20th June 2019




God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.

God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.

God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.

God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful.


Author unknown


What's in the October Edition?


From the Pastor's Desk

September Highlights in Pictures

Africa Buffet Highlights in Pictures

What's On 

Soup(or) Bowl Saturday Fellowship & Fundraising Event

Harvest & Thanksgiving Sunday

Kerala Flood Appeal 

Moderator's Message


From the Pastor's Desk


Dear Church Family,

Our Good Lord has a wonderful vision for all of us, that we love Him and all people wholeheartedly, serve Him and our fellow neighbors gladly, worship Him joyfully and experience to the fullest our salvation. However, beyond that, He also has a specific vision for each of our lives. In Proverbs 29:18 we read, that “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) The NIV translation gives us a better understanding as to why people with no vision perish: “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.”

It is evident that God’s desire is to lead us to life, joy, wisdom, purpose and not death. That is why He is never silent, but is deliberately seeking to make clear to us His will and direction for our lives. God wants to give to us a revelation of His will, so that we might live life to the full! Why does God want to do this? Because according to Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” It is that simple. That’s why we must seek daily the Lord’s guidance for our life.

Additionally, however, we need to understand that God not only has a vision for us as individuals. He is determined to give us a vision fulfilled alongside other believers. That is what the church is all about: worshipping Him together, serving others together in love and spreading the Good News in the world for all people!

Since this is so, the question we must then seek an answer to is why has God led us to come together at this point in time in history as a local body of believers here in Vienna at the Vienna Community Church?

The answer to that question is what the Bible is referring to when it speaks of a mission, vision, revelation, purpose from God. What we are to be and do as a congregation is something that comes - not from the Pastor, not from the members of the Board, or any other human being - it is something that comes only from God.

Our Good Lord has a plan for what our lives here in Vienna are to look like, how that is to happen, and when these things should take place. God wants us to understand who we are in Christ. He wants us to live our lives with a sense of identity. His desire is to give us a vision!

A vision is the dominant factor that governs our individual and congregational life. It determines all the choices we are making. Therefore, we need to seek this vision together! Let us ask the question from ourselves: does our church the Vienna Community Church have a sense of vision, a purpose for our existence? If not yet, what would that be?

Let us pray together as a loving and faithful church family and ask our Lord to give us a clear vision for our future!

Many blessings to you all!

 Pastor Gábor


Capturing the Moment


September Highlights!

September is the beginning of the Church Year and and sees VCC enter its 61st year. The highlight of the month was the African Buffet held after the Homecoming Service on 16 September 2018. Above: Chanda Rule-Bernroider (Praise Band Director) and David Corcoran singing Be Still during the Offertory, accompanied in voice and on piano by Cassandra McConnell-Grujic at the 30 September Service.

For September Highlights, follow this link:

For more pictures from the African Buffet, follow this link:


Photos: courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann, Rick Sue & Josh Lange


Faith, Fellowship & Music


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:


Daily Devotion Link


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


The Adult Bible Study meets on the last Monday of each month at 7pm. The current theme is on the Parables of Jesus. For more details, see "What's Coming Up" below.


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.


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:


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.



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: 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


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: 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


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


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


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. 




Invite Friends & Family to Soup(or) Bowl Saturday!


Harvest and Thanksgiving Sunday


Haus Josef, located in the 18th District, is run by Caritas&Du and provides termporary housing to adult men, women, couples and even house pets! The VCC has supported this initiative for many years and it is a tradition to collect items for Haus Josef on our Harvest Festival Sunday.


• Nonperishable food (pasta, coffee, tea, canned goods, etc.)

• Hygiene articles (Soap, shampoo,  etc. ) - NO travel sizes,please!)

• Cat and dog food & toys

Please place it by the altar when you arrive at church, and we will transport all of it to Haus Josef after the Sunday Service.

If you are unable to bring food stuffs and would like to support this charity, you can put your envelope in the offering basket and designate it for Haus Josef. You can also bring your offering or items to the Soup(or)Bowl event on Saturday and it will be delivered to Haus Josef.

Thank you for your support!


We bless you, 
God of Seed and Harvest
And we bless each other
That the beauty of this world
And the love that created it
Might be expressed though our lives
And be a blessing to others
Now and always. Amen.

