Adam Parker Bringing Message on “Serving our Neighbors as an Act of Worship”

February 14, 2014

Adam Parker

When we scheduled Adam Parker to bring a message on “Serving our Neighbors as an Act of Worship”, we had no idea what would happen in the days leading up to bringing this message.

The Parker’s life is dedicated to assisting families in crisis.  Now they are literally a homeless family with a serious transportation need themselves.

Please join us at  10 AM on Sunday to hear Adam’s perspective on his experience, God’s faithfulness, and serving as an act of worship.

URGENT Parker Family Emergency – Please Pray

We have had 2 major life incidences happen in the past week that we want to share with those close to us. We are asking for your prayers during this time.

Our family van has broken down. We went to Florida for a week for my brother’s wedding. On the way down, our big family van broke down and we received an estimate of $6,000 to work on it, but there was no guarantee that would fix the problem. We are still trying to figure out what to do to get it fixed.

Our Kansas City Home has been destroyed. Just a little while ago, we received an emergency call from a neighbor in Kansas City. We are told that a pipe burst in our Kansas City home and no one noticed it for days. Over 44,000 gallons of water is in our home and has frozen. We have over 3 feet of ice frozen in our home coming out of the windows. We were told that due to the intense amount of water that was on the upper floor, the entire upper floors collapsed and is encased in ice. So in addition to a humungous water bill, all of our possessions are gone. All the family special memories, Stephanie’s grand piano she got from her parents, all furniture, clothes, children’s toys, lost. Everything.
One tangible need that we have now is that because our car is broken down we are not able to drive back and Adam needs to fly out immediately to assess the damage, speak with an insurance adjuster and save whatever can be saved. We will do this while Stephanie stays in Florida with the children. We could use help with the plane ticket and/or cost to fix our van.If you able to help with this, please click here to donate online: 

We don’t know the other tangible items we will need yet. We are still in shock. All we know is we are homeless, stranded in Florida….with no car. However, we know it’s just stuff, we are all safe and we are trusting in the Lord. Please keep our family in your prayers and we will keep you updated on our next steps.
The Parkers
Adam, Stephanie, David, Daniel, Gabriel, Noah, Elizabeth, Ella, Adeline
Advertisements

Giving the Kids a Boost on our Shoulders

September 5, 2011
Kids don’t come with Instruction Manuals!  And we recognize that of all the jobs we are given in our lifetimes, raising the next generation is our biggest assignment! Our community’s kids will have much bigger and more complicated assignments than we could even imagine.
 
When and where do you get a breather to talk about your parenting job in a lighthearted way with people who understand?
 
In the hustle and bustle of life, do you need a spot to stop and share your victories and shortcomings in a safe and supportive setting?
 
This is a Small Group that will focus on Parenting, but it is open to Grandparents, Foster Parents, Encouragers, Prayers, and really everyone who is committed to raising the next generation to be even stronger than we are in their love for God and for one another.
 
It is sponsored by the Raytown Vineyard Church, but it is for anyone who wants to give a boost to the next generation by investing in our community’s kids and grandkids.

Still not sure about it?

Check out the “Come and See” event on Friday, September 9 at the Truesdale Home.  We will kick off at 7 with Snacks, and will start the program at 7:30. See if this is something worth spending 2 nights a month doing. No commitments–just check it out.  And by the way, feel free to bring the kids!


When is Serving Food Worth Giving Your Life For?

July 7, 2011

 

In the days following the birth of the church recorded in the Book of Acts, Stephen was the first person to be murdered for his faith in Jesus.  What is somewhat surprising is that Stephen’s primary role was serving food to the hungry, and not leading the church as an evangelist or pastor.

How could serving people food get the authorities so stirred up that they would imprison and kill Stephen?  There are plenty of indications in the Scripture passage for this week’s sermon that Stephen was performing his food service calling in a supernatural calling and power. 

Here are some of the questions we will answer this Sunday:

o When is serving food worth dying for?
o How could the church’s serving food make the authorities feel so uncomfortable?
o Why did God’s plan to serve food draw so much opposition?
o Does God have a Plan to feed the hungry people in our community, country, and world?
o Do you have a role in that Plan?

