This Sunday -10:30!

REMEMBER…THIS SUNDAY @1030!!!

We will join with our Old Catholic hosts for a joint bi-lingual ecumenical service for both Anglicans and Old Catholics

The Vicar’s travel plans.... next week, for work related to his Deanship, the vicar will be going to London/Woking for a meeting of the Bishop Senior Staff.  Then to Gibraltar to be officially seated in his stall as Canon of the Cathedral.  Returning to Stuttgart on 30 January…. then off again 7 February to Texas for his annual visit with family/ friends/ and his “other” bishop in Houston.

 Baptism or Confirmation?  Bishop David Hamid will be visiting St. Catherine’s and our mission in Ulm on the weekend of 18-19 March.  The vicar wants to know if anyone is interested in either Holy Baptism or Confirmation/ Reception during this time.  Confirmation Classes will begin very soon.  If anyone is interested in attending the classes, they would be welcome.  Those interested in being confirmed will be particularly welcome.  Any one seeking Baptism, or seeking to present a child for baptism, should, likewise, talk to the vicar immediately.  vicar@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

Have you finalized your Pledge or bank transfer for 2017? At the Parish Council meeting last Sunday, the treasurer reviewed our financial situation.  We ended 2016 very well, but the outlook for 2017 does not yet look so promising.  But when analyzing the figures, it seems that it could be due to many of those new to St. Catherine’s not having handed in a pledge form. If you are unfamiliar with pledging, it’s basically planned giving. St. Catherine’s relies on the donations made by members of the congregation. We use the pledged amounts to estimate what people plan to given and allow us to create a budget.  Our shortfall for 2017 looks to be:  11,000 euros.
If you haven’t turned in a pledge or made a “Dauerauftrag” for 2017, please do so.  You can be part of the solution to this problem.  I believe we can reach the goal and meet that 11,000 deficit head-on.  No one needs to give a lot, if everyone gives something.  I mentioned this at church on Sunday, and since then we have already received notice of two new Dauerauftraege.  Thank you, both.  Who else will step up and help us close the gap between us and our goal. Blank pledge forms are available at the back of the church on the shelf where the prayer books are kept.  Or you can download on from the church website. Or you can simply write an email to our treasurer, Jackie Wellhaeusser at    bookkeeper@stcatherines-stuttgart.de    Let her know what you can contribute to our parish life and health.  We have just one month to get this gap closed before the budget has to be prepared for the Annual General Meeting in April.  –K+

Pancake Day, will take place this year on 26 February, immediately following the Sunday morning service.  Cooks and Team members are being sought.  Do you have some spectacular pancake recipe you would like to contribute to the day?  Please notify the vicar what you are willing to do to make this as international, delicious, creative, and fun as possible.  (Note: this is the St. Catherine’s version of Shrove Tuesday,… except on Sunday, just before Ash Wednesday and Lent.) vicar@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

Ash Wednesday Schedule

Wednesday 1st March
Early service – without Holy Communion 7:30am – in church
Noontime service – with Holy Communion 12:00 – in church
Evening service … In the Anglican Centre at 19:00…
Or if your German is good you are welcome at the Old Catholic service in the church at 1830

Women’s Group

At our last meeting we talked about the World Day of Prayer, which is to take place on Friday, 3rd March in St. Catherine’s. We discussed a prayer which Naomi had received from a fellow Philipine woman and which she had translated into English and then into German. She hopes it will be included in the service. Please note that our next meeting will not be on the third Thursday of the month but on the fourth, ie Thursday, 23rd Feburary 2017 from 10 until 12 in the Anglican Centre.  The change in the date is to enable Ken to be with us after he returns from his trip to Texas. We are planning on having a repair session for the hymns and prayer books so come armed with strong glue. Alison women@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

Ladies’ Evening Group

We will meet on Monday 13th February – from 19:00 at Yaz on Calwer Str. http://www.hallo-yaz.de/
Please let Anne know if you are planning to join us. legs@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

Books for Refugee Children

This week Alison, our PCC member of Outreach, presented on our behalf, teaching materials to a local school to help refugee children learn German and progress with their intergration into live in Stuttgart.

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