Letter to the Congregation from David (4/3/20)

Friends,

I decided to write you on a beautiful spring day.  Your presence is weighty in my thoughts as I think about you working from home, caring for kids, passing the time, and trusting the Lord.

God sees you.  He cares for you.

This is an update about opportunities to worship and serve as we live life “distanced together”.

Flower Boxes

On Ash Wednesday, our RestoArts team placed 10 long and shallow boxes in the 10 windows of our sanctuary on Quincy Street.  These were filled with dirt and the plan was to plant wheatgrass which would grow during Lent as a preparation for Easter (because Good Things Grow Here).  Sadly, our plans were never ‘planted’.  As we continue our practice of social distance and as our longing to again worship in our beautiful space increases, we have a project for 10 households.  Would you like to adopt one of these window boxes?  We would love for you to plant flowers and nurture them while we are apart from each other.  Then, when we return, would you bring the box, with flowers galore, to adorn our worship space?  Good Things Grow Here.  Contact Kathy if you are interested in adopting one of the 10 boxes.

Serving our Neighbors and Supporting our Community

Restoration is responding in 3 ways to the needs of our neighbors and our community.

  1. We have created a benevolence fund for those who attend Restoration.
  2. We are partnering with other churches in Arlington to provide rent assistance.
  3. We are partnering with the Glebe Elementary School community to provide food support for our neighbors.  As conditions and policies change in relation to the coronavirus, we may need to change how we are providing this food.  Please check this page for updates.

All of this information can be found in one central spot.  Please share this widely with those who in our community who may have needs or those who may want to give.

Additional Opportunities to Serve

As this season of uncertainty continues, there will be more opportunities to serve.  I will make you aware of them with the recognition and caveat that none of us can say yes to everything but some of you might want to respond to some of the things.

Housing for a young man finishing High School

Through a client of RILA, we were recently introduced to a young man who has been homeless since this past Saturday and is in urgent need of a place to live.  Ideally, it would be rent-free, but there are resources to pay his rent (aiming for less than $1000/month) either in your home or in an extended stay situation.

He is a 20-year-old legal US resident who immigrated from Bolivia in 2016 with his mother, who suffers from mental illness and abandoned him in 2018. Since that time he has been living with another couple in Gainesville, VA, but they recently moved and he was forced to leave.  He has been sleeping in his car since last Saturday.  He is a few months from completing his high school diploma and then plans to enlist in the Army.  He speaks English and Spanish, has his own car, doesn’t drink or smoke, until recently was gainfully employed, and is willing to work around the house to earn his rent.  We hope we can find him a place to live for a few months until he finishes his diploma and enlists in the army.  If you would like to host him or have other ideas, please contact Endel.

A used computer tablet for a local first grader

Arlington County provides tablets for public school students starting in 4th grade.  With all students working remotely, it is necessary for a household to have a tablet or computer that a student can use, even those younger than 4th grade.  We have been made aware of a student who needs a tablet to access on-line learning but lives in a household without access.  Do you have an old tablet that could be given to this household for their elementary student?  Please contact David.

Holy Week:  April 5-12

It’s my favorite week of the year and it is just around the corner!  All year long, I look forward to remembering and celebrating the passion, crucifixion, redemption, and resurrection of Jesus with you.  I can’t wait!
Our full Holy Week worship schedule, with log-in credentials and websites, will be here:  restorationarlington.org/remote-worship  Please click here to access each service.  We hope you don’t miss a thing.

For Easter in particular, we have 2 traditions that we will honor this year, even as we worship remotely:

  1. Beautiful Flowers:  We order 100s of gorgeous, live, flower pots which decorate our sanctuary.  After each service, we give them away to those in attendance.  This year, we have again ordered flowers.  However, we will decorate the outside of our building on Quincy Street-  the front terrace, the parking lot, the curving steps.  On Easter afternoon, we invite you to drive by the church and take a few flower pots to plant at home or to share with a neighbor.  They will be out there until they are gone!
  2. Easter Generosity:  We always give our Easter offering to an organization, outside of Restoration, that is doing significant Kingdom work.  This year the vestry has chosen to direct that gift to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund’s Cascading Ministries Initiative.  Because we will not be in church on Easter, the vestry will be exploring the best way to honor that tradition and choice. I’ll update you once we’ve worked that out.

