Running, Stooping, Looking, Marveling

April 21, 2019 – David Hanke

Acts 10:34-43 : Psalm 118: 14-17, 22–24 : Luke 24:1–12

The Surprise of Hope

April 20, 2019 – Nathan Dickerson

Romans 6:3-11 : Matthew 28:1-10

Sunday Announcements – April 14, 2019

  1. Holy Week offering: It is Restoration’s custom Maundy Thursday through Easter to donate all of our offerings to a cause or partner that is doing something vital in the Kingdom of God. This year, we are giving to an Anglican Latino Church Planting Movement called: ¡Caminemos Juntos! which in English means “Let’s Walk Together.” Their vision is to unify, mobilize and multiply Latino Anglican churches throughout the 35 countries in the Americas (which includes North, Central and South America plus the Caribbean).  We are excited to augment our already established partnerships in Bolivia and our friendships in RILA by giving to ¡Caminemos Juntos!  You can read more about it at
  2. Want to get connected?  Our Spring Trimester of Small Groups begins Sunday, April 28 and registration is open today!
  3. All Sunday Volunteers:  It is time to think about May and June. The DEADLINE to update your availability is Monday, April 22. Please check your calendars and update your MSP profile. Questions? Contact Kathy Kenyon (
  4. Youth, age sixteen and above, are invited to join Restoration’s Youth Confirmation Class. Students will meet every Sunday, April 28 – June 2 from 11am-12pm. Confirmation will take place on June 9. Contact Isaiah Brooms (
  5. Are you new (or new-ish) to Restoration? We’d love to meet you, tell you a little more about the church, and answer any questions you have – all while feeding you a great dinner. Join us, May 7 @ 7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. To RSVP, go to

Holy Week at Restoration

Maundy Thursday: The Last Supper & Foot Washing

    Thurs. at 7:30pm (Shuttle service and nursery provided).

Walking the Cross Fri at 8:30am starting at the Brooks’ house  

    and walking the cross to Restoration.

Stations of the Cross and Silent Prayer Fri. at 10am (for kids and

    the young at heart, followed by an art response at 11am in the Fellowship

    Hall), 12pm, and 2pm. The sanctuary will be open for silent prayer from

    9am to 10am and again from 11am to 5pm.

Good Friday: The Last Words of Christ Fri. 7:30pm People from

    our congregation tell how their stories are woven into God’s big story.

    (Shuttle service and nursery provided).

Preparing the Sanctuary: Sat. from 9:30am to 12pm 

     Join us in readying the sanctuary for the evening’s resurrection

     celebration. It’s an anticipatory and creative time of joyful preparation.

The Great Vigil of Easter: Sat. at 8:30pm (shuttle provided, but no 

    nursery); bring food to share for the Resurrection Party. YOU DO


Easter Sunday: Holy Eucharist 9am, 11am, and 5pm. Bring a friend! 

    (Nursery only. Kids’ Small Groups will not meet. Kids remain with their

    families through the service.)

The Entrance

April 14, 2019 – David Hanke

Philippians 2:5-11: Psalm 118:19-29 : Luke 19:28-40

The Crucifixion

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April 7, 2019 – Ryan Bettwy

Isaiah 43.18-21 : Psalm 22.19-24 : Luke 23.44-49

Listen to the songs here.

