Wardens’ Report: April 2018

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 March 20th vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer at the rail in the sanctuary before starting our meeting. This month, Chris Belen led us through prayer for Director of Worship Arts, Matt Hoppe, and RILA Program Manager, Michelle Swearingen. We prayed that Matt would continue to be blessed in his ministry, especially as he takes ownership of Restoration’s prayer ministries. With grateful hearts, we praised God that He is using our church community to care for the legal rights of the sojourner in our midst. We are thankful for Michelle and all she does to support and further the work of RILA.

In our meeting, we discussed our plans to provide back-office support for Incarnation after they begin holding hold services away from Restoration in September and look forward to someday becoming their own parish. Restoration was blessed with back office support from The Falls Church Anglican when we were launched in 2009, and we hope to provide similar support to Incarnation through their launch period.

We heard updates from the Incarnation Servant team, and we approved their first budget (Fiscal year 2019). We also heard updates from the Personnel team, approved a motion from the Facilities team which updated our building use policy, and approved some off-cycle spending from the outreach budget.

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.’

– Becky Mohr and Dietrich Kuhlmann, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: March 2018

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 20 March Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month Kevin Marshall led us through our compline which included a time of prayers and thanksgiving for the ministry of Associate Rector, Nathan Dickerson at Restoration over the past year.  We are grateful for all God is doing at Restoration through Nathan as he leads and coordinates Small Groups, RestoMen, and local Church Planting.  We welcome your prayers for all the staff, the Vestry and God’s work here on Quincy Street. 

In our meeting we discussed the monthly update received from the Incarnation core team.  These monthly updates will be discussed at each Vestry meeting as we focus on ways to assist and enable the launch of Incarnation Anglican Church on September 9, 2018. 

Meredith Taylor, our treasurer, led us through the financial reports through February 2018.  Average Sunday attendance year to date is up approximately 8% from 2017.  FY 2018 offerings through February 2018 were 97% of budget and spending 93% of budget and we have 4.1 months of Cash on Hand.  We are thankful for the congregation’s generosity and God’s faithfulness.  Restoration is on sound financial footing. 

Becky Mohr led a discussion on several personnel related proposals which included an update on efforts to hire a female associate rector.  We voted to approve a small change to our retirement plan and to recommend a member as a postulant for Holy Orders. 

Additionally, we discussed how our clergy might lead us to respond to the many local opportunities to engage effectively in the issues and opportunities surrounding race and diversity. 

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’

– Becky Mohr and Dietrich Kuhlmann, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: February 2018

Vestry 2018

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 February 28th vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer at the rail in the sanctuary before starting our meeting. This month, Leigh McAfee led us through compline and prayer for Associate Rector, Liz Gray. We thanked God for Liz and the fruitfulness of her work in prayer, women’s ministry, and outreach at Restoration.  We also prayed for her new role as she leads the planting of Incarnation Anglican Church next fall: that God would protect and lead her as she bravely answer’s God’s call to be a church planter.

In our meeting, we discussed our plan to build on Liz’s legacy at Restoration as she prepares to leave Restoration for Incarnation. We are asking God to help us to hire a priest who can lead women’s ministry and also to help us find leaders to continue to grow our outreach programs.

We voted to approve several motions, these include:

– Responding to Bishop John’s request to gifting the ACNA with funds from our outreach budget to help travel Bishops from Uganda, Rwanda, and Myanmar to the GAFCON conference in Jerusalem. 

– Approving rosters for our 5 advisory teams: Personnel, Finance, Facilities, Outreach Steering, and Incarnation Anglican Church Servant Team.

– Authorizing David and Liz to sign a lease with Greenbrier Baptist Church for Incarnation’s worship services to be held there beginning next fall.

Lastly, we had a discussion on the future of Restoration Immigration Legal Aid. Nearly two years since its first legal clinic, RILA has filed 73 asylum cases and currently has 22 scheduled court hearings. RILA has flourished within the “incubator” of Restoration. Even so, both the vestry and the RILA leadership team have been aware that a more self-sustaining model is necessary for RILA to continue to grow and best serve its clients. About a year ago, vestry asked RILA to begin considering what that model would be.

After research and consultation with Restoration’s chancellor, RILA ultimately proposed becoming its own legal entity, an integrated auxiliary of Restoration. Vestry approved this proposal for RILA to gain the flexibility needed to best serve its clients, while still continuing strong ties to Restoration’s leadership.

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.’

– Becky Mohr and Dietrich Kuhlmann, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: January 2018

Vestry 2018

I am delighted to show you our 2018 Vestry.  We had a great retreat last weekend and we are eagerly anticipating all that God will do through our church this year.

The vestry chose Meredith Taylor to serve as our treasurer and Sean Burke to serve as our secretary.  Dietrich Kuhlmann and Becky Mohr will serve as our wardens.

The wardens meet monthly with the rector to plan and share the leadership of the vestry.  They are wise, strategic, and people who pray.  You will hear from them each month in this quick report that summarizes the discussions and decisions of our vestry.

Join me in giving thanks to God for our new vestry and officers.

-David

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.

This report combines our 23 January Vestry meeting which was followed by our 26-27 January Vestry Retreat. 

During our Vestry meeting we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month David Hanke led us through our prayer time which focused on asking the Holy Spirit to bless our time together and give us wisdom as we start the meeting and a new year.  We welcome your prayers for all the staff, the Vestry, God’s work here at Quincy Street and the successful launch of Incarnation Anglican in South Arlington. 

The majority of the Vestry meeting focused on reviewing our Pastoral Charge, Diocese Constitution and Canons, bylaws and the many guidelines that those before us have faithfully prepared to aide us in fulfilling our responsibilities as Vestry members of a vibrant and growing Christian community.  

We voted to:

At the Vestry Retreat we focused on the parables in Matthew 13 and, after a team building exercise, we shared and prayed over the thorns and weeds in our lives.  We spent quiet time discerning what God was saying to us about what the “the Kingdom of heaven is like …” and then shared how we might apply those insights to sustaining the great work God is doing in Restoration and Incarnation.  We are excited about the well-crafted ministry plan from the Incarnation steering team and we look forward to faithfully supporting them in this year of launch!  

Finally, we elected the vestry officials for 2018:

– Wardens: Becky Mohr and Dietrich Kuhlmann

– Treasurer: Meredith Lloyd Taylor

– Secretary: Sean Burke

We ate, we laughed, we prayed, we listened – God was very gracious and the time together was an amazing blessing.

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’

– Becky Mohr and Dietrich Kuhlmann, Wardens

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

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