New Rhythms

A few years ago, I decided to get serious about swimming.  I’m a bad swimmer.  I don’t enjoy going back and forth staring at a black line.  I need the scenery to change.  I have pretty rotten technique.  My legs drag in the water and I have never quite figured out how to maximize my pull.  My goggles always leak.  Always.

The thing that was really holding me back was my breathing.  For most of my life, I have breathed only on my left side.  Sometimes every stroke, sometimes every other stroke, but always on my left side. Stroke-breathe-stroke-breathe.  Or stroke-stroke-stroke-breathe-stroke-stroke-stroke-breathe.  If you are a musician, you’ll get this…  everything in the pool was in 2/4 or 4/4 time.

There is a lot of 2/4 and 4/4 music out there.  Most of your rock n’ roll, your John Philip Sousa marches, your Taylor Swift.  So as I swam back and forth and stared at that black line, I would sing…  2/4 and 4/4 songs.  A vast repertoire was at my disposal.  ‘Shot through the heart and your to blame…’  ‘Every rose has its thorn…’

Then I decided that I was going to learn to breathe on my right side as well.  There are all sorts of good things that can happen when you are breathing [and looking] on both sides of your body while you swim:  You can see how much faster are the people on your left AND your right.  You can sight the land when you are swimming across a lake.

It took a long time to figure out how to breathe to my right.  I began by breathing on the left and drinking water on the right.  Then I figured out how to get my face up on the right side.  But my arm went all wonky-jawed.  Needless to say, it was not pretty, there was some minor vomiting, and a lot of pointing fingers.

But, after a few weeks I figured it out:  breathe-stroke-stroke-breathe-stroke-stroke-breathe-stroke-stroke-breathe-stroke-stroke

Yep.  You guessed it.  None of my 2/4 and 4/4 music worked anymore.  I was a man without a playlist.  So, I went searching for all those 3/4 and 6/8 hits:  Waltzes, polkas, Irish music.  I had a new rhythm.  I needed new tunes.

This weekend, most of us will have a very different Sunday.  Over half of our church will worship at a new time–  5pm.  And all of our church will worship in a new place–  Little Falls.

My family has been talking about how our Sunday rhythm will change with this new reality.  What will we do with this precious space on a Sunday morning during this unique season of our church life?  I am excited to try some different things, but also curious to see what ‘fits’ in this new rhythm.  Knowing me, there will be moments when it is not pretty, there’s some minor vomiting, and pointing fingers.  I am not always a graceful change agent.  But I am praying and anticipating how this different rhythm will be good.

Have you thought about Sunday and what you will do differently?  One of our morning small groups?  Brunch with friends?  A new hobby?  Sleeping in?  I hope that your Sabbath rest is rich.  I hope this new rhythm is a gift.  I can’t wait to worship with you at 5.

-David

This is it.

This is it.

Easter.

Resurrection.

Our last Sunday in this building on Quincy Street.

The finale of the top ten reasons that Little Falls at 5pm is going to rock.

Come early.  Be flexible.  Sing loud.

This is it.

Good Friday

I am so grateful for the last words that Jesus spoke from the cross.

I am so grateful that God made sure they were recorded and remembered.

I am so glad that we know what was on Jesus’ mind as He suffered and died.

Every year, 7 people from our congregation take a few weeks to sit with one of those last words.  They allow the things Jesus said to work their way around their soul, to disturb them, to give them hope.  And then on Good Friday, those 7 people courageously share with our church the things that Jesus’ words have been doing in them.

As I listened and worshiped last night, I was struck by the breadth of brokenness and heartache that was dealt with on the cross:  our insecurity and lack of answers, our longing to see the fulfillment of the tastes we get of paradise, the destruction of poverty and the agony of waiting for children, the despair of seeing intractable problems day in and day out in our work, the unsatisfaction of chasing what the world says will slake your thirst, the sorrow of being present at a life that is finished, the courage it takes to trust every bit of our momentary lives to our Heavenly Father.

There is so much pain.  Jesus took all that we can see and that we can’t.  Hallelujah!  What a Savior.

“Man of Sorrows!” what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior! 

Tonight we will gather at 8:30pm to welcome the resurrected light of Christ and to shout the first Alleluias of Easter.  Bring a bell.  Stay for the party.  Be tired when you show up on Easter Sunday.  It’s a great story.  And it takes a while to tell it.

