Sunday Music – October 8, 2017

Sunday morning will be led by Dave Whitfield


Songs of Praise:

I Need Thee Every Hour
(These will both be done in the key of D, but this will help you get the gist of it.)


Precious Lord Take My Hand


Amazing Grace


Salvation Belongs to Our God


God the Spirit


Sunday evening will be led by JR Scally


Songs of Praise:

O Come to the Altar


Precious Lord Take My Hand


Amazing Grace


Salvation Belongs to Our God


Good to Me
O Come to the Altar

Incarnation Anglican: The Tiny Way

2017-09-07 21.14.58My family lives along Columbia Pike in South Arlington. When I walk to CVS, I hear dozens of languages being spoken and see women in burqas, men in shalwar kameez, and little girls with shaved heads.  When I take my kids to the playground after dinner, I find myself talking to parents from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bangladesh, and Eritrea. I watch dads playing pick-up soccer games in empty lots, cheered on by their kids. I chat with lifelong South Arlingtonians who are proud of this area’s history and are uncertain about its future. I can buy fresh injera with my Big Gulp from the 7-Eleven on the corner. On Fridays, I watch women in headscarves stream through the neighborhood, pushing their strollers toward one of South Arlington’s three mosques (one Bangladeshi, one Somali, one Moroccan).

Though it’s just a few miles from Restoration, my neighborhood can feel like a different world. And yet, just like Restoration’s neighborhood, it is full of people who are struggling to make life work in an expensive suburb of DC; people who are lonely and longing for friendships; people who want the best for their kids; people who are spiritually hungry and curious about Jesus. And thus, Restoration is planting a new church community among my neighbors called Incarnation Anglican Church, and I’m humbled and excited to join Liz Gray and Morgan Reed in this work.

I love this neighborhood. My husband and I have always dreamed of living cross-culturally.  My children are flexible and adventurous and can roll with the occasional late night playing by streetlight with neighbors. Our neighborhood suits us. But it also keeps us perpetually off-kilter. I often find myself the only native English speaker or the only white person in a given place. I encounter mental illness on the street corner. I engage in awkward, broken conversations and I laugh too loudly at things I’m not entirely certain are jokes. Artisanal coffee is nowhere in sight, though I dare you to find a better salteña.

This place stretches me. Its unfamiliarity reminds me in a tiny way what it is to feel not quite at home, even in my own neighborhood, language, and skin; something many of my neighbors feel every day.  As such, I have made it a sort of spiritual discipline to walk places I would normally drive; to talk to people I would normally avoid; to cross the street when I feel like hiding in my house; and to shop in places where I frequently misread the cultural cues. It is a tiny way of laying down my cultural competency and my comfort so that I can learn more fully what it means to love my neighbor, to listen and observe and wait and be dependent. And goodness, it drives me to prayer like nothing else.

It is these tiny, daily acts in my neighborhood that make me most excited about what Incarnation could become. What would it look like to form a community willing to engage in small acts of discomfort so that we can love our neighbors better? What would it look like to worship with people who keep each other perpetually off-kilter? What would it look like to form a community in which the only shared culture is that of the kingdom of God? How can our tiny, slow, awkward work of sharing Jesus with our neighbors lead us deeper into worship, deeper in dependence on the Spirit, deeper into the reality of the upside-down kingdom? I am watching God slowly begin to answer those questions in my neighborhood. In the meantime, I’ll keep laughing at the wrong moments and eating salteñas with abandon.

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Want to hear more about Incarnation? Email me, Morgan, or Liz. We’d love to grab a cup of coffee and chat!




The problem of spiritual deception

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October 1, 2017 – Nathan Dickerson

Jeremiah 8.4-13 : Psalm 80.7-19 : Matthew 21.18-22

Listen to the songs here.

5 Myths about ‘being on vestry’

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Vestry: The Five Myths Edition

We are so thankful for the 9 men and women who serve on our vestry.  These leaders provide spiritual and fiduciary oversight for our church and serve as liaisons for  different areas of our church life.  Many sit on the committees that advise the vestry on finances, the facility, outreach, and personnel.  In addition to each member’s individual areas of oversight, the vestry meets monthly to advise the rector and make decisions related to the church’s finances and facilities.

Vestry members are elected to staggered three-year terms.  Any confirmed member of Restoration is eligible to stand for election to the vestry.  Elections are held every year in November.

You might have heard some myths about what’s involved in vestry service.  In the spirit of the WaPo, here are some myths…  de-mystified.

Myth 1: Vestry members must be uniquely qualified to serve on vestry. (I have read the high standards listed in Titus 1: 5-9!)

Everyone has something to offer, as we are all equipped with spiritual gifts. The vestry is a broad representation of the congregation – all talents, perspectives, and passions are needed. Hannah Royal (former warden) reflects, “It took me a little while to shift my thinking from ‘What do I have to offer?’ to ‘Why and what is God using me to do on vestry?’  I found my years of service on vestry to be hugely beneficial to my own spiritual walk, and my desire to pray and listen to God.”

If you are elected, it is because God wants to use you, no matter your background, leadership experience, or gifts.

Myth 2: OK, we all have spiritual gifts. But I must have technical expertise (like finance, the law, human resources) to serve on vestry.

Again, all of us have special expertise in something. The vestry operates at its best when the members are a mix. Sure, this year it would be great to elect someone with financial expertise, to work alongside Meredith Taylor as Assistant Treasurer. And Becky Mohr could use a fellow vestry member conversant in human resources. But vestry discusses more than personnel issues and financial spreadsheets. Generalists are important as the church ponders strategic directions.

