16th September 2019




“What is Christmas?

It is the tenderness of the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future."

Agnes M. Pahro


What's in the December/January 2019 Edition?


From the Pastor's Desk

November Highlights in Pictures

What's Coming Up? in December

 Christmas Boxes for Needy Children

TODAY: Christmas Potluck

TOMORROW: Christmas Pageant

Moderator's Message


From the Pastor's Desk


 Dear Church Family,


We are in the midst of this season of shopping, entertaining, cooking, visiting, decorating, sending cards,  or just simply enjoying the holidays.  Let’s first remember what Christmas really is, why it is celebrated in the first place. 

Christmas is the birthday of our Lord, Jesus Christ! This is a holiday to honor the fact that God sent His Son to be born in a manger and to become our Savior. I believe that just like the shepherds around Mary, Joseph and the baby we should also celebrate in a distinctive way based on Luke 2:15-20

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

I believe Christmas offers all of us tremendous opportunities for glorifying God - just like the shepherds did - as we come and worship Him, sing our wonderful carols and as we pray and praise Him! Yes as we celebrate Christmas as Christians in a distinctive way we’ve got to take a step back from the busyness of the season and the materialism of the world and focus on Jesus Christ, our Lord! 

We can read that the shepherds made widely known the good news about Jesus! It is our responsibility as well to make Him known to those around us. There are many opportunities available during Christmas. We can witness through the ways we celebrate Christmas! We can witness through the type of the beautiful cards we send out. We witness by how we decorate our homes, the Christmas tree and what we put under the tree. We witness through the music we listen and sing. And we witness by our hospitality and talking to our family members, friends and co-workers inviting them to come and worship together with us the newborn King!    

Let us be intentional about sharing Christ this Christmas with others!

During these days and unfortunately in our culture, the real purpose of Christmas had been forgotten. However for us Jesus is our celebration! He is our Honored One. He is our King. Let’s honor Him by witnessing and worshiping Him joyfully! 


Pastor Gábor


Capturing the Moment


November Highlights

For November Highlights, follow this link:


 Photos in November Highlights are courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann and Mickela Moore


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: christianeducation@viennacommunitychurch.com


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 or Maurine.

Click on link below for our 2018-2019 Film Night schedule:


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

Ladies Morning Bible Study Group

Tertia Behr is the host. It is 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 : 10:00-11:30 

Venue: VCC Meeting Point

Aim: Practical, interactive Bible study.

Contact: 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


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


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 our Choir Director, Cassandra McConnell. 





Bring a dish of your choice and surprise everyone!


VCC Christmas Pageant

The VCC Christmas Pageant will take place on Sunday, 2 December starting at 12 Noon


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 2 December 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


Ladies' Morning

Bible Study

The Ladies' Morning Bible Study meets every Tuesday from 10-11:30 AM at the VCC  Meeting Point. The 4 December Bible Study will be on: Gratitude: What does God's Word and science say about thankfulness?  

Note: There will be no Ladies' Bible Study on the following dates: 18 December, 25 December and 2 January 2019.


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 






The next Bible+ will take place on MONDAY, 17 December  at 7pm 

Hosted by Dr. David Nolland

Topic: What is Ecumenism?

On 19 November, Dr. Francesca Lim gave an outstanding talk on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's early work, Act & Being. For those who couldn't make it or who would like another look at Francesca's presentation, she has kindly agreed to make her slides available online, they can be found here.


Adult Bible Study

There will be no Adult Bible Study in the month of December. The next Adult Bible Study will be on 28 January 2019, 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.



The Town Hall Meeting will be held on Saturday, 25 January 2019 from 11-13:00 at the VCC Meeting Point. More details to follow. All are invited!


VCC News & More


Christmas Boxes for Needy Children in Eastern Europe

On Saturday,10 November; amid Christmas Carols and Christmas cookies, we assembled Christmas boxes filled with toys, games, sweets, hygenic articles, and school supplies,  for Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child. These boxes will go to children in Eastern Europe who may receve no other presents. Many thanks to Sandra Nel, who delivered the boxes to the Samaritan's Purse Dropoff Point.

Katrin Karschat, Charity & Missions Chair



New Members Sunday -  18 November 2018

Right to left:

Nichole BARNER with her two daughters, Lea-Sophie (8) and Livia (3)

Nichole was born in Northern Virginia in the United States.  She grew up in a Christian home with her 3 siblings and she is very close to her family.

She left the United States in early 2008 after a successful career in Real Estate Development where she worked as the Director of Sales and Marketing.  She circumvented the globe by ship, traveled to more than 25 countries in 2008.  During this time she was not religious but she remained spiritual.

