Warden’s Report: November 2017

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.

At our 28 November Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month, our rector, David Hanke, led us through our prayer time which included a time of thanksgiving for all the areas God has blessed Restoration over the past year.  As we knelt and considered all the staff, volunteers, blessings, events, ministries and efforts of this year, we saw God’s presence and grace spring forth like flowing waters.  We welcome your prayers for all that God is doing here on Quincy Street. 

We voted to approve a recommendation from RILA to sponsor an individual fleeing violence in her home country and seeking asylum in the US.   We received an update from David on the many activities he has engaged in as our pastor, as a leader in the diocese, and as a disciple of Christ over the last month.    

The majority of the meeting was spent discussing what we learned over the past year about Church Planting, communications, building disciples at Quincy street, outreach, RILA and where we have opportunities to grow more in our faith, our relationship with God and our family communion at Restoration. 

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’

– Dietrich Kuhlmann, Warden

Announcing the Vestry Class of 2020!

Dear Restoration,

It brings me great joy to write to you with the results of our 2017 Vestry Selection.  It was an excellent process that was undergirded with faithful and overt prayer.

The selection process began with over 35 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!

The VDT took a week to pray and to listen to God.  When we met to discuss what we had heard from God, there was a clear, discerned consensus.  Our next step was to invite a significant number of the nominees to consider becoming a candidate and for those who said yes, to fill out a Vestry Discernment Questionnaire (VDQ).

When we had received the VDQ from those who were willing to be considered as a candidate, we again took some time to pray and to listen to the voice of Jesus as we read the excellent, vulnerable, God-honoring answers that were offered by these potential candidates.  Then we met together as a team, face to face, to pray and to discern who would be on the final slate.  Those 6 candidates were the people you have been praying for and considering for vestry service.

During the Restoration Annual Meeting that was open from November 26 to December 3, members of Restoration voted for 3 of the 6 candidates.  Here are the results:  Kevin Marshall, Johanna Montague, and Danny Lee comprise the vestry class of 2020.  

The Restoration Vestry will look like this next year:

The Vestry Class of 2018

  • Becky Mohr
  • Meredith Lloyd
  • Dietrich Kuhlmann

The Vestry Class of 2019

  • Leigh McAfee
  • Sean Burke
  • Chris Belen

The Vestry Class of 2020

  • Danny Lee
  • Kevin Marshall
  • Johanna Montague

 

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 4, 2018 the vestry will meet for a formal orientation to the by-laws, policies, and procedures that govern our life together.  On January 23, the new vestry will meet for the first time and review the financial position of the church, 4 months into its fiscal year.  On January 26-27 the vestry will leave town for 24 hours to pray and plan how God might continue to move our church towards the planting of churches and the dreams of our strategic plan.

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

Warden’s Report: October 2017

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.

At our 24 October Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month Susie Wallin led us through our prayer time which included prayers for Rev. Liz Gray.  We are so thankful for Liz and the many ministries she leads at Restoration including outreach both locally and globally, prayer, RestoWomen, DOMA Standing Committee, the discernment process for people seeking ordination, and, of course, gearing up to plant Incarnation Anglican Church in south Arlington.   She and all our staff are amazing and we are grateful and humbled by all they do in leading us.  We always welcome your prayers for Liz, the staff, the Vestry and God’s good work here at Quincy Street. 

Meredith Taylor, our treasurer, led us through the Fiscal Year 2017 and September financial reports.  Average Sunday attendance year to date is up 10% from 2016.  FY 2017 offerings were 103% of budget and spending 98% of budget.  As a result, we finished are starting FY 2018 with 3.7 months of cash on hand.  We are very grateful.

We voted to approve a recommendation from the Outreach Steering Team (OST) to grant the remaining FY2017 outreach funds. 

Gifts were given to:

  • St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in partnership to further their benevolence ministry to members of the local community
  • Families-in-need at Glebe Elementary in the form of grocery gift cards.  We will also be providing an opportunity for Restoration to provide over 50 Christmas gift boxes for these families.  We will tell you about it in November.
  • Rev. Tammy Firestone in support of her missionary ministry as rector of La Trinidad Church in Cochabamba, Bolivia. 

We also voted to allow OST to carry over up to 10% of outreach funds each year, but with a strong sense of Vestry that they should work to minimize any carryover.  We are so grateful for the congregations generous giving that enables us to support God’s work in the local community and globally.   

Finally, we received an update from David on our search for a church plant resident and the progress of Incarnation Anglican Church.  Both efforts are on a positive trend for which we thank God. 

