Sunday Announcements – October 6, 2019

  1. Today is the last day to register for fall small groups. Small groups are probably the easiest way to get plugged in here at Restoration. Head to the front page of our website to sign up! Contact Nathan Dickerson ( with questions.
  2. Parish Meeting today after the 11: We are having a parish meeting today after the 11am service. All are invited and encouraged to attend! We’ll serve pizza for lunch. We hope to see you there!  
  3. No church on Quincy St next Sunday, October 13: We will not be having any services here at Restoration next Sunday, Oct. 13 as we will be returning that afternoon from our fall retreat.
  4. RestoMen Kickoff this Tuesday: We want to invite all the men of Restoration to come to the RestoMen Kickoff this Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 7:30-9pm at the church. We are having a cookout and a bonfire! This is a great opportunity to connect with other guys at church. Please join us!  
  5. All Saints Day is November 3: If a loved one has died in the past year and you would like them to be honored in our All Saints slideshow on Sunday, Nov. 3, please go to and fill out the form.
  6. RestoWomen meets on October 15: On Tuesday, Oct. 15, we will learn about centering prayer, hear testimony from some women who’ve tried it out, and practice it a bit ourselves. Centering prayer is a form of contemplative prayer seeking to quiet our hearts in Christ’s presence. Reach out to Beth ( if you have any questions.
  7. Silent Soaking Prayer: Silent Soaking Prayer on Saturday night, Oct. 26, in the Fellowship Hall from 7:30-9pm. Enter into a quiet, restful space where you can be still and prayerful before the Lord. Come and go as needed. Prayer ministers will silently pray for you.
  8. Neighborhood Service Project: Have you heard the news? We are turning 10 in November and we want to celebrate by saying thank you to our neighbors! Save-the-date for a kid-friendly park clean up project at nearby Cherry Valley Park on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9am-1pm. More details to follow!
  9. Navigators 20s 30s Brunch: On Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10:30am, Navigators will explore how can we use visual media to reveal big truths about our world to spark curiosity about God. Come for free food and discussion with new and old friends. Filmmaker Kevin Hackenberg will be our speaker. Contact Anne ( for more info.
  10. Keep up with Restoration! You can follow our Facebook page, (search “Restoration Anglican Church” on Facebook) and even follow our brand new Instagram: @restorationarlington. We’re so excited to share more about our church with you!
  11. 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.

Why does Christianity seem so intolerant?

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October 6, 2019 – David Hanke

2 Timothy 1:8-14, Psalm 37:1-6, Luke 17:1-10

Annual Report 2019

We love celebrating what God has done in and through Restoration. Join us as we give glory to God while we rejoice in the highlights from the past year.

In just a few weeks, Restoration will celebrate our first 10 years as a church. We hope that all of you will join us for our birthday party on November 22 and then a day of worship, thanksgiving, and ordinations(!) on November 24! We are so grateful to God for His steadfast faithfulness and never-ending love.

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An update from our friends at Incarnation

Dear Restoration,

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Just over a year ago, September 2 2018, the Restoration congregation took all three services to kindly, deliberately and lovingly pray for a small group of people who were heading out into the wilds of South Arlington because we believed that God was calling us to form a new, worshipping community. And then maybe it felt like we vanished from view.

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Where did we go?

Well, first of all, we didn’t really vanish – and delightfully, many of you have come and visited once or twice to make sure of that, and to cheer us on. Thank you! We love having visitors… we love it when ‘the cousins’ come to play!

Over this last year we have been meeting at 5pm at Greenbrier Baptist church – a  kind and welcoming community who took us in off the streets and who have loved us so well….we have learned what it is like to worship together in a different context to Restoration.  We have delighted in welcoming new friends and neighbors. We have grown with people coming to faith and those new to the area. We have loved singing and hearing scripture in multiple languages. We have loved watching our children learn in the Atrium as we use the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method. We have loved prayer walking our neighborhoods and connecting with strangers. We have loved times of feasting and celebrating and delighting with wonder at God’s word and His good creation.

And whilst we have loved being independent, we have also been so grateful for the shepherding care that Restoration has continued to offer us. The generosity of doing our ‘back office’. The kindness of letting us use materials and resources. The sweetness of conversations over coffee or lunch. The prayer and vestry oversight which has gently brought insight and wisdom. The delight in wondering together at how God’s leading will evolve.


