News & Updates

Final Update on Pastor Ritchey’s Sabbatical

One final update as Ritchey prepares to re-enter from his sabbatical. Please be in prayer for his final days as he will be spending some alone time in Colorado processing all that God has shown him and praying through what lies ahead in ministry at Gashland. Ritchey will be in the office beginning the 20th, but will not resume preaching until September 8th. This will allow him some transition time and some time to implement a few things that God has shown him in regards to his work days, organization and ministry here. Ritchey will be sharing with the congregation about his time away during the first few sermons as he reflects on his past three months with you. Please pray that he will be able to carry out and follow through on what God has shown him. Please also be in prayer for a special opportunity Ritchey has been given. Despite the timing of it being on the heels of his sabbatical, Ritchey has been chosen to be on the national nominating committee for the next head of our denomination. He will travel to headquarters in Florida the last week of August for committee meetings. Pray for this time, for wisdom for this team and this process. Thank you again for all your prayers and support of both Michael, the leadership and Ritchey during this summer. Ritchey is excited and refreshed as he enters back into his role shepherding this church family.

Annual All Church Brunch/Potluck!

Please join us in the Ministry Center for our Annual All Church Brunch on Sunday, September 1st at 9:45 AM during the Sunday School hour. This will be a time of fellowship with a few brief announcements about some upcoming ministries for the Fall. Bring some juice, fruit, or some sort of breakfast food to share! Donuts will be provided! There will be no Sunday school taking place this morning due to the brunch!

Interested in Joining a Community Group?

Looking for closer relationships within the church? Looking for a way to grow in your walk with the Lord and in community with others? Then Community Groups might be for you. Community Groups are small groups of 8-10 individuals, meeting in homes potentially twice per month, in order to care for one another, pray, reflect on God’s Word, and share life. For anyone with questions, curiosity, or interest, please join us August 25th immediately following the second service upstairs in the fellowship hall. You will have the opportunity to hear more details, ask questions, and sign up formally for community groups. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The meeting will go from 12:20-1:20pm. Please register for community groups or the interest meeting on the communication card or by sending an email to Michael at

Guatemala Missions Interest Meeting

We are organizing another church-wide mission trip to Guatemala to serve alongside one of our missionaries, Candace Kaster. Directly following second service on September 1st we will be having an interest meeting for this trip in the chapel. We are looking to put together a team of approximately 10 people from Gashland. The trip will be March 13th-22nd, 2020. If you have any desire to go on this trip please plan on attending this meeting. If you have any questions beforehand please email Caleb Mason at

Back to School Prayer & Worship Night

On August 28th we will be having our annual “Back to School Worship Night”. The entire congregation is invited to this amazing event! The school year can be tough on both students and parents alike so this will be a night to pray together for this school year and praise God for his continued faithfulness through every step of our lives. This event will take place from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Chapel at GEPC.

Men’s Ministries  

Men’s Campfire

Join us for the first Men’s Campfire of 2019 on Saturday night, August 31, at 6:00 PM at the church’s pavilion. After finishing off a “traditional men’s campfire dinner”, we’ll sit around the campfire with an assortment of Hostess desserts and discuss topics relevant to a Christian man’s journey. All you need to bring is a folding chair, an appetite for “good” food, and a hunger for the Word of God!

Women’s Ministries  

Women’s Night of Worship

On August 25th from 6:30-8:00 PM, join the women of Gashland as we worship God through music, prayer, and sharing. Hear what God has been doing among the women at our church and learn about our study groups and activities for this fall. The mission of the women’s ministry is that GEPC women would experience the fullness of Christ by equipping them for a vibrant relationship with Him and each other. We hope this evening is an opportunity to connect with God and one another, leading us to live fully in Christ. Worship in the sanctuary will be followed by desserts in the fellowship hall. Save the date; you will be blessed.

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.

Student Ministries  

Middle School Lock In

This year’s Middle School Lock In is from September 13th at 8:00 PM to September 14th at 8:00 AM. A “Lock In” with Middle School students is always bound to be a whirlwind! It will be filled with games, candy, soda, adventure and laughter. Your student will not want to miss this night, it is a great time for them to further build their relationships with the other kids in the youth group. Please bring a snack or drink to share!!

Service Opportunities & Donations  

City Union Mission Presents 95 Years of Hope

TOPGOLF, Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 10611 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas – A celebration of caring for the poor and the homeless of Kansas City. Sign up with a minimum in donation of $95, which provides 5 days of food and shelter for 1 homeless person – AND…you can be City Union Mission’s guest at the event, attend the program, enjoy nearly 2 hours of golf, free food, and beverages, plus the Chiefs game will be playing on the TV’s! For more information about City Union Mission or this Golf Event to sign up or to make a donation go to

August Mission Collection for Rachel House

We will be collecting for Rachel House, Baby Wipes, Neutral Colored Onesies, and $5.00 QT (Quik Trip) Gift Cards. The Gift Cards will be gifted to moms and dads upon their first visit with Rachel House. Joyce Grady will be in the Lobby by the office after first service and downstairs in the Ministry Center Lobby before and after 2nd Service on Sunday, August 11th, 18th and 25th to collect the QT Cards and any other item(s) that you wish to drop off. The donations (except the Gift Cards) during the week can also be put in the Mission Collection Box on the 2nd Floor across from the Mission Board by the Chapel. Thank You and God Bless!

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”