THE VCC VOICE

 

23rd October 2018

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JUNE EDITION

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Know that the Lord is God.

He made us and we are his

 – his people, the sheep of his flock.

Psalm 100:3 (NIV)

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 100:3 (KJV)

 Photo: Courtesy of Maurine Mellinger-Deroy

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From the Pastor's Desk

GIVING THANKS

 “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6

Dear Friends in Christ,

In these verses Paul touches on many important themes; he speaks about prayer, sharing in the gospel, and the providence of God. However, before all else, he acknowledges his love for the people of Philippi. This is what touched my heart, as I am constantly thinking about living with and praying for all of you, our friends at AFCU, our ALUMNI and all our new and old friends at the church, as we live, serve and rejoice together as one Body of Christ: "I thank my God every time I remember you!

We have now been together for two years since the Lord called me to serve our wonderful congregation. l am privileged to honestly say that I think of you and give thanks for you to God in every memory of our life - not only for the joys but also the difficult times as we have grown together in Jesus. I am so happy to confess that my experience with all of you resonates with Paul's.

We have made great progress together! We? Great? Progress? It sound like a secular report, so please allow me to rephrase it: with the Lord’s help, by His grace, He has revealed His will to us and we have followed His plans together joyfully! Therefore we have many things to be grateful for. And yes, after giving thanks to God for His revelation, I give thanks for you “every time I remember you!” 

Over the last two years God has led us and taught us by His endless love to renew our faith, deepen our understanding about Him, build a personal relationship with Him and allow Him to be the Head of our Church. As we have all acknowledged, our highest church guiding principle is the spiritual welfare of the congregation. These are the most important factors to be thankful for. 

On the other hand, during these two years, we have established various events for spiritual growth, fellowship and ministry to praise God, grow together and welcome newcomers as well, like Adult Bible Study, Circle of Moms, Women’s Ministry, Community Outreach, the Film, Art, Music Circle and many other wonderful opportunities. Our congregation has grown by 70%, our Sunday School has multiplied and our Sunday worship attendance often reaches 100 people. These are great miracles! Just recently, our Sunday School children joyfully greeted our mothers on Mother's Day, we held a unique Pentecost reading of Acts 2 in ten different languages and we had a moving installation ceremony of our new Board members and Fellowship Coordinator. It is always a joy to remember Cassandra McConnell and the Choir, Chanda Rule and the Praise Band and our recent special outreach events, the excellent performance by students from the Wiener Musikakadamie and our wonderful and uplifting service at the “Long Night of the Churches”.

At the moment, my ministry is focusing on a threefold vision. First, getting to know you even better by pastoring, visiting and caring for you, continuing to build strong cohesiveness in the church and nurturing our many already-established ministry opportunities. Secondly, I would like to place our new Community and Gospel Outreach Program to the highest level of priority in everything we do. Finally, providing leadership and vision for our new Board, refreshing our Working Groups and assisting all our new Board members in their tasks.   

"I thank my God every time I remember you” - my fellow coworkers, teachers, helpers and new lay leaders, who have recognized the needs of our future generations and outreach goals by helping us to grow together. Thank you for your love for me and your  trust and support in what we do together with the help of the Lord!   

All glory belongs to God alone!

Pastor Gábor

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Capturing the Moment

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May Highlights!

Pentecost in 10 languages!

Students from the Vienna Music Academy performing the Postlude (Divertimento No. 1, KV 349 by W. A. Mozart) in the Courtyard after the 20 May 2018 Sunday Service

From left to right: Phebe, Vadoo, Ngozi, Kelvin, Susan, Linda, Souwanit, Mickela, Becky, Becky’s youngest daughter, Evelyn, and Cintia.

