RestoMen Gathering – Tuesday PM, Nov. 6

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“The Challenge of Getting Real with Others”

In a recent issue of Christianity Today, author Stephen Mansfield reflects on a difficult season of his life when he found himself in the midst of a painful divorce. What he discovered in the midst of this challenging season of life is that while he had many acquaintances, and a broad social network” he also had very “few, close adult male friends”.

He also noted that as he looked around, he was hardly alone. He says, most other men are in the same boat. They have “no one who knows their secrets, no one they could call in the middle of the night if their family faced a crisis. And no one who would hold them accountable if their life went off the rails.” He concludes, “most men are awash in a sea of casual relationships.”

What Manfield pinpoints in this article is exactly what we want to start to address in our upcoming RestoMen Gathering on Tuesday PM, November 6. We are beginning our series on the challenges that men face today, and this month we are looking at the Challenge of Getting Real with Others.

We will begin @7:30 PM with supper together, followed by a time of discussion & conversation on this topic, and we will end promptly @ 9pm. We would love to see you there.

Sunday PM Supper – Oct. 21

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This coming Sunday PM, October 21, you are invited to join us after the 5 PM service for an informal time of food and fellowship at Steve & Louise Brooks’ house. We will connect around 6:45 PM. 

 Contact Steve Brooks at brooks@potomacassociates.com for location details.

We would love to have you join us!

RestoMen Kickoff – Tues PM, Oct. 9

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Men of Restoration,

We invite you to join us on Tuesday PM, October 9 as we kick off the year with our first RestoMen Gathering of the Year. We will be gathering from 7:30-9:00 PM to eat Chili, and hang out with one another over a Bonfire out back of the church.

Feel free to bring adult beverages, and a camp chair with you to enjoy the night.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Nathan Dickerson

Supper at Rocklands after the 5 PM service this coming Sunday!

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This coming Sunday PM, September 30, there is a group of us who will be going to Rocklands BBQ (3471 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201) after the 5 PM service. We will connect at around 6:45 PM at Rocklands for an informal time of food and fellowship.

We would love to have you join us!

Questions? Contact Nathan Dickerson at nathan@restorationarlington.org

Introducing Small Group # 12 – Orthodoxy by Chesterton

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As our Small Groups Sign-Up’s get started this fall, we wanted to tell you about a few of the options. Here are a few words from Elliot and Alexandra Gaiser about the small group they are hosting this fall (Small Group #12)

9 bottles of wine. 9 chapters of Orthodoxy. 9 weeks of new friends. If you live in the district or nearby, if you like or are interested in reading Orthodoxy, by G.K. Chesterton, if a sermon series is too much to commit to, or if you just want to eat someone else’s lemon bars, we have a group for you.

Elliot and Alexandra Gaiser live a few blocks away from the Dupont metro stop and want YOU to come. Each week we’ll discuss a chapter of Orthodoxy, a classic of Christian literature that has reignited the wonder and quirky central ideas of the faith (and is free online!), try a new bottle of wine (or seltzer water, if you prefer), and discuss it with new friends and neighbors. The group will meet Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:00 PM. You don’t want to miss this.

Interested in joining this small group? Here is the link to sign up.

Introduction to the Rooted series of Small Groups

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  • What are the core beliefs of our faith? How do they shape the way we view the world?
  • How do we grow as Christians? How can we cultivate a genuine prayer life with God?
  • What comes after we put our trust in Jesus? How does our faith in Christ impact our relationships with others?

These are great questions that you might have asked yourself at some point in life, & we want to help you address them with confidence.

That is why we have created Rooted, which is a three-part series of Small Groups, that is intended to root you more deeply in the beliefs, practices, and implications of the Christian faith.

The content of Rooted is designed around the ancient model of “catechesis” (a Greek word meaning ‘instruction’). For many centuries, Christian pastors & teachers have nurtured their congregations by instructing them about 3 main things: The Apostles Creed, Lord’s Prayer, & the Ten Commandments.

