Warden’s Report: April 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.

At our April Vestry meeting on Tuesday, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer at the rail.  This month Sean Burke led us through a time of thanksgiving, specifically for Isaiah Brooms and the gifts he brings to leading our youth ministry.  We encourage you to also pray for the youth in our midst and the cultivation of good leaders and mentors for APEX.

Our March financial report continued to show strong growth in line with our FY2017 budget.  Our average Sunday attendance for the month was 596, 12% growth over the same time last year.  Our fiscal year-to-date income is at 107% of our FY17 budget.  This financial report keeps us hopeful about the ways we will be able to steward our resources towards the growing ministries on Quincy Street and the forthcoming church planting efforts.

As we mentioned last month, we have become aware of our limitations as our numbers continue to grow.  The Personnel Team, working with staff, has taken a look at our resources and identified a need for additional staff, particularly as it relates to children’s ministry and facility coordination.  On Tuesday, we voted to establish and fund two new part time positions, to be filled no earlier than June.  In the coming months we hope to provide more information on these positions (part-time Facilities Coordinator and part-time Nursery Coordinator) and ask you to pray for the upcoming hiring process.

Holy Week is always a busy time, full of great anticipation for the “Hallelujahs” of Christ’s resurrection on Easter.  As a Vestry, we are humbled by your generosity and want to thank the staff and the many volunteers who showed up to make each service a meaningful and worshipful experience for those in attendance.  We are grateful for the creativity in how our community uses their time, talent and treasure to the glory of God.  During Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, our church gave $17,948.16 to support the work of Restoration Immigration Legal Aid.  We are proud and honored to be able to come alongside this work of justice and mercy for immigrants in our community.

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

Sunday Music – April 30, 2017


Songs of Praise:
Nothing But the Blood of Jesus
One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)
At the Foot of the Cross


In the Hours


O Love That Will Not Let Me Go


Salvation Belongs to Our God

Agnus Dei:

Agnus Dei – Ortega


Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (F#m) (different key than recording)
Eternal Weight of Glory

Is there a God?

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April 23, 2017 – Liz Gray

Romans 1.19-23, 2.14-15a : Psalm 19.1-4a : John 1.1-5

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Music – April 23, 2017


Opening Song:

The Lamb Has Overcome

Songs of Praise:
All Creatures of our God and King – play in key of C
Psalm 46


This is My Father’s World


The Lamb Has Overcome


Salvation Belongs to Our God


Because He Lives (Amen)
Breathe – We will probably do this in the key of G.  (Or we will do “Because He Lives” in A.  We’ll see at practice.

Be Still and Know: Wednesday 04/19/2017, 7.30pm



We don’t like being still. We do not like doing what could be interpreted as nothing or inactive. We don’t like being silent. We want to take action, save the world, speak up for ourselves. We don’t like practicing silence. We want to fill the void, and our mind quickly rushes through to-do lists and other things we forgot to remember. It is difficult for us to allow 15-30 seconds of silence during prayer time at church for the time of confession before we say the corporate confession. Silence, being still and being silent is just awkward and seems like a waste of time and space, especially when there are so many other more meaningful things we could be doing or doing more efficiently. And yet, we are told in scripture to be still.

Psalm 46:10 is the reference for the recognizable “Be still and know that I am God.” The context of Psalm 46 is anything but still and silent and peaceful. Instead the earth gives way, waters rage, mountains move. There is great turmoil here! And yet God is in the midst of the disquiet; “a refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). God it there and he is there in a powerful a way.  The focus of this Psalm is not on us, the reader, but on the power of the Lord. Only a few actions are given to describe our stance in this tumultuous scene: we are to not fear, behold the works of the Lord, to recognize his presence with us, to be still and know he is God. But, on the whole, these are not “active” words in the way we normally think of action; they are words of waiting and trust, words that are reflective and dependent on the power and action of another.  Our action is to pause, to watch, to listen, to be in the Lord’s presence and see what action the Lord is doing and what action he might call us to take with him.

Does this Psalm sound familiar? Do you hear the psalm whispering in Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4: 35-41)? The disciples are on the boat and the waters are raging, their world seemingly collapsing. The voice of the Lord cries out once again “BE STILL” and speaks to their fear (“Why are you so afraid?”).  The interaction leaves the disciples with a question to recognize God’s presence with them (“Who then is this…?”) and behold his works (“… that even the wind and the sea obey him?”).  And the passage encourages them forward to know him and have faith.

Do you hear the Psalm whispering in your own life? Our lives are neither still nor silent and we don’t want to to be silent about it. Sometimes our lives feel like they are in a state of crisis, sometimes we are seeking to discern a certain topic and questioning, and sometimes things are going OK.  Wherever you may be, there is an invitation to pray and simply be in the Lord’s presence, to discern what the Lord may be speaking to you, and to give an intentional space for him to speak.   images

Come practice being still and knowing he is God with us. On Wednesday, April 19 from 7:30 -9 p.m. Restoration will be open for a time of silent, contemplative prayer. Bring your questions, bring your weary not-so-silent heart, bring yourself. We practice silence because we want to be in his presence.  We practice silence because we need to know more of who he is and what he would speak to us.  We practice silence because we recognise that we are dependent on his action.

Come, and see what the Lord might speak to you.

~Lauren and the Prayer team

Does Life have a Purpose?

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April 16, 2017 – David Hanke

Ecclesiastes 1.1-9 : Psalm 118.14-17,22-24 : John 20.1-10

Listen to the songs here.

a prayerful lent — EASTER


Sunday, April 16, 2017

PRAY  Heavenly Father, we thank you!  You are generous and loving and so powerful!  We ask that you continue to help us see our sin and to remember that you are the one to save us.  Thank you for living and dying and rising all because you love us.  Amen.

READ  John 20:1-18


1. Happy Day     

The greatest day in history – death is beaten, You have rescued me!
Sing it out: Jesus is alive!
The empty cross, the empty grave, life eternal, You have won the day.
Shout it out: Jesus is alive. He’s a – live!

Oh happy day, happy day, You washed my sin away.
Oh happy day, happy day, I’ll never be the same.
Forever I am changed.

When I stand in that place, free at last, meeting face to face,
I am Yours, Jesus, You are mine.
Endless joy, perfect peace.
Celebrate: Jesus is alive.
Earthly pain finally will cease.
He’s a – live!

Oh, what a glorious day, what a glorious way
That You have saved me

DO  Read the story of the Resurrection three times.  During the first reading, choose a color of paint that shows what you are feeling.  Paint a page that color.  During the second reading, write on your paper a word or words that God is whispering to you.  During the third reading, add more doodles with paint or pens to show more about what you are experiencing with God.


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