Restoration Landscaping Day

Please join us this Saturday morning (6/23) from 8 am – 12 pm at Restoration as we weed, trim, mulch, and have fun making the church look beautiful!!

We’ll provide the tunes, the snacks and refreshments (including Duck Donuts… yum!), the mulch, and all the weeds you could want!

All you need to bring is yourself, and any of your favorite gardening tools and equipment. That list includes:

– gloves (we’ll have some but you may want to bring your own if you have them!)
– trowels
– garden rakes
– weeders
– small shovels
– wheelbarrows (would be extremely helpful!)

Also, don’t forget sunscreen and a hat! We’ll have lots of water!

Let Scott know if you are planning to come, so he can make sure there are enough snacks for everyone. See you Saturday morning!

Resto Weeds

Fall Retreat: Line Dancing, Wine Tasting, Lawn Games and More

Spots are filling up fast for this year’s annual fall retreat, but there is still time to make memories with us. Taking place in beautiful Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA (about a 2.5 hour ride from the Washington, D.C. area), the retreat is a terrific opportunity to escape the Beltway for a few days to worship, pray and fellowship with our church family.


Additionally, this year’s featured speaker will be Joe Ho of Focused Ministries who has prepared an important topic for us to discuss and think about titled: “The Problem of Race and The Power of The Cross.” Click here for more details.


And if that wasn’t enough, the Fall Retreat will also feature a number of fun-filled activities including:

  • Lavender Farm (includes wine tasting)
  • Yoga
  • Farm visit
  • Bonfire
  • Soccer
  • Lawn Games
  • Boat making
  • Fishing
  • RestoArts

And last but not least…. Line Dancing!

What are you waiting for? Sign up now to secure your spot to join in on the fun!

Financial aid to cover a portion of the expenses is available through the registration form. Our kids (nursery – 5thgrade) will be in their kids’ small groups during the adult sessions. APEX (grades 6-12) will also be meeting during the adult sessions.

Restoration Fall Retreat: Let’s Make Memories Together

Fall is upon us and that means that the Restoration Anglican Church Fall Retreat is right around the corner. To those who have been there before, here’s your chance to do it all over again. And for those who have never been, here are just a handful of reasons why you should sign up – and make memories with us.

It’s Fun!

Located in picturesque Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center, there is no shortage of games and activities for you and your family. From traditional board games, to outdoor games including – basketball, soccer and football – chances are that any given time there is someone doing something fun at the conference center. Among the highlights include a chance to play soccer with a large group. All ages are welcomed to kick the soccer ball around.

It’s Beautiful!

Comfortably, but conveniently, removed from the hustle and bustle of the Washington, D.C. area, Harrisonburg is beautiful, especially during the fall. The resort provides many inviting trails for one to collect their thoughts and pray without the distractions of city life. The retreat is a great opportunity to enjoy God’s creation.

There’s a Bonfire!

Always a fan favorite, the bonfire is a chance for folks to gather around the fire roasting marsh mellows, singing hymns and enjoying one another’s company. Don’t be surprised if people linger around the fire long after the littlest ones turn in. Camp memories are incomplete without bonfires and at the Resto Fall retreat, we don’t disappoint.

Come For the Fun, Stay for the Guest Speaker

Year in, year out, the staff do a great job recruiting great speakers to join us at our retreat. The theme may differ from year to year, but the message is always convicting and powerful. For this year, our guest speaker is Joe Ho – the National Director of Asian American Ministries at InverVarsity Christian Fellowship. Joe is a gifted speaker who loves the Lord and is traveling from Austin, TX to join us for our church retreat.

What Are You Waiting For? Sign Up Now!

Stay tuned for more posts about the Fall Retreat and encourage others to sign up today.

Note: Our kids (nursery-5th grade) will be in their kids’ small groups during the adult sessions. APEX (grades 6-12) will also be meeting during the adult sessions.

Financial aid to cover all or a portion of the expenses is available upon request. Please contact a staff member for further details.

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

Come to the Cross: An invitation and a story

Written by Steve Brooks

This is a personal invitation for you to come to the cross, both literally and spiritually. On Good Friday at 8:45 a.m. Restoration Anglican Church will do something new – we will have a “Procession of the Cross” from our house to the church. (See details below.) It is a one-mile journey that I have dreamed of for years and everyone is invited to participate.

Here is a little context and history as to what we are doing and why. Over the course of Restoration’s history, I have built five crosses for the church. Three of these crosses are currently used by Restoration full-time, one stands in my backyard (which we use on Good Friday) and the last one was retired a few years ago. I have a passion for making crosses. David and Matt have been very kind to let me apply my passion through cross making for our church.