-David

 

March Vestry Re-Cap

Restoration is governed by a board of elders, the vestry.  We meet once a month to oversee the finances, operation, and vision of the church.  We are fortunate to have an excellent team at the helm.  I want to give you a quick update of decisions we made this month.

Small Groups

Tri1 2013 ends this week.  We have had a record amount of participation.  We averaged 62% of the adults in worship on Sunday participating in a small group during the week.  That’s over 200 adults in a small group every week.  We are thrilled for what that means as people get to know each other, wrestle with hard questions, find prayer support, get celebrated and loved, and think about ways to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus.  Tri2 registration will open on Easter and we have at least 23 great groups for you to consider.

Website Overhaul

We have been working on a face-lift and overhaul of our website.  This ol’ thing has served us well for 4 years, but we are almost ready to launch something new.  Stay tuned!!

Financials

We are grateful for a strong start to 2013.  Thank you for being faithful to your capital campaign pledges.  Restoration commissioned an audit that took place in February.  We will have a report from our auditors before the summer.  I am grateful for generous people and for excellent skill in the management of our finances.

Holy Week Offerings

Every year, we give away all of our Maundy Thursday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday offerings to an organization that is outside of Restoration.  This year we will give all of our Holy Week offerings to Stephen’s Children.  I am so excited about the chance to partner with these folks.  Stephen’s Children offers hope and transformation for children and families living in Cairo’s fetid garbage slums and impoverished communities in rural Upper Egypt.  Our own, Lawrie Hayes has been there and is a witness to the gospel work that they do.  Mama Maggie is a woman who works closely with this organization.  She has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and you can see a video of her speaking at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit on the front page of our website.  Please, give generously.

Doorways for Women and Families

Hopefully you are aware of this organization that provides safe places for women and families who are seeking to transition out of domestic violence and homelessness.  It is unique in Arlington County.  They have been renovating their safe house and Restoration chose to give $8000 from our outreach budget to this project.  Our church is so grateful that this organization exists and we are please to be a part of this home renovation.

Parish Administrator

We are continuing our selection process for a new full-time parish administrator.  Please pray for us!

 

Exterior Elevation

We are thrilled with how the exterior as come together.  Imagine a wedding photo on that front porch.  Think about people walking down those steps.  Check out the ‘on grade’ entrance that leads to an elevator and handicapped access.  It is beautiful, practical, and captures what we do best on Sundays.

Transition!

There has been a lot of excitement about the transition in our Sunday worship services.  On April 7 at 5pm we start.  There will be a catered Bbq dinner for everyone after the service concludes, so please plan on sticking around.  If you have other questions, we have probably answered them, here.

I am very grateful for our vestry.  They serve our church well.  Hope you are having a great week.

-David

Transition to Little Falls…

Hey y’all, Restoration is about to go through a major transition.  On April 7, we will begin worshipping at 5pm at Little Falls Presbyterian Church.  We are excited to pack what’s happening at 3 different times on Quincy Street into 90 minutes of exuberance over on Little Falls Road.  Lots of you have asked tons of great questions.  So here is an FAQ.  Feel free to add more questions in the comments.  We’ll get you an answer.