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was founded in March 1990 to assist orphans in Romania

following the revolution. Help is still needed today although Romania is
now a member of the EU. Presently we assist orphans who now live with
foster families in Sinmartin, near Miercurea Ciuc in Transylvania and
elementary school children in the area - a total of 430 children. We
personally give each school child a 'colorful box' containing school
supplies, hygiene articles and sweets and the orphans, under 4 years
old, a banana box containing food and hygiene items. We ask for your
help in supplying the needed items for these children.
Please get your contributions to us by Sunday, 7 Oct., if possible. In
the name of the children, 'Thank you' for your gift.

The 65th International Team will travel to Romania on Wednesday, 17
October and return Sunday morning, 21 October.  If you would be
interested in joining our Team or would like more information about
Project Centipede, please contact us personally or at <>.

Contents of a Colorful Box: 1 child's toothbrush, 1 child's toothpaste,
1 bar soap, 1 chocolate bar, 1 sack gummibear, 1 pkg waffer cookies
(e.g. Manner Schnitten), 1 small school notebook, 1 coloring book, 3
colored pencils. Place items in a shoe box/small box and wrap in
colorful paper so that nothing can fall out.

The “Banana box” contents for an orphan child should include:
2 kg sugar              1 container jam                 1 child’s toothbrush
1 ltr cooking oil     250 gm backing cocoa              1 child’s toothpaste
2 kg pasta            400 gm drink chocolate            5 bars mild soap
5 boxes bouillon cubes  1 box sponge fingers (biskotten)1 child’s shampoo
1 kg soup pasta         1 pkg unfilled cookies          1 baby oil or cream
1 kg rice               5 pkg wafer cookies             1 pkg cotton swabs
1 kg semolina(Grieß)    1 sack gummibear                1 pkg cotton
2 large cans fruit      5 bars chocolate                2-2.5 kg detergent to wash clothes



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 7 October 2018 at the VCC Meeting Point at 2PM/14:00. In the intervening time, all requests and communication should be sent to:



The next Bible+ will take place on MONDAY, 19 November  at 7pm 

Hosted by Dr. David Nolland

Guest Speaker Dr. Francesca Lim will be talking about Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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


CMAF Film Night 


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. 



Adult Bible Study

On 29 October 2018, Adult Bible Study with Pastor Gábor will continue his exploration of the Parables of JesusIt is a combination of historical background, translation curiosities, commentaries, handouts, real life examples and daily applications in the context of dialogue.  


Ladies Who Lunch 

SAVE THE DATE! The last  Friday of each month.

Details in the Sunday Bulletin and on the VCC website.


Charity & Missions Assembles Christmas Boxes at Meeting Point

On Saturday 10 November we will be meeting at the Meeting Point to assemble Christmas boxes for Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child. If you are unable to attend you can still donate the items for a box to be made up on your behalf. More details to follow, or please talk to the Charity & Missions Chair, Katrin Karschat, for more details.


Autumn Congregational Meeting 

This year's Autumn Congregational Meeting will be held immediately after the Service  starting at 13:30/1:30 PM on Sunday, 18 November 2017 in the Fellowship Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to approve VCC´s 2019-2020 budget.

Please bring food or drinks to share.


VCC News & More


Kerala Flood Disaster Relief Appeal 

As many of you know, the floods in Kerala, South India have been devastating, surpassing any floods in known history. The floods have also directly affected the 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. Many of you donated generously on Recognition & Charity Sunday on 9 September. If you did not have an opportunity to donate on Charity Sunday, please mark the VCC Donation Envelopes with Kerala or transfer your donation into the VCC bank account (listed at the end of this Email) with Purpose/Verwendungszweck: Kerala. These donations will be forwarded by the VCC Treasurer, Masa Matsushita, as one sum directly from the VCC to the Round Table India Trust, a charity set up to receive donations from outside of India. ALL DONATIONS GO TO ASSISTING THE FLOOD VICTIMS.

Thank you for your continued generosity! We already collected almost 600 Euros from our Special Offering and the money has already been transferred directly to Round Table India Trust.


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!

Thanks to all that made the Africa Buffet a success:

 In addition to the wonderful food that was provided, many thanks to Pastor Gábor for the idea, to Ngozi Okpalaugo and Sonja Botha for coordinating the contributions, as well as making dishes and decorating the Meeting Point, Nicole and Tony Wrixon for hanging Nicole's "Hands" photo exhibition, Rick Sue, Fellowship Co-ordinator for coordinating the setup and supplies needed for the event and taking photos, David Nolland who helped promote the event, and Rainer Zimmermann who helped document the Sunday Service and Africa Buffet. 