We have been praying Psalm 78 during morning prayer this week.  I close this letter with the Psalm’s hopeful words: “With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”  We give thanks to God for His daily guidance, His clear direction, and His loving hand.

In Christ’s love,

-David

Visio Divina: A Spiritual Practice for Lent (and COVID-19)

Visio divina is a spiritual practice that may help focus our distracted minds and engage in prayer with God. Like its cousin lectio divina, visio divina is a way of praying and being attentive to God.  A simple definition from Adele Ahlberg Calhoun’s book, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Practices that Transform Us is this: “Visio divina, holy seeing, is a way to pray with the eyes.”  (If you search for visio divina, I guarantee you will be directed to many flaky websites including some not grounded in our Christian faith.)  Like lectio divina, visio divina is a practice that requires time and attention to Scripture.

This past Sunday, Beth preached from John 11, and David is using this painting The Raising of Lazarus for morning prayer this week. The painting, by artist Leon Bonnat, dates from 1857 and is in the Musée Bonnat Helleu:

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Henry Ossawa Tanner’s 1896 rendition of the The Resurrection of Lazarus, is from the Musée d’Orsay:

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Bonnat’s rendering is truer to the Biblical passage in John 11, but I commend both to us for the practice of visio divina. Here are some simple steps that may help us in our practice both lectio and visio.

  • Read through John 11 and perhaps choose a verse, then be still. Settle into a posture to listen to God’s voice.
  • Meditate. In lectio, ponder the words. For visio, gaze, look, observe, ask questions and ask God to help you see what he wants you to see, what he wants you to notice. What stirs within you?
  • Pray. Pray through the text or what you notice in the image. Pray to God and ask for his help.
  • Contemplate. We live the text. A contemplative spiritual exercise is meant to lead us to gospel action in the world.

After a time of meditation and prayer in lectio, you might also consider using one or both images for visio divina. Spend a few minutes in observation and consider:

  • What caught your eye? What do you notice?
  • Reflect on the structure: color, lines, shadows, values, intensity.
  • What is the mood of the painting?
  • How do you react to it?  Do you sense an invitation from God?
  • Does anything else strike you?

Biblical meditation provokes questions. Will you allow this passage to transform you?

Rev. Mary Amendolia Gardner

Mary is a Spiritual Director with Coracle, DOMA clergy, and attends Restoration. 

Letter to the Congregation from David (3/27/20)

Hi Restoration,

We are coming to the end of week #2 of social distancing and significant disruptions to our corporate life together.  I am again writing to tell you of new things we are creating and ways you can join us in responding to this crisis.

Here is the executive summary:

  1. Remote Worship: Everything you need to know about remote worship during a season of social distancing is here.  Bookmark this page and please use it every time you access a remote gathering.  We occasionally change a particular Zoom portal to minimize our exposure to hackers.  This page will always have the correct log-in.
  2. Financial Giving: We invite you to express your worship of God, your trust in His provision, and your partnership in what He is doing through Restoration by giving your financial tithes and offerings through our online portal
  3. Serving our neighbors and supporting our community:  Read below for decisions our vestry has made to set aside benevolence funds for a) Restoration members in need;  b) for households in Arlington County who need rent support; and c) for giving food support to our neighbors on Tuesday and Thursday each week.

That’s the short version.  Please continue reading for more information.

Remote Worship This Sunday: 29 March

At 8:45am, we will again host four 15 minute Kids’ Small Groups. 

At 10am, we will have corporate worship via Zoom.  We apologize for the difficulty logging on last week.  We have increased our capacity for participants, and you should have no problem participating this week.