So, over this coming year, we are joining in this same ancient pattern of time-tested instruction in the Christian life:

  • In the Fall, we will explore the Apostles Creed to discern what it teaches us about our core beliefs as Christians.
  • In the Winter, we will look at the Lord’s Prayer to learn how to cultivate a life of prayer.
  • In the Spring, we will examine the Ten Commandments as we discuss how to live out the Great Commandment to love the Lord our God, and our neighbors as ourselves.

Each of these Rooted small groups will last 9 weeks, & involve teaching, discussion, times of prayer, & outside readings.

Our first Rooted small group on the Apostles Creed will launch on Thursday PM, Sept. 20. We would love to have you join us! Here is the link to sign up (Small Group #21)

Interested in joining us? Have questions? Contact Nathan Dickerson at Nathan@restorationarlingon.org

Ice Cream Social after the 5pm service this Sunday!

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Ice Cream Social after the 5pm service this Sunday, August 19 (starting at 6:30 PM)!
School may be around the corner, and vacation days are winding down. But not yet! It is still summer!
So come relax at Restoration after the 5pm service for an ice cream social!
Restoration will provide the ice cream. You just need to bring your favorite ice cream topping to share!
Is it crushed graham crackers? Peaches? Gummy bears? Cheetos? Fresh mint? Fleur de sel? Crystalized ginger? Rainbow sprinkles with a light balsamic reduction?
Whatever it is. Bring it and your friends as we enjoy these last few summer nights together!

Confirmation is Coming

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On Sunday, March 18, Bishop John Guernsey is coming to visit our congregation to confirm people in our congregation. You might be wondering what Confirmation is all about, why it is helpful, and how you might participate in confirmation.

What is Confirmation?

“After making a mature commitment to my baptismal covenant with God, I receive the laying on of the bishop’s hands with prayer.” (ACNA Catechism, Question 118)

“Confirmation is the rite through which we make a public declaration of our faith in Jesus Christ and are strengthened by the Holy Spirit to live out that faith in our lives and in the context of our church community. When the bishop confirms you, he asks you to reaffirm the covenant of your baptism; then he lays hands on you and prays that the Holy Spirit would strengthen, empower, and sustain you. In many ways it’s pretty simple. It’s also very powerful.” Rev. Erin Bair

Why is Confirmation helpful?

“In confirmation, God strengthens the work of the Holy Spirit in me for his daily increase in my Christian life and ministry.” (ACNA Catechism, Question 119)

3 Good Reasons to be Confirmed:

  • To Get Connected. Join the global and historic body of Christ, through the Anglican Communion, and identify with the larger company of saints. The Anglican Communion is a rich, global mosaic, comprised of may tribes, tongues, and nations. It is a church exploding with new life in many areas of the world.
  • To Be Blessed. Receiving the laying on of hands from our Bishop and prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life. Since the early church, leaders were commissioned for ministry by the laying on of hands, one generation to the next, all the way down to our Bishop, and then to you.
  • To Confirm your Baptismal Vows. If you were baptized as an infant, this is an opportunity to present yourself publicly as a follower of Christ in the company of his people, or renew your vows (if you were baptized later in life).

How can I be Confirmed?
If you would like to be confirmed, we are hosting a 3 week class (Feb. 25, March 4, & March 11) on Sunday evenings from 5:00-6:30 PM to prepare for the confirmation service on Sunday, March 18. This class is a requirement to be confirmed.

Want to Learn More about Confirmation?
Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic Policy on Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation

 

Christmas Eve is Coming Soon!

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We are so excited about Christmas Eve at Restoration!

(Looking for information about Advent? Read this post.)

Restoration will have 4 services on Christmas Eve (8am, 3pm, 5pm, & 9pm) to celebrate the incarnation of God in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Before I describe what to expect at each service, let me answer the most important logistical question:  

Where should I park?

Restoration uses a parking garage that is located over I-66 at the corner of 15th and Quincy Streets.  You can see a map of it here.   This garage is HUGE!  Feel free to use the entire thing.  You will see signs that say ‘permit only’ but they do not apply on Christmas Eve.

Restoration will hire 2 shuttles to move people from the garage to our building.  If it is a nice evening, feel free to take the 7-minute walk.  Otherwise, we hope that one of the shuttles will be at the lot every five minutes.

