Consider Jesus


Advent begins this Sunday and things will feel a little different around Restoration.  There is anticipation built into everything–  the music, the decorations, finding the little lambie thingy.  I will preach five times [4 Sundays of Advent and Christmas Eve] about Jesus from the book of Hebrews.  What difference does He make?  Why would God take on humanity and live among us?  As we prepare our homes, our gifts, our meals, and our hearts…  let’s consider Jesus.

Enjoy the video.  Our staff team can’t wait!


Two nations, two challenges, two women, one gospel.

 This coming Tuesday November 20th….

….come and hear about God’s exciting work among students in the lands of Turkey and Armenia, from 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm at Restoration.

Lilit Avayan and Nayri O. will share about their lives and ministries in these lands. Lilit Avayan is the current country Director in Armenia for International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES)/Intervarsity and is in the states on a “speaking tour” visiting several cities. Nayri O. lives in the DC area and has lived in both Turkey and Armenia. She currently works for Barnabas Ministries and has previously served as the IFES country director for both Turkey and Armenia.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about the hopes and difficulties in these historic lands.




Stuff a box. Change a life.

What do a yo-yo, packs of lifesavers, match box cars, small flashlights with extra batteries, magic markers, socks, Spiderman/Hello Kitty toothbrushes, and a penpal-ish note from my son, have in common? These were some of the items we stuffed into our shoeboxes last November for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child (OCC). And just a few weeks later, just before Christmas 2011, we learned that OCC shipped our boxes to Mali. It was so exciting to find out where our shoeboxes went and that we were able to send the message of Christ’s joy and love halfway around the globe!

This year I hope you will join Restoration friends in helping OCC’s efforts to send Christmas shoeboxes to the neediest children all around the world. Check out this year’s video here.

Please note that the children receiving our shoeboxes will also be offered a copy of “The Greatest Gift of All” booklet in their own language by local churches and ministry partners. Thus, OCC is not just providing shoebox gifts for children living in dire circumstances, but is a tangible expression of Jesus’ love AND an opportunity to tell children we have never met that Jesus is their Lord and Savior.


1) Please pick up a “Ready-to-Go” box at Restoration through Nov. 11th (or until supplies run out). Or use a standard size empty shoe box or shoebox-sized plastic container. You may gift wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required.

2) Use the label from the Operation Christmas Child brochure or print out a label from Operation Christmas Child’s website. You may also print a label after making your online donation ($7 per box). Using the online option of payment will enable you to “Follow Your Box” (to find out where your shoebox was delivered).

3) Once you have your label, determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.

4) Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. For ideas visit this link.

5) If you did not use the “Follow Your Box” online donation option, please write a $7 check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you and your family are preparing more than one shoebox, please make one combined donation.

6) Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop them off at Restoration Sunday, Nov. 11th or Sunday, Nov. 18th.  We will deliver them to the OCC relay center for you!

Any questions? Please send me a note:

-Cara Voth

High Street Hymns

As many of you know I have a passion for using music as a unifying tool, and I desire to promote anything that helps bridge generation or cultural gaps within the Church. Alex Mejias, the primary song-writer for High Street Hymns, is making a career of doing this through retooling older hymns and sharing them with diverse congregations. Alex wrote two songs in Restoration’s musical canon (“By Thy Mercy” and “Praise My Soul the King of Heaven”)and led Restoration’s musical worship at the 2011 fall retreat. Many people from our congregation value his contributions. So I would like you to know that they have a new cd and will be having a concert locally on November 2nd.

Love Lives Again is Alex’s latest project, and its focused is reconciliation. Its goal is to break out of the typical musical “worship” box thereby expressing God’s desire for his people to break out of the cultural, social, and denominational boxes that we have created in the Church. Check out the video below to learn more.

If you want to buy the album digitally or physically click here.

If you would like to see him live on November 2nd at Ebenezers Coffeehouse (free cd included!) click here.

If you want to check out what Restoration will be singing this Sunday click here.

I’m looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!

– Matt Hoppe

Remember learning to speak English?

Do you remember learning to speak English?

For some, its a more recent accomplishment than for others. (And if you are studying for GREs its very much an ongoing process!) There are many of our neighbors here in north Arlington who could use some help in the ‘English department’ and that is where we come in! Restoration has started a English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) ministry and is partnering with a neighborhood church, Fe Y Alabanza on Quebec Street to provide Conversation Partners.

