At Vienna Presbyterian, our goal is to help all adults to take their next step in “becoming like Christ together for the world”. This can be through a variety of groups, classes, or events around a wide variety of topics! We are here to help you find a way to connect with others on this journey.
Advent is a season to get ready for Christmas, spiritually.
This Advent we will be looking at the Christmas story from Luke 2 during the week. On the weekends we will be hearing about and reflecting on how the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—introduce Jesus, the light of the world.
We recommend that you take this time during advent to make space for not only the baby in the manger, but the king of the world, in your life.
We want to encourage everyone in our congregation to write a spiritual growth plan as an expression of our desire to connect more deeply with God and each other. For a spiritual growth plan worksheet, see below. Making a plan helps all of us have a greater chance of success.
While you can pick up a booklet with the daily and weekly devotions at the church, we recommend that you receive via email for additional resources. If you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you will be able to enjoy the devotions in community with others at VPC when at home.
You can receive daily devotions via email that support and encourage the themes in worship on Sunday. Use our daily devotions to highlight and deepen your worship experience and draw you closer to God.
Making room for spiritual growth in our lives takes planning and strategy to get the win. Vienna Presbyterian has a goal to engage all members in the process of becoming more like Christ. Statistics show that 81% of people do not have a plan for their spiritual growth. We encourage everyone to prayerfully consider making a Spiritual Growth Plan. We are happy to support your next step.
Lectio Divina is an ancient spiritual practice for engaging with the word of God for transformation instead of information. Try Lectio Divina Method with a scripture passage today.
Need ideas for a Bible Study? Or just want to learn more on your own?
RightNowMedia is a wonderful resource and available to the VPC family at no charge…it is part of VPC’s commitment to help the church family in its spiritual formation. Over 10,000 Christian videos for all ages can be streamed on computers, smart phones, tablets and on “smart” TV’s. If you are interested in this benefit, and have not received a personal invitation, please contact Deb Crumbliss at email@example.com 703.938.9050 x108.
Or visit Grapevine Books, located on the main floor of our building, just across from the Great Hall.
VPC has an excellent library with resources for Bible studies, personal devotions, marriage, and parenting. Come explore what the Ellen Perkins Memorial Library has for you! Located on the second floor of the ministry center.
Sunday Morning Groups this Fall:
Beyond Basics This fall this class will explore the work of the Holy Spirit through spiritual practices. For more information contact Kate Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.255.7244.
Foundations-a class with open hearts, open minds, and open doors . . . where Jesus is Lord with a capital L! Each week we dig into scripture seeking Jesus’ guidance for our lives and our families. For more information contact John and Kathy Draper, 703.539.8300 or email@example.com.
Partners with Christ will be exploring Francis Chan’s study on James this fall. For more information, contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org . The Parlor.
SALT: Single Adults Living Truth seeks God’s truth through Bible study and learn from each other to live out biblical truths as singles – whether we are divorced, separated, widowed, never married or single by choice. We gather together for fellowship, fun, and service. For more information, contact HaeOk at email@example.com . 2nd floor Conference Room.
Friendship Class is a Sunday School class that meets every Sunday year round in room 109. The purpose of the class is to provide a small group experience for adults with special needs in the VPC community. The class provides support to each other. We listen. We laugh. We cry. We sing. We discuss. We encourage. We celebrate. We mourn. We role play. We read the Bible. We discuss the sermon.We discover applications for our daily life of the Sunday sermon and the scripture. The class has service projects and supports a child in Haiti through CCH. All are welcome. For more information, contact Emmy Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Room 109.
11:00 am Classes
Apprentices covers a variety of topics related to spiritual formation and discipleship. For more information contact Elaine Ryan at 703.470.1338 or email@example.com. Room 205.
Discover God’s Word Together: Reading the Bible as a Couple. The Family Ties class desires married couples of all ages and stages of life to join them in this six week course. For more information contact Christina Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Class Leaders are Christina and Randy Jones and Stephanie and Ryan Seckinger. Room 203-204.
Inter-generational Sunday School is an opportunity for parents to study the scripture with their 4th – 12th grade child as well as an opportunity for children, students and adults to learn from one another. We will be studying The Gospel Project: Prophets & Kings this fall. For more information contact Next Gen Director, Melissa Ciavarella at Melissa.email@example.com. Room 321.
The ESOL Bible Study (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is open to adults from every country who are Level 2 or 3 students (intermediate and advanced). Room 311.
For additional opportunities, check out our Group Finder.
Men’s Monday Night Group, 7:00pm, Great Hall
Be one of 75-100 guys who are digging deeper into the scriptures of the Sunday sermon. There’s 45 minutes of teaching time and 45 minutes of small group time. Biblical, real, straight shooting led by Pete James, Steve Garner and Phil Kratovil. We have pizza, drinks, and popcorn…guys among guys…learn, grow, laugh. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but we do take God seriously. So come, make a difference; make life-long friends. This time is for you! For more information, contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch Pete James talk about the Men’s Monday Night Group, watch video here.