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For May highlights, follow this link:

http://viennacommunitychurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/May-2018-Voice.pdf

Photos: courtesy of Claudio Ferreira and 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

WE ARE THE CHURCH

Theological Study  

The Church is the body of Christ.  As a body, it is not primarily an organization, but rather, an organism, which is fundamentally connected to the Head of the body, which is Christ Himself. She receives Her provisions, guidance, and direction from the Head. It is in Ephesians 4:15-16, that “instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” This connection is created for a purpose, which is to fulfill God’s objective by building a structure where all people can gather together under the name of the Lord. This structure, which is the visible organization, has to be able to reach out to, understand, communicate with, support, and integrate all people into the organism at all times.  Therefore, its functions must be able to operate in a timely manner to fulfill this purpose. 

The Church is above all civilizations, cultures, other religions, and pluralist societies.  This means that the Church must be able to be one step ahead of the world, as well as cultural and social change in order to accurately study and understand people’s lives, circumstances, concerns, and real issues. This is all necessary so that She may properly help and unleash the power of the Holy Spirit in the form of evangelism and mission for all people. The Church is alive and must act accordingly instead of acting like a fossil from the Middle Ages.  

In reality, real transformation on key measures in this context of the Christian Church have been mostly outward reactions and actions taken for self-defense.  In this matter, Her adaptation of Her appearance and effectiveness in most cases is obsolete for the pluralistic Western society, where the Christian Church offers a traditional form of worship, faith formation, engagement, and spiritual community through an outdated worship format which cannot keep up with the demands of modern society, and is incapable of truly reaching and touching the unchurched population. U.S. data in the George Barna survey (Barna Reviews Top Religious Trends of 2005) shows, that among Protestant Churches, “less than one out of every five churches rated worship to be a top ministry priority, and that most of those in attendance say they did not experience the presence of God during the service.

Lesslie Newbigin (The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, 1989) describes the capability of adaptation of the Church as“The fulfillment of the mission of the Church thus requires that the Church itself be changed and learn new things… as new people are brought to Christ.” It is unmistakable that the lack of comprehensive and flexible procedures is holding the Church back from fully delivering the message of the Good News.  Richard Niebuhr (Christ and Culture, 1951) also argues that historical and cultural relativity of human reasoning influences decisions. He says that “Christians in an industrial culture cannot think and act as if they lived in feudal society.”  It is clear that when Christians are busy keeping the traditions, following the set social structure, and giving the impression of being what they would like to be, they voluntarily shrink themselves into a closed community of believers, where time and development fly over the Church’s head and She loses her capability to connect to the people in the present society. 

Thus, a thorough evaluation of the Church brings about the diagnosis that She is in a crisis!  This may seem like nothing but a dilemma, but it is not mutually exclusive of a great opportunity!  In fact, this decline is the greatest good news for the Church according to Klaus Douglass (Die neue Reformation, 2001). In fact, Douglass is convinced that the current crisis of the Church is God’s provocation. This provocation is very powerful and very necessary in order for humankind to see the problems and also reopen a new opportunity for them to recognize and overcome the crisis. There is hope, because the statistical numbers are symptoms of reality, so consequently, they can be used as tools of guidance, to see all circumstances in this regard and to develop a powerful solution to face the crisis.   

In this situation, according to Jürgen Moltmann (The Crucified Christ, 1977) it is imperative that the Church must confront this dilemma not by merely treating the symptom, but on the contrary, by finding the root of the problem, because the “Church, which cannot change in order to exist for the humanity of man in changed circumstances becomes ossified and dies.”  By turning towards the core of this issue, the Church will be able to find those whom She is called to reach instead of retreating into a defensive state or giving up Her future.  As a result, a change of direction and a more radical approach to spiritual growth is needed in order to triumph over obstacles and limitations that have been previously set by a Church population who has clearly settled into a comfortable spiritual routine and perspectives, due to the consequences of their actions. The Biblical guidelines however in Romans 12:12 command the following:  do not conform any longer 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.” Also, Paul addresses the importance of perpetual action in Galatians 4:19: “my dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you. 