Beth signingAnd now Incarnation is one year old and we are heading into a busy Fall.

September, 8 we welcomed our first members.

October 6, we will elect our first vestry.

November 16, at Synod there will be a vote as to whether Incarnation should become a congregation.  And in November we will also rejoice with our mother church – yup! that’s you – as you turn 10. What a wonderful milestone – we are praying for you in this next season!

December 1, we will begin to worship in the chapel at AUMC on 7th Rd S and Glebe, where we will have our own space and offices.

December 8, the Bishop will come and install Liz as rector, and confirm/receive new confirmands

In the New Year we will begin to transition out of our MOU with Restoration and will eventually take responsibility for all our own back office.

There is so much to thank God for – so many small steps which when viewed together already show how far we have come. Thank you for holding our hands as we learned to walk. Thank you for not letting go, and for showering us with your love and upholding us with your prayers.

We will always be your daughter church – so grateful for metaphors of family and the permanence that brings.


With our deepest love and gratitude.


Liz, Amy, Beth, Josie,, Morgan and all at Incarnation

Saturday at the Fall Retreat

Saturday Fun at the Fall Retreat!

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Get ready for Saturday afternoon at the 2019 Fall Retreat! This year we are packed to the brim with great ways to explore the surrounding Harrisonburg area – so bring your friends, family and that new person you met at small group.

Are the kids itching to get the wiggles out? Check out “Back Home on the Farm”! Or maybe your small group wants to continue their conversation and a glass of wine is in order. Whatever your interest may be, you’re bound to make some fun memories this year with your Resto friends and family.

For those who are simply having too much fun on site to leave – never fear! We have a full list of activities that will take place at Massanetta Springs as well. From boat making to Ultimate Frisbee, Saturday afternoon will be hard to beat! Check out the list below for on and off site activities.

BUT, don’t forget to get back on campus by 5:30 because if you thought Saturday afternoon sounds fun, just wait for Saturday night! A Lip Sync Battle followed by a bonfire with s’mores….can it get much better?!


Off-site Activities


Enjoy Fall Fun at “Back Home on the Farm”
The Farm offers all sorts of fall fun: Rubber Duck Races, Virginia Carousel, Wagon Ride to Pumpkin Patch, Slingshot, Underground Slide, Pig Races, Cornfield Maze, and farm equipment!

Sip Wine amidst lavender at Purple Wolf Vineyard and White Oak Farm
Purple Wolf Vineyard and White Oak Lavender Farm is a working lavender farm and winery with activities for both the young and old. Visitors are welcome to explore their lavender drying barns and distillery, quietly walk along their 60 foot walking labyrinth, play on a life-size checkerboard, enjoy lavender-flavored ice cream, or simply rest in their hammocks while listening to live music and sipping on lavender infused wine.

Apple Picking at Showalter’s Orchard
Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Showalter’s Apple Orchard has delicious apples and breath-taking views. Pick one (or several!) of their 26 varieties of apples, enjoy an apple cider donut, sip an apple cider slushie, and more!

Discover Local Breweries
Grab a new or old friend and check out the breweries in and around Harrisonburg. Visit any of the following local breweries: Pale Fire Brewing Company; Wolfe Street Brewing; Brothers Craft Brewing; Three Notch’d Brewing Company.


On-site Activities


Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee at the Field
Join in the fun with a low-key game of soccer at 3 p.m. followed by ultimate frisbee at 4 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Lawn Games
Toss a ball or join in a friendly game of corn hole, gaga ball, bocce, horseshoes or croquet.

Boat Making and Racing
Boat making on the creek is an annual Restoration tradition. Kids of all ages make boats out of household materials and sail them down the creek.

Fishing at the Pond
All weekend!
Catch and release. Bring your own poles.

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All weekend!


We can’t wait for all the good times to be had in just a few short weeks. Sign up today!

Deadline to sign up is September 22. Reach out to Beth with any questions.

Enneagram Workshop October 5


On Saturday, October 5, Restoration is hosting a workshop on the Enneagram. The workshop will be run by Leadership Transformations.

