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

June 2019

In this issue ...

  • Pastor’s Message
  • Church Calendar
  • Announcements
  • Grow Groups: New Session Underway!
  • Online Giving
  • 911 - Is God listening?
  • Featured Link: Pathfinders!
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Share Your Pictures!
  • Did You Know?!
  • Send Us Your Comments/Suggestions

Photos ...

  • Vienna Adventurers Club Leads Out in Worship Service
  • Women's Ministries Organizes Afternoon Tea and Testimonial
  • Dinner and a Message Cooking with Chef Mark Anthony
  • Potomac Conference 2019 Marching and Drilling Competition: Vienna Stars Basic Drill Team Takes 1st Place and Advance Drill Team Get 3rd Place
  • The View From Vienna Adventist Academy (VAA): Washington Adventist University brings S.T.EM. to VAA

Pastor’s Message: Why You Don't Believe Part 1 — Living For Him

By Pastor CJ Cousins

Have you ever had that person in your circle that just can’t be happy that something good just happened to you? They just have to say something negative to put a damper on the celebration and all in the name of being a realist. It’s as if they just can’t be happy that you’re happy. My wife and I went to a marriage seminar with some couples from our church in our first year of marriage. And I guess we were too happy of a couple for this one lady, who herself had been married for quite a while and was having issues in her marriage. She told Deedre and I, “Oh you’re just like this, because your still in your first year of marriage. Just wait until after the first year and it’s all down-hill from there.” She just couldn’t be happy that we were happy, but rather choose to speak death into our happy marriage. Well moments later, we rebuked that spirit she was trying to project on us with her words and continued on being happy. Well this was the same kind of negative spirit that a man at the Pool of Bethesda by the Temple in Jerusalem, who had been healed by Jesus, after having been terribly sick and unable to walk for 38 long years, encountered one Sabbath day.

Instead of celebrating the fact that this man was healed and walking, the Jewish religious leaders, by the Temple, decided to put a damper on his celebration by accusing him of breaking the Sabbath, because he was carrying his bed. This accusation was, of course, a complete perversion of the Sabbath commandment as Yahweh intended it, however when they later confirmed that it was Jesus who not only healed him...


Sabbath/May 4

  • 9:15AM Sabbath School
  • 9:30AM Audio/Visual Material due to A/V Team
  • 10:40 am Worship Service: Elder Gary Lam
  • 12:30PM Visitor's Luncheon/Potluck (Nancy's Group)
  • 2:00PM Pathfinder Investiture
  • 2:00PM Financial Peace University (Discovery Room)
  • 8:27PM Sunset


Sabbath AfterNoon, June 1st: Financial Peace University

Planning for the future is hard when you’re still paying for the past! Listen—there’s a better way! Join my Financial Peace University group, and we’ll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future . . . together! Interested? Join me in Discovery Room, 2pm. All interested participants must sign-up using the following link: www.FPU.com/1087943 . Also, please contact Bill Adkins at (516)356-2223.

Pathfinder Puzzle Fundraiser:

The Pathfinders are selling limited edition 1000-piece puzzles for $20 to raise money for Oshkosh 2019. You can purchase one from any Pathfinder or contact Christopher Pubillones cpubillones@outlook.com Thank you for your support!

Vienna Adventist Academy: Re-Enrollment is Open!

Vienna Adventist Academy: Re-Enrollment is Open!

Secure your child’s space now. Please contact VAA at (703) 938-6200 or email the office at viennaadventistacademy@gmail.com

SPRING 2019 GROW GROUPS (April 15 – June 15, 2019)

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.

The Gospel of John

Leader: Bobby Thompson

Every other Tuesday at 6:30pm Cafe Rio in Burke. Contact: 513-253-7874 Join this group as they journey through the Gospel of John, pray, eat and fellowship with one another

Quilting for the Homeless

Leader: Michelle Thompson

Every other Saturdays on Pathfinder days Vienna, VA (Stutler Hall) Contact: 513-252-9037 No experience necessary! Come and learn how to make a quilt. Even if you don’t know how to sew, you’ll learn the basics of sewing and quilt-making. All finished products will be donated to children in need.


Leaders: Pastor CJ & Nicole Labiche

Sundays 5:00pm to 6:30pm Panera Bread in Fairfax Town Center Contact: Pastor CJ at 301.346.8608 Primarily for young adults or anyone seeking baptism as apart of their discipleship. Visit this site for lesson info: www.truthlink.org

Contemporary Praise

Leader: Mike Oneffrey

2nd Fridays at 6:30pm & a Sabbath afternoon as announced. Vienna, VA (in the Sanctuary) Contact: 703.626.8030 Join a team of singers and musicians that love to praise and worship Jesus with their gifts. If you have the gift to sing or play contemporary worship music, please come and join.

Financial Peace University

Leader: Bill Adkins

Sabbaths from 2pm to 4pm starting May 4th (9 sessions) Vienna, Stutler Hall Contact: Bill at 516.356.2223 We all need a plan for our money. Dave's class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! This is a famous and well-respected DVD course.

