RestoMen Gathering – Tuesday PM, Nov. 6

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“The Challenge of Getting Real with Others”

In a recent issue of Christianity Today, author Stephen Mansfield reflects on a difficult season of his life when he found himself in the midst of a painful divorce. What he discovered in the midst of this challenging season of life is that while he had many acquaintances, and a broad social network” he also had very “few, close adult male friends”.

He also noted that as he looked around, he was hardly alone. He says, most other men are in the same boat. They have “no one who knows their secrets, no one they could call in the middle of the night if their family faced a crisis. And no one who would hold them accountable if their life went off the rails.” He concludes, “most men are awash in a sea of casual relationships.”

What Manfield pinpoints in this article is exactly what we want to start to address in our upcoming RestoMen Gathering on Tuesday PM, November 6. We are beginning our series on the challenges that men face today, and this month we are looking at the Challenge of Getting Real with Others.

We will begin @7:30 PM with supper together, followed by a time of discussion & conversation on this topic, and we will end promptly @ 9pm. We would love to see you there.

RestoMen Kickoff – Tues PM, Oct. 9

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Men of Restoration,

We invite you to join us on Tuesday PM, October 9 as we kick off the year with our first RestoMen Gathering of the Year. We will be gathering from 7:30-9:00 PM to eat Chili, and hang out with one another over a Bonfire out back of the church.

Feel free to bring adult beverages, and a camp chair with you to enjoy the night.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Nathan Dickerson

RestoMen – Tuesday, March 14, “Wisdom & Anger”

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Anger, Frustration, Rage – These are some of the most powerful and frightening emotions that we experience as men. Oftentimes, we are not quite sure what to do with these feelings, or how we can grow in self-control in this area of our lives. So, as a result, our anger often has a very unhealthy impact on our souls and it negatively damages our closest relationships.

That’s why we are going to be gathering next Tuesday, March 14 to discuss this vital topic of “Wisdom and Anger”, as we continue our series on what it means to Men of Wisdom.

We will begin at 7pm with a catered, light supper (Bring $5 to help cover the cost). At 7:30 pm we start the program, & we will end promptly @ 9pm. We look forward to seeing you there next Tuesday night!

Nathan

RestoMen – Feb. 7, 2017, “Using Our Speech Wisely”

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“The moment”. We’ve all been there: “the moment” when you regretted the words coming out of your mouth almost exactly as soon as they left your lips. In “the moment,” your palms are sweaty, your mouth is drier than month-old bread, and you wish you could rewind to the moment right BEFORE you said the thing it will now take you months to correct. If we could see his face through the fur, even Chewbacca is blushing at your lack of care with your words.

Come out to RestoMen this Tuesday, February 7th as we continue our series on “Wisdom.” This month’s discussion will help us with “the moment” as we explore the topic of “Wisdom and Our Words: Using Our Speech Wisely.”

Dinner begins at 7 PM (please bring a suggested contribution of $5.00 for dinner); the program begins at 7:30 PM. We will have a speaker, small group discussion, and a panel interview exploring the intricacies of how to speak with wisdom…without becoming a wookie!

We look forward to seeing you there!

RestoMen – Dec. 8, Making Wise Decisions

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Should I take this new job? Is this the right relationship for me? Am I on the right career path? Is now the best time to start our family? How do I balance my work with the rest of my responsibilities?

Almost every week, we are confronted with these sorts of important questions, which compel us to make choices that will have a lasting impact on our lives. But our challenge is that it is not always clear which direction we should take, because each of our options is morally acceptable. So, how do we move forward? How do we make wise decisions? How can we be smart about the choices that confront us?

Those are the questions we are going to be addressing at our next RestoMen gathering on Tuesday, December 6 as we look at the topic of “Wisdom and Guidance”. We invite you to join us that night as David speaks to us about these critically important topic, and we hear from a panel of men in our congregation who have also wrestled with these same issues.

We will begin at 7 PM with a light dinner (bring $5 to help cover the cost). Then at 7:30 PM, we will start to discuss these issues together. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Men’s Retreat is Coming Soon!

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Men of Restoration,

It’s time to register for our annual RestoMen Retreat. This is a great opportunity to get away and recharge spiritually as well as connect with lots of other guys in our community.

When is it?  January 13-14, 2017

Where is it?  MeadowKirk Retreat in Middleburg.

Who is Speaking?  I am so excited for us to hear from Tommy Hinson, who is the rector of Church of the Advent in Washington DC. Tommy is going to be speaking to us from the book of Daniel about what it looks like to become men of wisdom.

How do I sign up?  Right here  This link has the 2 different price points, which are based on housing options.

When should I sign up?  How about right now?  The rooms in the Inn will go fast.  There are only 20 of them. Note – The price goes up by $10 on December 1, so save some money.  We only have space for about 96 men and we anticipate that we will sell out.  Get ‘er done now.