With that said, we need to get the Easter cross to church. And why not do this in a way that bestows the reverence the cross deserves and process with it in remembrance of how Jesus was forced to carry the cross on which he died so that our sins would be forgiven.

The procession will take about 45 minutes, and once we arrive at the church, we will lay the cross down in the sanctuary and everyone will be invited to nail your sins to the cross. There will be paper, pens, hammers and nails provided.

Prior to the service on Friday night the cross will be raised up with all the sins upon it and then at the end of the service the cross is removed in silence. On Saturday night, the cross is set up outside of the church and we remove the sins and burn them in the fire-pit before we enter for the Easter Vigil service. It is amazing.

So please – come to the cross.

I also invite you to come to another cross: the big one at the front of the sanctuary. Most people don’t make it past the communion rail, so please accept this invitation, too. This cross arrived last Easter and was a year behind schedule. When I first started building it for Easter 2015, a worktable collapsed and broke one of my knuckles. It took some time for my hand to heal before I could begin work again. It was a spiritual journey working on this cross, and I am grateful for how God worked through and in me in so many ways: That’s a whole other blog post.

As you come to the cross I invite you to touch it. The vertical section is made from 60-year-old Canadian red pine that came from a house renovation and the cross piece is a red oak beam that supported a tobacco barn in Richmond, Virginia that was built in 1910. Although they are different woods, the “red wood” was chosen specifically to represent the blood of Christ.

On both sides of the vertical section you will see 57 holes that have been filled with oak dowels – these filled holes represent our sins that have been forgiven. On the front of the vertical piece you will see two in-laid oak lines and one open cut that go from the top to the bottom of the cross. The oak in-lay comes from the original wooden cross that now hangs in the rafters at the back of the church. Have you noticed it? The in-lay represents the beauty of our forgiven sins, and the open cut in the middle represents the brokenness of humanity which will last until Christ returns and restores us fully.

The giant crack in the oak cross piece is faced forward for all to see as it represents the humanity of Christ and the brokenness he endured on Good Friday. When I saw it for the first time I knew it had to be the cross piece. Oak is one of the hardest woods and I find it amazing that it cracked as it did, what stress it must have been under. As I shaped this piece of wood I was reminded over and over again that God sent His only Son to live, be broken and die for our forgiveness.

I also invite you to come to another cross, the one that hangs in the rafters at the back of the church. This cross was hung in the sanctuary from 2010-2016 and moved last year. Although you can’t see the details of this cross (but check out the picture), it is a beautiful red oak beam from a Pennsylvania barn that was built in 1830. It is unique in so many ways with a history that is unknown. It hangs in the rafters as a representation that when we leave church every Sunday, we leave with the cross of Christ.

Finally, you are invited to visit the small processional cross that stands in the front right corner of the sanctuary – we used this cross at Restoration’s first service. It became the processional cross to lead the kids to their small groups and is now used at various times throughout the year. The red oak is from Home Depot, not much of a story there. The cross stand is made of leftover brick and Canadian red pine which were used to build our church.

Working with wood is more than a labor of love for me, it is a true blessing, especially in making a cross. While working, I play loud music, talk to God, pray and listen for His response. In these times of quiet I think about who I am, why I am here and I always ask God, “What do You want me to do next?” In these moments of “making,” I think about how God restores us in all things. His restoration goes beyond a few cuts here and there, some sanding, then oil and a final finish. His restoration brings us back to life. I can’t do that with an old barn beam, but He does it with us – it’s His promise.

My last invitation is for you to come to the cross and find Christ in a new way, find His restoration and know that no matter what, He loves you.

If you want to participate in the “Procession of the Cross” – send me an email and I will give you our address. brooks{at}

Written by Steve Brooks

Wardens’ Report: November 2016

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

The Vestry gathered on Tuesday for our last business meeting of the calendar year.  As is our custom, we began with prayer in the sanctuary — this time led by outgoing Vestry member Michael Dodson. Our liturgy focused on the six candidates who have graciously agreed to serve, if elected. We thanked God for their leadership and all the ways they serve and love God and the people of Restoration.  (As a reminder, Sunday, December 4 is the last day for members to vote for four of the six candidates on the slate. The results of the election will be announced via blog post on Tuesday, December 6).  We also gave thanks for those rolling off Vestry and the ways that Ali Burke, Michael Dodson, Carolyn Weimer and Ramsey Wilson have used their gifts for the common good.  

