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2010

Weekly Prayer Meeting

On February 13, 2010, we began a weekly prayer meeting to pray for the St. Joseph community. It was during this time that we sensed God’s leading to plant a new church in St. Joseph.

2010

First Church Service

On Saturday, September 17, 2010, our first worship service was held as an outreach of Jubilee Worship Center in St. Cloud. Saturday evenings were chosen to present another option for worship. Our location was 106 Second Avenue NW in St. Joseph, which was previously St. Joseph’s clinic and pharmacy building.

2011

Prayer/Small Group Study

In September of 2011, Wednesday evenings were set aside for prayer and small group studies.

2011

Grand Opening

On September 17, 2011, we hosted a grand opening to celebrate the establishment of our name as Gateway Church with the mission statement of “Helping people find the Way.”

2011

Food and Fellowship

In October of 2011, we introduced a monthly gathering of our church family and friends to provide an opportunity to spend time with one another during a potluck meal.

2011

Christmas Caroling

On December 21, 2011, Gateway members and friends serenaded various residents of St. Joseph with songs of the season of Christ's birth.

2011

Christmas Eve Service

On Christmas Eve of 2011, we celebrated Christ's birth with a candlelight service filled with songs and Scripture readings.

2012

Sunday Morning Service

On Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012, we began to offer a Sunday morning service, in addition to our Saturday evening service.

2012

Family Movie Night

On April 27, 2012, we invited Gateway’s church family and friends to join us on our first Family Movie Night for popcorn, snacks, and the movie “Courageous.”

2012

St. Joseph's Fourth of July Parade

Gateway Church joined the City of St. Joseph’s celebration of Independence Day by participating in the parade.

2012

Family Fun Fest

On July 13, 2012, the community of St. Joseph was invited to Centennial Park in St. Joseph for an evening of games, inflatables, and activities for children; volleyball and basketball for teens and adults, and free food.

2012

Community Vacation Bible School

On August 12 - 16, 2012, Gateway joined Resurrection Lutheran Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for a community vacation Bible school.

2012

Guest Speaker Mickey Robinson

On August 18, 2012, we were honored to have international speaker and author Mickey Robinson give his testimony about how his life was changed after surviving a plane crash.

2012

Church Picnic and Baptism

On August 26, 2012, we held our first church picnic and baptism at St. Joseph’s Wobegon Trail Shelter Park.

2012

Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Gateway’s church family prepared and hosted a Thanksgiving Day dinner for students at St. Ben’s College and St. John’s University who were not able to go home for the holiday.

2012

Christmas Caroling

On December 21, 2012, Gateway’s church family and friends shared the spirit of Christ’s birth with the community of St. Joseph through singing Christmas carols.

2012

Christmas Eve Service

Christ’s birth was honored with a candlelight service filled with songs and Scripture readings.

2012

New Year's Eve Party

On December 31, 2012, Gateway’s church family and friends celebrated the new year with prayer, games, food, and fun.

2013

Family Movie Night

On February 22, 2013, we hosted a family movie night with a showing of the movie “Flywheel.”

2013

Guest Speaker Dave Vilijoen

On April 20, 2013, Apostle Dave Vilijoen delivered an apostolic message for Gateway Church.

2013

Guest Speaker Tom Elie

On May 18, 2013, we were blessed with a message from Tom Elie who is an evangelist and the president of Oasis World Ministries, located in the USA. Oasis is training pastors in 14 countries and equipping them with the “One Minute Witness” faith-sharing tool.

2013

Guest Speaker Dinesh Chand

On May 19, 2013, we were blessed by hearing the testimony of Pastor Dinesh Chand who was born and raised in an Orthodox Hindu family in North India. He left Hinduism, became an atheist, and then an agnostic before giving his life to Christ.

2013

St. Joseph's Fourth of July Parade

Gateway Church again joined the City of St. Joseph’s celebration of Independence Day by participating in the parade.

2013

Community Vacation Bible School

From July 28 through August 1, 2013, Gateway again joined Resurrection Lutheran Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for a community vacation Bible school.

