News & Updates

Information Regarding Pastor Ritchey’s Sabbatical

For over a year, the leadership of the church has been preparing for a planned sabbatical for Pastor Ritchey as he approaches his seventh year here. As we prepare to enter into this sabbatical, we wanted to pass along a couple of communication items to help navigate the congregation during this time.

First, the elders are trying to protect Ritchey’s time and are asking that if you have any pastoral needs to please reach out to Michael Morefield, our Associate Pastor of Discipleship, michael@gashland.org or the office, who will direct all pastoral needs to Michael. If Michael is unavailable the church office can also direct pastoral concerns to elders Aaron Kleinmeyer and Dennis King.

In the case of an emergency Michael, Aaron or Dennis may choose to contact Ritchey to inform him and in rare cases for his involvement. Ritchey will be updating us on ways to pray for him as he begins his three-month sabbatical on May 21st. Thank you for praying for Ritchey and for your support during this time.

If you would like to hear a little more about sabbaticals and ministry rest, please feel free to listen to this past Sunday’s sermon entitled The Art of Delegation | Prelude to a Sabbatical at Gashland.org/Listen.

Volunteers Needed for Helps Team

The Helps Team need volunteers to help out with our Chairs Team (setting up chairs for second service), FirsTeam greeters and ushers during the summer, and Conversations setup or cleanup for the fall. If you are willing to serve, please call Debbie Ellison at 816-560-9774.

Church Picnic June 2nd!

Come join us on Sunday, June 2nd, for our Church-Wide Picnic! We will have food, contests, recreational activities, fellowship, and fun! The picnic will start shortly after second service. We will provide burgers, hot dogs, baked beans and chips! We are asking everyone to bring a side or a dessert to share. We will also be having our annual Pie Contest and Washers Tournament with prizes! You can sign up in the lobby if you would like to participate in either of those. Come and join some fun with your church family!

Gashland’s Faith-Based Sports Camp!

Get excited! This summer Breakaway Sports Camp is back! Breakaway is a 5 day faith-based sports camp, July 15-19, where kids will learn sports, the gospel story, and character. Our goal is to interweave the gospel into everything we do in camp so that as kids learn new sports skills they will also be learning precious truths about the gospel. Camp is for ages 5-12. Breakaway will go from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM every day. The cost of the camp is $25 and includes a free lunch every day and a t-shirt. Scholarship are available. Register TODAY at www.gashland.org/breakaway. Breakaway is a camp that is Gashland created and Gashland run! More details to come soon on how you can serve and volunteer at Breakaway!

Scripture Memory Fellowship

On Saturday, May 18th from 9:00-10:00 AM we will be having a time of fellowship and encouragement for those who are participating in the scripture memory program. Whether you are memorizing weekly, bi-weekly or monthly come out to receive encouragement and refreshment from one another. This will be a time for reflection on how things are going thus far and on how to continue on towards your goal. Also, there will be coffee and donuts as an added incentive! Please RSVP by emailing Caleb@gashland.org

Senior Summer Bash

Senior Summer Bash—For all those 70 and above we are hosting a noon luncheon on June 12, 2019 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be a sign-up sheet available Sunday, May 19th before and after Sunday School and both services. For those who need rides or are able to provide rides, sign-ups are also included. Please come and enjoy the company of longtime friends and acquaintances as we share a meal together.

Sign up for Summer Socials

Summer Socials are a fun way to connect, grow in relationships, and have fun together over the summer! Each themed social group will meet a minimum of three times (once a month) in June, July, and August to explore their common interests. Every social group will have a general organizer, but the groups get to determine how best to get to know one another and have fun together! There are 10-12 spots available in each group but there are often multiple groups for each category! Sign up and list your top two groups by May 26th! You can sign up in the lobby, on the back of the communication card or online at www.gashland.org/summersocials.

20s and 30s May Lunch Out

Come join us at Spin Pizza at 1 PM on Sunday, May 19th for our monthly lunch out! Address is 6100 NW 63rd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64151. Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree on Sundays, so if you have kiddos this is a great deal! Hope to see you there!

Women’s Ministry  

Around the Table Sign Ups

GEPC ladies, Around the Table sign ups are this Sunday during coffee hour and after second service. We invite women to share a simple meal and gospel-centered conversation in order to inspire each other to deepen our relationship with Christ. Join 6 women for a sweet time of fellowship. There are new sign ups for new tables every month and a variety of dates and times available.

