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Vienna SDA Newsletter Boldly reaching out in love together to make disciples for Jesus Christ

June 2020

In This Issue ...

  • Pastor’s Message: MODELING FAITHFUL SUBMISSION
  • Church Calendar
  • Announcements
  • Message from our Health Ministries leader, Dr. Anita Job
  • Potomac Conference Virtual Town Hall, Mon Jun 1 at 7:00pm register at www.pcsda.org/townhall
  • Creative Ideas to Promote Church Fellowship and Unity Online – ways for you to volunteer and get involved!
  • Opportunities to Get Together via Zoom
  • Grow Groups – Spring Semester Is Underway! Pls use Zoom
  • Coming Soon: Women’s Ministries Mentoring Program
  • Online Giving
  • 911 - Is God listening?
  • “A 100 Days of Prayer” March 27 – July 4, 2020
  • A Prayer for Connection
  • Featured Link: Living for Him https://livingforhim.tv
  • Article: “An Insignificant Moment” by Sabrina Riley
  • Staying Connected – Learn How to Use Zoom
  • Shout out of the our Graduates!!
  • Photos of Members Quarantining!!
  • Send Us Your Comments/Suggestions
  • PLEASE SEND US PICTURES AND SELFIES OF YOU, YOUR FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS AS YOU SHELTER AT HOME

Pastor's Message

By Pastor CJ Cousins
So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father! And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. — Genesis 22:6-9 NKJV

Can you see Abraham’s trembling hand as he takes the wood and places it on his son Isaac? Then suddenly the scene flashes forward to when God the Father permits the Roman soldiers to forcibly place the wooden cross on Jesus’ lacerated back. Then we flashback again to see Abraham’s trembling hand carry the knife that is to pierce his son and cause his blood to flow. Then in an instant we are brought back to Calvary as the Father sovereignly allows His Son to be pierced by the spear of a Roman soldier, causing His blood to flow. Again, we return to see Abraham’s other hand hold the fire that is to consume Isaac, when once more, we flash back to Calvary to see the Father painfully let the fire of our sin consume His beloved Son, Jesus. Now we pause to notice that the text emphasizes twice that the two of them went together, which seems to reveal their united resolve. Then it dawns on us that though Abraham arranged the place of sacrifice, his son, who is most likely 20 years old at this point and could have easily pushed his old father in order to escape, was just as much submitted to this as his father was. His father’s faith in Yahweh had become his own and he willingly submitted to becoming the sacrifice! As father’s or as parents in general, we disciple our children into followers of Jesus, when we…

MODEL FAITHFUL SUBMISSION,

UNTIL IT’S THEIR OWN.

Abraham’s complete faith and submission to Yahweh had become Isaac’s, as is beautifully captured in Patriarchs and Prophets where the inspired author says,

… Isaac had been trained from childhood to ready, trusting obedience, and as the purpose of God was opened before him, he yielded a willing submission. He was a sharer in Abraham’s faith, and he felt that he was honored in being called to give his life as an offering to God. He tenderly seeks to lighten the father’s grief and encourages his nerveless hands to bind the cords that confine him to the altar. — Ellen White, Patriarchs and Prophets p. 152.

Can you see the tears welling up in Abraham’s eyes as he bound his beloved son Isaac, just as the Father would be stirred to deep emotion as He would watch and allow Jesus to be bound by the Roman soldiers. The two of them must have wept as they said their parting words and final, I love you’s as they embraced each other for the last time. Then Abraham slowly laid Isaac on the altar, on top of the wood, just as the Father would sovereignly allow Jesus to be laid on a wooden cross. You see, Abraham would not have gone through with this if he didn’t have faith in the character of Yahweh and modeled it in his life to the point that it become Isaac’s faith.

You cannot force your children to love and follow Jesus and engage in the mission of His church. You will only push them away from Him if you do that. You first have to model it. You see, knowing Jesus is contagious! When you truly know Him, it’s attractive and it begins to draw their hearts. Invite them to join you in knowing and serving Him. Let them see the joy you have knowing and following Him until they own it for themselves as their own!

