Christmas Eve Service Details!


We're so excited to celebrate Christmas with you and want to share details to help the morning be as smooth as possible for you and your friends:

Gathering, Prayer, & Kids Times!

  1. Gathering: Our Christmas Eve gathering will be at 10:00a, not 9:00a! Enjoy the extra sleep!
  2. Prayer: Our prayer meeting will be at 9:00a, not 8:00a, at the usual spot upstairs at the Sunset Temple!
  3. Kids Ministry: If your child is singing during the gathering, please arrive by 9:30a sharp for song practice at the main stage at the Sunset Temple! After song practice ends around 9:45a, we'll have you check your child in downstairs. If your child is not singing during the gathering, please drop them off between 9:45a-10:00a! 

Parking Details!

Here are the three best options for parking on Christmas Eve around the Sunset Temple: 

  1. ACE Parking Garage: We want to encourage you to let your guests know in advance that they can park at ACE Parking Garage located at 3829 29th St. about a block away from Sunset Temple. They can bring their parking pass into the worship service and ask our Service Coordinator for a parking voucher. 
  2. Street Parking: Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year which means that MOST PARKING REGULATIONS ARE NOT ENFORCED that day. Specifically, you will not be ticketed if you park in a metered spot, yellow commercial zone, short-term green zone or 1- to 2-hour time parking zone on Sunday, so take advantage of that if you can!
  3. Family Parking: For families with small children we have very close parking available directly across the street (Kansas) from Sunset Temple behind North Park Rug + Carpet located at 2894 University Ave. There are limited spots available, so we ask that you DO NOT park here unless you have small children. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact a staff member or email Thank you so much and we'll see you on Christmas Eve at 10:00a!

In His Grace,

The Restored Uptown Staff & Elders

Check out the Saturate Missions Conference in January!


Hey, Restored Church!

We want to invite you to join us on January 27, 2018, to be inspired and equipped to live on mission in your everyday life. There will be churches from throughout Southern California joining together to receive world-class teaching by Jeff Vanderstelt and others. Shane and Shane will lead worship!

Don't miss this great opportunity to grow deeper in your faith and make an impact in the world! Register at this LINK and don't delay, spots are limited and filing up fast! 


Check out New Perspectives Course on Global Missions!

Hey, family!

We want to share an opportunity for you to get a fresh vision and passion for the global mission field! Starting on January 8th, a new weekly Perspectives class will launch in Chula Vista that will explore God's heart of the nations through Scripture and stories from the mission field. 

We're part of a gospel story that's far bigger than what's happening here in San Diego, and if you've ever thought about global missions or just want to learn and be encouraged by what God is doing around the world to bring people to Himself, this class is for you!

If you're interested in signing up, please visit their website HERE

Classes run from January 8th through March 19th and will be held weekly on Mondays from 6:30p-9:30p and on four Friday nights. Check out the website for more details!

Going Back to Go Forward Exercises!

Hey, Everyone!

This Sunday, Andy taught about how the past shapes us and how Jesus can change how our past impacts us (sermon link).  We want to share two exercises below adapted from the Emotionally Healthy Church workbook to help you identify the "commandments" your family of origin lived by and discover the new way of life Jesus offers us in the gospel. We're praying that God would use this to help us live out the freedom we have as members of His family!

Exercise 1: "Ten Commandments" of Our Family of Origin
Growing up, each one of our families operated under a set of "commandments." Some of them were spoken and spelled out; others were unspoken and "understood." Take some time to jot down any rules, attitudes, and underlying assumptions your family had in the areas listed below - spoken or unspoken.  Share one with a friend or spouse, and tell how it continues to influence you today. 


  • Money: "It's okay to spend it on others, but not on yourself."
  • Success: "It's getting into the best schools."
  • Expressing Anger: "When you are angry, it is a sin."
  • Loss and Grief: "You are not allowed to be sad or depressed."

Ten Commandments of My Family of Origin 

  1. Money:___________________________________________________
  2. Success: _________________________________________________
  3. God: ____________________________________________________
  4. Gender Roles: ____________________________________________
  5. Marriage: ________________________________________________
  6. Complementing/Praising: __________________________________
  7. Sex: ____________________________________________________
  8. Play and Recreation: _______________________________________
  9. Expressing Anger: _________________________________________
  10. Loss and Grief: ____________________________________________

Exercise 2: The New Commands of our New Family
Our family of origin is the single most powerful and formative influence that has shaped the person we are today. Therefore it makes sense that Christian discipleship is ultimately about transplanting someone from their family of origin and rooting them into the new family of Christ.  Just as there are established ways of handling anger, money, conflict, sex, feelings, and the like, in our family of origin, so there are new ways of thinking and acting about these things in the family of God.  Discipleship is a process of unlearning and relearning, because through Christ, we've been birthed into a new family tree. 

