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Restoration Anglican Church Looks to Expand

by Katie Pyzyk — October 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm 4,497 109 Comments

Restoration Anglican Church (1815 N. Quincy Street) hasn’t been in existence for long, but it’s already looking to expand into a larger building.

The church congregation formed in January 2009, when it was around 100 people. At that time, it rented space for one service per week from Trinity Baptist Church, as did a third congregation which ended up relocating to Reston. Restoration bought the church building when Trinity disbanded in 2010.

Now, the congregation is closer to 450-500 people and the number of weekend services has increased to three. The Rev. David Hanke says the congregation has reached its threshold for expansion in the current facility.

“Our ability to keep adding services has hit its end so we need to build something larger,” he said.

Last month, Restoration began its capital campaign in an effort to raise a portion of the $4.5 million budgeted for the project. Although a design has not yet been finalized, the goal is to build a facility that would seat around 400 people, instead of the current 150 person capacity.

The existing church building will be razed and the new facility will be built on the same plot of land. So far there is no hard date for breaking ground, considering a final design hasn’t even been approved yet, but the hope is to start construction in early 2013.

While construction takes place for an estimated 12 to 18 months, the congregation will use space at Little Falls Presbyterian Church for one service per weekend.

Rev. Hanke reports having a good relationship with the surrounding community, and mentioned attending a Cherrydale Citizens Association meeting to address any concerns about a larger church. One of the issues that has come up as a concern among some residents is the lack of parking.

Right now, there are only 13 parking spaces at the church but there is a shuttle on Sundays that runs to the designated parking lot adjacent to Washington-Lee High School near I-66. The parking plan is in compliance with a county code allowing churches to run such shuttles to nearby parking lots. Rev. Hanke says the new church will house the same number of spots and the Sunday shuttle service will continue. Church goers will be reminded, as they are now, to appease neighbors by not parking on Quincy Street or nearby side streets.

Although a finished church facility is far in the future, the congregation is looking forward to its larger, permanent home.

“In the ongoing conversation we’re having with our community, one of the parallels I’ve drawn is to being a homeowner. There’s a big difference between renting a space and owning a space,” said Rev. Hanke. “Since we became owners, we became much more invested in the Quincy Street area. We love being on that street and we love our neighborhood. We are excited we have the opportunity to be there for a long, long time.”

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  • novasteve

    ARtisphere? Not like anyone uses that space.

  • JimPB

    Is this part of the break away Anglican churches?

    • HP2000

      Restoration is part of the newly formed Anglican Church in North America but they have not broken away from anything. They were a church mission that started from scratch.

    • Tim

      Yes. It’s part of the Anglican Church in North America, which broke away from the Episcopal Church because the Episcopals are too liberal. They’re pro-life, anti-gay marriage, don’t allow women to become bishops (though individual diocese can decide to ordain women as priests) and they eschew the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, among other conservative stances.

      They’re not recognized as an Anglican church by the Church of England.

      This particular church appears to have not itself broken away from any Episcopal congregation, however.

      • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

        Too liberal huh? I rank Jesus up there as one of the most liberal people in history.

        • Josh S

          I’m not sure you can fit Jesus into any 21st century American-made “liberal-conservative” scale. If his teachings all boil down to “love thy neighbor”, where does that go on the scale? It transcends it.

          • Right Winger

            Love thy neighbor? Socialism!

    • WeiQiang

      http://restorationarlington.org/files/2009/03/FAQs_v2_DoMA_Final_092111.pdf

      http://restorationarlington.org/about/what-we-believe/#CANA

      Since congregations must be part of a diocese in order to join the Province, the
      Diocese of the Holy Spirit was created within the Anglican Church in North America
      as a temporary, transitional diocese for these former Church of Uganda
      congregations. With the formation of several new Anglican Church in North America
      diocesan jurisdictions by the Provincial Council, all of the Diocese of the Holy Spirit
      congregations have transferred into other regional dioceses and with the blessing of
      Archbishop Duncan and the Provincial Council, the Diocese of the Holy Spirit has
      dissolved. Bishop Guernsey has resigned as its Bishop and is serving solely as Bishop
      of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. The churches in our region that were under the
      care of the Diocese of the Holy Spirit have now joined the Diocese of the Mid-
      Atlantic.