Founded in these teachings, Valyi-Nagy explains “soma tou Christou” as a Christ event (At the Edge of All Times, 1993) encapsulating that in this case, the continuous reformation (ecclesia reformata sed semper reformanda) is basically a guideline for how the Church should not form to the face of the ages, but instead, to the face of Christ. This means that continuous reformation is not an action towards the direction and a conformation to the world, but on the contrary, it is an action, which leads towards the reintegration of Christ as the relevant image of change.   

Looking at this path, the word ‘ecclesia’, with its two meanings of local and universal helps to explain the distance and difference between what is called the visible and the invisible Church. According to John Calvin (Institution IV. 1.10) the attributes of the Church (attributae ecclesiae) in the universal form, declare that God is the only one whom the Church is visible to from all aspects.  He knows who has membership in His Church.  Moreover, the recognition of the visible Church is in the Sacraments and the clear proclamation of the Gospel (notae ecclesiae). Since the visible Church exists only through its congregations, their way of representing the invisible, almighty God is fundamental.  This sheds light on the dilemma that the Church in the 21st century struggles with how it is possible to faithfully and successfully represents God, live an authentic Christian life, and fulfill God’s requirement for His Church. 

In this case, it is imperative to ask, whom does the Church consist of? Calvin answers this question by describing the Church as “the congregation of elect people” (Institution IV. 1.2.) which is based on “the secret choice of God.  Calvin continues to explain that “hence, as it is necessary to believe the invisible Church, which is manifest to the eye of God only, so we are also enjoined to regard this Church which is so called with reference to man, and to cultivate its communion.” (Institution IV. 1.7.) Wilhelm Niesel interprets this representation (The Theology of Calvin, 2002) based on Calvin’s motion of the invisible Church, by seeing the invisible Church as the permanent critic of the visible one. 

This representation must be more than just a display of all that Christianity can offer!  There is no longer a natural and historical need among ‘the buyers’ in the ‘market of values’. It is not enough to ‘sell the same product’ by defending the religion, keeping the traditions alive, and moving on with an unchanged form of Church life.  The Church no longer holds a monopoly. There are other vendors as well, who all offer the same looking values with an even more attractive package to those who are in need of direction, understanding, a boost in self-esteem, comfort, consolation, attention, and love.  These new vendors are not just atheists with money and pleasure-centered teachings.  The challengers of the Christian faith are not only those religions who reject Jesus Christ, but also those that claim to be Christian, but either weaken the Biblical teachings or choose only those teachings that they consider attractive.  The individuals searching for the previously stated values are all potential ‘customers’ of the Church but also of the other vendors.  The Church in Western societies has become only one option among many others.  In addition, as many of these ‘vendors’, the Church is also being tempted to ‘convert resources into cash’ by watering down values or holding fast to traditions.  At the same time, in recent history, an unprecedented wave of demographic alteration, political and economical transformation, sociological restructuring, cultural, social, mental, and technological changes are taking place, and all of these have unexpectedly struck the leaders and the members of the local Church.  

In this real and dangerous situation, it is crucial to ask the same question over and over again: what is the Church?  

Pastor Dr. Gábor Lassu

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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. Details of the new topic will be posted soon.

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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. We are taking a summer break. Our Film Night schedule for 2018-2019 will be in the September Voice. For details on our next film starting in the Autumn, see What's Coming Up? in the September Voice.

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 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 0680 2120 896. Don't forget to give me your details so that you can be easily contacted!

As you all know we need our generous hosts each month so maybe you could consider signing up with me and share a month this or even next year?

There will be on-going luncheons for the summer months so should you wish to be informed please keep in touch with me. 

Best wishes to you all.

Nita Schimscha; Co-ordinator

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Please check What's Coming Up or the VCC website? for more details.   

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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, Maurine Mellinger-Deroy.

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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

The next monthly Prayer Chain takes place on 3 June 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+ will recommence in September!

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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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Film Night

Thanks to all those who come to Film Night and bring goodies.

