Fall Retreat 2019 Talks

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Restoration,

What a weekend! Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2019 Fall Retreat so special! What a joy it was to give thanks and praise for the innumerable ways God has blessed this church and to look forward to what lies ahead with reverent expectancy.

And one of our biggest thank you’s goes to Kristen Terry for leading us this weekend! Thank you to her for her wisdom, leadership, and her willingness to share those gifts with us. We’re grateful.

Here’s to next year’s Fall Retreat! Until then, enjoy the audio of Kristen’s teaching from the first two sessions.

God is in His Holy Temple, Let All the Earth be Silent

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Habakkuk, one of the minor prophets in the Bible, is one of the few books that expresses dialogue between a person and God. It’s a great picture of some aspects of the life of prayer! There’s honest outpouring of emotion, requests and pleading for intercession, worship, listening and being listened to, and yes, at times, silence. The dialogue crescendos to a call to silence.

Leading up to this moment, Habakkuk expresses two complaints that sound familiar to my heart. He asks a question I ask, “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” (Hab. 1:2)  I am tempted to believe the lie that if my request is not seemingly resolved, then I am unheard. The distressed logic continues asking with Habakkuk, “Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” (Hab. 1:13), or perhaps in my own tongue, “Why aren’t you doing anything when things are going terribly wrong?”. I am tempted to believe the lie that silence means idleness. At the root, in both of these questions, I fear I am not cared for or loved because my requests are not fulfilled and there seems to be no response.

God loves us. God cares for us. God responds. He does hear us. He is living and active. To the lies of “God’s not listening” and “God’s idly inactive,” He declares: “For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” (Hab. 1:5) God does hear us and is working; it just may be beyond our comprehension or awareness at the moment. God’s responses paint a picture of his power and redemptive work.

At the crescendo of the complaints and chaotic imagery, God ends with this line (Hab. 2:20):

“The Lord is in his holy temple;

    let all the earth be silent before him.”

 

In response to complaints of God’s silence there is a call for all of us, all the earth, to be silent before God! He provides the perspective. God is still God. He is still in His place of authority. God literally hushes the lies and our very real fears, worry, and anguish, in addition to the chaos itself.  He asks us to be silent before Him, our powerful God. Could we adopt a posture of silence with God, and embrace what our silence would imply? Trust. Dependence. Hope. Faith. Worship.

In silence, may we embody the truth that God does listen and care for us, saying with Habakkuk, “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me…” (Hab. 2:1). And through that experience in silence may we come to declare the truth that God is active and we are loved, singing in hope and trust “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines… yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Hab. 3:17-18)

We would like to invite you to an evening of silence before the Lord. Please join us for Silent Soaking Prayer on Saturday, October 26 from 7:30-9 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Come and go as you wish. Prayer ministers will silently interceded for all participants as you pray and listen to the Lord.

 

Peace,

Lauren L.

Restoration’s 10th Anniversary – Serving our Neighbors

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In celebration of our 10th Birthday, please join us in a park clean-up project in nearby Cherry Valley Park!

This will be a fun (and kid-friendly) way to show our neighbors appreciation for everything they’ve done to welcome us on Quincy Street over these past 10 years.  We’ll be working shoulder-to-shoulder with members of the Cherrydale Citizens Association to remove invasives, add wood-chips to the path and trails and cut and remove dead branches.

Arlington County will deliver a pile of wood chips and a dumpster.  The Citizens Association will recruit “Master Gardeners” to serve as our crew chiefs.  All we need from YOU is to join a crew!  Come for one hour or for all four! Come say thank you with your willing hearts and your muscles!

Please RSVP at this link to let us know you are coming.

Details:

Date: Saturday, November 2 (Rain Date: November 16)

Time: 9 AM – 1 PM

Meeting place: Directions here – Park along Quincy St and walk along 17th road till the road ends abutting the park 

Food: Coffee/Donuts, then Pizza will be served

Park: W&L lot (if available) or along Quincy Street

Bring: wheelbarrows, saws, shovels, rakes, hedge shears, pruners, garden clippers

Wear: boots, garden gloves, hats and other clothing for full coverage to guard against potential poison ivy exposure

 

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Thanksgiving for 10 Good Years

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A Good Gift of Thanksgiving

In light of all that God has done at Restoration, and in anticipation of what he will do, we’re providing an opportunity to make a special gift to Restoration as we celebrate the fact that 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.

Sunday, November 24 at the 9 and 11.  During the response song after the sermon, we will invite everyone who wants to give a gift in ‘Thanksgiving for 10 Good Years’ to come forward and place their envelope on the Lord’s Table.  In your envelope will either be your actual gift or a card that says what you gave electronically through CCB.  Our intention is to provide a chance for you to worship and give thanks for what the Lord has done.  We want to recognize that by doing something we normally don’t do.

Later in the service, we will take up our ‘normal’ offering for that Sunday.  2 Offerings??  Yep.  We never do that.  But, we have deliberately invited you to give a gift that is above and beyond, so our actual giving will be above and beyond as well.

All of it will make sense on Nov. 24, we just want you to be prepared for what’s happening!

We pray that your generous thanksgiving will launch us into the good things that God will grow here.

-David

 

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.

Fy19 Annual Report

Slaves, obey your earthly masters

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September 29, 2019 – David Hanke

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

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