News & Updates

Conversations Tonight!

Join us tonight and every Wednesday night for Conversations! Conversations is aimed at building community among the people of Gashland and to provide a comfortable place to invite a friend. A great meal is provided, and is served downstairs in the Ministry Center at 6:00 PM-6:30 PM and the short teaching times and table discussions surrounding faith and culture begin at 6:40 PM-7:45 PM.

Rummage Sale Starts Tomorrow!

The Guatemala missions team will be hosting a rummage sale (large church-wide garage sale) in the Ministry Center November 15th-16th. We will be open Friday from 12:00 PM-5:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. The doors will also open early for Gashland attenders & BSF only on Thursday November 14th from 11:00 PM-2:00 PM. All proceeds from this event will go to support the team of 10 that our church is sending on mission to Guatemala in March. If you would like to donate anything for the rummage sale (furniture, books, jewelry, clothes, tools, toys, etc…) please plan on dropping them off between 9:00 AM-5:00 PM November 11th-14th or directly following Conversations on tonight. If you have any questions please email Caleb at caleb@gashland.org.

Operation Christmas Child

This Sunday, November 17th, is the last day to turn in your boxes. Thank you for your participation. Keep praying for this ministry.

Help Needed | LED Lighting

Most of the classrooms have been upgraded to LED lighting. A few areas still need completion. This work will take place Saturday, Nov. 16th starting at 9:00 AM. Help is needed in several ways.
1) Sturdy 8ft step ladders are needed.
2) 3-6 workers that can work off step ladders.
3) 3-6 helpers on the ground that can handle lightweight parts and tools, run the vacuum cleaner, and dump trash.
If you can help during the week or on Saturday, please contact John Wopata, (816) 912-8305. Thanks to those who have helped so far: Lyn Vande Polder, Dale Anderson, Steve Ellison, Paul McFarland, Tim Beach, and Roger Neemann.

Gashland Family Thanksgiving

Join us for an amazing Thanksgiving meal around the table with your Gashland family on Wednesday, November 20th. This is an evening to pause and give thanks, invite loved ones, and fellowship together while enjoying a Thanksgiving feast. If you are able, bring a dessert to share. This has become a favorite GEPC tradition- come and join us!

Turkey Treaters

Would you like to bless someone in the church with something special this Thanksgiving? Why not be a “Turkey Treater”? Today is the last day to stop by the Turkey Table and ‘pick a Turkey’ to bless with a small treat of your choosing during the Thanksgiving week. You get to pick the Turkey, choose the treat, and decide whether to remain anonymous or not. Have some fun and bless another!

Financial Update

We are chipping away at our deficit.  Offerings in each of the three months of August, September and October were the highest in the last three years.  Our total net loss (deficit) YTD is $85,892 of which $69,524 is from current operations.  Many members and other donors are finding creative ways to give a little extra to chip away at our deficit.  We encourage everyone to consider what they can do to help eliminate the deficit by December 31.  Thank you for your prayerful support.

Christmas Decorating

The Christmas 2019 church decorating season will commence on Friday, November 29, the day after Thanksgiving. The decorating process will start that morning with planning and pulling decorations out of storage and will continue that day and Saturday, 30th, by putting up the main decor thoughout the facility. There are a variety of things to do, from projects while seated to heavy lifting, so please feel free to participate for any length of available time, short or long. Christmas decor will go back in storage after Ephiphany 2020, and your assistance will be appreciated for that, too. Contact Sarah Sporrer, 816.591.2087, sarahsporrer@yahoo.com, for details.

Men’s Ministries  

Special Men’s Fellowship Event – 7th Annual Holiday Dinner & Movie Night

Join other GEPC men (and their sons!) for an evening of good food, good fun, and great fellowship on Friday, December 6, at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Along with a dinner of “traditional holiday cuisine” and lively fellowship, we’ll enjoy a presentation of Elf – a lighthearted modern holiday classic – as we prepare our hearts for celebrating the birth of our Savior. Please sign up on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings between now and December 4th so we can plan on the right amount of food. Contact Chris Taylor (206-2058; christaylor90@att.net) if you have any questions. See you then!

Women’s Ministries  

Women’s Christmas Tea | December 9th

Join us Monday, December 9th 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! This year we will be blessed by songs and stories of the season by Brooke Pernice. Childcare will be provided dependent on expressed need. Registration is strongly encouraged and can be done at the registration tables November 17th, 24th and December 1st or online at gashland.org/tea. This is a wonderful event to enjoy with a friend or loved one. We hope to see you at this highly anticipated event!

Be a Table Hostess for the Women’s Christmas Tea

This year we need 20-25 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.

Martha Circle Meets Tuesday evening Nov. 19th

Martha Circle, a Scripture, Prayer and Fellowship Group open to all women, will meet Tuesday evening, November 19, 6:30 PM at church. Pam Parker will lead our lesson about Finding Jesus in the Old Testament. There is no preparation beforehand, just good teaching and great discussion over light refreshments and a cup of coffee, with material to take home for your own devotional time. Contact Linda Reeve at 816-550-9128 if you have questions. Hope to see you there!

Women’s Morning Circle Meets Tuesday, Nov. 19th, In The Fellowship Hall

All women are welcome to join in this time of prayer, Bible study, and fellowship from 9:30-11:00 am. Linda VanDerWeele will lead us in the study of God’s 8th Commandment to His people. No preparation is required and handouts are provided. If you choose, donations to Hill Crest Hope, as listed in the Link, may be brought at this time. Contact Cindy Harris at 816-792-3031 if you have questions.

Children’s Ministries  

Donations Needed for Children’s Ministries

We are requesting donations for our upcoming KidZone Store. Please leave donations in the main office and mark “KidZone Store” by November 24th. The children have earned points for their memory work and will be able to purchase items at our store. Items they enjoy include toys, games, crafts and accessories. You can also donate items for adults so they can purchase gifts for their parents for Christmas. Email Rachael at rachael@gashland.org with questions. Thank you!

Service Opportunities & Donations  

Special Local Mission: Hillcrest Hope

GEPC supports Hillcrest Hope’s Apartment #11 in Avondale MO. Currently, we have a 22-year-old mother and her two young boys residing in Apt. #11 while she attends the 90-day Hillcrest Hope Transitional Housing program. During the month of November, we are collecting the following for Hillcrest Hope Apartments: toilet paper, paper towels, instant Cream of Wheat, dry boxed goods, peanut butter, jelly and canned fruits and vegetables. Please place your donations in the Missions Donation Box located on the second floor next to the Chapel. God Bless!

Gashland Elementary Clothes Donation!

Gashland Elementary has reached out to us for help! They are in need of some clothes that they provide for their students when there is a need. So if you are willing to help, Gashland Elementary is looking for the following items: Unisex sweatpants (sizes 4-5, 5-6, 6-7, 7-8, 9-10 in black, gray, or navy), underwear (boys and girls sizes 4-5, 5-6, 6-7, 7-8, 9-10) and also socks. Donations may be dropped off in the office. Thanks for your help in blessing our community!

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”