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’

– Dietrich Kuhlmann, Warden

5 Myths about ‘being on vestry’

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Vestry: The Five Myths Edition

We are so thankful for the 9 men and women who serve on our vestry.  These leaders provide spiritual and fiduciary oversight for our church and serve as liaisons for  different areas of our church life.  Many sit on the committees that advise the vestry on finances, the facility, outreach, and personnel.  In addition to each member’s individual areas of oversight, the vestry meets monthly to advise the rector and make decisions related to the church’s finances and facilities.

Vestry members are elected to staggered three-year terms.  Any confirmed member of Restoration is eligible to stand for election to the vestry.  Elections are held every year in November.

You might have heard some myths about what’s involved in vestry service.  In the spirit of the WaPo, here are some myths…  de-mystified.

Myth 1: Vestry members must be uniquely qualified to serve on vestry. (I have read the high standards listed in Titus 1: 5-9!)

Everyone has something to offer, as we are all equipped with spiritual gifts. The vestry is a broad representation of the congregation – all talents, perspectives, and passions are needed. Hannah Royal (former warden) reflects, “It took me a little while to shift my thinking from ‘What do I have to offer?’ to ‘Why and what is God using me to do on vestry?’  I found my years of service on vestry to be hugely beneficial to my own spiritual walk, and my desire to pray and listen to God.”

If you are elected, it is because God wants to use you, no matter your background, leadership experience, or gifts.

Myth 2: OK, we all have spiritual gifts. But I must have technical expertise (like finance, the law, human resources) to serve on vestry.

Again, all of us have special expertise in something. The vestry operates at its best when the members are a mix. Sure, this year it would be great to elect someone with financial expertise, to work alongside Meredith Taylor as Assistant Treasurer. And Becky Mohr could use a fellow vestry member conversant in human resources. But vestry discusses more than personnel issues and financial spreadsheets. Generalists are important as the church ponders strategic directions.


Myth 3: Serving on vestry means I can’t stay involved with what I am really passionate about at church:  like children’s ministry, small groups, or outreach.

Again, Hannah offers wise advice, “Vestry actually needs people that are passionate about the various ministries of the church.  While on Vestry, you have the opportunity to help those ministries in liaison roles.  Being on Vestry also provides an in-depth and holistic view of all that Restoration is doing and may open your heart to other aspects of our church that you never considered.”

Myth 4: Ok, I can stay connected to my favorite ministry.  But surely vestry meetings aren’t as interesting as the other committees that I am a part of.

Surprisingly, vestry meetings are not a buttoned-up, formal affair. Yes, motions are approved and passed. But vestry is not your typical business meeting. Instead, there are the essential elements of prayer and fellowship. Peanut M&Ms and seltzer. Laughter, lots of laughter. And always, grace.

Myth 5: Vestry meetings run until midnight.

Vestry meetings are very well organized and run efficiently by our rector.  They often end by 10:30pm. Here’s the schedule: the vestry gathers at 7pm for dinner and begins a time of prayer at 7:30pm. The actual “business” meeting begins at 8pm. Fun fact: ever since the vestry started praying for 30 minutes, the meetings have actually been shorter in length!

However, it is important to note that serving on vestry is not just a once a month event. (Do pastors only work on Sundays?)  Between meetings, you will be expected to spend time in prayer and preparation and assisting with various reports and parish meetings. The workload often comes in “seasons” and one month you might spend 30 hours on vestry duties and next month only 10.

It is important to be deliberate as you consider the time commitment of the 3-year term. Even so, our vestry always has a wide range of “DC-types” with busy schedules. Everyone is working to carve out space to serve our church!  

We hope that you will consider nominating someone (including yourself) to vestry.   

It’s easy. 

  1. Click this link.
  2. Give us your nominee’s name and email address (if you have it).
  3. Please provide 2-3 sentences on why you nominated this person.  (a particular experience they have, service you have noticed, character trait that you admire, etc)
  4. That’s it!  Nominate as many people as you would like!

We can promise that vestry members enjoy the honor of serving our church and love the opportunity to get to know the people with whom we serve.

“Think of it as an extended small group experience!” Hannah Royal (former warden)

-Christine Jones, chair of 2017 Vestry Discernment Team

Nominations, including 2-3 sentences describing why you are nominating a particular person (and, yes, you can nominate yourself!) should be sent here

Warden’s Report: September 2017

2017 Vestry

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.

At our 19 September Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month Meredith Taylor led us through our prayer time which included prayers for Kat Downs and the amazing gifts she brings as she steps into an increasingly managerial role while still keeping the bills paid, the lights on and the trains running on schedule.  We welcome your prayers for her as well as all the staff, the Vestry and God’s good work here at Quincy Street. 

Due to timing, the August and Fiscal Year 2017 financial reports were not available for review.  Our initial indication is that we remain slightly ahead of plan and all is well.  We will include a more robust report at the Parish Meeting on October 8 and after our next Vestry meeting.  We held detailed discussions on the Facility Reserve and the status of the mortgage which is laying the groundwork for future policies and decisions.  