      Congregations and clergy in CANA
      have a dual citizenship and two virtual passports that allow them to be members of
      the Church of Nigeria (and thus the Anglican Communion) and the Anglican Church
      in North America.

      • veryconfused

        Im glad there is a Nigerian church around here

        • Nigerian

          Dear Sir: I am Crown Prince Edward Nazambwa of Nigeria. I find myself in an embarrassing predicament. I would like to transfer a large amount of money to an American bank…

  • Hate & intolerance

    Just what we need…bigger and bigger churches.

    Let’s just call them what they are–businesses–and start making them pay their fair share of taxes.

    • drax

      Sure, tax the huge profits made by churches all you want.

      • John Fontain

        Just like businesses, some churches make money and some don’t. But many religious groups make loads of money and probably should be taxed. Here is an example:

        http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/62364-how-the-mormons-make-money

        • drax

          Yes, some are businesses pretending to be churches.

          • L Ron Hubbard

            I resent that remark

        • Bon Air

          The Catholic church goes to great lengths to hide their considerable assets from law suits

          • Quoth the Raven

            Please provide your evidence.

    • Columbia Pike Trolley

      Cool. Let’s lump labor unions and political parties in there as well.

      When you get a chance…feel free to define “fair share”. Very interested in hearing what precisely that is.

      • yequalsy

        That’s simple. Fairness means I pay less taxes than everyone else and get as much as if not more governmental benefits than everyone else.

    • OO

      Because they aren’t businesses, that’s why. And they do pay their “fair share” of taxes, that share being zero. Members of the church pay taxes just like anybody else.
      Religion is constitutionally protected. Get over it.

      • Hate & intolerance

        And shareholders of companies pay taxes on dividends, but the businesses pay taxes on the same pot that the dividends come from. Churches are businesses — all they want to do is grow and grow and attract more donors (I mean congregants) so they can grow and grow some more. That’s a business. Get over it.

        • drax

          Well, no, that’s not really the definition of a business at all.

        • Exactly

          And don’t forget the ability of churches of many types (under the guise of freedom of religion) to espouse anti-gay, anti-woman, and/or racist teachings and policies. Just because it’s protected doesn’t mean it’s right.

        • Dave

          But church members’ income does not come from the church. That’s why your analogy is stupid.

      • Con Law Prof

        There is nothing constitutionally protected about 501(c)(3) charitable status. It’s a subsidy. Doesn’t matter if you are a church or the ASPCA. The government giveth and the government can take it away.

  • Mike

    Restoration Anglican – are the housewares stores running churches now?
    What’s next, Pottery Presbyterian Barn ? Crate & Baptist?

    • WeiQiang

      best = Crate & Baptist

      • Ha

        They have lovely rattan dunking booths. A much better selection than at Roman (Catholic) Depot.

  • JimPB

    Pro-life:
    … so the church advocates for Romneycare and Obamacare so that children (and adults) get access to illness prevention and care needed for a healthy life.
    And of course also advocates for access to healthy food and jobs that pay sufficiently to support a family.

    Maybe they would expand their new building way upwards with the addition of affordable housing for families that would otherwise be homeless.

    • veryconfused

      Well they ARE a Nigerian church so that would make sense

      do they use kewl Nigerian music?

      • Allie

        As a member of Restoration, @veryconfused, I can say that, in fact, the music we sing every week at Restoration is pretty great. If I were 12, I might even go so far to call it kewl.

        • drax

          Do you go out for Chik-Fil-A afterward?

          • sunflower

            not on sunday! puleeze–this is a kristian restaurant

          • drax

            Duh. You’re right. I forgot.

            I remember the Virginia blue laws, which forced every business to close on Sundays – except, conveniently, restaurants and movie theaters that church goers liked to go to afterward.

