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!


10 Years – thank you!


Thank you to everyone who came out to help clean up Cherry Valley Park! 

With crisp blue skies overhead and autumn leaves (and some poison ivy) underneath, Restoration came together last Saturday morning to show appreciation for our Cherrydale neighbors by making improvements to nearby Cherry Valley Park. Thank you to the 50+ adults and kids who contributed to trail improvement and invasive removal. We were joined by several master naturalists, a park steward, and the neighborhood association president, who shares his thanks below:

“Thank you so very much for reaching out to the Cherrydale Citizens Association and organizing and coordinating the parks clean up in the Cherry Valley Nature Area. Please pass on my thanks and appreciation to everyone who showed up to lend a hand today.

Together, we made such great progress, and the park is well on its way to being more accessible and inviting to everyone. I look forward to continuing our partnership so we can stay on top of the invasives and keep making progress.

Thank again for being such a great addition to Cherrydale! Happy anniversary to Restoration Anglican Church! And many happy returns!”


Jim Todd
Cherrydale Citizens Association

If you were unable to come on Saturday but still want to help, on the morning of November 16, the neighborhood association will hold another park event supported in part by a local Scout troop.  All are welcome!

God is in His Holy Temple, Let All the Earth be Silent


Habakkuk, one of the minor prophets in the Bible, is one of the few books that expresses dialogue between a person and God. It’s a great picture of some aspects of the life of prayer! There’s honest outpouring of emotion, requests and pleading for intercession, worship, listening and being listened to, and yes, at times, silence. The dialogue crescendos to a call to silence.

Leading up to this moment, Habakkuk expresses two complaints that sound familiar to my heart. He asks a question I ask, “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” (Hab. 1:2)  I am tempted to believe the lie that if my request is not seemingly resolved, then I am unheard. The distressed logic continues asking with Habakkuk, “Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” (Hab. 1:13), or perhaps in my own tongue, “Why aren’t you doing anything when things are going terribly wrong?”. I am tempted to believe the lie that silence means idleness. At the root, in both of these questions, I fear I am not cared for or loved because my requests are not fulfilled and there seems to be no response.

God loves us. God cares for us. God responds. He does hear us. He is living and active. To the lies of “God’s not listening” and “God’s idly inactive,” He declares: “For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” (Hab. 1:5) God does hear us and is working; it just may be beyond our comprehension or awareness at the moment. God’s responses paint a picture of his power and redemptive work.

At the crescendo of the complaints and chaotic imagery, God ends with this line (Hab. 2:20):

“The Lord is in his holy temple;

    let all the earth be silent before him.”


In response to complaints of God’s silence there is a call for all of us, all the earth, to be silent before God! He provides the perspective. God is still God. He is still in His place of authority. God literally hushes the lies and our very real fears, worry, and anguish, in addition to the chaos itself.  He asks us to be silent before Him, our powerful God. Could we adopt a posture of silence with God, and embrace what our silence would imply? Trust. Dependence. Hope. Faith. Worship.

In silence, may we embody the truth that God does listen and care for us, saying with Habakkuk, “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me…” (Hab. 2:1). And through that experience in silence may we come to declare the truth that God is active and we are loved, singing in hope and trust “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines… yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Hab. 3:17-18)

We would like to invite you to an evening of silence before the Lord. Please join us for Silent Soaking Prayer on Saturday, October 26 from 7:30-9 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Come and go as you wish. Prayer ministers will silently interceded for all participants as you pray and listen to the Lord.



Lauren L.

Restoration’s 10th Anniversary – Serving our Neighbors


In celebration of our 10th Birthday, please join us in a park clean-up project in nearby Cherry Valley Park!

This will be a fun (and kid-friendly) way to show our neighbors appreciation for everything they’ve done to welcome us on Quincy Street over these past 10 years.  We’ll be working shoulder-to-shoulder with members of the Cherrydale Citizens Association to remove invasives, add wood-chips to the path and trails and cut and remove dead branches.

Arlington County will deliver a pile of wood chips and a dumpster.  The Citizens Association will recruit “Master Gardeners” to serve as our crew chiefs.  All we need from YOU is to join a crew!  Come for one hour or for all four! Come say thank you with your willing hearts and your muscles!

