Warden’s Report: March 2019

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 26th vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting. This month, Kevin Marshall led us through prayer which included a time of intercession and prayer for Nathan Dickerson, our associate rector. We prayed over Nathan’s work as he cares for our small group leaders and recruits leaders for the upcoming Spring trimester (which begins the last week of April). We gave thanks for Nathan’s work among the men in our congregation and how he cares for and shepherds them so well. We prayed that Nathan and his family would have a restful time away next month and that God would bless and guide each of them in their daily work and life. Additionally, we prayed over our strategic plan and the work being done to prepare it. We prayed that we would hear God’s voice as he leads Restoration in the process of discerning our next five years. As always, we hope that you will pray with us for all the staff, vestry and God’s work on Quincy Street.

In our meeting, we received an encouraging update on Incarnation and approved a memorandum of understanding with Incarnation providing them with back office support. This a generous and helpful gift we are giving to our friends and we are grateful to be able to help them in this way for six months into the next fiscal year. Additionally, we approved changes to our advisory teams and the hiring of a contractor during an upcoming maternity leave.

Brad Jones, our treasurer, led us through a financial report that showed February giving was again below anticipated levels. The vestry has prepared a letter for members updating them further on our financial situation. You can expect to see if in your mailbox early next week.  If you are not a member of Restoration and would like to see a copy, you can email Kat Downs.

David led a discussion with the vestry about the strategic planning process. We had a chance to hear feedback from the first congregational input session that occurred on March 17th and hear an update from the strategic plan advisory team. (Our current strategic plan ends this year.) As we celebrate ten years as Restoration Anglican Church, this is an appropriate moment to pause and look ahead to 2025. We are grateful for what God has done and anticipate His continued good work in the next five years.

We look forward to hearing from you: what is God saying to you about Restoration 2025? We invite you to join the Strategic Planning Advisory Team this Sunday, March 31st from 1-2pm (immediately after the 11 o’clock service). Food and childcare will be provided. You can also submit your ideas, feedback, questions and things you are hearing in prayer to this email address or using this form. We look forward to hearing from you.

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’

– Chris Belen and Johanna Montague, Wardens

Warden’s Report: February 2019

2019 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 February 26th Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together, and we prayed before starting the meeting.  This month Johanna Montague led us through prayer which included a time of intercession and thanksgiving for David Hanke and the Hanke family.  We prayed that David would feel God’s presence as he emerges from working so diligently on the Matthew 25 Gathering that Restoration hosted last week.  We prayed that he, his wife Laurel, and their kids would find rest in God’s comforting hand as they reconnect in the midst of a season of transition.  Finally, we prayed that David would hear God’s voice as he leads Restoration in a process of discerning plans for our church over the next five years. As always, we hope that you will pray with us for all the staff, vestry and God’s work here at Quincy Street.

In our meeting, we approved the Outreach Steering Team’s recommendation to give away our Ash Wednesday and Holy Week offerings to Caminemos Juntos, a ministry cultivating Anglican church-planting throughout the Americas.  We also received another good report from Incarnation, and approved RILA’s board, a step that, in part, was a celebration of a milestone in RILA’s development: it recently received approval to become an “integrated auxiliary,” which will expand its opportunities to receive wide and sustaining support.  We also approved this year’s rosters for our invaluable advisory teams, and we adopted an Emergency Response Plan.

Brad Jones, our Treasurer, walked us through a finance report that showed January giving was again below anticipated levels.  Although giving was generous in December 2018, we have been below anticipated giving levels for all of the months since the fiscal year began in September 2018.  The vestry discussed possible explanations and options looking ahead to the rest of this fiscal year. (Restoration’s fiscal year runs from September to August.)

David led a discussion with vestry about the strategic planning process, and he shared an update from the team that is facilitating the development of Restoration’s next five-year strategic plan.  (Our current strategic plan expires at the end of this year.)  As we pass our tenth anniversary this fall, this is a great moment to reflect and to look ahead as a church.  We are grateful for all God has provided, and we recognize ways the Holy Spirit is already beginning to guide the development of a new strategic plan that will help Restoration be faithful in the next chapter of our lives together.  

