THE VCC VOICE

 

15th August 2018

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APRIL EDITION

 

HAPPY EASTER!

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Noli me Tangere (Titian 1514)

Lord God,
You loved this world so much,
That you gave your one and only Son,
That we might be called your children too.
Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace
Of Easter Sunday, everyday.
Let us have hearts of thankfulness
For your sacrifice.
Let us have eyes that look upon
Your grace and rejoice in our salvation.
Help us to walk in that mighty grace
And tell your good news to the world.
All for your glory do we pray, Lord,
Amen.

 

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From the Pastor's Desk...

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 HARMONY IN THE CONGREGATION   

Any local congregation is only as strong as its individual leaders and members, which is why Paul admonishes the church in Rome - as we recently learned in our Adult Bible Study. The truth is that pastors, church leaders and members alike are influenced daily by surrounding culture, and one hour on Sunday does not compensate for the influence of the world. Congregations are also impacted by secular mentality, politics and personal gain in the way we think, talk and act, instead of behaving based on the image of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

In 1 Corinthians 12  Paul teaches us about this topic by using the likeness of the “body of Christ” to describe the church. Here, we are to be the “body” which does the will of the “head," who is Jesus Christ. If everyone in the body is concentrated on doing the will of God in love and humility, then the body will be healthy and all issues will be worked out in a loving and appropriate manner for the Glory of God. Within this body our obedience is to listen, understand and follow His will and make sure that we joyfully obey the Lord as Paul instructs us: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2) As a consequence we all can be sure that the Lord has the power and the wisdom to take care of His own Body, us, the local congregation included.  

The Bible underlines the importance of harmony in the congregation. This healthy unity between the “different parts of the body” is absolutely essential because the church is “the body of Christ” and a body cannot be in disagreement or conflict with itself. Therefore, Jesus’ plan for His church is for people to be unified in the faith in love, peace and harmony. 

Most importantly, we Christian believers, leaders and members of a congregation are to see one another in the light of the cross and the resurrection. Christ died a painful death for all humanity so that He might exchange His righteous perfection for all sins. As disciples of Christ, we all have the following task before us: not to expect our own needs to be met but to reflect God’s grace and love to those who are also part of His body by His mercy. A church full of such people enjoying their “common salvation” will be a true, international, interdenominational, ecumenical and biblical church unified in, and earnestly contending for, the “faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” (Jude 1:3)    

This is one of the most beautiful messages of Easter!

Have a Happy and Blessed Easter!

Pastor Gábor

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Capturing the Moment

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April Highlights!

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Lighting the Candle on 25 March 2018

For March highlights, follow this link:

http://viennacommunitychurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/APRIL-2018-Highlights.pdf

Photos: 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.

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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

Stay posted for the new Women's Morning Ministry, details of which will be forthcoming soon.

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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 April

MONDAY, APRIL 2nd at 7pm

Bible+ Hosted by Dr. David Nolland

The Righteousness of God

In Romans 1:17 and again in 3:21 we read that “the righteousness of God has been revealed”. This is one of the turning points of Pauline theology. But what is “the righteousness of God? What does it tell us about God’s love for us, and about how we should live? What does it have to do with Jesus, and how is this related to the Old Testament Jewish sense of justice? Come and discuss this important concept in depth.

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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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Special Congregational Meeting

A Special Congregational Meeting will be held directly after the 15 April Sunday Service to discuss an important issue concerning membership and your participation would be appreciated. We do not expect it to take more than an hour. More details will follow in the next couple of days. We hope to see you there!

The VCC Board

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CMAF Film Night

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Women's Ministry

Please check the April Sunday Bulletins or VCC website for the next Women's Ministry at the Meeting Point. 

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Adult Bible Study

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Ladies Who Lunch

The April Ladies Who Lunch will be hosted by Mary Geissler. For further details please check the website and the Sunday bulletin.

Date: Friday, 27 April 2018

Time: 12.30 pm / 12.30hrs.