Please RSVP at this link to let us know you are coming.


Date: Saturday, November 2 (Rain Date: November 16)

Time: 9 AM – 1 PM

Meeting place: Directions here – Park along Quincy St and walk along 17th road till the road ends abutting the park 

Food: Coffee/Donuts, then Pizza will be served

Park: W&L lot (if available) or along Quincy Street

Bring: wheelbarrows, saws, shovels, rakes, hedge shears, pruners, garden clippers

Wear: boots, garden gloves, hats and other clothing for full coverage to guard against potential poison ivy exposure


We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Saturday at the Fall Retreat

Saturday Fun at the Fall Retreat!

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Get ready for Saturday afternoon at the 2019 Fall Retreat! This year we are packed to the brim with great ways to explore the surrounding Harrisonburg area – so bring your friends, family and that new person you met at small group.

Are the kids itching to get the wiggles out? Check out “Back Home on the Farm”! Or maybe your small group wants to continue their conversation and a glass of wine is in order. Whatever your interest may be, you’re bound to make some fun memories this year with your Resto friends and family.

For those who are simply having too much fun on site to leave – never fear! We have a full list of activities that will take place at Massanetta Springs as well. From boat making to Ultimate Frisbee, Saturday afternoon will be hard to beat! Check out the list below for on and off site activities.

BUT, don’t forget to get back on campus by 5:30 because if you thought Saturday afternoon sounds fun, just wait for Saturday night! A Lip Sync Battle followed by a bonfire with s’mores….can it get much better?!


Off-site Activities


Enjoy Fall Fun at “Back Home on the Farm”
The Farm offers all sorts of fall fun: Rubber Duck Races, Virginia Carousel, Wagon Ride to Pumpkin Patch, Slingshot, Underground Slide, Pig Races, Cornfield Maze, and farm equipment!

Sip Wine amidst lavender at Purple Wolf Vineyard and White Oak Farm
Purple Wolf Vineyard and White Oak Lavender Farm is a working lavender farm and winery with activities for both the young and old. Visitors are welcome to explore their lavender drying barns and distillery, quietly walk along their 60 foot walking labyrinth, play on a life-size checkerboard, enjoy lavender-flavored ice cream, or simply rest in their hammocks while listening to live music and sipping on lavender infused wine.

Apple Picking at Showalter’s Orchard
Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Showalter’s Apple Orchard has delicious apples and breath-taking views. Pick one (or several!) of their 26 varieties of apples, enjoy an apple cider donut, sip an apple cider slushie, and more!

Discover Local Breweries
Grab a new or old friend and check out the breweries in and around Harrisonburg. Visit any of the following local breweries: Pale Fire Brewing Company; Wolfe Street Brewing; Brothers Craft Brewing; Three Notch’d Brewing Company.


On-site Activities


Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee at the Field
Join in the fun with a low-key game of soccer at 3 p.m. followed by ultimate frisbee at 4 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Lawn Games
Toss a ball or join in a friendly game of corn hole, gaga ball, bocce, horseshoes or croquet.

Boat Making and Racing
Boat making on the creek is an annual Restoration tradition. Kids of all ages make boats out of household materials and sail them down the creek.

Fishing at the Pond
All weekend!
Catch and release. Bring your own poles.

RestoArts Project
All weekend!


We can’t wait for all the good times to be had in just a few short weeks. Sign up today!

Deadline to sign up is September 22. Reach out to Beth with any questions.

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

Book of Common Prayer Workshop


On Tuesday, August 13, at 7PM in the Restoration sanctuary, Scott Buckhout will be hosting a workshop on the new Book of Common Prayer (i.e. that new red book in the pews).

If you have been to Restoration on a Sunday, you know we are a church that uses a set liturgy in worship. For Anglicans, the liturgy of the church comes from the Book of Common Prayer, which was first compiled and created by Thomas Cranmer in 1549.

Cranmer tried to put all prayers, psalms, liturgy that a church would need in one book in a common language so that everyone would be able to worship together both in private devotions through the week and in Sunday worship services. Many of you are familiar with this topic and have been using the “Praying Through the Year” booklet that Restoration created in 2017.

