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

January 2018

In this issue ...

  • Pastor’s Message
  • Church Calendar
  • Announcements
  • Grow Groups
  • Get Ignited! Youth and Young Adults
  • Online Giving
  • Featured Link: Adventist World Radio
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Share Your Pictures!
  • Did You Know?!
  • Send Us Your Comments/Suggestions

Articles and Photos ...

  • Baby Eden Taylor Cousins Dedication
  • Ordination Ceremony of Pastor CJ Cousins
  • 4th Annual Christmas Candlelight Concert
  • Vienna Stars Pathfinder Club Delivers Can Foods
  • Vienna Pathfinder Stars Hosts New Year’s Eve Worship and Party

Pastor's Message: Trapped Between Two Giants

By: Pastor Garry Genser

My friend Frank approached the runaway goat from one direction of the railroad track that ran along my property in Northern California, and Trinity approached it from the other. The yearling nanny had followed the older goats over the field fencing but had lost her nerve when they all returned. She remained alone, walking the perimeter of the fence and crying forlornly.

I was ready with the materials to fix the fence but needed to wait until this one goat came back so it wouldn't be permanently fenced out. She was just too afraid of the fence to jump over it alone and she was too afraid of human beings to even be tempted when I offered her some grain. Finally, Frank and Trinity climbed over the fence on either side of the goat and walked toward each other. They shortened the gap step by step.

Finally, the goat sprinted along the fence, overcame her reluctance, jumped over the lower point, and rejoined the flock. These two towering giants, from her perspective, on either side of her frightened her so much that she overcame her fear of jumping the fence and returned to the safety and security of the flock.

We moderns look at the fear of God, as being somewhat backward, very "Old Testament." When we dismiss God's anger and warnings, I wonder if we are losing the motivation to make the changes that God wants us to make. True, to obey out of love is the higher, more mature calling, but when our lives are at risk, I wonder if God is more than happy for us to respond out of fear, if that is what it takes at the time for us to be safe and well.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7


Sabbath/January 12th

  • 9:15AM Sabbath School
  • 9:30AM Audio/Visual Material due to A/V Team
  • 10:40 am Worship Service: Pastor CJ Cousins
  • 12:30PM Potluck/Visitor Luncheon
  • 1:30PM Pathfinder Meeting
  • 5:06 Sunset


January 6th: Start of Winter Semester for Grow Groups

“Women Fit4Life” 2019 Women’s Convention"

Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida

  • Exploring the Connection between Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health
  • General Sessions
  • Seminars
  • Teen Track*
  • Community Outreach

(in English, Spanish, and Creole)

Featured speakers: Kiti Freier Randall, Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychologist; Hyveth Williams, Professor of Homiletics, Andrews University, and Katia Reinert, Associate Director, GC Health Ministries.

Musical Guests: Kelly Mowrer; Gale Jones Murphy; and Message of Mercy. Teen Track Speakers: Heather Thompson-Day, Author, Speaker, Professor, Andrews University; Novella Smith, Youth Pastor; Amie Regester, Digital Media Evangelist; and Justin and Emily Khoe Hosts, That Christian Vlogger.

*Convention for women and high school girls only

You MUST register for the event before calling the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort to reserve hotel rooms (up to two). Your AdventSource registration receipt (beginning with "E") is your reservation code for the hotel.

  • AdventSource: (402) 486-8800
  • Rosen Shingle Creek: (866) 996-6338
  • Early registration, Nov. 1, 2018-May 30 $210.00
  • Regular fee, June 1-September 1 $260.00
  • Sabbath (Saturday) only $160.00
  • Teen registration $170.00
  • 5K walk/run fee (T-shirt/prizes for all) $ 15.00

Sponsored by North American Division Women’s Ministries in partnership with North American Division Health Ministries

Special Request

Female roommate wanted in a 55 plus independent community to share apartment and expenses located near Dulles/Herndon office park. For more info call (703) 707-8206.

