Annual Report 2019

We love celebrating what God has done in and through Restoration. Join us as we give glory to God while we rejoice in the highlights from the past year.

In just a few weeks, Restoration will celebrate our first 10 years as a church. We hope that all of you will join us for our birthday party on November 22 and then a day of worship, thanksgiving, and ordinations(!) on November 24! We are so grateful to God for His steadfast faithfulness and never-ending love.

Fy19 Annual Report

Parish Meeting Recap (Audio at end)

Parish Meeting

The Audio from our 30 September 2018 Parish Meeting is at the bottom of this post.

Restoration is a gathering of the body of Christ, a household of God, a community of broken people who are being restored by grace.

We worship together, pray together, serve together, and live life together.  It’s more than just a place to show up on a Sunday; it’s the messiness of real life.  When people are connecting to God and experiencing what it means to be loved, forgiven, healed, and empowered by Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, church is happening.  And church is a foretaste of God’s Kingdom— a day when all that is broken will be healed, all that is incomplete will be made whole, all that is old will be made new.  A day of Restoration.

A few times a year we get together to talk about what God is doing in our church.  It’s a family meeting:

  • We check in about our resources (a financial update, opportunities to volunteer your time)
  • We celebrate what’s going well (we just launched a church plant!)
  • We anticipate what needs our attention (we are starting a visioning process).

We have one of these gatherings this Sunday, September 30 at 12:30pm…  right after the 11am service.

Food:  You always eat at a family meeting.  So we will have pizza and grapes and cookies.  Yum.

Childcare:  The kids need to know they are included but the adults need to be able to talk.  So after we eat pizza, we will provide childcare for kids and we need to know if your kids are coming.  Can you drop Louise a line?

Topics: Here’s where the conversation will go…

  • Restoration turns 10 in 2019!  We are creating a team of people to help us plan the celebration.  Do you enjoy hosting a party or helping folks to remember their joy?  Want to be on the team that is preparing for a grand celebration in the fall of 2019?  We’d love to get your name.  We will mark you as ‘interested‘.  And we’ll will be in touch.
  • Vision Night Recap:  Were you at Vision Night on September 6?  Wondering what was discussed?  We want to share things that we heard and update you on next steps.  Your input is so important to us as we look to where Restoration is headed over the next 7 years, Restoration 2025!
  • We ended our fiscal year strong in August.  We will give a financial update and show a slideshow from the first few weeks of our church plant, Incarnation.  We will talk about opportunities that are coming for discipleship, to engage our mortgage, and to visit our global outreach partners.

All of that in an hour!  Hope you can join us on Sunday.  Family meetings are fun!



This is what David shared concerning the vision night and follow-up questions:

Parish Meeting – February 13, 2018

Parish Meeting Update [October 2015]

Rolling Attendance

There are always so many exciting things that are happening at Restoration.  This graph is just one way that we tell the story of broken people being restored by grace and living God’s story.  If you click on the graph, you will find a deck of slides that our vestry used to celebrate the work of God in our church and the things we are asking him to do in the days to come.

You will see highlights from the Rector’s report, a quick look at who is preaching during David’s sabbatical, the progress we made on our strategic plan (Restoration2019), our financial position at the conclusion of the 2015 fiscal year, and information on the upcoming vestry election for the class of 2018.  Plus lots of great pictures!

The parish meeting is the best way to get a quick glance our life together.  We hope these slides help you remember if you were there and give you a small taste if you weren’t.  Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.


Parish Meeting on October 4 at 12:45pm

Parish Meeting


We do these 3 times a year.

And every time I struggle to find the right words to both capture what it is and to motivate you to attend.  I’m running uphill with this.  Look what I have to work with:

Parish:  It sounds so antiquated.

But it is what we are.  Formally:  “A geographical district with its own church and pastor.”  In the past there was one parish per area and everyone was a part of it.  The ‘everyone’ is still key for us.  This is a meeting for EVERYONE who calls Restoration home.  That’s you.  If you are reading this, you are invited, encouraged, even expected(!) to be there.

Meeting:  I know.  You’re asleep by the second ‘e’.

Really?  Another meeting?  If you are imagining a gavel, Robert’s rules of order, and people making motions, let me set your heart at ease.  This is a celebration.  It is an opportunity for us to rejoice in all that has happened in the last quarter and an opportunity to get excited for all that will happen in the months to come.

At Restoration, there are always changes:  new life, new ideas, new initiatives.  None of us knows about everything, so this is a deliberate chance to get all of us on the same page.  We report.  We tell stories.  We hold each other accountable.  We talk about critical numbers related to money and attendance.  We explain how stuff works.  We ask questions.  We offer answers.

Would you please come to the Restoration Everyone Celebration?

It’s this Sunday, October 4, at 12:45.  We will be done by 1:45.

