Information about Oliver McNeil’s Funeral

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It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you of Oliver McNeil’s death on Wednesday, December 5.  He and his parents, Shannon and Matt, are loved by many in our church and on their behalf, I extend my deep thanks for all of the ways that you, their community, prayed for and served them over the last months while Oliver’s body was in decline.

Some of you may not have known Oliver.  He was 11 years old, a regular at the 11am service, a huge fan of the Washington Nationals, and he loved to have his shoulders squeezed when he came up for communion.  Here is a link to an old blog post that his mom, Shannon, wrote in 2011, several years before their daughter, Waverly, died (2015) and when Oliver was still quite young.  You may find Shannon’s blog helpful in getting to know a little about their story as a family.

A service of thanksgiving for his life will be held at McLean Bible Church (MBC), on the ground level of the Smith Center, on Saturday, December 15 at 11:00am.  MBC will have “funeral parking” signs to guide you as you turn onto the property from the stoplight on Rt 7.  There will be people greeting you as you enter.  You can find more detailed travel directions to MBC, here.

Everyone is invited to stay for a light lunch reception that will follow the funeral.  It is being provided by Oliver’s friends at Jill’s House.  In many ways Jill’s House became Oliver’s house too— a home away from home where he could enjoy life’s simple pleasures, have fun, and find rest in a context that cared for him.  Jill’s House, a 501(c)(3), offers respite to children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Greater Washington, D.C. area.

Shannon and Matt have suggested that gifts to honor Oliver’s life be given to Jill’s House.  Please visit here, and include ‘Oliver McNeil’ in the comments section.  Or checks can be sent to:  Jill’s House, 9011 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182.

If you have questions about the funeral, you can call the Restoration office.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”  1 Thessalonians 4: 13-14
We do grieve.

But our grief is tethered to hope.
It does not overcome us.  On December 15 we will gather together to both grieve and to remind ourselves of our hope.  Thanks be to God for both.

-David

Sunday Music – December 9, 2018

Advent 2 Playlist:

Kyrie and Opening Song:

Lord Have Mercy
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Song for Readings:

Here’s My Heart – Readings

Response:

Give Me Faith

Offertory:

Come and Move

Sanctus:

Sanctus Holy – Wickham

Eucharist Prayer:

Let us Break Bread Together

Eucharist:

Spirit of the Living God – Assad
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Recession:

The Advent Herald

Vestry Election Results: the class of 2021

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Dear Restoration,

It brings me great joy to write to you with the results of our 2018 Vestry Selection.  It was an excellent process that was undergirded with faithful and overt prayer.

The selection process began with several dozen nominees.  The Vestry Discernment Team (VDT) was thrilled with the number of people who were offered as potential servant leaders for vestry.  We were also humbled by the number of people and the task of discerning the few out of the many who could be put on the slate.  I am so grateful for the number of people who WANT to serve AND the number of people who are ABLE to serve.  Restoration has a rich resource of gifted servant leaders and it is the reason we have such excellent leadership through our advisory teams (personnel, facility, outreach, finance, church planting);  and discernment teams (for people considering vocational change–  especially to ordained ministry); and vestry.  Thanks be to God!

 

During the “Restoration Annual Meeting” that was open from November 25 to December 2, members of Restoration voted for 3 of the 7 candidates.  Here are the results:  Erica Chapman, Mary Breed, and Brad Jones now comprise the vestry class of 2021.

The Restoration Vestry will look like this next year:

The Vestry Class of 2019

  • Leigh McAfee (liaison to Incarnation Anglican Church)
  • Sean Burke
  • Chris Belen

The Vestry Class of 2020

  • Kevin Marshall
  • Danny Lee
  • Johanna Montague

The Vestry Class of 2021

  • Erica Chapman
  • Mary Breed
  • Brad Jones

Every year, we are asking God for clarity about people with the right gifts for whom vestry is the right time.  There are always multiple people who could fill these roles–  and for that we are grateful that there is a rich choice.  Thanks be to God that He sees the future and He knows what our church needs and He guides the heads and hearts of His people to select and to choose and to faithfully follow.  Thank you to all the people who considered serving on vestry.  I appreciate your courage and humility and willingness to serve.

Please pray.

Over the next few weeks, the old vestry will be meeting with the new vestry through informal coffees and lunches in order to begin the process of orientation to this team.  On January 22, 2019 the new vestry will meet for the first time.  On January 26 the vestry will leave town for a day retreat at Meadowkirk as we begin to anticipate all that God might do this year.

To the One who always does more than we can ask or imagine:  glory and honor, thanks and praise.

From the One who knows what we need before we even ask:  grace and peace; faith, hope, and love.

-David

Strengthened with Power

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December 2, 2018 – Beth Tipps

Ephesians 3.14-16 : Psalm 50.1-6 : Luke 1.67-80

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Music – December 2, 2018

Advent 1 Playlist:

Kyrie and Opening Song:

Lord Have Mercy
Wait on the Lord
Your Great Name

Song for Readings:

Here’s My Heart – Readings

Response:

Spirit of the Living God – Assad

Offertory:

The Advent Herald

Sanctus:

Sanctus Holy – Wickham

Eucharist Song:

Let us Break Bread Together

Eucharist:

All Who Are Thirsty
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus – Come Lord Jesus

The Upside Down Kingdom

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November 25, 2018 – Nathan Dickerson

Revelation 1.4-8 : Psalm 93 : Mark 12.35-44

Listen to the songs here.

A 5pm Town Hall Conversation!

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You are invited!  December 9 at 5pm

Dear Friends,

The 5pm service has always had a special spot in the life of Restoration.  The later time of day and the smaller size offer the possibility of a more intimate worship experience. 

We want to acknowledge that when we launched Incarnation, we sent some of our dear friends and many of our faithful, fellow, 5pm worship go-ers!  When a community chooses to change by multiplying itself in another part of the city, there is an opportunity to take stock and discuss ‘what could be’. 

The staff and clergy would like to have a ‘Town Hall’ meeting at the 5pm on Sunday, December 9.  We want to hear what this particular service means to you and how it is important to your worship of God and your experience of community at Restoration. We also want to hear what you would like the 5pm worship service to be.   

We love being Anglican and leading liturgy that requires ‘the work of the people’ in kneeling, praying out loud, singing, listening, eating, and drinking.  You are already participating in this liturgy by attending the service and many of you are already serving so that the rest of us can participate in the service.  THANK YOU!  There is an opportunity for more people to serve before, during, and after the liturgy.  We can’t do it without you.  So, we’ll be talking about that, too.

Would you mark December 9 on your calendar?  We will have our regular Advent liturgy.  When we get to the ‘sermon part’, we will take some time to talk about our hopes and dreams for the 5pm service, then we will close with Eucharist.  After the blessing, we will roll over to Sunrise Senior Living on Glebe Road to sing carols and hark the herald!

It will be a special evening and I hope to see you there.

-David 

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