Wardens’ Report: November 2016

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

The Vestry gathered on Tuesday for our last business meeting of the calendar year.  As is our custom, we began with prayer in the sanctuary — this time led by outgoing Vestry member Michael Dodson. Our liturgy focused on the six candidates who have graciously agreed to serve, if elected. We thanked God for their leadership and all the ways they serve and love God and the people of Restoration.  (As a reminder, Sunday, December 4 is the last day for members to vote for four of the six candidates on the slate. The results of the election will be announced via blog post on Tuesday, December 6).  We also gave thanks for those rolling off Vestry and the ways that Ali Burke, Michael Dodson, Carolyn Weimer and Ramsey Wilson have used their gifts for the common good.  

Our meeting included updates about our facility, including an accident that damaged the side of the building and doors adjacent to the parking lot.  Our able Director of Operations and Facilities Team continue to keep a close eye on many aspects of our building, including routine maintenance and issues when they arise.  We thank God for their technical skills and gracious manner as they represent us well among our engineers, contractors, county officials and service providers. We also received an encouraging Finance Team report and remain optimistic about our financial health two months into the new fiscal year.

We spent the bulk of our meeting on two strategic items.  The first was the continued cultivation of healthy Vestry practices and ways we can help future vestries grow in faith, cohesion and leadership.  We also reflected on our progress with Restoration2019 and some important next steps in the implementation of our strategic plan.  We remain compelled by the vision to grow coherent disciples of Jesus on Quincy Street, in new neighborhoods in and around the beltway and around the world!

We realize our local church planting plans are still nebulous and maybe even scary for those of you who have finally found your home at Restoration, but we are excited by the opportunities that will emerge for our own discipleship as we create space for more people in more places to find their home in God’s work of redemption and restoration.  You’ll hear more about our vision during Epiphany as our clergy lead us through a sermon series that describes our motivations for wanting to plant churches out of Restoration. 

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, we receive the Incarnation during Advent and rejoice that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”.

If you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback on all aspects of life together on Quincy Street.

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’

-Carolyn Weimer and Hannah Royal, Wardens

Living in the Light


November 27, 2016 – Nathan Dickerson

Romans 13.8-14 / Psalm 122 / Matthew 24.29-35

Here is a link to the Guide for Daily Prayer that Nathan mentioned in the sermon.

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Music – November 27, 2016

Advent 1 Playlist:

Kyrie and Opening Song:

Lord Have Mercy
Wait on the Lord

Song for Readings:

Here’s My Heart – Readings


Thou Lovely Source


The Advent Herald


Sanctus Holy – Wickham

Agnus Dei:

Agnus Dei – Ortega


In the Name of God the Father
Post Communion Prayer Advent

7 years of stirring


November 20, 2016 – David Hanke

Hebrews 10.19-25 / Psalm 62 / John 18.33-38a

Listen to the songs here.

The Men’s Retreat is Coming Soon!


Men of Restoration,

It’s time to register for our annual RestoMen Retreat. This is a great opportunity to get away and recharge spiritually as well as connect with lots of other guys in our community.

When is it?  January 13-14, 2017

Where is it?  MeadowKirk Retreat in Middleburg.

Who is Speaking?  I am so excited for us to hear from Tommy Hinson, who is the rector of Church of the Advent in Washington DC. Tommy is going to be speaking to us from the book of Daniel about what it looks like to become men of wisdom.

How do I sign up?  Right here  This link has the 2 different price points, which are based on housing options.

When should I sign up?  How about right now?  The rooms in the Inn will go fast.  There are only 20 of them. Note – The price goes up by $10 on December 1, so save some money.  We only have space for about 96 men and we anticipate that we will sell out.  Get ‘er done now.

Can you give me a few more details on the schedule?  Sure.


6pm     Optional meet up for dinner in Leesburg, VA

7:30     Leave for MeadowKirk

8:30     Welcome, break into small groups, get to know each other.

9:00     Compline (with short homily)

9:30     Free Time


8:00     Breakfast

9:00     Morning Prayer

9:30     Session 1 + small group

11:00   Session 2 + small group

12:30   Lunch

1:30     Free Time and Fun Games

3:30     Session 3 + small group

5:00     Depart for home

5:30     Optional Meet Up for Dinner in Leesburg

We really hope to see you at the RestoMen’s Retreat!



Sunday Music – November 20, 2016

Music in the Morning

Opening Songs:

Jesus I Come
Your Great Name
Jesus Shall Reign


Holy Spirit – Getty


Eternal Weight of Glory


Salvation Belongs to Our God


When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
You are my King
Crown Him With Many Crowns


Music in the Evening

Call to Worship:


Opening Songs:

Come Thou Fount
Psalm 46
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah


I Cry Out


Wonderful Merciful Savior


Salvation Belongs to Our God


Jesus I Come
Crown Him With Many Crowns

Living Together


November 13, 2016 – David Hanke

Genesis 9.8-17 / Psalm 2 / Matthew 13.24-30

Listen to the songs here.

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