We have a wonderful roster of films coming up for 2018-2019. Stay tuned for the Autumn schedule which will appear in the September Voice!

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Women's Ministry

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

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Adult Bible Study

Adult Bible Study on the Book of Romans is completed. Watch out for details on the next cycle of Adult Bible Study.

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Ladies Who Lunch

May

Mary Hagen kindly hosted last Friday and took a happy crowd to Restaurant Vienne on Der Fleischmarkt in the 1 District of Vienna.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

SAVE THE DATE! On Friday, 29 June, Further news will be circulated. NDS.

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VCC News & More

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Bible+ May Highlight

The 6 May Bible+ explored the Biblical, scientific and historical perspectives of the sovereignty of God

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Highlights from Long Night of the Churches

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For photo highlights from VCC's participation in the Long Night of the Churches, please click on this link:

http://viennacommunitychurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/LONG-NIGHT-OF-THE-CHURCHES-2018.pptx

Photos: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann & Mickela Moore

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Soprano Kristin Lewis Supports Local Charity

Kristin, who often solos at the VCC when she is Vienna, took to the stage at the Minoriten Church on Saturday, 27 May to support the fundraising efforts of GUYCO (Gulu Youth Conference) - a local charity founded by Ugandan-born Louise Deininger. Its purpose is  to unlock the full potential of young adults affected by the aftermath of war in Northern Uganda. As many of you are aware, Kristin founded the Kristin Lewis Foundation, whose purpose is to shine a spotlight on talented musicians and encourage the pursuit of musical endeavors at all levels of performance. It is wonderful that Kristin takes time from her busy operatic schedule to support such wonderful initiatives that impact young people.

If you would like more information on these non-profits, follow the links below:

https://www.guyco.at/

https://www.kristinlewisfoundation.com/

Photo: Courtesy of Mickela Moore

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Highlights from Alt-Hietzing Church Tour

On Sunday, 28 May, Rainer Zimmermann once again organised a wonderful tour of an insider location, which was Empress Maria-Theresa's favourite Church, that previously had a secret passage for her to enter unseen. After the tour, we enjoyed lively conversation and good food at the local beer hall, Brandauer.

Photos: Courtesy of Claudia Ferreira and Rainer Zimmermann

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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!

Special thanks to Nicole Wrixon for exhibiting her wonderful photographs at the VCC Meeting Point over the past years. Admired by many whom have had the pleasure to see them.

Every mother in the congregation was visibly touched to be handed a beautiful rose by the children on Mother's Day - a huge thanks to Ruby John for introducing what will hopefully become a custom at the VCC!

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VCC Board 

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VCC Board Update for May 2018

Dear VCC Members and Friends, 

Like the lush growth all around us, June is a gentle reminder of the work that is to be done by the newly elected VCC Board and appointed Fellowship Coordinator. It is a time to regroup and consolidate and to build and strengthen ties, a time to think and plan, and a time to just enjoy the cadence of the summer!

It is also a time to give thanks. The activities taking place at the VCC could not happen without the commitment, hard work and organisation of our Board members, as well as those many people in our congregation assisting and supporting them. Appreciation and thanks go to our previous Board members, some of whom have served VCC faithfully not only over the past year, but, over many years: George Philip, Moderator; Tony Wrixon, Vice-Moderator; Mary Geissler and Maria Ciliberti, Clerk; Ronan Le Bras, Treasurer; Masa Matasushita, Stewardship & Finance; Sonja Botha, Worship; Sita Weinrich, Membership; Anne Storey, Fellowship; Ruby John, Charity & Missions, David Nolland, Publicity; Linda Bednar, Christian Education, and Keri Johnston, Music.

