Silent Soaking Prayer – June 30

“How can I pray for you?”

It’s a genuine, loving question, but so often I don’t know how to respond. Sometimes I have something specific that is easy to articulate like I’ve been sick, or my job is difficult, or someone I love has died. But more often than not, the longing, fear or pain deep within me is beyond descriptive words, and I just sheepishly smile and shrug, uttering, “Just pray.”

I find such comfort in Paul’s words to us in Romans 8:26, “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” The Holy Spirit interceder is always at work in prayer, and especially I think, when we are praying for one another.

On Sunday evening, June 30, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Restoration will host a night of Silent Soaking Prayer in the Fellowship Hall. It’s an opportunity to enter into a quiet, restful space where you can be still and prayerful before the Lord.

If you’ve never been to an evening like this, you’ll notice the lowered lights and soft, instrumental music in the background. There will be chairs set-up around the room in addition to mats and blankets on the floor. You can sit wherever is comfortable. You may want to bring your Bible or a journal. And if it’s helpful, you may write your confidential prayer requests on a note card we will provide and set beside you. Four or five prayer ministers will circulate the room, praying silently for individuals.

To feel the presence of another near you, praying for you, but not be distracted by their audible words has been an incredibly holy experience for me. Instead of trying to understand what  they were praying and if  they really understood my needs, I was, instead, able to open my heart and ears to what the Lord was saying to me in the depths of my soul. It’s healing and restorative.

I hope you’ll consider coming,

Beth

 

The Matthew 25 Gathering Video Re-Cap

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Hey Restoration,

Remember those snowy days back in February when we hosted a bunch of Anglicans from around North America who are doing works of justice and mercy?  You all were incredible hosts.  You served and served and served-  praying, driving people around, putting people in your home, cleaning up, setting up, showing up.  I am still so grateful.  I think about you doing what you did and I break out in smiles.  Thank you again.

The Gathering was 4 months ago and lots has happened since, but it is a 2019 highpoint for me-  especially when I think about the joy I had as we rolled up our sleeves and partnered together.

One of our good friends created this video summary of the Gathering.  It will be shown next week at our Anglican Church in North America Provincial Assembly.  Thousands of people will get a chance to see what happened here in February.  I wanted to give you a sneak peak and to say again, thanks.

With you in it,

David

 

I will pour out my Spirit

 

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June 9, 2019 – Bishop John A. M. Guernsey

Acts 2:1-18, Psalm 104:24-31, John 20:19-23

Likewise

June 2, 2019 – David Hanke + Anne Cregger

1 Peter 3:1-7, Psalm 47, John 14:27-31a

Wardens’ Report: May 2019

2019 Wardens

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 May 28th vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting. This month, Danny Lee led us through prayer which included a time of intercession and prayer for Louise Brooks, our Director of Kids’ Small Groups. We prayed that above all every child who enters Restoration would know how precious they are and how deeply loved they are loved by the amazing God who created them. We prayed over our nursery and the staff that care for our youngest children and, for our kids’ small groups, that we would be wise as we disciple our kids well. We gave thanks for our kids’ small groups leaders and how generously they serve each year. We prayed for new leaders to come this summer and fall (if you are interested in joining our kids’ ministry by leading a small group, please contact Louise). We prayed for peace, joy and clarity for Louise and her family as they pursue all that God has for them. Additionally, we prayed for those who are sick in our community, for the hiring of two new positions, 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 voted to approve their Articles of Incorporation. This is a big and exciting step for Incarnation as it is one of six requirements for moving from Mission to Congregation status in DOMA.

Brad Jones, our treasurer, led us through a financial report that showed April giving was better than originally expected and the budget shortfall this year seems to be holding steady at approximately 12% below budget. Our finance team has already begun budget preparations for fiscal year 2020 (Restoration’s fiscal year runs September to August) and is currently looking to hold our budget steady or make approximately 5% in cuts to the FY19 budget.

Johanna Montague, one of our wardens and our liaison with our personnel team, gave a brief update on the hiring process for the position of Director of Worship Arts and for the position of Communications Coordinator. Both positions remain open to applicants until May 31 and we invite any interested parties to apply. You can find more information for yourself (or someone you may think is interested) here.

We spent the remainder and majority of our evening preparing for the congregational meeting on May 29th about the termination of Matt Hoppe’s employment. If you were unable to attend the meeting and/or have questions about its content, please contact a member of our vestry.

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

 

The Reason For Our Hope

May 26, 2019 – Nathan Dickerson

1 Peter 3:8-17, Psalm 67, John 14:21-26

Honorable Conduct

May 19, 2019 – David Hanke

1 Peter 2:11-17, Psalm 145:1-9, John 13:31-35

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