2013

Church Picnic and Baptism

On August 18, 2013, a church picnic was held at Centennial Park in St. Joseph. The picnic was followed with water baptisms at Spunk Lake in Avon.

2013

Guest Speaker Newton Denila

On November 2 & 3, 2013, we were blessed to hear a message from Pastor Newton Denila, who has pastored in Nigeria, Africa, for over 20 years.

2013

Guest Speaker Tyler Perkins

On November 23 & 24, 2013, Tyler Perkins, with Youth With a Mission, delivered a message about his work at YWAM

2013

Christmas Caroling

On December 20, 2013, friends and family of Gateway blessed various members of the community of St. Joseph by singing Christmas carols.

2013

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Our celebration of Christ’s birth included a cappella songs and a message from God’s Word.

2013

New Year’s Eve Party

Gateway’s family and friends brought in the new year with games, food, and fellowship.

2014

Guest Speaker Missionary Steve Sullivan

On January 25th & 26th, 2014, Steve Sullivan shared about the new missionary assignment that he and his wife, Jacque, will soon undertake in Myanmar.

2014

Family Movie Night

On January 31, 2014, the movie “The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone” was featured for our Family Movie Night.

2014

St. Joseph’s Free Community Meal

On February 23, 2014, Gateway joined in partnership with the Central MN Catholic Worker, the CSB Community Kitchen, St. Joseph Area Churches, and community members by helping to host St. Joseph’s monthly free community meal at St. Joseph’s American Legion.

2014

Guest Speaker John Severson

On March 15th & 16th, 2014, pro-life speaker John Severson shared a message about his ministry “Abortion: Satan’s Prized Possession.”

2014

Interpretive Dance

For our Easter services on April 19th & 20th, 2014, our worship time included an interpretive dance by Brittney Jones. Brittney is from the Bahamas and attended the College of St. Benedict.

2014

Temporary New Location

During the months of July, August, and September, we met at the St. Joseph Fire Hall in the community room. During this time we held a morning and an evening service on Sundays.

2014

St. Joseph’s Fourth of July Parade

Once again Gateway joined in the City of St. Joseph’s celebration of Independence Day by participating in the parade.

2014

Guest Speaker Tyler Perkins

On August 17, 2014, Tyler Perkins with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) gave an update about his ministry and work at YWAM.

2014

Annual Church Picnic

On August 24, 2014, Gateway’s family and friends met at Millstream Park for our annual church picnic.

2014

New Meeting Locations

In October of 2014, we started meeting in two locations. On Saturday evenings, we held our worship service in the Heritage Hall of the Catholic Church of St. Joseph. On Sunday mornings, we held our worship service in the Benedicta Arts Center Recital Hall at the College of St. Benedict.

2014

Worship Service at The Legends Assisted Living Facility

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, Pastor Bruce began leading a monthly worship service for the residents of The Legends Assisted Living Facility in Sartell.

2014

Monthly Men’s Get-Together

On Saturday, December 6, 2014, a monthly get-together for men was initiated as an opportunity for men to talk about things that pertain to guys and to pray for one another.

2014

Christmas Caroling

On December 16, 2014, various residents of St. Joseph enjoyed Christmas carols sung by family and friends of Gateway.

2014

Christmas Eve Service at The Legends Assisted Living Facility

Residents at The Legends Assisted Living Facility in Sartell and members of Gateway Church joined together in singing songs and listening to a message from Pastor Bruce on Christmas Eve morning.

2014

New Year’s Eve Party

The New Year was celebrated with food, games, and fellowship at the St. Joseph Fire Hall.

2015

Guest Speaker Tyler Perkins

On February 28th and March 1st, 2015, Tyler Perkins updated Gateway family and friends about his work at Youth With a Mission (YWAM).

2015

Russell Arms Apartments Service

In February 2015, Pastor Bruce began leading a weekly worship service and Bible study with residents of the Russell Arms Apartments in Sauk Rapids.

2015

Picnic in the Park Sunday Services

In the months of June, July, and August of 2015, we were unable to meet on Sunday mornings at the College of St. Benedict. To fill the void, we held monthly informal worship services on Sunday mornings at parks in the St. Joseph area. The services were followed with a picnic and games.

