Going on a Field Trip

Blog 4-11-18

This Sunday, we’re taking an important field trip to the inner-city of Chicago to serve, gather, and worship with the greater body of Christ. We’re crossing racial, economic, and social barriers for the sake of unity in the Kingdom of God.

Restoration Church has a vision to be leaders in a movement that seeks the restoration of lives, our communities, and the world through the transformational power of Jesus Christ. We believe when we step out in faith, the Lord will graciously and radically transform us and use us to that great end!

One of the key areas of opportunity that we have identified in our community and context is to intentionally purse diversity and racial reconciliation at Restoration Church and in our neighborhoods. In a predominately white and affluent suburban context, we have much to learn about what it means to live in unity with every brother and sister in Christ around the world, including in our own backyard. By God’s grace, we desire to grow in our love for others.

This Sunday, April 15th, we’ll be visiting our friends Pastor Robert & Bridgett Stevenson and their congregation, Rock of our Salvation Church, in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. We’ll be helping prepare and serve breakfast for their morning bible study, visit with members of their congregation, and join them in worship. Rock Church has an influential history of making a significant impact in the west side of Chicago dating back to the 1970’s as a church plant focused on meeting the needs of a “throw-away community” and the intentional pursuit for racial reconciliation. (By the way, did you hear my testimony and the surprising connection I have to this church on Episode 10 of our podcast?)

Friends and supporters are welcomed to join us for this special opportunity. If you have interest, please connect with me directly at, matt@restorationlz.org.

A Christ-Centered Seder

Last Saturday, 20 of us gathered together to celebrate the Passover and Easter season with a traditional Jewish Seder meal. We took turns with readings and participating in different parts of the meal, including the kids. Readings were traditional selections mixed with New Testament references, pointing to our eternal hope and assurance of salvation in the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ. Many thanks to the Feryance family for hosting us!

Worship Services begin May 6

Beginning Sunday, May 6th, Restoration Church will begin hosting regular, weekly worship services at our present location, Alpine Chapel. We’ll continue meeting on Sunday afternoons through the summer months. Please pray for our team in our humble beginnings! Watch our website and Facebook page for additional details.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for a Christ-exalting and Kingdom-unifying trip to Chicago this weekend. Pray for safe travels and the Spirit to be alive and at work in us.
  • Tonight we started our Missional Community Group Leaders Training. Pray for our future leaders and members of these groups that we hope to begin forming next month.
  • Pray that we would meet our financial needs this summer and in preparation for a grand opening launch this fall.
  • Pray for a growing influence in our community and our efforts to share the gospel with everyone, everywhere.

By the Cross. For the Kingdom.
– Matt