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

October 2020

In This Issue ...

  • Pastor’s Message: The Spiritual Ramifications of Partially Reopening
  • Church Calendar: Partial Reopening Starts on October 3
  • Announcements
  • Angel Tree
  • Food and Medical Supplies Drive October 10
  • Ignite Worship Experience, 1st and 3rd Fridays at 7pm
  • “America: How Did We Get Here? A Two-Part Series on Revelation 13" -- Sabbath, October 10, at 10:40am and 7:00pm
  • “You’re Invited to SHOUT! The Good News Rising in the Midst of Bad News"-- Friday, October 23 at 7:00pm and Sabbath October 24 at 10:40am and 7:00pm
  • “Apocalypse” Showcasing Jesus Christ in Prophesy Based on the Book of Revelation, October 3-31, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:00pm-9:00pm and Saturdays at 11:30am and 8:00pm
  • Opportunities to Get Together via Zoom (Sabbath Schools, Church Service, and Prayer Meeting)
  • Grow Groups Start Fall Sessions - Get Engaged, Feel Connected!
  • Online Giving
  • 911 - Is God listening?
  • Featured Link: The Official Facebook Presence of the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters
  • Photos:
  • Vienna Stars Pathfinder Club Investiture Service
  • VAA Begins School Hybrid Style

Pastor's Message: "The Spiritual Ramifications of Partially Reopening"

Pastor Garry Genser

October 3 is a big day for us! We will open to in-person worship at about 50% of capacity in our sanctuary. Things will be different in some ways because of the need not only to protect ourselves against the COVID-19, but also to protect those who may feel a stronger need for protection than others. In other words, everyone does not view certain precautions as necessary while others do. Out of love and respect for everyone we will be deferring to the safest options to which we are able. Everyone is asked to participate in the safety precautions out of love for one another.

Please do not feel any pressure to worship in the sanctuary; we will still be livestreaming our worship as always. If you feel uncomfortable for your own safety, or if you feel uncomfortable taking these safety precautions because you disagree with their necessity, please stay at home and worship with your family online. It will be wonderful to see those who feel comfortable coming!

Here is a list of the precautions we are taking to keep coming back to live worship in Vienna safe.

  • No Children under ten shall be admitted into the church. Hopefully, October 17 and every other week after, we will have an outdoor church available for them.
  • We will clean all the touchable surfaces in the church before and after the worship service.
  • We will use the door by Stutler Hall for entering and the door by the office for departing. Before entering everyone will “sign in” and have their temperature taken. If you are feeling ill, please protect your brothers and your sisters by worshipping with us online.
  • The outside door and all the indoor doors will be kept open to minimize contact with the handles.
  • Everyone will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • The seating is restricted to accommodate this. Seating is on a first come, first served basis; the worship will be piped into the hallways for overflow.
  • Worshippers will be seated by the deacons from the front of the sanctuary backwards to prevent unnecessary reduction in social distancing.
  • Worshippers will be dismissed from the worship from the back of the sanctuary toward the front for the same reason as above.
  • Everyone is asked to socialize outside, not in the sanctuary or the hallways, for the same reason as above.
  • To reduce the likelihood of transmission of the disease, our song service will be kept to only one song. (Singing spreads the airborne disease particles more than speech.)
  • Our offerings will be collected at the door, so not to “pass the plate” and the possible of transmission of the disease in that way.
  • No bulletins will be given out and all hymnbooks will be removed to prevent contamination by those means.

There may be other methods we will employ to increase the safety of our worship environment, but these are the main ones.

The virtues of flexibility and patience will be tested. No one likes to be told what door to use or where to sit. But God can provide us all the patience we need…

8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

Please show all the deacons, deaconesses and greeters the utmost in courtesy and respect as we joyfully come together to worship the Lord! I am so looking forward to seeing those of you who will come!


Sabbath/October 3

10:40am: In Person Worship Reopening at 50% capacity at Church in the Sanctuary

Online Worship Service

6:45pm Sunset


Angel Tree

It’s that time of year! Our church will be supporting the Angel Tree program again this year. Thank you to everyone for being more than gracious and generous last year. More info to come. God bless! Angel Tree®, a program of Prison Fellowship TM, reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ. Through Angel Tree, volunteers are mobilized to deliver a gift, the Gospel, and a personal message of love to children on behalf of their mom or dad in prison. Every Angel Tree parent’s family is also given access to a free, easy-to-read copy of the Bible (available in English or Spanish). It starts with a gift and leads to restored relationships.

