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

April 2020

In This Special COVID-19 Issue ...

  • Pastor’s Message: “Jesus Walks on What You Fear”
  • Church Calendar
  • Announcements
  • Grow Groups - Spring Semester Starts April 5, Please use Zoom
  • Online Giving
  • Chaos or Hope? By Eric Weesner | 3ABN Faith Light
  • A Word from Our Health Ministries Director, Dr, Anita Job
  • Adventist Healthcare on the Front Lines to Serve Community
  • 911 - Is God listening?
  • “A 100 Days of Prayer” March 27 – July 4, 2020
  • A Prayer for Connection
  • Featured Links: List of Adventist and Christian Websites to Explore
  • Discipling Children and Teens Through Adventist Sabbath Schools
  • Staying Connected – Learn How to Use Zoom
  • Sew a Protective Face Mask for You and Others
  • Send Us Your Comments/Suggestions

Pastor's Message

By Pastor CJ Cousins

JESUS WALKS ON WHAT YOU FEAR

“And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” — Matthew 14:26-27 NKJV

Well, obviously the disciples didn’t initially recognize that it was Jesus coming towards them on the water. So what was going on in their minds that made them confuse Jesus for a ghost? They had so given into the spirit of fear that they began to succumb to ancient Canaanite superstition of seeing a ghost as an omen of impending doom. This was likely coupled with the fact that Canaanite tradition also saw the sea as the place of scary monsters, demons and the Devil. This is why the Old Testament uses the imagery of the sea monster Leviathan to represent the Devil. Yet, the very thing that caused them to be afraid was the very thing that should have strengthened their faith. They were so afraid that they forgot that in the Old Testament, the only One that “trods” or walks upon the water is Yahweh, the LORD God Himself! And here He is walking on the water, coming their way! Now, please don’t miss this. Jesus will bring you through this COVID-19 storm by revealing to you that…

HE WALKS ON WHAT YOU FEAR

Now just think of how absurd it sounded to the disciples, and how absurd it sounds to us during our current COVID-19 storm, to hear Jesus say, while the storm is still ragging all around, “Be of good cheer!” Yet He is literally telling them to break out into praise and start rejoicing right in the middle of their storm! Really Jesus? How can I start celebrating, if you haven’t stopped the storm yet? Here’s why He can say that, because of what He said right after that… “Be of good cheer…It is I.” You see, in the original Greek language, Jesus just literally said “I am.” He is the great “I am”, Yahweh, whose Self-revelation was given to Moses and the children of Israel, when He delivered them out of the Egyptian stronghold with a mighty hand. He says to you do not be afraid. As a matter of fact, start rejoicing, because the great “I am” is here, who literally walks on what you fear and He’s coming your way to deliver you!

My friends, this is Good News! You can start rejoicing, right now, in the middle of this COVID-19 storm at the sight of His awesome presence and majestic power, even before this storm stops! Your God is greater than what you fear! This is why Jesus could say in John 16:33,

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33 NKJV.

Because He has overcome, you have overcome! Because He has overcome, you can have peace and be of good cheer, even in this storm.

Calendar

9:45 am Sabbath School

Sabbath/April 4

Announcements

Sabbath School Quarterlies Available:

SS Quarterlies are available on a table outside the church office. You may stop by during office hours and pick-up copies of adult and children’s quarterlies. Limit: 1 copy per family. Office Hours: Monday – Friday 10am - 3pm, Office Phone: (703) 938-8383 Office, and Office E-Mail: office@viennasda.org.

Sabbath School Quarterlies are also available online:

Shop AmazonSmile & Support Vienna Adventist Academy

As we rely on the internet to stay connected with others and meet our personal needs, please remember Vienna Adventist Academy when shopping online. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our church school! Simply go to smile.amazon.com and select Vienna Adventist Academy as your charitable organization. Then, continue shopping as usual!

We believe that the Lord will multiply these small contributions, just as He did with one basket of bread and fish for a crowd of 5,000!

Continue to keep VAA staff and families in your prayers for unwavering trust in God during this pandemic. The Lord promises that He is near to us all, especially when we seek Him. Your intercession will make a difference. God be with you!

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.

Online Giving

Don’t forget you can submit your tithes and offerings on the church’s secure website, Togethernet. Then log in on the site and click on “Give”!!

