Resto Summer BBQ

Summer is here! And that means it is time for the Restoration Summer BBQ!

Join us at Oak Grove Park* (1606 N Quincy St. – across from where we park on Sundays!) after the 5 pm service on Sunday, July 15!

If you are looking to have maximum fun this summer, this is the BBQ for you. It will have everything: hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers, lemonade, ice tea, water, music, outdoor games, a playground, fun people like you… I could go on, but let me get to the important details:

Sign up your favorite dessert (if your last name is A-G) or favorite side (if your last name is H-Z)!

We would also love your help with set up, grilling, or clean up! Sign up here!

Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends (and maybe a lawn chair or a blanket)! Can’t wait to see you there!

*If it rains, we’ll meet in Fellowship Hall!

Oak Grove Park

Giving A Little Love

Restoration singing carols at Sunrise Senior Living

The first time I went to Sunrise Senior Living to sing Christmas Carols with the residents, I was a volunteer working with APEX Youth Ministry and had no idea what to expect.  By the time it was over, I was convinced that we needed to do this every year and now that I am the Director of Youth Ministry, we do.

When we think of Restoration’s mission to connect people to God, others and the needs of the world, it is easy to default to the work we do overseas or with our local partnerships with AFAC, Casa Chirilagua and Restoration Immigration Legal Aid (R.I.L.A). It’s easy to get lost in the idea that big acts of service are the ones that are the most impactful. This yearly trip to Sunrise showed me, first hand, that small acts of service can carry just as much of an effect.

As the mantra of our Kids’ ministry exclaims, everyone wants to know that they are loved, known and seen by God.  It doesn’t take much to remind them of that.  Sometimes it’s a wink, a hand on the shoulder in solidarity, or an entire congregation of your neighboring church coming over and singing exuberantly at the top of their lungs with Santa and elf hats galore.

We invite you to join us again this year after the 5pm service, to take 30 minutes to spread some Christmas cheer to residents who can be easily forgotten.  Help us to remind them again this season that they are not.

Where:  Sunrise Senior Living
2000 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207

When:  This Sunday, December 17th (6:30pm – 7:15pm) –
Immediately following the 5pm service.

Hope to see you there,

Isaiah Brooms
Director of Youth Ministry

 

 

 

Fall Retreat: Line Dancing, Wine Tasting, Lawn Games and More

Spots are filling up fast for this year’s annual fall retreat, but there is still time to make memories with us. Taking place in beautiful Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA (about a 2.5 hour ride from the Washington, D.C. area), the retreat is a terrific opportunity to escape the Beltway for a few days to worship, pray and fellowship with our church family.

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Additionally, this year’s featured speaker will be Joe Ho of Focused Ministries who has prepared an important topic for us to discuss and think about titled: “The Problem of Race and The Power of The Cross.” Click here for more details.

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And if that wasn’t enough, the Fall Retreat will also feature a number of fun-filled activities including:

  • Lavender Farm (includes wine tasting)
  • Yoga
  • Farm visit
  • Bonfire
  • Soccer
  • Lawn Games
  • Boat making
  • Fishing
  • RestoArts

And last but not least…. Line Dancing!

What are you waiting for? Sign up now to secure your spot to join in on the fun!

Financial aid to cover a portion of the expenses is available through the registration form. Our kids (nursery – 5thgrade) will be in their kids’ small groups during the adult sessions. APEX (grades 6-12) will also be meeting during the adult sessions.

Incarnation … curious?

19225076_10155001833148600_7716981644433032854_nHopefully it is no secret to you by now that Restoration Anglican Church has begun the process of planting a new community in south Arlington! Incarnation Anglican (this new church plant) will be spending quality time together over the summer playing and praying. We’d love for you to join us for some of the events that are happening over the next several months.

We want you to know what things will be happening, so here are a few ways to stay informed:

Google Calendar

Below you will find our calendar embedded (this will eventually be embedded on our website). You can subscribe below to our calendar:

Google Group

We regularly send out info about events and ways that you can be praying for Incarnation Anglican. If you would like to receive these emails let us know here.

Facebook and Website

Like us on Facebook. We will be using Facebook to post pics and discuss informal get togethers. We have not fully designed our website, but stay tuned, it’s coming….

~Morgan, Liz and Amy

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

RILA? Soooo – what exactly is that?

 

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Question: What is RILA??

Answer: Restoration Immigration Legal Aid, a ministry being launched by Restoration in March 2016.

