The Link | May 11, 2016

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Check Your Contact Information Before We Print The Directory!

Please be sure to double check your contact information is correct before we go to print! Feel free to call the Admin Staff in the Church Office Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-4:30 pm at 816.436.3583 and we will be able to help you update your contact information.

Summer Socials are Back!

Summer Socials are Back! During the summer Gashland EPC takes a break from many of its activities. Summer Socials groups are a great time to connect with others while enjoying a shared interest. Each themed social group of 10-12 people will meet a minimum of three times, once in June, July, and August. There will be a church-wide picnic on June 5th, which will also serve as the kick-off for summer socials. This year’s themes are for coffee lovers, nature enthusiasts, film fanatics, those who like playing games, exploring restaurants, those who like to cook and share a meal together, BBQ lovers, readers and new this year for gardeners and farmhands. Sign ups begin May 8th and the deadline to register for a group is May 29th! You can sign up online Here or by dropping the cut-off portion of the Summer Socials brochure in the offering plate, in the office, or in designated boxes around the church. Pick up the Summer Socials brochure at the engage table for more information!

Upcoming Ministry Events

May 13th| Men’s Campfire

Join us on Friday, May 13th at 7:30 PM in the GEPC Pavillon for the first Men’s Campfire – a new monthly gathering of men! This will be a casual evening roasting hot dogs, sharing some time in the Word, and spending time in conversation and fellowship. This is a great opportunity to get connected to other men in the church and to know one another better as brothers in Christ. Hope to see you there!

May 15th| 20-30’s Picnic Lunch At Oak Grove Park

This month we are doing things a little different! This Sunday, May 15th, grab some lunch (either pack one in a cooler or pick something up from your restaurant of choice) then join us at Oak Grove Park for a picnic at1:00 pm! Feel free to bring blankets or chairs to sit on and frisbees to play with! It’ll be a relaxing time of hanging out and getting to know each other! Kids are welcome!

May 15th| Middle School End of Year Cookout

Middle School Ministries is having an End of Year Cookout this Sunday, May 15th, from 1:00pm-4:00pm. All Middle School Students are welcome to come! The cookout will be at the Wilson’s House (13270 Timber Park Terrace, Platte City, MO 64079). Bring a lawn chair if you like and dress for outdoor activities. We will supply the hot dogs and ice cream sundaes. If you would like to bring pop/juice, chips, fruit, veggies, or other goodies, please let Ruth or Ron Wilson know (816.858.4222).

May 17th| Ladies Day Circle

All women of the church are invited to attend the Ladies Day Circle final meeting for the spring! We meet in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, May 17th, at 9:30am. RoseMarie Greer will lead a brief lesson from our study (Lesson 3) before we adjourn across the street to Kate’s Kitchen for fellowship and brunch. The mission collection for this month is the Baby Bottle Drive for Lighthouse Ministries. Fill a baby bottle with change, cash or check and return to the Church Office or to Joyce Grady by June 5th. Bottles can be picked up at church or on Sunday mornings.

May 17th| Martha Circle

Martha Circle, a scripture, prayer and fellowship group open to all women, will meet Tuesday, May 17th at6:00 pm at the home of Debbie Ellison, 9317 North Lydia, KCMO 64155. We will have a “salad potluck meal,” followed by our last lesson on Fruits of the Spirit: Meekness & Temperance. Please bring a salad to share and note the earlier time of 6:00 pm for this month. The mission collection for this month is the Baby Bottle Drive for Lighthouse Ministries. Fill a baby bottle with change, cash or check and return to the Church Office or to Joyce Grady by June 5th. Bottles can be picked up at church or on Sunday mornings. Please feel free to come, even if you have been unable to attend before. Contact Linda Reeve at 816-550-9218, if you have questions.

May 19th| Men’s Movie Night

Join other GEPC men at this special, one night only event being held at on Thursday, May 19th at 7:30 pm at the AMC Theater on Barry Road (Barrywoods). The movie, A Story Worth Living, is produced by Ransomed Heart Ministries and follows John Eldredge, his sons, and a few friends on a motorcycle adventure through the Colorado backcountry as they explore answers to the questions central to living life as a Christian Man of God. More information about the movie can be found on their website at To purchase advance tickets go to or See the trailer below! This promises to be a great evening of learning and fellowship!

