Helping People Know the Good Stuff


September 8, 2019 – David Hanke

Philemon 1:1-7, Psalm 1, Luke 14: 25-33

Endel Liias is our new Director of Worship Arts!

Endel headshot 2019

Dear Resto family,

I am so excited to be writing as your soon-to-be Director of Worship Arts.  My first ‘official’ Sunday will be October 20.

It is with tremendous joy that I step into this role, as well as a deep sense of gratitude — to all of you, for praying and supporting our church through this period of transition, and to God, for his goodness, faithfulness, and provision. Thank you.

This is a quick note to say hi, share a bit about me, and tell you why I’m so pumped about what’s to come.

A bit of background. I’m originally from Boston, spent 12 years in Philly for school and work, and moved to D.C. in 2011, which is also the year I met my wife, Kate, at Restoration. I pursued her doggedly for 4 years before she finally relented and married me. Many of you know her. She’s amazing. We don’t have any kids yet but are praying for our family to grow. Professionally, I’ve worked in the field of impact investing for most of my career, and have run my own consulting practice since 2016 called Nexus Impact Advisors. I’m deeply interested in how entrepreneurship and business can be used to address pressing social issues, and will continue to do this part time. For fun I enjoy golf, tennis, guitar, running, traveling, reading, cards, and napping (is that sad?!).

Jesus as the rock. I believe that the single most important thing we can do in life is know and have an intimate relationship with God. We were created precisely for this purpose, and through Jesus’ death and resurrection we now have access to this personal connection. I’ve known this intellectually for most of my adult life, but only recently has it become the emotional and spiritual reality of my heart. My deepest desire is to know the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit more intimately, and the practical manifestation of this is a passion for worship, praise, and prayer. It is from this place — of gratitude for what God has done in my life and a desire for others to know Him more deeply — that I feel called to this position.

Why I’m excited about this role. What excites me most about leading worship is the opportunity to walk together with all of you toward greater intimacy with Jesus. From my own personal experience, I know that our relationship with God can feel dry, difficult, doubtful, and distant. But I also know from experience that we are invited and have access to so much more — into relationships characterized by a felt awareness of God’s presence in our daily lives; a confident expectation that He is involved in and moving in every detail; and a constant assurance that we have access to the transformational power of the Holy Spirit. Worship and prayer are the spiritual tools we have to bring these things into existence in our own lives.

Restoration is a special place. God has blessed our community abundantly over the past 10 years, and my belief is that the best is yet to come. I’m overwhelmed with joy that we get to take this journey together.

With gratitude,


2nd Sunday Supper at Rocklands – Sun, Sept. 8 @ 6:30 PM


This coming Sunday PM, September 8, there is a group of us who will be going to Rocklands BBQ (3471 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201) after the 5 PM service. We will connect around 6:30 PM at Rocklands for an informal time of food and fellowship. Look for us up on the 2nd floor of the restaurant!

We would love to have you join us!


Contact Nathan Dickerson at

Enneagram Workshop October 5


On Saturday, October 5, Restoration is hosting a workshop on the Enneagram. The workshop will be run by Leadership Transformations.

The Enneagram is a useful tool because it not only helps identify someone’s strengths, but also their weaknesses. It can help give someone language to describe the things they feel both when they feel healthy and when they feel stressed.

There is a wide range of opinion on the appropriateness of the Enneagram amongst Christians. The team at Leadership Transformations teaches this workshop from a sound Biblical perspective and will be able to help us think through how such a tool is useful for followers of Jesus. Check out the sign up page, and if you have questions, send them over!

The cost of the workshop is $49 – which covers the expenses of the instructor and the fee for the Enneagram test to be taken prior to the morning of the workshop. You can sign up here – we’ll see you there!

A Seat of Honor


September 1, 2019 – Beth Tipps

Hebrews 13:1-8, Psalm 112, Luke 14:1, 7-11

Meeting God in Our Fears


August 25, 2019 – Nathan Dickerson

Isaiah 28:14-22, Psalm 46, Luke 13:22-30

Resto LipSync Contest

Then give it all you’ve got!

Well, all the heart and soul and soundless voice you’ve got for 60-75 seconds!

That’s right, Restoration’s first ever LipSync Contest.

Saturday night of the Fall Retreat.

You know you want to enter.

Perhaps it’s as a soloist, perhaps a duet, maybe it’s your whole family or small group in perfect harmony, silently moving your lips to the words of your most favorite song accompanied by the cheers and applause of your wonderful Resto community.

Costumes and choreography welcome.

Do it.
Take the plunge.
Register for the LipSync contest today!


Note: No skill or natural talent is required for LipSyncing. Just heart.

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