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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 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 (jen@gatewayfranklin.com) if you are interested in attending this orientation and being a part of our Summer Team!

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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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