Calendar

9:45 am Sabbath School

Sabbath/May 30

10:40am Online Worship Service

8:27pm Sunset

Announcements

Message from our Health Ministries leader, Dr. Anita Job:

It has been a long while since we have had the joy of seeing each other. Even though it has been difficult, we have done what we can to help keep each other healthy and safe by staying at home. As each state and county opens-up, we will still have to make some changes to how we have church. The Potomac Conference has put out some very practical guide lines for the Phase One opening at http://www.pcsda.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Virginia-Forward-Phase-One-Religious-Services-Guidelines.pdf .

As we slowly open things back up and try to gain some normalcy, there are some important considerations each person and family have to make depending on their unique circumstances. It is better to err on the side of caution when making these decisions regarding attending church.

  • Having an underlying health conditions that would put you in a high-risk group.
  • Having a family member that lives in the same household that is in a high-risk group.
  • Being in contact/working with Covid-19 patients.
  • Being a high-risk age group.
  • Unable to wear a face covering for the duration of the service.

While each person/family makes their own choices, let us remember to be kind to those who may choose differently than us. Let, knowing that we are our "brother's keeper" be the basis for the precautions that we take. Find creative ways to be a part of church without exposure. Please remember that a unique trait of this virus is that it is possible to have the virus and spread it without having any symptoms. Following social distancing and wearing face covering for all is prudent under these circumstances.

Most of us are being constantly bombarded with all kinds of information at this time. Not all of it is true or beneficial. Consult with your health care professional before making any changes to your diet or medication. Even "natural" remedies need to be taken with caution. Seventh-day Adventists are so blessed to have a divinely inspired path to healthy living, we don't need to look for further guidance to improve our health.

I look forward to meeting each one of you when we can do so safely. Till then,

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him". Romans 15:13

To Register for the Town Hall, visit www.pcsda.org/townhall

Creative ideas to promote church fellowship and unity online…

Below is a list of possible activities that church members can do. If you are interested in organizing these ideas or volunteering to help, please contact the church office at office@viennasda.org or (703) 938-8383.

  1. More Participation in the Online Church Service: Make a short video to be showed during church. Coordinate with Pastors Garry Genser and CJ Cousins.
  2. For the Children of our Church- making audio recordings of various adults in our church reading or telling a children’s story and posting it on our church website.
  3. Recipe Sharing- what is everybody making in their kitchens at home?
  4. Health- how are the church members staying healthy through this pandemic?
  5. Make a Children’s Story Recording- either audio or video for church service.
  6. Calling Church Members and asking how they are doing. Are there families in need?
  7. Disseminating Church Literature: adult lesson studies, Junior Guide, Primary Treasure, Our Little Friend, etc.
  8. Summer ideas for families- do our church members have any ideas? What are they doing this summer?
  9. A Zoom cooking class
  10. Each grow group contribute something- An “Online Feature” on our church website. Something interesting, spiritual, thought provoking.
  11. Sending cards of encouragement to our elderly shut ins or giving them a call.

I pray God inspires you this week to reach out to others. You never know who might need an encouraging word as 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Take good care of yourselves and your family. May God bless you abundantly.

Opportunities to Get Together Via Zoom

Opportunities to Get Together Via Zoom

Prayer Meeting Wednesday Nights at 7:30pm

Church Worship Service Sabbath at 10:40am

Stay connected, Stay blessed! - Garry

Grow Groups

Experience Authentic Community starting... April 5 - June 13, 2020!

Here at Vienna we do life together by joining or starting a Grow Group. Gather weekly or twice a month with people from your church, neighborhood, school, work, etc. Being a part of a Grow Group is life changing, enriching and you’ll never be the same again. In light of the COVID-19 stay-at-home executive order, our Grow Groups will be conducted this semester online via Zoom. Visit the Grow Group site at the link below.

Coming Soon: Women’s Ministries Mentoring Program!!

