THE VCC VOICE

 

20th May 2018

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MARCH EDITION

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Dearest Lord, 
teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing I am doing Your Will. 

St. Ignatius Loyola

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From the Pastor's Desk...

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 In  Memoriam                            

William Franklin „Billy“ Graham

              1918 - 2018

“Billy Grahamwas an American evangelical Christian evangelist and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well known internationally in the late 1940s. He has been looked upon as one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century.He held large indoor and outdoor rallies with sermons that were broadcast on radio and television, some still being re-broadcast into the 21st century.In his six decades of television, Graham hosted annual Billy Graham Crusades, which ran from 1947 until his retirement in 2005. He also hosted the popular radio show Hour of Decision from 1950 to 1954. He repudiated racial segregation. In addition to his religious aims, he helped shape the worldview of a huge number of people who came from different backgrounds, leading them to find a relationship between the Bible and contemporary secular viewpoints. Graham preached to live audiences of nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries. He also reached hundreds of millions more through television, video, film, and webcasts. Billy Graham passed away on February 21, 2018.”  (Wikipedia)

Let us ask ourselves: what does the word evangelism mean today? In a simple term, evangelism is telling people the truth. And what is the truth we are supposed to tell? Well, it is not the most favorable topic. The fact is, that all of us are estranged from God by sin. Unfortunately, we do not like to hear about it. Furthermore, our sins demand judgment from our loving God. That does not sound friendly either. Furthermore, there is no way for us to earn forgiveness through our own efforts, despite the fact that many think that way. 

On the other hand, the good news is, that Jesus’ sacrifice offers us forgiveness for our sins and redeemed standing before God. We have an obligation however: after accepting this offer, we must turn away from our sins and pursue our new relationship with God. As a consequence, we as Christian people are no longer our own but Christ’s, because “for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Billy Graham was one of the world's most famous Christian evangelists of all time. "My one purpose in life," he said, "is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.” He was a renewed Christian, a faithful example for millions of people around the world.  

Thank you Billy Graham, God bless your memory!

Pastor Gábor

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Capturing the Moment

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March Highlights!

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Children's Sermon on 18 February 2018

For February highlights, follow the link:

http://viennacommunitychurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/MARCH-2018-Highlights.pdf

 

Photos are courtesy of: Rainer Zimmermann

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Faith, Fellowship & Music

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Sunday School

Sunday School and nursery care follows the Children's Sermon every Sunday, except Communion Sunday.If you are a parent and would like to volunteer, or have any questions about teaching the Sunday School or assisting with the nursery care, please contact the Christian Education Chair, Linda Bednar: christianeducation@viennacommunitychurch.com

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Daily Devotion Link

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Prayer Group

 

For where two or three gathered in my name, there am I with them” 

Our Prayer Group has started as we seek God’s vision, guidance and will for our church and also to become more dependent on Him in our individual and family lives, respectively. We would like to keep in our prayers those who are sick, suffering, hospitalized or have spiritual needs and requests for God. See What's Coming Up below for the next gathering. Please contact the Prayer Group for further information. We are very much looking forward to having you with us.

Pastor Gábor

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The Adult Bible Study meets on the last Monday of each month at 7pm, and is currently looking at Romans.

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Bible+ is usually held on the first Monday of every month and explores themes of Chrisitianity and how it impacts and relates to Christians living in contemporary times. The Host is Dr. David Nolland. For information on the January Bible+, please see What's Coming Up? below. 

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Film Night is held every month under the auspices of the VCC Circle of Film, Art & Music, hosted by VCC members Maurine Mellinger and Mickela Moore. Film Night, and features arthouse and thought-provoking films. For details on our next film, see What's Coming Up? below.

If you are a film buff and would like to help out, please contact Maurine.

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VCC College & Career Group

The  College & Career Group meets up at the VCC Meeting Point every Thursday evening at 7PM. Join us for dinner and Bible study - free from formality. Fun, discussions and fellowship!

You can contact either one or both of the Hosts: Francesca or Katrin, for more details.

