Worship is when we gather as believers to focus our attention on our personal relationship with our Creator. Gateway’s Worship Leaders, Pastor Rick and Sara have a dedicated team of talented musicians, sound and lighting technicians, and performers.
Music is a very important component of worship at Gateway. Auditions are ongoing for those who wish to participate on the Sunday morning Praise Teams. Whether you play an instrument or lift your voice in praise, you are welcome to minister in this way. Our biggest need is musicians. Drummers, guitarists, and bass players. Contact Sara or Rick to schedule an audition. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 6:30, and run for about two hours.
Another exciting way to serve in music ministry is to join the Gateway Choir. The choir performs throughout the year on Easter, 4th of July, and other times sprinkled in.
The Sound/Media team takes care of the sound and lighting needs, creates videos, and records worship for live streaming. See Daniel Bowman if you want to help in this area.
Gateway’s Drama Team collaborates with the Gateway Choir on seasonal celebrations which include skits, plays, and full-scale musical productions. Click HERE to view Gateway’s 2018 production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical.
Gateway has several times set aside each week for prayer:
Sunday morning: 7:45 a.m. - Pray for the Worship Services and coming week (Coil Celebration Center)
Monday evening: 7:00 - Field of Prayer; Prayer time for the special needs of Gateway's people and the community around us. (GatewayNaz Coffee House)
Tuesday morning: 9:00 - Gateway Staff prayer time and weekly staff meeting; Lifting the needs of the congregation, staff, and our neighborhood up to God is an integral part of each week's staff meeting. (Conference Room)
Saturday morning: 7:00 - Men's Prayer and Bible Study; led by Jim Davis and Hector Rivera. (GatewayNaz Coffee House)
Tips for an effective Prayer Life
Pray daily - God desires to be in relationship with us. One way He reaches out to us is through our prayer life. Make it a priority to pray every day. Be still, listen, bring Him your petitions, thank Him for his goodness.
Pray alone - "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:6 (New International Translation)
Pray together - "For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them." Matthew 18:20 (New Living Translation)
Pray continually - "Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live." Thessalonians 5:16 (The Message Bible)
Nazarene Missions INternational
Nazarenes are a sent people—into homes, workplaces, communities, and villages as well as other cities and countries. Missionaries are now sent from all regions of the world. God continues calling ordinary people to do extraordinary things made possible by the person of the Holy Spirit. NMI supports both local and international missions.
Gateway’s NMI Ministry Committee focuses on:
Alabaster - monetary collection twice a year to help with building projects around the world
Faith Promise - dedicated giving specifically for mission support
Work and Witness - short term mission trips
Cornerstone Nazarene Church in San Bernardino - partnership to provide outreach events to the San Bernardino community
Operation Christmas Child - annual collection of shoeboxes filled with assorted items distributed through Samaritan's Purse
Crisis Care Kits - items sent to Nazarene warehouses to help meet needs resulting from disasters
Compassion Child Sponsorship - monthly support for designated children
LINKS (Loving, Interested Nazarenes, Knowing and Sharing) - personal contact with assigned Nazarene missionaries around the world
NMI Director: Fredda Koupal
NMI Council: LorAnn Baldwin, Toni Patrick, Mariluz Sommer, Tristan Livingston
Sunday School & Discipleship Ministries
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE IS TO MAKE CHRISTLIKE DISCIPLES IN THE NATIONS.
Gateway is a Great Commission church (Matthew 28:19-20). As part of a global community of faith, we are commissioned to take the Good News of life in Jesus Christ to people everywhere and to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living) across the lands.
Sunday School and Discipleship Ministry International (SDMI) oversees all of the teaching and discipleship ministry efforts of the Nazarene Church. The local SDMI committee is comprised of both elected and appointed ministry leaders and meets once a month to review and plan for the educational needs of Gateway.
