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FREE Musical Theater Workshops

Blue Ridge Blvd. United Methodist Church
5055 Blue Ridge Boulevard, KC MO, 353-1435

presents a week of FREE Musical Theater Workshops beginning Sunday, June 11 for “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT”. (June 11-16, 5:30-8:00pm culminating in **one performance only!** Saturday, June 17 at 7:00pm. Involve the whole family, bring friends and relations! Attend all the workshops to learn the show, then at the end of the week perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s upbeat musical that tells the biblical story of Joseph and his many-colored coat.

Workshops are free, open to all ages, no audition required.

Please register on our websitewww.blueridgechurch.org
General admission tickets to the performance on June 17 are $10 and are available now through the church office Tuesday-Thursday, 9:00am-12:00noon and 1:00-4:00pm or on Sunday morning.

Raytown Summer Childrens Lunch Program needs our help

The Raytown Summer Childrens Lunch Ministry does not have enough funds to complete its mission of providing free healthy lunches to low-income children in Raytown for the period between the end of Summer School and the start of the Fall semester. This is the seventh year for the program and the need exceeded their expected 600 children, an aditional 200 more children have shown up.  They need your help.

RaytownOnline.com is adding them to the Ads for Charity program. Any donation of at least $20 gets not one, but a two month ad on RaytownOnline.com for free. Please make the donation directly to the charity and tell them it is part of RaytownOnline.com’s Ads for Charity.  The ads run in the left hand column on the website and the highest donation gets the top location.

The Raytown Summer Lunch Ministry is coordinated by Raytown Christian Church in conjunction with the following…

Blue Ridge Bible Church
Blue Ridge Boulevard UMC
Blue Ridge Christian Church DOC
Gas Mart Convenience Store
Eastgate Christian Church DOC
Laurel Hills Elementary School Staff
Peace Lutheran Church
Raytown C-2 School District
Raytown Retired Teachers Association
Raytown High School National Honor Society
Raytown UPS Store
Sterling Acres Baptist Church
Blue Ridge Presbyterian
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Kansas City Men’s Chorus
Lake Lotawana Optimist Club
Raytown Hy-Vee
River Church
Southwood United Church of Christ
St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church
Taylor Business Group
Pink Hill Properties

More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at their website http://raytownsummerlunch.info/

This recent program ran on KCTV5 and we thank them for providing the code to embed their video.

Hope & Healing Worship Center

RaytownOnline.com was invited to a celebration at the Hope & Healing Worship Center, located just East of Raytown Road on 67th St. We were greeted by Pastor Avery, good music, burgers on the grill and the site of a lot of children enjoying a bouncy tent. For fear of damaging the bouncy tent, we stayed outside of it on this visit. Below is a message from Pastor Avery Sanders about the Church’s Mission.

Images from the First Baptist Community Carnival

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Free Community Carnival at First Baptist

headerSave the date for FBR’s FREE Community Carnival on Saturday, May 3, from 12:00-5:00 p.m. We’ll have over a dozen rides and inflatables for all ages, midway games, live entertainment, food, and more! Admission, rides, and games are free, making it FBR’s gift to the community. The only thing that costs is the delicious carnival food. The Community Carnival is open to everyone, so start inviting your friends and family to an event where they will have a blast!



Here are just some of the rides and inflatables your family will enjoy:rides


One Spirit United Methodist Church Annual Rummage Sale

One Spirit United Methodist Church Annual Rummage Sale
7900 Blue Ridge Blvd
Wed. Apr 30, 8am to 6pm
Thurs.& Fri. May 1 & 2, 9am to 4pm
Sat. May 3, 9am to noon
Clothing, household items, furniture, toys, books, etc.
Lunch served daily ($), soups, sandwiches, pies
All proceeds go to help women and children’s missions


Westridge Gardens to Host a Raytown Artist of the Month Series in 2014

Thursday, January 30th from 4:00-6:00 PM Westridge Gardens is partnering with the Raytown Artist’s Associations to host the inaugural Artist of the Month reception featuring Artist, Dawn C. Thomas. The community is invited, at no charge, to come and enjoy refreshments, meet the artist, view the art, and possibly purchase a piece for home. The last Thursday of each month the reception will feature a different artist from the Raytown Artist’s Association.  The receptions are an unique opportunity for the community meet the artist, see a variety of different styles of art and subject matters. 