After traveling, Nichole made her home in Salzburg, Austria where Lea-Sophie was born.  In Salzburg she learned to love “Spätzle” and “Kaiserschmarrn”.

 In the beginning of 2013 she moved with Lea-Sophie to Singapore to work for a Global Firm.  Singapore was an amazing adventure and Nichole liked the humidity and heat very much.  In Singapore she found a renewed connection to God that had been lost for many years.  – In 2015 Livia was born and spent the first 6 months of her life in the jungle heat of Asia. 

Nichole and her family moved to Vienna in September 2016 and after a difficult transition she is happy to call Vienna “home”.  -  One of the important things that makes Vienna feel like “home” is being part of the vibrant and welcoming church community of VCC.  Nichole visited VCC for the first time this summer in July when her aunt and mother were visiting from the United States.  She immediately felt a spirit of peace, Godly leadership and genuine welcome from Pastor Gabor.  She resonated and learned from his sermons and felt God was calling her to make VCC her new church home.  This feeling was validated by her children, who immediately loved their new children’s church teachers.     

Nichole and her girls are “Flexitarians” eating mostly a vegetarian diet.  They enjoy baking, traveling, and taking long walks in the Lainzer Tiergarten.  -  Lea’s favorite color is BLUE and Livia’s is the RAINBOW!  (and PINK).  Their favorite song to sing is “Jesus Loves Me.”  They look forward to meeting more of you and being part of the VCC family.


David is from Australia.  He moved to Vienna in January 2015.with his wife, Margaret, and their two sons, Edwin and Dexter, who attend the VCC Sunday School. He calls Vienna “home”.  In Australia, David was a professional Opera Singer for 10 years.  Among many roles and composers he really enjoyed “Pinkerton from ‘Madame Butterfly’ by Puccini.”

Recently he completed a Master’s degree in Human Resources and works as a Trainer and Coach.  Professional Coaching to improve: general speaking ability, voice, work-life balance.

He was always interested in Personal Development.   In 5 areas we need to give attention to (balanced) growth:  Physical Self, Emotional Self, Mental Self, Spiritual Self and Social Self.

Faith has always been a part of David's life. He was raised in the Catholic tradition.  Growing up, David played the trumpet at school and church and also sang in a choir.

At age 23 he discovered he could truly sing and had a God given talent in this area.  This talent eventually allowed David to become a professional singer.

David initially joined the VCC as he had heard about a wonderful choir and that is was the home church of Johann Botha.  It was wonderful to connect briefly with Johann before he passed away. Since living in Vienna, David has discovered that he is actually a high Baritone. 

Through being with the VCC David has found his natural God given voice and delights in using it to serve the VCC and being part of the VCC community.  He has been serving as the Music Coordinator. He enjoys walking with Christ and others in our congregation.

 Brenda KELLEM

You may already know her as wonderful helper at the Coffee Hour.   And if you ever wondered how come our Meeting Point is kept so clean, it is thanks to Brenda.

Brenda is from Pennsylvania, United States.  She comes from the Baptist denomination.

She wrote to me:

1.My favorite music is All Classical Music.  I come from a musical family where jazz was the norm.  My brother in Munich studied jazz at the music school in Vienna.  I was the only one in my family who liked classical music.

When I was at the University I sang in the University Choir.  I had the opportunity to travel to 9 different countries in Europe with the American Symphony Orchestra and Choir. We flew from Washington D.C. by way of TWA Airlines to London, England.  From there we travelled through Europe by way of a bus.  After this experience I said I would like to continue my music studies in Europe.

2. How did you find out about the VCC?  I started coming to the church when Rev. Mundt was the Pastor.  For a while I attended other churches.

3. What do you like about the VCC?  The different cultural backgrounds.

4. My favorite color is ORANGE.  5. My hobby is sewing and baking.  6. My favorite food is ice cream.

Sita Weinrich, Membership Chair

Right of the new members: Sita Weinrich, Membership Chair; Pastor Gabor; Ngozi Okpalaugo, Clerk; Cintia Sue, Worship Chair; Bernhard Bair, Stewardship & Fellowship Chair; Mickela Moore, Moderator; Karin Karshat, Charity & Missions Chair; Euripedes Ribeiro, Property Chair; and Masa Matsushita, Treasurer


Association of International Churches in Europe and the Middle East Youth Conference

Edson with Celine and Zack

VCC Member and Sunday School teacher, Edson Andrade, attended the AICEME (Association of International Churches in Europe and the Middle East) Youth Conference as an adult chaperone and with the support of the VCC Outreach Fund. Also, in attendance were Celine and Zack Sue.

