Wardens’ Report: July 2017

2017 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 July Vestry meeting on Tuesday, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer at the rail.  This month Becky Mohr led us through our prayer time which included prayers for Louise Brooks and the amazing gifts she brings to leading Kids’ Small Groups, for Hannah Royal, one of Wardens, who attended her final Vestry meeting, and for the Spirit to be present as we finalize the budget for fiscal year 2018 which will begin on 1 September.  We welcome your prayers as well for the staff, the Vestry and God’s work here at Quincy Street. 

Our June financial report continued to show a solid fiscal position in line with our FY2017 budget.  Our average Sunday attendance for the month was 544, 16% growth over the same time last year.  Our fiscal year-to-date income is at 101% of our FY17 budget.  We remain thankful for God and the congregation’s faithfulness as we continue to grow our ministries at Restoration.

On Tuesday, we voted to approve the Vestry election team for the Vestry election in the fall.  Additionally, the Vestry approved $151,800 of grant allocations to our beloved outreach partners both locally and globally.  Also, after further discussion and prayerful consideration, the Vestry approved the FY2018 budget. And finally, the Vestry reluctantly agreed to accept Hannah Royal’s resignation.  We wish her and the entire Royal family God’s speed as they move to Belgium for a season.   

Consistent with our bylaws we have several advisory teams which assist the vestry in specific efforts.  The Finance Team, Personnel Team, Outreach Steering Team and Facilities Team all have major roles to play in developing the budget each year.  We simply could not get the job done absent the insights and advice these teams provide.  As a Vestry, we are humbled and thankful for the multitude of ways God continues to bless our Congregation.  Both in the people he raises up and the resources He provides. 

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’

– Hannah Royal and Dietrich Kuhlmann, Wardens

Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace Concert

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Matthew Smith retunes hymns to help churches guide their people into emotionally honest worship, so they can become fully alive, wholehearted worshipers of the living God.  Join us the Saturday after the Fall Retreat for a great time of music with Matthew Smith and the Indelible Grace band!!

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7pm
Restoration Anglican Church
1815 N Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22207
Park in the lot at 15th St and Quincy St.
and walk 5 minutes north to Restoration

$15 per ticket
Early Bird Special is $25 for two tickets

Buy Tickets and Listen to His Music

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AFAC fun!

20170709_215356Summer fun….and with a good cause!  Come join us this Sunday to pick up fresh produce from the Columbia Pike Farmer’s Market and then sort it and bag it to give at the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).  Great opportunity to meet people, get a free bright green t-shirt, and check out some fruit and veggies. 12:15pm- 3:30pm.

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Wardens’ Report: June 2017

2017 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.

On Tuesday Vestry began the evening by praying for our church and our business meeting.  As we prayed at the rail, we could hear Women Unscripted gathering and worshipping in the fellowship hall below.  It is a delight to be in a community that works, volunteers, and worships together to the glory of God.  We intentionally pray for a different staff person each meeting and this month we took time to give thanks for Kathy Kenyon.  Kathy is Coordinator of Sacramental Life, overseeing our community of volunteers, marriage mentors, and providing coordination for special events like baptisms and weddings.  We remain grateful for the way she uses her gifts to shepherd our marriage mentor ministry, our Sunday liturgical volunteers, and all of the other administrative help she provides behind the scenes.  If you are new to Restoration, we encourage you to think about getting plugged in by volunteering on Sundays!

During our business meeting we approved delegates and alternates to attend the 2017 Diocesan Synod.  We also received updates from the Church Plant Steering Team on the search for a resident and the Personnel Team on the hiring process for the Nursery Coordinator and the Facility Coordinator.   

Our business meeting each June is largely preparation for the final passage of the budget in July.  We began by receiving the May financial report from Treasurer Meredith Lloyd Taylor.  Our average Sunday attendance for the month was 501 (down 4% from last year in the same month), but overall up 6% for the entire year to date.  Our year to date offerings are 103% of budget and our year to date spending is 99% of budget.  These numbers, plus the amount in savings, are all good indicators of positive financial health.

The Finance Team worked countless hours compiling data to present the Vestry with a proposed budget for FY18.  We spent most of our meeting discussing this budget, keeping in mind our strategic plan to plant churches and grow disciples.  Over the next month we will work to finalize this budget, also keeping in mind God’s faithfulness over the years and stepping out in faith where there are unknowns.  We are grateful as we look at the ways that each of you has faithfully given generously to Restoration. 

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 Hannah Royal, Wardens

Summer 2017

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Ready to dive in to Summer 2017?  It’s HERE!

And here is everything you need to know about summer life at Restoration:

Worship Schedule

During the month of July, our schedule of Sunday worship services will stay the same:  9, 11, and 5.  We hope this is a help to you and provides flexibility as you come and go.  There will be no Kids’ Small Groups or Nursery at the 5pm during July.