2015

St. Joseph’s Fourth of July Parade

Gateway’ family and friends continued the tradition of joining in the City of St. Joseph’s celebration of Independence Day by participating in the parade.

2015

Community Vacation Bible School

From July 26th through July 30th, 2015, Gateway again joined Resurrection Lutheran Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for a community vacation Bible school.

2015

New Church Home

On October 1, 2015, Gateway signed a three-year lease to rent a unit at 708 Elm Street East in the Northland Plaza in St. Joseph. Following two weeks of painting, cleaning, and preparation, we held our first services there on October 17th and 18th.

2015

Christmas Caroling

On December 21, 2015, Gateway’s family and friends walked to nearby homes to serenade our neighbors with Christmas carols.

2015

Christmas Eve Service at The Legends Assisted Living Facility

Residents at The Legends Assisted Living Facility in Sartell joined together in singing songs and listening to a message from Pastor Bruce on Christmas Eve morning.

2015

Christmas Eve Service at Gateway

At 5:00 p.m., Christ’s birth was celebrated at Gateway Church with songs and reading Scripture verses.

2015

New Year’s Eve Party

Beginning at 7:00 p.m., Gateway’s family and friends celebrated the New Year with an original song sung by Tommy Wortham, games, food, and a slide show of the past year’s events.

2016

Guest Speakers Bill and Joyce Tilney

On January 2, 2016, Bill Tilney gave a message on “A Heart to Build.” On January 3, 2016, Joyce’s message was “Building a Life for Divine Purpose.” Bill and Joyce are former pastors, authors, and traveling speakers. Joyce is the founder of Women of God Ministries.

2016

Worship on Thursday Evenings

A time solely for worship began on January 21. Larry Hillman led the worship.

2016

Family Movie Night

The movie “War Room” was shown on February 27th and March 11th.

2016

Memorial Service for Peggy Osfalg

On Friday, April 1, 2016, a memorial service was held for Peggy Osfalg, wife of Dale Osfalg, and mother of John and Matthew Osfalg.

2016

Membership Classes

On April 13 and April 16, 2016, a class was held for those interested in becoming a member of Gateway or for those who wanted to learn more about our church.

2016

New Members

On Sunday, April 17, 2016, six new members were welcomed as Gateway Church Gatekeepers at our Sunday morning service.

2016

Annual Family Gathering

On Sunday, April 17, 2016, Gateway’s family gathered for prayer, worship, testimonies, reports, and discussion of the church’s past year and the days ahead.

2016

St. Joseph’s Annual Fourth of July Parade

Gateway’s family and friends were blessed with the use of a semi-trailer for our parade float by Brenny Transportation as we joined in St. Joseph’s Independence Day celebration.

2016

Community Vacation Bible School

From July 24th through July 28th, Gateway again participated in a community vacation Bible school with Resurrection Lutheran Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

2016

Annual Church Picnic

Our annual picnic was held at Millstream Park on August 7th with an informal worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the park’s shelter, followed by a potluck picnic lunch and games in the afternoon.

2016

Ladies' Brunch

On November 12, 2016, the women of Gateway began a ministry of fellowship by holding a Saturday morning brunch with plans to meet on a regular basis in the future.

2016

Christmas Eve Service

Our Christmas Eve service was combined with our regular weekend service since Christmas Eve fell on a Saturday. We did not hold our regular Sunday morning service to allow people to have time with their families.

2016

New Year’s Eve Celebration

An abbreviated celebration was held after our Saturday evening service because New Year’s Eve fell on a Saturday.

2017

Annual Family Gathering

On Sunday, March 19, Gateway’s family gathered for prayer, worship, testimonies, reports, and discussion of the church’s past year and the days ahead.

2017

Worship Schedule Change

A decision was made to combine our Saturday and Sunday worship services into one Sunday morning service. Our final Saturday worship service was June 3.

2017

Guest Speaker

On July 9, 2017, we were blessed to meet Jeremy and Melissa Hall and their children. Jeremy presented a message about their ministry with Youth with a Mission (YWAM).

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