Restoration Ice Cream Social: August 18 at 6:30pm

Ice Cream Toppings

Bring your favorite ice cream topping to the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, August 18 at 6:30pm for the Restoration Ice Cream Social.

Resto provides the ice cream. You provide the toppings!

Chocolate chips? Great!

Hot fudge and whipped cream? Obviously!

Blueberries? Healthy!

Crushed Oreos? Yep!

Gummy worms? Fun!

Hot Cheetos? Weird!

Whatever it is, bring some to share, and enjoy a sweet treat with some sweet friends at Restoration!

Resto Summer Cookout!

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

Join us at Oak Grove Park (1606 N Quincy St. – across from where we park on Sundays!) at 6pm on Sunday, July 14.

Restoration will provide hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers, and drinks. You bring the desserts and sides!

If your last name begins with A-G, bring your favorite dessert.

If your last name begins with H-Z, bring your favorite side!

We would also love help with setting up, grilling, and/or cleaning up!

You can sign up for all of that here!

It’s going to be fun! Bring your friends (and a lawn chair or a blanket)! Can’t wait to see you there!

NOTE: If it rains, we’ll have the cookout in the Fellowship Hall!

Ryan Goyer is joining our team!

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We’re so excited to welcome Ryan Goyer to the Restoration staff team as our new Communications Coordinator! Here’s a chance to meet Ryan before he officially begins his role on July 9.

I grew up in Sterling, VA, the son of two native New Englanders. I went to college at Christopher Newport University (which some call the “Alabama of DIII”) and spent most of my time there doing the things I love most: spending time with friends, discussing theology, playing and coaching sports, and going on long walks. Some other random affections (as David calls them): reading, watching all Boston sports teams (we’re in a golden era), Colorado (one summer out there hooked me for life), driving on two-lane roads (Georgetown Pike in the early afternoon), and getting lost in the woods (preferably in the mountains).

I came back to Northern VA to be a Falls Church Fellow (Class of 2018). During my fellows year, I worked in the youth ministry office and fell in love not only with the people but with the Anglican church. I was fortunate enough to stay on at The Falls Church Anglican this past year as John Yates’ study assistant. Needless to say, I have been (and will continue to be) richly blessed by my time as a Fellow!

After witnessing me nearly burning down the house trying to fix breakfast on a retreat, David connected me with the staff at Restoration, and before I knew it, I accepted the awesome opportunity to work here as the Communications Coordinator.

I’m excited to be a part of such a fun and kind staff team and to see how God continues to grow me through this role. Look for me early in the morning trying to practice on the piano in the sanctuary.

Abigail Westbrook has joined our team!

Abigail Westbrook, a long-time member of Restoration, has joined our staff team as the Sunday Coordinator of Kids’ Small Groups. Here’s a glimpse of her heart which will help you understand why we are all so happy she’s here loving and shepherding those in our nursery.

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Teach me work 

Teach me work that honors thy work,

the true economies of goods and words,

to make my arts compatible

with the songs of the local birds.

Teach me patience beyond work –

and, beyond patience, the blest

Sabbath of thy unresting love

which lights all things and gives rest.

-Wendell Berry- 

I love this prayerful poem in which Berry asks the Lord to “teach him work,” specifically the kind of labor that honors His work.

Remember your first job ever? I bet you do! It was likely the first in a series of jobs, each one that brought some kind of lesson or experience. Work can be a great teacher.

My first job was Sundown Gardens, a landscaping business where I grew up in Carmel, Indiana. Great first job. Hard (and hot) work.

Much of my work in recent years has been with elementary children, but these days I’m teaching much smaller scholars, particularly toddler types. I’m grateful for this new role working alongside Louise at Restoration. I am beginning my acquaintance with these precious “local birds.” I am meeting families at Restoration as well as leading and working alongside a beautiful team of women who faithfully show up each Sunday to care for our kids.

Berry’s poem is my prayer for you, too, in your work. Lord, may our work honor your handiwork: your creation, our fellow image-bearers. May we learn to recognize the songs of our “local birds” so that we can better serve them and sing along. We seek your shalom, “the blest Sabbath of thy unresting love.”

May you walk in this truth: we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He has prepared in advance for us to do. 

-Abigail-

Summer Small Group!

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Hi, all!

Scott Buckhout here. I am back for the summer as a Pastoral Intern, and I am excited to be worshipping and serving Jesus alongside you for the next couple of months.

Last summer, I hosted a mini-workshop on creating a personal Rule of Life, and a lot of folks showed up. Way more than I expected. But afterwards, folks wished we could have had more time to create their own personal Rule of Life.

So this summer, beginning June 27, I am hosting a small group on Thursday nights where each member will have the chance to craft their own personal Rule of Life. You can sign up for the small group here!

What is Rule of Life?

Great question!

In 534, St. Benedict was an abbot who wanted the monks in his monastery to live a more “ordered and stable” life. He wasn’t the first abbot to try such a thing, but he was the first to create a rule of life for monks that was actually livable. The monks under his care flourished and grew spiritually as they put his rule into practice. There are still Benedictine monks to this day living by the Benedictine rule for life.