In addition to the election of the new Board, May has been a busy month for the VCC: a beautiful homage to Mother's Day by the Sunday School children - the brainchild of Ruby John; VCC's unique Pentacost reading of Acts in 10 languages, as well as a touching welcome of new Board members and the Fellowship Coordinator, who were entreated to let God guide their work for the VCC, and prayerful thanks to the service of the former Board members was given; the excellent performance by students from the Vienna Music Academy (Wiener Musikakadamie) with Director Boris Perrenoud during and after the 20 May Service; and finally, VCC's participation in Long Night of the Churches. On behalf ot the Board and Congregation, I would like to thank Linda Bednar (Christian Education Chair), Chanda  Rule (Publicity Chair & Praise Band Director), Cassandra McConnell (VCC Choir Director), and Maurine Mellinger (Music Chair) for putting together a wonderful performance to a full house on Friday, 25 May - The Long Night of the Churches. May included an interesting tour organised by Rainer Zimmermann for CMAF (VCC Circle of Music, Art & Film) of the Alt-Hietzing baroque church in the 13th District after the 27 May Sunday Service. Many thanks Rainer! 

At the 28 May Board meeting, the data protection compliance team headed by Vice-Moderator, David Nolland, confirmed that it had started the first steps required for complying with the legal requirements for churches under the new EU Data Protection law. Thanks to Bernhard Bair, who is also Stewardship & Finance Chair, for imparting his knowledge, advice and oversight on all aspects of VCC compliance with the law. We are fortunate to have such an expert in our midst!

Lastly, I am happy to report that Pastor Gabor and I had a very good and productive meeting with A.u.H.B. Bishop Michael Bunker, Andrea Sölkner (responsible for international congregations) and Dr. Johannes Wittich to get better acquainted and to update them on VCC's progress in complying with Austrian law on the necessary steps and documentation and procedures for baptisms - which under Austrian law is the legal responsibility of the Pastor - as well as, on the designation of the Presbyterium members on the VCC Board, in accordance with Austrian Federal Law. As the VCC is a legal entity (corporate congregation) under the A.u.H.B. umbrella, we also discussed and explored ways in which the VCC and the AuHB through a liaison (Dr. Johannes Wittich) with the Board (Oberkirchenrat) of the Reformed Church can establish a good working relationship and clear lines of communication to ensure that the VCC is kept up-to-date on Austrian legal issues that impact the VCC and to advise and support the VCC in complying with the relevant legal requirements. It was noted that the Reformed Church Board would act as an information resource for legal issues, and serve as a conduit to the A.u.H.B.on behalf of the VCC.  I will be keeping you apprised of developments in this respect.   

I am extremely happy and thankful for the enthusiasm and motivation of those elected to the 2018-2019 Board and am very much looking forward to our work together over the next year. 

All in our congregation are encouraged to continue to give of your time, talents and resources as you see fit, because each of you as a part of the body of Christ plays an important role in this Church.

Mickela Moore, Moderator

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VCC Board & Fellowship Coordinator 2018-2019

For more information about the VCC Board and Fellowship Coordinator, follow this link:

http://viennacommunitychurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-2019-Board-Profile-2.pdf

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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 and water). Your donations are appreciated.

Euripides Ribeiro, 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.  

Euripides Ribeiro, Property Chair

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Letter from the Alumni Coordinator of the Vienna Community Church (VCC)

I would like to introduce myself to you:  My name is Sita Weinrich, and I am the VCC Membership Committee Chair and now also Alumni Coordinator of the VCC.  My role as Alumni Coordinator is to strengthen the relationship between VCC and its alumni members.

I cordially invite VCC alumni members to continue sharing information after they have left Vienna about the impact the VCC has had on their lives, either by writing to me, or the Editor of the VCC Voice (this is the monthly online VCC  newsletter), or to the AFCU Bridge.

In turn, I will keep VCC alumni directly  informed of VCC activities through the VOICE and AFCU Bridge.  I would welcome any suggestions from you as to what you would love to read about!

