We celebrated worship on Sunday, and a congregational meeting, with a congregation in person and by Zoom. We are trying to also post those services online, to reach our widespread and shut in congregation.
Due to gremlins in the system, that wasn’t possible on Sunday, but it is now!
CHURCH SERVICES RESUME AT THE VCC!
Dear Members, Friends, Associates, and Visitors:
Understandably, we are hungry for fellowship with other Christians in our Church. We are happy to inform you that the Austrian Government has allowed church services to resume, albeit under some restrictions – disinfect your hands as you enter the sanctuary, wear face masks and sit at least 1 meter apart from those not belonging to your family circle. For those who cannot attend or do not yet feel comfortable and secure enough to attend a service, we offer the opportunity of worshipping with the congregation by either making available a recording of the service and streaming a live broadcast. See the link below to join the Zoom Livestream.
If you plan to attend this Sunday’s service, and would like to put your children in Sunday School, please respond to this Doodle link: https://doodle.com/poll/pm2szi3ikhhuhtp3. In the “Comment” section at the bottom of the poll, you can include how many adult family members, including number of children who will be attending the Church service and Sunday School.
Please note that the VCC has to adapt to this new reality for worship and we will be trying out different formats over the next weeks so that the spiritual element of our worship experience is meaningful for those taking part in the services, or listening to the recording or joining by live broadcast, if that is possible. A list of rules is attached for attending the service.
We hope to be able to welcome you in Christian fellowship!
As we create an online community, there are a number of opportunities to contribute. Click here to find some of the ongoing ways to share.
Each Sunday, you will find opportunities to worship individually, with your family, or with small groups. Although we are physically separated from one another, we are united in prayer and praise.
The Household of Faith
At our retreat earlier this month, we spoke about the Household of Faith, a way of describing how each person begins their journey of faith at a certain point, and then begins to explore the faith as they grow in discipleship. We spoke about four different rooms:
This is the room where meals are made – and, often, things get repaired, mail gets sorted, and children do their homework. It is the place of service. Here, you will find suggestions on how to maintain your Christian witness, reaching out in the ways we can.
The living room is where people gather together and where the sense of belonging is nurtured. Here, you will find our Weekly Worship Service and a weekly meditation from Rev. Parker.
The bedroom is a place of sanctuary. In a church, this is the place where people come to heal their hurts, and restore their souls. Here, you will find resources for restoring your soul: music, prayers and quotes, and inspiration.
The study or office is where we go to practice our vocation, and to learn and grow. Here, you will find Bible Study and other resources.
Special Assistance Fund (SAF)
In this time of necessary physical distancing, please remember that the VCC still needs your financial stewardship to continue functioning, as our ongoing expenses have not decreased significantly. As we are not holding any actual church services at least until Easter, please DONATE ONLINE to sustain our community through this challenging time and beyond once this crisis has diminished.
A Special Assistance Fund has been established to help those vulnerable in our congregation due to the current crisis and lockdown. If you would like to donate to the SAF, please send your pledge or one-off donation to the VCC bank account with the Purpose/Verwendungszweck: SAF. The SAF will be administered by Pastor Neil, Maurine Mellinger-Deroy and Anne Storey. Please send your requests or questions to: email@example.com
VCC Bank Account:
The Vienna Community Church
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 Special Assistance Fund, 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.