News & Updates

Conversations TONIGHT!

Come join us TONIGHT for our Fall Conversations! Every Wednesday for Conversations we have a church-wide meal from 6:00–6:30 PM. Children and Students have a Wednesday Night Program from 6:30-7:45 PM and the Adults have Conversations from 6:45-7:45 PM. This Fall Semester for Conversations our series is called “Gifts: Avenues for Enjoying God or Detours into Idolatry.” How are we to navigate the good gifts that we find in this world? For while these gifts are good, it doesn’t take much for our human heart to twist them into an idol to be worshipped. So what are we to do with these gifts? Reject them? Use them? Ignore them? Enjoy them? Look at them with suspicion? Feel guilty about them? Join us on Wednesdays as we discover how to navigate the gifts that God gives us!

Join us Monday, December 24th, for Our Christmas Eve Services

We will have three Christmas Eve services in the Sanctuary. The first is guitar-led at 3:30 PM while the 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM are traditional in style. Come join us for this special candlelight event that gives us a final opportunity to reflect upon the gift of Christ before Christmas morning.

Christmas Caroling Save the Date

Please join us on Sunday, December 9th from 5-7 PM for Christmas Caroling! This is a great time of fellowship, fun, and singing where we visit members of our church and sing Christmas Carols. Afterward, we meet back at the Fellowship Hall for cookies and Hot Chocolate. This is for adults, students, and children. Please know you don’t have to be skilled in singing to come and participate in the festivities!

Gashland Cookbooks for Sale!

Need a Christmas gift idea? How about a GEPC cookbook! This hardcover cookbook is loaded with recipes from our own GEPC people. All proceeds go directly to the Mercy Fund. Books are available for purchase in the lobby after both services on December 9th and 16th and in the office during the week.

Financial Update

1 Peter 4:10 – As each has received a gift, use it to serve another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
Our financial position as of our last report (October 31, 2018) finds us with total revenue of $636,673 and total expenses of $688,160. We currently have a YTD loss of $51,486. We have faith that some of that deficit will be decreased by end of year giving which is traditionally strong. That being said, on our current trajectory, it appears that without a final effort we will run short. We hope that you will consider a gift beyond your normal, regular giving to help Gashland continue to fulfill God’s call on our church. Your giving supports our children’s and student ministries, missionaries, music, facility cleaning, facility maintenance (roof replacement) and the vision we believe God has for us. Thank you for your consideration.
Faithfully, The Gashland Finance Team

Offering | Treasure 2019

Over the past weeks we have been turning in the “Offering of Our Treasure” cards. In the past these have been known as Stewardship Cards or Pledge Cards. This is an important element of what our leadership uses to plan for next year’s ministry and budget. If you would like to turn in a card you can grab one from the back and turn it in during the offering, or CLICK HERE and fill out a form online.

Update Your Photo and Info for Gashland’s New Directory!

We are in the process of creating a new picture directory for our church! Please go to gashland.org/Directory to update your address, phone numbers, and a picture of those in your household.

Men’s Ministries

Men’s Holiday Dinner & Movie Night

Special Men’s Fellowship Event – 6th Annual Holiday Dinner & Movie Night – Join other GEPC men for an evening of good food, good fun, and great fellowship on Friday, December 7, at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. After a dinner of “traditional holiday cuisine” we’ll continue our exploration of Stories of Christmas Restoration through lively fellowship and a presentation of Miracle on 34th Street as we prepare our hearts for celebrating the birth of our Savior. TONIGHT is the last night to sign up! Contact Chris Taylor (206-2058; christaylor90@att.net) if you have any questions. See you then!

Women’s Ministries

Women’s Christmas Tea | December 10th

 Join us Monday December 10th at 7:00 PM for an amazing evening of music, fellowship, dessert, and a special message to help us focus on Christ during this Advent season! Childcare (nursery through 5th grade) will be provided dependent on expressed need. Registration is strongly encouraged. Register online at gashland.org/tea. This is a wonderful evening to enjoy with a friend or loved one. We hope to see you at this highly anticipated event!

Women’s Christmas Tea Mission Collection

This year’s Christmas Tea mission collection will benefit North Kansas City schools. The schools have expressed a need for the following specific items:
Clothing and shoes for nurse’s office (see handout/website), easy board games, Legos, headphones (non earbud), outside toys (balls, jump ropes, hula hoops), glue sticks, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, black marble composition books, 12 pk crayons, 8 pk markers, colored pencils, snacks (gold fish, pretzels, animal crackers), winter gloves, hats, and so much more. For a more detailed list of needed items please visit the information tables in the church lobby or visit gashland.org/tea.

Be a Table Hostess for the Women’s Christmas Tea

This year we need 25 tables hostesses to set and decorate the tables for our annual tea. We are also in need of volunteers to make desserts and greet women as they come into the event. If you would be interested in being a hostess, or volunteering, more information can be found online at gashland.org/tea or at the registration tables in the church lobby.

Service Opportunity & Donation  

December Mission Collection for City Union Mission

We are collecting meal bags on December 9th & 16th to bring the celebration of Christmas to the homeless, the hurting and the poor of our city. One organization who normally donates 300 bags cannot this year, so City Union really needs our help! Please bring the following items in a quality paper bag (not a lightweight plastic bag). Each bag should contain the following items for a Family of 4: Instant Potatoes*1 large 16 oz box, Gravy Mix*2 packets, Marshmallows*1 small bag, Cranberry Sauce*1 can, Pie Crust Mix*1 box, Stuffing Mix*2 boxes, Yams*2-15 oz. cans, Green Beans*2-14 oz. cans, Pie Filling*1-15 oz. can, Crystal Light Drink Mix*1 package, *a prayer card for the family, or donate a few items from the list for making additional bags. Collection of these bags and items will be in the lobby by office after 1st service and Ministry Center lobby after 2nd Service for 2 Sundays only! Thanks!

Twelve Families of Christmas — Gifts Due!

Thank you to everyone who participated in serving our neighbors…Gashland Elementary School…by picking an ornament from the “Needs” and “Wants” trees. We had many more willing volunteers than gifts to provide exemplifying the abundant generosity of our congregation. As a reminder, all wrapped gifts are due on Sunday, December 9th, so they can be delivered on the 10th to the school. Please be sure to attach the ornament to the gift so that the school can match them to the correct child. Thank you again for providing a special Christmas to the children of Gashland!

Operation Christmas Child

Thank you! We gave 192 boxes this year to Operation Christmas Child. Your generosity is amazing. We are however $360.00 short on postage expense for these boxes. If you want to help with this expense, please write your check to GEPC, noting OCC postage on the memo line. Please continue praying for the children who will receive these boxes and for those who will be involved in delivering them.

Book of the Month

December’s Books of the Month

For the month of December we are highlighting 2 advent devotionals. We would encourage you to check these out to help direct your heart to worship in this season of Advent as we reflect on Jesus’ birth. The first is “Come, Let Us Adore Him” by Paul Tripp. The second devotional available is “The One True Story: Daily Readings for Advent from Genesis to Jesus” by Tim Chester.

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”