Myth 3: Serving on vestry means I can’t stay involved with what I am really passionate about at church:  like children’s ministry, small groups, or outreach.

Again, Hannah offers wise advice, “Vestry actually needs people that are passionate about the various ministries of the church.  While on Vestry, you have the opportunity to help those ministries in liaison roles.  Being on Vestry also provides an in-depth and holistic view of all that Restoration is doing and may open your heart to other aspects of our church that you never considered.”

Myth 4: Ok, I can stay connected to my favorite ministry.  But surely vestry meetings aren’t as interesting as the other committees that I am a part of.

Surprisingly, vestry meetings are not a buttoned-up, formal affair. Yes, motions are approved and passed. But vestry is not your typical business meeting. Instead, there are the essential elements of prayer and fellowship. Peanut M&Ms and seltzer. Laughter, lots of laughter. And always, grace.

Myth 5: Vestry meetings run until midnight.

Vestry meetings are very well organized and run efficiently by our rector.  They often end by 10:30pm. Here’s the schedule: the vestry gathers at 7pm for dinner and begins a time of prayer at 7:30pm. The actual “business” meeting begins at 8pm. Fun fact: ever since the vestry started praying for 30 minutes, the meetings have actually been shorter in length!

However, it is important to note that serving on vestry is not just a once a month event. (Do pastors only work on Sundays?)  Between meetings, you will be expected to spend time in prayer and preparation and assisting with various reports and parish meetings. The workload often comes in “seasons” and one month you might spend 30 hours on vestry duties and next month only 10.

It is important to be deliberate as you consider the time commitment of the 3-year term. Even so, our vestry always has a wide range of “DC-types” with busy schedules. Everyone is working to carve out space to serve our church!  

We hope that you will consider nominating someone (including yourself) to vestry.   

It’s easy. 

  1. Click this link.
  2. Give us your nominee’s name and email address (if you have it).
  3. Please provide 2-3 sentences on why you nominated this person.  (a particular experience they have, service you have noticed, character trait that you admire, etc)
  4. That’s it!  Nominate as many people as you would like!

We can promise that vestry members enjoy the honor of serving our church and love the opportunity to get to know the people with whom we serve.

“Think of it as an extended small group experience!” Hannah Royal (former warden)

-Christine Jones, chair of 2017 Vestry Discernment Team

Nominations, including 2-3 sentences describing why you are nominating a particular person (and, yes, you can nominate yourself!) should be sent here

Warden’s Report: September 2017

2017 Vestry

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 19 September Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month Meredith Taylor led us through our prayer time which included prayers for Kat Downs and the amazing gifts she brings as she steps into an increasingly managerial role while still keeping the bills paid, the lights on and the trains running on schedule.  We welcome your prayers for her as well as all the staff, the Vestry and God’s good work here at Quincy Street. 

Due to timing, the August and Fiscal Year 2017 financial reports were not available for review.  Our initial indication is that we remain slightly ahead of plan and all is well.  We will include a more robust report at the Parish Meeting on October 8 and after our next Vestry meeting.  We held detailed discussions on the Facility Reserve and the status of the mortgage which is laying the groundwork for future policies and decisions.  

We voted to approve a $6000 gift to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund to support hurricane relief in Houston and Florida as well as a $5000 gift in support of the Matthew 25 Gathering.  Additionally, we discussed preparations for the upcoming Vestry election and the Parish Meeting on Oct 8th.

We give thanks for a vibrant Christian community connecting to God’s creative mission through a gifted and caring congregation.  We are humbled by the multitude of ways God continues to bless our people, raise up leaders, and entrust us with resources to steward. 

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, Warden

Sunday Music – October 1, 2017


Songs of Praise:

Come Thou Fount
By Thy Mercy


Jesus I Come


For the Beauty of the Earth


Salvation Belongs to Our God


Psalm 46

Women Unscripted: Tuesday September 26, 2017

Prayer Painting - Prayer by Angu Walters

Calling all RestoWomen: would you like some fresh energy and ideas for your prayer life as you head into Fall?

New season. New habits. New workout program…. New prayer life?

This Tuesday, September 26, we will have our first Women Unscripted of the season 7.30pm – 9pm – and we have an incredible line-up of women who will lead our time together.

There will be six workshops, including 

• praying for our parents,

• praying for others with the Book of Common Prayer

• praying for and with our kids, 

• praying for the persecuted church 

• praying for our families

• praying for the nations

Each workshop led by an AMAZING RestoWoman (or two)!

Will you join us? You will get to go to two workshops out of the six in the time we have… and you will WANT to go to all six. Each workshop will give you some ideas, tools and a chance to practice.

It will be fun. And you will learn new ways to pray… Do come!

And bring a friend.

So looking forward to re-connecting with you, 


Oh and by the way: three more notices!
1. Do you want to be a mentor? Email Liz and she will connect you to Cindy and the team ( all women welcomed, special place for those 40+) No skills needed… just lived experience!

2. Nov 7: gatherings in homes. Save the date – and would you like to be a hostess? Email Liz and she will connect you to Kara Stevenson for more info

3. The Retreat: Feb 9-11, 2018 Save the date and sign up after the fall retreat. Email Liz and she will connect you to Jennifer if you would like to be involved in planning.

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