Resto-Bolivia 2019 Invitation

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Photo from the 2018 Bolivia Trip: Kate Liias has been developing relationships with the children at NCV and La Trinidad Anglican for eight years.

 

I first heard about Bolivia on my second date with my now-husband, Endel. I remember him saying towards the end of our date, “Maybe you will get to go to Bolivia some day and meet the incredible children at Niños con Valor.” I nodded my head and laughed nervously as he signed the check. I pulled out a map that night to figure out where in the world Bolivia even was.

It’s a joy to look back over the past 8 years since that evening and to see the many ways that God has worked and integrated Bolivia into my life.  I had the opportunity to live in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2013. I learned Spanish, lived with a Bolivian family, joined La Trinidad Anglican Church, and volunteered with Niños con Valor.  It was easy to fall in love with the beautiful weather, majestic mountains, delicious food, colorful culture, and romantic language. But most of all, it was easy to fall in love with the people. That’s what really keeps me coming back year after year.

I grew up thinking that short-term mission trips were meant for accomplishing something obvious and tangible. Build a house. Check. Dig a well. Check.  But what I’ve learned throughout the time I have spent in Bolivia, alongside my fellow RestoBolivia friends, is how much is “accomplished” through relationships. I go back each year for the people and am continually amazed at what God can do when we show up with open arms and open hearts…willing to serve our Bolivian friends in whatever way they have asked us to. I have no doubt that it has been a great blessing to our ministries La Trinidad and Niños con Valor when we have led church retreats, organized vacation bible schools, and taught seminars on healing prayer. But I think the most meaningful way we “help” our friends in these ministries is by showing up, building relationships, love them, praying for them, and coming back year after year.

So I guess to sum it up, I go to Bolivia for the people I have come to know and love. And it is a gift to witness all of the other friendships that have blossomed between our partners in Bolivia and my friends at Restoration – and I think God loves the way that we come together and grow together as we ultimately seek after Him.

– Kate Liias

We invite you to join the 2019 Bolivia Team.

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Dates: August 2 – 12, 2019
Email a team leader: Diana Intagliata, Andrew Intagliata, Isaiah Brooms
Application Link:  2019 Bolivia Application 
Application Deadline: Feb. 1st 

Sunday Music – January 20, 2019

Playlist:

Opening Songs:

How Firm a Foundation
King of Love
Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

Response:

Abide With Me

Offertory:

In the Hours

Sanctus:

Sanctus (Holy and Hosanna)

Eucharist:

Psalm 46
Eternal Weight of Glory

Our perfect older brother

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January 13, 2019 – David Hanke

Isaiah 42.1-9 : Psalm 89.20-29 : Luke 3.15-22

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Music – January 13, 2018

Playlist:

Opening Songs:

Praise to the Lord
O Come to the Altar

Response:

Jesus I Come

Offertory:

Enough

Sanctus:

Sanctus (Holy and Hosanna)

Eucharist:

Oceans
God of Grace and God of Glory 

Praying us into 2019

Praying for you

Every year in January, I take a few days away to pray and to listen.  As I left town on Tuesday this week, I told our staff team, “This is probably the single most important thing that I do as the rector of our church.  Thank you for helping me protect this time.”

Thank you for sending in your prayer longings.  I received well over 130 of them!  It was such a privilege to pray for you.  I loved how you answered the questions:  What brings you joy?  What are you seeking?  What makes you afraid?  The gift to me was the opportunity to get a glimpse into your heart, to hear what God is doing, to join you in the things for which you are longing.  I felt like I got to know each of you who shared a little bit more.  Thank you.  I am so grateful to be your pastor.

I made notes on themes and spent time each morning holding the different situations, struggles, and excitement before the Lord.  I listened for His voice.

I hope that Restoration will be a place:

  • that continues to offer the joy of encouraging relationship and deep friendship
  • that provides resources for those who are seeking-  resolution on doubts, more intimacy with Jesus, direction and calling, faithfulness, clarity on job and vocational direction
  • that comes alongside those who are afraid-  of losing family, losing friends, being lonely, feeling like a failure, being discovered as a fraud, of being overwhelmed by anxiety, of chronic and never-ceasing pain

Amen.  Let it be, Lord.  Joy.  Intimacy.  Hope.

Books

I tend to bring about 35 books with me and end up reading 2 or 3.  It’s hard to know what will connect with me while still in Arlington… so I bring everything that might pique my interest.