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Women's Ministry

The Women's Ministry, held on a monthly basis at the VCC Meeting Point, is hosted by Marie-Thérèse Hartwig, and explores themes about women in the Bible. The next Women's Ministry will be held in March.. For information about the upcoming Women's Ministry, please see What's Coming Up or contact Marie-Therese.

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Let's Do Lunch

Welcome to our autumn lunches on the last Friday of each month!

Should you wish to be on the mailing list please let me know on: nd.schimscha@aon.at or 0686 2120 896. Don't forget to give me your details so that you can be easily contacted!

Please check What's Coming Up? for more details.   

Nita

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Praise Band

VCC's PRAISE BAND ministry is to expand our already existing wonderful and outstanding church choir and music with music that speaks to younger generations. Psalm 96:1 commands us: Sing to the Lord a new song;sing to the Lord, all the earth. If this is your calling at the VCC, then please contact Pastor Gábor!  

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann

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VCC Choir

VCC Choir Sings

The VCC Choir which rehearses every Sunday in the choir loft starting from 11:15. If you would like to join the VCC Choir or know of a musician or singer who would like to guest with us, please contact Choir Director, Cassandra McConnelll or Music Chair, Keri Johnston.

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WHAT'S COMING UP?

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Prayer Group

The Prayer Group has chosen a topic for each day's prayer as follows:

Monday:      Pastor
Tuesday:     Leadership
Wednesday: Membership
Thursday:    Music and Choir/Band
Friday:        Church Programs
Saturday:    Outreach
Sunday:      International - those who are persecuted

Our next monthly Prayer Chain takes place this coming Sunday - 4 February 2018 - at the VCC Meeting Point at 2PM/14:00. In the intervening time, all requests and communication should be sent to: prayer@viennacommunitychurch.com

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Bible+ in March

Please RSVP in advance for this special event with David: +43 6776 191 7794 or Bible+ Club

Also coming up: another chance to participate in David Corcoran's outstanding Bible reading workshop - stay posted for further details!

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College & Career Group

The weekly Thursday meetings of the College & Career Group alternate between Bible Study and a relaxed meal together or other planned activity.

Photos: Courtesy of Katrin Karshat

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CMAF Film Night

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Women's Ministry

The next Women's Ministry will take place in March 2018  at the Meeting Point. Details to follow.

Marie-Thérèse Hartwig

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Adult Bible Study

The next Adult Bible Study takes place on Monday, 26 March 2018 at 7pm the VCC Meeting Point and continues with the study of the Book of Romans.

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Ladies Who Lunch

The March Ladies Who Lunch will be hosted  by Louise Pickart.

Date: Friday, 28 March 2017

Location: MITTENDRIN, Währinger Strasse 19, 1090 Vienna

Time: 12.30 pm / 12.30hrs.

How to get there: Trams from Schottentor downstairs area : #37,38,40, 41,and 42. 

One (1) stop cross the roads Währinger Strasse/Berggasse/Schwarzspanier Str. to the left hand side of Währinger Strasse. Walk away from town on left side about 30 to 50 meters.

Please make your reservation with Louise by email.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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VCC News & More

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2018 Rothgeb Memorial Award

The Rothgeb Memorial Grant was established by Anne Peschek in 1987 as part of the 30th Anniversary celebration of the founding of The Vienna Community Church. The Grant recognises outstanding musical contributions that support VCC’s long standing reputation for the high quality of its music program, and enables a study project for the selected VCC musicians. Although our music budget is very limited, we have had a long list of outstanding musicians who have contributed their time and talents to our church. This grant is also one way of showing gratitude for those who have brought beauty to the VCC worship services.

To-date, thirty six musicians have received this award, including Martin Horn, a former VCC organist, Prentiss Dunn, VCC’s current Choir Master, and Thomasz Piḝtak, VCC's current organist.  Anne will present this year’s 2018 Memorial Grant at our Palm Sunday Service to Cassandra McConnell, VCC's Choir Director and frequent soloist.

