Blessing our neighbors — The Glebe Star Tree

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Restoration is again partnering with Glebe Elementary School to make sure kids have gifts to open this Christmas. This year, we are adopting 63 families for whom we will purchase gifts for children who attend our neighborhood elementary school.

There are so many different ways you can participate:

Grab a tag and buy a gift. Each child receives three gifts — clothes, shoes, and a toy. Grab a tag with specifics about one of those gifts from one of the Glebe Star Trees located in both the upper and lower narthex. Trees and tags will be up and ready on Sunday, November 24. Gifts are due at Restoration by Thursday, December 12.

Help organize and sort gifts. Join us in the Fellowship Hall from 10-12 AM on Saturday, December 14 to organize and sort gifts. Sign up here.

Be an elf. We need a couple of people from 1-4 PM on Sunday, December 15 to be runners, grabbing gift bags to give to families when they come to Restoration to pick up their gifts. Sign up here.

Bake a dozen cookies. We love to bless families by serving them cookies to nibble on while they are waiting and take a bag home to share. Cookies need to be delivered to Restoration on Sunday, December 15. Sign up here.

Bag and tag cookies. All those cookies that our bakers bake need to be bagged and tagged. Join us after the 11 AM service on Sunday, December 15 to prep bags of cookies. Sign up here. 

Make a gallon of hot chocolate. Make a one-gallon batch of hot chocolate that we will keep warm on the stove and serve to families as they arrive. Hot chocolate should be delivered by noon on December 15. Sign up here.

In case you are not around to grab a tag, but still want to help, consider purchasing a $20-25 gift card from Target or Amazon or Old Navy or . . . These gift cards will be used to fill any gaps. Deliver them to Louise Brooks by Thursday, December 12.

Want to learn more about the Glebe Star Tree tradition? Watch the video below:

Thanks for loving our community and blessing others!


An update from our friends at Incarnation

Dear Restoration,

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Just over a year ago, September 2 2018, the Restoration congregation took all three services to kindly, deliberately and lovingly pray for a small group of people who were heading out into the wilds of South Arlington because we believed that God was calling us to form a new, worshipping community. And then maybe it felt like we vanished from view.

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Where did we go?

Well, first of all, we didn’t really vanish – and delightfully, many of you have come and visited once or twice to make sure of that, and to cheer us on. Thank you! We love having visitors… we love it when ‘the cousins’ come to play!

Over this last year we have been meeting at 5pm at Greenbrier Baptist church – a  kind and welcoming community who took us in off the streets and who have loved us so well….we have learned what it is like to worship together in a different context to Restoration.  We have delighted in welcoming new friends and neighbors. We have grown with people coming to faith and those new to the area. We have loved singing and hearing scripture in multiple languages. We have loved watching our children learn in the Atrium as we use the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd method. We have loved prayer walking our neighborhoods and connecting with strangers. We have loved times of feasting and celebrating and delighting with wonder at God’s word and His good creation.

And whilst we have loved being independent, we have also been so grateful for the shepherding care that Restoration has continued to offer us. The generosity of doing our ‘back office’. The kindness of letting us use materials and resources. The sweetness of conversations over coffee or lunch. The prayer and vestry oversight which has gently brought insight and wisdom. The delight in wondering together at how God’s leading will evolve.


Beth signingAnd now Incarnation is one year old and we are heading into a busy Fall.

September, 8 we welcomed our first members.

October 6, we will elect our first vestry.

November 16, at Synod there will be a vote as to whether Incarnation should become a congregation.  And in November we will also rejoice with our mother church – yup! that’s you – as you turn 10. What a wonderful milestone – we are praying for you in this next season!

December 1, we will begin to worship in the chapel at AUMC on 7th Rd S and Glebe, where we will have our own space and offices.

December 8, the Bishop will come and install Liz as rector, and confirm/receive new confirmands

In the New Year we will begin to transition out of our MOU with Restoration and will eventually take responsibility for all our own back office.

There is so much to thank God for – so many small steps which when viewed together already show how far we have come. Thank you for holding our hands as we learned to walk. Thank you for not letting go, and for showering us with your love and upholding us with your prayers.

We will always be your daughter church – so grateful for metaphors of family and the permanence that brings.


With our deepest love and gratitude.


Liz, Amy, Beth, Josie,, Morgan and all at Incarnation

Endel Liias is our new Director of Worship Arts!

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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

Dinner at Rocklands this Sunday!

Escape the Sunday night blues and join us for dinner at Rocklands after the 5:00 p.m. service this Sunday, November 11. Enjoy barbecue and macaroni (that’s what I’ll be having!) or whatever you like. A great time of fellowship, nourishment and recharge for the week ahead!

Hope to see you there!


Rocklands Barbecue & Grilling
3471 Washington Blvd., Arlington


Sunday PM Supper – Oct. 21


This coming Sunday PM, October 21, you are invited to join us after the 5 PM service for an informal time of food and fellowship at Steve & Louise Brooks’ house. We will connect around 6:45 PM. 

 Contact Steve Brooks at for location details.

We would love to have you join us!

