News and Events for Week of 17 August

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 124:8 Photos from Pastor Matthew’s final service are posted on ESUMC’s Facebook page – Sunday Morning Worship on 23/8 –You may attend worship in-person at the church or join online via Zoom.  Lectionary Readings for Sunday – This Sunday’s assigned reading are Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Romans … [Read more…]

Pastor Matthew’s Farewell Party Cancelled

With great sadness we have to cancel Pastor Matthew’s farewell party today. As many of you know, we chose Auer-Welsbach Park as the party location in order to give us a large area for social distancing. However, this morning’s rain has forced us to abandon our plans. Additionally, our current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines … [Read more…]

News and Events for the Week of 10 August

“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For … [Read more…]

News and Events for Week of 3 August

“Thank God! Pray to him by name! Tell everyone you meet what he has done! Sing him songs, belt out hymns, translate his wonders into music! Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs, you who seek God. Live a happy life!” Psalm 105:1-4 (The Message) COFFEE WITH PASTOR MATTHEW – Join Pastor Matthew for his final virtual coffee … [Read more…]

Changes in the Church Office

Today, 31 July, Diana Mangan completed her service and role as ESUMC church secretary. We thank Diana for her faithful service and we are grateful for all the work she has done for our congregation. The role of church secretary will remain vacant for the immediate future to allow the ESUMC pastor-parish relations committee and … [Read more…]

News and Events for Week of 27 July

“Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.” Psalm 17:1 (NRSV) COFFEE WITH PASTOR MATTHEW – Have coffee with Pastor Matthew on Tuesday from 11:00-12:00, he will be online for a chat and a time of fellowship. Bring your coffee or tea and … [Read more…]

Revised ESUMC COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines [22 July 2020]

With the rise of new COVID-19 infections in Vienna, I issue the revised ESUMC’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. With immediate effect, our revised regulations require: Nose and mouth protection (face masks or protective face shields) are required when entering and exiting the building or when moving around in the church building. Face masks and … [Read more…]

News and Events for Week of 13 July

“O LORD, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know … [Read more…]

Results of Ballot #2 on Congregational Decisions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual congregational meeting (called a church conference or Bezirksversammlung) was cancelled. The superintendent authorized the elected leaders of the church (who are collectively called a charge conference or Bezirkskonferenz) to make decisions on behalf of the congregation’s members pursuant to §246 of church law (Kirchenordnung). Read Pastor Matthew’s letter with the superintendent’s … [Read more…]

News and Events for Week of 6 July

“Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed, O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come. When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.” Psalm 65:1-3 (NRSV) THE REV. JOHN A. CALHOUN NAMED NEW ESUMC PASTOR – On Sunday it was announced … [Read more…]