Weekly News, 19 February 2021

Dear ESUMC members and friends,

Greetings and peace to you all. It was a blessing to have you join us this week via Zoom for our Ash Wednesday service of worship, in observance of the start of the season of Lent. I pray that this season of reflection and repentance shall be a time of importance for you, as together we continue our journey of faith as we follow Christ to the cross.

This Sunday, 21 February, on this first Sunday of Lent, our service shall be presented to you from the sanctuary via Zoom. Just as a reminder, we especially invite the children of our congregation to join us, as we continue to offer a special Children’s Time at the start of the service. This Sunday, Children’s Time shall be led by Noussi Zahraman.

As a reminder, in accordance with the restrictions of the ongoing nationwide lockdown, our church sanctuary and office remain closed.

This Sunday, 21 February, there shall be no in-person worship service at the church.

Instead, the Sunday worship service shall be streamed online via Zoom, starting at 11:15 as usual.

Sunday 21 February, First Sunday of Lent
Genesis 9:8-17
Mark 1:9-15
Special live music by Shelley Brauneis, “El Shaddai”

The Zoom login details for Sunday worship are the same each week:

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

We express our sincere thanks to those church members who serve with me during the lockdown to bring you our Sunday worship services online.

For pastoral care or other ministry assistance, please be in touch with me at any time. You may reach me via email or mobile (0664-419-3200) by Signal, iMessage, text/SMS, or telephone.

May God’s blessing be upon you and your loved ones.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor John

The Rev. John Calhoun
john.calhoun@emk.at
+43-664-419-3200

Please note the following congregational announcements for the coming week:

1) Every Tuesday, you are invited to join Pastor John for a time of open conversation and fellowship, from 10:00 to 11:00 via Zoom.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89198841751?pwd=ejVHcEVYS2xKaC8xNkFpRVo4TmRUUT09
Meeting ID: 891 9884 1751
Password: 023015

2) Every Tuesday, our Wärmestube outreach to persons in need operates at the church from 12:00 to 14:00. Volunteers are welcome to serve, and donations of ready-to-eat canned goods (Gulasch, Reisfleisch, soups, etc.) are welcome. For more information, please contact Doreen Ighama or Pastor John.

3) Every Thursday, we continue our weekly Bible study of the gospel of Mark, led by Pastor John. Join us from 19:00 to 20:30 via Zoom.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89198841751?pwd=ejVHcEVYS2xKaC8xNkFpRVo4TmRUUT09
Meeting ID: 891 9884 1751
Password: 023015

4) Please remember to support the ministry of ESUMC with your financial offerings. Donations can be made by bank transfer at any time using the following details:
IBAN: AT23 1200 0006 2016 1208
BIC: BKAUATWW
You may also give using the new QR code below. Thank you!

Additionally, secure online credit card donations may be made via The Advance, the giving platform of the UMC Global Ministries. All donations made via The Advance are eligible for US federal income tax deduction. Visit ESUMC’s Advance page for more details and to give.

ESUMC bank details:
IBAN: AT23 1200 0006 2016 1208
BIC: BKAUATWW