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

February 2020

In this issue ...

  • Pastor’s Message
  • Church Calendar
  • Announcements
  • Grow Groups - Winter Semester is Underway!
  • Get Connected with Jesus and Our Church Community
  • Online Giving
  • 911 - Is God listening?
  • Meet Your Prayer Team!
  • Featured Link: Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) Program
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Share Your Pictures!
  • Did You Know?!
  • Send Us Your Comments/Suggestions

Check-out this month’s photos at the end of this newsletter! ...

  1. Vienna Stars Pathfinder Club held its Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) dedication and testing at church.
  2. All the team participants received 1st place! Congratulations!
  3. Baby Dedication of Seth Fitzsimmons
  4. Communion Sabbath’s serving team on January 4 - the 1st Sabbath of 2020

Pastor's Message

By: Pastor CJ Cousins

Let’s be clear about something. God is love and passionately lavishes His love on us in order save every human on earth if they turn to Jesus in trust. However, flowing from this same heart of infinite love is justice for the oppressed, marginalized, immigrant, poor, violated, children harmed in any manner or any of the most vulnerable of society. He stands with them and for them precisely because He is love. Therefore, much of the wrongs we are seeing in society today, even at the highest levels, that causes harm to the vulnerable, invites the justice of God.

Any honest reading of Scripture’s unfolding story from Genesis to Revelation makes this vividly clear. What may appear as His delayed execution of justice is His aching heart of mercy, pleading with the proud, hard-hearted and oppressive sinner to REPENT, to turn to Him before it’s too late! I say there is often an “apparent delay” because He is present, active and “on the ground” in real time, working behind the scenes, bringing about justice, righting wrongs, though not yet the full measure of His judgment. It may not seem like it sometimes, but He is doing something right now!

God the Father said to His resurrected and highly exalted Son King Jesus, the sovereign Ruler of the earth, that He is to sit at His righthand until He makes His enemies His footstool. This is happening now, until fully realize at the return of the King. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.

Calendar

Sabbath/February 1

  • 9:20 AM Sabbath School
  • 9:30 AM Audio/Visual Material due to A/V Team
  • 10:40 AM Pastor Garry Genser
  • 12:30 PM Potluck Off Week
  • 5:27 PM Sunset

Announcements

Grow Groups

The Winter Semester of Grow Groups is underway! 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. So, sign up to join one today and experience authentic community from January 5 - March 14, 2020.

New Traffic Pattern

In an effort to reduce the change of an accident, we are changing the traffic pattern for entering and exiting the church. We are asking everyone to enter from the road that passes the awning (closest to the Vienna SDA Church sign) and exit by the Vienna SDA Academy. Please be mindful that the speed limit is only 5 MPH in the parking lot.

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.

Meet Your Prayer Team

(L-R) Heather Pederson, Lisa Hamilton, Karen LaFave, Ellen Morgan, Bob Boardman, Angie Huang, and Rosa Marques.

Featured Link: Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE)

Pathfinder Bible Experience

The Pathfinder Bible Experience is the Official North American Division Pathfinder Bible study program. Some affectionately call the program Bible Bowl. Each year, teams of six club members study a book of the Bible (alternating Old Testament and New Testament), memorizing large portions of God's word.

There are four levels of competition - Area, Conference, Union, and Division. The Pathfinders are tested over the assigned study books as well as the SDA Bible Commentary Introduction to each study book.

At each level, the teams scoring 90% or higher of the highest score at their testing site make 1st place and are invited to go on to the next level. The winning teams are extreme students of the Bible and in most cases memorize chapters and, in some cases, the entire book(s). Winning teams incorporate the Total Church Involvement approach. This means they have study coaches involving the church elders and other members of the local church. They assist in making up sample tests and generating friendly competition against the elders to see who has the better student of the Bible. It also means developing worships made up of talks from subject matter from the assigned study book(s). The students may also perform dramas depicting some of the Biblical stories from their assigned study book.

The date for the 2020 NAD PBE Division Finals is April 17-18, 2020. The location for the North American Division Pathfinder Bible Experience Level will be held at the Oregon State Fair complex in Salem, Oregon.

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!

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?

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Photos:

Vienna Stars Pathfinder Club PBE

On January 25, the Vienna Stars Pathfinder Club held its Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) dedication and testing at church. All the team participants received 1st place! Congratulations!

Throughout the Potomac conference, the Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) is an extra-curricular activity that introduces Pathfinders to Bible study through trivia-style testing. Each year a book or books are assigned for study and then Pathfinders are tested in three different levels of testing to advance on to the final round of testing along with other teams from the North American Division. While PBE may be perceived as a competition, Pathfinders are challenging themselves more than they are competing against other teams or clubs because everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve a first-place position at every level.

With the help from the U.S. Marines and their “Toys for Tots” charity drive, Vienna’s Women’s Ministries was able to brighten the lives of some children at Christmas! Thanks to our own Betsy Caban who knew how to tap into the generosity of the U.S. Marine’s program!

Baby Dedication of Seth Fitzsimmons

Communion Sabbath’s serving team on January 4 - the 1st Sabbath of 2020.