In addition, we will be offering a midweek eucharist service on Wednesdays until the end of July (not July 5). These services start at 12.15pm,  last around 35-40 minutes, include eucharist and a short homily from one of our postulants and provide a lovely opportunity  to refocus midweek.

During the month of August, we will only have worship services in the morning at 9 and 11.  There will not be a 5pm worship service during the month of August.

Restoration Kids during the summer

During the summer, we get the joy of having kids aged kindergarten and up in our entire worship service.  It’s a learning opportunity and  gives them the opportunity to see what happens ‘upstairs’.  The preachers remember that they are sitting in the pews and try to help them feel included in the sermon and liturgy.  For elementary-aged kids, worship bags – with a Bible and activities — are available downstairs and can be used during the service.  We love having our kids worshiping and learning alongside us.

We will have kids’ small groups for preschoolers all summer long at the 9am and 11am.  Preschool kids (and their parents) check in with their small group leaders downstairs before the service, then head upstairs to the Sanctuary. There will be an announcement when it’s time for preschool kids to be dismissed to their small groups. They’ll be back in time for Communion.

And as always, we have nursery care throughout the service for those who are not yet three by September 30, 2016. The nursery – loaded with trained staff and volunteers who love to play, sing, and read – is located downstairs.

AFAC Farmer’s Market Runs

For the past 7 years, Restoration has served the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) by being in charge of Sunday afternoon pick-ups at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market (corner of Walter Reed and Columbia Pike – by the Rite Aid), and bringing the produce back to AFAC to sort & bag (typically 12:15-3:30pm on Sundays – good to plan for 3.5 hours to be safe).

This is a great way to meet new people and to love your neighbor.  Kids are welcome to help as well.  They need to be accompanied by a parent.

If you would like to serve, please sign up here.  You will love it!

We Believe…

During July and August, the preachers will work through the Apostle’s Creed phrase by phrase.

If you think back to Easter, we have been carefully building a coherent invitation and understanding for what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

Between Easter and Pentecost, we tackled some of the hard questions that people ask as they explore God.  We honor those who are sincerely wrestling through what they have heard and seen about Christianity.

In June, we did a short series about the tension of living here but having our citizenship in heaven.  For those who want to follow Jesus, what will be the costs and expectations?

The clergy felt it would be helpful to follow up those 2 sermon series with an extended look at one of our Creeds.  If people get their questions answered and decide to follow Jesus and become citizens of heaven– what are the core foundations of what we believe?

I think this series will be enormously helpful for all of us–  from kids to adults.  I hope you will join us as often as you can–  and on the podcast when you can’t!

Summer is the best.  See you around.

-David

Incarnation … curious?

19225076_10155001833148600_7716981644433032854_nHopefully it is no secret to you by now that Restoration Anglican Church has begun the process of planting a new community in south Arlington! Incarnation Anglican (this new church plant) will be spending quality time together over the summer playing and praying. We’d love for you to join us for some of the events that are happening over the next several months.

We want you to know what things will be happening, so here are a few ways to stay informed:

Google Calendar

Below you will find our calendar embedded (this will eventually be embedded on our website). You can subscribe below to our calendar:

Google Group

We regularly send out info about events and ways that you can be praying for Incarnation Anglican. If you would like to receive these emails let us know here.

Facebook and Website

Like us on Facebook. We will be using Facebook to post pics and discuss informal get togethers. We have not fully designed our website, but stay tuned, it’s coming….

~Morgan, Liz and Amy

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Wardens’ Report: May 2017

2017 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 Vestry meeting on Tuesday, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer at the rail.  This month Chris Belen led us through a time of thanksgiving, specifically for Matt Hoppe and the amazing gifts he brings to leading our worship through both song and visual art.  We encourage you to also pray for the amazing volunteers that provide such inspiring music each month as well as arts that match our sermon series and seasonal rhythms.

Our April financial report continued to show a solid fiscal position in line with our FY2017 budget.  Our average Sunday attendance for the month was 616, 17% growth over the same time last year.  Our fiscal year-to-date income is at 103% of our FY17 budget.  This financial report keeps us hopeful about the ways we will be able to steward our resources towards the growing ministries on Quincy Street and the forthcoming Church Planting efforts.

On Tuesday, we voted to continue the 5pm service through the month of July but then suspend services from Aug 6th through September 3rd with resumption on September 10th.  The 9 and 11 am services will remain the same.  As many of you may know, Morgan will be ordained on Sunday, 4 June.  We have traditionally designated donations during ordination services to go to organizations outside Restoration.  Accordingly, the Vestry voted to donate all giving at the 5pm service on 4 June to Incarnation, our church plant in South Arlington.  Morgan will be serving on the leadership team for Incarnation and this is a practical way to support his new ministry context.  Please continue to pray both for Morgan and that God will bless our Church Planting efforts in South Arlington and Montgomery County. 

As a Vestry, we are humbled and thankful for the multitude of ways God continues to bless our Congregation.  Both in the people he raises up and the resources He provides. 

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’

– Hannah Royal and Dietrich Kuhlmann, Wardens

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