Today, Rule of Life is a tool to help Christians take stock of their life in order to live faithfully, create intentional goals, and measure our progress toward our God-given callings, goals, and responsibilities.

Ok. Great. But why should I have one?

Again, you ask really good questions.

If you feel like your life is overwhelmingly busy. Or if you are in a season of questioning and discerning different aspects of your life. Or if you feel like you are doing things you don’t want to do and never getting to the things you actually want to do. Or if you feel like you have been in a spiritual rut and not growing, crafting a personal Rule of Life can be a helpful way to press pause, take stock of where you are going and what you are doing in order to see if your life reflects God’s best for you.

I know for many of us “Rule of Life” sounds restrictive or legalistic, especially when we tie it to faith. But despite the title, it’s actually the opposite. A Rule of Life is meant to give you freedom.

It certainly isn’t the only thing you can do. You can go for a walk, call a friend, pray, lift weights, take a deep breath, journal. But some of these things might be habits you want to regularly incorporate into your daily schedule and rhythms. A Rule of Life will help you find a place for them in your already packed schedule… 🙂

That’s the gist.

Ok. I am sold. What are the deets?

Awesome! Sign up here!

Beginning June 27, we will meet on Thursday nights (7:30-9pm) at Restoration in the Fellowship Hall. There will be snacks.

Each week we’ll tackle a different aspect of life, whether it is relationships, work, our spiritual disciplines, the way we treat our body, the way we spend our money, etc.

We’ll pray together. Read Scripture together. And ask some questions that will help us reflect on ways we can trust God with every aspect of our lives. Also, did I mention the part about the snacks?

Do I need to bring anything?

You, a Bible, and a journal.

Also, I learned about all of this from a good friend and mentor named Steve Macchia who wrote the book on creating a personal rule of life. I’ll be using it to structure our time together. Feel free to buy a copy for yourself if you want to go deeper. It is very well done!

Again, sign up here, or email me – scott@restorationarlington.org. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Hope to see you this summer on Thursdays!

-Scott-

Holy Week 2019

 

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Join us for a full week as we remember together.


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Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 14

We will begin outside with services at 9am, 11am, and 5pm.

Shuttle service provided.

 

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 18 @ 7:30pm

Shuttle service and nursery provided.

 

Walking the Cross

Friday, April 19 @ 8:30am

Gather at the Brooks’ house to walk the cross to church, praying the stations as you go.

 

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Stations of the Cross

Friday, April 19 @ 10am (for children and the young at heart), 12pm, and 2pm.

Come. Pray. There will also be a special art response for children @ 11am in the Fellowship Hall.

 

Good Friday

Friday, April 19 @ 7:30pm

Hear from people in our congregation about how their stories are weaving into God’s big story.

Shuttle service and nursery provided.

 

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Saturday, April 20 @ 8:30pm

Come hear the whole big story of God’s rescue and redemption. Bring food to share for the Resurrection Party after the service.

Shuttle provided, but no nursery.

 

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Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 21 @ 9am, 11am, and 5 pm

Shuttle service and nursery provided, but kids preschool – 5th grade will remain with their families throughout the service.

Upcoming Weekend with Regent Professor Darrell Johnson (April 4-7)

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We have an exciting opportunity that is coming in just a few weeks! Along with another local church (Church of the Ascension), we are hosting a weekend with Regent College (Vancouver) Professor Darrell Johnson. He will be here in Northern Virginia from Thursday, April 4 to Sunday, April 7.

Here a few great opportunities for you to engage with him:

  1. Public Speaking Seminar – Thursday, April 4, 7-9 PM

People say they fear public speaking even more than death… we’d like to make it easier than that! Please join us on Thursday, April 4 from 7-9 PM at Restoration to improve this important skill. We hope to develop persuasive communication skills, master the art of presentation, & learn what makes a compelling narrative. This is a great opportunity to invite friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers!

  1. Sermon on the Mount Retreat – Fri PM, April 5 – Sat AM, April 6

Join us for two days of intensive teaching as Darrell Johnson leads us through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

When: Friday, April 5, 7pm- 9:30pm / Saturday, April 6, 9am- 12:30pm

Where: Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Annandale, VA (3901 Gallows Rd, Annandale, VA 22003)

Cost:A suggested donation of $10 to cover costs of the event including snacks and nursery can be paid at time of registration or on site at the event.

Interested in Registering? Here is the link

  1. Preaching at Restoration – Sunday, April 7 @ 9 & 11 AM

Finally, Darrell will be preaching during our morning services at Restoration on Sunday, April 7.

We hope you are able to join us for one of these events. Please email Nathan Dickerson at nathan@restorationarlington.org if you have any questions!

Thanks!

This is why we LOVE the 5pm at Restoration!

The 5pm service is special for many reasons (there are about 20 of them that I curated from people who attend the 5.  Keep reading…).

We would love for you to try it!  As you know, trying something takes a ‘few tries’.  So if you want to give it a go, would you consider trying it from March 10 until June 9?  That’s all of Lent + Easter to Pentecost.  And that’s a great ‘try’!

We think some of you will try it, love it, and find a meaningful new rhythm to your Sabbath.