At 11am, we are trying two new things: 

  1. Streaming Musical Worship via YouTube.  Our music team will be in our sanctuary on Quincy Street and they will stream a 30 minute musical worship block for you to join in from your home.  We are currently testing the technology and, if all works out, will pilot it on Sunday to see how it looks, sounds, and feels.  We hope you will try it this week!
  2. ‘After Service Prayer’ on Zoom. We will have a link that takes you to a Zoom site where you can confidentially pray with 2 of our intercessors for anything that God is doing in your life.

We will post a link to each of these during our 10am worship service.  When that service ends, you will be able to click over to the YouTube Live worship session or After Service Prayer or both!

Remember:  Everything you need to know about remote worship during a season of social distancing is here.  Bookmark this page.  It gives you entry to every remote gathering we have.

An Invitation to Give through Church Community Builder

Our vestry met this week.  We regularly track key metrics like Sunday attendance, small group participation, and financial giving.  All of our numbers were strong in February and we started March in great shape.  Thank you!

Many of you give your financial tithes and offerings through our online portal, CCB. Thank you for locking in your regularity. In addition, many of you give regularly through the offering baskets we pass during our Sunday worship.  In fact, 30-35% of our income comes through those baskets.  With the disruption to our normal worship schedule, we would like to invite those of you who normally give in our Sunday offering baskets to transition to giving through our online portal.  If you have any questions about how to set that up, please reach out to Kat Downs (kat [at] restorationarlington [dot] org.  Thank you for giving to the work God is doing through Restoration.

Serving our neighbors and supporting our community

The vestry is mobilizing Restoration’s finances to respond in three ways to the novel coronavirus. 

  1. Benevolence Fund for Restoration members: We know the global response to the novel coronavirus has created a lot of vocational and income uncertainty.  Restoration wants to provide financial resources that could be used to bridge gaps for people who attend our church. To that end, the vestry intends to set aside part of our operating funds to serve as a benevolence fund for people who attend Restoration and are experiencing financial need.  Your regular giving to our operating fund will allow our Vestry to continue to set aside what is required for these benevolence needs.We want everyone who attends Restoration to be aware that this fund exists AND we have created a discrete and private way for people to request disbursements.  Next week, we will send a link to a simple online form that will be received by a small committee overseen by clergy and vestry members.  We have initially identified three categories of need:  lost wages, health care costs, and unexpected costs due to quarantine.  There will be a set amount that is given for each request.  If you or someone you know has a financial need, please make them aware that this help is coming.  Please don’t be hesitant to request assistance.  We are a church community that wants to help each other.
  2. Rent Assistance for our Arlington Neighbors:  We are working with Arlington County Public Schools social workers to connect households who need help with rent with households in Arlington churches who want to sponsor them.  Sponsorship would entail a rental supplement of $500 in April and in May.  Once you have signed up to sponsor a family, you will be given a family’s last name and the name/address of that family’s leasing agency for the purpose of sending your rent support.  We invite you to pray for the family you have sponsored throughout these two months for peace rather than fear, for health, and for their general well-being.We will be collecting names of Restoration households who want to be sponsors, here.  I am grateful for the hard work of Arlington County social workers who are identifying and vetting these families.  We will give more information as soon as it becomes available.
  3. Glebe Food Pantry: Beth Tipps is coordinating our twice-weekly food pantry.  Thank you for generously giving groceries and serving in person.  We are joining with other food assistance programs to bridge the gap between what our neighbors have and what they need.  Restoration is serving about 50 families in our community each Tuesday and Thursday.  If you would like to participate, please bring groceries to the church between 10 and 1 on Tuesday and Thursday.  All of the information you need is here.

