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

September 2019

In this issue ...

  • Pastor’s Message
  • Church Calendar
  • Announcements
  • Grow Groups Catalogue is Here! Check Out the Fall Sessions
  • Get Connected with Jesus and Our Church Community
  • Online Giving
  • 911 - Is God listening?
  • Featured Link: Adventist Historical Footprints
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Share Your Pictures!
  • Did You Know?!
  • Send Us Your Comments/Suggestions

Photos ...

  • 2019 "Chosen" International Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh
  • "In Awe of Him" Young Adult Retreat, Aug 16-18, 2019
  • First Day of School at Vienna Adventist Academy

Pastor's Message

We Will Not Neglect the House of Our God

By: Pastor Garry Genser

Nehemiah 10:39 ends with the commitment:

"We will not neglect the house of our God.”

Although the sermon series has ended the Nehemiah project is in full swing. The biggest and most urgent work in progress is replacing the flat roofs of the church, a task which will cost the church around $!58,000. Because the repair needs to be made immediately to prevent harm to the building, the Church Board has taken out a loan for this plus about $130,000 to repair any damage beneath the roof and to have a start on the bathrooms. Your faithfulness and your generosity in making sure that the house of God is not neglected is what is allowing these repairs to happen! Thank you so very much!

You might have noticed some damage to the carport on the side of the church, caused by an embarrassed member whose insurance will be paying for the repair. The contractor is struggling with a difficulty in getting that large of a beam made in a timely manner, but hopefully it will not take too long. Please forgive the inconvenience.

The church board created a Building Committee to prioritize the projects needed to be done and to contract and oversee them. The chairman of the Committee is Janice Henderson. She can be reached at (301) 785-6346 or janhenderson63@gmail.com. Please feel free to check in with her and the Committee from time to time to encourage them in their work!

The Fall Semester of our outreach groups we call “Grow Groups” is about to start. Why not read the catalog on the church website or available in hardcopy at the Connection Center.

Remember the key verse in Nehemiah 39:10 “We will not neglect the house of our God”. Would you join in this effort with your generous contributions to the Building Fund online or at church and even more importantly pray for the successful completion the tasks at hand. A church that works and prays together, stays together and is the object of the Lord’s supreme regard!


Sabbath/September 7

  • 9:15AM Sabbath School
  • 9:30AM Audio/Visual Material due to A/V Team
  • 10:40 am Worship Service: Pastor Garry Genser
  • 12:30PM Potluck
  • 7:31 PM Sunset


Grow Groups are Back! Check Out these Sessions

The Fall Semester of Grow Groups is about to start Sept. 8th! Why not read the catalog on the church website or available in hardcopy at the Connection Center and join a group today!

Seeking Tutors

Vienna Adventist Academy is seeking tutors in the areas of math, English, and reading, on weekdays after school. Tutors will be available on a fee basis. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Vienna Adventist Academy. Shut-in Member – Shut-in Member – Many have inquired about visiting sister Jeanetta Harding. You can visit her at the Arleigh Burke Pavillion, located at 1739 Kirby Road, Room 305, McLean, VA. 22101. Visiting Hours are from 8am to 8pm.

Loss in Church Family

Connie Armstead, 76, member of our Vienna Church family from 1970-2001, passed away on August 2nd. She had been a victim of Alzheimer’s for 10 years prior to her death. During her 30 years in Vienna, Connie served the church in multiple capacities, including Sabbath School, VBS, Nominating Committees, Church and School boards, VAA Treasurer, and Hospitality Director! A Memorial Service in Connie’s honor will be held in Windermere, Florida next Saturday, September 7th at 6 pm. You can contact Lloyd Armstead at larmstead43@outlook.com or 703-472-4994.

Built 2 last marriage conference

The Allegheny East Conference invites you to a marriage conference, suitable for newlyweds or ongoing married couples, hosted by the Relationship Ministries Department. The event takes place September 27-29, 2019, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE. The rate is $299 per couple, plus lodging. A $50 discount is available using the code B2L50, upon registering online. A block of rooms has been held at the Wilmington Westin, which is connected to the Chase Center. To register or for more information, visit: www.visitaec.org/built2last.