Sending you many greetings from Vienna,

Blessings,

Sita, Membership Chair and Alumni Co-ordinator

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AFCU VCC TEAM

The attached photo was taken in the garden of Ken Rislov, the host of the AFCU meeting in Tucson. From the left, Ken Rislov, myself, Kate Koob, Helen and Rev. Jack Hustad, Pat and Walt Deitrich. Rev. James and Luray Wiberg  were unable to attend. 

Report from AFCU Annual and Development Meeting in Tucson, Arizona

As the then Stewardship and Finance Committee Chair, I attended the American and Foreign Christian Union (AFCU)’s bi-annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona on13-14 April 2018, almost a year since VCC hosted the AFCU’s annual meeting in Vienna. The AFCU meeting normally takes place in the United States biannually (annual meeting in spring and development meeting in both spring and autumn), but every other year it goes out to one of the three churches in Europe, i.e. VCC, American Church in Paris (ACP) and American Church in Berlin (ACB).

During the one-year period from the last annual meeting to the present, by God’s grace and blessing VCC has made vibrant changes in terms of the numbers in the congregation, variety of outreach programmes, the final year of the capital funding appeal, a substantial increase in monthly giving to stabilize the regular budget. I reported those changes and developments in my presentation. I also briefed the AFCU about how the Presbyterium requirement of  the 2005 Recognition Agreement impacted VCC's members and informed them that a Special Congregational Informational meeting would be taking place on Sunday, 15 April. 

One month after the AFCU meeting in mid-May, AFCU transferred its grants to the VCC bank account in Vienna for the regular budget and the capital funding for the year 2018. The total amount of the grants was Euro 35,000, and the distribution between the two funds will be clarified shortly.

Masa Matsushita, Treasurer

 

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AFCU BRIDGE

If you would like to read the AFCU Bridge Spring Newsletter, please follow this link:

http://viennacommunitychurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Spring-2018-Bridge.pdf

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Happy Birthday & Blessings to the

June 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

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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. 

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Condolences

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

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Become Part of the VCC Family!

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Are you Interested in becoming a part of our ecumenical, 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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She Rises! 

Inspire Women's 2019 Conference

If you would like to connect, sing and pray with hundreds of inspirational Christian women in a warm, open and loving environment, then register for the Inspire Women's Conference that will take place in November 2019. It was held for the first time in May of this year and was so successful that a second conference is being planned for next year. Pre-registration helps to pre-fund the costs of this wonderful initiative. It is organised by the women at the Vienna Christian Center.

For more information:

www.inspirevienna.com

facebook.com/inspirevienna

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Urban Living

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Wings for Life Run

The Wings for Life World Run in Vienna on 6 May 2018

The Wings for Life World Run is a running competition held on the first weekend of May since 2014 to collect funds for the not-for-profit foundation Wings for Life. The entry fee goes completely to the foundation which supports research and studies about spinal cord and spinal cord injuries to find an appropiate medical treatment for these cases. The run takes place in over 30 locations around the world at the same time.

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann

 

Mozart's grave in St. Marx's Cemetery in the 3rd District

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann

Bach meets Jazz in the Minoriten Church on the Long Night of the Churches 2018!

Photo: Courtesy of Mickela Moore

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Out and About 

Friedrich Stowasser (December 15, 1928 – February 19, 2000), better known by his pseudonym Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, refitted and redesigned a Church and its gardens in Bärnbach, Styria. You may have seen his trash burning facility in Spitalau or his museum and residental building in the 3rd District.

Photos: 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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Submissions & Editorial Guidelines 

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Editorial

We would like our readers to look forward to reading the VCC Voice every month and to feel informed and enlightened.  If you have any comments or something special that you would like to share, please send your submission to: 

 voice-editor@viennacommunitychurch.com

Deadline: 25th of every month, together with your contact details in case we have to clarify something with you. Font size should be Arial 12 point. Photos should be preferably landscape and sized to 680 x 360.  Please provide a descriptive  title for the photographs, including name(s), occasion and date. 

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