Societies in the past tended to have more built-in mentoring relationships available. Today’s world is different. Never before have mentoring relationships been so badly needed and in such short supply. We as older women in the church need to ask, “How can we become mentors”? As Christian women, one of our roles should be to act as mentors for younger women and women who are new to our faith. But what exactly does “mentoring” involve, and how do we go about doing it? We were inspired by Pastor CJ’s Mother’s Day sermon about Mary, mother of Jesus, and her older cousin, Elizabeth and their supportive relationship. As a result, the Women’s Ministries team is looking to start a Mentoring Program that will be a relational experience in which one person empowers, encourages, teaches and shares experiences and resources with another person. Stay tuned!!!

Online Giving

If we would faithfully bring God our tithes and offerings, His treasury would be filled.

Jesus taught that the value of the gift is estimated not by the amount, but by the proportion that is given and the motive that actuates the giver.

“He which soweth sparingly, he shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” Acts 20:35; 2 Corinthians 9:6,7.

Tithe and offerings may be submitted on the church’s secure website, Togethernet at https://viennasda.ccbchurch.com/index.php login, and click on “Give”! You may choose from several giving designations.

911 – Is God Listening?

“Call to me and I will answer you” Jer. 33:3

“Call to me and I will answer you” Jer. 33:3 If you would like to request special prayer, please email office@viennasda.org and Vienna’s Prayer Team will pray for your needs. Each request will be treated with confidentiality. Or use the Prayer Text Line – Send your prayer requests to (703) 801-2316.

The General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists has launched a 100 Days of Prayer. For more info and to sign-up to receive daily prayer devotionals

Vienna’s Prayer Ministry

This year, 2020, we are intentionally praying for our church families. Specifically, we are praying for our families to have a stronger walk with Christ, as this will also impact their bond with each other. Each week, we will include a new list of families in the Prayer Praises & Requests section of the church bulletin. We ask We ask that our entire church body pray for these families each week.

Featured Link: Living for Him

Living For Him is a multimedia and discipleship equipping ministry started by Pastor CJ Cousins and his wife Deedre Cousins in 2007. It’s all about helping people experience the joy of life in Christ. Their dream is to ignite a multiplying Kingdom movement of healthy, joy-filled followers of Jesus.

"An Insignificant Moment"

Vienna member Sabrina Riley published a story in the Mid-America Union Outlook for Memorial Day. It features the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington. Here is the link to her story: https://outlookmag.org/an-insignificant-moment/

ADVENTIST HISTORICAL FOOTPRINTS

Harlon Block's official Marine Corps photo and the United States Marine Corps War Memorial (photos by Sabrina Riley).

Staying Connected – Learn How to Use Zoom in 5 Minutes for Online Small Groups - YouTube

Congratulations Graduates!!!

  • Josue Ayala
  • Cynthia Bonilla
  • Zaevon Dalhouse
  • Owura Gyamfi
  • Giselle Landgrover
  • David Oswari
  • Nancy Panchi-Smith
  • Evan Pederson
  • Michelle Sawwan
  • Abigail Zarceno

Photos of Members Quarantining

Lisa Hamilton (Women’s Ministries Leader) working from home on a zoom staff meeting.

Sabrina Collins celebrates her 15th birthday on May 24. Congratulations!

Karen LaFave always looks great, even during a pandemic!

Josiah Riley turns 11 and celebrates his birthday with his brother Asher and other family members joining via FaceTime on multiple devices. Way to go Josiah!

Evan Pederson graduates from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in May.

The Morgan family enjoy food and music during their quarantine time at home!

PLEASE SEND US PICTURES AND SELFIES OF YOU, YOUR FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS AS YOU SHELTER AT HOME and we’ll showcase them in the July Newsletter Issue!

Send Us Your Comments/Suggestions

.The goal of the Vienna SDA Church Newsletter is to inform members of upcoming events, provide encouragement, and share information. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Email us at office@viennasda.org, thanks!