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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Hanukkah

Monday, December 5, 2016

What's Christmas All About, Anyway?

by Ruth Bell Graham

This is the Christmas season--a time for giving and receiving gifts. And for weeks now you have probably been working on your gift list and shopping, shopping, shopping.

But in this final rush before Christmas perhaps you don't care anymore. Perhaps love is dead. Or your children are beyond your influence. Or you have no children. Perhaps something has happened, and now you find no joy or meaning to your life anymore. Perhaps the most you look for is some temporary form of escape. Maybe you can't give anything. There's nothing left to give. Or there's no one left to give to.

Listen! What's Christmas all about anyway? Wasn't there a death, an emptiness, a need? Wasn't there a Love somewhere--infinite, eternal, unchangeable--a Love that gave His only  Son away?

That's what Christmas is all about: God coming to earth in the Person of the Christ Child to do for you and for me what we cannot possibly do for ourselves. Jesus lived among us and had the same kinds of problems that we do.

You haven't a problem--and I haven't a problem--that He doesn't understand from close personal experience. He spent His entire life meeting human needs. He died on the cross to deal once and for all with our greatest need--the sin problem. Just before ascending to heaven, the risen Christ gave this glorious promise: "I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20). That's what Christmas is all about.

While Jesus was here on earth, He invited people to come to Him: tired people, bad people, good people, bewildered people, laborers, revolutionaries, cheats, bigots ... it is the Invitation of the Ages. Just as people went to Jesus 2,000 years ago, today we still come to Jesus that same way: just as we are.

Our only credentials: our need. This Christmas, God is asking you to come to Him. You with your failures, your sins, your problems, your fears. You. This is Christmas. Redemption's glorious exchange of gifts!

God is loving, searching, giving Himself-- to us. People are needing, finding, giving ourselves to God. This is the meaning of Christmas. This is the wonder and the glory of it all.

You can come to God this Christmas, or anytime, by praying a simple prayer like this:

Dear God, I confess to You the emptiness in my heart, the selfishness of my thoughts, the fear in my spirit, and the sinfulness in my life. I'm so sorry. I know it was for me--and because of me--that Jesus died. Please forgive me of all my sins. Thank You for Jesus, who accepts me as I am. I come to You now, ready to spend eternity in heaven with You. Thank You for giving me Jesus! Amen

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A few days from now


No matter who becomes the 45th. President of the United States, Gateway will continue bring the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ and help during a crisis pregnancy to thousands of lives. Your help NOW will ensure that this needed help will continue.

As we approach a season of Thanksgiving, you can help Gateway reach even more lives. A simple 'click' below can supply Gateway with needed funds to reach even more than the 150 women we reach monthly.

Check out our latest newsletter as well! 

4 days and 11 hours from now..

Gateway Pregnancy Center will be needed more than ever!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thank you to all who placed an ad in our recent 2016 Banquet Journal. 

It is now online at:

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Clock is Ticking!  

                         Gateway Pregnancy Centers 31st.
                              Annual Stewardship Dinner
                                             Thursday October 27, 2016
                                       (7:00-9:00pm)  at
                       The Gran Centurion in Clark, NJ

Our banquet theme

                     All proceeds benefit the gospel ministry of
   Gateway Pregnancy Center
                                     (Irvington – Elizabeth)

You will hear testimonies by men and women impacted by the ministry.

You will be blessed with music to stir your soul and challenge your spirit:

Our Board Chairman, Rev. Michael Westbrook  (pictured above with his wife Maria) will be the master of ceremonies for the evening. Check out the Greater Life Community Outreach Center's website.

Each year we present an award to 'The Friend of Gateway'  (we call it the Andy Andersen Memorial Award) 
The 2016 award goes to... 
(To be announced on October 27th. at the dinner)
The banquet is $30.00 per person.  There will be an opportunity given for a freewill offering and monthly giving.
Advanced reservations must be made.
Please return payment and the reservation form to Gateway at P.O. Box Box 1893, Union, NJ 07083

For information: (973) 399-8378
log on to: and checkout our BLOG for further details and directions. 
Call us at 973-399-8378 or email 
for further details.

Banquet Location:  Grand Centurions  
440 Madison Hill Road, Clark NJ 07066

Please scroll down for directions or click here

The Gran Centurions is located just 3 minutes from Exit 135 off the Garden State Parkway, and just 7 minutes from downtown Westfield & Rahway.

The Gran Centurions can seat up to
450 in their beautiful Colonnade Room

Reservations are available by advance notice only !!!

               How To Make Reservations   
Please return the form below with your check to:

Gateway Pregnancy Center
P.O. Box 1793, Union, NJ  07083

Prayerfully consider giving at the banquet. You will be challenged to help Gateway meet our 
budget and project success for 2017

Clip and return with your reservation:
Yes, I wish to make a significant difference at Banquet 2016
_____   I  / we plan to attend and enclose $30.00 per person
             Please list your guests names and addresses when making reservations
______ I cannot attend, but wish to give  a special stewardship gift of:

______$5,000  _____$2,000   ______$1,000  ____$500                 ______   $250    ______  other ______ $20 per month pledge  _______   $50 per month pledge
Name: _____________________________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________

City ________________________________State_____________Zip___________________
Telephone: (             )  ____________________email:_____________________________

  mail to:   Gateway Pregnancy Centers, Inc.         P.O. Box 1793, Union, NJ  07083 
Please pray as to how you will participate in the freewill offering to be taken that evening.

Again, the dinner is $30.00 per person. There will be an opportunity given for a freewill offering and monthly giving.

