Warden’s Report: June 2017

2017 Wardens

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to provide information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

On Tuesday Vestry began the evening by praying for our church and our business meeting.  As we prayed at the rail, we could hear Women Unscripted gathering and worshipping in the fellowship hall below.  It is a delight to be in a community that works, volunteers, and worships together to the glory of God.  We intentionally pray for a different staff person each meeting and this month we took time to give thanks for Kathy Kenyon.  Kathy is Coordinator of Sacramental Life, overseeing our community of volunteers, marriage mentors, and providing coordination for special events like baptisms and weddings.  We remain grateful for the way she uses her gifts to shepherd our marriage mentor ministry, our Sunday liturgical volunteers, and all of the other administrative help she provides behind the scenes.  If you are new to Restoration, we encourage you to think about getting plugged in by volunteering on Sundays!

During our business meeting we approved delegates and alternates to attend the 2017 Diocesan Synod.  We also received updates from the Church Plant Steering Team on the search for a resident and the Personnel Team on the hiring process for the Nursery Coordinator and the Facility Coordinator.   

Our business meeting each June is largely preparation for the final passage of the budget in July.  We began by receiving the May financial report from Treasurer Meredith Lloyd Taylor.  Our average Sunday attendance for the month was 501 (down 4% from last year in the same month), but overall up 6% for the entire year to date.  Our year to date offerings are 103% of budget and our year to date spending is 99% of budget.  These numbers, plus the amount in savings, are all good indicators of positive financial health.

The Finance Team worked countless hours compiling data to present the Vestry with a proposed budget for FY18.  We spent most of our meeting discussing this budget, keeping in mind our strategic plan to plant churches and grow disciples.  Over the next month we will work to finalize this budget, also keeping in mind God’s faithfulness over the years and stepping out in faith where there are unknowns.  We are grateful as we look at the ways that each of you has faithfully given generously to Restoration. 

As always, if you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback.  You can read an archive of past Wardens’ Reports on our website or Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’

-Dietrich Kuhlmann and Hannah Royal, Wardens

Summer 2017

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Ready to dive in to Summer 2017?  It’s HERE!

And here is everything you need to know about summer life at Restoration:

Worship Schedule

During the month of July, our schedule of Sunday worship services will stay the same:  9, 11, and 5.  We hope this is a help to you and provides flexibility as you come and go.  There will be no Kids’ Small Groups or Nursery at the 5pm during July.

In addition, we will be offering a midweek eucharist service on Wednesdays until the end of July (not July 5). These services start at 12.15pm,  last around 35-40 minutes, include eucharist and a short homily from one of our postulants and provide a lovely opportunity  to refocus midweek.

During the month of August, we will only have worship services in the morning at 9 and 11.  There will not be a 5pm worship service during the month of August.

Restoration Kids during the summer

During the summer, we get the joy of having kids aged kindergarten and up in our entire worship service.  It’s a learning opportunity and  gives them the opportunity to see what happens ‘upstairs’.  The preachers remember that they are sitting in the pews and try to help them feel included in the sermon and liturgy.  For elementary-aged kids, worship bags – with a Bible and activities — are available downstairs and can be used during the service.  We love having our kids worshiping and learning alongside us.

We will have kids’ small groups for preschoolers all summer long at the 9am and 11am.  Preschool kids (and their parents) check in with their small group leaders downstairs before the service, then head upstairs to the Sanctuary. There will be an announcement when it’s time for preschool kids to be dismissed to their small groups. They’ll be back in time for Communion.

And as always, we have nursery care throughout the service for those who are not yet three by September 30, 2016. The nursery – loaded with trained staff and volunteers who love to play, sing, and read – is located downstairs.

AFAC Farmer’s Market Runs

For the past 7 years, Restoration has served the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) by being in charge of Sunday afternoon pick-ups at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market (corner of Walter Reed and Columbia Pike – by the Rite Aid), and bringing the produce back to AFAC to sort & bag (typically 12:15-3:30pm on Sundays – good to plan for 3.5 hours to be safe).

This is a great way to meet new people and to love your neighbor.  Kids are welcome to help as well.  They need to be accompanied by a parent.

If you would like to serve, please sign up here.  You will love it!

We Believe…

During July and August, the preachers will work through the Apostle’s Creed phrase by phrase.

If you think back to Easter, we have been carefully building a coherent invitation and understanding for what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

Between Easter and Pentecost, we tackled some of the hard questions that people ask as they explore God.  We honor those who are sincerely wrestling through what they have heard and seen about Christianity.

In June, we did a short series about the tension of living here but having our citizenship in heaven.  For those who want to follow Jesus, what will be the costs and expectations?

The clergy felt it would be helpful to follow up those 2 sermon series with an extended look at one of our Creeds.  If people get their questions answered and decide to follow Jesus and become citizens of heaven– what are the core foundations of what we believe?

I think this series will be enormously helpful for all of us–  from kids to adults.  I hope you will join us as often as you can–  and on the podcast when you can’t!

Summer is the best.  See you around.

-David

Sunday Music – June 25, 2017

Playlist:

Songs of Praise:

Just Like You
One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)
I Need Thee Every Hour

Response:

Good to Me

Offertory:

Enough

Sanctus:

Salvation Belongs to Our God

Eucharist:

Rock of Ages
All the Glory

Incarnation … curious?

19225076_10155001833148600_7716981644433032854_nHopefully it is no secret to you by now that Restoration Anglican Church has begun the process of planting a new community in south Arlington! Incarnation Anglican (this new church plant) will be spending quality time together over the summer playing and praying. We’d love for you to join us for some of the events that are happening over the next several months.

We want you to know what things will be happening, so here are a few ways to stay informed:

Google Calendar

Below you will find our calendar embedded (this will eventually be embedded on our website). You can subscribe below to our calendar:

Google Group

We regularly send out info about events and ways that you can be praying for Incarnation Anglican. If you would like to receive these emails let us know here.

Facebook and Website

Like us on Facebook. We will be using Facebook to post pics and discuss informal get togethers. We have not fully designed our website, but stay tuned, it’s coming….

~Morgan, Liz and Amy

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

(with) Obvious Reasonableness

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June 18, 2017 – David Hanke

Philippians 4.4-9 : Psalm 100 : John 17.6-9a

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Music – June 18, 2017

Playlist:

Songs of Praise:

In Christ Alone
What a Beautiful Name
Thou Lovely Source (key of D)

Response:

Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee

Offertory:

Jesus I Come

Sanctus:

Salvation Belongs to Our God

Eucharist:

Psalm 46
Eternal Weight of Glory

 

Straining Forward

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June 11, 2017 – David Hanke

Philippians 3.4b-14 : Psalm 150 : John 17.1-5

Listen to the songs here.

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