Sunday, October 29, 2017
None of us could reach ten cities by ourselves, but when we are engaged together we can make that vision a reality. Join us for Vision Sunday on October 29th. We will celebrate where we've come from and what God has called us to do as a church. We will also be taking our BEYOND offering to help launch our fifth campus in Phoenix, Arizona.
VISION SUNDAY AND THE BEYOND OFFERING
Our Next Season of Inspiring Transformed Lives
"Vision Sunday is about our heartbeat as followers of Jesus. As one church in multiple cities, we’ve seen remarkable things happen, but God is about to do His greatest work through us.
The vision of GateWay is one brimming with compassion for the needs of lost people for whom Jesus died. It’s rooted in a belief that God has called us to overcome the challenges of today and to pray, work and give as never before.
Beginning on Sunday October 29th, each of us will have an opportunity to sow a financial seed in our BEYOND OFFERING. As this approaches, our desire is that we will all sense the heart of God for our next season of ministry, and find our place in it.
Thank you for everything you do every day to make the vision a reality. We can’t wait to share with you what God has shown us about our next season of ministry together!"
David and Kathy Cannistraci
You Are a Part of a Great Story
Our story began in 1970 in Sunnyvale, when God called Pastors Emanuele and Shirley Cannistraci to lead Calvary Gospel Temple. We were a small group of about 60 members, but God had much bigger plans and within a short time, our membership grew to several hundred.
God provided a new location in Mountain View in 1976, and our church was renamed Church of the Crossroads. Three years later we sold this property and moved into our Willow Glen location completely debt-free. Our church was then renamed Evangel Christian Fellowship.
Throughout the 80's and 90’s, as our church continued to grow, families were sent out as local missionaries, staff and ministries were added and related churches were planted. One of our missionary families was Pastor David and Kathy with their two sons, Aaron and Jordan.
In September of 2000, Pastors David and Kathy were installed as Lead Pastors. Their passion was to develop our culture of outreach, and this resulted in even more lives being changed. In 2003, our church purchased its present facility in South San Jose and became GateWay City Church.
In late 2014, we expanded again—becoming a multisite church for the first time—and in 2016 God gave us a clear vision to reach ten cities through this strategy. As our story continues, our focus remains the same: seeing lives changed by the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Team up with a Clear Vision
We invite you to join us as we fulfill a clear and powerful vision. The Bible says to, “Write the vision and make it plain. . . that he may run who reads it” (Hab. 2:2). Our prayer for you is that you too can “run with a vision” for not only our outreach efforts but also for your personal life as well.
The vision of GateWay City Church is clear and compelling:
We are Inspiring Transformed Lives
This vision is experienced as you join us in focusing on four goals for your life.
- Loving and honoring God
- Living in wholeness and freedom
- Embracing our God-designed identity
- Influencing our culture and community
THE NEXT SEASON OF OUR VISION is laid out in Pastor David’s new book, BEYOND: A Vision for Ten Cities. In this short but powerful book, you’ll discover God’s boundless love for all people, the limitless potential of the church, and your unique place in His plan. Get your copy today!
The future of GateWay is as bright as the promises of God. Our hearts are filled with faith to fulfill the vision of Inspiring Transformed Lives.
The Power of Your Seed
Nothing can impact our lives like the power of a seed. Every day, we sow seeds in our own lives and in the lives of others. And depending on whether that seed is good or bad, we reap a harvest either for good or for bad. Everything we are living today began with a seed we sowed in a previous season.
“You cannot fool God. A man will get back whatever he plants!” —Galatians 6:7
Giving to God financially is like sowing a seed. In the Bible, we are taught to give a tenth (called the tithe) of what we earn back to God’s House, and He promises to bless us (Malachi 3:10). We are also taught that if we help others by giving joyfully from our hearts, God will reward us (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).
Jesus Himself taught us the power of giving as a seed:
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full--pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” —Luke 6:38
We challenge you to be generous and experience
the power of a seed in your life.
The BEYOND OFFERING is a unique opportunity every year to sow financial seed in great soil. As we give above and beyond our regular tithes and gifts, we are setting ourselves up for blessing. More importantly, it enables us to reach more people through our ministries, producing a harvest of souls in cities beyond our own.
“Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NLT)
We give because we have, and we have because we give!
What your 2017 BEYOND OFFERING will accomplish:
- Expand our ability to accomplish the vision as God’s leads us
- We will plant a new campus in Phoenix, Arizona with Pastors Albert and Genny Castaneda and their team.
Our 2017 goal is raising the launch costs for the new Phoenix Campus (projected to be $103,000) and as much of the first year’s budget as we can (projected to be $200,000).
- Release the power of a seed in your life. When you give to God’s work, it’s amazing what happens!
How to Sow a Financial Seed
- CONSIDER this opportunity. Think about what God might do through us to reach lost people.
- PRAY and ask God to lead you. Be open as God’s Spirit impresses you with an amount that would be realistic yet sacrificial, above and beyond your present level of giving.
- OBEY God and sow your seed. Using the BEYOND Giving Card, prayerfully commit your seed over the next 30 days, and expect God to bless and keep His promise to you!
Join the entire GateWay family as we go BEYOND our limitations with a special offering beginning on VISION SUNDAY, October 29, 2017.
It’s easy to give:
1) You can give online here.
2) Text GCCSJ to #77977
3) Use a check or credit card with an envelope, filling in the amount where it says BEYOND (VISION/EXPANSION)
GateWay City Church
One church in multiple locations.
Inspiring Transformed Lives