Edson's Impressions:

During the first week of November (from 1-4) Celine and Zack (Cintia and Rick) and I went ot Paris to join our associated churches from Luxemburgo, Bonn, Olso, Frankfurt, Berlin, Brussels, Paris and Vienna for the Youth Conference promoted by AICEME. Our theme was "You are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household." Ephesians 2:19.

With a special focus on refugees, we asked together “what can we do to serve God”. We had great devotional moments, worship, games and social activities with youth from 12 to 19 years old. The pictures show some fellowship moment.

I am very thankful for the opportunity we had those days in Paris. We learnt so much about God, our brothers and sisters, and how we can become better Christians. I came back with strengthened faith and motivated to keep in contact with those churches and bring more, much more people than this year. Let’s do that, we gave lives that can be blessed and used as an instrument of God!   

I am grateful for VCC for enabling me to take part in this year’s conference, Thanks to Rick and Cintia for the constant support there. 

For His glory,

Edson D. Andrade


VCC Members and Artists, Linda Bednar and Chanda Rule, Support Women Artists

Chanda was one of 4 women who opened the World Wide Women: Life Through Her Eyes Charity Exhibition on Sunday, 25 November at the Altstadt Hotel. Linda is exhibiting and selling her ceramics. The Charity Exhibition supports women artists. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork - paintings, ceramics, and photos - will benefit Peregrina, a charity that supports migrant women.

Follow this link for more information:


Photos: Courtesy of Mickela Moore


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 the wonderful VCC Board for its commitment and hardwork.


VCC Board 


Christmas Message - Celebrate & Rejoice!

Dear VCC Members, Friends, Associates, Regular Visitors,

As we move inexorably into 2019, let us review 2018 and look forward to being more in 2019!

This past year was a year of unparalleled natural disasters, political upheaval, trade and armed conflict among nations, genocide, kidnappings, millions of refugees fleeing for their lives, attacks and murder of innocents through bombings, shootings, stabbings and other incidents, and the assault on our world's creatures, and degredation of oceans and forests entrusted to us by God. In our church, we have joyfully welcomed new members, enjoyed the talents of many contributing their musical gifts to the VCC's Sunday Services, visits from former members of the VCC who have worshipped with us and participated in the many VCC activities, those who were sick and are healed or in the process of healing, and received the generosity of many former members and friends of the AFCU who support VCC's ministry here in Vienna. We have also grieved for those who have left us this year, and, unfortunately, been confronted with the reality that we have been engulfed in conflict within our midst. 

I rejoice in all the positive things that 2018 has brought, and I grieve for the reasons and actions that led to and caused injustice, pain, and conflict in our world and in our Church. I can but trust that all of this is part of God's plan to wake us up and is caused because we humans refuse to walk in his Word,.

So, how can we celebrate the Christmas season when burdened with the world's problems weighing heavily on us?

We can celebrate and rejoice because as Christians, we are optismists in the knowing that we as human beings can be better Christians through prayer and by reaching within ourselves to follow God's dictate to love our brothers and sisters as ourselves, and understanding that we have the capacity to show more compassion, empathy, sympathy, forgiveness  and love.

Howard Thurman, author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader said:

“When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, 
when the kings and princes are home, 
when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins:

to find the lost, 
to heal the broken, 
to feed the hungry, 
to release the prisoner, 
to rebuild the nations, 
to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart.” 

I wish you a joyful holiday season!

Mickela Moore, Moderator


VCC Board & Fellowship Coordinator


To get to know the VCC Board, and Fellowship Coordinators 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: property@viennacommunitychurch.com.  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


Happy Birthday & Blessings to the

December and January 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: membership@viennacommunitychurch.com


Austro-American Society Events

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


Urban Living


Christmas Markets


Vienna is known for its unique Christmas Markets. If you would like more information as to locations and variety, please follow the link below:


New Year's in Vienna

The New Year's festivities are special in Vienna. with music throughout the City into the early hours. Markets will also be open into the New Year. For more information, follow the link below:



Out and About 

Located in the Himmelfortgasse, Cafe Frauenhuber has been in existence since 1824 and considered to be the oldest Coffee House (Kaffeehaus) in Vienna!

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann 

Christmas markets in front of Stephansdom.

Photos: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann

Alt Simmering Parish Church

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann

Gloriette in Schönbrunn at first snow 2018!

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.


Submissions & Editorial Guidelines 



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