RILA’s mission is to holistically support the immigrant community in our neighborhood through providing low-cost immigration legal assistance, advocacy, and community building events.

RILA’s objectives include:

  • Creating a hospitable, comfortable and safe environment.
  • Providing immigration legal services, including consultation and initial assessment, and legal representation in areas of immigration law in which we choose to focus.
  • Providing appropriate referrals for legal services that exceed the scope of the services we offer.

For over six months, a dedicated team has been working to make an immigration legal aid clinic at Restoration a reality. And the clinic’s doors open in March! On February 16th we will share in detail the vision, plans, and ways you can get involved. You’ll meet the team, learn about our community partners and learn about why Restoration has chosen to launch this ministry.

If you have any questions, Nat Foote or Jason Braun can answer them.   But we encourage you to come to the Fellowship Hall, 7.30pm on February 16th.

~Christine Jones on behalf of the RILA Team (Christine Jones, Natalie Foote, Jason Braun, Liz Gray, Erin Owen, Susie Wallin, Michelle Swearingen and more!)

 

Christmas giving….

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And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:8-14 ESV)

Every Christmas Eve we love to give ALL the offering away to a local charity – or not-for-profit –  a group or groups that are doing things we are passionate about as a community.

Over the course of this year we have been gradually getting our ducks in a row for launching an immigration legal aid centre here at Restoration in 2016. We are inching closer… 

BUT – one thing we have learned through all our research is that work of this kind is complicated and needs lots of solid backup! Two organizations locally have been enormously helpful to us as we have researched and thought, and our admiration for the work they do is vast.

We plan to partner with both of them in 2016: Good Samaritan Advocates (GSA), and Catholic Immigration Legal Network, Incorporated (CLINIC).  GSA is a local organization that provides general legal services pro bono, or at a reduced rate.  Partnering with churches to provide access to legal services and counsel is central to GSA’s mission.  CLINIC is a national organization that works exclusively in immigration law by providing low-cost immigration law services, as well as supporting immigration law programs.  By partnering with CLINIC, we will receive direct supervision from experienced immigration attorneys, as well as access to immigration law resources.

So this Christmas Eve we’re going to ask you to dig deep as we give to CLINIC and Good Samaritan Advocates. They will be continuing to help us – and supervise all we do in 2016 – so we would love to bless them liberally up front!

To hear more details about what we are up to put 7.30pm – 9pm Feb 16, 2016 on your calendar NOW. We are having an info night in the fellowship hall for all who want to hear more about this; GSA people will be there, our team will be there, all potential volunteers (does that include you?) should be there….

More info: Restoration Immigration Legal Aid  or ask Natalie Foote, Jason Braun, Michelle Swearingen, Susie Wallin, Erin Owen, Christine Jones or  Liz Gray to fill you in.

Justice and the Generosity of God… what next?

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The combination of justice and generosity captures the breadth of the Gospel. In the Gospel, God is making something right, restoring what was lost, acting justly. But He does it with great generosity. The Holy Spirit is forming us into the image of Christ for the sake of others. We will generously do justice— just like our father in heaven.” ~ David Hanke

Over these last two months we have listened, pondered and discussed God’s heart for the quartet of the oppressed, we have allowed the Holy Spirit to woo and coax us to think about how our individual and corporate response and we have wondered what is next. As you have engaged with this topic….

  • What habits have you made or broken as you considered the call to allowing space for gleaning? For re-engaging more specifically with Sabbath?
  • Where have you found yourself changing, growing, praying?
  • Where has your heart expanded for the quartet of widows, orphans, sojourners and the poor?

Can I encourage you to not lose hold of the things you have marinated on these last weeks. Take some time to journal, reflect, carry on the discussions with friends inside and outside of our community. Invite your neighbors over for a cookout this summer and ask them what they think… and consider the changes you need to make in your life. Perhaps someone from your small group can hold you accountable?

We would love to know what you thought!

As we reflect on our response to ‘Justice and the Generosity of God’ we would love you to use this survey to send in your thoughts, ideas, growth points – either for your personal discipleship or for us as a community. And if you want to know how to engage with others in our community there are also suggestions of how to do so here or you can read more about our partners here.  And – specifically – if you are interested in helping with the Immigration Legal Aid Center idea – we would love to hear from you here!

And meanwhile, here are a few reflections from members of our small groups on this trimester….