VCC Board 


October Message 

Dear VCC Members, Friends, Associates, Regular Visitors,

VCC is now going into its 61st year! Just imagine that some of our current members have been with the VCC very early on, and over the years have served as leaders in the Church, helping to navigate its way through a changing world. Without them, VCC would not exist today.

If we, as members, friends, associates and regular visitors would like that VCC really thrives and is strong enough to meet future challenges, then we must as a Church pray for guidance. But, not only that, we must commit ourselves to give of our time, talents and resources - all three which are needed to ensure that  VCC will exist for another 61 years. If any of these three are missing, VCC will not, cannot be, a dynamic, growing and thriving Church.

How do you think this can happen? We must individually and as a congregation ask God for guidance of our vision, understanding that if we as a congregation (members, friends, associates, regular visitors) are following God's plan for our Church, then we will participate in Church life with joy and dedication, weathering the ups and downs in the knowledge that we are following God's plan for our Church.  Not only that, but we as a congregation of members, friends, associates and regular visitors must be willing to continuously pray, and put in the hard work to ensure that VCC remains a spiritual haven for many years to come.

Many of you have started to attend some of our activities that have resumed after the Summer holidays, such as Adult Bible Study, Bible+ and Film Night. Starting 23 October, will be a new Women's Ministry. These are all opportunities to fellowship with others in the Church, invite friends and acquaintances who may be seeking a spiritual home. You should feel free to create another fellowship opportunity based on a mutual interest or talent. We are all in this together! 

On another note, I would like to thank all of those who made the African Buffet on Homecoming Sunday such a success! While the brainchild of Pastor Gábor, Ngozi Okpalaugo (VCC Clerk), Sonja Botha, and Rick Sue (Fellowship Co-ordinator)  tirelessly worked to organise the event and contributions and make the Meeting Point a warm and welcoming place for the approximately 75 people who attended! Many thanks to the food contributors for their time and efforts to make the delicious dishes, which are listed above. Many of you might have also noticed Nicole Wrixon´s Hands Exhibition, which I highly recommend you to see.

Lastly, I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the Pastor, Board and other Church leaders attending the Leadership & Board Retreat on 29 September. The Pastor gave us an overview on a how to approach and define our Mission, Vision and Outreach in terms understandable in today's world and discussed communication and how we, as a Church, can welcome newcomers to the Church and serve them in their spiriual journey in our congregation. David Corcoran gave us an interesting overview of the 5 principles of leadership identified by Pastor John Maxwell based on Biblical principles, and Maurine Mellinger kindly cooked a delicious lunch to round out what was a wonderful day of fellowship and learning. 

The Board will consult with the VCC congregation once we have drafted Mission, Vision and Outreach statements, and all will have an opportunity to respond and comment. This will be finailised and will also serve as the foundation of VCC's contribution to the AFCU Strategic Plan 

May God continue to bless our Church, show us his vision for the VCC, and help us as individuals to be shining examples of modern Christians in our community! 

Mickela Moore, Moderator


VCC Board & Fellowship Coordinator 2018-2019

To get to know the VCC Board and Fellowship Coordinator a bit better, follow this link:





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:  You can pick up brochures with rental information at the VCC Meeting Point.  

Euripides Ribeiro, Property Chair


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,


Sita, Membership Chair and Alumni Co-ordinator



 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.



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


Happy Birthday & Blessings to the

October 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


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. 



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


Become Part of the VCC Family!


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:


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    

Austro-American Society Events

Please check the programme by following this link:


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:


Urban Living


Start of the Reformation 

Above: All Saint´s Church (Castle Church) in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther´s 95 Theses were said to have been nailed to this Church (above), Germany on 31 October 1795, in order to start a debate about its propositions. Instead, it lead to his excommunication from the Catholic Church and the start of the Reformation 501 years ago.

Luther´s House: on the 1st floor Luther lived with his wife, Katherina von Bora, and his children

Town Hall Square (with the statues of Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon)

Photos above: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann


Out and About 


Neo-Gothic Votivkirche on Währingerstrasse with its recently cleaned facade - a project that took years!

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann


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.

If you would like to pay using PAYPAL, please follow DONATE button below:


Submissions & Editorial Guidelines 



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:

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