What is a Conversation Partner?

Restoration volunteers will be matched up with a member (or married couple) of Fe Y Alabanza to simply talk and get to know one another with improved Emglish as a by-product. And if you want to improve your Spanish, the learning would be two-way! Suggested structure and topics would be provided. The expectation is that partners will meet once a week in a public place (coffee shop, library) for about one hour at a time convenient for both. Our plan is to begin the program the first week of November and end just before Easter.

How can I learn more?

Join us Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 at the home of Susie and Mitch Wallin (5910 N. 19th St) for information. Please come even if you are unsure about volunteering. If you can’t make the meeting, please let us know and we can provide info and training individually. RSVP:

Fall Retreat is here!

Hey everyone,

The Fall Retreat has arrived! Make sure to leave Arlington by 7:30am on Saturday morning in order to be there by 9:30am.

Below are registration details and directions:


Registration opens at 9:30am on Saturday, please arrive no later than 10:30am.

Here is what you need to pack:

  • Bedding and towels ARE provided – feel free to bring whatever will make your night more comfortable
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes – check the weather beforehand, (rain / cold / outdoors)
  • Bible, journal, pen
  • Flash light
  • Sports equipment for free time (amongst other free time options  are a soccer game / hike / cornhole tournament)
  • Board games / indoor games in case it rains
  • Coat / Jacket / rain jacket (am I being too pessimistic?)


Take Exit 247A from I-81 onto Route 33 East. Go to the 7th stoplight (about 2.5 miles) and turn right on Massanetta Springs Road (Route 687). The main parking lot for the conference center is approximately a half mile on the right. (Look for the stone wall on the right and if you have passed the flashing light you have gone too far.) Follow the sidewalk into the main doors of the hotel and you will find the reception desk in the lobby. Welcome!

See y’all soon!

-Andrew Powars

Phnom Penh Peregrinations

Last week I visited the Blaines! And what a marvellous time it was…. lots of laughing, chatting and drinking coffee. I got to see their lives – where they do language school, where they worship, where they might find ministry partners in the future. We visited Siem Reap – which is more than just an amazing historical site (Angkor Wat etc), but also a potential place they could find themselves working in sometime down the road. And I had a lovely time playing with Clara: she turned 1 while I was there and is just gorgeous – so close to walking and talking… she sings with joy and laughs and climbs and plays with the love of life you would expect from a child of J&S.

Jesse, with his natural affinity for languages coupled with constant application, has made extraordinary progress in speaking Khmer – he seemed to chat effortlessly with all and sundry. It was such fun watching him engaging with locals in various settings. Sarah has her hands very full with Clara, but is also making splendid progress with learning language chatting with her landlady and bartering in the market place- she also got us safely around Phnom Penh and Siem Reap – negotiating and guiding endless tuk-tuk drivers to various destinations! She has made some good friends in a short space of time – it was lovely meeting some of the community of other young moms while I was there!

Life is not all a bed of roses though: they do need prayer for:

  1. deeper relationships with friends and neighbors
  2. ongoing progress with their language acquisition
  3. wisdom as time goes on as to where and with whom to develop ministry partnerships
  4. peace in their calling: they are clearly where God wants them, doing his bidding, but it is a faraway, foreign place and its good to get extra reassurance from God from time to time. Pray that he will bless them with an outpouring of his generous grace!

They love emails from home ( – so keep them coming. Life moves so fast sometimes it’s easy to forget to tend relationships which are important to us – let’s make sure that we as a community support the Blaines well.

For their latest news do follow their blog here

And here is a reminder of their departure!



prayer walking Tuesday 28th

Did you know that Marymount University is a 4 minute drive from our church? One of the wonderful ways you can get involved in our community would be joining us in prayer walking around this beautiful campus on THIS Tuesday night at 5:30pm. Come alone, with a friend or with your whole family. All are welcome. We would be delighted to bring in this new school year with prayer for the 2500 students that attend this neighborhood campus. Would you consider joining us? Whether you can only spare a few minutes or can take the time to really pray around the block a few times, we would love to have you

Meet at the ‘B’

Directions: From the church, head North on Quincy St and take a left on Rte. 29. In half a mile take a slight right on to Old Dominion Dr. Take a right at 26th St N. We will be meeting at the Public mulch pile (where Yorktown Blvd deadends to 26th St) on Tuesday 28th at 5:30pm to prayer walk around the campus.

Andrew Powars

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