Weekly News, 23 April 2021

Dear ESUMC members and friends,
I pray God’s blessings on you and your loved ones in this holy season of Easter.
Please join us for worship this Sunday, as we read Psalm 23 and from John’s gospel and reflect upon Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Even though the lockdown in Vienna has been extended, this Sunday 25 April the doors of the sanctuary will be open for worship for up to 50 persons. The service shall begin at 11:15, and as usual shall also be livestreamed and available via Zoom. Please see the notice regarding ongoing in-person worship restrictions at the end of this email.
As previously announced, on Sunday following our worship service, members of the ESUMC Church Council shall gather for our annual Charge Conference with Superintendent Pastor Stefan Schröckenfuchs. In past years, this annual meeting has often been open to the ESUMC congregation (in what officially is called a Church Conference). However, due to the pandemic, this year only the members of the ESUMC Church Council shall participate in the meeting. We thank the congregation for your understanding, and a review of the Charge Conference will be shared in the next congregational newsletter.
I look forward to having you join us Sunday for worship, either in the sanctuary or from home.
Yours in Christ,Pastor John The Rev. John Calhoun
john.calhoun@emk.at
+43-664-419-3200
Sunday 25 April 2021, Fourth Sunday of EasterPsalm 23John 10:1-11Special live music by Natalie Scherer, “In Christ Alone”
The Zoom login details for Sunday worship are the same each week:  Click https://zoom.us/j/91289841537?pwd=OEIzVjlUOW5WVlZpZzhURWxCVWVPZz09Meeting ID: 912 8984 1537
Password: 816778
New! You may also watch the worship service each week via livestream, at https://tv.emk.at. Please note the following congregational announcements for the coming week:
1) As previously announced, the Rev. Bill Mooney, a former pastor of ESUMC, passed away on 26 November 2020. A memorial service will be held for Pastor Mooney on Saturday 24 April, at 1:00 pm EST, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. The Mooney family extends an invitation to join the service via livestream at the following link: https://youtu.be/99YIuQkju-I. You may also link to the service at https://www.fumcor.org/live.
2) 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
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
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A Reminder of In-Person Worship Restrictions During the Lockdown
The government has confirmed that during the current lockdown, persons shall be allowed out to attend religious worship services. Thus, ESUMC shall remain open for in-person worship, with the following restrictions: FFP2 mask and two meters of social distance required, no congregational singing, maximum 50 people allowed in worship.
However, given the severity of the current pandemic, and to protect yourselves, your loved ones, and your fellow church members, please take into consideration the option of worshipping at home during the lockdown period. In the spirit of mutual solidarity, if you desire to worship in the sanctuary during lockdown, you are strongly encouraged to test negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours before attending worship. It is not necessary to bring evidence of a negative test with you.
If you do wish to worship in person, and would like written confirmation that you are exiting your home to attend worship at ESUMC, please let Pastor John know and a statement will be issued to you in advance by email.
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Please remember to support the ministry of ESUMC with your financial offerings. Donations may be made by bank transfer at any time using the following details:IBAN: AT23 1200 0006 2016 1208
BIC: BKAUATWWYou may also give using the new QR code above. 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