-David

  1. Where is it?  Nice.  Start with an easy one.  Here are all the directions you need to Little Falls Church.
  2. Where do we park?  A favorite Restoration question.  LFPC has a parking lot with an entrance on Williamsburg Boulevard that has 87 spaces. Nottingham elementary school which is across Little Falls Road can accommodate about 20 cars. Also street parking is available on Little Falls Road, Williamsburg Boulevard and N Ohio Street. We have been asked to not park in front of 6033 LITTLE FALLS ROAD [it’s right next to the church] because LFPC uses the house for their youth group on Sunday nights.
  3. Why are we moving?  We have plans to begin construction on a new facility on Quincy Street this summer.
  4. Why are we moving now, if construction isn’t until this summer?  We wanted to have our last service in this space be on Easter.  We want to have time to pack up, store, and empty this building.  We are hoping that the Arlington County permitting process goes smoothly and we want to be ready to begin construction as soon as we get permits.
  5. What are the staff going to do for offices?  We will office here until the end of June or the beginning of construction.  We are looking for temporary office space.
  6. What will happen to the building on Quincy Street?  It will be completely taken down.  The new structure will be at 2 levels at grade.
  7. What about all the stuff in the building?  I want a pew, a door, a chandelier…  On May 18 at 7pm, we are going to have an AuctionParty!!  Imagine the front doors thrown open, people milling in the yard, an auction caller standing on the steps auctioning anything that can be carried off, lots of delicious food and beverages.  It will be a nice blow out to finish things off!  So, look around, let us know what you want, and come on out for a fun night of auctioning.
  8. What about all the meetings that happen during the week at Restoration?  Little Falls has graciously offered to host things like vestry meetings and small group leader training and other meetings we need.  We will also have meetings in homes and possibly in our temporary office space.  We will all be very flexible!!
  9. I am worried that I won’t be able to find my friends when we are all together.  How do I keep track of names?  We are all wearing name tags on Sundays and we will continue this practice when we move.  Upload your picture to our on-line database and browse other people by name and group involvement.
  10. I am sure this transition requires a lot of help from people.  How can I help?  We have five teams that are running everything from excitement to after-service meals to orienting our kids.  Read about them here and tell the team leader you want to help.
  11. Did you say ‘After-service MEALS????’  Yee-haw!  Yep.  We will do them every other week or so.  The fellowship hall can accomodate about 400 people, so plan on staying.  On April 7, we will have a catered dinner from Red Hot and Blue so plan on sticking around and getting to know people.  On April 21, we’ll have an old-fashioned potluck.  I’ve seen Restoration dishes and yummmmmm, can’t wait.  We’ll keep you informed on the dates for the meals.  We will have lots of opportunities for volunteers to prepare and clean-up!
  12. OK, that’s after the service.  Anything happening before the service?  Every Sunday we will meet from 4pm – 4:40pm in the Little Falls Library for prayer and worship. We will pray for the service that day, as well as other needs on our hearts.  Musicians will join us, as will the volunteers, and it will be a great way to prepare for the service. Everyone is welcome – and if you can’t come for all of it feel free to drop in as you can.
  13. What about APEX?  APEX will be meeting at LFPC in a room called The Tree House from 6:30-8:15.  On nights that we have after-service meals, APEX will join the whole church downstairs
  14. How long will construction of the new church building take?  The construction is expected to take 12-18 months.  We could be back on Quincy Street by the fall of 2014.  Maybe…

Do you have a question?  Post it in the comments and I’ll get you an answer.  This is going to be fun.

Transitions

In 6 weeks, Restoration will be worshiping in a new space…  and for 300-400 of you, at a new time.

There is excitement about the opportunity to crowd everybody in the same room, to sing real loud, to see people at the same time each week, to have dinner after we worship together.  As a church, we are very thankful for a place that gives space for us to be Restoration during this season of construction.

And yet, I am also mourning.  I love our spot on Quincy Street.  I love the miracles that have happened in this old building.  I love how familiar it feels and smells and looks.

My mourning is a nice bitter to the sweetness of my excitement.

And it means you never know if I’m going to be crying or laughing…  fun times.

We have a team of people who are facilitating this transition.  We have divided the tasks that need to happen into 5 parts, 5 sub-teams, 5 posses, if you will.  All those posses have room for more riders if you want to jump in and help make this transition happen.  Let me introduce you to the wranglers:

  • The Little Falls Excitement Team is lead by Endel Liias, Kate Raymond, and Andrew Gibbons.  These are the folks who are going to tell you how awesome our new space is.  They are funny, cute, and funny.  Jump on this team if you’ve ever dreamed of being in a ‘skit’.
  • The Neighborhood Team is lead by Griffin Foster.  He is looking for a few cow-pokes who will help him keep the folks on Quincy Street aware of what happened to us.  ‘Where are all the people?  Where are the donuts?  What happened to that shuttle?  Why isn’t anyone ghost-riding the whip at 7:30am?
  • Food, Folks, and Fun.  It’s what we’ve done.  It’s what we’ll do.  Whitney Casstevens and Trent Rowe have a team of awesomeness that is planning after-worship dinners and pre-worship fun.  Since we are all worshiping at one time, we should take advantage of all that togetherness and get to know each other.
  • Kid Small Groups.  Louise Brooks, Lawrie Green, and Isaiah Brooms are taking what our kids love here and figuring out how to do it there.  There are logistics to finalize, volunteers to recruit, cheerios to purchase, and toys to sanitize.  We’ve got fun spaces to work with and they are looking for fun people to plan with.
  • Volunteers, Volunteers, Volunteers.  When you are running 3 services, it takes a lot of people to read, ush, serve communion, greet, run keynote and stuff.  When you have just 1 service, it STILL takes a lot of people to do all that–  and you have to create how to do it in a new place!!  George Patterson has been working with Erin Bair and Matt Hoppe to develop systems so that all of our FANTASTIC volunteers can quickly find their way in the new space.  They would love for you to jump in with them.