Wondering what you will hear?

The story of our Immigration Legal Aid Center, an update on David’s sabbatical, how to nominate candidates and vote in the vestry election, what we’ve done so far with the strategic plan to mature 2000 disciples by 2019, and…

You can pick up a copy of our gorgeous Fy2015 Annual Report.

See you on Sunday for the Restoration Everyone Celebration.


Parish Meeting Report

Parish Meeting

On June 2, we had a wonderful parish meeting–  complete with pizza and drinks.  If you were not able to attend, you can view the slide deck here.  (This is a link to CCB, our on-line database.  It requires a username and password.  You will find the deck under files in ‘Entire Church Group’.)

Here are the highlights…

  • We will not have a 5pm worship service from June 28-Sept 6.  This is a chance for us to deliberately insert some margin in to our life together.  It creates space for our staff and our volunteers to slow down for a few weeks.  On Sept 13 we will come roaring back with Kids’ Small Groups and 3 worship services every Sunday.
  • Hannah Royal gave a spotlight report on outreach in the past year that revealed how we strategically gave the 10% of our annual income to our partners and the needs of the world.  The Parish Meeting Slide Deck in CCB has all of the info.
  • David gave some updates on work that is being done by our staff.  We are excited about…
  1. the immigration aid center
  2. the incredible service of our Kids’ Small Group leaders (Regan, Mike, Jen, Scott, Andrea, Christine, Natasha, Leigh, Timon, Becky, Rachel, Patricia, Grace, Nan, Megan, Isaiah, Heather, Patty, Susie, Robert, Carra, Whitney, Phyllis, Oyin, Simon, Jerry, Morgan, Erin, Eric, Sara, Ryan, Nate, Liz, Edna, Stef, and Nathalie)
  3. The incredible success of Women Unscripted.
  4. Our faithful liturgical volunteers and vergers who are present every week.
  5. The beautiful and creative work of RestoArts to help us engage with Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.
  • Chris Belen and Christine Jones gave an update on the plans for David’s sabbatical in 2016.
  • We announced the hire of Rev. Nathan Dickerson as our new Associate Rector for Small Groups and Church Planting.
  • Ramsey Wilson provided an update our parish finances.  All the details are in the Parish Meeting Slide Deck.  In addition we made one more clarifying request that all capital campaign contributions be completed by July 31, 2015.
  • Carolyn concluded our evening by reminding us of the good work that has happened in the past year on our strategic plan—  we have grown to 550 people in attendance at our services each week on Quincy Street, Jesse Blaine is now a postulant for ordination and moving forward in his calling to plant a church in Cambodia, and the hire of Nathan Dickerson gives us a critical staff addition who will help us focus on small groups and church planting around Arlington.

Let us rejoice and give thanks.  God has been abundantly generous.  You, His people, have been faithful.


Wardens’ Report: May 2015

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

Vestry began our monthly meeting in prayer, kneeling at the rail in the sanctuary.  With the hustle and bustle of the Women Unscripted Celebration event in our ears, we earnestly thanked God for Liz Gray‘s ministry among us and prayed for continued creativity and energy as she so ably encourages us in our discipleship and outreach and prayer (among many other things!)

The trajectory of our finances remains consistent with a close tracking of our finances to this year’s budget.  Year-to-date, giving is about 96% of budget, and expenses are about 97%.  Given that our fiscal year ends August 31, we began a discussion of next year’s budget priorities with an eye towards welcoming the Finance Team’s draft budget next month and finalizing the plans in July.  Our operating reserve is healthy, and we remain well positioned as we anticipate the significant change to our fixed costs with the August amortization of our new mortgage.

The hiring processes for a Senior Director of Discipleship and Church Planting, as well as Director of Youth Ministries are ongoing with significant progress underway.  Nothing definitive to report yet, but the Holy Spirit is clearly at work.

We hope that you will join us at next Tuesday’s parish meeting at 7:30 PM (Pizza at 7 PM).  We look forward to this “family meeting” and plan to provide updates on our summer plans, recent and upcoming missions trips and our financial situation (including an update on the capital campaign and more detail on what exactly is happening with the mortgage in August).  We’ll also hear a report from our sabbatical planning team which is doing great work to prepare us all for a sabbatical for David now that we approach the 7th anniversary of his ministry among us.

We remain open to your feedback on all aspects of our life together on Quincy Street.

You can read an archive of past Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’.

-Carolyn Weimer and Ramsey Wilson, Wardens

Parish Meeting – June 8, 2014

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Are you curious about our finances, our new building, or our five year plan?
Listen to the meeting and browse the slides so that you can learn what is going on in the life of Restoration!

(Mac and Kathy’s microphone did not record, so please browse the slides for finances and the building update.  All of the Q&A was recorded.)

Parish Meeting Slides – June 8, 2014


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