          • veryconfused

            shouldnt they go for african food? some good places in Adams morgan, I think

          • drax

            Kuku-Fil-A?

        • veryconfused

          but is it Nigerian music? Or are you a ugandan church? Do you have hymns in Swahili, or in Yoruba?

  • Mike Hunt

    SWEET BABY JESUS

    • sunflower

      amen to that!

  • Doubter

    If God has decided to build the church, why is there a need to raise funds?

  • NoVapologist

    The homeowners in that area seem to really hate that church.

    • JimPB

      NoVapologist: “The homeowners in that area seem to really hate that church.”
      The ARLNow.Com story indicates otherwise (although it seems that the only source of information about the church-community relationship was the church’s pastor).
      What evidence can you offer in support of your assertion that “… homeowners in that area seem to really hate that church.” other than the frequent opposition to any change.

      • NoVapologist

        The ubiquitous “Restoration Church – No Parking” signs that sprout up every Sunday and the local Cherrydale newsletter that spoke of serious concerns over the expansion of the church. By contrast, there are no such signs around Cherrydale Baptist, Cherrydale Methodist, or St. Andrews. Nor were the signs present when the Restoration building was a Baptist church. Likewise, there was no expression of concern over the massive expansion of Cherrydale Baptist a couple of years ago. Maybe I am just cynical, but it seems to me that Restoration has faced a lot of hostility because of its politics.

        • Allie

          It could simply be because of the explosive expansion of the church – any neighborhood seeing an increased crowd of people from 100 to 500 in just 2-3 years would be concerned about parking. They may not have had problems with the previous tenants if they were naturally a smaller church to begin with, and it’s also possible that the other churches referenced have more than 13 parking spaces to offer their congregants. It’s conceivable that the church’s politics have something to do with it, but that’s only if the neighbors know enough about the split-off from the Episcopal Church, and the fact that Restoration is part of that, to know or care about what that split-off implies.

        • JeffW

          NoVapologist, the “no parking” signs are placed by the church itself each weekend in order to deter church visitors from using the side streets for parking. As the article notes, church members are asked to use the W&L parking area and shuttle. Parking is a valid concern in the neighborhood, but the signs you mention aren’t put in place by the neighbors.

      • Bon Air

        I lived a block from the church on that street for 3 years, and it was annoying sundays because parking was tight. I really didn’t hate the place, though. Not really a big deal.

        But I was just a renter, so maybe only actual homeowners get angry.

        • SteamboatWillie

          The nearby community absolutely is concerned about the expansion plans and the parking/traffic impact on the surrounding streets. Based on comments on the neighborhood listserv, I would estimate that opposition outpaces support, but so far I have not seen open hostility.

          Several neighbors have expressed concerns about a perceived inconsistency between what the pastor and other church reps have told the community and the language in the permit application. The expansion was a topic of discussion at a recent Cherrydale Citizens Association meeting, but I don’t know how that went.

          • Bon Air

            If I owned property i would certainly be concerned

  • Libertywins

    There is so much hate in these messages it saddens me. So cynical and anti-Christian that it blows my mind. If this were a Mosque or Synagogue – where would this discussion be? Most likely praising diversity and coexistence. Wow! Why to you question and judge what you don’t understand. Nigerian, anti-gay, anti-women. What do you really know about this church and its congregation.

    • HP2000

      +1

    • Mike Hunt

      No, it would be the same story as the supposed 9/11 mosque “across” from the TWC. Dont try and make yourself feel better that you art thou holy christan

      • Libertywins

        It doesn’t make me feel better – I just don’t understand your hatred. Preach all day about diversity and open minded thinking, but reject what you don’t believe in and slander those with opposing views. Obviously you have an anti-christian sentiment.

        • OO

          +1

        • Mike Hunt

          Where am I hating?
          To be honest with you, i dont have an-anti anything sentiment, i feel people should be allowed to practice what they want.

          i am just highlighting the fact, that even christians themselves are anti-other religions as shown in the example of the 9/11 “mosque’ that was not even a mosque.