Saturdays at 7:30am
Known as the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out), this group is open to men – not necessarily retired – who hunger for breakfast, banter and Bible study. They meet about 7:30am at a local restaurant for breakfast. The Bible study is informal, basically reading through a chapter or two of the book being studied. Newcomers are welcome.
For more information, contact Cap Oliver at 70.-938.4194 or email@example.com
Men’s Outreach Dinners
The Men’s Outreach Dinners, frequently known as the Great Steak Outs, provide an opportunity for food and fellowship. What makes these events unique is that they provide an opportunity for men of the VPC community to invite others who may not otherwise be involved in a Christian community to share time and a chance to hear the gospel, possibly even for the first time. Next dinner is January 9, 7pm.
For additional group options, please go to Group Finder
Join other women for a fellowship dinner with a purpose. Come for a simple meal and conversation around one of our ministry initiatives, Five Talents. This event is open to women, middle school and up. To register or for questions, please contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org. January 8, 5:30-7:30 pm, VPC Great Hall
Jason’s Deli sandwiches and salads will be available for $5.00 and we will collect at the door. Contact Deb Crumbliss at email@example.com if you’d like to reserve a meal.
How to Say No…and make room for what gives you life.
There are so many demands on our time–work, families, hobbies, volunteer opportunities. We get so many balls in the air, and then they start dropping. This fall, come for a 10 week Bible study and explore what God wants you to do with your time, and find freedom to say no to what drains you, what distracts you from your primary responsibilities, learn to set boundaries, and how to have those tough conversations.
Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm
Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30am (Childcare available with advance registration.)
For more information, contact Shannon at Shannon.Jordan@viennapres.org or 703.938.9050 x123.
TGIF Friday Morning Women’s Bible Study
This fall we will study Genesis. Each week we gather for coffee and prayer and to discover the meaning of God’s word in our lives. This group is open to all VPC members, friends, and seekers. No prior Bible study experience is needed. Come and join us as we share and learn together! Room 205. For more information, please contact Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presbyterian Women (PW) Circles meet the first week of each month for Bible study, fellowship, and service/mission opportunities. Women’s circles are always open to new members. Most circles meet from September through May. Click here for more information .
MOPS stands for “mothers of preschoolers” – but don’t let that confuse you. MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child from conception through kindergarten. Being moms is what brings us together and allows us to build a community. The early years of being a mom are just as foundational to you as they are to your baby, and those years are filled with unique needs that other moms instinctively understand. Our meetings provide a place for moms to share their stories and experiences while growing together and supporting each other.
Click here for more information and to register for MOPS
MOMSnext, a branch of MOPS International, is an open, accepting place for mothers to come, just as they are, to experience authentic community, personal growth, practical help and spiritual hope. MOMSnext will encourage, equip and develop moms in the elementary school phase of mothering. All mothers are welcome. Speakers will be geared toward mothers of elementary aged children (K-6). Click here for more information and to sign up for MOMSnext.
Join us for our upcoming meetings:
October 5, Mentor Moms Panel by MOMSnext Mentor Moms
November 2, “Social Media Hacks for Parents” by Kim Snyder
December 7, “The Colorful Art of Friendship” by Steph Fink.
VPC Piece Makers
Quilters, crafters, or those who can sew-come be a part of a friendly community that makes quilts for children and adults in need. All levels of sewing skills welcome.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays-1:00 – 3:00 pm-Room 308
For more information contact Stephanie Russell email@example.com or 703-242-6720.
For additional groups, please go to Group Finder.
Need a place for your little ones during class/small groups? Please visit Childcare.
Small groups are made up of four to twelve people who want to connect with God, with others, and with God’s work in the world. Small groups learn together, pray together, play together and serve together. They are also one of the key ways that our congregation experiences the care and love of God. Small Groups are a critical tool to help us become more like Christ together for the world.
We invite you to consider being part of a small group that meets your needs, whether one for men, women, couples, families, or those who want to do service together.
Look at our current open groups on our Group Finder.
Growing Your Soul
“Growing Your Soul” is designed to deepen your communion with God, in a small group atmosphere. It is a nine month journey seeking further transformation into the image of Christ. Since communion and transformation are integrally linked with self-awareness, one of Augustine’s prayers expresses a central hope of this course. “Grant Lord that I might know myself and that I might know Thee.” The course is an invitation and opportunity to cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s purposes in our lives through intentional choices with a small group of fellow God-seekers.
For more information, contact Shannon Jordan at 703.938.9050, x123, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.