The Enneagram is a useful tool because it not only helps identify someone’s strengths, but also their weaknesses. It can help give someone language to describe the things they feel both when they feel healthy and when they feel stressed.

There is a wide range of opinion on the appropriateness of the Enneagram amongst Christians. The team at Leadership Transformations teaches this workshop from a sound Biblical perspective and will be able to help us think through how such a tool is useful for followers of Jesus. Check out the sign up page, and if you have questions, send them over!

The cost of the workshop is $49 – which covers the expenses of the instructor and the fee for the Enneagram test to be taken prior to the morning of the workshop. You can sign up here – we’ll see you there!

September 8th at Restoration


As Summer gives way to Autumn

You’ve probably noticed that things become much quieter around here in the summertime.  People — our staff, members, volunteers — are in and out constantly, bouncing between vacations, family reunions, personal retreats…or, maybe all of the above!

On September 8th, our fall season begins and you’ll notice the activity increases around here like bubbles in a cool glass of seltzer.  We don’t want you to miss anything.  So here is what’s coming back after a brief summer hiatus:


APEX: Isaiah Brooms, our Director of Youth Ministries, has an awesome fall program planned and is looking forward to seeing your middle and high schoolers there on September 8th!  This year, high school and middle school APEX is going to happen at the same time — Sunday nights from 6:30 to 8:30. This will make it easier on parents with kids in both groups and our facility will be bubbling with energy on Sunday nights!  Your kids can’t wait.  Maybe you want to serve as an APEX volunteer?  Sunday nights will be a blast at Resto.  Email Isaiah with any questions.

Kids’ Small Groups

Kid’s small groups will also begin a new year on September 8th at the 9 and 11.  Louise has been hard at work preparing and would love for your child to join a group.  Register your child today!  Even if you have registered your child in a prior year, we ask that you would fill out a fresh form for this coming year (just like you will do for each kid on their first day of school!).  You can always shoot Louise an email with any questions you may have.

The 5pm

It’s back!!  The 5 PM service will return on September 8th.  We are grateful for the space and margin that not having the 5pm created for our staff and volunteers this summer.  Rest and elasticity returned to their souls.  Thank you!  But we are so excited to be back together with our beloved 5pm community.  If you are planning to be mostly at the 5pm this fall, would you let us know?   Have you never been to the 5?  Would you consider trying it for a couple months?  It takes some repetition to see if something new is a good fit.  And it takes a critical mass of people for a community to feel like home.  We would love for 50 households who normally attend the 9 or 11 to alternatively commit to the 5pm for this fall.  “Giving up your seat” at the 9 or 11 creates room for new folks to visit our church.  “Taking a seat” at the 5 brings your friendship, worship, and presence to a beautiful community that loves ending their week-end with the evening hues lighting the Lord’s table. Let us know if you are one of those households that will worship in Autumn at 5.

(Bonus-  if your kid is headed to APEX on Sunday nights, the 5pm is a great way to worship together before they head off to their Youth Small Groups.)

Second Sunday Suppers

That’s right.  You like to eat.  We like to eat.  Let’s eat after the 5pm on Sept 8.  We’ll keep going out on the Second Sunday of every month, after the 5 PM.  Everyone is invited!  Even if you went to the 9 or the 11!  How convenient if your kids are in APEX!  We want you there! Contact Beth for details.

Autumn begins…

We couldn’t be more excited for the fall:  Vision Night (9/10).  Baptisms (9/22).  New to Restoration Dinner (10/1).  Fall Retreat (10/12-13).  It’s all waiting for you…

We’re going to hit the ground running and we hope to see you right alongside us.


Book of Common Prayer Workshop


On Tuesday, August 13, at 7PM in the Restoration sanctuary, Scott Buckhout will be hosting a workshop on the new Book of Common Prayer (i.e. that new red book in the pews).

If you have been to Restoration on a Sunday, you know we are a church that uses a set liturgy in worship. For Anglicans, the liturgy of the church comes from the Book of Common Prayer, which was first compiled and created by Thomas Cranmer in 1549.

Cranmer tried to put all prayers, psalms, liturgy that a church would need in one book in a common language so that everyone would be able to worship together both in private devotions through the week and in Sunday worship services. Many of you are familiar with this topic and have been using the “Praying Through the Year” booklet that Restoration created in 2017.