          • Libertywins

            It is hateful, Mike. You joined a debate here and attacked me by using the illogical, “Dont try and make yourself feel better that you art thou holy christan.” You don’t know me. Why attack me? You made it personal and this debate is about a christian church that needs more space to grow. Look in the mirror and reflect, don’t deflect.

          • Mike Hunt

            I am not deflecting. I am not attacking you. I am merely pointing out the same exact words that were spoken by the group in new york that wanted to to grow and need more space for THEIR beliefs, and somehow the tea party and all those Christians all over were protesting and labeled it the “victory mosque.” Ok? i am not hating on you, i am not hating on Christians, I am hating on hypocrites that happen to be Christian

    • drax

      I don’t see a single post here that could be described as hating anyone or anything. Criticism, maybe, but that’s not hatred.

      Get over yourself.

      • Allie

        Actually, @drax, making demeaning, derogatory remarks about an organization you have no part of -is- hateful. Being tolerant of people of all religious persuasions is cool, I promise.

  • Hasdrupal

    The Anglican/Episcpal/Nigerian/Ugandan church ic dissolving. There is a group called The Ordinate that has reconciled to the Roman Church, while keeping Anglican services. It is hard to figure out what it means, if ny thing, to be a member.

    • FaithieJ

      “The Anglican/Episcpal/Nigerian/Ugandan church ic dissolving” ? Not unless you mean that the Anglican Church in North America is dissolving the Episcopal Church. In less than 5 years of existence, the Anglican Church in North America has over 100,000 members in 1,000 congregations across North America.

      • jackson

        Whoopee

  • South Awwlington

    As I non-practicing Catholic, I think the Episcopal Church is the way to go for me. Many of us have issues with the Roman Church, their hypocritical stance over gay marriage and their cover-up of pedophile priests, female clergy, etc.

    We didn’t this group just become Catholic? Sounds like they share so many of their values.

    The most saddening aspect for me is, once upon a time, I was a proud Catholic, thought my childhood priest was the greatest thing since sliced bread and loved our nuns. That has changed. I don’t recognize this church any longer.

    • OO

      Because back when you were “a proud Catholic,” the Church supported gay marriage and female clergy? No, the Church didn’t change on those issues, but perhaps you did. (Pedopohile priests, I’ll grant you, is a change – the extent of that problem didn’t become clear until about 10 years ago).

      • South Awwlington

        Please don’t misinterpret my post. When I was a kid and going to mass (proud Catholic was a poor choice of words), the Church took a more liberal stance than they have lately on several issues. I never argued that they agreed with views of marriage, clergy, etc.

        The Church has become far more conservative since the death of John Paul II. So long as the Church refuses to evolve on social issues, they will continue to lose members in Western Europe and the US and have to continue to hunt for new members in Latin America and Africa. They will continue to prey on these people until they too evolve socially…and the Church will have to yet again, move on. .

        I stand by my statement that the Church is fully of hypocrisy relating to LGBT issues and Gay marriage when they AIDE and ABED pedophile priests.

        It’s a shame that the political views of the church are so hateful that they cloud and dilute the good work that is done by the Sisters and the Catholic Charities.

    • South Awwlington

      I = a
      We=Why

      Again, editing would be a GREAT tool for the readers of this site.

      So would typing skills, but whatever.

    • sunflower

      in answer to “why didnt this group become catholic?”. overtures were made to that effect by the pope, and some have joined the catholic church
      http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/will_anglican_overture_work_out_time_will_tell/

    • drax

      Well, first of all, you better check carefullly what this particular Episcopal Church believes before you go thinking they’re all liberal and gay-friendly and all that. Episcopalians are splitting apart over those issues.

      • sunflower

        you have to learn their “buzzwords” so you can identify them

  • John Fontain

    It’s fascinating to me how the mere passage of time makes people believe in others who claimed to be prophets.

    For example, because of the recency of his claim, almost no one today believes Vernon Wayne Howell (David Koresh) was really a prophet.

    Going back a little further in time, in the 1950′s and 1960′s almost no one believed that Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was a prophet. In fact, most everyone who knew about him knew he was a quack. But fast forward 60 years to today and millions of people follow his made up religion called Scientology.