Curious?  Here’s a bunch of reasons to tip you over the edge…

It’s come as you are—not only in dress (jeans!) but people come where they are in life—single/married, young/old, children/no children, and everyone fits in.

Everyone is glad to see you!  You are greeted each Sunday like a long-lost friend even if it’s just been a week or two since you last met.

It’s a great way to “end” the weekend and at the same time start the “new” week with a Kingdom mindset.

The 5pm snacks are better!  Not really(!) but we do have snacks- just like the other services. 

It’s not crowded—there is always room for one more person or one more family…even if you are running late.

It’s not “formal”—while we meet at church and do all the worship things, it’s a little more like hanging out with a group of friends to worship together and talk about Jesus and what He’s doing in our lives.

You can be yourself—whether it’s been a tough week (or a good week), whether you feel like laughing (or crying), whether you like to sing loudly and raise your hands in praise (or not), we do it all.

It has a relaxed feel—it’s a low-stress service with rhythms of grace woven into it; it’s more about being present than the program.

It’s more intimate—because it’s a smaller group, you can know and be known by others.

It feels like family—it’s like attending the rehearsal dinner compared to the formal wedding or the Easter Vigil compared to the Sunday Easter services.  It’s more about the people you are with (Jesus and the Resto family) and less about the public-facing ceremony.

Kids’ small groups @ the 5 have their own special flavor, too. The small groups are smaller and the age-range of kids within each small group is wider. It’s a sweet opportunity to have deeper conversations between and among kids and leaders. This dynamic begins to provide our kids with the opportunity to experience mentorship that both looks ahead to those who are older and looks behind to those who are younger, as they see themselves as whole participants in their own spiritual formation and influencers of others’. In other words, we have a blast!

I love that the smaller size of an intimate group allows me to have deeper conversations with one or two people vs. just trying to say a quick surface “hello” to 20 or more people.

As someone who has a tendency to want to rush around from one thing to another, the 5pm is a sweet time of truly slowing down… No rushing to clear out of the Church for the next service, or rushing out of Church to get to a Sunday afternoon activity.

I really do feel like Sunday night is the start of my week. When I attend the 5pm service, I have a smoother transition into my work week and I feel more resilient to the Monday morning anxieties that come with my weekly to-do list, because I have it really fresh in my mind that God has got it all under control.

I have time throughout the afternoon to build up an excited anticipation for what is going to come that evening at Church.

The timing lends well to lingering longer over snacks after service and/or going straight to dinner afterwards with Church friends to continue the conversation about the sermon, prayer, what’s going on in our lives, etc.

If I could paint a picture of the 5pm service, it would be one of Jesus hanging out with his buddies around the supper table, reclined in happy relaxation… Kicking His sandals off, putting His feet up on the table, and motioning with wide open, welcoming arms to gather close… He’s saying, “The invitation is open. Come in and rest. There is always room for you.”

OK, finally. Can I say it?  I’m going to say it.  I like sleeping in!  And I am thankful to God for my “no alarm clock” Sunday mornings. Please don’t judge 🙂

 

-A cheerful invitation to try the 5 from cheerful people who attend the 5!

Information about Oliver McNeil’s Funeral

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It is with a heavy heart that I write to tell you of Oliver McNeil’s death on Wednesday, December 5.  He and his parents, Shannon and Matt, are loved by many in our church and on their behalf, I extend my deep thanks for all of the ways that you, their community, prayed for and served them over the last months while Oliver’s body was in decline.

Some of you may not have known Oliver.  He was 11 years old, a regular at the 11am service, a huge fan of the Washington Nationals, and he loved to have his shoulders squeezed when he came up for communion.  Here is a link to an old blog post that his mom, Shannon, wrote in 2011, several years before their daughter, Waverly, died (2015) and when Oliver was still quite young.  You may find Shannon’s blog helpful in getting to know a little about their story as a family.

A service of thanksgiving for his life will be held at McLean Bible Church (MBC), on the ground level of the Smith Center, on Saturday, December 15 at 11:00am.  MBC will have “funeral parking” signs to guide you as you turn onto the property from the stoplight on Rt 7.  There will be people greeting you as you enter.  You can find more detailed travel directions to MBC, here.

Everyone is invited to stay for a light lunch reception that will follow the funeral.  It is being provided by Oliver’s friends at Jill’s House.  In many ways Jill’s House became Oliver’s house too— a home away from home where he could enjoy life’s simple pleasures, have fun, and find rest in a context that cared for him.  Jill’s House, a 501(c)(3), offers respite to children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Greater Washington, D.C. area.

Shannon and Matt have suggested that gifts to honor Oliver’s life be given to Jill’s House.  Please visit here, and include ‘Oliver McNeil’ in the comments section.  Or checks can be sent to:  Jill’s House, 9011 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182.

If you have questions about the funeral, you can call the Restoration office.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”  1 Thessalonians 4: 13-14
We do grieve.

But our grief is tethered to hope.
It does not overcome us.  On December 15 we will gather together to both grieve and to remind ourselves of our hope.  Thanks be to God for both.

-David

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 (kathy@restorationarlington.org)

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