May 21st, 9:30 AM – Women’s Morning Circle and Brunch

This meeting will combine an abbreviated prayer and lesson time in Fellowship Hall, followed by a social time over brunch at Kate’s Kitchen. Regular meetings will be suspended for the Summer months of June, July, and August. Remember, no preparation is needed and material is provided for the current study of the Ten Commandments, led by Linda VanDerWeele Weele. The volunteer Mission Collection for this month is bottled water for Camp Cumcito, or peanut butter and/or jelly for the PBJ ministry. Ladies, please join us! Contact person: Cindy Harris 816-792-3031.

Martha Circle Meets Tuesday Evening May 21st

Martha Circle, a Scripture, Prayer and Fellowship Group open to all women, will meet Tuesday evening, May 21, 2019, 6:00 pm, at the home of Pam Parker, 7109 N. Lawn, KCMO 64119, Phone 816-468-6373, for our “Salad Potluck” meeting and last lesson of the season. Please bring a salad to share and ready for good conversation regarding Finding Jesus in the Old Testament. We will reconvene next fall on Tuesday, September 17. If you have questions, please call Linda Reeve 816-550-9128.

Student Ministry  

Donuts for Camp!

Back by popular demand! We will be selling doughnuts after both services on 5/26. All of the proceeds will go towards getting students to summer camp. Summer camp is an amazing time for students to bond with one another but more importantly, it is a time where they learn who Christ is and why He is worthy of their lives. We are just $500.00 short of our overall goal for fundraising. So bring your appetite & your wallet on Sunday, May 26th and help us achieve this goal!

Children’s Ministry  

Special Gathering for Little Lambs Ministry

All parents, current volunteers and anyone interested, please join us for a special gathering regarding the Little Lambs Ministry. We will share our goals and vision behind the transformation of “nursery” to ministry. This will be a chance to come together to hear how God is working in the Little Lambs Ministry as we fellowship with one another and hear your feedback. This gathering will start directly following the second service in the Little Lambs Nursery (Room 207). Refreshments will be provided. If planning to attend, please RSVP to cassidy@gashland.org.

Thank you for KidZone Donations!

Thank you to all who donated to our KidZone Store. The children were delighted with the selections. This was such a blessing to them after they worked so hard on their memory work all year. Special thanks to Teri Burgen for coordinating our KidZone Store.

Children’s Summer SS Volunteers Needed

We have an immediate need for volunteers (non-teaching roles) for Children’s Summer Sunday School. Do you have a desire to share your love of God with others? Please consider joining our team this summer for a fun way to show the love of Jesus to the children of our congregation. The SS session runs during the months of June, July, and August. Schedules will allow for weeks off for summer vacations. Please contact rachael@gashland.org if interested.

Service Opportunities & Donations  

May Mission Collection for City Union Mission

We will be collecting bottled water for the kids and counselors for this year’s Camp CUMCITO in Warsaw, MO. To make things easier for dropping off, Joyce Grady will park her beige Sedona Van from 9:30-10:55 AM by the patio on the east side of church on the following Sundays: May 19th and 26th. You may also drop off your bottled water at the Mission Box across from the Mission Board by the Chapel on the 2nd Floor. The kids and counselors we know will appreciate any water that is donated. Thank you and God Bless!

City Union Mission – Camp CUMCITO Needs Volunteers

In order for Camp CUMCITO to be a success for the kids this Summer, City Union Mission is in need of 3 major Volunteer Roles at Camp: Nurses, Cooks, and Cabin Staff (Counselors, Assistant Counselors and Big Siblings for Tot Lot). City Union Mission has about half as many cabin staff as they will need for the summer. Check out the Camp Dates and Positions, also any Questions you may have at campworkers@cityunionmission.org Intern Positions at missioninternships@cityunionmission.org

Church Wide Calendar

Please do not use this calendar to plan events at Gashland EPC. If you have a date in mind for your event, but need to know if there are possible conflicts with private, non-GEPC events, please call the church office and speak with our office coordinator, at 816.436.3583.

Visit our Events & Facility-Use page to learn more about planning an event at Gashland EPC. Please note all event inquiries should be made by phone or in person with our office coordinator. 

Links & Resources 

Member Resources Page

The Member Resources page includes a leadership structure page, budget reports, and a master calendar among other member resources. New resources will be updated as available. The password to access the page is “gashlandpassword”