    Go back a little further in time to the 1820′s and there was a fellow named Joseph Smith who was a con artist who told people he could help them find treasure by putting a rock into his hat. He then claimed he found gold plates in the side of a hill in New York that were written in reformed Egyptian that were the word of god. He looked at the rock in his hat to help him translate the gold plates.

    At the time, most everyone knew that Joseph Smith was a con artist. But today about 14 million people follow the religion he started by translating those gold plates into what is today called the Book of Mormon (Mitt Romney included).

    Some religions (the really big ones) go back so far in time, that most people wouldn’t think twice to question their legitimacy even though they probably have the same manner of origins.

    It is truly fascinating.

    • NoVapologist

      Not to mention that wacky Mary chick who claimed to be a virgin despite the fact that she had a bun in the oven.

      • FaithieJ

        I dare you to say something offensive about Islam.

        • John Fontain

          Something offensive or something truthful? Mohammed’s story is in fact very interesting. He was basically a warlord who, at about age 40, supposedly went up to a cave in a mountain and was spoken to by god (via one of god’s angels, of course). For about 10 years, only close family and friends believed him. Within 22 years (until his death), he had gathered thousands of believers. Most people at the time thought he was a false prophet. He also had 13 wives, one of which was 9 when he consummated the marriage. He also claims to have rode a winged horse to Mecca. Pretty cool.

          • Ha

            “I swear she looked 11, your honor.”

          • drax

            In his time, multiple marriage was a way to keep widows and orphans from starving. It was a long time ago in a very different place.

          • Bon Air

            which is exactly why no one should try to model their lives on his

          • drax

            I agree – one shouldn’t model their lives on any ancient middle eastern religion.

          • Quoth the Raven

            So back then sex with 9 year olds was OK? You can spin it however you want, that’s a difficult fact to ignore, isn’t it?

          • drax

            Yes, back then sex with 9-year-olds was okay.

            Lots of things were okay then that we don’t consider okay now. Duh.

          • Quoth the Raven

            You live in a fantasy world. Yes, people got married earlier (and died earlier). But I’ll wait for your evidence that sex with girls that young was okay at any time. “Duh”.

          • drax

            Um, considering that Mohammed–the prophet guy who was busying telling everyone what was okay because God told him directly–had sex with a 9-year-old, that pretty much means that sex with 9-year-olds was okay back then. Duh.

          • Quoth the Raven

            I have this mental picture of you furiously googling in an attempt to find some web page, someplace, saying the thing you’re claiming. But since you couldn’t find it (and I wonder what you DID find with a search like that) you came up with this. Nice work!

          • Ha

            The Koran measures everything in dog years. So she was really 63.

            Ewww…

          • sunflower

            you need to read more….being nine assured that she was a virgin, and that was an important concept in some early middle eastern religions ; – |

  • Mc

    I like the existing building, it has age and character. I wouldn’t want it torn down to be replaced by something bigger on such a small lot.

    • Devon

      I was wondering why the present church building itself hadn’t been mentioned. It has been there as long as I can remember–a part of “old Arlington.” Has the county already agreed to tear down this potentially historic structure?

      • Neighbor

        Yes, the County has issued a permit for the demolition of the existing building.

  • ArlingtonSasquatch

    the Rev/Owner has been trying to expand for a while, a year or two ago he kept going around the neighborhood knocking on doors trying to buy land to expand, he was quite the pest. Not all surrounding residents are happy, but the articles seems to spin that differently :)

    • Libertywins

      Really – going around the neighborhood trying to buy land? Did he offer cash?

      • nom de guerre

        No, he was offering season tickets to events at the Artisphere.

        • AskWhatYouCanDo

          Offering tickets is a lot different from trying to buy land. If is’t true he was offering tickets, tells me something about our culture in Arlington – he’s trying to buy support becuase he won’t get it otherwise. We do live in the “what’s in it for me” Capitol of the world.

          • drax

            We also live in the “the joke went over your head” capital.

