26th May 2020


JUNE 2019



My Creator, I pray that I may not only have the desire to know life, but the assurance to live it. Help me to understand that my earthly possessions are not the measure of my life, nor my body the boundary of my living. May I reach for the high standards that are free, without limit, to all. Amen.

Unkinown Author
Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann


What's in the JUNE 2019 Edition?

Ranthy & Lahiru married!

May Highlights in Pictures 

What's Coming Up? in June

Film Night - Amelie

Pastor Gabor Farewell Reception

New 2019-2020 Board

Congratulations to VCC members, Ranthy Tobing and Lahiru Navaratne who married in Aprill!


Capturing the Moment


May Highlights

VCC member, Edson Dorneles with Guest Pastor, Bill Wiisanen

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann

Mother's Day

Mother's Day - Nichole Barner handing the Sunday School children roses to hand out to all moms! Many thanks to Cintia Sue for donating the flowers!

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann

Beautiful Flowers from VCC Member Sheila Philips' garden!

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann



 Photos: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann


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.


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.


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

Tertia Behr is the host. It is a practical and interactive Bible study.  

Day : Every Tuesday

Time : 10:00-11:30 

Venue: VCC Meeting Point

Aim: Practical, interactive Bible study.

Contact: or on Whatsapp +27835568781 or 0660 798 7868

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  year?

Best wishes to you all.

Nita Schimscha; Co-ordinator


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

Photo: Courtesy of Nita Schimscha


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. 




Summer Guest Pastor


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 Group takes place on 2 June at the VCC Meeting Point at 2PM/14:00. Sita Weinrich is coordinating the Prayer Group until Eeva Vähäsarja returns in the Autumn.  In the intervening time, all requests and communication should be sent to:



Sadly, David Nolland, the B+ Host is moving to England. Many have enjoyed the interesting and thought provoking series, in addition to our interesting guests, such as Doris Möhsel and Bischof Bünker. The next Bible+ will take place on Monday, 3 May. More details to follow. 

If you are interested in continuing Bible+, please speak to David.


Ladies' Morning Bible Study


The May Ladies' Morning Bible Study will continue with The Fruits of the Spirit Workbook

Photo: Courtesy of Mickela Moore


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.

Photo: Courtesy of Katrin Karshat


CMAF Film Night 



Ladies Who Lunch 

On Friday, 28 June, Ladies Who Lunch topped the numbers and a gathering of 11 ladies met in the 1st District for a delightful and entertaining lunch time.

The next luncheon will be held on Friday 30 May. If you are not on our email list get in touch with me under

Look for details in the Sunday Bulletin and/or on the VCC website.


VCC News & More


Long Night of the Churches 2019 Highlights

Collage Photos: Courtesy of Jürgen Teubenbacher

Photos above: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann


The Spring Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, 26 May 2019, when the members will be electing the next board members who feel called to serve the VCC for the year 2019-2020. The Meeting will take place immediately after the Sunday Service in the Fellowship Hall.


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!

A big thanks to Cassandra McConnell, VCC's Choir Director, for the wonderful Long Night of the Churches Programme of songs, vocal and instrumental solos, and meditative readings; many thanks to Linda Bednar for leading the Children's Choir in song. Thanks also to David Corcoran, Music Chair, for serving as the VCC host. Our readers: Sonja Botha, Edson Dorneles, Ingrid Hlavka, Ronan Le Bras, and Masa Matsushita brought a meditative touch to the musical programme. We say thanks to our soloists: Christian David Caceres and Ichiro Matsushita, as well as VCC's organist/pianist who sung a duet with Cassandra.  The VCC received many compliments for its LNOC performance. 


VCC Board 


Congratulations to the VCC Board 


Congratulations to those who felt called to serve on the VCC Board! To get to know the VCC Board better, we will be sending out a Board Profile in the near future

Clerk, Alice Wanner

Charity & Missions Coordinator, Maryanne  Maris

Christian Education, Edson Dorneles

Fellowship, Anne Storey

Membership, Sita Weinrich

Moderator, Mickela Moore

Music, David Corcoran

Publicity, Nichole Barner

Treasurer, Randy Tobing supported by Lahiru Navaratne

Unfilled positions: Vice-Moderator, Property, Stewardship & Finance. If you feel called to serve in any of these positions, please contact Mickela on





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.

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,special events, exercise class, or rent it for a personal event, for example, a birthday party, meeting, etc... please contact:  


AFCU in the Springtime

The AFCU (The American Christian and Foreign Union) Spring Development Meeting was held in Paris this year. As many of you know, the AFCU supports 1/3 of VCC's budget. The Paris Church, hosted the meeting supported by Pastor Scott's friendly and hardworking congregation, who organised a wonderful programme for those attending. We heard about the plans and missions of the Paris, Berlin and Vienna Churches. What is clear is that the churches should maintain closer ties. While Paris is a much larger church, one can see similarity in some of the challenges all three churches are confronting. We also all share the support of the AFCU Board members and other alumni who wish to see these three churches flourish and grow. When travelling to Paris and Berlin, please introduce yourself to either Pastor Scott (Paris) or Pastor Mari, Berlin's new minister. Many thanks again to the AFCU Board members and VCC Alumni who continue to support us with their financial gifts and prayers, especially during this time of transition for the VCC.

Mickela Moore, Moderator

Bernhard Bair (former Stewardship & Finance Chair) & Francesca Lim

Photo: Courtesy of Mickela Moore 

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

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


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, in particular, for Sandra Nel's father who is very ill.  




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:


Austro-American Society Events

Please check the programme by following this link:


Urban Living


Schönbrunn Zoo


The Hofburg

Above photos: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann



Schönbrunn is considered to be one of the best zoos in the world.

Photos: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann


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 



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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Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann