What is God Doing in Colombia?

October 31, 2013

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Margarita Legarda is our Missionary Partner in Bogota, Colombia.  She works with Huellas de Paz/Footprints of Peace in a very humble neighborhood.

This week she shared from the heart some of the challenges and victories of her work through the last season.

We are honored to have Margarita as our sister and Ministry Partner.

Please listen and be encouraged.  Start by downloading the message here.


What is a “Good Pastor”?

April 20, 2010

In the modern American church, we tend to lump together a variety of roles under the title of “pastor”.  Oftentimes we find it convenient to use that title for church staff who focus on adminstering, leading, teaching, and preaching, among other responsibilities.

Over the next two weeks, we will be looking at the spiritual gift of pastoring, and considering the parallels between the roles of a shepherd and a pastor.  We will be answering these questions and more:

  • How can I overcome wounds caused by pastors who did not meet my expectations and needs?
  • What does the Bible say about this spiritual gift?
  • Is the pastoral ministry limited to church staff, or can anyone exercise pastoral gifts?
  • Where can these gifts be developed? In a family? Small Group? Congregational setting?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message on  “Pastoring: Feeding God’s People”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peak” at the Scripture passage.

Feel free to answer this question below: “What do you look for in a good pastor?”


Praying for the Spiritual Gift of Teaching

January 31, 2010

This week, we have a real treat coming as Laurie Ducatte brings the next message in our series on “Praying for Spiritual Gifts”.  As a career nurse, Laurie has had the opportunity to learn and teach nursing skills in several different contexts, including:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Teaching “hands-on” clinical skills
  • Modeling 

We can learn a lot about how God may be calling us to teach others how to follow Jesus by considering how He has used each of these diverse methods to teach us. 

We know that God has already gifted our church community with many skilled at teaching, such as Laurie!  And tonight we look forward to inviting God to stir up the spiritual gift of teaching in our congregation, in our community, and in the Body of Christ worldwide.

Come and join us tonight at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message on “Praying for Spiritual Gifts–Teaching:  Sharing God’s Truth”.


What is a Vineyard Church?

November 13, 2009

The Raytown Vineyard Church is part of a growing association of over 750 churches in forty-seven countries worldwide, including over 500 churches in the U.S.

Although individual Vineyard churches may look and feel similar or very different, we all share 5 core values:

  • Seeking to understand and live in God’s purpose and plan.
  • Knowing God’s intimate and personal presence.
  • Pursuing open and authentic relationships.
  • Compassionate Ministry – caring for the under served.
  • Engaging our world with Jesus in culturally relevant ways.

There are 3 other Vineyard Churches in the greater Kansas City area:

Click here to learn more about the Association of Vineyard Churches.


Bear Grylls did Alpha. Now you can too.

September 5, 2009

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Ever heard of Bear Grylls?  He is the host–and subject–of the Discovery Channel’s wildly popular show called Man vs. Wild.

Why would an apparently self-sufficient man like Bear Grylls do Alpha?  (To see a short clip, click here.)

Isn’t Christianity a crutch for the weak?

Does the Christian faith have anything at all to say about the complexities of today’s world?

Starting on Thursday, September 10 at 6 PM, we are partnering with other area churches to provide you with the opportunity to catch dinner and a movie with the Alpha Course.  You will get to ask any question you have ever wanted to ask in a safe environment.

Bear Grylls did it.  Now, you can too.  (By the way, fire starting skills are not required to take Alpha.)

For more details on Alpha, click here.

To go straight to Registration, click here.


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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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: 

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What is God doing in Raytown?

July 16, 2009

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This week, we are welcoming the 5 members of the 2009 Vineyard Overland Park Summer Staff Team to work in Raytown. We are introducing the group to the experience of church planting by exposing them to a sample of business, government, church, school, and social agencies operating in the Raytown area.

We are also doing several service projects.

Throughout the week, we are asking the Team to investigate the answer to this question: “What is God doing in Raytown”. They will be presenting their findings at the worship service at 5 PM on Sunday evening.

FOLLOW UP NOTE (Added on Monday, July 20, 2009)

The Team did a great job last night summarizing their experiences in Raytown, which varied widely.  We did make an audio copy of the proceedings, which we are happy to make available to anyone who is interested.  Just click on the following link to listen to the entire worship service.

The Team Members were:

Anna Corey

Molly Hammack

Sam Corey

Zach Ross

Grace Cook

Here is a list of the 15 community contacts the Team worked with:

Ben Felder, Raytown Post

Jonathon Smith, RadioFreeRaytown

Benetti’s Coffee Experience

Raytown Christian Summer Lunch Outreach

River Christian Fellowship, Summer Lunch Distribution

Al Brown, Raytown Emergency Assistance Program

Jim Laney, ESL Program at St. Matthews Episcopal Church

Vickie Turnbow, Raytown Chamber of Commerce

Building Puppet Stage for Community Events

Southeast Enterprises Sheltered Workshop

Alderman Shane Par-due

Fiesta Azteca Restuaurant

Kansas City Baptist Temple

Raytown Vineyard Swap Meet Ministry

Raytown Vineyard Home Group


Raytown Vineyard is 6 Months Old!

July 5, 2009

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This week, as we celebrate our 6 month birthday, we are especially aware of so many blessings.  Here are some highlights of what we have seen God do so far:

+We now have over 100 people serving on our Intercessory Prayer Team. 

+We have witnessed 3 adults give their lives to Jesus.

+We have baptized 5 adults and 1 nine year old.

+We have experienced numerical growth in several areas—especially in Ministry with Children.  The number of kids participating in our weekly worship service increased from an average of 13 kids each week in January to an average of 21 kids each week in June.  This last Sunday, we saw 27 kids!!!

+We have also ministered with an average of 200 kids (and their families) each Sunday in the Summer of Love Swap Meet Ministry.  (This ministry is scheduled to continue through the end of August.)

+We have provided simultaneous English/Spanish translation of our messages.

+We have experienced a strong level of multicultural multiracial participation, reflecting the demographics of our local community.

+We have developed strong partnerships with the city, the school district, local churches, the local media, and social service agencies.

+We have donated to eight other organizations doing great ministry in Raytown.  As a tithing church, we are committed to giving away the first 10% of funds received.

+We have met every single one of our financial commitments on time during this period.

+We have an outstanding core of leaders who are stepping up in every way!

There are plenty of ways to get involved, whether you live around the community, or around the world.  Be sure to check back later this week for a “Top 10” list of ways you can participate.