2nd Sunday Supper at Rocklands – Sun, Sept. 8 @ 6:30 PM

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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!

Questions?

Contact Nathan Dickerson at nathan@restorationarlington.org

September 8th at Restoration

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As Summer gives way to Autumn

You’ve probably noticed that things become much quieter around here in the summertime.  People — our staff, members, volunteers — are in and out constantly, bouncing between vacations, family reunions, personal retreats…or, maybe all of the above!

On September 8th, our fall season begins and you’ll notice the activity increases around here like bubbles in a cool glass of seltzer.  We don’t want you to miss anything.  So here is what’s coming back after a brief summer hiatus:

APEX

APEX: Isaiah Brooms, our Director of Youth Ministries, has an awesome fall program planned and is looking forward to seeing your middle and high schoolers there on September 8th!  This year, high school and middle school APEX is going to happen at the same time — Sunday nights from 6:30 to 8:30. This will make it easier on parents with kids in both groups and our facility will be bubbling with energy on Sunday nights!  Your kids can’t wait.  Maybe you want to serve as an APEX volunteer?  Sunday nights will be a blast at Resto.  Email Isaiah with any questions.

Kids’ Small Groups

Kid’s small groups will also begin a new year on September 8th at the 9 and 11.  Louise has been hard at work preparing and would love for your child to join a group.  Register your child today!  Even if you have registered your child in a prior year, we ask that you would fill out a fresh form for this coming year (just like you will do for each kid on their first day of school!).  You can always shoot Louise an email with any questions you may have.

The 5pm

It’s back!!  The 5 PM service will return on September 8th.  We are grateful for the space and margin that not having the 5pm created for our staff and volunteers this summer.  Rest and elasticity returned to their souls.  Thank you!  But we are so excited to be back together with our beloved 5pm community.  If you are planning to be mostly at the 5pm this fall, would you let us know?   Have you never been to the 5?  Would you consider trying it for a couple months?  It takes some repetition to see if something new is a good fit.  And it takes a critical mass of people for a community to feel like home.  We would love for 50 households who normally attend the 9 or 11 to alternatively commit to the 5pm for this fall.  “Giving up your seat” at the 9 or 11 creates room for new folks to visit our church.  “Taking a seat” at the 5 brings your friendship, worship, and presence to a beautiful community that loves ending their week-end with the evening hues lighting the Lord’s table. Let us know if you are one of those households that will worship in Autumn at 5.

(Bonus-  if your kid is headed to APEX on Sunday nights, the 5pm is a great way to worship together before they head off to their Youth Small Groups.)

Second Sunday Suppers

That’s right.  You like to eat.  We like to eat.  Let’s eat after the 5pm on Sept 8.  We’ll keep going out on the Second Sunday of every month, after the 5 PM.  Everyone is invited!  Even if you went to the 9 or the 11!  How convenient if your kids are in APEX!  We want you there! Contact Beth for details.

Autumn begins…

We couldn’t be more excited for the fall:  Vision Night (9/10).  Baptisms (9/22).  New to Restoration Dinner (10/1).  Fall Retreat (10/12-13).  It’s all waiting for you…

We’re going to hit the ground running and we hope to see you right alongside us.

 

Book of Common Prayer Workshop

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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!

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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.

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.

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