About the Artist:

Ms. Thomas has been painting for over 40 years. She studies with several nationally known watercolor artists annually. Her prize-winning work has been exhibited in area Art Show’s and Festivals in Kansas and Missouri; She has won many local and state awards.

Ms. Thomas has a Master’s Degree in Art and taught high school art for 40 years. She has authored and published five books for art teachers. Since retirement in 2009, her work has been selected for National Juried shows across the USA. In addition, she also is known for large indoor and outdoor murals.

“My subject matter is primarily floral and landscapes. The Architecture and culture of the Southwest has intrigued me. Like a magnet, I visit and paint in Taos, New Mexico yearly. My trademark vivid colors, strong emphasis on light and shadow, and unusual viewpoints help enhance the subjects I choose. Never without ideas, I’m always experimenting and evolving.” Inspiration comes from everywhere.

Ms. Thomas holds memberships in the MO, AL, TX, IL, and Red River Watercolor Societies. Currently, she is the President of the Raytown Artist’s Association and a member of the Lee’s Summit Art Group. Her paintings can be seen at Image Gallery in Overland Park, Gott Art in Lee’s Summit, and St. Luke’s East.

The artwork that is changed out at the beginning of the month at Westridge Gardens is located in living room and the front hallway.  Anyone who is unable to attend the reception is encouraged to come out anytime through out the month. Each piece of artwork is accompanied by a small card noting the artist’s name, the work’s title, the purchase price, and the artist’s contact information. Each of these exquisite pieces is for sale, and anyone interested in purchasing a piece or two should contact each artist directly. Again, we love the Raytown Artist’s Association for choosing us to show off the great works of their amazing artists.

 For over twenty years, Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been dedicated to serving patients in Raytown, Missouri while specializing in short term rehabilitation to home and extended care nursing services. At Westridge Gardens, we believe the only way to serve our residents and their families is with a standard of excellence second to none. Westridge Gardens is committed to the highest standards of excellence, and welcomes the opportunity to serve the residents of the Raytown area in the future. Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a Tutera Senior Living Community.



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First Baptist of Raytown

Heart of America Christmas Pageant



“FALL BACK in Love” Sunday, November 3, 2013, 10:45 a.m. at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raytown. Join us for a special celebration of LOVE and MARRIAGE! Have the opportunity (at no cost) to renew your wedding vows during worship, then join us for a fun “wedding reception” following the service. Feel free to wear your wedding attire, and bring your camera for special photo ops!

Bark in the Park Retriever demonstration

Sam Davis shows off his dogs ability to retrieve at Bark in the Park.

Sit Means Sit – at Bark in the Park 2013

The “Sit Means Sit” dog trainers gave a nice performance of their dogs doing tricks.  When questioned about training cats, the replay was “no cats, husbands of wifes, just dogs.” 



More videos in the works for Bark in the Park and the Dwayne Bowe Foundation fundraiser.

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Presents: GOD’S FAVORITE by Neil Simon

Do you know someone who is a good actor? Do you like to act and need an opportunity to perform while building up your resume?

If so, please come to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church at 9420 James A. Reed Road (at the corner of James A. Reed and Bannister roads) in south Kansas City on Monday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. for open auditions for God’s Favorite, a comedy by Neil Simon, directed by Professor Ron Schaeffer from the Theatre Department at University of Missouri Kansas City. Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, April 30 beginning at 7pm. Available roles include:

  • Two young men to play Ben and David
  • One young woman for Sarah
  • One man between 30 and 60 years of age for Sidney
  • One man and one woman around 50 or 60 years old for Joe and Rose
  • An African-American couple

Rehearsals begin on May 20 at the church and will be held Mondays thru Fridays from 7:00 to 9:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The play will be presented on Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 29 at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 30 at 10:00 a.m. 440 seats are available per performance and there is no charge to attend. A light meal will be available for $3.

Contact Megan Gunn at 816-214-5329 for details and to make an appointment to audition.

“God’s Favorite (Neil Simon)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Note: Anyone of any race can play any part. 

Divorce Care for Kids and Divorce Care for Adults at Graceway

graceway_logoGraceway located at 5460 Blue Ridge Cutoff is offering a Divorce Care for Kids and Divorce Care for Adults. These programs are on Wednesday evenings at Graceway and will run approximately 13 weeks twice a year. For more information call 816.423.2843 or visit http://visitgraceway.org/small-groups/care-groups/.

“Divorce Care for Kids is a special group to help your children heal from the pain caused by a separation or divorce. DC4K provides your children with a safe and neutral place to recognize and learn to share their feelings. Divorce Care is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone.”

