OCTOBER 2019: In this Issue

• Capturing the Moment

• Get Involved 

• Guest Pastor 

• October Birthday Blessings

• Meet the Board

• Special Thanks

• Save the Date

• ACU News

• Note from the Editor


Capturing the Moment


SundayTwelve Noon - The Best time of the week. 

(Photo Credit: Lea-Sophie)

Welcoming smiles from our morning greeters, Miriam and Serena Muhoro greeting VCC Member, Hilde Mwathi.

The children say goodbye to Pastor Tom in the church courtyard.

Rosalind Mohnsen, organist and choir director from Boston, MA (US), visiting VCC and her niece Karin Esposito.

Coffee hour after church is a lot of fun for everyone, especially with new friends!

Members of the VCC Choir lead by Cassandra McConnell.

 Beautiful flowers donated by Souwanit Sonnbichler in loving memory of her grandmother, her mother and, Anne Peschek.

Four families at VCC, the Kil-os, the Tubans, and the Franciscos. Fernando Kil-o ( second to right) was the first to worship at VCC eight years ago.

Welcome, Rev. Dr. Neil Parker. We are blessed to have you as our guest pastor.

Pastor Tom leads the teaching in September on the Gospels at the Bible + meeting. 

Baby Ella together with father Robert Wesley, her brother Oscar and grandmother Lona – in the middle Pastor Neil with Nicole Wrixon and Souwanit Sonnbichler.

Cassandra McConnell-Grujcic with husband Ljubisa Grujcic and daughter Malia.

Bettina Hartlieb together with daughter Isabella (on the right) and her schoolmate Rosa.


Get Involved


Daily Devotion

Sunday School

Mark your calendar for this year's Christmas pageant: 

15 December /noon service.

The Sunday school will perform a very special Christmas pageant. All children are welcome to take part!

Parents, please consider volunteering in the Sunday school we need your help! 

Contact the Christian Education Chair, Edson Dorneles for information.

For where two or three gathered in my name, there am I with them” 

Our Prayer Circle seeks 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.

The Prayer Circle  has chosen a topic for each day's prayer as follows:


Monday:         Pastor

Tuesday:         Leadership and all those who serve VCC faithfully

Wednesday:    Membership

Thursday:       Music and Choir

Friday:            Church Programs

Saturday:        Outreach

Sunday:          International - those who are persecuted

The next monthly Prayer Circle takes place on 6 October at the VCC Meeting Point at 2PM/14:00. Sita Weinrich is coordinating the Prayer Circle until Eeva Vähäsarja returns in the Autumn.  In the intervening time, all requests and communication should be sent to:


Ronan Le Bras is the new Host of Bible+.

NEXT MEETING: OCTOBER 15 Refreshments will be served from 18:30 and the lecture will start at 19:00. At the VCC Metting Point.

Guest Speaker, Pastor Tom. 

Bible+ explores themes in the areas of theology, philosophy and science as they relate to our faith.

Our Current Series explores The Gospels. Their formation, literature,  and understanding not only of the intent but the audience that received them.

We will be examining each Gospel to understand what materials are included and the way the story of Jesus is told. There will be a continuous discernment as to the Communities of Faith each was written to and why they would need the story told as it was. The concept of taking each Gospel as a unit unto itself will be an important part of our understanding. This class is designed to respect the integrity of God's gift to humanity and the guidance of the Holy Spirit for each Community of Faith as they received their Gospel.  

Film & Co (previously 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 & Co features entertainting, as well as arthouse and thought-provoking films.

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 & Co or organise and host a cultural event, please contact Mickela or Maurine.


The  College & Career Group meets up at the VCC Meeting Point every Thursday evening at 7PM. The weekly Thursday meetings of the College & Career Group alternate between Bible Study and a relaxed meal together or other planned activity.

Join us for dinner and Bible study - free from formality. Fun, discussions and fellowship!

The C&C will be hosting a Welcome Back dinner. If you are interested in the C&C or would like to attend the Welcome Back dinner, please contact Alice Wanner.

Tertia Behr is the host of this 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

Welcome to our lunches on the last Friday of each month! For your calendar, upcoming dates are: October 25 and November 29.

Should you wish to be on the mailing list please let me know: 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  the VCC website and/or Bulletin for more details or contact Nita Schimscha.   

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.




Birthday Blessings


"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

3 Oct -  Tertia

4 Oct -   Kelvin

8 Oct -   Atinuke

10 Oct -  Livia

10 Oct - Cintia

11 Oct - Sonja

11 Oct - Jari

15 Oct - Casey


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


Many thanks to all the volunteers that make our church a pillar in the community. We appreciate you, and all that you do to make VCC a special place of worship each week. 

This month a special, "thank you" to Rainer Zimmermann for all of the lovely photos you take every week. 

With our gratitude,

The VCC Board


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:



VCC Events


Join us for Special Music during our church service on, October 13!

The students from the HIKARI School of Music, Kenya will sing for our congregation and join us for our coffee hour.

Be sure to attend the service and welcome them to VCC!


Join the fun! 

Sunday, 27 October 2019 (after the service)

Tour to the “Kirche am Steinhof” church by Otto Wagner, one of the most beautiful churches of Vienna.

Start of Tour: Dorotheergasse 16 (courtyard), 1010 Wien.  

We will be leaving from VCC at exactly 2 p.m., will go to U3 Stephansplatz and will change at Ottakring Station to the 48A (staying in the bus until its penultimate station at Otto-Wagner-Spital);  then walk (20 min.) across the hospital to the Art Nouveau Church.

 Entrance fee: 5 €.

 Optional: Late lunch after the tour.

Organizer: Rainer Zimmermann (mobile: 0699 1 777 00 39) All are welcome, no reservations necessary!  



Austro-American Society Events

Please check all AAS programme by following this link:


AFCU Autumn Meeting in

St. Paul, Minnesota (USA)

The AFCU (The American Christian and Foreign Union) Autumn Meeting will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota on 4-5 October. VCC will be represented by Walt Dietrich. More news to come!

When travelling to Paris and Berlin, please introduce yourself to either Pastor Scott (Paris) or Pastor Mari, Berlin's 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

Photo: Courtesy of Mickela Moore 


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.


 A Short Note from your Editor:

Dear Readers,

These days I am thinking a lot about transformation. Perhaps because we are moving from Summer to Autumn and the trees and plants are changing from glorious green and colorful blossoms, to the deep shades of Autumn and cooler temperatures. I am reflecting on the seasons of life, and how God created us to adapt to all kinds of change and grow during the process. And I'm taking note of the things, both big and small, that God has worked on in my life this season. Reflecting on what he has taught me and feeling grateful for where he is leading me. 

As you move into the next season of 2019, I hope you take time to look at the work God is doing in your life and give thanks for his steadfast love. Share his love with others and be prepared for the wonderful transformations ahead. 

My heart is full, I pray yours is too.

In his love,



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