Epiphany News

A Visit from the Three:  This Sunday we will observe the Feast of the Epiphany with a visit from 3 special guests.  Can you guess who they are?  You might be surprised!
Following Church the Coffee Hour will be something appropriate for visitors from the East.  Please stay after and enjoy some exotic treats…. along with your coffee or tea.

The Vicar will be away next week Mon-Thursday, for a short post-Christmas holiday in France.

Our prayers continue for Edeltraude who is making good progress at here Reha.  She is expected back in Stuttgart next week.  According to Wolfgang, all is going very well, and she thanks you for your continuing prayers.

A Welcome to our New Neighbour at the Leonhardskirche…. It has been some time since the departure of the former Pfarrer Christoph Hildebrandt-Ayasse, who is now working in Heilbronn.  But this Sunday, the new Pfarrer of the Leonhardskirche, Pfarrer Christoph Doll will be installed at the 10 a.m. service.  The Vicars of both Anglican and Old Catholic congregations will be taking part in his Investiture.

A Reminder to those who are new:  The Feast of the Epiphany, or as the Germans call it, the Feast of the Three Kings, is a holiday in Baden-Wuerttemberg.  Nearly everything will be closed on Friday, so plan ahead with your shopping.  The weather forecast is for much colder weather.  Be prepared.

Future dates to note:  
15 January:   Parish Council meeting
29 January:  A 5th Sunday Joint service with the Old Catholics at 10:30 a.m.
26 Febr:  International Pancake Day…Alleluia Sunday
1 March:  Ash Wednesday services
18-19 March:  Visit of Bishop David Hamid for Baptism and/or Confirmation

Women’s Group
In December several of us took a break from our Christmas preparations to enjoy a tea/coffee and a chat. Keeping to the third Thursday in the month, our next meeting is planned for Thursday, 19th January from 10 until 12 in the Anglican Centre. Look forward to seeing you there. Alison women@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

Ladies’ Evening Group – Tuesday 17th January, 19:00 – Rote Kapelle, Feuersee. e-mail legs@stcatherines-stuttgart.de if you would like to join us.

From the Vicar:

I wish we could control the world.  Wouldn’t that be a great thing, if we could just make everything the way we want it to be.  Well, maybe not.  I am not sure I would know how to stop wars, hate, greed, brokenness, etc.  It would be quite a burden to bear.  But there is something I think I could change and make everything a bit better:  I would move Thanksgiving celebrations away from harvest themes, and put it in January, just after Christmas.  Christmas offers us something to be really thankful for:  the Birth of a Saviour, and all the festivities that surround this great event.  If we had Thanksgiving in January, we could extend it to thankfulness for family, friends, gift-giving, parties, decorations, etc.  And I, as the vicar of St. Catherine’s would include thankfulness for all the people who worked so hard to make our festivities worth attending, especially the choir and organists.  I am truly thankful for the music this year.  Whether at the Lessons and Carols, or the Nativity Play, or in the candlelight of Christmas Eve, our choir and organists have given us such a blessing.  They put much time into rehearsals, and it showed!  Whether or not I can actually get Thanksgiving moved to January, I hope all of you will “Hug a Chorister!”… or at least offer them a word of appreciation for all their hard work.  Stephen, Crispin, Ben, and Peter were our organists this Christmas.  Choristers were:  Anna, Laura, another Laura, Meg, Anja, Sally, Alexandra, Tobias, Eric, Crispin, Jacob, Drew….Have I forgotten someone?  I hope not, because all did such a fabulous job of making the Birthday of Christ joyous with harmony and song.  Thanks dear singers.  May the joy you bring to others bring joy also to your own hearts.  K+

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