We look forward to hearing from you: what is God saying to you about Restoration in 2025?  Come out next Tuesday, March 5 to Pancakes and Parish Meeting, where we will talk about the strategic planning process.  First, we will enjoy fellowship and pancakes starting at 6:00 pm. Then, around 7:00 pm, we will open up our spring Parish Meeting so that we can share more about God’s provision for our church to date and how you can join in that journey.  See you there!

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’

– Chris Belen and Johanna Montague, Wardens

Below is a recording of our March 5, 2019 Parish Meeting.

Play 1. March 5 2019 Parish Meeting

Warden’s Report: December 2018

At our December 5th Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month Dietrich Kuhlmann led us through prayer which included a time of intercession and thanksgiving for Beth Tipps, our new Associate Rector (she joined us on October 1st) . We prayed gratitude that Beth was truly an answer to Restoration’s prayers and that Restoration has been an answer to Beth’s. We are grateful for the way Beth has spent time intentionally getting to know Restoration and our parishioners, and we pray for God’s direction for the next few months as Beth continues to learn what it means to be a vocational priest and a leader at Restoration. As always, we hope that you will pray with us for all the staff, vestry and God’s work here at Quincy Street. 

In our meeting we approved the Outreach Steering Team’s recommendation to give away our Christmas Eve Offering to Ras Morbat Clinic in Aden, Yemen, a ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. We also received reports from Incarnation about their first three months meeting together, and from the personnel team regarding a gracious in-kind donation we have received from some unified communications consultants.

Meredith Taylor, our Treasurer walked us through a finance report that shows we are under on anticipated giving for the months of September-November 2018. The vestry will wait to hear a report on giving in December 2018 before making any necessary adjustments to the FY2019 budget, which was approved in August of 2018 (Restoration’s fiscal year runs from September to August.)

Chris Belen raised a motion to clarify a previous point in our outreach granting decision that will allow us to plan on three-year granting relationships with some of our local and global outreach partners. Additionally, Becky Mohr lead discussion concerning our maternity leave policy and our plan for staffing outreach needs in 2019.

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 Becky Mohr, Wardens

Warden’s Report: May 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 22 May Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month Danny Lee led us through our compline which included a time of intercession and thanksgiving for the ministry of Louise Brooks and the Kids’ Small Groups at Restoration.  Our joy and thankfulness overflowed as we prayed for all God is doing at Restoration through Louise as she shepherds our ever growing population of young believers.  We welcome your prayers for all the staff, the Vestry and God’s work here at Quincy Street. 

In our meeting we discussed the monthly update received from the Incarnation core team, the June commissioning of Liz, Morgan and Amy and the beginning of 5pm Prayer Services on 3 June at the Gray’s home.  We continue our focus on ways to assist and enable the launch of Incarnation Anglican Church on September 9, 2018. 

Brad Jones, our assistant treasurer, provided an update on next year’s budget process and facilities reserve.  Additionly the Vestry approved an MOU with RILA for continued back office support.  We are thankful for the congregation’s generosity and God’s faithfulness in supporting the ministries of Restoration, Incarnation and RILA.  All remain on sound financial footing. 

Becky Mohr provided further updates on several personnel related proposals to include an update on efforts to hire a female associate rector, updates to our Sexual Harassment policies, and previewed some of the compensation changes that would be incorporated into the budget review in June and July.  We agreed that some of the Church Plant resident funding would be available to the Rector to allocate for a summer intern.

As part of Restoration’s oversight of the Integrated Auxiliary, Restoration Immigration Legal Aid, the Vestry approved RILA’s first governing board for a period of one year.  Additionally, we received the report from the Rector that the staff intends to continue 5pm services throughout the summer. 

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 Becky Mohr, Wardens

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

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

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