Holy Week

Holy Week begins April 5 with Palm Sunday.  Here is our schedule for all services via Zoom:

Sunday, April 5:  Palm Sunday Worship Service at 10am

Monday, April 6: Morning and Evening Prayer at 9am and 5pm

Tuesday, April 7:  Morning and Evening Prayer at 9am and 5pm

Wednesday, April 8: Morning and Evening Prayer at 9am and 5pm

Maundy Thursday, April 9:  Morning Prayer at 9am, Maundy Thursday Worship Service at 7:30pm

Good Friday, April 10:  Morning Prayer at 9am, Stations of the Cross at 12pm, Reflections on the 7 Last Words of Christ at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 11:  The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:30pm

Sunday, April 12:  Easter Sunday!  (Times and services to be determined)

I am so grateful for our congregation.  It has been a joy to pray with you each day. 

-David

Remote After Service Prayer

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Interested in receiving After Service Prayer after our Morning Prayer service on Sundays?

After Service Prayer begins right after the conclusion of the Morning Prayer service on Sunday (note: After Service Prayer is only offered after Morning Prayer on Sunday at this time). Look for a link to the After Service Prayer Zoom call at the end of the service in the chat bar on your Zoom screen, or join via this link.

Here is how to log into the meeting:

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Morning & Evening Prayer

We have decided that during this time of social distancing and self-quarantine, we will meet together every day for Morning and Evening Prayer via Zoom, a video conference call application.

You can download Zoom here.

We will meet every morning at 9am for Morning Prayer, and every evening at 5pm for Evening Prayer.

Join the Morning and Evening Prayer meetings here.

Thirsty

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Thirsty – Nathan Dickerson – Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95:1-7, John 4:5-15 

Restoration Update re: COVID-19

Wednesday, March 19

Future Sundays on Quincy, Food Needs, Next…

Dear Restoration,

It has been good to see so many of you in various places of ‘socially distanced interaction’. Thank you for staying faithful to meeting and praying together. It has encouraged me and lifted each day.

I am writing with an update for this week (16-22 March). If you have questions or ways that we can help, please reply to me and someone from our team will get back to you as soon as we can.

Sunday Worship Changes

Based on the CDC recommendation that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled for the next 8 weeks, Restoration will not be together on Quincy Street for corporate worship until Sunday, May 3 at the earliest. Our staff and vestry are saddened by this decision, but also confident that this is the appropriate response at this time. Our staff and volunteers are working on ideas for worship during Holy Week (April 5-12) and Easter. We will have more in the weeks to come.
The new ‘Normal Sunday Worship’

We will have a weekly worship service via Zoom on Sundays at 10am (EST). The log-in credentials can be found at the end of this email. We did a pilot on March 15 just to see if it would work. It did! We were surprised by what a gift it was to see each other, to hear the Scriptures read and taught, and to pray for our needs. Washington Post columnist, Kathleen Parker, did a wonderful story about her experience in our Zoom service. I hope you will join us this Sunday, March 22 at 10am.

In addition to our corporate worship, we are creating opportunities just for kids, youth, and college students.

Kids’ Small Groups

For kids aged 5th grade and below, Louise and Abigail will offer four, 15 minute Kids’ Small Groups via zoom each Sunday, starting at 8:45am:

8:45-9 Pre-K
9-9:15 Kindergarten and 1st grade
9:15-9:30 2nd-3rd grade
9:30-9:45 4th-5th grade
Louise will provide log-in details for Sunday Morning Kids’ Zoom Small Groups in the weekly parent’s e-newsletter. (It is a different log-in from our 10am worship service in which kids of all ages are invited to participate.)

APEX (6th grade to 12th grade students)

APEX will continue to provide regular small group opportunities on Sundays (6:30pm – 7:30pm) and Thursday Morning Bible / Book Study (8:00am – 9:00am) via zoom. APEX Sunday talks will be pre-recorded and the students are encouraged to watch the video prior to logging into their small group zoom call on Sunday. Details about how to log into the correct small group, Bible Study, one-on-ones, and group hangouts will be emailed to APEX parents and students directly this week.

