Making a marriage last


John and Susan Yates

I am so grateful for John and Susan Yates: they and their church launched Restoration 9 years ago.  They believed in God’s power to birth a new community in Arlington, they believed in how God might use me to lead it, and they believed in us-  that we would creatively and strategically build something that would last and influence our county.  Thank you, God for the Yates’.

John and Susan have been married for 46 years (5 kids, 21 grandkids) and they have coached thousands (really) of couples with tips and advice on how to strengthen their marriage.  I appreciate the hard work they have done to articulate the principles and guidelines that have served them over the course of their marriage.  It’s one thing to be faithful to each other over such a long season.  It’s another to be able to pass that on to folks who are coming up behind you.  That’s a gift to me and to many.

We will change things up a bit on February 18.  We all have our routines and so I am sensitive to the disruption that change brings.  We are not doing this haphazardly.  We intend to provide you with meaningful help and hope.

We will have our normal Eucharistic Liturgy at our 9:00am and 11:00am.  It is the first Sunday of Lent and I will be preaching from 1 Corinthians 5.

Then at 5:00pm, we will host John and Susan for a 90 minute seminar on ‘Making a Marriage Last’.  They will teach from the Scriptures and from their life.  There will be opportunities for Q&A.  Everyone is invited to attend.  In fact, I would love for EVERYONE in our congregation to come back at 5 to hear what they have to say.  We will have nursery and a kid movie for children 5th grade and below.

From time to time we want to provide extra teaching on topics that are important to our congregation and to our neighbors.  I hope you will make this evening a priority and maybe invite a friend to come with you.


Warden’s Report: January 2018

Vestry 2018

I am delighted to show you our 2018 Vestry.  We had a great retreat last weekend and we are eagerly anticipating all that God will do through our church this year.

The vestry chose Meredith Taylor to serve as our treasurer and Sean Burke to serve as our secretary.  Dietrich Kuhlmann and Becky Mohr will serve as our wardens.

The wardens meet monthly with the rector to plan and share the leadership of the vestry.  They are wise, strategic, and people who pray.  You will hear from them each month in this quick report that summarizes the discussions and decisions of our vestry.

Join me in giving thanks to God for our new vestry and officers.


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.

This report combines our 23 January Vestry meeting which was followed by our 26-27 January Vestry Retreat. 

During our Vestry meeting we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month David Hanke led us through our prayer time which focused on asking the Holy Spirit to bless our time together and give us wisdom as we start the meeting and a new year.  We welcome your prayers for all the staff, the Vestry, God’s work here at Quincy Street and the successful launch of Incarnation Anglican in South Arlington. 

The majority of the Vestry meeting focused on reviewing our Pastoral Charge, Diocese Constitution and Canons, bylaws and the many guidelines that those before us have faithfully prepared to aide us in fulfilling our responsibilities as Vestry members of a vibrant and growing Christian community.  

We voted to:

At the Vestry Retreat we focused on the parables in Matthew 13 and, after a team building exercise, we shared and prayed over the thorns and weeds in our lives.  We spent quiet time discerning what God was saying to us about what the “the Kingdom of heaven is like …” and then shared how we might apply those insights to sustaining the great work God is doing in Restoration and Incarnation.  We are excited about the well-crafted ministry plan from the Incarnation steering team and we look forward to faithfully supporting them in this year of launch!  

Finally, we elected the vestry officials for 2018:

– Wardens: Becky Mohr and Dietrich Kuhlmann

– Treasurer: Meredith Lloyd Taylor

– Secretary: Sean Burke

We ate, we laughed, we prayed, we listened – God was very gracious and the time together was an amazing blessing.

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’

– Becky Mohr and Dietrich Kuhlmann, Wardens

The Search for Real Wisdom

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January 28, 2018 – Nathan Dickerson

1 Corinthians 2.6-16 : Psalm 111.1-8 : Mark 1.21-28

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Music – January 28, 2018

The morning set of music will be led by Dave Whitfield:


Songs of Praise:

Forever – recording in key of F
Be Thou My Vision
King of my heart – recording in key of C


Fall Afresh




Sanctus Holy Holy Holy Lord


Come and Move
Come Thou Almighty King with Chorus


The evening set of music will be led by Beth DeRiggi:


Songs of Praise:

God the Spirit
A Shield About Me – no recording available 
I Lift My Eyes Up


God of Grace


We Will Feast


Sanctus Holy Holy Holy Lord


How Deep the Fathers Love
O Great God

Curious about Incarnation?

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Church planting?!!


Where? When? Why? How?

You’ve heard the rumours! And now, want to know more details?

Come along this Friday evening, 7.30pm Jan 26th to the Fellowship Hall and hear from Liz and the Incarnation Team as we talk about how hopes and dreams for the future!

Restoration has long had on its heart to plant churches – and we will be the first group to head out into a new area, specifically into a more diverse, multi-cultural part of Arlington where there are many people who have never encountered Jesus. We are wanting to be available to new relationships,  languages, cultures and ways of thinking as we bring the wonderful traditions of Anglicanism with us into a different worship context.

Curious as to whether God might be calling you? or just curious as to how as a Restoration parishioner you can love and support us well? or just plain curious? Come on Friday to hear more!