Sunday Announcements – April 7, 2019

  1. RestoMen Gathering: Join us on Tues. PM, April 9 for our next RestoMen gathering. We will begin at 7:30 PM with supper, & end promptly at 9pm. This month our topic is “The Challenge of Living a Well-Lived Life”. Questions? Contact
  2. Youth Confirmation Class – Youth, age sixteen and above, are invited to join Restoration’s Youth Confirmation Class.  When: Every Sunday, April 28th – June 2nd, 11am-12pm.  confirmation will take place on June 9th.  Contact for more information.
  3. Casa Chirilagua’s Spring To Action! Spring2Action is Casa Chirilagua’s largest annual fundraising event! On April 10th, we are looking for partners who will help bridge the G.A.P. – would you pray about Giving to Casa? Asking a friend to get involved?Posting to social media?
  4. Navigators 20s, 30s – Brunch 10:30, Sat, 4/13 It’s about story. Brian Barnett and Anne Cregger will be sharing their own stories and will help you find yours. These story arcs are not random… and they matter.  Come, meet like-minded friends and learn more about God’s story. Email
  5. RILA Meals. Interested in preparing and serving a meal for RILA? Grab some friends, your small group, or your neighbors. It’s a great opportunity to serve!  Email Upcoming clinic dates: 4/24, 5/8, 6/5, and 6/26.
  6. Easter Sanctuary Preparation – It has become a beautiful tradition for may to join in the pivot from the weight of Good Friday to the joy of Easter by preparing the sanctuary with flowers and art on Saturday (4/20) morning from 9:30am to 12.  “I know that the sun must rise.”
  7. Easter Vigil Baptism.  If you are an adult and would like to be baptized at the Easter Vigil, April 20, contact
  8. Save the date for the Fall Retreat: Our annual Fall retreat is the weekend of Oct 12-13.  It’s Columbus Day weekend, so we want to be sure you have the dates for you calendar now!
  9. Don’t leave without saying goodbye. In this area, people come and go all the time. We get it. But we’d love to say goodbye and pray for you before you go. If you’re moving away, please let us know.
  10. Clergy Emergency Contact Number: This is a way for you to contact one of our clergy if you have any sort of pastoral emergency.  Text or call 571.766.6495 to get through to one of them right away.

Holy Week Schedule: April 14 – April 21

    Palm Sunday: We will begin outside with services at 9, 11, and 5.

    Maundy Thursday: 7:30pm (shuttle service and nursery provided).

    Walking the Cross: 8:30am at the Brooks’s House

    Stations of the Cross: Fri at 10am for children and the young at heart,  12pm,

    and 2pm.  At 11am there will be an art response for children.

    Good Friday: 7:30pm (shuttle service and nursery provided).

    The Great Vigil of Easter: 8:30pm (shuttle provided, but no nursery);

    bring food to share for the Resurrection Party

    Easter Sunday: normal service times at 9, 11 and 5.

You Are Going To Be

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April 7, 2019 – Darrell Johnson

Romans 10.1-4 : Psalm 22.19-24 : Matthew 5.17-20-48

Listen to the songs here.

Move to Volunteer

Hunter VolunteerAs we wrap up the sermon series on what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus I have been thinking about the call to be Moving. The call to use our time, talent and treasure to serve people. This call may seem daunting if you are new to Restoration and just want to find your place in a community that appears to be in constant motion. A community that appears knit together and you are unsure about where your onramp starts.

You may be surprised to read that I have been waiting for you! There is a place for you to start your journey of being known. A place where we are yearning for you to step into the opportunity of serving with your time and talent. A place to step into our life together on Sundays.

Stricklands Volunteer Greeter

On the average Sunday, we have about 420 adults attend services. Did you know that we need about 80 volunteers each Sunday? That is 20% of our adult congregation EVERY Sunday. Multiply that by 4 to 5 Sundays a month and there is an opportunity for each and every one of us to participate in Sunday liturgy. An opportunity for each and every one of us to take a deeper dive in our discipleship by moving to serve. An opportunity to practice living out our statement, “I have a relationship with God that is important to me.”

You may be wondering what Sunday Liturgical Servants look like. They are the greeters that meet you on the sidewalk, the ushers that hand you a worship guide, the people behind the scenes that set out the wine and water and keep the pews supplied with green cards. The people that pray and the people that keep the power point on point. There is a place for everyone. It’s easy.

For those that already volunteer on Sundays, Thank you! Your service has created a space for others to worship and pursue Jesus with our community. We are so thankful for your willingness to serve on Sundays.

So, whether you have been attending for years or just arrived last week, please contact me. I really want to meet you!

Have a good week,

Kathy Kenyon (

Fall Retreat 2018

Twenty years ago this fall, I first learned the value of retreats. There is no place better than a retreat for quickly building strong relationships.

As a first-year student at UVA, I was trying to find connections to Christian community. I went a few times to a fellowship group called FCA.  Everyone was friendly enough, but each week, I would slip out of the large group meeting not knowing many people.

A few weeks into the school year, they started advertising the Fall Retreat. “Come to the retreat! You won’t regret it,” was the refrain from many upperclassmen.