Gospel of John for Youth

Leader: Mike Oneffrey

Sundays at 10:30am Vienna Church Building, Youth Room Contact: 703.203.7557 This is an exciting study through the Gospel of John for youth seeking baptism or just a desire to know Jesus.

1 Corinthians

Leader: Davona Rosa & Gaylia Shepherd

Tuesdays at 7pm Chantilly, VA Contact Davona: 571.230.7631 Come enjoy warm fellowship, prayer and a study through the book of 1st Corinthians.

VAA Student Baptism Study

Leader: Pastor CJ

Thursdays 2:45pm - 3:30pm Vienna Church Building Contact: Pastor CJ at 301.346.8608 This Bile study is for any Vienna Adventist Academy students, or students from other area schools, seeking baptism as a part of their discipleship. The studies are done in partnership with the parents.

Featured Link: Pathfinders!

Philosophy: The Seventh-day Adventist Church is committed to understanding young people and training its youth for leadership and service to humanity.

The Pathfinder Club is a church-centered spiritual-recreational-activity program designed for young people 10 to 15 years of age. Pathfindering appeals to this age group because its program features activities that meet their needs and interests. Much of the Pathfinder Club program is built around physical action. This is because youth from 10 to 15 years of age are in a fast-growing physical stage of development. It is filled with action, adventure, challenge, group activities, and provides opportunities for the development of new attitudes and skills that produce personal growth, team or community spirit and a sense of loyalty and respect for God, His Creation, and His church.

While the Pathfinder Club exists primarily for youth, one of its basic purposes is to also bring together parents and church members through active involvement with the club and its members. Here the so-called generation gap disappears as young and old worship, work, and play together in a bond of common experience. Meaningful relationships are forged as leaders and counselors join with Pathfinders in sharing, building confidence, and working together.

The whole philosophy of Pathfindering is built on the premise that "children learn best by example, rather than precept." As they see leaders and parents model spiritual and social values, they too will aspire to develop high moral principles, loving and caring attitudes, and determination to excel in all their various pursuits.

Young people learn most effectively in a positive, happy, and secure atmosphere. The attitude of the club leaders is therefore a vital ingredient in guaranteeing the success and effectiveness of this ministry to youth. A failure to listen to and understand the needs of the young people will only erect barriers to real spiritual growth and development and may prove to be a contributing factor in making the church and its mission unattractive to the youth.

Oshkosh: August 12-17, 2019: One of the most exciting youth events around the world! The 2019 Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee is held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Every 5 years. 50,000 Pathfinders from around 100 countries come to play, share, learn and worship together. It's an opportunity of a lifetime; sure to strengthen your relationship with God.

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.

Volunteers Needed:

For ages 4-13 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Come to Jamii Kingdom! Set in the African Savanna. Kids are going to love this special place where everyone is part of God's family. If you are interested in helping or would like further information, please contact Benilda Bonilla at oblbonilla@aol.com

International Sabbath:

Many volunteers will be needed for this much-anticipated event in September 2019. Stay tuned…

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?

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Vienna Adventurers Club Leads Out in Worship Service:

Women’s Ministries Organizes Afternoon Tea and Testimonials

On May 19, over 20 women gathered for fellowship, tea and refreshments and shared what God has done in their lives. The event was held in the lovely Ballroom at The Woodlands senior living facility in Fairfax as arranged by our own Rosa Marques. Karen LaFave, Jody Onoffrey, Rosa Marques, and Mary Stenhouse gave testimonials. Betsy Caban and Ellen Morgan provided special music. The women appreciated the efforts by Gaylia Shepherd, Women’s Ministries Leader, Angie Huang and Heather Pederson for arranging the special tea.

Photo courtesy of David Hittle

Photo courtesy of David Hittle

Photo courtesy of David Hittle

vienna Stars takes first and third place for conference drilling and marching event

The View from Vienna Adventist Academy (VAA): Washington Adventist University brings S.T.E.M. to VAA Campus

Dr. Villanueva and her husband are both professors in the Science Department at Washington Adventist University (WAU) and strongly believe students need exposure to concepts in science early in their education. Seen here in these photos are students in grades 5-8 listening to mini lectures and trying out experiments brought and presented by our visitors. Each year, WAU spends quality time with our students, introducing them to new concepts and providing hands-on experiences in physics and biology.

Professor Villanueva shares the concept of how magnetic fields are created and explains ho an electrical current is generated using coils of copper wire.

Dr. Villanueva spends time with the students each week integrating spiritual lessons that can be learned through the science activities for the day.

Here the magnet drops through a tube wound several times with tin foil.

The magnet falls in slow motion as it is attracted to the foil on all sides simultaneously.

Using a battery to emit an electrical charge, this coil of copper wire creates a magnetic field and pulls two magnets attached to both ends of a batter through the coils like a train.

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