Deacon and Elder Candidate Submission

Booklets that explain the nomination process as well as the qualifications of elders and deacons are available both in-person and online at gashland.org/nominate. Please be sure to read and work through these booklets carefully if you will be nominating someone. If you are considering nominating someone, please discuss it with them to make sure they are willing to serve prior to nominating them. You may put them into the offering plate. Submissions are due no later than Sunday, October 24th.

Martha Circle | Oct. 19th

Martha Circle, a Scripture, Prayer and Fellowship Group open to all women, will meet Tuesday evening, October 19th, 6:30-8:30 pm in the church Fellowship Hall. Please bring your choice of drink. We will have a dessert to share. You can pick up your lesson book that evening. Our study book is called Jesus: Experiencing His Touch, based on the Gospel of Mark, Chapters 1-6. I would encourage you to read the first six chapters of Mark in preparation for the class. We will have a brief overview discussion at our October meeting before we actually get into the lessons. Mission collection for October is the Baby Bottle Drive for Resource Health (previously Rachael House). If you have never attended Martha Circle before and have an interest, please feel free to come, or call Linda Reeve, 816-550-9128 if you have questions or would like clarification about our Bible study group. We are always looking for new friends to study and fellowship with us!

Women’s Morning Circle | October 19th

Reminding all members, and inviting any woman interested in Bible Study and fellowship with other women, of our upcoming meeting on October 19th, from 9:30-11:00 am in Fellowship Hall. Please join us for our study of the Psalms, led by Linda VanDerWeele. No preparation is needed.

Service Opportunities & Donations

October Baby Bottle Drive | Resource Health

We will be doing a Baby Bottle Drive to Support Resource Health through Sunday, October 31st. Pick up a baby bottle and fill it with coins, currency, or checks made out to Resource Health. These bottles may be picked up/dropped off when filled in the lobby by the Office after first service and downstairs in the lobby before and after 2nd service at the Resource Health Table. This year Resource Health (formerly Rachel House) not only got a new name, they are also increasing services to reach more men and women before they find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy. This year they are working to open a fifth location that would help them reach 1,000 more people a year. LEARN MORE about Resource Health at https://resourcehealthpartners.org/ Thank you and God Bless You!

Trunk or Treat Candy Collection & Volunteers  

One of our biggest community outreach events each year is Trunk or Treat! We are officially starting our process to collect candy. Our goal is to collect 20,000 pieces of candy! You can drop off candy anytime at the church office. If you are interested, there are a lot of other ways you can help make Trunk or Treat possible as well. We need 20 people to help decorate their cars as trunks, people to help serve pizza, serve as a greeter, run registration, and help set up/tear down tables and chairs! Sign ups for these other volunteer positions will be available in the lobby and on the back of the communication card. Thanks for loving our community!

Volunteers Needed | Mercy Team

The Mercy Team is seeking men in our church family who are able to meet monthly with church members residing in a residential care facility. This opportunity is a commitment of one hour per month and is a tremendous blessing to the recipient. If you are interested or would like more information, please feel free to call/text Robin Bowin at 8162064218 or email at robinbowin10@gmail.com.

Operation Christmas Child

It is time to consider participating in Operation Christmas Child. Boxes and labels, along with gift giving suggestions will be available on Sunday, October10. Feel free to take as many boxes as you want. Boxes will be due back November 7. Questions, contact Marlene Weatherford at 816-734-8133.

PB&J Volunteers Needed

Join us Tuesday, September 14th, at 9:30 am to make PB&J sandwiches for City Union Mission. If you would like to serve and join us for some sandwich making and friendly conversation, we’ll be in the Fellowship Hall. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Winter Collection | Eleos

We have partnered with Eleos for the last 3 years collecting winter items to be passed out to people who are homeless in their neighborhood. We are looking for gently used blankets as well as winter coats, sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, and mittens for all ages for Eleos to pass out to these folks in need. We will let you know in October which weeks and where to drop off these items for Eleos as they will need them around the 1st and 2nd week of November. 

Budget Counselors Needed | Hillcrest Hope

When new residents are admitted to the normal 90-day housing plan, part of that plan is to receive budget counseling. Each new resident is required to be working at a job while in the program and has agreed to meet weekly with a budget counselor to account for the spending of every penny they earn. While this may seem extreme, the goal is to teach residents how to live within their means while also retiring debt. Currently, Hillcrest Hope is in need of budget counselors at Avondale and Liberty. Budget counseling normally takes place in the late afternoon or early evening after the residents have completed their work day.

If you are interested in volunteering for this type of work please contact: Karah Barnes at Hillcrest Hope Avondale (next to Kansas City North Hospital) – 816.282.2130, karah@hillcresthope.org

Should you have any further questions please contact: Mike Zachary –

816.612.0098, michael.zachary@att.