College Students

On Wednesday evenings from 8-9:00pm, Scott Buckhout will host a small group Bible study for college students. We recognize COVID-19 has perhaps interrupted the lives of college students the most. Semesters ended prematurely or switched to online learning, and students have had to move back home. Wednesday evening will be a way to connect with others and to receive virtual encouragement in this unique season. All college students are welcome (even if they don’t normally attend Resto or live in the area). Feel free to invite friends.

Scott will provide Zoom log-in details in a separate email. He is also available to talk 1:1 over Zoom or by phone. You can reach Scott, here and 859-240-1439.

Confirmation Changes

With great sadness, we have canceled our visit from Bishop John that was scheduled for this Sunday, March 22. We have rescheduled both his visit and confirmations for this fall, November 7-8. We look forward to experiencing all that God will have for us on that day.

Morning and Evening Prayer: every day, Monday through Friday

Monday through Friday we are gathering via Zoom for Morning and Evening Prayer at 9am and 5pm, respectively. We will not pray corporately on Saturdays as this will be a sabbath for our staff. The instructions for logging in are at the end of this email. They are the same as Sunday morning prayer.

Food Support for Vulnerable Neighbors

Restoration has an ongoing partnership with one of our local elementary schools, Glebe Elementary. They have a number of households that are in need of food and are not able to get it through their normal channels. Restoration is providing a place for food collection and distribution while Arlington Public Schools is closed. Collection and distribution will happen on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. All of the information you need to participate and serve in this way can be found, here. We invite you to participate as much as you can and to the extent that you feel comfortable. Thanks for coming alongside our neighbors during this time.

How can we help?

Restoration staff and volunteers are trying to anticipate various needs and ways that we can serve. We would be delighted to know how we can help you in particular. Food or pharmacy delivery? Prayer? A conversation on the phone? Please respond to this email if there is something you need and someone from our team will help!

This morning we prayed, Psalm 42: “As the deer pants for flowing streams, so pants may soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” Our worship and prayer will look different in this season, but our thirst remains and can only be satisfied by His presence and grace. I invite you to anticipate how God will meet us in new and different ways in the days to come.
Grace. Peace. Joy. Faith.

-David

Here is the log-in info for Zoom. You will need to download Zoom if you plan on using the video functionality. There is also an app if you prefer to access through your phone.

Restoration is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Restoration Morning and Evening Prayer
Time: Monday-Friday, 9am and 5pm. Sundays, 10am.

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Monday, March 16 at 11am

We have decided that during this time of social distancing and self-quarantine, we will meet together every day for Morning and Evening Prayer via Zoom, a video conference call application. You can download Zoom here.

We will meet every morning at 9am for Morning Prayer, and every evening at 5pm for Evening Prayer.

Join the Morning and Evening Prayer meetings here.

Friday, March 13 at 3pm

I appreciate all of the encouraging feedback I received in response to the congregational letter I sent yesterday.  Thank you!

The leadership teams of Restoration have tried to make decisions each day in light of what we know that day (Matthew 6:34).  However, because of new information, the plans we announced yesterday need to change.

In light of Arlington Public Schools’ announced closing, and after consultation with our wardens and the rectors of neighboring churches, as well as at the request of Arlington County, Restoration has decided to cancel our gatherings for this weekend.  We will not have the Lenten retreat tomorrow (Saturday) and we will not gather for Morning Prayer on Sunday.  We had hoped to be together one more time on a Sunday before an extended time apart.  I know this was important for many of you and I am sorry that we can’t do it.

We are seeking to love our neighbor and to act wisely.  Those goals compel us to not provide any gatherings for the foreseeable future where the virus could spread.

We will communicate towards the end of next week (think Thursday or Friday) about any plans we have for a remote/video-enabled worship experience on March 22.  Pray for us as we figure it out.