We encourage you to arrive early.

4 Services?  Wow!  Tell me about them.  

  • The morning service at 8 am will be a simple service of Morning Prayer that celebrates the 4th Sunday in Advent (No childcare will be provided)
  • The services at 3pm and 5pm will be identical and geared toward the attention span of a child.
  • The 9pm will feel different–  more contemplative, traditional, quiet, and candle-lit.  Generally, the 3 later services (3pm, 5pm, & 9pm) will have the same readings and same progression of carols.

Will there be candles?  Yep.  A bunch of them.   All around.  We will sing Silent Night while holding candles.  The kids will get glow sticks to hold at the 3pm and 5pm.  It will be beautiful!

Will there be childcare?  Yes, at the 3pm and 5pm services there will be fully-staffed nurseries for children who are the age of 2 or younger.  Kids from pre-k on up are welcome to participate in the worship service in the sanctuary.  At the 3pm and 5pm, there will be take-home goodie bags with items to help kids engage in the service.  We are totally fine if kids get a little wiggly, but there is enough singing and candles and pictures and stories that they stay pretty engaged.

What should the kids wear?  At the 3pm and 5pm, kids come dressed as their favorite character from the nativity story.  During the Gospel reading, they will have the opportunity to stand when their character is mentioned.  We always love having ‘a Christmas pageant in the pews’ at this time of year…  We usually have a whole gaggle of shepherds, sheep, stars, angels, wisemen, and beautiful Mary(s).  An old robe does the trick.  We have also had Buzz Lightyear make a cameo in the nativity.

What should the adults wear?  Well if you aren’t going to come as ‘Joseph’, just come as you are.  There will be people in their holiday best, people who love a nice pair of jeans, and everything in between.

Will there be presents?  Of course!  All of the children will receive an ornament in their goodie bag.  The ornament – for their tree at home –  is a sweet reminder that God loves them.

Will there be an opportunity to give?  Yes!  On Christmas Eve, all of our offerings are given to organizations outside of Restoration who are doing good and beautiful work for the sake of the vulnerable and those on the margins.  Our church does not keep anything that is given at these services.  This year, we will give our financial offerings to support the work of La Trinidad Anglican Church in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which is our global outreach partner in Bolivia.

Do you need volunteers?  We sure do.  If you are already a Sunday volunteer log onto MSP and select something.  If you have never volunteered, don’t worry.  It’s easy!  We would love you to help us.  Contact Kathy Kenyon (kathy@restorationarlington.org) and she can get you squared away.

How long will the services last?  The 8 am service will last about 60 minutes. The 3pm and 5pm will be about 75 minutes.  We sing 5 or 6 carols, with parts of the Christmas story read in between, then we close with The Holy Eucharist.  The 9pm will be closer to 90 minutes.

Anything else distinct about the 9pm?  Yes!  We will have incense in the procession and the Eucharist will be sung in a fashion similar to our Easter Vigil service.

Anything else I should know?  We love Christmas and the chance to meet lots of neighbors, family members, and folks who don’t normally come to Restoration.  We offer you a warm welcome this Christmas season and all of the Sundays that follow.  We are grateful to be a part of the Arlington Community, and we pray for it every day.

One service on Sunday, December 31. We will have one service on New Year’s Eve at 10 am.

 

RestoMen – Tuesday, March 14, “Wisdom & Anger”

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Anger, Frustration, Rage – These are some of the most powerful and frightening emotions that we experience as men. Oftentimes, we are not quite sure what to do with these feelings, or how we can grow in self-control in this area of our lives. So, as a result, our anger often has a very unhealthy impact on our souls and it negatively damages our closest relationships.

That’s why we are going to be gathering next Tuesday, March 14 to discuss this vital topic of “Wisdom and Anger”, as we continue our series on what it means to Men of Wisdom.

We will begin at 7pm with a catered, light supper (Bring $5 to help cover the cost). At 7:30 pm we start the program, & we will end promptly @ 9pm. We look forward to seeing you there next Tuesday night!

Nathan

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