No way, I thought. I barely know anyone. Why would I want to repeat the same uncomfortable experience over an entire weekend? I didn’t sign up.

On the Friday of the retreat weekend, I went out with friends and returned to my dorm room at 2 am to an enthusiastic voicemail from an older FCA student named Brad, who is one of my best friends to this day: “Daniel, you’re coming on this retreat! Tomorrow at 9, a girl named Katye is going to be outside your dorm to pick you up – get yourself up, you’re coming!”

Feeling no choice, I dragged myself out of bed the next morning and hopped a ride with Katye up to Camp Varsity in rural Virginia.

The retreat speaker was a former student named Brian Broadway.  I don’t remember much about what he taught that weekend.  What I do remember is playing hours of ultimate frisbee – getting into a ridiculously fun food fight – playing guitars around campfires – feeling close to God amidst the beauty of nature. Most of all, I remember good conversations with people I found myself really liking – many of whom remain friends to this day.

To my surprise, going on the retreat drew me into FCA. It became a home for the rest of my college experience and was pivotal in fostering my community and spiritual growth at UVA. Looking back, I’m so glad that Brad dragged me up there.

There is no place better than a retreat for quickly building strong relationships.

Fast forward to our first year at Restoration. Campbell and I were just trying to keep our heads above water with a super demanding job and more demanding young kids. Life felt really hard. I knew a few people at Restoration but wasn’t sure if it was worth it to give up a whole weekend for the fall retreat.

As soon as we got up to Massanetta Springs, I was reminded of how much I love retreats. I loved watching our girls dancing to Matt and Clay playing bluegrass music. I was able to take a breath and appreciate God’s goodness amidst the crazy. I struck up conversations with people who have become good friends – conversations that just aren’t possible when you only have a few minutes after church, trying to prevent a little one from running into Quincy Street! That retreat solidified our connection to Restoration.

You may find yourself on the fence about coming on this retreat. Perhaps you’re reticent to spend a whole weekend with people you may not know very well. Or maybe you’re unsure of whether it’s worth it to give up a whole weekend away when life is crazy busy.

I promise not to send someone to pick you up without your consent. But I do feel confident repeating the same truthful refrain that I first heard 20 years ago:

Come to the retreat!!  You won’t regret it.

– Dan Vogel

SIGN UP for the Fall Retreat!

Rule of Life

On Tuesday, July 31 from 6:30-8:30pm in the sanctuary at Restoration, I’ll be leading a mini-workshop on how to create a personal rule of life.

A Rule of Life is a tool rooted in the monastic tradition and it used take inventory of all aspects of our life, to create intentional goals, and to measure our progress toward our God-given callings, goals, and responsibilities.

The idea started by a monk named Benedict to help create order and stability for the monks in his monastery. He wasn’t the first to try such a thing, but he was the first to create a rule of life that was actually livable. So despite it being strict, it was helpful because it led to flourishing and growth for those in his monasteries. And there are still Benedictine monks to this day living by his rule for life.

If you feel like your life is overwhelmingly busy. Or if you are in a season of questioning and discerning your calling, especially as it relates to work. Or if you feel like you are doing things you don’t want to do and never getting to the things you actually want to do. Or if you feel like you have been in a spiritual rut and not growing, it can be helpful to press pause, take stock of where you are going and what you are doing in order to see if it is taking you where God wants you to go. Creating a personal rule of life is a helpful tool to do that.

It is just a tool, and it certainly isn’t the only thing you can do. You can go for a walk, call a friend, pray, lift weights, take a deep breath, journal. But some of these things might be habits you want to regularly incorporate into your daily schedule and rhythms. A rule of life will help you find a place for them in your already packed schedule… 🙂

That’s the gist.

We’ll spend a bit of time talking about what a rule of life is and how to put one together for yourself.

I should note I learned about all of this from a good friend and mentor named Steve Macchia who wrote the book on creating a personal rule of life. I’ll be using it to structure our time together. Feel free to buy a copy for yourself if you want to go deeper. It is very well done!

I hope you will consider coming next Tuesday, July 31st. Bring a journal or notepad.

If you have questions or want to let me know you are coming, email me. Thanks!

– Scott
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