  • The entire justice series helped me to think about the way I view others, especially those who are in need.
  • Making margin in my life has become a priority: I want to make space for others to glean
  • So many, but one main takeaway is that while justice is doing for other people, it has to start with accepting the justice God has provided for me first.
  • Remembering that God cares about justice, even in the petty differences and squabbles of my office, gives more dignity and meaning to my day-to-day life.
  • We had an awesome conversation around Sabbath that has led to direct life changes and a transformed view of Sunday.
  • The sermon series on justice has been a tough subject, but one that I am finding myself more aware of and therefore more prayerful about when I am seeing or hearing about injustices.
  • Learning how to “make space for justice” and deal with injustice in my life was helpful. I also liked the idea of justice being both distributive and retributive.
  • After the studies, my confessions were much deeper — informed by the inequities uncovered in my own heart esp. regarding the Jonah and Isaiah 58 passages

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5 ESV)

Have a great summer!

~ Liz Gray

Reading about Justice

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As we run, jump, shuffle, walk, tiptoe, hop, skip or leap  into this series on justice we are already starting to encounter some great big ideas; certainly I’ve realized there are quite a few ways I need to face up to my patterns of behavior and some perhaps pretty deeply-held previous convictions. Processing these things in small group is amazing (we had a wonderful discussion last night about Sabbath – I hear others did too), but sometimes it’s simply time to read….

We don’t have a library (yet!) at Restoration – but if you buy any of these why not lend them to others in your small group, order them through your library, read them in your book clubs or give them as birthday presents. Feel free to donate old copies to Restoration if you have them! Perhaps we can start a little lending book area?

So to start with some of the books David has been referencing include:

I haven’t read all of them yet… so I’m looking forward to working through the list.  When you’ve read all of  these – come back to us and we’ll suggest some more 🙂 or perhaps you’ve got suggestions of your own to add to the list? Please add comments below. Happy reading!

~ Liz

Restoration Pig Roast

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You are invited to the Inaugural Restoration Pig Roast Potluck. (#restopigroast)

Who: You and ___
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015; come whenever, pig will be ready around 3 p.m.
Where: A beautiful big field near MIddleburg, Va. (approx. 1 hour west of Arlington, directions below)
Cost: $20/adult, $5/child, plus bring a side dish and 2-liter bottle
Why: To celebrate spring. To celebrate Restoration. To celebrate God’s beautiful creation. To enjoy great food. Together.

The cost covers the essentials: pig roasted under the watchful eye of one of D.C.’s best young chefs, plates/cups/cutlery, water, a large event tent, serving tables, portable toilets. We also will provide some grilled chicken, vegetarian options, and rolls to make sandwiches.

You bring the rest: picnic blanket(s) and/or camp chair(s), neighbors / friends, ideas / supplies for fun outdoor activities, a 2-liter bottled beverage (or equivalent) to share, a side dish to feed 10 people based on first letter of last name as follows:

A – F: dessert (looking at Breeds and Donnell)
G – P: salad or veggie
Q – Z: snacks or chef’s choice

The raw beauty of the space means there is no electricity (keep that in mind when preparing your side dish), little or no cell service, and we must carry-in and carry-out (Leave No Trace).

In order to buy the appropriate amount of supplies, we will close registration at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Click here to register. Registration and cash or personal check payment will also be accepted in-person after each of the services on Sunday, April 19th and 26th. You will have the option of making an additional donation to our outreach trips to Cambodia and/or West Virginia at the registration table and event.

Volunteer opportunities abound. Please email Tom Madrecki, John Donnell, and Chris Belen if you are able and interested in helping, or if you have questions.

Directions and camping instructions, if you’d like to stay overnight, can be found on the Restoration website.

Dreaming about the summer….

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Hello Restoration,

This summer will be Restoration’s 6th year of serving the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) with Sunday afternoon pick-ups at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market, and bringing the produce back to AFAC to sort & bag.

Thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of Diana & Andrew Intagliata and John Remein (our fearless AFAC van driver), we have signed up to help July 12-August 23 and are looking for Restoration volunteers to help lead the group on those Sunday’s.

I LOVE being part of a church community that serves and I know AFAC clients are very thankful for the fresh produce.

Would you be willing to please sign up to help lead one of the Sunday’s?
Don’t want to lead by yourself? Just let me know what Sunday’s you are available and I can pair folks up. I know some people are just trying to plan for tomorrow, let alone July/August. But for you planners out there, I’d love to start writing down when folks are available. You can either let me know, or visit the link. ​​

Many thanks,

Mona

 

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