International Day Celebration

The time is approaching again! Yes! The time to celebrate our many cultures. On September 21, 2019, we will have our annual International Sabbath. Our theme is unity. Take the time after church to sign up as a flag bearer. Continents to be signed are Asia, Europe, Africa, & Australia. The time is approaching again! Yes! The time to celebrate our many cultures. On September 21, 2019, we will have our annual International Sabbath. Our theme is unity. Take the time after church to sign up as a flag bearer. Continents to be signed are Asia, Europe, Africa, & Australia.

Foreign Exchange Program

Vienna Adventist Academy will have Korean students arriving in December 2019. They will attend the school from 4 to 8 weeks. VAA is seeking a list of families willing and able to host the students and provide them with transportation during their stay. Each family will get a stipend of $250 per child, per week. If you are interested please let us know how many children you would be willing to host. To express interest or for questions, contact Claudia Bowen at claudia.bowen@viennaadventistacademy.org.

Get Connected with Jesus and Our Church Community!

We'd love to help you get fully connected to Jesus and His mission to make disciples through our local church. We'd love to get to know you better. Please fill out the form below so that we can better serve you.

Online Giving

Don’t forget you can submit your tithes and offerings on the church’s secure website, Togethernet. The log on the link below and then click on “Give”!!

911 – Is God Listening?

“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 (541) 646-6384. Garden of Prayer – After the worship service, there will be a prayer meeting in the Kindergarten room. Anyone with prayer needs is invited to attend.

Featured Link: Adventist Historical Footprints

Vienna’s own Sabrina Riley has authored a story in the Mid-American Union Outlook’s online edition. Sabrina has published a series of stories as she has been asked to research on Adventist history for the Outlook. Some of her stories are part of the book she is writing about the Medical Cadet Corps. A couple of the stories are even about her own family! Others are stories people asked her to write. She plans to continue writing for Outlook. Please follow Sabrina on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/familyarchivist/ or sign up for her email list at https://www.familyarchivist.net/.

Volunteers Needed International Sabbath:

Many volunteers will be needed for this much-anticipated event on September 21, 2019. Take the time after church to sign up as a flag bearer. Continents to be signed are Asia, Europe, Africa, & Australia.

Newly Forming Church Building Committee:

If you are interested in serving on the Committee that will oversee the execution of repairs and upkeep of our church building, please contact Pastors Garry Genser or CJ Cousins at pastorg@viennasda.org and pastorcj@viennasda.org respectively.

If you have need for volunteers or you would like to volunteer, please contact the church office at office@viennasda.org

Share Your Pictures and news!

We want to share how active and vibrant Vienna SDA Church members are! Send us your pictures and write-up an article that we can include in the newsletter. Email us at office@viennasda.org, thanks!

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!

Did you Know?

We’re on social media! You can follow Vienna SDA Church on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.


Vienna Stars Pathfinder Club Attends the International Camporee in Oshkosh

Pathfinders Leave Bus to Oshkosh on August 11th to Oshkosh Wisconsin

Pathfinders win 1st Place for Marching and Drilling in Basic, Advanced, and Freestyle

Vienna Stars participates on the successful human cross world record with over 13,000 participants.

"Chosen" in Oshkosh: An Essay in Photos

Photo glimpses of the 2019 Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee as more than 55,000 gather at the Adventist event in Wisconsin.

Check out the photos from the International Pathfinder Camporee at this link:


Pastor CJ Cousins and Young Adult Leader Jin Kim organized a retreat designed for young adults. Over 15 attended the three-day event that included devotion, meditation, journaling, star gazing, hiking and swimming! The group was able to reconnect with God, nature, and each other.

First Day of School at Vienna Adventist Academy!

Hugs and the traditional handshake, when students get to meet all new and former schoolmates, are all a part of first day activities.

Fresh and newly decorated classrooms, first stories, and a special treat for all at the end, creates good memories on the first day at VAA.