THE VCC VOICE

 

11th December 2018

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SEPTEMBER EDITION

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What's in the September Edition?

 

From the Pastor's Desk

July & August Highlights in Pictures

New Ministry-Ladies Morning Bible Study 

Soup(or) Bowl Saturday Event

Kerala Flood Appeal 

Moderator's Message

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From the Pastor's Desk

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 2018-2019 

CHURCH NEW YEAR

Dear Church Family,

Summer is soon coming to an end and we are back to work, school and church after a wonderful holiday season. We are energized, enthusiastic and hopeful that God will bless our new beginning at the Vienna Community Church!

On Sunday, September 2nd we will celebrate our Church New Year! Do you know why the first days of September marks the beginning of the Church New Year? We traditionally think of January 1st as the beginning of the new year. However the custom in the Holy Land was to start a new year with autumn. The summer harvest was at an end, the crops were stored, and people prepared for a new agricultural cycle. It was an appropriate time to begin a new year.

According to history “the first day of the Church New Year is also called the beginning of the Indiction. The term Indiction comes from a Latin word meaning, “to impose.” It was originally applied to the imposition of taxes in Egypt. The first worldwide Indiction was in 312 when the Emperor Constantine (May 21) saw a miraculous vision of the Cross in the sky. Before the introduction of the Julian calendar, Rome began the New Year on September 1.According to Holy Tradition, Christ entered the synagogue on September 1 to announce His mission to mankind (Luke 4:16-22). Quoting Isaiah 61:1-2), the Savior proclaimed, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me; because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to proclaim release to captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord...” This scene is depicted in a Vatican manuscript (Vatican, Biblioteca. Cod. Gr. 1613, p.1). Tradition says that the Hebrews entered the Promised Land in September.” (oca.org)

The Church New Year is a 9 month period between September and May. Our actual road sign: “Seeing the Unseen” is based on 2 Corinthians 4:18. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” From a practical standpoint it means that before everything else our guiding force is the spiritual welfare of our congregation, God’s will for us. We would like to lift our Lord high, obey His will and I am fully confident that we will joyfully worship and serve together as a caring, cohesive, loving church family in harmony, hope and peace.  

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face shine on us during our 2018-19 Church New Year! 

 We all look forward to seeing you again!

 Many blessings to you all!

 Pastor Gábor

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Capturing the Moment

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July & August Highlights!

Summer in the City!

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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. 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 Music, Art & Film, hosted by VCC members Maurine Mellinger and Mickela Moore. Film Night features entertainting, as well as arthouse and thought-provoking films. For details on our next film starting in the Autumn, see What's Coming Up?

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

Below is a link to our 2018-2019 Film Night schedule for 2018-2019:

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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 Reinier & Noelanie for more details.

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NEW!

Women's Ministry

New! Exciting! At long last!

Ladies Morning Bible Study Group


Tertia Behr will be co-ordinating this group, which is meant to be a practical and interactive Bible study. The Group will be discussing different topics (Armor of God, Emotions and Faith, Oils of the Bible : therapeutic and prophetic meaning, Hearing God’s voice, sharing our stories and testimonies, inviting speakers…and lots and lots more). 

Day : Tuesdays

Time : 10:00 

Venue: VCC Meeting Point

Aim: Practical, interactive Bible study.

Tertia would like to invite all ladies to join us on the 23rd of October for the first get together. We would like to share our vision for this group with you and also get your input on what you would like to be discussed.

For more information you can contact Tertia by E-mail: tertia@burkhard.co.za or on Whatsapp +27835568781.

Looking forward to this joint adventure of exploring God’s Word in a new and fresh way!

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

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Ladies Who 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?

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 or Praise Band Director, Chanda Rule-Bernroider!  

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 McConnell. 

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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 September 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+

MONDAY, 10 September  at 7pm 

Hosted by Dr. David Nolland

Why should we read the Bible and How to read the Bible

This Bible+ wlll be based on lectures by Prof. John Nolland, and this short study will focus on practical reasons why reading the Bible is important, and how we can get more out of it when we do.

Where: VCC Meetng Point, Untere Donaustraße 39/3, 1020

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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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Adult Bible Study recommences in the Autumn

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 

SAVE THE DATE! The last  Friday of each month.

Details in the Sunday Bulletin and on the VCC website.

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SOUP(OR) BOWL SATURDAY!

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Women's Ministry First Meeting

The new Ladies' Morning Bible Study starts on 23 October at 10am at VCC the Meeting Point. Please check the Sunday Bulletins or VCC website for details of further meetings. 

 

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VCC News & More

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Kerala Flood Disaster Relief Appeal 

The floods in Kerala, South India have been devastating, surpassing any floods in known history. The floods have also directly affected friends and family of VCC members, such as Sheila and George Philip. 