I love the exuberance of our church.  If you want to be a part of this transition season, here’s your chance.  Click on one of those names and tell them you’re ready to serve.  They have a spot for you.  Don’t just watch, be a part of what’s happening.  It’s gonna be fun!

-David

A down payment, or…

To be honest, we’d been talking about the capital campaign for some time before it really dawned on me: ‘Oh, right… This includes me, too.’ (Sometimes I’m not the quickest one in the room.) And then I started to get a little bit nervous.

It wasn’t the idea of giving money that made me hesitant. For years, I’ve been giving regularly: ten percent off my paycheck to the church, plus a little more to support missionaries and organizations dear to my heart. I had no trouble giving away that money… But wasn’t the rest of it mine?

And so I started to pray. I literally sat down in front of my laptop with my bank accounts open on the screen, and said, “God, tell me what you want me to do with this.”

A funny thing happened: over the next days and weeks, a number kept coming to mind when I thought about the capital campaign. It was a number I was excited about giving; it was also a number I had no idea how I would give. I am well compensated for my work at Restoration, but no one goes into ministry to get rich. Taking the amount I was thinking of out of my month-to-month income over the next three years felt really hard.

So I went back to God and back to my bank accounts. And another funny thing happened. I started thinking about this separate pot of money I have in its own designated account. It’s money I was generously given by some family members, with the intention that it would be used for “something significant.” Something like part of a down payment on a house.

I’d considered that money off-limits as I’d thought about the capital campaign. Because I knew what that money was for: that money was going to help me buy a house. Someday. In a place with much lower housing costs than Arlington. But still — a house.

But I felt God nudging me; maybe this money was part of how he wanted me to reach that number I had been thinking of giving. As I thought about it, I felt both resistant and eager. Or, perhaps more honestly, I felt scared and thrilled.

The scared part was easy to explain. It’s hard to imagine replenishing that account anytime soon. And as a single person, mine’s the only income from which an eventual downpayment would come. To give that money up felt like giving up my only shot at owning a home, at least anytime soon.

And that’s when it hit me. I had been using that money as a sort of shield: a shield against the fear that I might never have a husband with whom to buy a house together; a shield against the self-doubt that said I had to own a home in order to be a “real” grown-up. As long as I had that money sitting there, I didn’t have to face any of that fear or doubt. But I became pretty convinced that God wanted to use this capital campaign to get me to do just that.

To my surprise, that’s when the excitement kicked in. Not just excitement over the new building and how my contribution could be a (small) part of making it a reality. But excitement over the freedom I felt like God was offering me: freedom from fear, from self-doubt, from the exhausting and unending effort to try to take care of myself. “Let me take care of you,” I felt like God said to me, and my heart leapt up: “Yes, please do!” I don’t know how God will take care of me in this way. But I have new, God-given confidence that he will.

So my contribution to the campaign, my way of responding to God’s graciousness to me and to Restoration, entails giving much of that down-payment money to the church. (A sort of down-payment on God’s house, maybe?) I also wanted the discipline of making regular, ongoing contributions; to practice the habit of saying no to some good things in order to say yes to this very, very good thing. And wouldn’t you know that amount of the one-time contribution and the amount of monthly contributions I wanted to make added up to that number I’d been excited about in the first place?

On Sunday, we’ll all turn in our commitment cards, reflecting our prayerful response to God’s grace. It’s been such a privilege to see the way God has worked in me and in many of you as we’ve walked through this part of Restoration’s life together. Witnessing people’s lives be transformed as they give sacrificially for the building of God’s kingdom… This is the good stuff. I’m so grateful to share it with you.