If you would care to look ahead, feel free to review Acts 6:8-15, which will be the centerpiece for our discussion.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share a Sermon called “When is Serving Food Worth Giving Your Life For?”.


Is Feeding People a Spiritual Activity?

June 26, 2011

 

Food is a huge part of our lives!  When we aren’t actually eating, many of us are thinking about eating.  In fact, for some of us, food can easily become an obsession–but that’s a topic for another day.

Today, we will be addressing this fundamental question~”Does God Call Feeding People a Spiritual Activity?”.  We will begin to answer some questions today:

o What makes an activity a “spiritual activity” in God’s eyes?
o What does the Bible say about food?
o In the Book of Acts, what were the spiritual standards for people who oversaw food distribution?
o Does God have a Plan to feed the hungry people in our community, country, and world?
o Do you have a role in that Plan?

If you would care to look ahead, feel free to review Acts 6:1-7, which will be the centerpiece for our discussion.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we share a Sermon called “Does God Call Feeding People a Spiritual Activity?”.


Serving = Testing Faith

September 23, 2010

 

Sometimes as we walk this journey of following Jesus, we receive pretty specific insights about the purpose and plan that God has for us.  This week’s sermon is about trusting God with the promises He has made us. It is about trusting Him with the tasks that He has given us to do. It is about walking through life “holding loosely” to the things that He has given us.

Abraham in the Bible certainly experienced this.  God promised for years that he would have have a son and father a great nation.  This nation would bless the whole world.  Once his son was actually born, it wasn’t very long before God tested Abraham by asking him to “give up” his son.

Fortunately, Abraham passed the test by showing that he was willing to yield his son to God’s will.  He knew that God’s ability to fulfill promises goes way beyond current circumstances.  That’s why Abraham was able to “hold loosely” the apparent plan that God had to accomplish His purpose.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message called “Serving = Testing Faith”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage for the week.


Serving = Tithing

September 8, 2010

 

On Sunday evening, we will be continuing our series called Lessons in Service from the Life of Abraham. This week, our sermon title is “Serving = Tithing”.

This sermon is about serving God by making God #1 in our financial lives. Not just using our money in ways that glorify Him, but becoming the kind of people who yield control of our finances to Him by asking Him what we are supposed to give, and then simply giving it first.

This week, we will explore these 3 truths:

1) God has given us everything! We serve by giving back a portion of what we have received.

2) God asks for our first fruits–the first things we produce or earn. This principal is consistent throughout Scripture.

3) God invites us to tithe as an act of love. He doesn’t “need” or even “demand” our money. God knows that our spending decisions both reveal and reinforce where our affections are. “Where your treasures lie, there your heart will be also.”

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message called “Serving = Tithing”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage for the week.


Serving = Hard Work

September 4, 2010

On Sunday evening, we will be continuing our series called Lessons in Service from the Life of Abraham. This week, our sermon title is “Serving = Hard Work”.

This sermon falls on Labor Day weekend.  Over Labor Day last year in a sermon called God’s Heart for Work, we took the occasion to speak about how we can approach our work (vocations) as acts of service. This year, things get reversed as we are discussing how our service for the Kingdom turns out to actually look and feel like work–because it is work to serve!

In the Bible passage we will be exploring this week, we will see how Abraham pursued and routed a massive army that had taken his nephew Lot captive.

It must have taken a lot of courage for Abraham to chase down the captors and to attack this ruthless army.  But he was a man who went to great effort to serve his nephew by rescuing him from captivity.

This week, we will explore these 3 truths:

1) Serving is hard work because it ALWAYS puts us in square conflict with the World, the Flesh, and/or the Devil.

2) Although it is hard work, we still serve because we are compelled by love.

3) Whenever we are serving from the right place, we can expect God to provide direction and confirmation, which is quite helpful because usually service organized around the Kingdom looks nothing like the way the world would organize service.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message called “Serving = Hard Work”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage for the week.

This painting is called The Spirit of Kansas City and was painted by Norman Rockwell in the aftermath of the flood of 1951.