Resto Summer BBQ

Summer is here! And that means it is time for the Restoration Summer BBQ!

Join us at Oak Grove Park* (1606 N Quincy St. – across from where we park on Sundays!) after the 5 pm service on Sunday, July 15!

If you are looking to have maximum fun this summer, this is the BBQ for you. It will have everything: hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers, lemonade, ice tea, water, music, outdoor games, a playground, fun people like you… I could go on, but let me get to the important details:

Sign up your favorite dessert (if your last name is A-G) or favorite side (if your last name is H-Z)!

We would also love your help with set up, grilling, or clean up! Sign up here!

Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends (and maybe a lawn chair or a blanket)! Can’t wait to see you there!

*If it rains, we’ll meet in Fellowship Hall!

Oak Grove Park

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The Global Anglican Future Conference

I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend GAFCON last week.

I took my vows of ordination to the priesthood over ten years ago under the leadership of a missionary bishop from the Church of Nigeria.  I declared my trust in the Scriptures, my commitment to the preaching of the Gospel, and my calling to nourish God’s people in the community of the church.  I was delighted and humbled to join a multi-ethnic, world-wide fellowship.  I was grateful to be fed at the Lord’s Table each week.

At GAFCON, I was reminded of why I wholeheartedly pursued Anglican ordination.  I gave thanks to God for clear, faithful leaders.  I rejoiced in the conversations I had with men and women from around the world who love Jesus and love His church.

The Anglican Communion needs our fervent prayers as we continue to move through turbulent waters.  But there is hope.  There is a way forward.  There is fellowship and partnership for churches like Restoration.  Thanks be to God.

Want to know what it was like?  Here are links that will take you through the story.  You can go as deep as you want, but don’t miss the 90 second video.  It’s just 90 seconds.

 

GAFCON 2018 in 90 seconds from Sydneyanglicans.net on Vimeo.

 

GAFCON produced a statement called the ‘Letter to the Churches’.   It is excellent.  It takes about 5 minutes to read and by the end you will have a better sense of where we have been over the last 20 years and where we are going in the next 5 or so.  If you pair this with the video, you are well on your way to GAFCON COGNIZANCE.  Letter to the Churches

If the ‘Letter to the Churches’ left you with some questions…  Or if you are wondering how the rest of the Anglican Communion might react to the document, let me recommend Andrew Symes’ piece.  (And if you are asking these kinds of questions and reading this far, you are quickly advancing to ‘Synod of Whitby’ status.  It comes with free drinks on long-haul flights.)

Back to the realm of familiarity.  Sometimes YOU want to know what people you KNOW… KNOW.  I got to attend GAFCON with 3 other beloved Restoration/Incarnation folk:  Liz Gray, Jeff Walton, and Amy Rowe.  Here are Liz Gray’s reflections on GAFCON via ‘6 Loves’.  And here is Jeff Walton’s excellent reporting from early in the week of GAFCON.

Finally, if you want the keys to the whole house…  here is the GAFCON website which has a wealth of excellent information about the movement, including how to donate and the appointment of our Archbishop, Foley Beach, as the new GAFCON Chairman.

We give thanks to God for His faithful leadership of an imperfect and beautiful church.  May we persevere until the end and may Christ come quickly.  Amen.

Thank you, Resto! A reflection on Incarnation’s first Sunday

WhatsApp Image 2018-06-03 at 8.44.14 PMOn Sunday, June 3, Incarnation Anglican gathered in the home of Liz and Simon Gray for its first Sunday worship service of evening prayer and eucharist. This service was the start of our ‘soft launch’ — a period of a few months where our launch team will worship weekly and practice the habits of praying, learning, singing, sharing testimonies, and breaking bread that will shape and form us for our public launch on September 9. 

Preparing the Grays’ home for worship included doing so many things for the first time: setting up chairs, arranging potluck dishes, making a quick chalkboard sign, passing out liturgies, arranging a cozy kids’ nook, and more. We laughed and prayed and bustled about together in relaxed delight, wondering who would come.

And come they did! At quarter to 5, people began to show up. But no matter where you were on Sunday evening — whether at the Grays’, or at Restoration, or at home or in the park or out grabbing a beer — you were right there with us too.

Because over the past year, you have supported us in a thousand small ways, giving us opportunity to tell our story in blogs and church and parish meetings and interest events. Some of you have given your finances, or your business acumen, or your legal knowledge, or your artistic gifts. Others have dreamed with us, prayed for us, asked us refining questions, made strategic introductions.

On Sunday morning you flocked to the front of Restoration’s sanctuary and prayed over Incarnation’s leadership, sending us out in a manner reminiscent of the book of Acts. You extended your arms and called down God’s blessing and pleaded for the power of his Holy Spirit to fill us. And we received it all through tears, a bittersweet moment of commissioning by a community that has nourished and supported us. (You’ll do the same thing again for our entire launch team on September 2, a week before our public launch.)

On Sunday evening, we carried those prayers with us throughout our first service, which brought its own tears of joy and wonder. 52 people walked through the doors of the Grays’ home to join us in worship — far more than expected — including people from other parts of the world and people we’d never met. Everyone sang their hearts out and received the eucharist with joy amidst kids’ voices and packed rooms. In the faces and voices of those who came, God reminded us that he is capable of doing so much more than we could ask or imagine as we seek to build a diverse worshipping community in South Arlington.

