GatewayKids is a thriving ministry for birth through 5th grade and has a team full of committed people who love Jesus and love sharing their faith with kids. The great news is that we have some openings this year and YOU could have a chance to make a difference in a child's life! 

Here are the needs we currently have: 

  • PRE-SCHOOL ASSISTANT: Every other week in the 10am service. This person will assist our pre-school teacher, helping with snacks, supplies and kid wrangling our 3-4 year olds! 
  • GK PLUS BUDDY: Every week or Every Other week at 10 or 11:30. Be a buddy to a GatewayKid with some extra needs and share the joy in helping them succeed!  
  • NURSERY/TODDLER: Every other week in the 11:30 service. We have two openings at this time in the 11:30 service. This person will care for our youngest members in the Nursery & Toddler classrooms. 
  • ELEMENTARY: Every week in the 11:30 service. This person will help lead a small group of K-3rd grade students in the 11:30 service. Training, lesson and curriculum supplies will be provided!

Please contact Pastor Jen with interest. All positions require attendance at Gateway for at least 6 months, a background check and references. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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KidsPastor Jen McDow
Group Sign-Ups Are Open

Church is more than a place to receive information about God; it is a place to experience God through relationships. That's why "Great friends" isn't just a saying around here. It's the way we do life. Being a part of a group will help shape your life while fostering relationships that you can count on in times of need. Browse groups and sign-up by clicking here.

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GroupsPastor Craig Goldman
Keep Pushing Through

I went to bed last night thinking "just day 2!" Maybe you did as well? The first 3 days are always the most difficult adjustment. Your routine is thrown off, your body is still trying to tell your spirit what to do and you might begin second guessing what all the fuss is about. Will fasting change your circumstances? Let me address each one of those.

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5 Ways to Maximize the "Next" Fast

I’m writing late Sunday evening…or at least it’s late for me ☺. Sunday is a pretty predictable day for me. Up at 6:30 sitting, in the front row of our church by 7:30 going over my notes while listening to worship sound check. Preach 3 services, meet, great and catchup with some great people. Leave church at around 1:30 make it to lunch by 2 and home by 3:30. If I don’t have a meeting to prep for that evening I usually fall asleep around 4 watching some sporting event. And this “nap” is why I am up later on Sunday evenings than I am any other night and since we don’t eat a real dinner on Sundays I usually snack…except tonight. My stomach doesn’t understand why tonight is different and why I am not giving into its usual demands. It’s the “NEXT” Fast 2017 – that’s why.

To complete a fast, it takes a greater desire to get somewhere you have never been than the desire to consume something you already have. It’s amazing how much power food has over our minds and bodies. God doesn’t demand that we fast to be in relationship with Him. He does however, insist that if we are going to be in relationship with Him He has to be the most important person in our lives. Fasting is a unique spiritual discipline that serves our bodies to notice that its physical needs do not outweigh our soul’s spiritual needs.

Here are five things I suggest you do to maximize this Next Fast...

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10th Annual 21-Day Fast

2017 marks Gateway’s 10th annual 21-day fast. We have begun each year with a corporate fast. A simple definition of fasting would be “giving up food for a specified period of time for a spiritual purpose.” Each year more and more people join us for this spiritual journey. A portion or all of the 21 days is spent in what is been called a Daniel Fast – after the prophet Daniel’s adaptation of his diet in his response to being taken into “noble” training in Babylon and his approach to God when He was in need of understanding (see Daniel 1 & 10).

Studies into “Daniel fast” will give you a very stringent list of what can be eaten. I have simplified “no choice foods” to mean no meat, sugar, caffeine and bread.

This year’s fast will begin Monday, January 9th and will go through Sunday, January 29th. We will conclude our time of fasting with an evening of corporate worship and prayer 6pm on the 29th. We will have resources available on January 8th to help guide you in this ancient spiritual discipline. 

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Gateway Kids +

We are looking for adults who have a heart for kids with special needs to come alongside us and help launch GK Plus, a ministry specifically for kids and families of those with additional needs. If you have education or experience related to pediatric special needs OR just have an extra love for these children, we would love to have you on our team! Please contact Pastor Jen to see how you can get involved in this very important and meaningful ministry.

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Kids, ServingPastor Jen McDow
Looking for a Place to Serve?

Our Usher Team, Greeter Team, and Coffee Team are great places to start serving here at Gateway. And all of these teams have openings! If you'd like to know more about serving on one of these teams, please contact Chris by clicking here or see him in the lobby at the Connect Center between services. He'd love to help you find a place to get involved!


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ServingPastor Chris Dodd
Seek First

Another new year is dawning along with the question – where did 2016 go? We know it went somewhere but it was such a blur. Each passing year has taught me that the pace of life and the stakes of life necessitate beginning the new year with getting the “right things” first. Sunday, January 8th I will be preaching a 4-part series called “Seek First.” Matthew 6 records Jesus’ teaching around giving, praying and fasting which all equate to His last statement of the chapter, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.” This one verse of scripture determined the direction of my life at an early “fork” in the road. I look forward to sharing the spiritual direction of this chapter with you.

- Pastor Charlie

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WorshipMarcus dePaula
2016 Christmas Schedule

Please make a note of our worship service schedule for this holiday season:

December 4th will be the Gateway Kids Christmas Musical at 10am and 11:30am with Pastor Charlie sharing a message on "Possible Peace" at the 8:30am service.

On Saturday December 24th we will have three Christmas Eve services at 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm. There will be no worship services on Christmas Day.

Sleep in a little on New Year's Day and then join us at either the 10am or 11:30am services. There will be no 8:30am service on Sunday, January 1st.

We look forward to seeing you at Gateway Church this holiday season!

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Serve with Gateway Students

Think back to your teenage years, and you can probably remember at least one adult who had a profound impact on your life. You still remember them! And now you have a chance to be that for students! We have watched God do amazing things in our Student Ministry, and we are getting ready to move into an exciting new season. 

We are looking for a few dedicated adults who want to disciple students over the next semester by leading a small group on Wednesday nights. 

If you are interested in more details, you can email Pastor Craig by clicking here

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Office Hours and Year-End Giving

The office will be closed Monday, December 25th but will be open the remainder of the week 8:30AM - 4:30PM. All year end gifts must be received by December 31st or if mailed, postmarked by December 31st to be eligible for 2016 credit according to IRS code. Giving online is also a really easy and convenient way to make a year-end gift. For your convenience, click here to give online. 

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GivingMarcus dePaula