          • AskWhatYouCanDo

            What Joke, Drax? I just see your dribble above. “Duh!” “Just get over yourself.” Do you lust like to push buttons and blabber? Looks like you have a lot of practice at punching from the sidelines.

          • SteamboatWillie

            I think the reference was to the Artisphere tickets, which I assumed was made in jest.

          • WeiQiang

            New here?

    • Neighbor

      This is an untrue statement. Several neighbors approached the church but the church never approached them. Please get your facts straight before making unsubstantiated claims.

  • R

    I live in the neighborhood and I’ve never understood my neighbors concerns about parking in relation to this church. So, you have to park a couple blocks away from your house (assuming you don’t have a driveway which most of the houses near here do) after you go get coffee on Sunday morning. Big whoop.

    • ChurchNeighbor

      The big deal is when three Sunday morning services turn into all-day Sunday. And then Wednesday night. Then Friday night. Then every night. A church with congregations this big should build parking facilities for their members. And all of these offers of neighborhood peace are fine until this pastor moves on and another comes in. People seem to have short-term memories with stuff like this.

      • AskWhatYouCanDo

        This is not suburban living – it is city living. If you want private parking – move to Reston. The entitlement mentality of Arlington neighborhoods, especially North Arlington, is like outer outer space. Just accept the fact this this county will continue to grow and it’s not 1955.

        • JimPB

          RIght on.

        • ChurchNeighbor

          Arlington is still a suburb in many parts of the county, despite your assertions to the contrary. I have private parking, and I don’t live next to this particular church. However, I have lived in two different places where there were churches nearby, and I am just expressing what the eventual problem could be if it’s not addressed from the get-go. As these congregations grow, they need to provide facilities for their congregants to grow with them. Simple as that. You cannot build a building to hold 500 people and expect that the surrounding streets are going to accommodate that much traffic. And if you can get by with that for one or two services on a Sunday, fine: it starts becoming a real problem when there are there services and other activities throughout the week.

          • R

            I just don’t see this as an issue. I live in the neighborhood and realize that things change. Free and easy street parking isn’t guaranteed to us. If the church grows to 1000 members, so be it. I actually like the crowds and bustle that goes along with a destination in the neighborhood (even if it’s one in which I don’t agree with the theology). I’m not even bothered by the W-L students that cut across my yard.

      • SteamboatWillie

        I agree CN. Other churches of this size in the area do have on-site parking. And there is still overflow onto the streets on Sunday. Restoration should have some parking on the premises, just as larger congregations in the area do. If the pastor in fact has been attempting to find a bigger lot, that indicates his acknowledgement that the current property is not equipped to accommodate a congregation of 500.

        Just because some folks like R below like the “hustle and bustle” and kids cutting through the lawn, not everyone feels this way, and I don’t think those people are being unreasonable.

  • DCBuff

    Call me fascinated. A news item like this brings out the NIMBYs, the anti-religion types, the haters of Christianity, the haters of conservative Christian theology, and the regular old morons. A few thoughtful posts, but not many.

    • drax

      Oh, and you also forgot the whiny “why do you hate Christians” posters who think the slightest criticism of anything Christian is abject hatred.

      • DCBuff

        Your posts not being of the thoughtful few.

      • ChineseMountainClimber

        Drax – If you were to make comments about other religions you would be crucified for being hateful. We “whiny” Christian’s are sick and tired of the double standard. If this were anything but a Christian House of Worship no one would complain for fear of hurting someone’s feelings – political correctness run amok. You apparently aren’t a Christian or believer in any other faith – so quit judging until you put yourself in others’ shoes.

        • drax

          But no such double standard has actually been displayed HERE.

          When you see it, by all means, call it out. Don’t come here and whine about something that’s not happening here.

          And you have no freakin’ idea what my religious beliefs are.

          • ChineseMountainClimber

            You are right. I am sorry. I let your antagonistic behavior cloud my view and I jumped to conclusions that you have no faith, character or decency. Forgive me.

          • drax

            Hey, no sweat.

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