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, love, and support. We’re so grateful to be on this journey with you, Restoration! Please contact us, follow us on Facebook, or check out our website if you want to learn more!

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Wardens’ Report: May 2018

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 22 May Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer before starting the meeting.  This month Danny Lee led us through our compline which included a time of intercession and thanksgiving for the ministry of Louise Brooks and the Kids’ Small Groups at Restoration.  Our joy and thankfulness overflowed as we prayed for all God is doing at Restoration through Louise as she shepherds our ever growing population of young believers.  We welcome your prayers for all the staff, the Vestry and God’s work here at Quincy Street. 

In our meeting we discussed the monthly update received from the Incarnation core team, the June commissioning of Liz, Morgan and Amy and the beginning of 5pm Prayer Services on 3 June at the Gray’s home.  We continue our focus on ways to assist and enable the launch of Incarnation Anglican Church on September 9, 2018. 

Brad Jones, our assistant treasurer, provided an update on next year’s budget process and facilities reserve.  Additionly the Vestry approved an MOU with RILA for continued back office support.  We are thankful for the congregation’s generosity and God’s faithfulness in supporting the ministries of Restoration, Incarnation and RILA.  All remain on sound financial footing. 

Becky Mohr provided further updates on several personnel related proposals to include an update on efforts to hire a female associate rector, updates to our Sexual Harassment policies, and previewed some of the compensation changes that would be incorporated into the budget review in June and July.  We agreed that some of the Church Plant resident funding would be available to the Rector to allocate for a summer intern.

As part of Restoration’s oversight of the Integrated Auxiliary, Restoration Immigration Legal Aid, the Vestry approved RILA’s first governing board for a period of one year.  Additionally, we received the report from the Rector that the staff intends to continue 5pm services throughout the summer. 

As always, 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’

–Dietrich Kuhlmann and Becky Mohr, Wardens

Welcome back, Scott Buckhout!

Scott Buckhout

This Summer, Scott Buckhout is returning to Restoration to serve as our Summer Pastoral Associate.  You will see a lot of him on Sundays, leading us through the liturgy.  He will also be helping out with a summer small group and community fun.

Scott is a student at Gordon-Conwell and a postulant for ordination under the care of our bishop, John Guernsey.  I am grateful for all the ways he has served at Restoration in the past and I am excited about the opportunity we get to invest in his pastoral development this summer.  Look for him this Sunday and say, Welcome Back!

-David

A few words from Scott, himself…

I grew up in Northern Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio (The greatest city in the world!). My parents still live in the house where I grew up. It is a gift to still get to go “home.”

I went to greatest school in America: Davidson College (Fun facts: I was the back-up mascot, and Steph Curry came to my apartment Christmas party). Upon graduating, I moved up I-95 to DC where I was a Falls Church Fellow. I ended up staying in the DC area for 9 years, mostly working in the federal government.

In 2014, I left government and started actively discerning a call to pastoral ministry. In the fall of 2016, I started at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and I am somewhere between halfway and two-thirds of the way done. 🙂

The one consistent part of my 9 years in DC was being a part of the Restoration church family. My first Sunday was Restoration’s first Sunday, and I have been coming back ever since. Restoration has been the place where God has invited me to trust Him with more my life, and it is a joy to be back again this summer.

ARDF: Come to Ghana and see God at Work

PrayerMtg_Ghana_IMG_6293At Restoration, we love our partners, and we are so grateful for the work of ARDF.

Here in the United States unemployment is at an all-time low. Even so, job opportunities are not equally available, depending on your experience, education, and opportunities. This is not unique to the US. In the slums outside of Accra, Ghana, young adults face a lot of challenges, including unemployment. As outreach to this community, the Anglican church in Accra is building a Youth Development Center, where youth will be able to receive job training, Bible-based mentoring, counseling, and leadership development.

The government of Ghana cannot meet all the needs for job creation and other social services.  Who else but the church can offer practical help, lasting hope, and grace? Fortunately, social outreach is at the heart of the Diocese of Accra and they are experienced at offering educational opportunities to youth.

This spring, Restoration chose to give all of the Lent and Easter offerings to specifically support this project. Because of your generosity, nearly $19,000 was donated to the church in Accra.

Now, you have the unique opportunity to visit this project! October 11-21, 2018, ARDF will take a group to Ghana to see exactly what the Lord is doing there, on the ground. As part of the team, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Vocational Center and witness first-hand how your funds are being used to alleviate poverty in the slums of Accra.

Participants will also have the chance to participate in a wide range of ministry activities. You will visit prisons and schools and help a medical team with a pop up clinic in a rural area. The week ends with the annual diocesan prayer gathering.

The trip includes the option to visit the (in)famous Slave Castle of Cape Coast where captured Africans were held in the dungeons before being transported to the west as slaves. You won’t want to miss this on your visit to West Africa.

Ghana-JWestbrook_IMG_5601All the details of the trip are found here. You can also contact John Westbrook, who went on a similar trip in 2013. We would love to share with you what God is doing through your donations!

~Christine Jones, ARDF

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