We voted to approve a $6000 gift to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund to support hurricane relief in Houston and Florida as well as a $5000 gift in support of the Matthew 25 Gathering.  Additionally, we discussed preparations for the upcoming Vestry election and the Parish Meeting on Oct 8th.

We give thanks for a vibrant Christian community connecting to God’s creative mission through a gifted and caring congregation.  We are humbled by the multitude of ways God continues to bless our people, raise up leaders, and entrust us with resources to steward. 

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’

– Dietrich Kuhlmann, Warden

Wardens’ Report: July 2017

2017 Wardens

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.

At our July Vestry meeting on Tuesday, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer at the rail.  This month Becky Mohr led us through our prayer time which included prayers for Louise Brooks and the amazing gifts she brings to leading Kids’ Small Groups, for Hannah Royal, one of Wardens, who attended her final Vestry meeting, and for the Spirit to be present as we finalize the budget for fiscal year 2018 which will begin on 1 September.  We welcome your prayers as well for the staff, the Vestry and God’s work here at Quincy Street. 

Our June financial report continued to show a solid fiscal position in line with our FY2017 budget.  Our average Sunday attendance for the month was 544, 16% growth over the same time last year.  Our fiscal year-to-date income is at 101% of our FY17 budget.  We remain thankful for God and the congregation’s faithfulness as we continue to grow our ministries at Restoration.

On Tuesday, we voted to approve the Vestry election team for the Vestry election in the fall.  Additionally, the Vestry approved $151,800 of grant allocations to our beloved outreach partners both locally and globally.  Also, after further discussion and prayerful consideration, the Vestry approved the FY2018 budget. And finally, the Vestry reluctantly agreed to accept Hannah Royal’s resignation.  We wish her and the entire Royal family God’s speed as they move to Belgium for a season.   

Consistent with our bylaws we have several advisory teams which assist the vestry in specific efforts.  The Finance Team, Personnel Team, Outreach Steering Team and Facilities Team all have major roles to play in developing the budget each year.  We simply could not get the job done absent the insights and advice these teams provide.  As a Vestry, we are humbled and thankful for the multitude of ways God continues to bless our Congregation.  Both in the people he raises up and the resources He provides. 

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’

– Hannah Royal and Dietrich Kuhlmann, Wardens

Warden’s Report: June 2017

2017 Wardens

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.

On Tuesday Vestry began the evening by praying for our church and our business meeting.  As we prayed at the rail, we could hear Women Unscripted gathering and worshipping in the fellowship hall below.  It is a delight to be in a community that works, volunteers, and worships together to the glory of God.  We intentionally pray for a different staff person each meeting and this month we took time to give thanks for Kathy Kenyon.  Kathy is Coordinator of Sacramental Life, overseeing our community of volunteers, marriage mentors, and providing coordination for special events like baptisms and weddings.  We remain grateful for the way she uses her gifts to shepherd our marriage mentor ministry, our Sunday liturgical volunteers, and all of the other administrative help she provides behind the scenes.  If you are new to Restoration, we encourage you to think about getting plugged in by volunteering on Sundays!

During our business meeting we approved delegates and alternates to attend the 2017 Diocesan Synod.  We also received updates from the Church Plant Steering Team on the search for a resident and the Personnel Team on the hiring process for the Nursery Coordinator and the Facility Coordinator.   

Our business meeting each June is largely preparation for the final passage of the budget in July.  We began by receiving the May financial report from Treasurer Meredith Lloyd Taylor.  Our average Sunday attendance for the month was 501 (down 4% from last year in the same month), but overall up 6% for the entire year to date.  Our year to date offerings are 103% of budget and our year to date spending is 99% of budget.  These numbers, plus the amount in savings, are all good indicators of positive financial health.

The Finance Team worked countless hours compiling data to present the Vestry with a proposed budget for FY18.  We spent most of our meeting discussing this budget, keeping in mind our strategic plan to plant churches and grow disciples.  Over the next month we will work to finalize this budget, also keeping in mind God’s faithfulness over the years and stepping out in faith where there are unknowns.  We are grateful as we look at the ways that each of you has faithfully given generously to Restoration. 

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’

-Dietrich Kuhlmann and Hannah Royal, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: May 2017

2017 Wardens

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.

At our May Vestry meeting on Tuesday, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer at the rail.  This month Chris Belen led us through a time of thanksgiving, specifically for Matt Hoppe and the amazing gifts he brings to leading our worship through both song and visual art.  We encourage you to also pray for the amazing volunteers that provide such inspiring music each month as well as arts that match our sermon series and seasonal rhythms.