Our meeting included updates about our facility, including an accident that damaged the side of the building and doors adjacent to the parking lot.  Our able Director of Operations and Facilities Team continue to keep a close eye on many aspects of our building, including routine maintenance and issues when they arise.  We thank God for their technical skills and gracious manner as they represent us well among our engineers, contractors, county officials and service providers. We also received an encouraging Finance Team report and remain optimistic about our financial health two months into the new fiscal year.

We spent the bulk of our meeting on two strategic items.  The first was the continued cultivation of healthy Vestry practices and ways we can help future vestries grow in faith, cohesion and leadership.  We also reflected on our progress with Restoration2019 and some important next steps in the implementation of our strategic plan.  We remain compelled by the vision to grow coherent disciples of Jesus on Quincy Street, in new neighborhoods in and around the beltway and around the world!

We realize our local church planting plans are still nebulous and maybe even scary for those of you who have finally found your home at Restoration, but we are excited by the opportunities that will emerge for our own discipleship as we create space for more people in more places to find their home in God’s work of redemption and restoration.  You’ll hear more about our vision during Epiphany as our clergy lead us through a sermon series that describes our motivations for wanting to plant churches out of Restoration. 

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, we receive the Incarnation during Advent and rejoice that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”.

If you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback on all aspects of life together on Quincy Street.

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’

-Carolyn Weimer and Hannah Royal, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: October 2016

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

The Vestry gathered at the rail on Tuesday and gave thanks for Liz Gray and her vital ministry among us.  We thanked God for her passion for prayer and the practical ways in which she helps connect us to God, to each other and the needs of the world. We prayed for RestoWomen and upcoming Outreach trips and we thanked God for the careful ways she has mentored our aspirants and postulants through the DOMA ordination process. We prayed for strength and wisdom as she handles many pastoral needs and we thanked God for her love of learning and the wonderful ways in which God has used her and her husband and children to bless us and so many others around the world.

Our business meeting began with an update by Carolyn Weimer on the recent Wardens Gathering with Bishop John and other wardens from partner churches in DOMA.  She shared both spiritual insights (like the encouragement from +John to raise up intercessors for our leaders) and a few business matters (like a minimum recommended insurance checklist) from this day-long gathering designed to encourage and enable Anglican churches in our area.

We joyfully received yet another discernment team report for a member exploring a call to ordained ministry and were pleased to make the recommendation that he be considered a postulant by our Diocese’s Ordination Committee.  Thanks again to the team who surrounded this aspirant with prayer and wisdom and took great care with this important decision.

We also received a letter of resignation from one of our members, Ali Burke, who notified us that she will be unable to serve the last year of her term on Vestry.  We are so thankful for all her contributions over the past two years and are glad she will remain in our midst as a committed member (and busy nursing student).  This does mean that we will be electing four new Vestry members at the upcoming election – three to serve three year terms and one to serve the remaining year of Ali’s term.

Our Treasurer, Ramsey Wilson, walked us through our Finance Report.  While we are only one month into our new fiscal year, the story remains full of God’s provision with increased attendance (7% increase from last September), a strong start to giving (94% of budget) and under-budget spending.  The Finance Team also presented recommended changes to our Finance and Accounting Manual helpfully clarifying roles, updating procedures and providing recommendations to further bolster our financial planning and controls.  Thanks be to God for a strong Finance Team that cares deeply about our church and how we use our resources towards God’s strategic purposes.

If you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, we’d love to hear from you!

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’

-Carolyn Weimer and Hannah Royal, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: September 2016

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

The Vestry gathered in the sanctuary on Tuesday to begin our work with prayer. We welcomed David back into our midst, rejoiced in what God had done in us and through us during the sabbatical, and prayed for the Holy Spirit’s guiding in this next season of ministry at Restoration. We also gave thanks for Louise Brooks and her ministry to the children of Restoration.  We prayed for the shepherding of children’s small group leaders, the safety of our kids, and the myriad other ways Louise invests in the spiritual development of this (rapidly!) growing population in our church.  And we prayed for the entire Brooks family as they grieve the sudden loss of Louise’s mother this week.

We joyfully received two more discernment team reports for members exploring calls to ordained ministry and were pleased to make the recommendation that they both be considered as postulants by our Diocese’s Ordination Committee.  We are so grateful for the twelve people comprising the two teams who gave significantly of their time and energy to listen, pray to help discern these calls.  Your thoughtful approach did not go unnoticed!