Take a few minutes to write out the gospel version of your family's commandments. In other words, if the gospel is true, how does it free you to live out your new identity as a member of God's family in these areas?


  • Money: "My security is found in God's love and care for me, so I don't have to live for money. Instead, I can enjoy it and use it to bless others."  

Gospel Version of my Family's "Ten Commandments" 

  1. Money:___________________________________________________
  2. Success: _________________________________________________
  3. God: ____________________________________________________
  4. Gender Roles: _____________________________________________
  5. Marriage: _________________________________________________
  6. Complementing/Praising: __________________________________
  7. Sex: _____________________________________________________
  8. Play and Recreation: _______________________________________
  9. Expressing Anger: _________________________________________
  10. Loss and Grief: ____________________________________________

We hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and we'll see you this Sunday as Andy explores what it looks like to understand your limits in order to love well.  

In His grace, 

The Restored Uptown Staff & Elders

Tools to Help You Look Beneath the Surface

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Hey, Everyone!

We recently started a series on emotional and spiritual maturity called, "Life Abundant." This past Sunday, Andy preached a message about looking beneath the surface (sermon link) and we want to share three exercises adapted from the Emotionally Healthy Church book to help us process and apply what we're learning. Ready? Let's dive in!

Exercise 1: Finding the Patterns
Patterns in our lives and relationships are often a sign that we're acting out from deep places in our "iceberg," or parts of our lives that are often unseen and unknown to us. They usually reveal a "bug" in our emotional programming, something that plays out over and over again in our lives.  If you or a close loved one notice a "pattern of unhealth" emerging in your life, that is usually a good sign that something's amiss in your internal wiring. 

To help find your patterns, fill in the blanks below: 

  1. "Most of the time, I feel as if I am ____." (e.g. invisible, unimportant, failing, guilty)
  2. "What often happens to me in relationships is ________." (e.g. people leave me, take advantage of me, betray me)
  3. "Why do others at work or school or church keep on _____me?" (e.g. ignoring, expecting unrealistic things of, criticizing)
  4. "When I am under stress, I often find myself _______." (e.g. fighting, angry, medicating myself, blaming others, losing myself in an unhealthy way)
  5. "When I think about the future, I feel _____." (e.g. depressed, anxious, lost, unsure)

Exercise 2: Asking the "Why" Questions
It takes the grace of God to get at the bottom of our iceberg.  Thankfully, there are "disciplines of reflection" to help us walk in that grace. One of these is the "Why?" or "What's going on?" question.  As we notice patterns in our feelings, situations, and relationships that emerge in our lives, God desires that we ask ourselves the "Why?" question in the safety of His presence. 

Some questions to help you figure out, "What's Going On?"
Think about a recent situation in which you have felt some anger, frustration, fear, shame, bitterness, hate, grief, or jealousy.  Use the questions below as a starting point to get at "What's going on?" 

  • Rage/anger: "How was I hurt?" 
  • Frustration: "What did I feel helpless about?"
  • Shame: "What was I hiding?"
  • Resentment: "What did I expect or hope for?"
  • Depression: "What did I lose?"
  • Jealousy: "Where did I feel inadequate?"

Exercise 3: Seeing Your Blind Spot
Think of a person in your life who loves Jesus, knows you well, and loves you. Invite them to speak into your life by sharing what they see in you.  Ask them to share strengths you have that you're not aware of and also share honestly about some weakness or sin issues that you might not see. 

We're praying that the Spirit would give us greater self-awareness that leads to a deeper love of God and others through the transforming power of the gospel! 

In His grace,

The Restored Uptown Staff & Elders

p.s. if you have not taken the emotional maturity assessment yet, you can do so here!

Help us Serve Refugee Families in City Heights this Christmas!

Hey, Restored church!

We want to let you know that we are going to partner with Bridge of Hope in City Heights for their annual Christmas Bazaar this holiday season! 