Move to Volunteer

Hunter VolunteerAs we wrap up the sermon series on what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus I have been thinking about the call to be Moving. The call to use our time, talent and treasure to serve people. This call may seem daunting if you are new to Restoration and just want to find your place in a community that appears to be in constant motion. A community that appears knit together and you are unsure about where your onramp starts.

You may be surprised to read that I have been waiting for you! There is a place for you to start your journey of being known. A place where we are yearning for you to step into the opportunity of serving with your time and talent. A place to step into our life together on Sundays.

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On the average Sunday, we have about 420 adults attend services. Did you know that we need about 80 volunteers each Sunday? That is 20% of our adult congregation EVERY Sunday. Multiply that by 4 to 5 Sundays a month and there is an opportunity for each and every one of us to participate in Sunday liturgy. An opportunity for each and every one of us to take a deeper dive in our discipleship by moving to serve. An opportunity to practice living out our statement, “I have a relationship with God that is important to me.”

You may be wondering what Sunday Liturgical Servants look like. They are the greeters that meet you on the sidewalk, the ushers that hand you a worship guide, the people behind the scenes that set out the wine and water and keep the pews supplied with green cards. The people that pray and the people that keep the power point on point. There is a place for everyone. It’s easy.

For those that already volunteer on Sundays, Thank you! Your service has created a space for others to worship and pursue Jesus with our community. We are so thankful for your willingness to serve on Sundays.

So, whether you have been attending for years or just arrived last week, please contact me. I really want to meet you!

Have a good week,

Kathy Kenyon (

Supper at Rocklands after the 5 PM service this coming Sunday!


This coming Sunday PM, September 30, 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 at around 6:45 PM at Rocklands for an informal time of food and fellowship.

We would love to have you join us!

Questions? Contact Nathan Dickerson at

Fall Retreat 2018

Twenty years ago this fall, I first learned the value of retreats. There is no place better than a retreat for quickly building strong relationships.

As a first-year student at UVA, I was trying to find connections to Christian community. I went a few times to a fellowship group called FCA.  Everyone was friendly enough, but each week, I would slip out of the large group meeting not knowing many people.

A few weeks into the school year, they started advertising the Fall Retreat. “Come to the retreat! You won’t regret it,” was the refrain from many upperclassmen.

No way, I thought. I barely know anyone. Why would I want to repeat the same uncomfortable experience over an entire weekend? I didn’t sign up.

On the Friday of the retreat weekend, I went out with friends and returned to my dorm room at 2 am to an enthusiastic voicemail from an older FCA student named Brad, who is one of my best friends to this day: “Daniel, you’re coming on this retreat! Tomorrow at 9, a girl named Katye is going to be outside your dorm to pick you up – get yourself up, you’re coming!”

Feeling no choice, I dragged myself out of bed the next morning and hopped a ride with Katye up to Camp Varsity in rural Virginia.

The retreat speaker was a former student named Brian Broadway.  I don’t remember much about what he taught that weekend.  What I do remember is playing hours of ultimate frisbee – getting into a ridiculously fun food fight – playing guitars around campfires – feeling close to God amidst the beauty of nature. Most of all, I remember good conversations with people I found myself really liking – many of whom remain friends to this day.

To my surprise, going on the retreat drew me into FCA. It became a home for the rest of my college experience and was pivotal in fostering my community and spiritual growth at UVA. Looking back, I’m so glad that Brad dragged me up there.

There is no place better than a retreat for quickly building strong relationships.

Fast forward to our first year at Restoration. Campbell and I were just trying to keep our heads above water with a super demanding job and more demanding young kids. Life felt really hard. I knew a few people at Restoration but wasn’t sure if it was worth it to give up a whole weekend for the fall retreat.

As soon as we got up to Massanetta Springs, I was reminded of how much I love retreats. I loved watching our girls dancing to Matt and Clay playing bluegrass music. I was able to take a breath and appreciate God’s goodness amidst the crazy. I struck up conversations with people who have become good friends – conversations that just aren’t possible when you only have a few minutes after church, trying to prevent a little one from running into Quincy Street! That retreat solidified our connection to Restoration.

You may find yourself on the fence about coming on this retreat. Perhaps you’re reticent to spend a whole weekend with people you may not know very well. Or maybe you’re unsure of whether it’s worth it to give up a whole weekend away when life is crazy busy.

I promise not to send someone to pick you up without your consent. But I do feel confident repeating the same truthful refrain that I first heard 20 years ago:

Come to the retreat!!  You won’t regret it.

– Dan Vogel

SIGN UP for the Fall Retreat!

Ice Cream Social after the 5pm service this Sunday!

Ice Cream Social after the 5pm service this Sunday, August 19 (starting at 6:30 PM)!
School may be around the corner, and vacation days are winding down. But not yet! It is still summer!
So come relax at Restoration after the 5pm service for an ice cream social!
Restoration will provide the ice cream. You just need to bring your favorite ice cream topping to share!
Is it crushed graham crackers? Peaches? Gummy bears? Cheetos? Fresh mint? Fleur de sel? Crystalized ginger? Rainbow sprinkles with a light balsamic reduction?
Whatever it is. Bring it and your friends as we enjoy these last few summer nights together!
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