15th August 2020





Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer!

Thank you for the warmth of the sun

and the increased daylight.

Thank You for the beauty I see all around me

and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation.

Thank You for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family,

and for the more casual pace of the summer season.

Draw me closer to You this summer.

Teach me how I can pray

no matter where I am or what I am doing.

Warm my soul with the awareness of Your presence

and light my path with Your Word and Counsel.

As I enjoy Your creation, create in me

a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for You.



Unkinown Author
Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann


What's in the JUNE 2019 Edition?

David & Katrin got married!

June Highlights in Pictures 

Pastor Gabor's Farewell Reception

Svetlana Karnes Sends Greetings 

New 2019-2020 Board

Congratulations to VCC members, David Nolland and Katrin Karschat!


Capturing the Moment


June Highlights

 Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann


 Photos: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann, Mickela Moore, Ardith Meier


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.


Sadly, David Nolland, the B+ Host is moving to England. Many have enjoyed the interesting and thought provoking series explorng our Christian faith from many different perspectives, in addition to our interesting guests, such as Doris Möhsel and Bischop Michael Bünker.

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


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. Watch out for details on our next film series starting in the Autumn in What's Coming Up? appearing in the September Newsletter.

We would like others to take the initiative to host interesting cultural events. If you are a film buff or cultural denizen and would like to help out on Film Night or organise and host a cultural event, 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: 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. 




Invitation to Church Wedding for VCC Members

We got married! Thank you for all the prayers and warm wishes - we really appreciated it. Our church wedding will be at the VCC on July 20th at 11 am. Please join us on our special day - we would love to have you with us.

Katrin & David Nolland


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 7 July 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:


Ladies' Morning Bible Study


Photo: Courtesy of Mickela Moore

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


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


Ladies Who Lunch 

The next luncheon should be held on Friday, 26 July May. If you are not on our email list get in touch with Nita on:

Also, look for details in the Sunday Bulletin and/or on the VCC website.


VCC News & More

Pastor Gabor's Farewell Reception Highlights

For more Picture Highlights, follow this link:ÁBOR-FAREWELL-RECEPTION.pdf

Photos: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann and Ardith Meier

Thank You!

A big Thank You to Fellowship Chair, Anne Storey and CMAF Host, Maurine Mellinger for organising Pastor Gabor's Farewell Reception. We appreciate all those who attended and contributed to making the Farewell Reception a success, including: Sheila Elizabeth Philip, Ardith Meier, Elmira Ulbrich, Kitty McKinsey, Ronan Le Bras, Tony & Nicole Wrixon, Hilda Mwathi, Masa Matsushita, Cassandra McConnell-Grujcic, David Corcoran, Katrin Karschat, Cintia & Rick Sue, Bettina Hartlieb, Brenda Kellem, Alice Wanner and Susan Kanzian. Many thanks also to Sonja Botha, Tertia Behr, Linda Bednar, Chanda Rule, Sita Weinrich, David Corcoran and Cassandra McConnell for their contributions to making and organising the appreciation gifts, the musical programme, and creating the Farewell Reception invitation, respectively.

Mickela Moore, Moderator


Svetlana Karnes Sends Greetings to the VCC!

Svetlana with Moderator Mickela Moore and her husband, Jürgen


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 Meeting in Paris

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

July 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.  




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



Above photos taken in the Fine Arts Museum/Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

Above photos: 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

Liechtenstein Castle. The Liechtensteins are one of Austria's oldest, if not the oldest aristocratic families, with the family's main seat in the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Photo: Courtesy of Rainer Zimmermann