Grand Finale of the Summer of Love ’09

August 30, 2009


100_3368Today we held our Grand Finale of the Summer of Love ’09 at the Swap Meet.  There were 33 who came down from Harmony Vineyard to join in with drama, live worship, prayer, and lots of energy, as you can see from the photo gallery!

We want to say a big thank you to the group from Harmony, and to the others who joined us from other Raytown area churches today.  In all, there were 56 who participated today!

We are going to miss the friends we made at the Swap Meet.  We look forward to dropping in from time to time.  Just let us know if you would like to join us some time.

Registration for Alpha is Open

August 26, 2009


Is there more to life than this

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Alpha Course is now open!  We are joining with other community partners to provide Alpha at First Baptist Raytown, starting on Thursday, September 10.

Click here for more information about Alpha.

Click here to register for the Alpha Course.

God’s Heart to Serve by Inviting People

August 20, 2009

Imagine you lived in a community that was starving due to a massive enemy army’s seige cutting off all supply lines in and out of your city.  And imagine you were so hungry, you and your friends decided to go out to the enemy camp to beg for food.  And then imagine once you arrived, you found that by some miracle, the massive enemy army had abandoned the camp along with all their wealth of supplies. 

Surprise!  You and your friends instantly have exclusive access to the fortunes of many lifetimes, in addition to all the food you could ever eat.

What would it take for you to share the information with the starving city behind you?

Would you invite the others to share the miracle of provision, or would you keep the news to yourself?

Join us this week as we explore a challenging message based on 2 Kings 7 called “God’s Heart to Serve by Inviting People”.  Click here if you would like to read the Bible passage ahead of time.

Feel free to post a note and join the conversation.

Worship Service at Longview Lake, Part 2

August 19, 2009

After a brief worship service on Sunday, we made the trek down to the beach at Longview Lake and baptized 4 young people.

Through baptism, each of these followers of Jesus has publicly shared their decision to ask Jesus to be their Savior, and to follow him all the days of their life.

At the Raytown Vineyard Church, we believe that God moves in the hearts of our kids, offering the same opportunities to experience relationship with him that he offers to our adults.

It is a gift to share the gift of baptism with our kids, serving as an outward representation of the miracle of spiritual rebirth that each one of us can enjoy!

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Worship Service at Longview Lake, Part 1

August 16, 2009

Today we got to celebrate our Sunday worship service at Longview Lake.  We hauled our chairs and our ez up tents down to the Shelter House and set up with an unplugged worship set with the Lake as our backdrop.

We enjoyed a full worship service, complete with singing, prayer, bringing our offerings, communion, and a challenging message about God’s Heart for Baptism.  After heading down to the beach to baptize 4 young people, we returned to the Shelter House for an awesome cookout!

For the next post, we will share a little bit about the baptism.  In the meantime, take a look at some of the pictures:

The Raytown Vineyard is a Member of the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce

August 14, 2009

At the Raytown Vineyard Church, we are all about finding out what God is already doing in our community, and then simply joining in.  Although that certainly includes working alongside other churches, it also means we are always on the lookout for partnerships with government agencies, the school district, local media, non-profits, and even with the business community. 

A significant part of our task is to be fully aware of both strengths and needs in our community. Membership in the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce is a critical resource in fulfilling our mission.  Our Chamber does an excellent job creating a time and a space for community leaders to celebrate what is going well and to develop strategies that address areas requiring attention.  We are very grateful for the opportunities that membership in the Chamber offers us as a church.

Click here for more information about the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday Service on August 16 moved to Longview Lake

August 12, 2009

Join us this Sunday, August 16, as we move our Sunday Evening “CONNECT” service from 1st Methodist Church to Longview Lake.  We will be meeting at 5 PM at Shelter #12 at to celebrate baptisms and have a party.  (Please scroll down for directions and the link to get a map.)

At the Raytown Vineyard Church, we love to baptize!

Here are some of the “basics” that form our foundation of understanding about baptism:

  • Baptism is important because Jesus public ministry was kicked off with his baptism.
  • The final instructions Jesus gave included the charge to baptize future followers.
  • Baptism is an outward and physical expression of the internal and spiritual action of choosing to follow Jesus.
  • We love to baptize people by immersing them fully into the water.  This symbolizes Jesus’ complete washing of our sin and guilt, and it also symbolizes the opportunity for our entire life to be renewed in Christ as we put our old self to death and rise out of the water as a new person.
  • We love to do public baptisms to celebrate this important act as a church community, and to serve as a witness to anyone observing the baptism.

Our Bible reading for the challenging message this week comes from Mark 1:1-11.  If you would like to take a sneak peak at the passage, click here.

Following our worship service, we are taking a short walk/drive down to the beach to actually do our baptisms.  Then, we will be enjoying a cookout together!  If you would like to bring a side dish or dessert to share, we will be providing everything else for dinner.

Please make yourself at home, and bring a friend.  The more the merrier!

Here are Directions to Baptism Party and Cookout at Shelter #12 at Longview Lake at 5 PM on Sunday, August 19

Directions from the North (Raytown)

  • Go South on Raytown Road
  • Pass over 470 Highway
  • Turn Left (East) onto Longview Road (not West Longview Parkway!)
  • Turn Right (South) onto the first access road.
  • Take the second road on the left to Shelter #12, which is about 1/2 mile ahead.
  • Turn left into the parking area.

From the South and West (Kansas City, Grandview, Kansas)

  • Go East on 470 Highway
  • Exit onto Raytown Road and turn Right (South).
  • Turn Left (East) onto Longview Road (not West Longview Parkway!)
  • Turn Right (South) onto the first access road.
  • Take the second road on the left to Shelter #12, which is about 1/2 mile ahead.
  • Turn left into the parking area.

For a map of Longview Lake, go to: 


Partnership with Laurel Hills Elementary School

August 11, 2009

As a young church, we are deeply committed to coming alongside and partnering with those who are already doing a great job serving our community.  When the opportunity came along to enter into a partnership with the great folks at Laurel Hills Elementary School, we jumped on it.  It has been wonderful to make some great new friendships with the staff, PTA, parents, and students at Laurel Hills.

In conjunction with this new partnership, here are 3 of the activities we have been able to share with the school in the past week:

1)  Back to School Registration

We set up a craft table for the kids to enjoy while their folks were taking care of paperwork, and we provided some interpretation assistance for parents who speak Spanish.

2)  Painting & Weed Control

It was a lot of fun for us to paint some pawprint tracks across the driveway, (Laurel Hills’ mascot is the “leopard”) as well as freshen up some of the curb striping and do some weed control.

3)  Back to School Welcome Bags

We started delivering personalized back to school welcome bags to each staff member working on campus. 

We look forward to seeing where this partnership leads as we seek to come alongside this very dedicated staff, PTA, parents, and students.  If you have any ideas for us, or if you would like to join with us in supporting this school, please feel free to leave a note below or contact us directly at:

Snack Ministry

August 9, 2009

We aren’t always a serious bunch.  Around here, we like to point out that “Snack Ministry” is a signifcant part of any Raytown Vineyard Church event.  We believe that when we gather around to share a snack–or a meal–we have a great opportunity to celebrate life together. 

Come and experience some genuine relationships with us.  Chocolate is optional.

You Feed Them

August 8, 2009

This week we get to explore one of the most loved passages of the Bible.  With just 5 loaves and 2 fishes, Jesus performs a miracle and feeds thousands of hungry people.

I would have loved being there and seeing this great miracle as it was occurring!  It would have been incredible to see first hand the faces of the crowd as they reacted to the unexpected provision. 

But I also recognize that Jesus disciples experienced a great challenge to their faith in a very public setting.  The disciples had no way to deliver what Jesus was asking them to provide unless there were some kind of supernatural intervention.  They needed a miracle to follow their directions…and Jesus knew it, the disciples knew it, and the thousands of people gathered there knew it.

In continuing our discussion on God’s Heart for Service, we recognize that serving God oftentimes means “letting go” of our doubts and fears, going out on a limb in a public way, and demonstrating the reality that we surrender everything about our lives to follow Jesus.

Feel free to click on the link to take a look at our Bible passage for the evening:  Mark 6:33-44.

What do you think?  Leave a comment below. 

And come join us this Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT with a challenging message called “You Feed Them”.

Artwork:   The Feeding of the Five Thousand, c.1590, by Hendrick De Clerck