The Matthew 25 Gathering

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Restoration,

A few years ago, a generous donor made a grant to our province, The Anglican Church in North America.  The purpose of the grant was to kick-start works of justice and mercy all over North America.  The vision was that Anglicans would become known as Full-Gospel People who proclaim the Good News of God’s rescue through His Son, Jesus and who serve the marginalized and vulnerable in acts of justice and mercy.  This grant became known as The Matthew 25 Initiative (M25i).

One of the first M25i grant recipients was Restoration Immigration Legal Aid.  This generous kick-start grant allowed RILA to hire their first staff person and to pursue the administrative requirements of becoming a new organization. We are so grateful for this grant and so grateful for the good work that RILA is doing.

Along with the grants, Archbishop Foley Beach asked if the province could host an annual gathering of Anglicans who are doing works of justice and mercy around North America. The first gathering was in Austin, the second was in Phoenix, and next year, we are hosting it here, at Restoration.

I am so excited that we have this opportunity to host The Matthew 25 Gathering! I want to answer a few questions about it and then make a BIG ASK.

When is it?  The Matthew 25 Gathering will be February 19-21, 2019.  It starts around 3pm on Tuesday and ends after Eucharist at 12:30pm on Thursday.  We will use every inch of our facility!

How many people are you expecting?  We are hoping that 100 people will attend.

What is the purpose of the Gathering?  We created it as an opportunity for Anglicans from across North America to network with each other, to share and learn best practices in the work they are doing, and to be renewed in their call to their vocation.  As you know, Restoration seeks to ‘refresh the workers’ in all of our outreach efforts and this is a very practical way that we can ‘refresh these workers’ who are serving the marginalized and vulnerable.

How will you refresh them?  The Gathering is structured around 4 plenary talks that will feature speakers talk about contemplative activism-  how can we grow deeper with Jesus as we serve?  We will also have 15 workshops that share best practices from people around our province.  In the middle of the Gathering, we will bus down to the Lincoln Memorial and prayer walk to the MLK memorial.  There is a ‘pre-Gathering’ retreat offering through our friends at Corhaven and a ‘post-Gathering’ tour of the Museum of the Bible and the National Museum of African American History.

Screen Shot 2018-11-01 at 11.39.44 AMI am excited by the confluence of prayer in DC, prayer with our friends at Coracle, and prayer from people at Restoration.

Our church gets to serve and I can’t wait to join you in it.

So here is the BIG ASK.

We want to host the Gathering participants well.  We will do that through a smooth registration process, vigilant on-site hospitality, and gracious lodging.  In the future, we will offer opportunities to help with registration and logistics.  Right now, I am seeking people who want to offer gracious lodging.

Many of the participants do not have budgets for this type of an event.  One of the ways that we make it affordable is by providing them a free room and breakfast. Would you consider hosting some of these participants on Tuesday and Wednesday nights (Feb 19 and 20)?  We would love them to have their own bed, some breakfast, and a ride to and from the church.  We are seeking 30-40 spots.

Would you consider it?

When the Gathering was hosted in Austin, the church that provided this gracious lodging LOVED it.  They had breakfast with people from far away who were doing really cool work and were so appreciative of having a free place to sleep.  Their household was blessed and the participant was blessed.  I believe that can happen for us too!

If you are interested, please fill out the form below.  Kathy Kenyon is coordinating our gracious lodging and she will be in touch soon to talk about your situation.

Thank you so much,

David

 

Sunday Music – November 4, 2018

Playlist:

Songs of Praise:

Holy Holy Holy
For All the Saints

Response:

Salvation Belongs to Our God

Offertory:

The Sound of the Saints

Sanctus:

Holy Holy Holy Lord (use C to D)

Eucharist:

All the Glory
How Great is Your Faithfulness

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.

Territorial Invasion

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October 28, 2018 – Beth Tipps

Isaiah 59.9-20 : Psalm 13 : Mark 12.1-12

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Music – October 27, 2018

Playlist:

Songs of Praise:

By Thy Mercy
Take Courage
It is Well

Response:

All to Us

Offertory:

Heal Us, Emmanuel

Sanctus:

Sanctus Holy Holy Holy Lord

Eucharist:

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross – between verses 3 and 4, we will loop back around to the bridge and chorus of “Take Courage”
In Christ Alone

Taking Jesus Seriously

 

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October 21, 2018 – David Hanke

Isaiah 56.3-8 : Psalm 91.1-16 : Mark 11.11-14

Listen to the songs here.

The Fall Retreat was excellent. And Jesus is relaxed.

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I was thinking of so many different words to describe the weekend-  glorious, off the hook, sick, awesome, fun, incredible, amazing.

But excellent works.  The planning team was excellent.  The small group leaders were excellent.  The youth program and the kids’ program:  excellent.

By way of update and reminder, I want to list our quotes from our speaker, Todd Hunter.  If you were there, it will remind you of the excellent things he said.  If you missed, perhaps it will inspire you to ask someone who was there more about it.

Do you think Jesus is smart?

 

Did He say anything that corresponds to the realities of your present, every-day life?

 

God wants to cooperate with your set of desires.  He’s a genius.  He’s stunningly brilliant.  He knows what He is doing.

 

You are what you love (quoting James K. A. Smith).  But you may not love what you think you do.  (which explains why you might do something and then say, ‘I have no idea why I did that…’  Perhaps you don’t love what you think you do.)

 

The Christian story begins with divine intention (not things being broken and busted, not even things being created) and moves to a good and peaceful Telos.

 

Whatever you think salvation is will determine your discipleship.  Do you see the Gospel as more than just a vision for a secure death that is rooted in mere cognition?  Do we have imagination for discipleship, followership, apprenticeship?  Do we believe that Jesus has something to say about our life, now, and not just our death?

 

When Jesus announced the Kingdom, he said…  ‘the reality of the Kingdom is here and it calls for choices.  Repent.  Re-think your life.’

 

Jesus is relaxed.  He has a confident relationship with His Father that funds everything.  He was ok about Judas, about James and John, about Peter, relaxed about the trials with made-up charges.

 

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO CREATE A SELF!!  Think how peace you could be if you didn’t have to manage what others think of you.

 

The church is the instrument and the means of the Kingdom.  The only 2 verbs in the New Testament that are given in reference to the Kingdom are ‘receive’ and ‘enter’.  We are not called to build it or extend it.  We are invited to receive it and to enter it.  Through the church.

You can listen to all of Todd’s talks here.

What a great weekend.  I love the Fall Retreat!

-David

 

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