About Cassandra:

A Soprano, Cassandra is a native of New Castle Pennsylvania, Cassandra began her vocal training at the age of 15 at Youngstown State University, making her first solo performance with Jr. Mendelssohn Choir and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by mentor Robert Page. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from  Indiana University School of Music, where she debuted as Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann she began professional career as a young artist with Utah Festival Opera Company.

Upon graduating, she toured the United States, Canada, and Europe, starring in classic productions such as Brigadoon, Carousel, Man of La Mancha, Camelot, The Music Man, Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, while she continuing to develop her operatic repertoire in New York City with voice teacher, Bruce Kolb.   She was awarded distinguished artist prizes in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Philadelphia, and the prestigious MacCallister Competition.  After making a daring and successful performance of Carmen in the Peter Brook adaptation of Bizet’s masterwork, which garnered critical praise in the NEW YORK TIMES, the path to the operatic Stage became clear. Her entrance into the heart of the European opera scene was facilitated by her involvement with Opernhaus Zürich, in the Internationales Opern Studio.  

Cassandra performed as a soloist in Landestheater Linz and as a guest with the Bregenzer Festspiele, Opera Cologne,  Opera North, Bad Ischl Lehar Festival, Shanghai Grand TheaterTeatro Comunale di Bolzano, in Piacenza, Modena Teatro Comunale di Luciano Pavarotti .  She has distinguished herself in a vast array of roles including: Desdemona, Tatjana, Donna Anna, Titania, Manon, Freia, Salome, Laura in Hindemith's Neues vom Tage,  sabella in Ernst Krenek's Karl V, and as soloist in the World Premiere of Philip Glass opera Kepler. 

Cassandra offers private vocal coachings in Vienna and currently conducts the choir at Vienna Community Church.   

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Bible+ Highlights

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CMAF CULTURE NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS

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Nicole and Tony Wrixon lead us on a magical journey to the Galapagos!

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Show Your Appreciation!

If you appreciate someone who has done something special for you or the VCC,or touched you in some way, please take the time to say THANK YOU!

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VCC Board 

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VCC Board Update March 2018

Dear VCC Friends,

As most of you are probably aware, Pastor Gabor needed to undergo surgery at the end of January. So he could not conduct the regular Sunday worship service for a couple of weeks. I am happy to now inform you that we could welcome him back on Sunday 18 February and that he is well on the way to full recovery.

On Sunday 11 February, Chanda lead us in the worship service. The service was based on music and singing. She was ably supported by Casandra and Tomasz and the VCC choir, as well as by the praise band and the children. It was a change from the usual and enjoyed by all present.

George Philip, Moderator.

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann

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VCC Board 2017-2018

Please pray that God guides the VCC Board in making the decisions that grow our church in the direction that God wants the VCC to go.

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MEETING POINT

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Supplies

We hold many fellowship events at the Meeting Point. I would like to thank all of you who donate snacks and drinks to the Meeting Point. We are always in need of toilet paper, paper towels, and beverages (juice, water and wine). Your donations are appreciated.

Mickela Moore, Property Chair

Organising Meetings or Events

VCC has an attractive and functional location to organise meetings and events. If you would like to organise a meeting or fellowshop event in the VCC Meeting Point for a one off or a regular event, such as an exhibition, jewellry show, exercise class, or rent it for a personal event, for example, a birthday party, meeting, etc... please contact me on: property@viennacommunitychurch.com.  You can pick up brochures with rental information at the VCC Meeting Point.  

Mickela Moore, Property Chair

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AFCU VCC TEAM

Left to right  AFCU/ VCC Capital Funding team members: Rev. Jack Hustad, Katie (Kathryn) Koob, Helen Hustad, Walt Deitrich, Masa Matasushita, VCC S&F Chair; and Rev. Dr. Jim Wiberg. Not shown are: Luray Wiberg and Pat Deitrich.

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Happy Birthday & Blessings to the

March Born! 

