Fall Retreat: Line Dancing, Wine Tasting, Lawn Games and More

Spots are filling up fast for this year’s annual fall retreat, but there is still time to make memories with us. Taking place in beautiful Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA (about a 2.5 hour ride from the Washington, D.C. area), the retreat is a terrific opportunity to escape the Beltway for a few days to worship, pray and fellowship with our church family.


Additionally, this year’s featured speaker will be Joe Ho of Focused Ministries who has prepared an important topic for us to discuss and think about titled: “The Problem of Race and The Power of The Cross.” Click here for more details.


And if that wasn’t enough, the Fall Retreat will also feature a number of fun-filled activities including:

  • Lavender Farm (includes wine tasting)
  • Yoga
  • Farm visit
  • Bonfire
  • Soccer
  • Lawn Games
  • Boat making
  • Fishing
  • RestoArts

And last but not least…. Line Dancing!

What are you waiting for? Sign up now to secure your spot to join in on the fun!

Financial aid to cover a portion of the expenses is available through the registration form. Our kids (nursery – 5thgrade) will be in their kids’ small groups during the adult sessions. APEX (grades 6-12) will also be meeting during the adult sessions.

Incarnation … curious?

19225076_10155001833148600_7716981644433032854_nHopefully it is no secret to you by now that Restoration Anglican Church has begun the process of planting a new community in south Arlington! Incarnation Anglican (this new church plant) will be spending quality time together over the summer playing and praying. We’d love for you to join us for some of the events that are happening over the next several months.

We want you to know what things will be happening, so here are a few ways to stay informed:

Google Calendar

Below you will find our calendar embedded (this will eventually be embedded on our website). You can subscribe below to our calendar:

Google Group

We regularly send out info about events and ways that you can be praying for Incarnation Anglican. If you would like to receive these emails let us know here.

Facebook and Website

Like us on Facebook. We will be using Facebook to post pics and discuss informal get togethers. We have not fully designed our website, but stay tuned, it’s coming….

~Morgan, Liz and Amy

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

RILA? Soooo – what exactly is that?




Question: What is RILA??

Answer: Restoration Immigration Legal Aid, a ministry being launched by Restoration in March 2016.

RILA’s mission is to holistically support the immigrant community in our neighborhood through providing low-cost immigration legal assistance, advocacy, and community building events.

RILA’s objectives include:

  • Creating a hospitable, comfortable and safe environment.
  • Providing immigration legal services, including consultation and initial assessment, and legal representation in areas of immigration law in which we choose to focus.
  • Providing appropriate referrals for legal services that exceed the scope of the services we offer.

For over six months, a dedicated team has been working to make an immigration legal aid clinic at Restoration a reality. And the clinic’s doors open in March! On February 16th we will share in detail the vision, plans, and ways you can get involved. You’ll meet the team, learn about our community partners and learn about why Restoration has chosen to launch this ministry.

If you have any questions, Nat Foote or Jason Braun can answer them.   But we encourage you to come to the Fellowship Hall, 7.30pm on February 16th.

~Christine Jones on behalf of the RILA Team (Christine Jones, Natalie Foote, Jason Braun, Liz Gray, Erin Owen, Susie Wallin, Michelle Swearingen and more!)


Christmas giving….


And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:8-14 ESV)

Every Christmas Eve we love to give ALL the offering away to a local charity – or not-for-profit –  a group or groups that are doing things we are passionate about as a community.

Over the course of this year we have been gradually getting our ducks in a row for launching an immigration legal aid centre here at Restoration in 2016. We are inching closer… 

BUT – one thing we have learned through all our research is that work of this kind is complicated and needs lots of solid backup! Two organizations locally have been enormously helpful to us as we have researched and thought, and our admiration for the work they do is vast.

We plan to partner with both of them in 2016: Good Samaritan Advocates (GSA), and Catholic Immigration Legal Network, Incorporated (CLINIC).  GSA is a local organization that provides general legal services pro bono, or at a reduced rate.  Partnering with churches to provide access to legal services and counsel is central to GSA’s mission.  CLINIC is a national organization that works exclusively in immigration law by providing low-cost immigration law services, as well as supporting immigration law programs.  By partnering with CLINIC, we will receive direct supervision from experienced immigration attorneys, as well as access to immigration law resources.

So this Christmas Eve we’re going to ask you to dig deep as we give to CLINIC and Good Samaritan Advocates. They will be continuing to help us – and supervise all we do in 2016 – so we would love to bless them liberally up front!

