Happy 10th! Restoration Arlington 2009-2019

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God’s people have always stopped to remember God’s faithfulness.

They celebrate.  They remind each other of what God has done.  They praise him with voice, harp, and lyre.  They give offerings and gifts.  They feast on good food and delicious drink.

God loves a good party and He loves when His people delight in His goodness.

A Good Party

We are going to have a good party on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 7:30-10pm.  The caterer is super fun.  Please remember that the event is for 21+ adults only.   There will be tents out front and out back.  We will tell stories, see old friends, and remember!

We would love to know if you are coming.  If you have not responded to the invitation from paperless post, could you please rsvp, here.

A Good Liturgy and and Good Ordination!

On Sunday, November 24, we will have a celebration at our 9 and 11 services.

At our 5pm service, we will celebrate the ordination of Isaiah Brooms to the sacred order of deacons!  This is such an appropriate way to celebrate the last 10 years where a dozen different people have discerned a calling to pursue vocational ministry.  We are excited to ordain Isaiah in the very first days of our NEXT ten years together.

A Good Gift of Thanksgiving

We will also have the opportunity to give a financial gift in thanksgiving for all that God has done over the last 10 years and in anticipation for all that God will do in the next season as Good Things Grow Here

Special offerings have always been a tangible part of worship.  They provide an opportunity to rejoice by giving something extra.  This financial gift would be above and beyond what you were planning to give at the end of 2019. 

The vestry has designated this ‘Thanksgiving for 10 Good Years’ gift to go in to our operating fund.  They may use it to fund a curate (i.e. recent seminary graduate) position, to pursue an initiative of our new strategic plan, or to pay down part of our mortgage debt.  We are so grateful for your generosity, so grateful for God’s faithfulness, and so grateful for the chance to give a visible demonstration of our joy and thanksgiving.

You will have 2 options for giving your ‘Thanksgiving for 10 Good Years’ gifts:

  1. We will make special envelopes available on Nov. 17 and at the party on Nov. 22.  On Sunday, Nov. 24 we will turn in those envelopes as part of the offering during our worship services.
  2. If you prefer to give through CCB, we will make a menu item available called, ‘Thanksgiving for 10 Good Years’ available from Nov. 18-24.

Our intention is to provide a chance for you to worship and give thanks for what the Lord has done.  We pray that your generous thanksgiving will launch us into the good things that God will grow here.

A Good Weekend

We can’t wait to see you at Restoration during the week-end of November 22-24.  Let us know that you will be there.  Come and celebrate with us all that God has done.



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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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September 29, 2019 – David Hanke

Galatians 3:23-29, Psalm 146, Luke 16:19-31

Warden’s Report: September 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, and priorities.

At our September 24th vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting. This month, Mary Breed led us through prayer which included praise and intercession for Associate Rector Beth Tipps. We thanked God for bringing Beth to our church and for how He has guided her through this year of many firsts.  We prayed that God would continue to watch over her, providing discernment and wisdom, especially as she leads RestoWomen and our outreach ministries. As always, please join us in praying over the staff, vestry, and all of God’s work on and through Quincy Street.

In our meeting, we heard an update from Incarnation Anglican Church, celebrating an amazing year since they launched and a promising look ahead to an exciting autumn.  Check out this post on our blog.  At our meeting, we also voted to continue our support of 2 candidates as they continue their progress toward ordination. 

Brad Jones, our treasurer, led us through an end-of-year financial report that showed our giving was 10% under projections for the year, which was within our estimates over the past several months.  Due to our staff’s careful stewardship in light of our giving shortfall, our actual expenses were also 10% below projections. We are grateful for our finance team, who will continue to closely monitor our situation as we enter the new fiscal year.  And we are grateful for your generous and faithful giving to God’s work through our church. 

Finally, the vestry looked ahead to the plans to celebrate Restoration’s 10th anniversary in November.  We discussed ways to invite the congregation (and our community of friends) to engage and celebrate God’s work in our midst over the past ten years, as well as looking ahead to the next five years and beyond.

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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September 22, 2019 – David Hanke

Exodus 32:1,7-14, Psalm 51:6-12, Luke 15:8-10

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

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