Notices 21st September

It is time for Harvest Festival
Over the next two weeks we will be celebrating the abundance of God’s Grace as found in the abundance of the Harvest. As we thank God for all He gives us, we share what we can with those among us less fortunate. For many years this has meant helping the Schwäbische Tafel Food Bank. We collect donations of canned goods and other non-perishable foodstuffs at church and deliver them with love and blessing to the Möhringen Branch of the Tafel. So, for the next two weeks bring your canned goods and other non-perishable foods to church, they will be presented at the altar during the offertory.

Report of CAECG and Mission Trip
Our Church Warden, Eric, and the Vicar, accompanied by visiting Australian Anglican priest Rev’d Suzie, attended the recent meeting of the CAECG, Council of Anglican and Episcopal Churches in Germany. The meeting was held in north Germany at the British Army conference centre known as Church House, in Lübbecke. The topic of the meeting was “Persecuted Christians” and the Guest Speaker was our great friend, the Rev’d Dr. Yazid Said, recently of Tübingen, now on the faculty at the University of Liverpool. It was a most interesting topic which engendered much discussion. But according to the vicar, the best part was being with and praying with, the other Anglican congregations from all around Germany.

When CAECG was finished most people went home. But the vicar stayed on to host a workshop for people interested in starting a new group of worship centres in NW Germany. He celebrated an inaugural Eucharist in Osnabrück for a group trying to get something started there, before the long train-trip south on Sunday afternoon. He is hopeful that this project might result in as many as 5 new places of worship. Amen!

Prayers are asked for:
– our “potential seminarian” in England now being interviewed
– Christine and Mlungi to be married on Saturday in Zuffenhausen
– Pauline who remains ill
– Avery and Friedericke both seeking baptism
– a family in Ulm with a serious family situation
– our Refugee Ministry
– and all the unspoken petitions of our hearts as we know them….

The Bible Class: every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Anglican Centre topic this week: 1 Timothy

PCC Meeting this Saturday: The PCC will meet and attempt to work up the Calendar of Events for the rest of 2016 and 2017.

Baptisms on Sunday: Two more people wish to added to Book of Life, a baby and a grown woman. Come and participate in this holy moment at the 11:15 service.

Dates to Note

  • 8 October – There will be a benefit concert in the Katharinenkirche…. 8 p.m. Quintessenz, a vocal ensemble singing music from ancient to medieval to renaissance to modern…. They make beautiful music. This will be well worth attending.
  • 9 October – Children’s Emphasis Sunday – Pot Luck Lunch – Last Sunday before the Vicar’s surgery. No, we are not having a lunch to celebrate his surgery, but to celebrate our life together.
  • 15 October – The “Clear Out the Cellar” Flea Market at the Parish Centre helpers needed. Contact Gary Badertscher (to volunteer as a salesperson. flea_market@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

Attention Sunday School Teachers…. and any other interested adults
The Diocesan Safeguarding Office has a web page where you can, in the privacy of your own home, learn about how to keep children and vulnerable adults safe in a church community. There is a link to enter the Safeguarding training pages. (Diocese in Europe Safeguarding Training: Log in to the site) This is the Level 1 training which covers those things that all adults interested in protecting children and vulnerable adults ought to know. Over 700 people from around our diocese have already completed the Level 1 training. Please let the vicar know if you are doing this training so that I can make sure you get counted as 701!

New Sunday School opportunity for 9-13 year olds in the Autumn term we hope to offer a series on Paul for the 9-13 year olds using a book called Paul’s Travels. This tells the stories of Paul’s travels through letters, looks at where he went, how people lived in those days etc. The plan is to offer this class once a month in the vestry during the service, whilst the younger children are having Sunday School in the Anglican Centre. The proposed dates are as follows:
September 25th
October 23rd
November 13th
December 4th
If you have children aged 9-13 years old why not aim to be in church these weeks?
If your children are interested please get in touch – knowing numbers will help us plan better news@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

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