Chaos or Hope

By: Eric Weesner | 3ABN Faith Light

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:6–8

We are living in some of the most fearful and unrestful times, but do we need to be distraught with what we see playing out around us? Psalm 34:7 says,

“The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.”

God’s Word contains so many promises of hope and encouragement. If you haven’t devoted time to reading and studying it to know and understand what it says, then please start now.

One reason we see all this chaos and confusion unfolding in the world today is because we’re not reading and believing what God says. As I am writing this, the Covid-19 coronavirus is on the verge of crippling this world we live in. People are panicking and hoarding products from stores, worrying beyond the reality of what might happen to them.

Matthew 24:7 has already warned us that pestilences, among other calamities, will come upon this earth just before Jesus returns. I pray that all who are reading this will choose to prepare for Christ’s soon return. Matthew 24:8 reminds us that these things are just the “beginning of sorrows,” meaning that things will get much worse as the day of Christ’s return approaches. We need not be discouraged by what is befalling this sin-sick world. Be encouraged, and be joyful as you see the signs of Jesus’ return unfolding around you.

Isaiah 41:10 says,

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

In John 16:33, Jesus gives us another powerful promise, saying,

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

This world is filled with countless uncertainties and daunting mountains of troubles; but we are encouraged because Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, has overcome the world. He is coming soon! May we all be ready for His glorious appearing!

Listen to Jesus as He speaks to your heart.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27.

Martin Luther

In 1527, as the deadly bubonic plague made its way across Europe once again, Martin Luther refused to leave Wittenberg with his pregnant wife, and instead issued the following statement:

“You ought to think this way: Very well, by God's decree, the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely."

A Word from Our Health Ministries Director:

Let us show those that we come into contact with, the calmness of spirit and peace of mind that comes with knowing and trusting God. Studies have proven that anxiety, panic and stress lessen immunity and decreases the body's ability to combat infections. People will notice the difference, and what a wonderful way to draw them to The Great Physician. Be a good neighbor. Check on them, especially the elderly. If they need to self-isolate or get sick see how you can safely help with things they may not be able to do outside the home like picking up the mail, trash and shopping. Be a good citizen. Follow the recommendations of the Health Department. What seems like an overreaction to us, are proven ways to help stop the spread of the virus learned from previous epidemics. Everyone is going to be affected by the safety measures to some degree. Just remember almost everything can be replaced except lives lost.

Anita Job, DDS Church Health Ministry Director

Reliable Resources

Click the following links and check with the following organizations for the latest information on the COVID-19:

Adventist Healthcare on the front lines to serve community

March 26, 2020 ∙ by vmbernard ∙ in Adventist HealthCare

Story by Adventist HealthCare Staff

As a healthcare organization serving the Washington, D.C., region, Adventist HealthCare is on the front lines during this uncertain and difficult time, providing care and comfort when people need it the most. The Mission of Adventist HealthCare, to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing, has never been more important as we face this challenge of caring for the community we serve.

Adventist HealthCare has taken unprecedented measures to prepare our facilities and our caregivers. This has required extensive collaboration among our teams of caregivers, facilities and with regional, county and state agencies. Our organization has been forward-thinking, innovative and resourceful to continue our healing work.

“I want to thank our nurses, doctors, chaplains and all the Adventist HealthCare team members for their courage and compassion as they continue to ensure the safety of and extend God’s care to our patients and community. There are many long days behind us and in front of us. Even as we look forward to getting back to our daily lives, we are forever changed and will remember how we came together to support our patients, community and each other,” - Terry Forde, President & CEO of Adventist HealthCare.

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

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 that our entire

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Discipling Children and Teens Through Adventist Sabbath Schools:

Discipling Children and Teens Through Adventist Sabbath Schools:

Discipling Children and Teens Through Adventist Sabbath Schools is a private discussion forum on Facebook for Sabbath School teachers, pastors, and parents of children from newborn to seventeen years old. Sabbath School teachers and parents can often feel ill-equipped, alone, and unsupported in the task of guiding a child’s spiritual growth. This forum offers a community to provide encouragement and ideas for nurturing a relationship between children and their Savior. We welcome questions, discussions, news, and product reviews related to discipling children. Suggested topics include engaging and motivating children, supporting parents, teacher enrichment, Sabbath School curriculum, Bible study resources, children’s programs, teaching methodology, family worship ideas, and more.

To join the Facebook Group click below.

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

Sew a Protective Face Mask for You and Others:

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!

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