Advent and Christmas 2016

You are invited to join us for our Advent and Christmas celebrations! All Sunday services begin at 11:15 unless otherwise noted.

27 November – First Sunday in Advent with baptism
04 December – Second Sunday in Advent with Holy Communion
11 December – Third Sunday in Advent with children’s Christmas program
18 December – Fourth Sunday in Advent with Service of Lessons and Carols

24 December – Family Christmas Eve Service with Holy Communion beginning at 14:30
24 December – Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with Holy Communion beginning at 18:00

25 December – Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion

Our church is located at Sechshauser Strasse 56, 1150 Vienna. By bus take the 57A bus to ‘Grimmgasse’. By Ubahn go to ‘Längenfeldgasse’ on lines U4 and U6, take the station exit toward Storchensteg. By car only street parking is available.

Finance Committee Note on Stewardship

To the saints at ESUMC and friends around the world,

Greetings to you in the generous name of our Lord Jesus Christ who richly showers upon us God’s love and mercy.

November is Stewardship Month with the theme “Jikelele—Christ Everywhere”.  Jikelele is a Zulu word meaning universal or everywhere. In the church we understand Christ is jikelele, everywhere. We know that no matter where we go, what we do, or what we need, Christ will be there. As the church we are the body of Christ and like Christ we too are jikelele, everywhere.

During the month we intentionally recall God’s call in our lives and upholding our membership vows. As ESUMC members we commit our prayers, presence, gifts (including money), service, and witness to serve Christ and the Church. In Pastor Matthew’s sermon on Nov. 6th he said

“Stewardship is about God’s love working within every aspect of our lives. As God’s love infuses our lives, we can’t help but share all we have in Christ’s name. As we are enveloped in God’s saving love, we find ourselves wanting to pray for our neighbors, families, and enemies. We find that we want to give our time, our talents and skills, and our money to support the sharing of God’s love with the world. We find that we want to share our witness, telling the whole world how God in Christ changed us. This is stewardship—sharing our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. When Jesus says lay down your life for each other [cf. John 15:9ff], he is saying share all you have to love. Stewardship is about seeing Christ in each other and giving all you possess in order to love. We look to Christ who gave his life to love and to the saints whose lives are examples of sacrificial love.” 

On Sunday you will receive an Estimate of Giving form where you will be able to make your annual financial pledge. Additionally you will be given a Ministry and Leadership Form; this form provides opportunities for you to commit to pray for the church and participate in our ministries. Both forms are helpful instruments for declaring your stewardship commitment for 2017. 

Furthermore on Tuesday, November 29th, there will be again “UMC #GivingTuesday”. We have organized our own “matching fund” of €4,000 from several donors of our congregation. Any donation given toward Giving Tuesday (and received by Nov. 29) will be matched Euro to Euro up to €4,000. However, we must raise €4,000 in order to receive the full matching funds. All Giving Tuesday donations must be specifically marked. The matching funds are only above regular donations.

How can I give toward Giving Tuesday? You may  

  1. Give cash in the special envelopes marked ‘Giving Tuesday’  this Sunday (20/11) and next Sunday (27/11)
  2. Make an electronic bank transfer to ESUMC indicating the purpose ‘Giving Tuesday’. Your transfer must be received by 28/11
  3. Contact a member of the Finance Committee

We praise God for an abundant year. Through your giving ESUMC has been engaged in mission and outreach in the world. In 2016 we have worshipped every Sunday, employed a full-time pastor, extended Bible studies, offered children’s Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, opened the church to our neighbors through the Wärmestube program, provided shelter to refugee families, and many other things. With your help, commitment, and generosity, 2017 will be another amazing year lead by the Holy Spirit and filled with God’s saving love. Thank you for generously giving so we together can make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We invite you to prayerfully consider how you will give your time, talent, and treasure to enable ESUMC’s mission.

In Christ,

The ESUMC Finance Committee
Franz Haslinger, Chair
Rev. Matthew A. Laferty
Andrew Stones
Doreen Ighama
Oscar van Rooy
Jerry Barton
Delia Vijoen
Pavel Nikulin
Markus Beuchert
Joe Mangan

Israel/Palestine 2017

Pilgrimage and Study Tour to Israel/Palestine

The Temple Mount, site of the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem
The Temple Mount, site of the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Jerusalem

Join Pastor Matthew for a pilgrimage and study tour of Israel/Palestine in February 2017. Participants will visit the birthplace of Jesus, the home of the Holy Family in Nazareth, the Mount of Olives, and place of Jesus’ crucifixition and resurrection. We will also sail on the Sea of Galilee and roam the Tombs of the Patriarchs. We will see holy sites in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Caperaum, Hebron, and Jerusalem.

In addition to experiencing pilgrimage sites, participants will meet United Methodist missionaries working in the region, hear a lecture from a Palestinian Christian archbishop, visit an Israeli settlement near Jerusalem, and stop at a refugee camp near Aida.

View the complete itinerary here.

Dates

The trip runs from Sunday, February 5th, 2017 through Sunday, February 12th, 2017.

Departure

The tour begins from Vienna Schwechat International Airport (VIE) in Vienna.

Cost

The tour costs is €1,700 per person for double occupancy. An additional €225 for single supplement. The first 10 people to register by September 25th will receive a €50 discount!

We have arranged the tour to include ALL costs from Vienna Airport through the entire trip – flight, meals, local ground transportation, guide, tips, entrance fees. The only expenses you will have during the trip are drinks, any insurance you arrange, visas, and any personal expenses.

The following expenses are included:

  • Round trip airfare from Vienna
  • Meet and assist at Ben Gurion Airport upon arrivals and departures
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Nazareth in double occupancy with breakfast & dinner
  • Five night’s accommodation in Bethlehem in double occupancy with breakfast & dinner
  • Seven days sightseeing in modern air conditioned private bus
  • English-speaking government licensed Christian guide on duty
  • Entrance fees to places of interests whilst on tour in the Holy Land
  • Special dinner at Middle Eastern restaurant
  • Tips for guide, driver, and hotels
  • Honorariums to speakers

Click here to register for the trip!

Cancellations and penalties
  • Before October 30th, no penalty
  • Between October 30th and December 5th, $150 penalty
  • After December 5th, $600 penalty
Visas

Citizens of Austria, Canada, European Union nations, Japan, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, and the United States of America do not need visas to travel to Israel.

Citizens of Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, and other many other countries in Africa and Asia require visas to travel to Israel. Visas must be arranged prior to travel to Israel. Please contact the Israeli Embassy in Vienna to apply for visas.

Please visit the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website to verify whether you need a visa prior to travel to Israel. Use their tourist visa table to verify your visa needs.

Register

Click here to register for the trip.