Other business included an update from the Church Plant Steering Team, a debrief of a recent facilities project to replace broken tiles in the Upper Narthex and the approval of an Emergency Response Team tasked with formulating relevant procedures.

The Outreach Steering Team presented several documents including a debrief of last year’s activity, a forward-looking action plan, an update to our Outreach Guidelines and a recommendation for our Christmas Eve offering.  As you may remember, it is our practice to give all our Christmas Eve offerings to a local organization doing important work in our community.  This year, we are pleased that our offerings will go to Little Lights, an organization in SE Washington, founded by one of our sabbatical guest preachers, Steve Park.

Our Finance Report presented a summary of last year’s financial performance.  Amazingly, our general fund offerings were 97.4% of budget and thanks to the careful stewardship of our staff, our spending was only slightly above target.  Thanks be to God for his steady provision and thanks to all of you for your faithful giving.  We hope you will join us at our upcoming Parish Meeting on Sunday, October 9th following the 11 o’clock service to hear more from the Finance Team about how we ended the year and our plans for the year to come.

Our last item of business was to discuss a proposed change to the upcoming Vestry election process.  While our existing process has served us well historically, we think it can be improved to reflect some of the realities of our larger size and the specialized needs of the vestry team. We’d love to tell you more about the changes to the process at the upcoming Parish Meeting, so please do come and enjoy pizza and a ‘family meeting’.  Nursery care will be available for children 3 and under.  We hope to see you there.

If you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback on all aspects of life together on Quincy Street.

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’

-Carolyn Weimer and Hannah Royal, Wardens

Last Chance to Register for #RestoRetreat2016!

Where can you find Geocaching, hiking, lawn games and a vineyard all in one place? If you answered the Restoration Retreat, you’d be right!

(09) Fall Leaves

There are only a few spots remaining and the October 2 deadline to sign up is fast approaching. If you act now, you can secure your spot to join in on the fun.

This year’s retreat promises to be the best one yet. We are expecting a large group from church to make their way out to Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center, located near Harrisonburg, VA (around 2.5 hours from Restoration). Among the highlights to look forward to is a chance to try out square dancing! Don’t worry non-dancers: there will be plenty of activities that don’t require dancing available during the weekend as well.

And for families on the fence: nursery and activities for the children are available, including boat making at the creek and soccer at the field.

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#RestoRetreat2016 is a chance to unplug from the stress of the Beltway and join with our church community for fun and fellowship. Folks that have attended before know that this is a unique opportunity to truly get to know other members of our church and connect with one another in new ways.

Consider attending this year’s retreat to join in on a fun-filled and spiritually fulfilling weekend!

P.S. Please do not let the cost of the retreat dissuade you from signing up. Scholarships are available to cover the cost for those seeking financial assistance.

Fall Retreat Weekend Hike #RestoRetreat2016

There are many opportunities for fellowship at the upcoming Fall Retreat. Over the past few years, a small group has taken advantage of enjoying other Resto-folk and God’s beautiful nature by taking Friday (October 14) off from work and hiking in the Shenandoah Valley before the official start of the Fall Retreat on Saturday morning. You can be a part of that adventure as well. We would welcome you and hope you will share your story with us along the way.

In reflecting about last year’s retreat, one hiker said that she loved the Friday hike because it gave her the opportunity to hang out with a few people and really get to know them. Hiking makes for very easy chats with people and created a bonding experience.

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If you are interested in extending the fall retreat, here are the details you need to know:

Where: Emerald Pond/Bird Knob Hike

This hike has two spectacular views and is an “out and back” hike. This hike has one mile of steep hiking at the beginning and then is more easy and flat.

More info here:

When: Leave from Arlington around 7:30 am (Carpooling available from the church)

The drive will take about 2 hours. The group will plan to hike about 2 hours, break for lunch for about an hour, and hike back 2 hours.

The full hike is 8 miles in length, with a shorter, 6-mile option. The hikers may elect to stay together or divide into groups to hike different lengths.

Who: This hike is appropriate for any level or age of hiker. However, parents should consider the length of this hike (6 miles with 1 mile of steeper hiking) for children when planning to hike as a family.

And then: Hikers will travel about 45 minutes to Massanetta Springs (retreat center) stopping for dinner and fellowship along the way in Historic Downtown Harrisonburg. Capital Ale House is a recommended dinner spot from last year’s hikers.

Needed supplies: Pack for carrying water (at least 2 liters), lunch, and snacks to share. Hiking shoes are highly recommended as the path is rocky.

Other note: To let us know you are interested, please be sure your fall retreat registration indicates that you are staying at Massanetta on Friday night.

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