APEX experiences the “ART” of giving up


APEX Youth Ministry Experiences the season of Lent through the "Art of Giving Up."

APEX Youth Ministry experiences the season of Lent through the “Art of Giving Up.”

Last weekend, APEX Middle and High School reviewed the concept of “incurvatus in se,” from the book “The Good of Giving Up,” by Aaron Damiani.  They were asked to embrace Lent as a time to cease focusing on our dependence on earthly desires and drives and instead to focus on the provisions and Grace made possible through dependence on God.

They were then asked to express (on a chalk board) through words and images what came to their hearts and minds as they meditated on the 40 day journey of Christ into the wilderness. With full knowledge that their work would be erased the following Sunday as a symbol of how our sins and bodies will be washed away and returned to dust (Genesis 3:19), this is what they came up with.  I encourage you to watch this video and view their expressions this Sunday, March 19th, in the upper narthex.  It will be washed following the 5pm services.

To volunteer for APEX or to have your child join middle or high school, please contact Isaiah Brooms at apex@restorationarlington.org.




supernatural shoes

Shoes can be supernatural. This weekend we’re going to infuse as many shoes as we can with near-mythological powers. Ok, they probably won’t levitate or become faster than a speeding bullet, but the old pair of Reebok’s in your closet can be transformed into an otherworldly boon for an Ethiopian, perhaps, who might others contract podoconiosis.

What is podoconiosis? I hadn’t heard of it either, until this morning. It’s a horrible foot disease often called “podo” that turns the victim’s feet into something like rotting cauliflower. According to a recent ChristianityToday article,

An estimated one million Ethiopians suffer from podo, as do perhaps three million more, mostly Africans. In affected areas—typically mountains with red volcanic soil—1 out of every 20 people have it. A village of 2,000 will have 100 victims, permanently disabled. In certain areas of Ethiopia, the podo infection rate surpasses that of HIV/AIDS.

I threw away a pair of used running shoes last month. I wonder if my shoes could’ve saved someone from having their feet turned to mush? After listening to David’s sermon on generosity this Sunday, I’ve been wondering how generous I am with my money, time, talents?  I want to be generous, I want to help others. But it’s hard to change good intentions into action.

Your old Reebok’s change someone’s life.

Here’s an opportunity for me and you to change good intention into reality. We’re collecting shoes and passing out flier to our neighbors this Saturday, 9am at Restoration. If you can’t make it, we’ll have donation boxes out on Sunday morning. We’ll package up shoes of all sizes and send them to Soles4Souls, a not-for-profit organization that distributes used footwear to millions of people without shoes around the world.

Cleaning out the old shoes from your closest and bring them to church is a small thing. But our small actions can become salvation to an Ethiopian. Like the boy who watched lunch of fish and bread turn miraculously into a meal for thousands, we can watch our shoes be changed into something divinely salvific this weekend.

So please check your closet this week. See any extra shoes? Bring them with you to Restoration.  Like Clark Kent, your shoes are needed.


Tweens, Middle School, and the new thing…

Tweens & Teens at Restoration

When asked what they like about our church, tweens in our congregation consistently said

“it’s small…in a great way,”

“it’s easy to get to know everyone,”

“you get to know everyone because you are smushed up against them [in the pew].”

These kids are longing for – and finding – community in our church, just like the rest of us!

Now we want to create intentional time and space for these relationships to grow.  Staying true to their wishes, we’ll start small with a few informal activities. We want these kids to identify with Restoration, connect with their peers, and have a safe place to wrestle through the issues of being a Christian teen in Northern Virginia.

Please join us for a meeting on Tuesday January 26th at Heather and Roger Raber’s home as we pray and talk through ideas for a middle school ministry at Restoration.  Since we’re dealing with teens, we need all the guidance the Holy Spirit can give us!  We’ll spend time brainstorming about a long-term vision for this ministry, and also pray about more immediate & smaller actions we can take now to start us off.  Anyone with a heart for these kids is welcome. But please RSVP (in a comment to this blog) so we know to expect you!  Adults only – leave the kids to dream at home.

Tuesday January 26, 2010 at 7:30pm
Heather & Roger Raber

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