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Rachelle Crowe

Rachelle Crowe Rachelle Crowe is the Director of Community Development and is responsible for finding ways for Redeemer to serve and seek the welfare of our neighborhood and city. She's a lifelong Kansas City resident and has been involved with Redeemer since the beginning.

Summer Sports Camp Recap

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Well, we had yet another exciting Summer of Sports Camps! We had about 100 kids come and play basketball, football, baseball and soccer.

There were a few highlights from this summer I wanted to share with you. It was so beautiful to watch these coaches learn kids names, encouraged them no matter what level of competency, and more than anything, show them and tell them about Jesus. It’s really fun to see so many of the same kids return year and year.

There were small groups who prepared a meal together to bring to the kids, coaches and families. Many thanked us for the opportunity to serve as a group and we were blown away by the sacrifices these groups made for these families.

It was amazing to watch parents who attend Redeemer to involve their kids in these camps and then meet other parents whose kids attended the same school. Some even had the same kids in their classes. I loved the friendships that formed at camp.

Families told me stories of their kids counting down the days until camp and that it was the highlight of their summer. Other kids would shout, “I can’t wait until next year”. That is so encouraging for us to hear.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who donated their time this summer to invest in the lives of families all over our city.

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Back to School Bash 2016

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Fall is always a fun time of the year in our neighborhood, and we couldn’t help but get caught up in the buzz of our younger friends getting ready for a new year of school!

On August 6, Redeemer Fellowship is hosting our first Back to School Bash. This is a new event designed to draw near to one of the biggest areas of need in our city: education.

At Back to School Bash, families will get a head start on the school year by shopping for brand-new school supplies at a reduced cost in a store like atmosphere, much like Affordable Christmas.

And the best part about it? The families that will come through our doors are the same friends what we’ve been fortunate enough to build relationships with through Affordable Christmas, Sports Camps, and our ongoing school partnerships!

GET INVOLVED

To participate you can help in a few ways:

  • Donate school supplies at any Redeemer service for the next two Sundays (7/24 & 7/31). Click here for an Amazon Wish List and here for a PDF of ideas.
  • Sign-up to serve. You can help families shop, help with activities for the kids (bounce house, cotton candy, popcorn, and games!), or help with setup and cleanup. You’re also more than welcome to bring your families up to the building to hang out and meet our community.
  • This event is open to our Redeemer families as well. If you would like to participate as a shopper, please shoot me an email and I will get you all the info you need.
  • We can’t wait to see you on August 6!

    Affordable Christmas 2015

    In a few weeks, our building at Redeemer Midtown will look a little different! We will transform our space into a store and Christmas decorations will fill the building, all in preparation for Affordable Christmas. Affordable Christmas is an annual event that we host to empower families to provide Christmas in a dignified way.

    Every year people donate thousands of gifts that are available for purchase by families from our partner organizations (Crossroads Academy & Alcazar Apartments) at 1/10th of the original purchase price.

    Affordable Christmas will be on Saturday, December 12 from 9 am to 2 pm, and we need your help to pull it off! Check out our website to learn about how you can Give and Serve with Affordable Christmas.

    Here are a couple stories of people impacted by Affordable Christmas over the years.

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    Affordable Christmas 1

    I really connected with the mom I was helping shop for her 4 kids. She lost her husband about a year ago and clearly it was very difficult for her to be facing the holidays alone! I couldn’t shake that afternoon and thought about it often during the days leading up to Christmas and decided to send her a Christmas gift so she would have something to open. I ended up bringing it by her house Christmas Eve and it was a delight to see the joy it brought her to know someone cared for her!

    Affordable Christmas 3

    The first woman who I was assisting as a personal shopper told me that she had been coming to Affordable Christmas every year since it started. At first, she didn’t seem that excited about the whole event. But as we made our way to the register with a bag full of gifts for her two teenage sons, she pulled out a twenty dollar bill and told me, “I’ve been saving this crisp twenty, right here in the back of my wallet, all month long, just for this moment. I can ‘t wait to get these gifts back home and show my husband what we got for our boys! ” I loved her sense of empowerment, and the joy that she had taken in saving that crisp twenty all month long. In that moment, I saw the power of Affordable Christmas to preserve personal dignity while still benefitting those who need a little help.

    Affordable Christmas 2

    There are so many ways for you to get involved. We encourage you to get together with your small group, with your friends, or your family to think about how to buy gifts, serve together, and tell the story of Jesus through Affordable Christmas.

    You can visit affordable-christmas.com to sign up to serve or donate gifts.

    Affordable Christmas is Nine Days Away!

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    For those of you who aren’t familiar with Affordable Christmas, it is a chance for us to give local Kansas City families the opportunity to provide Christmas for their family in a way that preserves their dignity and promotes empowerment.

    Basically, we turn our building in Midtown into a Christmas department store where families come, eat breakfast, purchase gifts (for 1/10th of the cost), and leave with presents wrapped and ready for Christmas morning.

    Each year, over 200 families walk through the doors of our church, more than 250 kids hang out with our volunteers while their families shop, and more than 400 people work to create and nurture relationships with our neighbors.

    In short, it is a complete blast, and we need your help to pull it off! It has been so encouraging to see more and more packages arrive at our building!

    But we’re not done yet: this Sunday we need more than 1600 brand-new gifts to make Affordable Christmas happen.

    If you would like to purchase a gift, you may do so on any of our wish lists through Amazon or Target and have it shipped directly to our Midtown building (3921 Baltimore), or bring your gift to any service at either of our congregations this Sunday.

    See you on Sunday. We’re excited to see how God works through your generosity to pull this off!

    Pray for our team in Haiti

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    Today seven people from our church community are on a plane to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They are traveling with 19 others from across the nation to spend five days hosting a medical clinic in Gonaïves, Haiti.
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    For the Glory of God and the Good of Haiti

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    Just a couple weeks ago I left the Port-au-Prince airport with six others from Redeemer. For most, it was their first time visiting the country recently named the poorest nation in the world. One said, “I had no idea this was all just two hours off the cost of Florida.”
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    Our Neighborhood, Our City Recap Video

    We had a great time at Our Neighborhood, Our City last Saturday!

    We served in several neighborhoods including Pendleton Heights and Westport. There were over 200 people from our church and the community who came together to accomplish some big projects in just one day.
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