Happy Birthday

              

 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 

Jeramiah 29:11

KISS, Zita                           

KISS, Maelle                     

REISSNER, Alexander      

ADZUA, Tesen                  

MWATHI, Hilda                

TUBAN, Latina                  

LAIMER, Rosalind           

AL-EKABI, Olivia              

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Speedy Recovery

For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds," says the Lord. (Jeremiah 30:17)

Pray for all those in our congregation, their family members and friends who are in need of healing. 

Please keep Pastor Lowell Karnes and his wife, Svetlana, in your prayers as they continue to recover from a serious car accident. Pray that Luray Wiberg, former Choir Director and wife of our former pastor, Dr. Jim Wiberg, recovers quickly from her upcoming surgery. 

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Condolences

Please continue to pray for those members who have lost beloved family and friends. 

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Become Part of the VCC Family!

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Are you Interested in becoming  part of our international, inter-denominational, VCC family? For more information, please contact the Membership Chair, Sita Weinrich, on: membership@viennacommunitychurch.com

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Women's World Day of Prayer Service

Women's World Day of Prayer
All God's Creation is Very Good - Suriname
 
Women's World Day of Prayer is an international, 
ecumenical prayer movement that invites women, from a 
different part of the world each year, to prepare a worship 
service through which their hopes and fears for their 
country may be brought before the whole world in prayer.  
This year we are praying for Suriname.
 
This is not a day of prayer just for women - everyone is
welcome to attend the service, men, women - people of 
all ages.
 
Christ Church (Anglican)
1030 Vienna
 
Friday, 2 March 2018
18:30
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History of St. Patrick's Day

THE LEGEND OF ST. PATRICK

St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.

It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. (There is some dispute over where this captivity took place. Although many believe he was taken to live in Mount Slemish in County Antrim, it is more likely that he was held in County Mayo near Killala.) During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)

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Austro-American Society Events

Please check the programme by following this link: http://www.oag.mov.at/en/content/home

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Urban Living

Viennese Parks

The park at Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburg emperors until 1918, was opened to the public more than 240 years ago. The best  time for a visit are the spring and summer months when the flowers and trees are blooming. But also a visit in mid-February can be lovely.

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Palace (view to the South) with the eastern basin of the Parade Court fountains

View to Schoenbrunn Palace (to the North)

The Gloriette was built as the crowning touch to the palatial Baroque ensemble of Schoenbrunn Palace on the crest of the hill in 1775. The structure consists of a central section in the form of a triumphal arch, flanked by arcaded wings.

Neptune Fountain: The god of the seas, Neptune, with his entourage was a common motif in eighteenth century art, being used as a symbol  for monarchs controlling the destiny of their nations

The "Roman Ruin" was created in 1778 on the model of the Ancient Roman temple of Vespasian and Titus

Columbary - built about 1765, this is a aviary constructed of wire mesh with a dome-like copper roof crowned by a lantern-like structure. Now, after renovation, pigeons are populating the space

 

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Fair Spring which gave the Palace its name: Schöner Brunnen = Schönbrunn. Framed in the arch at the back is the figure of the Roman water nymph Egerian. She holds a vase under her arm from which flows the spring water

Well House – tempietto-like building

Photos and text: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann

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Ski area in Stuhleck, Spital just 1 hour from Vienna!

Photo: Courtesy of Mickela Moore

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Supporting the VCC

The VCC has been a self-funded Church since its founding in 1957.  All donations help support our ministry and we thank you for each one. You can contribute to the General Fund or the Capital Fund that will assist in paying off the loans to purchase the VCC Meeting Point.

To make a bank transfer:

IBAN: AT 082 011 128 753 849 700  BIC: GIBAATWWXXX

US Taxpayers may make a tax deductible donation to the VCC by either writing a check out to the American & Foreign Christian Union (AFCU) with VCC General Fund or VCC Capital Funding Appeal on the Memo line and place it in the offering basket, or alternatively, write the check to the AFCU and send to the AFCU Treasurer, 2885 Sanford Ave, SW #29934, Grandville, MI 49418, U.S.A.. You can also make a donation over the AFCU online platform.

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Editorial

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