Resto2025 Congregation Survey

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Restoration 2025

This is our 10th year as a church!  We have a big birthday to celebrate when we get to November.  One of the gifts that our leadership is giving to the church is a strategic plan that will guide us over the next five years.  We are grateful for all of the input our congregation has given so far and we look forward to many more fruitful conversations in the future.

From May 8 until midnight on May 19, we are hosting a survey for you to give your feedback about the things that Restoration is doing well, the ways that you are growing closer to Jesus, and the opportunities that we have to be more effective in the work God has given us to do as a church.  The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and I hope that all of you will choose to do it.  We thank you in advance for the investment of your time.

You can access the survey, here.

We have been working on this plan since September 2018.  Want to read an archive of our progress?  Click here and pray as you go.

Thanks for being a part of the first ten years of Restoration.  We are excited about what’s to come!

-David

Be What You Are

May 5, 2019 – David Hanke

1 Peter 1:13-21 : Psalm 33:1-11 : John 21:4-8

Adult Confirmation is Coming!

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On Sunday, June 9, Bishop John Guernsey is coming to visit our congregation to confirm people in our congregation. You might be wondering what Confirmation is all about, why it is helpful, and how you might participate in confirmation. 

What is Confirmation?

“After making a mature commitment to my baptismal covenant with God, I receive the laying on of the bishop’s hands with prayer.” (ACNA Catechism, Question 118)

“Confirmation is the rite through which we make a public declaration of our faith in Jesus Christ and are strengthened by the Holy Spirit to live out that faith in our lives and in the context of our church community. 

When the bishop confirms you, he asks you to reaffirm the covenant of your baptism; then he lays hands on you and prays that the Holy Spirit would strengthen, empower, and sustain you. In many ways it’s pretty simple. It’s also very powerful.” Rev. Erin Bair

Why is Confirmation helpful?

“In confirmation, God strengthens the work of the Holy Spirit in me for his daily increase in my Christian life and ministry.” (ACNA Catechism, Question 119)

3 Good Reasons to be Confirmed:

    • To Get Connected. Join the global and historic body of Christ, through the Anglican Communion, and identify with the larger company of saints. The Anglican Communion is a rich, global mosaic, comprised of may tribes, tongues, and nations. It is a church exploding with new life in many areas of the world.
    • To Be Blessed. Receiving the laying on of hands from our Bishop and prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life. Since the early church, leaders were commissioned for ministry by the laying on of hands, one generation to the next, all the way down to our Bishop, and then to you.
    • To Confirm your Baptismal Vows. If you were baptized as an infant, this is an opportunity to present yourself publicly as a follower of Christ in the company of his people, or renew your vows (if you were baptized later in life).

How can I be Confirmed?

    • If you would like to be confirmed, we are hosting a 3 week class (May 12, May 19, and June 2) on Sunday evenings to prepare for the confirmation service on Sunday, June 9. This class is a requirement to be confirmed.
    • Contact Nathan Dickerson at nathan@restorationarlington.org to register for this class.

Want to Learn More about Confirmation?

Update on the 5pm Service

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Hi Restoration,

We have a special community that gathers at 5pm on Sunday evenings for worship.  We wrote a bunch of reasons for why we love it.  Over the last 6 months, I have been facilitating a conversation with that community about the ways God is using that service and the ways we are experiencing Him in the midst of it.  Those conversations have been so encouraging. 
In light of that encouragement and the dearness of that community to me, it makes me sad to have to tell you that in consultation with our staff team and our vestry, we have concluded that it is necessary for Restoration to not offer a 5pm worship service starting on June 23.

How did we arrive at that conclusion?

  • First, I had already announced on March 31 that we were not going to offer the 5pm during August for the purpose of refreshing our staff and volunteers.
  • The next week, on April 5, Matt Hoppe resigned as Director of Worship Arts and Prayer.  His resignation has created an increased work load for each of our staff.  That increase shows up all week long.  One of the ways to give some of this time back to our staff is to not offer the 5pm during a longer portion of the summer.
  • In addition, Matt’s resignation created a significantly greater burden on our volunteer musicians as they cover 3 services on a Sunday.  One of the ways to reduce that burden is to not offer the 5pm service.
  • In my sermon on the season of winter, I said that one of winter’s activities is pruning.  We prune for the sake of more robust growth in the future.  It is my sincere hope that pruning the offering of a 5pm service will actually bring more robust growth for Restoration in general and for this 5pm service in particular.
  • We chose June 23rd as the first date to not offer a 5pm service because our Kids’ Small Groups conclude on June 16.  Summer programming begins on June 23 and that was a natural point in our life together to cease offering the 5pm.

If you regularly worshiped at the 5pm with us, what are your options for Holy Eucharist Worship?