On Tuesday, we will give an overview of the new Book of Common Prayer: what’s in it and how to use it. We’ll close our time together by praying through the Evening Prayer service in the Daily Office.

Our hope is that during our short time together on Tuesday, you will see how helpful and beautiful the Book of Common Prayer can be, and you’ll be eager to buy your own copy and use it in your own prayer life. Email Scott with any questions.

We hope to see you on Tuesday at 7pm!

Fall Retreat 2019!


Come Bless the Lord!

This fall Restoration will celebrate 10 years of life together! Can you believe it? And what better way to celebrate than by coming on the Restoration Fall Retreat!

Our theme this year is “Come Bless the Lord as we reflect on all He has done for us over the last decade. We will gather together at Massanetta Springs Camp & Conference Center near beautiful Harrisonburg, October 12-13, for worship, teaching and play. Our guest speaker (and former Resto member) Kristen Terry will lead us through the Psalms of Ascent as we reflect together upon the Lord’s faithfulness and provision.

We’ll enjoy meals together, frisbee, soccer, boat making, an art project, and maybe an afternoon nap (should that be of interest or necessity), and the sheer gift of time away. Saturday night we will hold the first ever Restoration LipSync contest followed by s’mores around the bonfire.

You’re looking for the sign-up link already aren’t you? 🙂

The retreat fills up every year, so SIGN-UP soon to secure your spot!

Want to enter the LipSync contest?

  • To enter the Restoration Saturday Night LipSync contest, select your song, fellow singers, costumes and fill out your entry form here. Friends, families, small groups, and soloists all welcome!

Wondering about your kids?

  • 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.

Need financial aid?

  • 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: July 2019

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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 July 23rd vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting. This month, Leigh McAfee led us through prayer which included a time of intercession and prayer for Kathy Kenyon, our Coordinator of Sacramental Life. We gave praise for the many volunteers that Kathy shepherds so that our Sunday services run smoothly.  We also prayed for Kathy and her husband, Matt, as they move into a new “empty nest” chapter of their life together.  Additionally, we prayed for the hiring of a new Director of Worship Arts, for wisdom in our budgeting process, and for the Strategic Plan (Restoration 2025). As always, we invite you to join us in praying over the staff, vestry and all of God’s work on Quincy Street.

In our meeting, we received an encouraging update from Incarnation Anglican Church, and we approved their by-laws and their budget for the next fiscal year.  We also approved a list of Restoration members who will represent us as Delegates at the DOMA Synod in November. 

Brad Jones, our treasurer, led us through a financial report that showed June giving was 19% under projections, which indicates we likely could end the year 10-12% down for giving.  Although our staff and volunteers have carefully managed expenses, this reality reminded us of the need to be good stewards and wise planners as we turned our conversation to the fiscal year 2020 budget. Our finance team had worked hard to present its recommendations for the 2020 budget, and, after thoughtful discussion, the Vestry voted to approve a $1.9 million budget.  That is a slightly smaller budget than this current year.  As we have previewed over the past several months, because giving has been below last year’s predictions, we decided to adopt a budget that anticipates lower giving and foregoes – for now – some plans that would trigger increases in spending.  

Kevin Marshall, the vestry liaison to the Outreach Steering Team (OST), presented OST’s recommendations for outreach grants, and Vestry approved more than $190,000 in grants that will go out to support our partners in the next fiscal year.  Our outreach grants, plus our support for trips abroad (like the Bolivia team that leaves next week) and consistent support for the Anglican Relief and Development Fund, represent Restoration’s commitment to invest 10% of our annual budget in our outreach ministries and partners.  It is so exciting to see how God has connected Restoration to a wide variety of faithful servants, both globally and locally.  This year’s outreach grants will go to many of our long-time partners, as well as a few new ministries where there is potential for congregational engagement. 

David Hanke provided an update on the current search for a Director of Worship Arts.  Please continue to pray for the hiring process and those involved.  We are excited to see how God will provide a leader for that role.  David also led the Vestry in a continuing discussion of our Strategic Plan (Restoration 2025).  Please check out David’s recent blog post for an update.  Have an idea or a vision?  Submit them here.

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


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