Please make your reservation with Mary by email.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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VCC News & More

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New Member Sunday

On Sunday, 25 March 2018, VCC welcomed its newest members, shown above with some of VCC's Board members and our Pastor:

Tertia and Burkhard BEHR;  Lizia FONTES, reinstated as a Member;  Susan KANZIAN;  Ngozi and Kelvin OKPALAUGO; and  Eudora PRICE,  Associate Member

Profiles 

Tertia BEHR:  I am from Kempton Park, South-Africa.  I was baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church.  I came to Vienna with my husband to support him.

I have always been an active member of a church community and it is important for me to be part of a church to ensure personal spiritual growth.  I need to be part of the church fellowship.       

I feel very welcome and at home in this church.  “I feel loved and accepted.  The preaching touches my heart.”

I would be interested in serving the Vienna Community Church:  by greeting people at the door, reading in church, in prayer groups and prayer meetings, being involved in a Ladies Bible Study (morning group) and  doing talks, and workshops on various topics.

 Burkhard BEHR:  I am a South African German, born in South Africa, brought up German in the Lutheran Church.  I studied and worked in South Africa until I moved to Vienna with my supporting wife Tertia, to whom I am married for 32 years.  We have 2 wonderful children, daughter and son who are still living in South Africa.

UNIQA in Vienna recruited me as Infrastructure Project Manager.

While still in South Africa, my wife surfed/searched the internet for English speaking churches in Vienna and contacted a few.  It was only this congregation that replied and invited us.

“All fell into place in Vienna with God’s help.” 

From our first visit we were accepted with open arms. “When people greet you, you start greeting others.”  The fellowship and the atmosphere are great.  Enough reason to join the congregation.

My hobbies are/were: Flying Ultralight Microlights, Outdoors (Camping, Adventure 4x4 trails)

Interests:  Cattle farming, Aviation

At this stage I would enjoy it to be just a member without any fixed commitments.

Tertia and Burkhard also attend the Afrikaans Services of Pastor James Loader on every third Sunday of the month.

 

Lizia FONTES:     Isreinstated as a member.  Baptized in the Catholic Church and baptized again later in the Presbyterian Church.  She already became a member of VCC  09.04.2006 -  Now she is back in the VCC and feels the warmth and spiritual growth.

 

Susan KANZIAN:  My name is Susan, born in Kenya, baptized in the Presbyterian Church.    I live and work in Vienna.   I am a Hotel Expert. 

Jesus is my Savior!   I have been an on and off attendant in the VCC for a long time.  I have been blessed through the sermons since the last 2 years.  I have now decided to be a member of this church so that I can also be a blessing to somebody else!

If my job allows I will:  bring flowers, be greeter at the door, or collect the offering.

 

Ngozi OKPALAUGO:   (She told us, Ngozi means Blessing, and that she is a stubborn optimist, who likes to be in the midst of positive thinking people.)

I am Austrian of Nigeria origin and work in an international organization.  I was baptized in the Anglican Church.

I was married in the VCC in 1978. – I am so overwhelmed with joy as my search for the suitable church for me turns out to be 'homecoming' or 'back to the roots'. - My children still have good memories of our walking in the 80s and 90s to Sunday services, from Schottentor to VCC.

Rejoining VCC means a homecoming to me for spiritual growth.  For several years, I have been searching for a church that is more inclusive, community focused and sermons are delivered in a style - old and young understand.

In VCC, I enjoy the art of praise and worship services, and the inspiring and uplifting sermons.

I am ready to serve God in VCC in any possible ways:   due to my full-time job sometimes as an Usher and collecting Offering.  I would like to join the Praise Band.  -- I will take up more responsibilities after I have retired.

Ngozi’s youngest son, 17 years old, is joining us:

Kelvin OKPALAUGO:  I am Austrian of Nigerian origin and a student here in Vienna.  I passionately play football in a football club. 

I want to join the church because the atmosphere is warm welcoming, the Pastor is cool and his sermon is always interesting to listen to.

I would be interested in serving the Vienna Community Church:   due to my full-time studies sometimes as an Usher and to collect Offering.

 

Eudora PRICE:  would like to become an associate member.   