May 21st| Stride for Life 5K Walk/Run Benefitting Rachel House!

Join Gashland EPC for a Walk Run Event benefitting our ministry partner, Rachel House pregnancy resource centers! Rachel House is hosting Stride of Life on Saturday, May 21st. This Walk/Run has three options for participants: a chip-timed 5K run, a family-friendly 3-mile walk, or a 1-mile walk (strollers welcome!) The event will be held at Waterfall Park in Independence, MO. It starts at 8:00 AM. Registration for the 5K is $35, but discounts are available for early registration! Walkers registration is the purchase of a $12 event t-shirt. To register, volunteer or get more information, go to

May 26th| Ladies Night Out!

Join us on Thursday, May 26th at 6:30 pm for Ladies Night Out at a great spot new to most people: BC Bistro. (7749 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, MO 64151 just south of zona rosa). It has an amazing menu and quaint feel and we hope you can come! This is a casual evening of good food and fellowship; a time to make new friends, reconnect with old friends, or bring a friend! A RSVP is strongly encouraged through theFacebook event page, by calling the Church Office at 816.436.3583 or with Melissa Cable at Hope to see you there!

KampOut! Day Kamp Adventure!

July 5th-8th| Kanakuk KampOut

This summer Gashland EPC is thrilled to be hosting Kanakuk Kampout on July 5th-8th! KampOut is a four-day traveling summer camp for ages 5-12 that will bring all the fun and excitement of a summer camp right here to Gashland! The camp has an inflatable obstacle course, water slide, slip-n-slides, Euro Bungee, rock wall, zip line, Octaball, daily Bible studies, high-energy worship, and most importantly a mission to connect kids and families to Jesus and the church for the sake of the gospel. The camp will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm every day. The cost of the camp is $188, but please don’t let the cost be a hindrance to your child coming. Scholarships are available to those in need. If you would like to register your child, find out more information, or learn how to apply for scholarships please check out

Volunteer Opportunities for KampOut!

We are so excited to be hosting Kanakuk KampOut Day Camp here at Gashland, July 5th-8th! Following are several ways you can volunteer to help: host homes, on-site health care professionals, meal team, overnight security personnel (paid), junior counselors, and scholarship partners. You can see descriptions of each of these opportunities by clicking HERE. You can sign up to serve in one of these positions online HERE or you can fill out the sign-up form at the KampOut Table on Sunday morning. You may also contact Michael Morefield at for more information.

Donations & Service Opportunities 

May Mission Collection | The Lighthouse Baby Bottle Drive

The Lighthouse Ministries mission is to provide love, support, and guidance to those experiencing unplanned pregnancies by meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs before, during and after their pregnancies. Help us support Lighthouse Ministries through their annual baby bottle drive by filling a baby bottle with change, cash, or checks (made out to Lighthouse)! You can pick up a bottle starting on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th. We will be at the Engage table in the second-floor lobby after the first service for you to pick up or drop off a baby bottle Sunday, May 8th through Sunday, June 5th. Please return bottles to Joyce Grady at the Engage Table on Sundays or to the Church Office by Sunday, June 5th. If you have any questions about this, please contact Joyce Grady 816.419.5625. Thank you and God Bless You!

Children’s Ministries Summer Volunteers Needed

Children’s Ministries is looking for volunteers to help during the months of June, July and August, for Summer Sunday School and Children’s Church. No preparation is needed for any of these positions and training is provided. Summer Sunday School crew leaders help with a small group, but would not need to teach. Our summer program is a fun place to serve with our preschool and elementary children. Please contact Rachael Adams at 816-436-3583 or if you are interested.

The Sleeping Bag Project — Simple Sewing Needs!

The Sleeping Bag Project is looking for some people who like to sew and would be able to sew pieces of fabric together to make the outer shells of the sleeping bags. Plenty of material is available to construct these 7’x 7′ blocks. If you are interested in helping out this ministry of providing sleeping bags for the homeless, please contact Cindy Taylor.

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