Maundy Thursday 2020

Some people call it Holy Thursday, others as Maundy Thursday. But what does the “Maundy” in “Maundy Thursday” mean? It’s certainly not a commonly-used word or something you’re likely to hear outside the context of Easter. What did this term mean, and where did it come from?

Etymologically, the consensus is that “Maundy” comes from the Latin word Mandatum (itself from the verb Mandare), which is translated “commandment.”

In the context of Holy Week it refers to the commandment Jesus gave to his disciples while washing their feet, as recorded in John 13. Specifically, the commandment in John 13:34-35:


“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

VCC CELEBRATES 60 YEARS

VCC 60th ANNIVERSARY

1.   HOMECOMING SUNDAY, September 17th.

2.   REFORMATION DAY – Das große Fest am Rathausplatz in Wien: 30. September 2017

3.   OUTREACH SUNDAY,  1 October 2017

4.   APPRECIATION SUNDAY- More information coming

5.   STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY, November (more information coming)

6.   CELEBRATION SUNDAY, December (more information coming)

Bible+ Club in May

May Programme – Phychotherapy and Faith

Host: Dr. David Nolland

Guest Speaker: Dr. Doris Möhsl

Doris is a practising psychotherapist with many years’ experience as a coach and counsellor. Before that she worked at her family’s hotel and all over the world as a tour guide.

Doris will give us a description of the three Viennese schools of psychology, and tell us about her own specialism, which is existential analysis, associated with the third of these schools. Its founder, Viktor Frankl, was interested in the exploration of “man’s search for meaning”, one of the motivations for which was associated for him mainly with belief in God. She will also tell us a little about how Austrian therapists officially “work” with religion.

Because of the 1 May holiday, May’s Bible+ will be held on Tuesday, 2 May.

Photo: Courtesy of Doris Möhsl 

Bible+ Club

MARCH PROGRAMME

The Beatitudes – Count Our Blessings

Host: Dr. David Nolland

Jesus makes the radical, counterintuitive suggestion that the true possessors of happiness are the poor and the hungry, and that the righteous are those who are reviled and persecuted. Is this madness, slave morality, or a realignment of vision that allows us to be strong in God’s strength and catch sight of our true blessings? What does it mean for how we live today? Come and discuss.

When: 6 March 2017

Where: The VCC Meeting Point

Light refreshments are served! You are welcome to bring something to share. You are welcome to invite others to participate.

Bible+ Club

March Programme

Church Health

Host: Dr. David Nolland

Guest Speaker: Dr. Gábor Lassu

Church Health is not advanced church management! Traditions, finances, programs, personalities and events can each be a controlling force in a church. However, in order for us to grow, we must be a healthy church, and we must build our future around the five New Testament purposes given to the church by Jesus: worship, ministry, discipleship, evangelism and fellowship. As we shift our focus away from programs, performance and from a business managing attitude to emphasizing a people-building process, God will build His church. If our church is healthy, as a living organism, it will grow naturally. Therefore, the real question for us is this: what role do we as individuals play to ensure that VCC is a healthy church?

When: 6 March 2017

Where: The VCC Meeting Point

Light refreshments are served! You are welcome to bring something to share. You are welcome to invite others to participate.

Film Night

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch (1942) (99 minutes)

About the Film:

This Oscar-nominated film is a complex story that contains as much dark material as hilarious comedy and a hint of romance in keeping with Valentines Day! A troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw use their acting and disguise abilities to fool the occupying troops. Sometimes said to be Lubitsch’s best film.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny and Robert Stack.

Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Location: VCC Meeting Point, Untere Donaustrasse 39/3, 1020 Vienna

Details: The Film starts at 7 p.m. Come at 6.30 and bring food. Drinks and popcorn will be available.

Bible+ Club in February

The Consolation of Philosophy–Boethius was the smartest person in 5th century Rome, the leading expert on Aristotle and Plato, a walking encyclopaedia of Roman literature, and a writer of treatises on diverse academic subjects which were used as textbooks at Oxford University as late the 18th century. But we will not be looking primarily at Boethius the highbrow intellectual, we will be looking at Boethius the man, whose Christian values – such as defending Christian truth and the falsely accused – shaped the way he led his life and ultimately led to his unjust imprisonment and death. What was the relation between Boethius’ philosophy and Boethius’ life? Can philosophy really make a difference in situations of the utmost difficulty and suffering?
Host David Nolland will lead the discussion to explore the character, ideas and faith of this fascinating individual who is a bridge between the world of antiquity and our own.
When: Monday, 6 February 2017 from 7-9PM.

Location: All Bible+ Club discussions are held at the VCC Meeting Point, Untere Donaustrasse 39/3, 1020 Vienna. Light refreshments are served! You are welcome to bring something to share.

Film Night

TO BE OR NOT TO BE Directed by Ernst Lubitsch (1942) (99 minutes)

This complex story contains as much dark material as hilarious comedy and some romance in keeping with Valentines Day! A troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw use their acting and disguise abilities to fool the occupying troops. Sometimes said to be Lubitsch’s best film.

Starring Carole Lombard, Jack Benny and Robert Stack.

Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2017 

Location: VCC Meeting Point, Untere Donaustrasse 39/3, 1020 Vienna

Come at 6.30 and bring food. Drinks and popcorn will be available. The film will begin at 7PM.

Ladies Who Lunch

The next Ladies Who Lunch luncheon will be held on Friday, 27 January 2017 starting at 12:30

Where: Restaurant Rani

Where: Webgasse 41, 1060 (Just off Mariahilferstrasse)

How to get there: U3 Stop Zieglergasse (direction Ottakring)

Please contact Nita for questions.