1.  We would be so delighted for you to join us at the 9 or 11 during the summer.  There will be kids’ small groups for pre-school and younger at both services.  I hope that you will choose to adjust your Sunday rhythm and join us in the morning.
2.  Should you choose to seek out an afternoon Eucharistic service, may I recommend our church plant, Incarnation Anglican Church which meets in South Arlington or our Anglican friends at Church of the Ascension which meets in Annandale at 4pm.  I am happy to get you connected with their pastoral leadership, should you choose that.
It is my current hope and intention that we will again offer a 5pm service at Restoration, starting on September 8, 2019.  However, I have been surprised by several things in the past few months, which is why I say ‘current hope and intention’.  May the Lord make His will and His fruit clear in the months to come.
I am grateful for the work God is doing through our church.  Feel very free to reach out to me with questions or concerns.
And pray for Restoration.
-David

Wardens’ Report: April 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, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

At our April 30th Vestry meeting, we enjoyed dinner together, and we prayed before starting the meeting.  This month, we read Psalm 145 together, and we prayed for our church. We prayed for the amazing Restoration staff team and we prayed for RILA.  We prayed that God would reveal His vision for our Church as we work on a new strategic plan, for energy and God’s love to be poured out on the staff who are serving our church-family in so many ways new and old, and for wisdom and provision as we seek to hire key roles in a time when our finances are tighter than in the past.  We also gave thanks and praise for RILA’s recent successes, which will bring both security and opportunity for clients and a sense of divine encouragement for the RILA staff and volunteers who serve so many in times of deep practical and spiritual need.  As always, we hope that you will pray with us for all the staff, vestry and God’s work here at Quincy Street.

In our meeting, we discussed the progress of the strategic planning process, as well as exciting ideas for how Restoration will celebrate its tenth anniversary (!) this fall.  If you can’t wait to share an idea, vision, or dream you’ve received for Restoration in 2025, use this email address or this form to submit that important information.  And be watching for other upcoming opportunities to pray and give input about the next chapter in our life together.  

We also received a great update from Incarnation Anglican Church.  Our Vestry serves as Incarnation’s vestry during this interim phase as Incarnation builds its own foundation within our diocese.  This month, we also approved Incarnation’s recommendation for one of their members to proceed toward ordination as a Vocational Deacon.  God is good! And it is so exciting to watch our friends at Incarnation to continue to build community together and share God’s love in South Arlington.  

The Vestry discussed conversations and questions received from the congregation in connection with Matt Hoppe’s resignation earlier this month.  The Vestry discussed ongoing efforts to gather information from and care for people inside and outside our congregation during this time of transition.

This month, the Vestry also received a financial update from Brad Jones, our Treasurer.  March giving was again below anticipated levels. Giving in March was 17% below our budgeted or predicted giving.  This continued a general trend that the Finance Team and the Vestry have been closely monitoring since the beginning of the fiscal year last September.  While Restoration’s expenses also have been running under-budget, the Vestry discussed how this may impact next year’s budget as well as hiring decisions in the coming months.  The Vestry also decided that we will not pursue a capital campaign in 2019, which had been previously considered after suggestions from Vision Night last fall.

David led a discussion about several staffing needs, some of which have gone unfilled for some time.  Our staff work so faithfully to serve our community in ways visible and invisible.  They are constantly taking on more responsibilities and opportunities to serve. We are so grateful for them.  Please pray for them and say “thank you” in whatever way you feel led over the coming weeks. Another way we can care for our staff is by identifying and hiring new colleagues to share the work involved in making Restoration an attractive and powerful place to experience God and a community of believers.  The Vestry discussed some proposals for specific potential job descriptions that would serve Restoration very well in the months and years to come. This was an initial discussion, but stay tuned for possible job postings that could be a perfect fit for you or your friends.

The Vestry also discussed extending the normal summer “time-off” for the 5 p.m. service in order to support our staff by changing their Sunday schedule. This break will begin on Sunday, June 23rd and continue through the end of August. If you have questions about this change in Sunday schedule or are looking for alternative ways to receive Holy Eucharist, please check out this blog post.

As you can see, our meeting included discussion of significant topics, but—through it all—we were reminded by the Psalm we started with.  God is with us, He is steadfast and faithful, and we are excited to see how He leads us forward in accordance with His plan. Want to be a part of what’s next?  Join a small group.  If you’re new-ish, come to the New To Restoration Dinner on May 7.  Give your time, talent, and treasure to what God’s doing.  And, above all, pray for our staff and vestry, and praise God for all He has done and is doing through 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.’  You can also plan ahead to attend our next Parish Meeting on June 2nd.

God’s peace to all of you,

– Chris Belen and Johanna Montague, Wardens

 

Exiles

April 28, 2019 – David Hanke

1 Peter 1:1-12 : Psalm 111 : John 20:24-31

Running, Stooping, Looking, Marveling

April 21, 2019 – David Hanke

Acts 10:34-43 : Psalm 118: 14-17, 22–24 : Luke 24:1–12

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