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.

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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.