Weekly News, 2 December 2020

Dear ESUMC members and friends,

Thank you for your warm welcome during our worship service on Sunday, as I was officially installed as the new pastor of ESUMC. I am grateful for the prayers and words of support that you shared during the service. Although I wish that each of you could have been present in worship, it was a blessing that the congregation was so faithfully represented by Doreen and Toks. And we offer our thanks to former ESUMC member April Kang, now living in Germany, for providing the special musical offering for the day, “Gesu Bambino.” Dear friends, I am grateful to be among you, and I look forward to our shared ministry together here in Vienna.

Please note the following congregational announcements for the coming week:

1) Today, Tuesday 1 December, is Giving Tuesday! This year all Giving Tuesday donations will go towards the Wärmestube, the outreach ministry co-sponsored by ESUMC and Fünfhaus that provides warm meals and other essential items and support to the needy of our community. The Wärmestube opens today and shall operate every Tuesday from 11:30 to 14:30 until the end of March 2021.

Please be generous in your giving! You can give by clicking on this link: http://www.esumc.at/give/. Please include “Giving Tuesday” in the payment reference. Thank you for your prayerful support!

2) Today and every Tuesday during this period of lockdown, you are invited to join Pastor John for a time of open conversation and fellowship, from 10:00 to 11:00 via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 891 9884 1751
Password: 023015

3) In the coming days, the finance committee shall distribute the Estimate of Giving forms for 2021. We ask you to prepare your hearts to consider a generous gift to support the ministry of ESUMC in 2021. And at any time, you may make a bank transfer to the ESUMC account, using the following details:
IBAN: AT23 12000 00620161208

4) Every Sunday during Advent, the sanctuary will be open from 17:00 to 18:00 for a time of silent prayer and meditation. All are welcome.

5) Our friends at Christ Church Vienna invite members of our community to visit their annual Christmas Bazaar. Details of the event may be found at www.christchurchbazaar.org.

6) Lastly, as we noted in worship on Sunday, we extend our prayers and condolences to the family of Pastor Bill Mooney, who passed away on November 26. Pastor Bill and his wife Sylvia served the ministry of ESUMC from 1991-1997. Prayers and messages of support for the family may be mailed to the following:
Sylvia Mooney
910 Murfreesboro Rd., Apt. 248
Franklin, TN 37064-3050

Worship with us on Sunday!

Join us for worship at 11:15 this Sunday 6 December via Zoom. The details for online worship via Zoom are the same each week:

Connect by computer or smartphone:
Click https://zoom.us/j/91289841537?pwd=OEIzVjlUOW5WVlZpZzhURWxCVWVPZz09
Meeting ID: 912 8984 1537
Password: 816778

Or connect by telephone:
Dial +43 12 535 501 or +43 670 309 0165 and enter the meeting ID and password.
Meeting ID: 912 8984 1537
Password: 816778

May the peace of Christ be with you in this holy season.

Pastor John Calhoun