Bridge of Hope is an incredible, local non-profit, that serves 700+ families in transition, right next door to us! They work to meet the needs of many underserved refugee families from over 60 countries, which means we have an opportunity to tangibly bring the love of Jesus to the nations this Christmas season, without leaving San Diego! 

With that said, we want to invite you to get involved! Here's how you can do that: 

1. We need donations!  If you want to help you can buy and bring an unwrapped gift for the Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, 11/12, or Sunday, 11/19 during the gathering.  Check out the donations list at the end of this post for specific donations...

2. We need volunteers to set-up, tear-down, and wrap gifts! The Bazaar will be on December 11th, 12th, and 14th at different times during the day and evening. If you’d like to help serve, you can click HERE to pick a time and sign-up! 

Lastly - here's the list of NEW gifts you can buy and bring on Sunday 11/12 + Sunday 11/19. Thank you so much church family!

  • toys for all ages and genders
  • baby items
  • movies
  • books
  • educational toys and games
  • toiletries for teenage boys and  girls
  • watches
  • socks
  • pajamas, slippers and gloves
  • throws (blankets)
  • soccer balls (this is a popular item)
  • make-up
  • art supplies
  • backpacks
  • clothing for boys, girls and teens
  • roller skates, scooters and bikes
  • skateboards and helmets
  • gift wrap, tape and scissors

Pre-Order Your 2018 CBR Journal Today!


Hey, family!

We want to let you know that you can pre-order your 2018 CBR Journal today!  The CBR Journal is a tool that helps us read the Bible and encourage one another as we experience Jesus in the pages of Scripture!

Here's how you can reserve your copy (it takes less than 2 min!): 

  1. Step 1: Click HERE
  2. Step 2: Under "Give," select "CBR Journal" fund
  3. Step 3: Enter $10 to pre-order your journal (if you want extra copies, add $10 for each)
  4. Step 4: Leave occurance set as "One-Time" + enter email
  5. Step 5: Follow directions for payment

Get your pre-order in ASAP to guarantee delivery by new years!  

You're Invited to Restored's Five Year Anniversary Party!


It’s hard to believe but this October marks the fifth anniversary since we planted Restored Uptown! In those five years we’ve seen God touch hundreds of lives through the gospel and open doors for us to plant multiple churches to continue this great gospel adventure. 

It’s been an incredible ride and we’re excited to invite you to celebrate with us on Sunday, October 8th.  We’ve got a great night planned with dinner, drinks, and stories from 6:00p-8:00p and a legit DJ and dancing from 8:00p-10:00p

Because of the significant cost of putting on this event we will have a cover charge of $20/person. However, we don't want anyone to miss this because of the cost, so if you can't pay for it, we want you to come anyway! Just email and we'll cover the costs for you. 

Also, we won't have childcare for the party, but kids are welcome.  This is like bringing your children to a wedding so please use your discretion and we strongly encourage you to get childcare if your children are under 4 years old. 

Please RSVP HERE to register and pay!

Here are the full event details:

Date: Sunday, October 8th
Time: 6:00p-10:00p
Location: Moniker Warehouse (705 16th St. 92101)
Registration: $20, don't forget to RSVP
Childcare: No childcare provided, but kids welcome

We love you guys, can't wait to celebrate with you all!

In His grace, 

The Restored Uptown Staff + Elders 

RSVP to our Training on Reading the Bible in Community!


Hey, Restored family!

We'd like to invite you to check out our next Community Bible Reading ("CBR") training coming up on Tuesday, September 19th at the Resolved Church. During this training, we will learn how to read the Bible in a way that’s gospel-centered and be equipped on how to build each other up through CBR! We'd love to

Please RSVP HERE by Thu, 9/14 so we can have an accurate headcount.  

Here are the details: 

  • Date: Tuesday, September 19th from 6:30p-8:30p
  • Address: Resolved Church, 5444 Napa St, San Diego, CA 92110 
  • What to bring: Bible, CBR Journal, pen
  • We'll have coffee, water, and light refreshments

Environment Team Relaunching in September + Training


Our Environment Team is relaunching in September and is looking for new volunteers! If you're new, our Environment Team prepares our gathering space every Sunday to make it a warm, welcoming place for us to worship Jesus. 

Volunteers would commit to serving 1x month to help us setup and tear down our gathering space. We also want to invite all new and returning volunteers to an Environment Team training on Sunday, September 10th after gathering at the Sunset Temple where we can lay out why and how we serve!

If you're interested, sign up in the back on Sunday or send an email to team lead Aaron at