The Raytown Vineyard Church Values Prayer

March 21, 2010

 

Why are we are investing so deeply in Prayer, through our gifts, time, and even our finances?  Because in 2010, we are asking God to make the Raytown Vineyard a Praying Church.  (Want to know more?  Check out the 2010 Prayer Invitation.)

After all, it is true that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. 

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

We have been blessed to commit over $1500 to the following Kansas City area ministries that are focused on Prayer.  This represents our way of sowing generously into becoming a Praying Church:

Citywide Prayer Movement of Kansas City http://www.citywideprayerkc.com/

Kansas City Boiler Room                                               http://kcboilerroom.com/

Oaks of Righteousness                                               http://theoaksministry.com/


Raytown Vineyard Church Concludes 1st Year of Supporting Community Partners

January 7, 2010

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

As a new Raytown church completing our 1st year, 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 were able to give away over $7000 to community partners in the first year that we have been a church.

We have donated in Jesus’ name to these great organizations who are addressing critical physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs in the greater Raytown area :

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown http://www.shepherdscenterraytown.org/

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

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

River of Refuge Dreamcenter  http://www.riverofrefuge.com/

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

Raytown Summer Lunch Ministry http://raytowncc.org/sites/default/files/pilot/pilot.pdf

Vineyard Overland Park—We were able to share a small donation with our “sending church” for their new building http://www.vineyardop.org

Raytown Educational Foundation  http://www.raytowneducationalfoundation.org

Angel Tree  http://www.angeltree.org

Hope Kitchen http://raytownfirstchurch.org/whatsnew.html

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


The Raytown Vineyard Supports Community Partners with our Church Tithes

November 14, 2009

From the very beginning, God has asked us to be a tithing church–where we give away the first 10% of our 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 $6500 to community partners in the first 11 months that we have been a church.

We have donated in Jesus’ name to these great organizations who are addressing critical physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs in the greater Raytown area :

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

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

River of Refuge Dreamcenter  http://www.riverofrefuge.com/

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

Vineyard Overland Park—We were able to share a small donation with our “sending church” for their new building http://www.vineyardop.org

Raytown Educational Foundation  http://www.raytowneducationalfoundation.org

Angel Tree  http://www.angeltree.org

Hope Kitchen http://raytownfirstchurch.org/whatsnew.html

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


Teaching our Kids about God’s Provision

October 29, 2009

Kids Standing

This week we take a break from the Book of Galatians to focus on how we can teach our kids about God’s character.  This week, we specifically will be addressing how we can teach kids about God’s provision.  While the role of individual parents might be the most obvious place to begin, there is also a role for our entire Kids Ministry team, and really for our entire church community.

The teaching for the week will be focused on John 6:1-12.  You might recognize this story as the miraculous “Feeding of the 5,000”.   What sometimes goes unnoticed is that the lone donor of the loaves and fishes was actually a child, who presumably gave everything he had.

This story raises a number of questions:

Generally how can we teach our kids about God’s provision?

How can we teach our kids the role of sacrificial  giving in seeing God’s miraculous provision? 

Is it possible that kids can teach adults about having the kind of child-like faith that God asks of us, especially in the area of God’s provision?

Click here if you would like an idea about what it would be like to come visit us this weekend. 

And click here if you would like to read the Bible passage ahead of time.

Feel free to post a note and join the conversation.


Thank you, on behalf of the kids!

October 21, 2009

Angel Tree Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came out to participate in the Angel Tree Benefit on Saturday!  As a result of the fundraising that occured at this event, over 100 kids of inmates will be able to receive Christmas presents this year!

On behalf of the kids, we would like to to thank:

+The 50 volunteers who made it possible.

+Each of our many generous donors.

+Benetti’s Coffee Experience, who helped us promote the event, graciously provided their parking lot, contributed the s’mores fixings, and offered proceeds from some great drink specials in honor of the event.

+Jonathon Smith, who coordinated the sound and played with his awesome band, My Science Fiction Twin.

+Brendan Hollis, who came from Springfield to play for us.

+Tom Maloney at Business Product Solutions, (located right next to Benetti’s) who provided for numerous logistical needs.

+Matt Mace at the Raytown Fire Department, who provided a firetruck for the event.

+Mary Bliss, who demonstrated her pottery wheel, and provided proceeds from the raku she sold.

+Andy Houltberg from Prison Fellowship, who helped us communicate the blessing of Angel Tree.

+God, who gave us the opportunity to come together to share a great evening serving some wonderful kids for his glory.


Its for the Kids!

October 5, 2009

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The Raytown Vineyard Church is teaming up with Prison Fellowship Ministries and dozens of community volunteers to hold an Awareness/Fundraiser Event for Angel Tree on Saturday, October 17th from 6-9 PM at Benetti’s Coffee Experience, located at 6109 Blue Ridge Blvd in downtown Raytown. 

Angel Tree provides Christmas presents to children who have one or both parents incarcerated.  Click here to learn about the 1.5 Million reasons to partcipate in Angel Tree.  As prisoners and their families are a foundational commitment for the Raytown Vineyard, this event is very near and dear to our hearts.  Our goal is to attract 200 participants and raise $2000 for this charity. 

We will have face painting and crafts for the kids, fire pits for s’mores, Raku firing by Mary Bliss, and two live bands who will play at no charge: Brendan Hollis  and My Science Fiction Twin

Prison Fellowship representatives will also have a booth set up to provide information about Angel Tree and will speak and show videos in between band sets. 

Remember, IT’S FOR THE KIDS!


Why Angel Tree? For 1.5 Million Reasons.

October 4, 2009

Every child has a story. For 1.5 million American children, that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness, and shame that comes from having a mom or dad in prison. At Angel Tree, we find ways to reach out to these children, by sharing Christ’s love with them at Christmas and by developing year-round relationships. In the end, it’s so much more than giving Christmas gifts-it’s about restoring families.

At the Raytown Vineyard Church, we have been so impacted by serving through Angel Tree over the last 2 years.  On October 17, we have the opportunity to share the joy of Angel Tree with all of our friends, family, and the greater Raytown and Kansas City community.

Come join us for the Angel Tree Benefit from 6 to 9 PM on Saturday, October 17.  For more information, click here.


Experience an Angel Tree Christmas.

October 3, 2009

What is it like to experience an Angel Tree Christmas?  Take a peak at this video “snapshot” of one group’s recent experience.

At the Raytown Vineyard Church, we have been so impacted by serving through Angel Tree over the last 2 years.  On October 17, we have the opportunity to share the joy of Angel Tree with all of our friends, family, and the greater Raytown and Kansas City community.

Come join us for the Angel Tree Benefit from 6 to 9 PM on Saturday, October 17.  For more information, click here.


Raytown Vineyard is 6 Months Old!

July 5, 2009

Half Year Cake

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 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.