January 6th - March 16 Grow Groups: Experience Authentic Community

Here at Vienna, we do life together by joining or starting a Grow Group. Gather together 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. Our Current Semester of GROW GROUPS is underway. You can find a link to the catalog on the church website:

  • Play Date 0-3 years old
  • Mid-Week Lift: Study of the book of Philippians
  • Young Adult Group: Following Jesus, Disciple-making and Movement Building
  • Quilting for Homeless
  • Contemporary Praise
  • Gospel of John for Youth
  • Gospel of John Study
  • Financial Peace University
  • Baptism Bible Study in Spanish
  • VAA Student Baptism Study
  • 1st Corinthians Study

Venezuela Project

Happy New Year! May it be a blessed year to all. Just a little note to remind you of the less fortunate. Rute Hittle will be sending a box with food and shoes for children, in a couple of weeks, to an SDA church in Venezuela. Please contact Rute for how you may contribute to this cause, at (571) 481-1623.

Get Ignited!

Ignite is a monthly youth & young adult worship experience followed by a social on the first Sabbath evening of each month starting September 1st at 7pm. Though focused on and led by youth & young adults, all are invited to attend! The Purpose of Ignite is to bring younger generations to Jesus, empower them to use their gifts, spark a movement of young disciple makers and bring all their ministries together to celebrate what the Holy Spirit did through them in the last month. If you are a teenager up to 35 and want to get involved or have a gift or testimony you’d like to share, please contact Dominque at 516-448-3515 or email Pastor CJ at pastorcj@viennasda.org.

Online Giving

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

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 World Radio

No walls, no borders, no limits! AWR’s broadcasts travel where missionaries cannot go, transforming lives for eternity.

AWR’s Mission: AWR broadcasts the Advent hope in Christ through the most effective media to the people of the world in their own languages. Radio overcomes the barriers of government restrictions, cultural opposition, illiteracy, and geography.

Broadcast Media: AWR uses shortwave radio, national radio networks, local FM stations, on demand, podcasts, and solar audio players with pre-loaded content.

Why Radio? People can listen privately to the voice of hope in places where evangelism is prohibited by law and sometimes punishable by death.

Coverage: Non-Internet broadcasts can be heard by three quarters of the world’s population. The target audiences are non-Christian listeners in the highly-populated and less-evangelized areas of the world, such as Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

Languages: Producers in local studios create programs in more than 100 “heart languages” – the mother tongues which touch listeners’ hearts most profoundly. More languages are added as producers and airtime funding become available.

Unique Programming: AWR’s production partners come from the same language and cultural groups as their listeners. They create “contextualized” programs that are unique to each country or region and relevant to non-Christian listeners.

Cost: Radio continues to be one of the most cost-effective forms of outreach. The average annual airtime for a daily half-hour broadcast is approximately US$20,000. AWR’s annual airtime budget is currently more than US$3 million per year.

Results: Many studios operate Bible correspondence schools, through which they can communicate with listeners in their own languages. AWR receives well over 100,000 letters, phone calls, text and e-mail messages from listeners every year.

Goal: AWR’s goal is to reach every person with the saving message of God’s love, through programs aired in the 200+ “critically-important” languages spoken in the world – which can be made possible through your financial partnership.

Featured Project: Godpods for the Middle East, N°19G19 bringing Godpods with Arabic content full of hope

Volunteers Needed:

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!

Did You Know?

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

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.

Articles and Photos:

Baby Dedication: Eden Taylor Cousins

On December 8, Pastor Garry Genser dedicated Miss Eden Taylor Cousins, daughter of Pastor CJ and Deedre Cousins, to the Lord.

Ordination Ceremony: pastor "CJ" Claypole S. Cousins Jr.

On December 8,

Church members attended this celebration of Jesus in the life of one He has ordained. This service was in recognition and affirmation of the calling and gifting of the Holy Spirit in the pastoral ministry of “CJ” Claypole S. Cousins Jr. The congregation enjoyed the music ministries of the RPC Praise Team, Vienna Adventist Academy Choir and Hannah Walker Johnson

4th Annual Christmas Candlelight Concert

On December 8, the Vienna SDA Church and Vienna Adventist Academy held its 4th Annual Christmas Candlelight Concert. Attendees enjoyed an evening of inspirational music of hand bells and choirs ringing in the true reason for the season.

Vienna Stars Pathfinder Club Delivers Canned Foods

On December 14, the Vienna Stars delivered canned foods to the Ashley-Women and Children Shelter in Washington, DC, that they collected from donations by the church and neighborhood community.

Vienna Stars Pathfinder Club Hosts New Year's Eve Worship and Party "One MOre Year"

Sermon by: Grady and Willy Yonas

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