Report from the Stewardship and Finance (S&F) Committee

Since the VCC held its first fellowship at our new property, the Meeting Point on 31May 2015, our new space has been hosting so many VCC activities such as Board and Committee meetings for VCC management and programme development, the Young Adults group activities, VCC choir group practice, and various fellowship gatherings. Now the Meeting Point has been well established as the core venue of our communication and decision making and fellowship activities.

While the VCC congregation is benefiting greatly from our own common space, we are required to fulfill our obligation for this property. On 11 October 2015, the S&F Committee organized the kick-off meeting of the capital funding appeal at the Meeting Point. In the presentation Table 1 was introduced and the capital funding and repayment schedule of VCC loans were appealed to the congregation.

Against the total amount of loans, Euro 153,000, we have made an ambitious repayment schedule within 5 years. There are three different repayment sources from 1) VCC congregation, 2) two individual VCC members generously loaned Euro36,000 and guaranteed the matching fund up to Euro30,000, (This means that if VCC congregation donates Euro 30,000, the two VCC members will cancel out their loan to VCC by Euro 30,000.), and 3) American and Foreign Christian Union (AFCU) pledged to donate Euro10,000 annually.

Table 1. The capital funding and repayment schedule of VCC loans

 

The S&F Committee is pleased to report that since the kick-off meeting took place last October, we have been receiving generous donation for the capital funding. Table 2 shows that in the first quarter from November 2015 to January 2016, we received Euro 4,496 more than the targeted amount. A number of congregations have pledged their donation one year or two year period. We have been receiving the designated donations for the capital funding in the form of monthly bank transfers as well as weekly Sunday service.

The S&F Committee continues the capital funding appeal and organizes a special event and gathering. On 9 March at 6:30 pm, we shall host a video documentary on Ethiopia presented by Nicole and Tony Wrixon at the Meeting Point.

March Voice-S&F Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2. VCC capital funding collection report

Euro

Period Target Actual collection Promotion Activities
Nov15-Jan16 3,825 4,496 Kick-off event, 11/10/15
Feb – April16 3,825   Video documentary on  Ethiopia, 9/3/16
May-July 16 3,825    
Aug – Oct 16 3,825    
Annual Total 15,300    

 

 

VCC Board members of AFCU have been tirelessly working for contacting old VCC members in the North America and requesting them a generous offer for our capital funding appeal. Apparently, they have already collected their pledged amount for the entire year.

Those who can kindly offer your donation to the VCC Capital Funding Appeal are requested to contact one of the following board members and mail addresses:

Ronan Le Bras, Treasurer, ronan.lebras@gmail.com

Mickela Moore, Property and Publicity, mickela.moore@gmail.com

PROPERTY CORNER

THE WHOLE IS ONLY AS GOOD AS ITS PARTS!

As of 1 September, the VCC starts a new era in which the VCC has its own dedicated meeting space and Pastor’s office with the VCC Meeting Point, and a new Manse that is exclusively used as a comfortable and pleasant private space for our minister and his or her spouse. This plan was supported by the congregation and we should be proud of what has been accomplished!

We have had many angels who stepped in at the right moment when things needed to be done – either with physical labour, time, or financial assistance.  Also, financially, the VCC did not have to pay any agent’s fees for the new manse, or double rent, as the new landlord gave us 2 months free rent and the old landlord let us out of the lease 1 month early.

It was six weeks of long and hot summer days, sorting, cleaning, organising and reorganising, disposing of unuseable or inappropriate items, planning, replacing items, comparing prices, moving, setbacks, etc..  It could not have been done without the help of the following people (core team in Red) who not only provided their time, building skills (alias, Tony Wrixon, Mary Geissler), and/or also, funds, in-kind donations, and items to make the Manse a very liveable place. We continue to get generous offers of assistance for both the Manse and Meeting Point:

Brigitte Abbuehl, Linda BednarSonja Botha, Johan & Sonja Botha, Mary Geissler, Wolfgang Geissler, Helma Giannone, Jacqui Grainge, Rosalind Laimer, Rosalind & Christoph Laimer, Ronan Le Bras, Ardeith Meier, Dainis Michel, Christian Mund, Fred Nowacki, Anne Peschek, Anne StoreyJürgen Teubenbacher, Jörg Wollmann, Christine & George Vohryzka, Donna Wall, Hana Wiberg, Tony Wrixon, Nicole Wrixon, Tony & Nicole Wrixon, and Rainer Zimmerman.

We still need some items and any support will be appreciated:

  • Funds to finance the signage for The VCC Meeting Point
  • Security entry system for The VCC Meeting Point (with a good system, we can start renting the Meeting Point out to 3rd parties for exhibitions, events, etc..)

Please contact Mickela on: property@viennacommunitychurch.com

Lastly, on behalf of the VCC Board, I would like to pay tribute to our long time members, who were responsible for VCC property issues for many, many years and set the pace for their dedication and service in this area, as well as in other areas, in service to The Vienna Community Church. In particular, Louise and Heinz Pickart and Nita and Erich Schimscha. 

Mickela Moore, Property Chair

PROPERTY CORNER

As The VCC is so multicultural, the idea is to create a VCC Gallery reflecting our diversity. To that end, members and friends are requested to submit high quality photos highlighting a particular aspect of your culture or country. We plan to hang them on the walls at VCC’s Meeting Point , either in the form of portraits (for example, a photo of someone from a tribe or ethnic group in traditional dress) or landscapes. The photos should be framed, ready for hanging, and be minimally 40x50cm and maximum 50x70cm. We will start out with one photo per family group.

If you would like to contribute something or discuss, please send a digital photo or your query to Mickela: property@viennacommunitychurch.com

NEW NAME FOR VCC’s SPACE!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll to name VCC’s new space. Voting was very mixed, but the most popular choice was: VCC Meeting Point, Bridge to Peace. However, because there was also a strong preference for the subtitle: Connecting Community, it was decided to use this as a Tagline, whenever appropriate. I will make a draft of the sign and will publish it in next week’s The VCC Voice.

Thanks once again for your participation!

Mickela Moore, Property Chair

 

 

 

 

 

Property Update

NAMING VCC’s NEW MEETING SPACE

The VCC Board want you to have an input into naming the first property that VCC has ever purchased, so the process will take a bit of time. The first poll will close on 11 June and you will receive a pared down list of the names chosen from the 1st Poll, as well as other suggestions from other members. Note that VCC’s Logo will be on all signage, so while the name may sound secular, it will be clear that it is a VCC property. Please be patient and continue to participate in the upcoming polls.

ORGANISING MEETINGS or EVENTS

If you would like to organise a meeting or fellowshop event in our new space for a one off or a regular event, or rent it for a personal event, please let me know. During the upcoming weeks, a procedure for scheduling and/or renting the meeting space will be put into place. But, for right now, please write to me on: property@viennacommunitychurch.com

Mickela Moore, Property Chair