Book & Bake Sale this Saturday, and other news from St. Catherine’s

Next Big thing:  This Saturday – St. Catherine’s Booksale/ Bakesale/ Flea market …
10:00-16:00
Come and help by volunteering, shopping, eating, and bringing friends.  This big moneymaker funds much of our outreach budget, so it is a really good thing to help with. Help Friday evening at 1900 with setting up, Saturday morning before we open with final touches (08:30).
Thank you to those who have already signed up on the rota to help during the day, more helpers are needed, come along and offer your services to Susanna.
Help is also needed with packing up unsold books away until the next booksale.
Anything you can help with is appreciated.

The Gospel Concert:  Thanks to all the musicians, singers, cookie bakers, collection takers and audience members who made the 10th Annual American-German Concert possible.  It was great fun and a great fund-raiser.  A total 1,214.13 euros was raised for the purpose of helping those refugees fleeing the war in eastern Ukraine.  The 11th annual Concert is already being planned for next year, on the first Sunday of May.

The Wednesday Night Bible Study Group want to take a trip.  Would you like to join them in a visit to the newly refurbished Bible Musuem?  It is no longer in Moehringen, but now at the Hospitalhof in downtown Stuttgart.  It also has a new name: Bibliorama.  It is a high tech trip into the history of the Bible which will prove to be very interesting. Would you like to join the group and come along?  If so, contact the vicar.  There will be an English language tour given by the director of the museum.  The date is yet a good way off, but start planning now:  Wednesday Night, 28 June, 6 p.m….8 euro per person.  Less for students and pensioners.

Womens’ Group: We are meeting again on Thursday, 18th May from 10 until 12 in the Anglican Centre. Look forward to seeing you there.
Alison Seyerle

The next St. Catherine’s Ladies’ Evening Group (LEGS) will be on Tuesday 23rd
May from 19:00, we’ll take up Meg’s suggestion of going to Fatousch:
http://www.fatousch.de/index.html It’s at Sigmaringerstr. 68 in
Möhringen – near the U-Bahn stops Riedsee and Möhringen Bahnhof.
please let Meg know if you can join us by e-mailing legs@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

The Search Process has begun: On Tuesday night, the Archdeacon came down from Frankfurt to meet with the Parish Council and begin the process of selecting a new vicar. Step One is to develop a Parish Profile: Who are we, how do we work? Where are we from? What do we believe?…etc.  Talk with your parish council members and let them know how you think and feel about St. Catherine’s church.

Easter concludes with Pentecost! Our tradition of Pentecost Voices on Pentecost Day: How many ways can we say He is Risen!
We encourage all church members who can speak in a language other than German and English to come and proclaim Easter in their own language, as the disciples did in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.  After they received the Holy Spirit, they ran out into the busy streets of Jerusalem telling everyone that Jesus was risen from the dead… In languages from all around the Mediterranean they told of the great Easter miracle.  We do the same, each in his or her own words, in his or her own language.  It is wonderful to hear so many languages from all around the world telling of Christ’s death on the cross and rising from the grave.  In years past we have had nearly all European languages, many West African languages, as well as Zulu and Afrikaans from South Africa, 4 or 5 Indian languages, and other eastern Asian languges. Tagalag, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay…etc.  Do you speak a “tongue” in which you could tell of Jesus’ Love and the Cross and the empty tomb?

Something Special on Pfingst Montag:  On Pentecost Monday, the Stiftkirche will host a special worship service for all the foreign langauge congretations in Stuttgart. Following the service, there will be a parade from the church through downtown to the Hospitalhof  where a full programme of hospitality and events will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.  I will be attending, and would be glad if you would like to join me.  —Ken+

Do you need any last minute Sacramental acts before the vicar retires?  Several people have expressed interest in baptisms, blessings, etc.  If you want to get on the vicar’s schedule, please contact him quickly as his days are filling up.  vicar@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

Congratulations to Brigitte on her 10th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.  We rejoice that she is a part of the St. Catherine’s family and clergy team.  She was living in Mexico at the time of being called to the priesthood.  She studied theology there and was ordained there, although most of her time in orders was exercised in Uruguay.  May God to continue blessing her in her ministry! AMEN!

English worship in Tuebingen  This coming Sunday, the Evangelische Student congregation will have their monthly English language Communion Service at 6 p.m.  in the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Church, in Waldhausser Ost.  The Preacher for this service will be Canon Ken…. Would you like to go with him to Tuebingen?  Following the service there will be a pot-luck dinner and fellowship time.  Please let him know if you have an interest in attending the service with him.  vicar@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

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