– Erin

Photo by David Sawyer. Used under Creative Commons license.

Guidance, Vestry, and What if I’m gone??

Guidance

How do we know if God is in it?  How do we know if ‘this’ is God’s will.  As I was preparing for that message, I really appreciated Kevin DeYoung’s bookJust Do Something.  He closed it by saying this,

So the end of the matter is this:  Live for God.  Obey the Scriptures.  Think of others before yourself.  Be holy.  Love Jesus.  And as you do these things, do whatever else you like, with whomever you like, wherever you like, and you’ll be walking in the will of God.

What great freedom!  God is in you and God is in ‘it’ as you make decisions and faithfully follow Him.  Remember the tools He has give to you:  time, trusted friends, and courage.  Each of these will serve you well in various and unique contexts.  I am thankful for a church like Restoration where those tools are available in abundance.  I am thankful for friends who point me to Scripture and pray for me.

Vestry

Our church is lead by a team of 9 elders who are elected from our congregation.  They serve for three years with three of them rolling off each year.  In November, we will elect three more elders–  the class of 2015!  Nominations for those 3 people are now open, until October 7.

What kind of men and women are we looking for?

  1. First and foremost, they should have a character that has demonstrated dependence on Jesus.  They trust His grace to forgive and His wisdom to lead their life.
  2. A vestry candidate should have competence in areas of leadership and administration.  Vestry members oversee our finances and facility.  They set policies that shape our life together.  They hold the Rector accountable for the way he leads the church.
  3. And a vestry candidate should have those intangibles that make you want to follow him or her.  You trust them.

God has put a lot of people like this in our church.  If you would like to nominate someone for the vestry election, you can either send their name to Tom Downie or you can put their name on a piece of paper in the box at the back of the sanctuary.  The actual slate is determined by the vestry members who are rolling off and not all nominations will necessarily be put on the slate.

What if I’m gone?

One of the great questions about our capital campaign that came up at our info gatherings is this:

Should I give to the campaign if I don’t know how long I will be at Restoration?

I know that Washington is a transient place.  A lot of you do not know how long you will live here.  It’s a good question–  should I give to something that I may never see?  So here are a couple thoughts:

  • Think of the campaign as an invitation–  an invitation to respond to God’s grace.  It is an invitation that you are free to decline.  You may decide that you love the church, but this campaign is not something to which you want to respond.  That’s cool.  And that’s a Godly response.
  • Remember, that probably every church you have ever been in was built from the generosity of someone else.  I have never given to a capital campaign, but I have worshiped in churches for 40 years.  God may be calling you to respond and give to something that won’t directly benefit you.  And that’s a Godly response.
  • Remember, that you are responding to this invitation based on what you know of your situation at this particular time.  None of us knows what tomorrow will bring, but we can know the One who holds tomorrow.  So you are free to respond with a commitment that may have to change because your circumstances change.  And that’s a Godly response.

This has been such a good season of life for our church.  Everyday, I say, thanks God for a church like Restoration.

-David

Info Gathering– Responding to God’s Grace

Restoration,

I want to make sure that everyone in our church knows this:  You are invited to our Info Gatherings about the capital campaign.  There will be three of them: September 16, 27, and 29.  When you come, you will get great food and adequate conversation [I don’t want to oversell it].

You will learn more about our church and how we got to this point in our story.  Restoration leaders will be there to answer your questions about the campaign and the logistics of making your response.  Did I say that all of the gatherings will have great food?  Fantastic.  A couple of them have childcare on-site [check out Sept 16 and Sept 27] so you can bring your kids–  but interact with adults.  These are important opportunities to talk about what’s happening and I hope that everybody who calls this church, ‘home’, will attend one.

The first info gathering is right after the 11am service this Sunday.  There will be 2 after-service parking shuttles–  one going to the Info gathering at the Breed house where lunch will be served, the other headed to the W-L parking garage where no lunch will be served.  The choice is clear.  Shuttles will constantly run from the Breeds to the W-L parking garage from 12:30-3pm, so you can leave when you want.

Grab your calendar.  See which date works best [Sept 16, 27, or 29].  Shoot an email to Hillary to let her know you’ll be there.  It’s information you want with food you will love.