SDMI Superintendent: Renee Swartz | Elected SDMI Board: Lisa Amstutz, Lynn Bowen, John Harrison, Kay Riscol, Wendy Shepherd, Kelli Wise
Adult Sunday School Classes meet at 9:45 on Sunday mornings, while midweek small groups meet in homes around the valley.
JOY (just older youth) - Sr. Adult Ministry
It's all about finishing strong, isn't it? At Gateway, our Senior Adults are determined to not only leave a Godly legacy, but to keep on keepin' on to grow, learn, and serve. J.O.Y ministry plays an integral part in all aspects of life at Gateway. They help by serving in the nursery, preparing meals for the homebound, volunteering in the church office, helping maintain the grounds, and so much more. We have retired pastors who serve in teaching roles, and partner with the Youth and Children's departments in many ways.
Fellowship is alive and well as the J.O.Y. council sponsors trips, hymn sings, potlucks, game nights, and other events such as STORM baseball games.
As Pastor Roger always says, "Seniors are Just Older Youth."
Family Life Ministry
These team meet the needs of our church congregants through prayer, meals, social events, and visitation. Wedding and baby showers, memorial service dinners, and meals for shut-ins are some of the ways the Gateway family benefits from the hard work of this ministry. Join one or more of our teams to help us serve the Body of Christ.
free COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE
GatewayNaz offers free counseling services. Counselor Janice Bray has a BA in Psychology and MS in Marriage, Family Therapy. As a pastor’s wife, she has a vast amount of experience and is eager to volunteer her services.
She meets with and counsels people from within the church and the surrounding community. You do not need to be a member of Gateway to schedule a counselling appointment.
If you feel a need for help to get through a situation then reach out to Janice. She is available at the church two times a week on Monday and Wednesday.
We are privileged to be able to go to the Men’s Prison and the Southwest Juvenile Hall to minister to the inmates. Some of these people have never learned about the love that God has for everyone—including them. We need volunteers for both the Men’s Prison and the Southwest Juvenile Hall teams. Would you like to be part of these teams that share God’s Word with the inmates?
Gary Tackett leads the team that visits the Men’s Prison, while Joan Masterson coordinates the team that serves the young offenders at Southwest Juvenile Hall. The core verse for this ministry is:
Friendship, Face to Face
The purpose of Women's Ministries is to:
• To know God personally
• To grow in Christlikeness
• To discover and use spiritual gifts
• To love and serve others
• And in all we do to reflect the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Weekly Bible study is led by Lynn Bowen at the church on Tuesday mornings at 9:15, (on hiatus for summer months) while other women's small groups are held throughout the week and seasonal events are planned throughout the year. Murrieta MOPS provides support to moms of preschool children and gives women opportunities to serve as mentor moms or as caregivers to Gateway's little MOPPETS. MOPS meets during the school year, every first and third Wednesday at 9:00 a.m ending in May.
2019 Women’s Ministry Council:
Jean Lovett, Director; Angela Livingston, Carlisle Tiss, Donna Hecklesberg, Lynn Bowen, Michelle Elder, Sandra Rocha, Susan Yeager, Traci Marshall, Veronica Rocha-Tucker, Yared Torres-Coleman
GatewayNaz Safety & Security
WHO WE ARE: We are a ministry that began at Gateway in July 2018. We are teams of people who look, listen, and observe around different sections of the church every Sunday. Our mission is to be the first eyes that assess any suspicious behavior, or even possible threats to our church. WE ARE THE FIRST EYES THAT GO AND GET ASSISTANCE WHEN WE HAVE ASSESSED SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY OR A THREAT TO THE CHURCH.
WHO WE’RE NOT: The Safety and Security Team at Gateway is NOT a lethal team. We do not carry any lethal or non-lethal weapons.
Scott Merrin is our leader for First Impressions. He feels a guest’s first impression is very important to their returning to worship with us. At this time we are in need of volunteers to help out as greeters, ushers and workers in the Welcome Center for our weekend services. This ministry is for those who like to work with people.