Our April financial report continued to show a solid fiscal position in line with our FY2017 budget.  Our average Sunday attendance for the month was 616, 17% growth over the same time last year.  Our fiscal year-to-date income is at 103% of our FY17 budget.  This financial report keeps us hopeful about the ways we will be able to steward our resources towards the growing ministries on Quincy Street and the forthcoming Church Planting efforts.

On Tuesday, we voted to continue the 5pm service through the month of July but then suspend services from Aug 6th through September 3rd with resumption on September 10th.  The 9 and 11 am services will remain the same.  As many of you may know, Morgan will be ordained on Sunday, 4 June.  We have traditionally designated donations during ordination services to go to organizations outside Restoration.  Accordingly, the Vestry voted to donate all giving at the 5pm service on 4 June to Incarnation, our church plant in South Arlington.  Morgan will be serving on the leadership team for Incarnation and this is a practical way to support his new ministry context.  Please continue to pray both for Morgan and that God will bless our Church Planting efforts in South Arlington and Montgomery County. 

As a Vestry, we are humbled and thankful for the multitude of ways God continues to bless our Congregation.  Both in the people he raises up and the resources He provides. 

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’

– Hannah Royal and Dietrich Kuhlmann, Wardens

Warden’s Report: April 2017

2017 Wardens

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.

At our April Vestry meeting on Tuesday, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer at the rail.  This month Sean Burke led us through a time of thanksgiving, specifically for Isaiah Brooms and the gifts he brings to leading our youth ministry.  We encourage you to also pray for the youth in our midst and the cultivation of good leaders and mentors for APEX.

Our March financial report continued to show strong growth in line with our FY2017 budget.  Our average Sunday attendance for the month was 596, 12% growth over the same time last year.  Our fiscal year-to-date income is at 107% of our FY17 budget.  This financial report keeps us hopeful about the ways we will be able to steward our resources towards the growing ministries on Quincy Street and the forthcoming church planting efforts.

As we mentioned last month, we have become aware of our limitations as our numbers continue to grow.  The Personnel Team, working with staff, has taken a look at our resources and identified a need for additional staff, particularly as it relates to children’s ministry and facility coordination.  On Tuesday, we voted to establish and fund two new part time positions, to be filled no earlier than June.  In the coming months we hope to provide more information on these positions (part-time Facilities Coordinator and part-time Nursery Coordinator) and ask you to pray for the upcoming hiring process.

Holy Week is always a busy time, full of great anticipation for the “Hallelujahs” of Christ’s resurrection on Easter.  As a Vestry, we are humbled by your generosity and want to thank the staff and the many volunteers who showed up to make each service a meaningful and worshipful experience for those in attendance.  We are grateful for the creativity in how our community uses their time, talent and treasure to the glory of God.  During Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, our church gave $17,948.16 to support the work of Restoration Immigration Legal Aid.  We are proud and honored to be able to come alongside this work of justice and mercy for immigrants in our community.

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’

-Dietrich Kuhlmann and Hannah Royal, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: March 2017

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.

The Vestry gathered on Tuesday for our March meeting.  As is our custom, we have dinner together and begin the meeting with prayer in the sanctuary.  Each month we spend time specifically praying for one staff member and this month Leigh McAfee guided us through prayer as we gave thanks for the work and contribution of Nathan Dickerson.  We appreciate the way Nathan shepherds small group leaders, thinks strategically about church planting, and pastors our congregation well.

As we begin our preparations and discussions for next year’s budget, treasurer Meredith Lloyd walked us through February’s monthly financial documents.  Our average Sunday attendance for the month of February was 574 and our year to date attendance is up 12% over FY2016.  While our giving was a bit under budget for the month, our year to date giving and our year to date spending are right on budget.  At the beginning of the fiscal year, we chose to delay spending on targeted non-essential items until after the first half of the year.  In our business meeting, we voted to release spending on those items.

As Restoration Immigration Legal Aid (RILA) begins to grow and serve more clients, they continue to look for ways to raise the necessary funding.  We discussed their proposal to apply for a grant through the Anglican communion and voted to allow them to use a specific fundraising platform.  We remain excited about the ways God is using Restoration to love, serve and connect with our neighbors.

Restoration continues to grow and our children’s ministry comprises almost 25% of our weekly attendance.  As we anticipate further growth and opportunities to reach beyond Quincy Street through church planting and RILA, we become aware of our limitations.  Part of our discussions at Vestry each month involve listening to where God is leading us and planning toward future needs.  We are thankful to have had the opportunity to meet with Bishop John Guernsey on Saturday.  He is encouraging of the work that Restoration is doing and we are grateful for his wisdom.  That conversation helped guide our discussion as we considered personnel and volunteer needs and as we think about sending out church planters in the coming years.

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’

-Dietrich Kuhlmann and Hannah Royal, Wardens

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