As it is known by now the floods in Kerala State, India was caused by unremitting monsoon rains for 3 weeks compounded by the fact that 27 dams had to be opened simultaneously to avoid damage to the structure of the dams. This caused several towns in the state of Kerala to flood within a matter of hours up to the height of 5 feet on the night of 14th August. The search and rescue operations have ended with the death toll reaching 370 as of 27th August. The damage to the infrastructure, agriculture, tourism industry and private homes have been accessed at a staggering figure. Losses have been assessed at USD 3 billion. This is being constantly updated. Over 1 million people have been displaced! 3000 relief camps had been opened. There have been 537 landslides, 221 bridges have been damaged, and 10,000 km of roads are in need of repair. (Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief page)

This is an urgent appeal for the ongoing work of medical attention, cleanup, restoration and repair of the most heavily damaged areas in the area of Kochi, Allapuzha and many other towns.

Please donate generously through the following government of India approved portals

  1. Round Table India Trust (approved to receive foreign private donations for Kerala Flood Relief)

Name of Bank: Indian Overseas Bank,

Account number 018301 000021223, Chennai Branch

Purpose: Kerala Flood Relief

Bank swift code: IOBAINBB001

 2.    Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF)

State Bank of India

Account number: 67319948232

Account name: Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (Kerala)

City Branch Thiruvananthapuram

SWIFT CODE: SBININBBT08

CMDRF Site: https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/

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Kristin Lewis Supports Young Talent

When Soprano Kristin Lewis is not performing in the world's most renown opera houses, she glorifies God with her voice during our Sunday service and during special holidays and VCC events. Kristin is also passionate about developing young talent.

On a personal note, Kristin writes:

I would like to invite you an exciting Classical Music concert on September 21. It will be in benefit of the Kristin Lewis International Verein für Ausbildung und Förderung junger Künstler (Association for the Education and Development of Young Artists). I sincerely hope to receive support from all whom I know, as this is a cause that I am extremely passionate about. The concert will take place at Minoritenkirche, Minoritenplatz 2, 1010 Vienna, at 19:00.

I hope to see you there. 

Sincerely,

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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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September Message 

Dear VCC Members and Friends, 

Over the Summer, your Board has been working very hard for our Church and it will be a very busy Church Year.

The theme for the 2018-2019 Church Year is "Seeing the Unseen" based on Corinthians..

To celebrate the start of the 2018-2019 VCC Church year, the following has been planned:

• Sunday, the 2nd  - CHURCH NEW YEAR with a special coffee hour: "Best Pastries from Vienna"  

• Sunday, the 9th   - MUSIC/MEMORIAL SUNDAY to commemorate those who have left us

• Sunday, the 16th - HOMECOMING SUNDAY - with African Buffet

• Sunday, the 23th - OUTREACH SUNDAY - Introducing our Outreach efforts to the congregation.   

• Sunday, the 30th - PIETY SUNDAY with Holy Communion.

Our Autumn fellowship, fundraising and charity highlight will be Soup(or) Bowl Saturday. Linda Bednar has spent the last 2 years making 100 wonderful pottery bowls that will be sold along with All-you-can-eat soup on Saturday, 6 October. You'll be hearing more about this during the month.

Tertia Behr, who recently joined the VCC, will be hosting the Ladies Morning Bible Study every Tuesday morning at the VCC Meeting Point starting in October. More information will be forthcoming, so please join her and others to explore your faith in a comfortable and friendly environment. 

Our other activities are resuming or continuing: Adult Bible Study, Bible+- which will continue to explore the intersections of  theology, philosophy and science in the life of modern Christians, the College & Career Group, and, lastly, Film Night will resume with a host of films from Afganistan, Canada, the Czech Republic, England, Hungary Italy,France, Taiwan, and the United States.

We hope that you will find something of interest to you and join us in fellowship. Please feel free to bring a friend! 

Mickela Moore, Moderator

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VCC Board & Fellowship Coordinator 2018-2019

To get to know the VCC Board and Fellowship Coordinator a bit better, 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  are not shown on photo.

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AFCU BRIDGE

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

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9a3w9r9dmzsa5df/AFCU%20Bridge%202018%20Summer%20REV.pdf?dl=0

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Happy Birthday & Blessings to the

September 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 God's healing. 

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Condolences

Pray for those members who have lost beloved family or friends in the past year. 

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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. Primaries and Mid-term 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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Vienna Stadtpark Head Gardner's residence

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann

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Out and About 

Lake Constance 

Shades of Blue. Lake Contance in Southern Germany. The lake borders Austria, Germany and Switzerland and you can cycle 120 kilometers around the lake. In the sky is a blimp. 

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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