To hear more details about what we are up to put 7.30pm – 9pm Feb 16, 2016 on your calendar NOW. We are having an info night in the fellowship hall for all who want to hear more about this; GSA people will be there, our team will be there, all potential volunteers (does that include you?) should be there….

More info: Restoration Immigration Legal Aid  or ask Natalie Foote, Jason Braun, Michelle Swearingen, Susie Wallin, Erin Owen, Christine Jones or  Liz Gray to fill you in.

Justice and the Generosity of God… what next?

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The combination of justice and generosity captures the breadth of the Gospel. In the Gospel, God is making something right, restoring what was lost, acting justly. But He does it with great generosity. The Holy Spirit is forming us into the image of Christ for the sake of others. We will generously do justice— just like our father in heaven.” ~ David Hanke

Over these last two months we have listened, pondered and discussed God’s heart for the quartet of the oppressed, we have allowed the Holy Spirit to woo and coax us to think about how our individual and corporate response and we have wondered what is next. As you have engaged with this topic….

  • What habits have you made or broken as you considered the call to allowing space for gleaning? For re-engaging more specifically with Sabbath?
  • Where have you found yourself changing, growing, praying?
  • Where has your heart expanded for the quartet of widows, orphans, sojourners and the poor?

Can I encourage you to not lose hold of the things you have marinated on these last weeks. Take some time to journal, reflect, carry on the discussions with friends inside and outside of our community. Invite your neighbors over for a cookout this summer and ask them what they think… and consider the changes you need to make in your life. Perhaps someone from your small group can hold you accountable?

We would love to know what you thought!

As we reflect on our response to ‘Justice and the Generosity of God’ we would love you to use this survey to send in your thoughts, ideas, growth points – either for your personal discipleship or for us as a community. And if you want to know how to engage with others in our community there are also suggestions of how to do so here or you can read more about our partners here.  And – specifically – if you are interested in helping with the Immigration Legal Aid Center idea – we would love to hear from you here!

And meanwhile, here are a few reflections from members of our small groups on this trimester….

  • The entire justice series helped me to think about the way I view others, especially those who are in need.
  • Making margin in my life has become a priority: I want to make space for others to glean
  • So many, but one main takeaway is that while justice is doing for other people, it has to start with accepting the justice God has provided for me first.
  • Remembering that God cares about justice, even in the petty differences and squabbles of my office, gives more dignity and meaning to my day-to-day life.
  • We had an awesome conversation around Sabbath that has led to direct life changes and a transformed view of Sunday.
  • The sermon series on justice has been a tough subject, but one that I am finding myself more aware of and therefore more prayerful about when I am seeing or hearing about injustices.
  • Learning how to “make space for justice” and deal with injustice in my life was helpful. I also liked the idea of justice being both distributive and retributive.
  • After the studies, my confessions were much deeper — informed by the inequities uncovered in my own heart esp. regarding the Jonah and Isaiah 58 passages

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5 ESV)

Have a great summer!

~ Liz Gray

Reading about Justice

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As we run, jump, shuffle, walk, tiptoe, hop, skip or leap  into this series on justice we are already starting to encounter some great big ideas; certainly I’ve realized there are quite a few ways I need to face up to my patterns of behavior and some perhaps pretty deeply-held previous convictions. Processing these things in small group is amazing (we had a wonderful discussion last night about Sabbath – I hear others did too), but sometimes it’s simply time to read….

We don’t have a library (yet!) at Restoration – but if you buy any of these why not lend them to others in your small group, order them through your library, read them in your book clubs or give them as birthday presents. Feel free to donate old copies to Restoration if you have them! Perhaps we can start a little lending book area?

So to start with some of the books David has been referencing include:

I haven’t read all of them yet… so I’m looking forward to working through the list.  When you’ve read all of  these – come back to us and we’ll suggest some more 🙂 or perhaps you’ve got suggestions of your own to add to the list? Please add comments below. Happy reading!

~ Liz

Restoration Pig Roast



You are invited to the Inaugural Restoration Pig Roast Potluck. (#restopigroast)

Who: You and ___
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015; come whenever, pig will be ready around 3 p.m.
Where: A beautiful big field near MIddleburg, Va. (approx. 1 hour west of Arlington, directions below)
Cost: $20/adult, $5/child, plus bring a side dish and 2-liter bottle
Why: To celebrate spring. To celebrate Restoration. To celebrate God’s beautiful creation. To enjoy great food. Together.