I am grateful that you all are a part of our community.
-David

Thursday, March 12 at 3pm

Dear Restoration,

I am praying for you and inviting you to join me in prayer for our church, our community, and all those at the front lines who are keeping our community safe.  Our church is grateful for the good work that is being done by those in medical, scientific, and governmental professions.  Thank you.

Our staff and vestry continue to monitor closely the CDC and VA Department of Health recommendations regarding COVID-19.  We are aware of the new cases that have been confirmed in VA over the last week and we reviewed with particular interest the news about the first known case in Washington DC.  We know that large public gatherings in general and many churches in particular are moving towards closure.  We are committed to updating our corporate practices in line with how the situation is changing.  It is changing fast.  This letter will provide all of the information you currently need about our Restoration life together.

a pastoral insight:  God is holding us together

At my small group last night, someone asked me to provide some pastoral perspective on this virus.  I responded with the words of the Apostle Paul in Colossians 1:17 ‘… He [Jesus] is before all things and in Him all things hold together.’  God is ALWAYS the one who is holding everything together.  We are desperately dependent on Him keeping that post.  Sometimes, He lets our perceived sense of security and self-sufficiency be pulled back.  That is what we are feeling now as we receive words like pandemic and we watch plunging financial markets and we imagine life with public space that is closed.  We feel fragile and out of control.  But God is neither.  Just as He is holding things together when we feel ‘secure’, He is STILL holding things together when things feel less stable.  “The Lord IS my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped.”  (Psalm 28:7)

With that in mind, here are our plans in light of what we know, now.

Some Reminders:

    •     If you have symptoms of a cough, disease or a fever within the last 24 hours, please stay at home.  If you are returning from known areas of higher prevalence (CDC Level 3 countries) of COVID-19, we encourage you to self-quarantine for two weeks.  If you have a newborn or you are over 60 years of age, we encourage you to limit your exposure to large gatherings, including the ones at Restoration.
    •     Please wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds or longer with soap and warm water.  Remember that while alcohol-based hand sanitizers can kill bacteria, they have not been shown to be adequate against COVID-19 or other viruses.  Nothing beats good hand hygiene like soap and water.
    •     The counsel of most experts is that the spread of COVID-19 will continue and the best way to limit that spread is to limit contact with other people. Restoration vestry and staff are trying to be wise in light of these realities.

These are the changes that Restoration is making:

    •     In the interest of making decisions that reduce the risk of spreading the virus, Restoration will host only 2 public gatherings this weekend:  our Lenten retreat on Saturday, March 14 from 9am-12pm and a service of morning prayer on Sunday, March 15 at 10:00am.  Based on what we know now, these will most likely be our last public gatherings for a while.  
    •     The Lenten retreat will begin at 9am on Saturday (note time change).  Please bring your own, personal beverage and snack.  We will not serve any food or drinks.  We will encourage people to have social space of 6 feet.
    •     Morning Prayer will begin at 10am on Sunday (note time change).  It is a liturgy without Eucharist.  We will read from the Scriptures and pray for our needs and the needs of the world.  There will be musical worship but we will not take a financial offering.  (You can always use our on-line portal, CCB to give your tithe and offerings.)  There will be no Kids’ small groups or nursery on Sunday.  Children are welcome in the sanctuary.  We will encourage people to have social space of 6 feet and to not greet by touch.  This will be our only worship gathering on Sunday.  Our normal 9, 11, and 5 schedule is suspended.

What should we expect in the future for Restoration?

After this weekend, we are canceling our in-person gatherings for the foreseeable future. 

Specifically:

  • We will not have ‘in person’ Restoration adult small groups.  We are very grateful for our adult small group leaders.
  • APEX will not meet on Sunday, March 15.
  • Kids’ Small Groups, nursery, and APEX will not be offered until normal Sunday worship returns.
  • In partnership with Navs 20s/30s, we have canceled the Pints and Perspectives event at Rocklands on March 18.
  • We will have more information in the coming days about confirmation and our plans for March 22 when Bishop John is scheduled to visit.