On Tuesday, we will give an overview of the new Book of Common Prayer: what’s in it and how to use it. We’ll close our time together by praying through the Evening Prayer service in the Daily Office.

Our hope is that during our short time together on Tuesday, you will see how helpful and beautiful the Book of Common Prayer can be, and you’ll be eager to buy your own copy and use it in your own prayer life. Email Scott with any questions.

We hope to see you on Tuesday at 7pm!

Fall Retreat 2019!


Come Bless the Lord!

This fall Restoration will celebrate 10 years of life together! Can you believe it? And what better way to celebrate than by coming on the Restoration Fall Retreat!

Our theme this year is “Come Bless the Lord as we reflect on all He has done for us over the last decade. We will gather together at Massanetta Springs Camp & Conference Center near beautiful Harrisonburg, October 12-13, for worship, teaching and play. Our guest speaker (and former Resto member) Kristen Terry will lead us through the Psalms of Ascent as we reflect together upon the Lord’s faithfulness and provision.

We’ll enjoy meals together, frisbee, soccer, boat making, an art project, and maybe an afternoon nap (should that be of interest or necessity), and the sheer gift of time away. Saturday night we will hold the first ever Restoration LipSync contest followed by s’mores around the bonfire.

You’re looking for the sign-up link already aren’t you? 🙂

The retreat fills up every year, so SIGN-UP soon to secure your spot!

Want to enter the LipSync contest?

  • To enter the Restoration Saturday Night LipSync contest, select your song, fellow singers, costumes and fill out your entry form here. Friends, families, small groups, and soloists all welcome!

Wondering about your kids?

  • Our kids (nursery-5th grade) will be in their kids’ small groups during the adult sessions. APEX (grades 6-12) will also be meeting during the adult sessions.

Need financial aid?

  • Financial aid to cover all or a portion of the expenses is available upon request. Please contact a staff member for further details.

Resto Summer BBQ

Summer is here! And that means it is time for the Restoration Summer BBQ!

Join us at Oak Grove Park* (1606 N Quincy St. – across from where we park on Sundays!) after the 5 pm service on Sunday, July 15!

If you are looking to have maximum fun this summer, this is the BBQ for you. It will have everything: hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers, lemonade, ice tea, water, music, outdoor games, a playground, fun people like you… I could go on, but let me get to the important details:

Sign up your favorite dessert (if your last name is A-G) or favorite side (if your last name is H-Z)!

We would also love your help with set up, grilling, or clean up! Sign up here!

Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends (and maybe a lawn chair or a blanket)! Can’t wait to see you there!

*If it rains, we’ll meet in Fellowship Hall!

Oak Grove Park

Giving A Little Love

Restoration singing carols at Sunrise Senior Living

The first time I went to Sunrise Senior Living to sing Christmas Carols with the residents, I was a volunteer working with APEX Youth Ministry and had no idea what to expect.  By the time it was over, I was convinced that we needed to do this every year and now that I am the Director of Youth Ministry, we do.

When we think of Restoration’s mission to connect people to God, others and the needs of the world, it is easy to default to the work we do overseas or with our local partnerships with AFAC, Casa Chirilagua and Restoration Immigration Legal Aid (R.I.L.A). It’s easy to get lost in the idea that big acts of service are the ones that are the most impactful. This yearly trip to Sunrise showed me, first hand, that small acts of service can carry just as much of an effect.

As the mantra of our Kids’ ministry exclaims, everyone wants to know that they are loved, known and seen by God.  It doesn’t take much to remind them of that.  Sometimes it’s a wink, a hand on the shoulder in solidarity, or an entire congregation of your neighboring church coming over and singing exuberantly at the top of their lungs with Santa and elf hats galore.

We invite you to join us again this year after the 5pm service, to take 30 minutes to spread some Christmas cheer to residents who can be easily forgotten.  Help us to remind them again this season that they are not.

Where:  Sunrise Senior Living
2000 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207

When:  This Sunday, December 17th (6:30pm – 7:15pm) –
Immediately following the 5pm service.

Hope to see you there,

Isaiah Brooms
Director of Youth Ministry




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