West Asia Reflection #2

Join us on

20 January 2019 at 6:30pm

in the sanctuary for

West Asia Treats and  Team Report

West Asia Team in refugee room

A Reflection from Ryan Bettwy

The dimly lit room, slightly cool and damp from the week’s worth of rain still steadily falling outside, was the most beautiful space I had ever seen in West Asia. To be clear, it was plain: white walls, drawers off their hinges in the corner, a few oddly wrapped stacks of clothes strewn around the room. But even compared to the Hagia Sophia, the skyline of Istanbul, the shoreline of the Lakeside town, or the Lakeside Roman amphitheater, this room has something more beautiful. This is the place where on Sunday nights young school-aged children growing up surrounded by secular and other-minded people learn about Jesus as they read their copies of the Jesus Storybook Bible. One weekday each week, the same little room transforms into a staging area where mothers who are struggling to support their families can get their
families’ basic needs met, including chick peas, milk and occasionally some clothing.

On this afternoon, we took the seven suitcases of clothing filled to the brim with clothing donated to these families and sorted everything from newborn footie pajamas to adolescent boys’ jackets to adult shorts and dresses. We only had two hours to sort diapers, clothes, and socks, so we were pleasantly surprised to have 20 minutes to spare to gather in a circle and pray for this space. We listened as R shared about her experiences with the refugee women, as well as her ability to relate in as simple ways as she could, limited by language and cultural barriers: most days, warm smiles and lifting boxes to support them as they collect their supplies. As we prayed for God to send people who can communicate with these women, and thanked him for raising up people to care for these vulnerable families, I glanced around the room and appreciated once again how God can use the least presuming circumstances to shape and change the course of peoples’ lives.

Grounded in Love

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December 16, 2018 – David Hanke

Ephesians 3.14-19a : Psalm 85 : Luke 2.36-38

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Sunday Music – December 16, 2018

Advent 3 Playlist:

Kyrie and Opening Song:

Lord Have Mercy
Your Labor is Not in Vain

Song for Readings:

Here’s My Heart – Readings


Here is Love


Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee


Sanctus Holy – Wickham

Eucharist Prayer:

Let us Break Bread Together


Take Courage
Psalm 130 Lent


The Advent Herald

2018 Christmas Eve Offering

Christmas Eve Offering for Yemen

Every year, on Christmas Eve, Restoration invites those who attend our services to give to an organization (outside of Restoration) that is doing excellent work in a place of great need. 

We recognize 2 things:

  1. Lots of people visit on Christmas Eve and may not be attached to the work and mission of our local church.
  2. Lots of people want to give to something bigger than themselves.

Consequently, our Outreach Steering Team takes time to interview and vet a number of options so that we can all participate in the Christmas Eve offering and give to something that is doing important work.

In 2018, we will give our Christmas Eve offerings to The Ras Morbat Eye Clinic, which is a ministry of Christ Church Aden, an Anglican Church in Yemen.

The Ras Morbat clinic located in Aden Yemen provides eye care and basic health care services to the local people. The clinic is located within the compound of the Anglican Christ Church. The Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf and the Ministry of Health in Aden established a partnership to provide compassion and care for people in need without regard to religious or tribal identities. Over the years the work expanded to include and emphasis on eye care and in 2014 when the Yemeni government opened a small hospital a half a kilometer from Christ Church it was decided that the Ras Morbat Clinic should focus primarily on eye care which is not offered in the local government clinic.

The funds will be used for capital equipment and ongoing operations. The clinic is currently engaged in a project to raise funds to introduce new equipment that will allow our surgeons to offer a broader spectrum of treatment for cataracts and glaucoma. Currently they cannot treat these diseases until they are in rather developed stages and effectively the patients have blindness in one or both eyes. This piece of equipment will make it possible to treat these diseases in much earlier stages of development. This will help people to not experience significant levels of blindness before treatment and will expand the capability to treat cataracts. Treating these ailments in earlier stages will enable the patients to continue employment and support of their family.