We are working on ways for our congregation to stay connected.  

Specifically:

  • David will continue to host a weekly Zoom call with our leaders and volunteers.  
  • Our podcast for children and the adults who love them, Pray and Ponder, will continue to drop each weekday during Lent.
  • We will update our sermon podcast with the sermon for March 15.  We are not sure how we will offer sermons in the future, yet.  Stay tuned.

We are also exploring new ways for our congregation to interact remotely.  

This could include:

  • Small Group Bible discussions over video chat
  • Praying the Daily Office over video chat
  • A pastor leading a weekly prayer service with sermon over video chat

All of these are in the exploratory phase.

 

We encourage you to use our Restoration Guide to Prayer or this on-line Daily Office as a means to stay connected to God and praying for your needs and the needs of the world.  

 

I am committed to checking in with you weekly about updates and changes that we are implementing.  It will most likely happen through links in our Friday e-newsletter, rather than a broad email like this one.  If you would like to receive our Friday e-newsletter, you can sign up here

 

If you are sick or lonely, you can contact our pastoral staff, here.  Please choose ‘pastoral concerns’ from the drop-down menu.  This form will be seen by our clergy.  The clergy are also available via our pastoral emergency line:  (571) 766-6495.  We are still family in Christ, even if we are not all present in church.  Our staff and vestry are praying diligently for our congregation.

We invite you to remain steadfast in hope and prayer.  Our God is always at work.  Stay curious about what He might be inviting you into during these uncertain times.  There will be new opportunities to serve, learn and grow both individually and collectively as believers in Christ.  Let’s respond to Him with joy and glad service. 

 

We invite you to read Bishop John’s excellent pastoral letter to our diocese by clicking here. He has encouraged us to pray in this way:  

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Great Physician, who healed the sick, cured the blind and deaf and raised the dead, and who throughout all history holds dominion over disease and death: Arrest, cure, and eradicate the Coronavirus COVID-19, heal those who have been afflicted, and comfort those who have suffered due to this scourge; that those who suffer may know your healing heart and hand, that those who are anxious or burdened may know your comfort and your peace that passes understanding, that the watching world may know your sovereign authority, [prevailing] power, mercy, and grace, and that all may come to know and worship you; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

“The Lord is the strength of his people; He is the saving refuge of his anointed.  Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!  Be their shepherd and carry them forever.”  Psalm 28: 8-9

 

This has been my prayer for you.  


