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Site Help

If this is your first visit to the Vienna Presbyterian Church (VPC) website, please visit our welcome page for information especially useful to first-time guests.

The information provided below should help you use and navigate through the Vienna Presbyterian Church website.  If you experience problems, or have a question or suggestion for our website, please use our online Feedback form to report the issue to us.

General Information

For a better browsing experience, we recommend the following:

  • Javascript should be enabled in your browser.
  • Your browser should allow cookies to be stored.
  • We recommend that you use the latest version of one of the following browsers:  Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 7); Mozilla Firefox (version 3); Apple Safari (version 3); or Opera.

Navigating the Website

The VPC website has been designed with you in mind, to provide many different ways to navigate through the site.  VPC is a large and very active church, with many varied ministries, programs and activities.  The objective of these navigation options is to make it easy for you to navigate the website, using whichever method(s) you find most comfortable for your browsing style.  Following are the ways you can navigate the VPC website.

  • The steeple in the upper left hand corner will always return you to the homepage.
  • Site Menu:  Site Menu is a link at the very top of every page, on the right side (next to the Search box).  This link will open a dialog box that contains a structured list of links to the major ministries and more common activities of VPC.
  • Search:  You can use the Search box at the top right side of any page to search for the information you want or need.  Only the VPC website will be included in the search, and the results presented to you are all pages that contained your search criteria.
  • Breadcrumbs:  Breadcrumbs is a navigation technique to give you a way to keep track of your location within the website.  The Breadcrumbs appear horizontally across the top of every page (except the home page), just below the "Vienna Presbyterian Church" header.  They provide links back to each previous page that the user navigated through in order to get to the current page.  Example:  "Home > Ministries > Adults > Fellowship > Dine with Nine".  Each section in the Breadcrumbs is a link, and you may click on one of those links to return to a specific page.
  • Menu Bars:  Once you leave the homepage, there are two horizontal menu bars near the top of each page.  These bars represent the first level (top bar) and second level (lower bar) in a hierarchical menu structure.  For those menu options that have more than two levels of hierarchy, a drop-down menu will open when the mouse pointer is hovered over an item.  You will also know there is another level, or drop-down menu, by the presence of the "V" symbol next to a second level menu item.  Any item in the menu bars (first level, second level, or drop-down levels) may be selected by a left click of the mouse.
  • Navigation Panel:  When a chosen menu path is at least three levels deep (such as "Ministries | Adults | Fellowship", a navigation panel will open on the right side of the page at the top of the content area (ie, below the heading).  This will show you where you are located in reference to surrounding pages in the hierarchy.  You may navigate to any page shown in the navigation box by clicking on the desired page.
  • VPC A-Z.  There is a link at the bottom left of each page called "VPC A-Z".  This links takes you to a page containing an alphabetical listing of the most major ministries, programs and activities of VPC.  You may find it easier to locate the page you want in this alphabetical directory.
  • Site Map:  There is a link at the bottom of each page called "Site Map".  This is a complete hierarchical listing of the complete VPC website.  It is the same you would see if you could open all menus simultaneously from the two horizontal menus bars and all the drop-down menus, all at once.  You may select any page on the website by clicking on one of the listed pages in this alphabetical listing.


  • While browsing the VPC website does not require you to register with, or login to, the website, you are encouraged to do so.  Some content of personal nature is available for viewing only to those users who have registered with and are logged-in to the website.
  • Registration is easy.  However, you must know the two pre-registration keywords in order to register.  These keywords are found on the back page of Sunday bulletins.  Other procedures for obtaining these keywords are identified on the registration page.  You will choose your own username and password, and will use those selections to login to the VPC website.  You will not be required to login each time you browse the website, as long as you use the same computer and as long as less than a week has elapsed since your last login.
  • The Register link is located at the top of every VPC webpage, above the "Vienna Presbyterian Church" header.  Just follow the directions provided on the registration page.


Links are the highlighted text on a page that enable you to invoke another page, open an Adobe PDF document, send an email, listen to an audio recording, etc.  Links are denoted on the VPC website by a slightly different color of text, as well as a slight underline.  Also many links will have a small icon displayed immediately following the link; see the examples below.

Behavorial characteristics of the various types of links:

  • Links to another page on the VPC website will open in the same browser window.  Use the browser's Back button to return to the page that initiated the link, or use one of the other navigation options described above to navigate elsewhere on the VPC website.
  • Links to a PDF file will open in the same browser window.  (Note that this is a change in operation from the former VPC website.)  Use the browser's Back button to return to the page that initiated the link.
  • Links to an external website (such as the PC(USA) website, or the Oremus Bible browser website) will open in a new browser window.  Close that browser window when you are ready to leave the external website and return to the VPC website.
  • Links to an audio recording will open your default media program outside the browser.  When you finish listening to the audio and close the media program, you should be returned automatically to the page that initiated the audio link.

PDF Files

  • Many files (including sermons, newsletters, etc.) provided on the VPC website use the industry-wide standard Portable Document Format (PDF) by Adobe.  A major advantage of PDF is that it preserves the look and content of the original document, including the fonts, colors, and graphics.  Yet anyone with the freeware Adobe Acrobat Reader software can view the document.  The documents are small and easy to distribute.  They can be shared by email or stored on a web server, hard drive, or CD for others to use across different platforms (such as Windows, Mac, or UNIX).  See the links section above to see how a PDF file is identified when used in a link.
  • Most computers already have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed.  If your computer does not, or if you think you might need a newer version of this free software, use the Get Web Tools link below to go to the Adobe website for free downloads of their latest software.
  • If you are using Firefox and PDF files do not open properly, the default plug-in was probably changed the last time Firefox was updated.  To correct this problem, take the following actions while in Firefox:  (1) click on the Firefox Tools menu item at the top of the page; (2) click on Options from the drop-down menus; (3) click on the Applications Tab; (4) click on the "Adobe Acrobat Document" line in the dialog box; (5) click on the drop-down arrow to the right side of the highlighted line; (6) click on "Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox)" from the drop-down list; (7) click "ok".  This should correct Firefox problems with opening Adobe PDF files.
  • View/print versus Download:  There are times when you will want to view and/or print PDF files, and times when you may want to download a PDF file (such as a form).  To open a PDF file with the Adobe Reader, simply left-click on the link; you may then use the browser's Print function to print the PDF.  To download a PDF, right-click on the link and select the proper function from the drop-down menu ("Save Link As..." in Firefox or "Save Target As..." in Internet Explorer).

Get Web Tools

Chances are your computer already has a version of Adobe Reader (required to read PDF files), and Windows Media Player (required to play .wma audio files on Windows systems) or QuickTime Player (required to play .wma audio files on Mac systems).  But links to the appropriate web sites are provided for your use in the event you do not already have these products installed, or if you need to upgrade versions.


Adobe Reader

  • Go to the Adobe website to download the most recent version of Adobe software

Windows Media Player

  • Go to the Windows website to download the Windows Media Player (for Windows-based systems)

Play Windows-Media Files (.wma) on a Mac or
MP4 files in Windows with QuickTime

Email the Web Team

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