Church Food/Medical Supplies Drive Sabbath Oct 10

On Sabbath, October 10, Noon – 2:00pm, the Women’s Ministries will be collecting non-perishable food for those in need in the Fairfax County area. Drop-off your bagged/boxed donations as you drive through the portico at church. You don’t need to leave your vehicle, just pop-open your trunk and our volunteers will do the rest!

FOOD: The food will be donated to “Food For Others” (www.foodforothers.org) a non-profit whose mission is to distribute food to those in need in Fairfax with the aim of reaching more than 2,000 local families each week. Items most needed include:

  • Canned tomato products (crushed, peeled, diced, etc.), 4oz – 1 lb.
  • Canned meat (chicken, beef, turkey, or seafood), 2oz – 15oz
  • Rice, 16oz packages
  • Spaghetti sauce, 14oz – 1 lb. (ideally in cans instead of glass)
  • Canned fruit (packed in fruit juice instead of syrup) 11oz – 20oz
  • Dried or canned beans (black, kidney, pinto, etc.)
  • Pasta
  • Fruit juice (100% juice) 32oz – 64oz
  • New or Clean Reusable Grocery Bags 8 ½ x 14 x 15
  • They are unable to accept the following donations: items that are more than 3 years expired, opened items, food that is not labeled, homemade items, or cooked food.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES: We are also collecting donations of medical supplies to be sent to Venezuela to address the dire humanitarian needs there. David and Ruth Hittle continue to lead in this important effort. Items most needed include:

  • Band aids
  • Gauze
  • Bandage material
  • Tape
  • Gloves
  • Knee, ankle, wrist, thumb braces
  • Hot/Cold packs that are activated by crushing the packet
  • Multi-vitamins (both adult & children. No gummies because they melt in the heat)
  • TUMS


Deaconesses will have offering plates and tithe envelopes to collect needed funds in support of improving the church’s audio/visual online streaming experience. Please give generously!!

Thank you for your help and donations! Enlist your families and friends to participate! If you have questions or comments, reply to this email or call/text:

-Heather Pederson: (703) 801-2316

-Lisa Hamilton: (703) 582-2077

You are invited to the Ignite worship experience, 1st and 3rd Fridays at 7pm. Ignite is a weekly evening worship experience led, shaped and created by our youth and young adults, yet everyone is invited! The purpose of Ignite is to spark a movement of young disciple makers.

Ignite is NOT merely for spectating, but has been designed for active engagement and interaction. You are strongly encouraged to chat with our chat hosts and each other throughout the Ignite experience. We are fostering loving online community.

Click the link below to participate:

Each week's Ignite will usually feature...

  • Younger Generation Praise Team.
  • Ignite Stories, a Bible Game or Special Media Presentation.
  • A message from a guest speaker or Pr. CJ Cousins
  • Live one-on-one prayer.
  • Group chat and conversation.
  • Direct chat with Hosts.
  • And much more!

See you there and remember to invite a friend!

Join us live for this two-part series based on Revelation 13, Sabbath (Saturday) at 10:40am and 7:00pm. These messages presented by Pastor CJ Cousins is an opportunity to invite a friend to experience Jesus revealed in Bible prophecy, especially if you've been journeying with someone through your Grow Group. We ask that you kindly RSVP so that we can know how many to expect for this event. Thank you in advance. See you there!

Join Pastor CJ Cousins live for the follow-up to the “America: How did we get here?” series on Revelation 13, in is three-part series based on Revelation 14:6-12. Come, experience the announcement of the Good News about Jesus and His Kingdom unpacked in a three-fold message that is speaking with clear relevance for the hour we’re currently living in! The first message will be live online Friday, October 23, at 7:00pm. The second message will be live in-person or online Sabbath (Saturday) October 24 at 10:40am. The third message will be later in the evening of October 24, at 7:00pm. We ask that you kindly RSVP so that we can know how many to expect for this event. Come, bring a friend, especially if you've been journeying with them through your Grow Group!