Sincerely,
-David

The Reverend David M. Hanke, Rector
Restoration Anglican Church

Sunday Announcements – March 8, 2020

  1. Volunteer Training today: Are you interested in volunteering on Sundays? The training is today at 12:30 in the sanctuary. Serving on Sundays is open to everyone, no experience necessary. Contact Kathy Kenyon with questions.
  2. RestoMen: All men are invited this Tuesday night, March 10 for our next RestoMen gathering, in the Fellowship Hall. We will begin at 7:30pm with supper and end promptly at 9. This month our topic is “How can we navigate a job transition wisely?” Questions? Contact Nathan Dickerson.
  3. Lenten Retreat: Join us this Saturday, March 14, (8:30am-12pm) in the sanctuary, for a morning of rest and refreshment as we meditate on God’s Word together, spend time in solitude and in reflection upon the ways he’s at work in our lives. Questions? Email Beth.
  4. Pray & Ponder: a podcast for kids and the grownups who love them. Come and listen each weekday this Lent as we make space for kids and the grownups who love them to read stories of God’s love and wonder about all that he might be saying to us as we listen and wait with expectant hearts. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts and follow us on Spotify (just search “Pray & Ponder”)!
  5. RestoWomen: Elizabeth Fitch will be back with us Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30pm as we talk about the spiritual practice of “teachability.” Jesus was attracted to those who admitted how much they didn’t know, to those who asked honest questions. Those who could lay aside their prejudices & try something new were often the recipients of Jesus’ transforming word. We hope to see you!
  6. “Boiler” prayer group: The Boiler is a weekly prayer meeting where we listen to the Holy Spirit and pray for the things we long to see God do in and through Restoration. Join us in the sanctuary Wednesday mornings from 6:15–7:15am. All are welcome; no prior experience required!
  7. Navigators 20s/30s Brunch next Saturday: Steve and Louise Brooks are coming to brunch next Saturday, March 14! They’ll be talking about living out the gospel in close quarters. Free food…loitering encouraged. 10:30am at Anne and George’s. Email Anne for more info.
  8. Pints & Perspectives: On Wednesday night, March 18 at 7pm,     Navigators 20s/30s and Restoration are hosting another “Pints and Perspectives” event at Rocklands BBQ in Arlington on the second floor. Come for the free food at the beginning and stay for a thoughtful discussion led by your questions, featuring our pastor David Hanke. RSVP and submit q’s here.
  9. You’re invited to lead an adult small group. Would you like to lead a small group? We are looking for new small group leaders for Spring 2020. If you are a Restoration member and are interested in leading a group, please contact Nathan. The deadline to sign up is March 22, 2020.
  10. Baptism at Easter Vigil: Our next opportunity for baptism is April 11 at The Great Vigil of Easter. At Restoration this has been a special time for adults and older children to be baptized. If you are interested, please contact Kathy Kenyon.
  11. Keep up with Restoration! Like our Facebook page, (search “Restoration Anglican Church” on Facebook) and be sure to follow us on Instagram: @restorationarlington.

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whispering in the dark – David Hanke – Romans 4:12-17, Psalm 33:13-21, John 3:1-5

Sunday Announcements – March 1st, 2020

  1. No APEX tonight: This Sunday, March 1, Resto’s youth ministry, APEX, is on its winter retreat, “Breakaway.” As a result, we will not meet for APEX tonight. We will have APEX next weekend, on March 8. Questions? Contact Isaiah.
  2. Pray & Ponder: a podcast for kids and the grownups who love them. Join us each weekday this Lent as we make space for kids and the grownups who love them to read stories of God’s love and wonder about all that he might be saying to us as we listen and wait with expectant hearts. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts and follow us on Spotify (just search “Pray & Ponder”)!
  3. Volunteer Training: Are you interested in volunteering on Sundays? The next training will be next Sunday, March 8 at 12:30 in the sanctuary. Serving on Sundays is open to everyone, no experience necessary. Contact Kathy Kenyon with questions.
  4. RestoMen: All men are invited on Tuesday night, March 10 for our next RestoMen gathering. We will begin at 7:30pm with supper and end promptly at 9pm. This month our topic is “How can we navigate a job transition wisely?” Questions? Contact Nathan Dickerson.
  5. Lenten Retreat: Join us Saturday, March 14, (8:30am-12pm) in the sanctuary, for a morning of rest and refreshment as we meditate on God’s Word together, spend time in solitude and in reflection upon the ways he’s at work in our lives. Questions? Email Beth.
  6. RestoWomen: All women are invited on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30pm as Elizabeth Fitch shares more about noticing God and living into the freedom he offers us. If you still have questions from the retreat, bring them! And if you missed the retreat, you’ll get a taste of what it was like. Come and see! Email Beth with questions.
  7. Baptism at Easter Vigil: Our next opportunity for baptism is April 11 at The Great Vigil of Easter. At Restoration, this has been a special time for adults and older children to be baptized. If you are interested, please contact Kathy Kenyon.
  8. Interested in making meals or coordinating meal calendars? We love to support folks in transition by bringing them meals. Are you interested in being on a team of folks who are invited to bring meals or organize meal delivery? We could use your help! Let Louise know.
  9. Keep up with Restoration! Like our Facebook page, (search “Restoration Anglican Church” on Facebook) and be sure to follow us on Instagram: @restorationarlington.
  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.
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