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Dear Dads

June 16, 2016

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This is for you.

For the dads who walk through the door tired and hungry at the end of a long workday. To the dads attempting a simple task of changing out of work clothes while one child climbs over you and another is shouting from the kitchen table for homework help. For the dads who […]

High School Ministry Update

June 9, 2016

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A few weeks ago we announced some personnel shifts within our Family Life Ministry. In August, Nick Hart will be assuming the role of High School Pastor, Brian Stuchul will take over as Family Life Pastor, and we are currently in the process of looking for someone to lead the Middle School Ministry. […]

Graceway’s Discipleship Process

June 1, 2016

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For the past several months, you have heard us discuss our new and improved approach to the discipleship process. Discipleship is not just a class or a program, it is at the heart of all that we do at Graceway. Our desire is to help people become healthy and thriving disciples of Jesus Christ. As […]

Dalton Vann – I’m just me

May 19, 2016

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vann-familyWritten by Mara Williams

Dalton and Rhonda Vann have sat in the pews at Graceway church for the last 20 years, near the front, close to the Word.

But the couple has been together for 30 years. They met in 1982 at Lee’s Summit High School back when inter-racial […]

StratOp Update – May 2016

May 10, 2016

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Just a couple of weeks ago, Graceway staff members participated in our second Strategic Operation Planning (StratOp) process. For two days, we gathered together reviewing our first StratOp session, seeing how far we have come, and where we want to see Graceway go in the future. Much prayer and seeking God for His direction went […]

A low point and a giant roadside cross

April 26, 2016

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Written by Mara Williams

An emotional low point, a phone text, and a giant roadside cross, led Maxx Woodring back to the Bible, to a bonfire and Graceway.

Maxx, now 22 and living in Lee’s Summit, was raised a Lutheran. It’s where his parents attended church dragging him along with them every Sunday morning, building for him, […]

A Student Ministry Announcement

April 20, 2016

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We want to provide you with an update regarding both our high school and middle school ministries.

You may know that Brian Stuchul currently plays many roles here at Graceway. He is the high school pastor, a member of our Strategic Planning and Action Teams, and oversees all of Family Life; which encompasses SkyKids […]

REAP Food Drive

April 13, 2016

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In 2016, the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP) has already given over 28,000 items of food to hungry families. For more than 30 years REAP has served as a food pantry and has provided financial assistance for thousands in the Raytown school district that fall at or below the poverty rate. What they do is […]

Missions Update & StratOp Renewal

April 7, 2016

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Missions Update
Missions is a big part of Graceway. Through missions we strive to complete the Great Commission Jesus gave us as we learn to love the world as God the Father loves it. It is through this we see the impact of the Holy Spirit as he uses us to reach those who need Christ.

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Called to Connect

March 30, 2016

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We are excited to announce that Chris Ruzicka’s title will be changing from Connections Director to Connections Pastor. Chris was ordained back in 2001 when he and Jennifer moved to Borger, TX to work as a student ministries pastor. He spent seven years serving in Texas before returning to Graceway. Upon his return, Chris served […]

Growing away from mistrust

March 16, 2016

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Brett Konomos, 18, came to Graceway after being invited to a Lord of the Rings marathon.

Growing up all over the Kansas City metro area, Brett went through multiple divorces as a child. He hasn’t seen his biological father in almost a decade. He describes himself as not being a bad kid growing up, but his […]

Graceway’s Organizational Structure

March 3, 2016

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Throughout this past year, we have had many questions surrounding how Graceway is structured in light of our leadership retreat last year. Graceway is an organization committed to team leadership and this is represented in our improved organizational structure as we have multiple teams working together on many levels.

We desired to create a […]

Turning back to God

February 24, 2016

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God designed his church to be a place where imperfect people can be fully known and fully loved. “I realized if I kept living this way, I would die soon,” Jesse Hamilton recalls as he tells his story at its lowest point.

After months of spending what money […]

Meant for something more

February 16, 2016

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Written by Maura Williams

Christopher Gerdeman’s story ends and begins on a cool November afternoon while he sat in his vehicle parked near an Eastern Jackson County lake.

His heart was broken. A woman he’d loved had ended the relationship that he’d forsaken family and friends for. He was only 22 years old yet he felt he […]

An improved approach to discipleship

February 9, 2016

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Just a couple of weeks ago, we laid out Graceway’s improved approach to the discipleship process beginning in June this year. Holistic discipleship is one of our core values as we believe that discipleship is a lifelong pursuit of maturing in Christ that impacts every aspect of our lives. Graceway is recommitting itself to our […]

Graceway Praise in 2016

February 2, 2016

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By now, you may have noticed that our praise teams look a little different from what you had been used to seeing. We are entering a new season with our Worship Ministry at Graceway and I’m excited to be able to share that with you.

In January of 2015, I began to pray and […]

A passion for learning

January 27, 2016

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Reba Chambers has always had a passion for learning and education and a gift of writing. In high school, she would write short stories and would pass them around to classmates. People would constantly ask what would happen next in the plot. Reba describes herself as a self-educator. If there is a subject she is […]

Fulfilling Destiny

January 20, 2016

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Rod Suydam’s story is one of fulfilling destiny. Coming to the point where you are walking in His will and fulfilling what God has called you to do. “It is something I questioned most of my life. Trying to put all the pieces of where, when, why and how together.” Rod says. Rod was raised […]

Creativity, Community, & Conversation

January 13, 2016

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jrandall-squareJake Randall was born into a church family, but it wasn’t until he went to a basketball camp his junior year of high school that he gave his life to Christ. From there, he said, everything changed. It was the point where his faith became his […]

Important Giving Information for 2016

January 5, 2016

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Our accounting team mails annual giving statements by January 31 for the previous year’s contributions. You can help us provide you with an accurate statement by utilizing one of the following methods when giving:
-Place your money in a pre-assigned, pre-numbered offering envelope;
-Place your money in a generic envelope (located behind the auditorium seats) providing your […]