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Desperate for Community

January 24, 2017

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“I tried to force myself into doing something that wasn’t really me… all out of desperation for community.”

For Abbey Fraser, it kept coming back to two simple questions: Where do I belong? Who am I?

In just a matter of three years so much in her life had changed, she had experienced parental divorce, was married […]

John Baxter: iamgraceway

January 10, 2017

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Leadership, community, and investing in others are all words that characterizes things John Baxter feels passionate about.

While growing up in a Christian home, his story really begins in college while attending Liberty University in Virginia. A time defined when John’s faith and direction became his own.

There were three men who came along in John’s life […]

I am Graceway: Shelby DeWitt

October 13, 2016

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Shelby DeWitt’s story begins in high school. A herniated disk in her back pulled her out of sports, something that had been very important in her life. She got into a slump, and began to fall into depression and started self-medicating: hanging out with the wrong people, partying, drinking.

 

Her senior […]

Brian Stuchul Story

October 5, 2016

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“From the moment I heard the metal of my car crunching, I knew. I knew that God didn’t make this happen to me, but I knew I had been running from God and this was his way of letting me know he was still there…waiting for me to follow Him.”

This is how Brian Stuchul describes […]

Cameron Green Story

September 28, 2016

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The first time Cameron and Kiante Green looked into the face of their newborn baby girl, they knew their lives had changed forever.  They had prayed for her.  They shed tears and pleaded with God to heal in utero, the child doctors told them would be born with neurological delays if […]

It Starts with Being Real

August 9, 2016

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Seyko Groves began attending Graceway in 2004. This was a scary time, she describes, one full of transition. She had her first child on the way, had just graduated college, and wasn’t married yet. She had attended her previous church since childhood, so making the change among everything else happening was challenging.

The biggest thing that […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Point of Forgiveness

October 20, 2015

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In January we are going to begin an “i am graceway” series and from time-to-time we are going to share stories from our congregation—stories of redemption, stories of overcoming, and stories of forgiveness. This week you will read a story about one of our staff members, Kellie DeWitt, and how God helped her forgive what […]

Learning to love yourself as God loves you

September 2, 2015

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One afternoon while playing this silly playground game Chris ‘caught’ a girl and when he did, she turned and yelled, “Stay away, ugly!”  That phrase, which also included an obscene word directed towards Chris at the time, altered the way he would view himself for the next 30 years.  Never before did he ever consider […]