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.


The Raytown Vineyard is a Growing Church

June 25, 2009

Father’s Day 2009 was quite memorable for our young church!  Following our worship service, we packed up and moved out to a community pool to share some baptisms and enjoy a cookout/pool party.

At the beginning of the evening, we were aware of 3 folks who were wanting to be baptized.  Several more came forward for baptism throughout the evening.  By the time all was said and done, we baptized 6, including 5 adults and 1 nine-year old.

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

The Raytown Vineyard is a growing church.

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The Raytown Vineyard is a Tithing Church

June 19, 2009

From the very beginning, God has asked us to be a tithing church–where we give away the first 10% church’s income before we pay our bills.

As a new church in Raytown, we are committed to joining in with other ministries who are already doing effective ministry in our community.  This is a good opportunity for us to learn to be generous with no strings attached.

Thanks to God’s faithfulness through our generous congregation, we have already been able to give away over $4100 in the first 24 weeks that we have been a church!

Through this Sunday, we have donated to these great ministries who are addressing critical physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs in the greater Raytown area in Jesus’ name:

Kansas City Alpha Invitation http://www.alphausa.org/Articles/1000048660/Vision_Event.aspx

Hillcrest Ministries  http://www.hillcresttransitionalhousing.org/

Kansas City Dreamcenter  http://www.rivercentral.org/Groups/1000043823/River_Christian_Fellowship/Things_To_Do/Impact_Community/River_of_Refuge/River_of_Refuge.aspx

Hope Network  http://hopeforraytown.org/

Open Door Dinner Program at One Spirit Methodist Church  http://www.gbgm-umc.org/onespiritumc/

Raytown Emergency Assistance Program http://www.raytownreap.org/,

Summer Backpack Lunch Program http://raytowncc.org/sites/default/files/pilot/pilot.pdf

Living Word Testament Church–Another church plant right here in Raytown.


God’s Plan for Fatherhood–“Its Never Too Late”

June 17, 2009

What is your image of fatherhood? 

Wishing you could turn the clock back to a time that was real or imagined?

Are you struggling with your father’s inability or unwillingness to meet your needs?

How can you be the Father you want to be, that the children in your life are needing?

This Sunday at CONNECT, we explore God’s Plan for Fatherhood.  God’s truth: “Its never too late.”

Have a comment or question?  Leave a note and join the conversation.


Following Jesus = Laying Down My Rights

May 30, 2009

Challenging Message: Laying Down My Rights

The fundamental challenge of Christianity is the demand Jesus makes to surrender everything to follow him. As we actually attempt to live this out, we find that we must actually face a decision to lay down our rights.

This aspect of surrender throws us into intense internal conflict, as every part of our human nature cries out for us to hold onto our rights. And yet, we recognize that to move forward in our walk, we must lay down our rights.

How does that feel to you?

Join us as we CONNECT on Sunday, May 31 at 5 PM to take on this issue.

Or, feel free to enter into the conversation by posting a reply below.

1) What makes this kind of surrender so difficult?
2) Have you ever messed up in this area of surrender and hope for a “do over”?
3) Have you made a real breakthrough in this area of surrender?
4) The little Book of Philemon–only 25 verses long–is a great study in one person’s challenge to surrender their rights.   Paul invited Philemon to lay down his rights to recoup his “property”, forgive a wrong done to him, and to sacrifically love someone from a lower social class than him.