And adequate conversation.

-David

Responding to God’s grace…


 

On Sunday, we kicked off our capital campaign.  We believe that all of life is a response to God’s grace.  He always moves first and then invites us to come with Him.  God has been graciously building our church for three and a half years now.  This building project is our faithful response to what He has been doing.  I love that my life is lead and directed by the Creator of the universe who is never dull and never silent.  Opportunities to respond abound.

So, if Restoration is your community, you are wondering about the response you are being invited to make.  Here are some options:

  1. Use the 40 Day devotional guide.  This resource is a great peek into what Restoration people are like.  Forty of you have taken time to reflect on a passage of Scripture and wrestle with what God is saying to you–  then you have courageously shared those reflections with us.  Thank you!  Many of you want to establish a habit of daily Bible reading.  This resource is a great place to start.  Download it or pick one up and start today.
  2. Sign for a small group and the fall retreat.  Both of these will enable you to connect with other people who are trying to live life as a response to God’s grace.  Small groups are the most universal experience at Restoration.  If this is your community, this is what you’re doing.
  3. Attend an Info Gathering.  This Sunday, folks will spill out of the 11am service and head to the Breed’s house – 4064 22nd Street N, Arlington, VA 22207 from 12:45pm – 2:30pm.  There will be a shuttle running back and forth from church to the Breed’s for the majority of the event.  A delicious LUNCH will be provided (not just snacks) and there will be childcare on-site.  Restoration leaders will lay out the timeline of how we got to where we are today–  including a vision for a new place for Restoration, and how to participate in the campaign.  After-church parties at the Breeds are the stuff of legend.  If you are new, please come hear our story.  If you have a friend, bring them for an awesome meal.

I hope you see a chance to respond to God’s grace today.  Those opportunities are all around us.  See you soon.

-David

make known His deeds among the peoples!

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!  Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!  Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Psalm 105. 1-4

At Restoration, 10 cents of every dollar goes to serving the poor and vulnerable, and building ministry partnerships in Arlington and around the world.  Recently our vestry set aside some of our ‘outreach’ budget to be used on exploratory trips as we seek to build a relationship with a church or movement in another country.

We had a wonderful partnership with World Orphans in the country of Moldova.  Over a 3 year period, Restoration helped to establish a transition home for teenage girls who were vulnerable to trafficking.  We gave our time, talent, and treasure to secure the facility, to teach them a trade, and to provide them a nurturing environment.  Joyfully, this home will now be sustained by a local church in Moldova.  We are thankful to God for the opportunity to have been a part of it.

For most of 2012, our Outreach Steering Team has been praying about what people and places might be next for Restoration.  Today, Jesse, Sarah, and Clara Blaine will move to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  We are so proud of them and excited to hear what God will do through them as they labor to rescue orphans and plant a church.  It is our  sincere hope that Restoration will have a long term companionship with the Blaines and with the people they serve in Cambodia.

A few hours after the Blaines take off, Liz Gray, Jon Terry, and David Hanke will fly to Asia with much prayer and expectant hearts.  We will visit contacts in 3 cities.  In every place we will ask the Lord for discernment and wisdom–  is this a place where Restoration people could be a part of building God’s Kingdom?  Is this a place where Restoration people could find their place in God’s story and be discipled to look like Jesus?  We hope so.  But we fly in faith.  We pray in faith.  And we listen in faith.  .  Many, many people have loved its people in the name of Jesus for thousands of years.  We jump into a long river of grace.  And we ask: God, is this  a place that you are calling our church to make your deeds known among the people?

The vision of our church is to see broken people all over the world being restored by grace and living God’s story.  Today, as we scatter a few of our folks to Asia

and Cambodia, we will also sow in Kampala [Santiago S.], El Salvador [Liz J.], K Street [Sammy S.], Capital Hill [Robert M. and Gaston and Ryan and…], Flint Hill School [Liz B.], the pentagon [Dietrich] and the place where you set your foot…  Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

One more thing–  we had a great and lively conversation about the exterior of the building last night.  We looked at 15 or so different ideas and gave lots of feedback– death by sticky note.  🙂  I love the confluence of these conversations–  a home for us on Quincy street that will resource a vision to declare His Glory in Arlington and among the nations.

This is so exciting!!

-David

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