She writes, I was born in Virginia, USA; was baptized Baptist, raised in New York, I come from a family of Ministers and musicians.  I am a musician, singer and a chef (cooking).   I came to Vienna 25 years ago. 

From my childhood I wanted to come to Vienna because of my love for the German Art Songs.   Schooling:  Music Conservatory, Master Classes in New York and Vienna; Cooking School in Vienna;  Chef for Major Catering Companies.

My hobbies and professionally:  painting with vernissages; African Hairstyling / African Dance.  I work in Women’s and Children’s Rights.

 I enjoy the preaching of Pastor Gabor and his wonderful “Serving Spirit”.  He really cares about the Church Family!

I would like to serve from time to time as soloist and in hospitality.

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Fun Saturday with VCC's Sunday School Children

A Bake Saturday was organised by Christian Education Chair, Linda Bednar and parents at the Meeting Point on Saturday, 3 March. There were over 25 children and parents and others present, including the Pastor. The children baked cookies for the Project Centipede Bake Sale, which was held the next day after the 4 March Sunday Service. All very yummy!!!

Photos: Courtesy of Mickela Moore

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2018 Rothgeb Memorial Award

On Sunday, 25 March 2018, Anne and Martina Peschek awarded the Rothgeb Memorial Grant to VCC's Choir Director, Cassandra McConnell. 

Above and below: Martina Peschek, Cassandra McConnell, and Anne Peschek-Rothgeb.

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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

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The World Day of Prayer service this year was held at Christ Church and Suriname was the country host. Above among other attendees are VCC members Sita Weinrich and Mary Geissler.

Photo: Courtesy of Sita Weinrich

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Greetings from Helen and Jack Hustad

Rev. Jack Hustad and his wife, Helen, send their greetings to the VCC. They served our Church on various occasions, agreeing to also serve as interims when VCC needed their guidance and presence here in Vienna. Jack with his pastoral talents and Helen with her musical talents and peace-making skills.  Both are actively involved on the AFCU team that is raising funds to support the VCC Ministry in Vienna, as well as the Capital Fund, for the acquisition of the Meeting Point.

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 I write this, we are well into the Holy week and eagerly looking forward to our
Easter Sunday worship service on April 1st.
On Palm Sunday (25 March), we had several events during our worship service. We welcomed five new members and one associate member, and we reinstated Lizia Fontes as a member. We also had some wonderful singing from our choir, with solo renditions from David and Cassandra. In addition, Anne and Martina Peschek bestowed the annual Rothgeb Memorial Music Award on our choir director Cassandra.
On Good Friday, an ecumenical Good Friday service was held at the Anglican
Church, with the participation of the VCC.

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

April 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

Birthdays in order of date:

Noelanie COETZER   

Tim JOHNSTON 

Robert WESLEY

Burkhard BEHR

Nicole WRIXON

Louise PICKART

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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 all those that are ill or healing in your prayers. Pray that Luray Wiberg, former Choir Director and wife of our former pastor, Dr. James Wiberg, recovers quickly from her recent knee 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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Voting in U.S. Elections

Those eligible to vote in US elections are aware that mid-term elections are coming up in November of this year.  Voting registration has become much easier for US citizens residing overseas, primarily with the assistance of the excellent website "Votefrom Abroad".  And for the VCC community, there is a member experienced in assisting first-time overseas voters with any questions they may have. This assistance is provided on a non-partisan basis.
 
Note:  Even if you have voted from overseas in previous elections, a new registration may be necessary, as not all states automatically send ballots.
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Anne Storey          
Tel: 0699 - 1198 6260    
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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

Schloßhof - A Unique Easter Market

One of the VCC Choir members, Ingrid Hlavka, exhibited her quilt wares at Schloßhof in mid-March. This palace was one of many palaces built by Prince Eugene of Savoy, and then purchased by Empress Maria Therese for her son, Joseph II. The palace is located near Bratislava.

Photos: Courtesy of Mickela Moore

Parks in Vienna

As Spring approaches, the Editors thought that it would be nice to once again highlight Schönbrunn Palace, which was the summer residence of the Habsburg emperors until 1918. It is located in the 14th District.

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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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Obertauern in the Moonlight

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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