Starting this October, Pastor CJ Cousins will be one of 18 pastors involved in a new series called “APOCALYPSE: Showcasing Jesus Christ In Prophecy”. This series is unique in that it requires your participation for success. Each night as we present the book of Revelation, we are inviting viewers to engage in what we are calling "WATCH PARTIES" where you--as the viewer--engages with the content, and you become an interactive participant in the sharing of the message. Sign-up to host your very own Watch Party and receive exclusive information and study guides for each presentation. Each episode will also feature special music from artists gifted to draw your heart close to Jesus. The series will be online via Facebook & YouTube platforms. Each night one presentation will be given spanning the entire month of October from October 3-31, 2020. The series starts on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:30am and then that night at 8:00pm then it continues Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights at 8:00pm - 9:00pm each week. The downloadable study guide will incorporate the main points from the presentation plus additional notes on the specific chapter of Revelation that was shared. By signing up to host a Watch Party, you receive exclusive information on how to lead your Bible study/watch party, and you will receive the study guide ahead of each nightly presentation. GET INVOLVED - Register be a host and join the APOCALYPSE!

Opportunities to Get Together Via Zoom

Prayer Meeting Wednesday Nights at 7:30pm

Young Adults: Meeting 2nd and 4th Sabbaths ((Meeting ID: 821 683 638 Password: 069278))

Church Worship Service Sabbath at 10:40am

Stay connected, Stay blessed! - Garry

Grow Groups

Grow Groups will launch the Fall Session on Sunday, September 13 and run through November 21. 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 apart 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.

Online Giving

If we would faithfully bring God our tithes and offerings, His treasury would be filled.

Jesus taught that the value of the gift is estimated not by the amount, but by the proportion that is given and the motive that actuates the giver.

“He which soweth sparingly, he shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” Acts 20:35; 2 Corinthians 9:6,7.

Here is an interesting video on tithing

Tithe and offerings may be submitted on the church’s secure website, Togethernet at https://viennasda.ccbchurch.com/index.php login, and click on “Give”! You may choose from several giving designations.


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.

Vienna’s 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 We ask that our entire church body pray for these families each week.

#prayerchallenge #Push #PrayUntilSomethingHappens

The Official Facebook Presence of the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters

Also available at: www.twitter.com/AdventistChurch

The Seventh-day Adventist Church encourages quality conversation and welcomes your thoughtful comments.

  • 828,462 people like this
  • 833,940 people follow this
  • 41,511 people checked in here


(301) 680-6000

Very responsive to messages


Vienna Stars Pathfinder Club – Investiture Service

On September 19, the Pathfinders held their Investiture Service via Zoom!! The sermonette was done Natasha & Jolene Tumetel, Master Guide (MG) candidates (the two ladies in one frame pic). The event was attended by the Conference Area Coordinator, Mr. Chuck Hess. Previous Pathfinder Director, MG Alex Oswari, passed over the Pathfinder Directorship baton to MG Shazia Chand, current Director.

Vienna Adventist Academy (VAA) Begins a New School Year, Hybrid Style

Outdoor classrooms stand ready for returning students!

Ellen Morgan shares a devotional thought and prayer outdoors during school chapel.

Classrooms are held outdoors to take advantage of fresh air and sunshine

Storytime in outdoor school

Students get their artistic inspiration from their love of nature.

A young VAA student practices spelling out her name using wigs found near her outdoor classroom.

Contactless outdoor activities balance out work and play.

A Pre-K student draws a family portrait with only chalk!

Students work in the green house as part of the Science Curriculum.

A kindergartner investigates an oak tree for bugs.

Science teacher, Phil Wiygul, prepares Fall planting beds with his 7th and 8th grade students during horticulture classes.

VAA student prepares the soil for planting.

Ashley, a freshman at VAA, uses a specialized seeder to plant carrot seeds.

Student gather butternut squash, while corn grows in the background of VAA’s horticulture garden project.

The harvest of butternut squash piles high!

Counting the produce gathered from the harvest of butternut squash.

Briseida, a freshman student at VAA, admires tomatoes on the vine.

Butterflies grace the flowers around campus.

One of VAA’s campus residents comes for a visit, often in the afternoon when all is quiet again.

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.