Can't make it?  Please give online! 
Since 1985, Gateway Pregnancy Center and the former, Archway Pregnancy Center have helped over 32,970  women in a crisis  pregnancy, seeing 4,408 babies known born and most importantly, over  3,474 trusting Christ as Savior and Lord!

The Gospel ministry of Gateway has had the opportunity to share Christ with women who otherwise may never enter a church building.
Services offered by the Gateway ministry include pregnancy testing, boyfriend / husband counseling on responsibility, free infant clothes and supplies, maternity clothes, baby furniture, post abortion counseling, church, high school, college, radio and television speaking opportunities, internet counseling and various contacts with the FBI and other parts of the judicial system.

All services are free of charge and strictly confidential. 
If you have a ‘smart phone’ check out our promotional video on YouTube and follow us on Facebook!

Check out our latest Gateway Today newsletter

Gateway’s services are made possible only through church missions giving and individual gifts and pledges.
As a 501 c-3 non-profit, we receive no funds from the government.
We are dependent upon the Lord through Gods people.

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 Directions to the Gran Centurions
440 Madison Hill Road, Clark, NJ  07066   
Telephone: 732-382-1664

From the south: Garden St Pkwy to exit 135, stay straight to the traffic light and make a right. At your second exit make a right.   The hotel is on the left. 

From the north: Garden St Pkwy to exit 135, go straight to the second traffic light and make a left. Go through the next light and take the second exit to the right. The hotel will be on the left  (Valley Road).
Consider placing an ad in our 2016  Banquet Journal for your church, your business, your prayer group, yourself   or in honor or memory of a loved one.. (see below)

The deadline for ads is Wednesday October 19, 2016

Click on the downloadable materials

Friday, July 22, 2016

Join us as we remember
Helen Sobchak (1918-2016)

Helen served 16 years in our Irvington clothing room from 1995 through 2011
She began her service with Gateway at age 77 and concluded at age 93

Funeral Arrangements:
Visitation will be held in Liberty Church, 953 West Chestnut Street, Union (www.libetychurchnj) on Sunday, July 24th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (evening only) and Monday morning, July 25th from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Hollywood Cemetery, 1621 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations in Helen’s Memory to Gateway Pregnancy Centers (, 960 Springfield Avenue, Irvington, N.J.07111

(below)  Helen shares a self-penned poem on her 90th birthday: July 18, 2008

Helen’s obituary:
Helen W. (nee Grabowa) Sobchak of Maplewood, N.J. passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the age of 98,

Helen was born and raised in Newark where she had resided prior to moving to Maplewood in 1965. She was a clerk for the Maplewood Motor Vehicles Violation Bureau for 5 years before retiring 22 years ago.

Helen was very active in various ministries at Liberty Church, Union (formerly Evangel Baptist Church) where she also taught Sunday School.
She was a Cubbie Leader for Awanna Kids and a volunteer for Gateway Pregnancy Centers.

Helen was predeceased by her husband Anthony Sobchak. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Casciano & her husband Nicholas; grandchildren: Christopher and Mari Woodford, Joanna and Matthew Engles; and great-grandchildren, Lilly and J.J. Engles and Cody Woodford.

We also remember that…

She completed the whole curriculum of Bible Studies Fellowship

She liked the traditional hymns

She took two trips with Evangel Church to Israel and
the Travels of Paul: Turkey Greece and Rome.

She loved going to the Maplewood Community Pool and
watching Judge Judy and Antiques Roadshow

She wrote lots of Christian poetry and did some watercolor painting.

She taught Sunday School and was an Awanna leader for the
youngest group - the Cubbies for 16 years

She also volunteered for the Hemmingway's VBS in Newark
and in the former Service League Thrift Shop in Maplewood
(she loved having first picks).

She was involved in the Maplewood Senior Citizens group
and was president for a year or 2.

(Thanks to her daughter Liz Casciano for these wonderful memories)


Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 1793,
Union, New Jersey 07083

Call us at 973-399-8378
Email us

Copyright © 2016 Gateway Pregnancy Center, Inc.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Happy Father's Day 2016

This Father’s Day, may we encourage you to give a gift in memory of or in honor of your dad?

Dear friends of Gateway,

As you know, Gateway has been helping mom’s and dad’s for the past 30 plus years. 2016 has been no exception. We speak to dads every day and share with them the gospel. This Father’s Day, may I encourage you to give a gift in memory of or in honor of your dad by visiting our giving link at:
This is a Christian web-based site with secure giving insuring your gift will be instantly sent to Gateway Pregnancy Centers bank account. We, as usual, will send you a printed record of your donation.
Please forward this page to your FB friends who might like to also give a gift in memory or in honor of their father. Thank you!

Check out our latest Gateway Today, featuring an update                        on our Walk-a-thon 2016

Text Box: Update on baby Onur
Onur is 4 months old and had surgery (Craniosynostosis)  on June 15th. His mom requested that the Gateway family pray for baby Onur, pictured above.

Update: Onur just had surgery and everything went well. His entire face is swollen. He will stay for a few more days at Beth Israel Hospital, Newark. We let his mom, Shavon, know that we are praying for him as she requested.

Craniosynostosis -

Update on baby Onur
Onur is 4 months old and had surgery (Craniosynostosis)  on June 15th. His mom requested that the Gateway family pray for baby Onur, pictured above.

Update: Onur just had surgery and everything went well. His entire face is swollen. He will stay for a few more days at Beth Israel Hospital, Newark. We let his mom, Shavon, know that we are praying for him as she requested.

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