Can you give me a few more details on the schedule?  Sure.

Friday

6pm     Optional meet up for dinner in Leesburg, VA

7:30     Leave for MeadowKirk

8:30     Welcome, break into small groups, get to know each other.

9:00     Compline (with short homily)

9:30     Free Time

Saturday

8:00     Breakfast

9:00     Morning Prayer

9:30     Session 1 + small group

11:00   Session 2 + small group

12:30   Lunch

1:30     Free Time and Fun Games

3:30     Session 3 + small group

5:00     Depart for home

5:30     Optional Meet Up for Dinner in Leesburg

We really hope to see you at the RestoMen’s Retreat!

-Nathan

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RestoMen – Nov. 1, The Importance of Real Friendships

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In a recent issue of Christianity Today, Wes Hill wrote a provocative article entitled, Why can’t men be friends?  In his article, Hill cites social science research, which shows that as most men grow older, they tend to have fewer and fewer deep male friendships. Even the friendships they do maintain tend to be not as close, or as intimate, as the ones they enjoyed in their earlier years.

He cites a recent conversation with a friend, who told him, “In college, there was a recognized script for finding friends. (But) now that I’m in my thirties, everyone seems to have their friend groups settled, and I don’t know the script anymore.”

Perhaps you know exactly what Hill is talking about, because he seems to be describing your own experience with male friendship. If you are honest with yourself, you recognize that there is often a big gap between your desire to have these types of friendships & your actual experience with friendship.

That’s why we want to host a conversation about “The Importance of Real Friendships” at our next RestoMen meeting on Tuesday, November 1. We invite you to join us that night as we look at what the wisdom of Proverbs has to say about this critically important issue.

We will begin at 7 PM with a light dinner (bring $5 to help cover the cost). Then at 7:30 PM, we will start to discuss these issues together. We look forward to seeing you there!

2nd Annual Pig Roast – Sat, September 10

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When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” 

 Pork doesn’t play a prominent role in the Bible, but hospitality certainly does.

I love this passage from John 21, not least because of the casualness with which Jesus — the risen Christ! — stokes a charcoal grill. The Son of Man, capable of anything, including rising from the grave and the forgiveness of sins, still makes it a priority to break bread and eat with his closest friends.

What a mind boggling image: Why is Jesus suddenly cooking fish over an open fire?!

For some, this story might therefore seem like a random interlude — one of those asides that doesn’t fit into a bigger gospel picture. And I suppose that a pig roast in the middle of nowhere could give off a similar vibe.

In fact, that apparent randomness, that lack of connection, seems precisely the point. True fellowship can’t occur within the confines of a lesson or moralistic fable. It has to occur out in the open — a simple welcoming table for all, devoid of making a point other than, “Come. Eat. Be brothers and sisters with me.”

When we first thought about doing a pig roast at Restoration last year, that was the goal we had in mind. An opportunity unlike most others, to invite anyone, bring anyone, have fun with anyone. A time for family and friends, not apart from God’s word, but fulfilling it through acts of fellowship.

A little out of the way. A little out of the ordinary. But delicious — and a great way to reconnect with those we love.

 Note – Vegetarian Options will also be available!

 More Details about the Pig Roast

 Sign up for 2016 Pig Roast

RestoMen’s Retreat 2016

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Fellas,

It’s time to register for our annual RestoMen’s retreat.

It is a bite-sized chunk of manly goodness.  It’s an opportunity to connect with God, to anticipate the year to come, to give thanks for all that has been.  It’s a blast.

When is it?  January 15-16, 2016.  One night.  21 hours of awesome.

Where is it?  MeadowKirk Retreat in Middleburg.

Who is Speaking?  I am so excited for us to hear from Dr. Curt Thompson.  He will speak about ‘The Memory of Masculinity’ from Exodus 4.  Curt has walked with many people in the DC area as they move from brokenness and experience restoration by grace.  This topic could not be more relevant for us.

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How do I sign up?  Right here.  That link has the 2 price points that are based on housing options.

When should I sign up?  How about right now?  The rooms in the Inn will go fast.  There are only 20 of them.  The price goes up by $10 on December 1, so save some money.  We only have space for about 96 men and we anticipate that we will sell out.  Get ‘er done now.

Can you give me a few more details on the schedule?  Sure.

Friday

6pm:  Optional meet up for dinner in Leesburg, VA

7:30:  Leave for MeadowKirk

8:30 Welcome, break into small groups, get to know each other.

9:00 Compline (with short homily)

9:30 Free Time

Saturday

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Morning Prayer

9:30 Session 1 + small group

11:00 Session 2 + small group

12:30  Lunch

1:30 Free Time and Fun Games

3:30 Session 3 + small group

5:00 Depart for home

5:30 Optional Meet Up for Dinner in Leesburg

Small Group at RestoMen's Retreat

I really hope to see you at the RestoMen’s Retreat!

-David

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