This time, I re-read Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald.  Gordon first wrote this in the early 1980s.  It is not earth-shattering in its insights, but I appreciate the connections between his life and mine.  It’s like reading my journal but written by someone else.  And at this stage in my life, my family, and our church, I needed to take some time to re-order and reflect and renew for the next season.  God met me in it.

Sermons

During this annual retreat, I ask God for a years worth of sermons.  I read through parts of the Bible.  I look through books.  I pray through your prayer requests.  I listen.  I imagine where we will be at various points during the year.  I wonder with God what would be good for our congregation to work on during those moments.  I make tables and spreadsheets and sit with calendars.

During the season of Epiphany (now until March 3), I am going to offer a series called ‘The Rhythm of Spiritual Formation’.  It was inspired by an excellent book I read last summer called, Spiritual Rhythm by Mark Buchanan.  The premise of the book and my sermons is this:  God is always working to form us to look like Jesus, but sometimes the growth and change is not obvious.  We have seasons in our relationship with God just like the world experiences seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall.  Each week the preacher will describe a season and then follow up with activities that are available to us in that season.  8 weeks.  2 weeks on each season.  I am praying that God uses it to give us understanding, patience, diligence, and trust in the process He is working in us.

The Matthew 25 Gathering

This year I had a unique and additional thing on my mind-  the Matthew 25 Gathering that Restoration is hosting in 5 weeks.  I spent an afternoon praying through the minute by minute schedule, praying for speakers, praying for people to register, and giving thanks for the dozens of Restoration volunteers who are making the Gathering happen.  Thank you.  This will be a gift to the wider church and I believe that God has a blessing for us in it as well.  I can’t wait.

Winter

Departure

In a couple hours I will load up my car and drive to the RestoMen’s retreat at Meadowkirk.  I have been alone for several days and I am excited to engage with these guys whom I love and enjoy so much.  I hope to see a lot of you there and the rest of you on Sunday as I introduce us to the winter of our spiritual formation.

Grace and Peace to you, beloved church.

David

Introducing Small Group #22 – Cultivating a Life of Prayer

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As our Small Groups Sign-Up’s get started this winter, we wanted to tell you about a few of the options. Here are a few words from Stephanie Dickerson about the small group she is hosting this winter with her husband Nathan (Small Group #22)

A New Year and a New Opportunity: Cultivating a Life of Prayer

If you were to chart my life of prayer over the course of my relationship with God, it would look a lot like the volatility of the Stock Market.

There were seasons when I would either try doubling down on my efforts— only to find that prayer became another hoop to jump through or I simply could not find the time to fit prayer into my day.

And yet, I found myself longing to actually connect deeply with God in prayer and to experience what Jesus talked about when he said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” (John 15:9).  Yes, this is in fact God’s desire for us—that we experience and remain in his love. Particularly in prayer!

If you find yourself somewhat stuck when it comes to your prayer life and long for more, consider joining us for Thursday nights at 7:30 PM for Small Group.

Using the Lord’s Prayer as our model, we learn how to enter the Father’s presence as the foundation of all prayer and how to put into practice a rhythm of prayer that is simple, doable, and sustainable. We’ll be learning a variety of prayer practices to use on our own and in a group.

Interested in joining this small group? Here is the link to sign up.

Introducing Small Group #14

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As our Small Groups Sign-Up’s get started this winter, we wanted to tell you about a few of the options. Here are a few words from Kelley Shields about the small group she is hosting this winter with Amy Zapf (Small Group #14)

Meeting Where You Are

And we mean that in a lot of ways!

Some of us go through times when it is just impossible for us to physically go to a small group.  Maybe you’re struggling with a health challenge that doesn’t leave you with the energy to attend.  Maybe you’re in a travel-heavy season at work and won’t be in town enough to make small group meetings. There are lots of very real reasons that might have you saying “I just cannot make it right now.”

We care about this because we’ve both been there – and of course, the seasons when our situations made it too difficult to go to a small group were seasons when we both really could have used the community and support of a small group!

So, we’re trying something new.

This trimester we are launching a virtual small group!  We’ve both found that online video platforms can create a space that feels pretty much like you are talking to someone in person.  We’ll be conducting this group over Zoom – all you’ll need is a smartphone or computer (with a camera), and possibly an external microphone to make sure we can all hear each other.  (The earbuds that come with an iPhone and have a microphone on the cord work just fine.)

So, if you weren’t going to sign up for a small group because you just cannot make it right now, please join us on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM!  And please feel free to reach out to Amy (avzapf@aol.com) or Kelley (kashields@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

Interested in joining this small group? Here is the link to sign up.

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