Restoration’s relationship and dialog is with Dr Bill Schwarz who is an Archdeacon in the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. Bill maintains the relationship with the Christ Church of Aden and The Ras Morbat clinic.  The church was comprised mostly of expatriates and has seriously declined because foreigners have all had to leave Yemen because of the fighting and the risk of kidnapping and worse.
Bill characterizes the prayer needs as “encourage focus on an end to the fighting and reconstruction of society. Once civil order is restored food and medicine can be distributed and aid agencies can reach the people. We long for the day when we can relocate a clergy couple in Aden and reach out to the people who live there in sacramental ministry.
May the Light of Christ shine in Yemen…  and Arlington…  as we remember Immanuel.  God came among us.

West Asia Reflection #1

Join us on 20 January 2019 at 6:30pm in the sanctuary for the

West Asia Treats and  Team Report


Ryan and Lorene with our 5(!) huge suitcases of clothing for Syrian refugees

Bread and the Spirit

By, Lorene Eberhardt

When I think about our time in West Asia, two themes keep coming to mind.  The bread is plentiful and abundant throughout the country: a staple of every meal, loaves overflowing in shops littering the streets.  Jesus tells us He is the bread of life, and every time I saw a loaf or slice I found myself praying that the people of this land would come to know the One who can satisfy their hunger.
In the city by the Lake the hunger sits quietly below the surface.  People move around at a relaxed pace, stopping for conversations, sharing bread and olives, practicing their English with the funny Americans.  Occasionally a question or comment reveals the deeper hunger, a tiny wave breaking through the tranquility.
In the Big City, the scene feels more familiar to us from DC; locals and foreign visitors alike move past one another in a rush, never making eye contact, looking either at their phones or at where they’re trying to go, not at who is next to them.  Somehow you can feel the hunger more palpably here; like the seas and straits that surround this city, bigger waves and disturbances crest more frequently.  There are reminders of political upheavals, clashes of secularism and religious fervor, and the daily pressures related to cosmopolitan life.
Our trip was a week of opening our eyes to the work of the Holy Spirit, and stepping into his open invitation to join Him in the work He is already doing. Our team stepped out of vans to pray with fruit sellers, out in faith to buy an axe, into a room where refugee women are welcomed and handed clothing and diapers for their children, and then up in front of other Christians to share our stories of trusting Jesus with our desires.  Conversations that might have felt scary or unfamiliar back at home were somehow made comfortable and tender, through the transformational power of His Spirit.  There were multiple occasions in which I opened my mouth and heard His words on my tongue.
I’m grateful for the eight days of opportunity to see His Spirit work, and filled with hope and anticipation for how He continues to satisfy the deepest hungers both in West Asia and here in my own life.

Dwelling with Christ

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December 9, 2018 – Nathan Dickerson

Ephesians 3.14-17a : Psalm 126 : Luke 2.25-35

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Warden’s Report: December 2018

At our December 5th Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month Dietrich Kuhlmann led us through prayer which included a time of intercession and thanksgiving for Beth Tipps, our new Associate Rector (she joined us on October 1st) . We prayed gratitude that Beth was truly an answer to Restoration’s prayers and that Restoration has been an answer to Beth’s. We are grateful for the way Beth has spent time intentionally getting to know Restoration and our parishioners, and we pray for God’s direction for the next few months as Beth continues to learn what it means to be a vocational priest and a leader at Restoration. As always, we hope that you will pray with us for all the staff, vestry and God’s work here at Quincy Street. 

In our meeting we approved the Outreach Steering Team’s recommendation to give away our Christmas Eve Offering to Ras Morbat Clinic in Aden, Yemen, a ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. We also received reports from Incarnation about their first three months meeting together, and from the personnel team regarding a gracious in-kind donation we have received from some unified communications consultants.

Meredith Taylor, our Treasurer walked us through a finance report that shows we are under on anticipated giving for the months of September-November 2018. The vestry will wait to hear a report on giving in December 2018 before making any necessary adjustments to the FY2019 budget, which was approved in August of 2018 (Restoration’s fiscal year runs from September to August.)

Chris Belen raised a motion to clarify a previous point in our outreach granting decision that will allow us to plan on three-year granting relationships with some of our local and global outreach partners. Additionally, Becky Mohr lead discussion concerning our maternity leave policy and our plan for staffing outreach needs in 2019.

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 Becky Mohr, Wardens

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