The cost covers the essentials: pig roasted under the watchful eye of one of D.C.’s best young chefs, plates/cups/cutlery, water, a large event tent, serving tables, portable toilets. We also will provide some grilled chicken, vegetarian options, and rolls to make sandwiches.

You bring the rest: picnic blanket(s) and/or camp chair(s), neighbors / friends, ideas / supplies for fun outdoor activities, a 2-liter bottled beverage (or equivalent) to share, a side dish to feed 10 people based on first letter of last name as follows:

A – F: dessert (looking at Breeds and Donnell)
G – P: salad or veggie
Q – Z: snacks or chef’s choice

The raw beauty of the space means there is no electricity (keep that in mind when preparing your side dish), little or no cell service, and we must carry-in and carry-out (Leave No Trace).

In order to buy the appropriate amount of supplies, we will close registration at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Click here to register. Registration and cash or personal check payment will also be accepted in-person after each of the services on Sunday, April 19th and 26th. You will have the option of making an additional donation to our outreach trips to Cambodia and/or West Virginia at the registration table and event.

Volunteer opportunities abound. Please email Tom Madrecki, John Donnell, and Chris Belen if you are able and interested in helping, or if you have questions.

Directions and camping instructions, if you’d like to stay overnight, can be found on the Restoration website.

Dreaming about the summer….


Hello Restoration,

This summer will be Restoration’s 6th year of serving the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) with Sunday afternoon pick-ups at the Columbia Pike Farmers Market, and bringing the produce back to AFAC to sort & bag.

Thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of Diana & Andrew Intagliata and John Remein (our fearless AFAC van driver), we have signed up to help July 12-August 23 and are looking for Restoration volunteers to help lead the group on those Sunday’s.

I LOVE being part of a church community that serves and I know AFAC clients are very thankful for the fresh produce.

Would you be willing to please sign up to help lead one of the Sunday’s?
Don’t want to lead by yourself? Just let me know what Sunday’s you are available and I can pair folks up. I know some people are just trying to plan for tomorrow, let alone July/August. But for you planners out there, I’d love to start writing down when folks are available. You can either let me know, or visit the link. ​​

Many thanks,



Why West Virginia? part 2

Copy of IMG_20130705_113337 (2)You might think we go to West Virginia to help other people, which is true. Some folks in Philippi need a hand; whether to build a room for their growing family, to brighten a church hall with fresh paint, to stain a wheelchair ramp to prevent it from rotting, or to start a garden to provide food and income. Jeff Sickler, our local contact in West Virginia, identifies people who have an idea and want to make a change in their lives, but don’t have the man (or woman) power or resources to get it done. We have an opportunity to then come alongside them as the hands in the body of Christ.

But these same people also just need someone to listen to them, encourage them, empower them, pray with them, respect them, laugh with them, care about them, and love them. Some of them are ostracized in the Philippi community because of where they live or what their last name is. Some are recovering from alcohol or drug addictions or having relationship problems. Jeff tells us it’s more important to build relationships than to build buildings. So if you’re not very handy (like me), I hope you’ll come to Philippi anyways. Because we are all called to love each other, and to be the hands of Christ.

And in serving others and in loving others we deepen our own relationship with God. Over the last two years, I have learned:
…to listen. To sermons by Pastor Geneva. To singing hymns, as we painted. To a father teach his daughter how to use a drill. To squeals of joy at holding kittens. To a mother mourn lost baby pictures in a destroyed mobile home. And, as I’ve been yearning to hear God’s voice, I learned I need to talk less and listen more.
…to be patient. It’s not easy for a Type A to let go, to sit, and to wait. But Philippi moves slower than DC. We waited for wood to arrive, for tools to be shared, for paint colors to be picked, for instructions on what to save and what to toss. Last year, some team members pestered me to put down my brush, to sit with them and talk and pray with folks from Philippi. And as much as I want to see what God holds next for me, I learned I need to be more patient.
…to be content. People of Philippi don’t have a lot, by North Arlington standards, although some have more than others, but they are generally content. Sure, Pastor Geneva wants to expand her flock, and there are complaints about aches and pains, and worry about their families. But where there are complaints and worry, there is also a trust in God. And I learned that despite my endless to-do list and my worries about my career and single-ness: God has blessed me and calls me to trust Him.
…to laugh! Oh, how we laughed. At playing catch phrase. At fireworks and sparklers. At card games and clothespins and potato sack races. At Timon being Timon….and so much more. I learned new things about laugher and joy. Despite being in several small groups, I still felt on the fringe at RAC before my first trip to West Virginia. Now, my closest friends at RAC are from my West Virginia trips – couples and singles, older and younger. When you travel a distance and serve together, you get to know people pretty well; and you learn to live and laugh together.