Free Tax Preparation for low income, seniors & disabled

Free Tax Prep 2013 flyer LWTC

Community Health Fair

Take charge of your health with LIVING WORD TESTAMENT CHURCH in their Annual Raytown Community Health Fair. You’ll receive free and confidential health screenings along with a free “go green” reusable grocery bag for the first 150 attendees. They will have lots of giveaways and great door prizes. This event is being held on Saturday, October 27th from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the church located at 6158 RAYTOWN TRAFFICWAY, Raytown, MO. The host pastor is Dr. Floyd C. Wiggins III.

 For more information please contact 816.444.9600 or the church at 816.886.1305.

LIVING WORD TESTAMENT CHURCH, A Church where the Living Word meets Life!

Charity Auction for REAP and Ivanhoe Church

Ivanhoe United Church of Christ at 6512 Woodson Road is holding a charity auction on Saturday, October 20th to benefit REAP (Raytown Emergency Assistance Program) and Ivanhoe . The proceeds will be split 50/50. There will be a silent auction items and food available beginning at 5:00 pm, with a live auction to follow at 7:00 pm. We’ll also have items up for raffle, including a new iPad 3 and a new flat panel 32″ LCD HD TV!

Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Ivanhoe-UCC/217048525089063?fref=ts

Baha’is of Raytown Refurbishes Police Memorial Garden

 Members of the faith group Baha’is of Raytown refurbished the Missouri Law Enforcement Officers Memorial garden on 10-07-12.  The garden was located on the south side of City Hall, between the City Hall parking lot and 59 Street.

Baha’is of Raytown members, including Chairperson Karen Block, refurbished the site by removing leaves and debris, straightening the rock ground cover, and placing seasonal flowers and decorations.  The mums and pumpkins were obtained from Bannister Garden Center.

The group plans to conduct further improvement work in spring of 2013

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading at the ROC

Basketball Evaluations & Cheerleading Sign up & Parent Meeting September 15th
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade 9:00-11:30am
3rd – 6th Grade 11:30-2:00pm

Early Registration Cost $79
NO LATE FEES this season.
Optional purchase items $15 shorts or turtleneck

Sign up online today!!! www.rocfitness.org/basketball

Bark in the Park 2012 the video

Austin Mayo Medical Bill’s Fundraiser

Austin Mayo was seriously injured in a riding lawnmower accident this June. He has made a remarkable recovery from a coma, but the medical bills are huge. There will be a softball tournament this weekend at Graceway Church located at 5460 Blue Ridge Cutoffto raise funds for the medical bills.  The entry fee is $200 per team, For more information, call 816-651-9279

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Annual Book Sale

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Annual Book Sale

Friday, September 21

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 22

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown

(Across from Blue Ridge Elementary School)

Fiction, Gardening, Science Fiction, Childrens,

Nonfiction, Religious, and more!

If you have books to donate or would like to volunteer to sort and set up, call the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown office at 816-356-9000.

Break Time Club

Free Respite Care through Breaktime Club of Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

The Breaktime Club program invites older care recipients with some limitations to enjoy a program which engages the body, mind and spirit. Caregivers are able to find comfort in the fact that their loved ones are enjoying a day of social interaction. The Breaktime Club provides respite  for caregivers each Monday, empowering them to respond to their own needs and enhancing their ability as caregivers.

The Breaktime Club meets every Monday at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church 5055 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm and includes a hot lunch.  There are no cost or residency requirements to participate in this program. Funding is provided by Shepherd’s Center of America and Mid America Regional Council Department of Aging.

A Caregiver’s Support Group meets the second Monday of each month at 9:30 at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church. Caregiver resources are shared by professionals in the field of aging to assist in caregiving knowledge. Each month a different speaker is featured. For additional information please contact the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown at 816-356-9000 or Program Director Dianne Morris at 816-353-3155.

The Breaktime Club is one of several programs and services of the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown. The Shepherd’s Center of Raytown offers many programs that enable older adults to discover opportunities for continuing intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. These programs include: Adventures in (Lifelong) Learning, Exercise Group, Book Club, Bridge/Cards Group and Tai Chi Chih. In order to assist in aging in place for older adults, Shepherd’s Center of Raytown also provides the following services: Meals on Wheels, Senior Companion/Respite Care, Telephone Reassurance, Handyman Repair and Wheels that Care transportation assistance.