~Liz (and Morgan and Amy)

Pressing into the Heartbeat of the Father: Restoration Songs and Prayer

Pull me a little closer
Take me a little deeper
I want to know Your heart
I want to know Your heart

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This is a note of reflection I read from this past Sunday:

“God met me during the sermon last Sunday, highlighting things that he is doing and wants to do in my heart and in my life.  Often in my life with God, God’s presence causes tears to flow pretty freely.  Which is what happened [Sunday].  David’s call to us to experience God’s power stirred my heart.  Then we paused in silence and sang a song and my heart continued to be stirred.  I really wanted to go up for prayer.  And I really wanted tissues :).  I knew there would be prayer at the end, so I waited and went in search of tissues.  Then the kids came back and there were announcements, and by the time it was time for prayer, I was busy wrangling kids and thinking about the next thing.”  

Yep!  I experience the same thing, and I think many of you do as well.  Because of the breadth of ways that we desire to worship on a Sunday morning, it can often feel like we do not have the space needed to listen and respond to the things God stirs in us.  Restoration Songs and Prayer is designed to be a space for this very thing.

This Saturday night at 7:30, we will seek to listen to the Holy Spirit communally and individually as we ask the Lord to reveal more of his heart to us.  We will use Scripture, songs, prayers, and art to help us listen and respond.

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Here are some thoughts from some folks who are coming:

“I’m looking forward to making music with people because through this art form, God speaks directly into people’s hearts. Our common wants and needs, sorrows and repentance, as well as thankfulness and joy become transparent through lyric, melody, harmony and rhythm. As we listen and respond to music together, we feel connected to each other.  And if we listen carefully, we will most certainly feel Our Father’s connection to us. What more could any of us ask for?”

– Evan Pollack

“I’m looking forward to worshipping with people because I LOVE the way Resto does music, and I’m excited to have an extended period of time to worship the Lord in song with my church family. It’s great to sing together on Sundays, but I often find myself wanting more, and I’m grateful to have that kind of opportunity through the Songs and Prayer night. I appreciate the diversity of types of music and how thoughtfully the team weaves together songs and sets.  I’m also looking forward to how the Spirit will move through corporate and individual prayer and for the time and space to share what we’re hearing from the Lord.”

– Liz Jones

“I was somewhat interested in the upcoming songs and prayer service until I heard from Matt Hoppe that there will be painting… now I’m 100% in!  I’ve never painted during a church service before so I’m excited to try it.  There will be a table set up with small canvases that you can paint however you like, whether you want to experiment with colorful brushstrokes while listening to the music or paint an image that comes to mind. There is no pressure to “like” what you paint – you can take your canvas or leave it. Come create with me!”

– Emily Wade

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If singing and painting just aren’t your thing, I know that many of you like football.  While I tend to be terrible at sports analogies, and I recognize sad feelings at the Vikings’ loss (Nathan), last Sunday I feel that Rev David threw a long pass to the end zone when he called on us to ask the Lord to come with power in our lives, and we have an opportunity to head to the end zone this Saturday to continue asking and to dare receive the blessing and revelation of his power together as we lift the Lord high in praise and adoration.

Listen to David’s sermon again, and come this Saturday night to ask the Lord to reveal himself to you.  

Maybe you need him to come in power.
Maybe you need him to speak to you in a still, small voice.
Maybe you need a prayer team to help you ask for healing, deliverance, or that other difficult thing.
Maybe you need to respond with a new song or a prophetic painting.
Maybe the Lord will give you a word to share with his worshipers that will edify the Body.

Bring a Bible.
Bring a journal.
Bring a voice ready to praise the name of Jesus.
Bring a heart, mind, and will that desire to press into the heartbeat of the Father.
Bring hands that are needing to be blessed and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go out and do his good work.

We’ve been created for this pursuit…the pursuit of his kingdom.
How great is God’s love for us!

– Matt

Though it is later in the evening, if you have children, they are welcome to join us; or as the person who made the opening statement said to me, “That’s worth a babysitter!”

If you are on Facebook and think you’ll come, click here to let us know

Click here if your curious about the type of things we’ll be singing.

Restoration Songs and Prayer


Relaxing in Middleburg – RestoWomen Welcome!

IMG_0548As I reflect on the many reasons I value attending the women’s retreat each year, I keep coming back to the way that it carves out precious space and time amidst a world that feels busy and chaotic.  When I drive along the winding roads of Middleburg, VA, I can physically and mentally feel the constraints of the city wash away and fade into the distance. Looking forward, I feel a sense of peace because I know that every moment of the next 36 hours will encompass some beautiful combination of the following:

–       Prayer

–       Silence

–       Laughter

–       Reflection

–       Connection

–       Nature

–       Creativity

–       Worship

–       Friendship

–       Play

Not included:

–       Emails

–       Demands

–       To-Do Lists

–       Laundry

–       Traffic

–       Errands

–       Technology

–       Rushing

IMG_6351To me, the women’s retreat offers precious time and space during which I am much more open and available to receive the abundant gifts that God delights in bestowing upon me. It is my hope and prayer that all of the women at Restoration would attend the retreat this year so that they, too, could receive and experience these gifts! Sign up here for the retreat, 9-11 Feb. Closing date MONDAY, January 29, 2018!!

~Kate Liias

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