2014-07-0084I encourage you to join us in Philippi this June. To serve and love others. And, as you do, I’m sure that you will learn more about yourself and your relationship with God in the process.

– Meredith Lloyd


Sign up to go to West Virginia here.

Looking Back… with Gratitude #restocambo 7


Hunter shares about his experience in Cambodia as we continue our series of reflections. Make sure you don’t miss the invitation at the bottom of his post.

As 2014 ended and I reflect on God’s work in my life across the year, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. I embraced some unique opportunities, and I am awed by the ways God encouraged, supported, and even used me. Between joining the West Asia

team in May and leading the Cambodia team in November, I found myself blessed far beyond my expectations. I better understand Paul’s description of the act of giving as a blessing: “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift” (2 Cor 9.15). As our team winds out our blog posts about our experience in Cambodia, here are some of the things I’m thankful for.

It was a gift…

To see the beautiful land and people of Cambodia and to meet both Cambodian and international workers who give the hours of their days to serve others with creativity and compassion. In a neighborhood once characterized by child sexual exploitation, the laughter and joy of children around a new school and the din of sewing machines worked by mothers and fathers paid a fair wage in a well-ventilated employment center (not a sweatshop) still rings in my ears.

It was a gift…

To walk the streets where Jesse and Sarah Blaine now live and work. Despite dengue fever (rare, but a risk), Jesse rallied to meet us and introduce us to his partners in their work serving orphans. Sarah stepped up to host and care for us, while caring for her daughters and ailing husband. We couldn’t have felt more loved as we sat in their living room and renewed bonds forged two years earlier in their living room in Arlington through a Restoration small group.

It was a gift…

To meet and serve our sister Anglican church, the Church of Christ our Peace in Phnom Penh. We were warmly welcomed, well taken care of, and inspired by their life and ministry. Pastor Gregory introduced us to congregants doing amazing work, and the community of CCOP is a living testimony of his love, character and commitment to Jesus. Although more populated with internationals, their dynamic and vibrant community felt much like Restoration!

It was a gift…

To grow in relationship with teammates at Restoration. Through meeting weekly as a small group to prepare and through shared time in Cambodia at meals, in vans, walking and working together, we all gained a deeper experience of Christian family. I’m amazed and thankful for their giftedness, and that everyone stepped up to serve without complaint. And I still can’t believe that a couple from Phnom Penh moved to Washington last summer, came to Restoration, joined our Cambodia small group and helped us prepare to go. They even came from CCOP and had been in small group with Jesse and Sarah Blaine! God’s ways are astounding.

It was a gift…

To bring my family. Though they don’t fully comprehend it at ages 8, 6 and 4, our children’s eyes were opened to life beyond northern Virginia — to another culture rich with history, but stung by corruption, injustice and poverty. And yet so many of the people we met were generous, kind and compassionate. Every few days our four-year-old daughter keeps asking, “When are we going back to Cambodia?”

It was a gift…

To pray, unsure of who we would meet (other than the Blaines) and how our work would be helpful, yet expectant and confident that God would guide and teach us. Through praying before the trip, God prepared my heart for the ways he would meet us there. Praying for CCOP leaders at the retreat we hosted was so clearly received as a blessing by them that we felt privileged just to pray. And despite linguistic barriers, being prayed for by young, rural Cambodian Christians fired our faith. They don’t take turns, vocalizing prayer all at the same time, and their impassioned prayers felt like thunderous waters pouring down from heaven over our team.

These are a few of the things that stir me to gratitude. In this new year, may you know the riches of God’s blessings as you continue to follow Jesus. To borrow Isaac Watts’ words from 1719 that we’ve recently sung in worship, may our Lord surprise you again and again with “the wonders of his love.”

Happy new year!

Hunter Weimer

To hear more stories from our team, see some pictures and celebrate our friends visiting from Cambodia, Jesse and Sarah Blaine, join us at Restoration tonight, January 12th. We’ll gather 7.30-9.00pm in Fellowship Hall. Child care will be provided. We hope you can make it!

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