As I hope you all know by now our Bazaar will take place on Saturday, 18th November from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm in the Church and the Anglican Centre. We welcome any offers of help, cakes, preserves, buyers ….
Those with children please take note:
At 12.00 on Saturday morning the theatre group NEAT will be performing an excerpt from their this year’s Pantomime “Sleeping Beauty”, so do come along and watch and find out when the actual performance is going to take place.
Renate has also offered to help you all with a craft project. She will be on hand all day so look out for her if you want to see what she has prepared for you.
Remembrance Day Sunday, 12th November at 11.15
Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Great Britain and other Commonwealth states since the end of the First World War to remember all the members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty in conflicts dating from the First World War, which was meant to be the war that ends all wars, right up to the present time – the Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan. The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem due to the poem written by the Canadian medical officer Colonel John McCrae at his field dressing station during the second battle of Ypres in 1915. It begins: “In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row.” The red poppies were about the only thing that did grow: in winter the land was a sea of mud and in summer a plain of baked mud. They became a symbol of hope for the soldiers.
The money from the sale of these poppies is administered by the charity, The Royal British Legion, which uses the money to help and support Service and ex-Service people and their families who are in need. We ask you to give generously to this charity so that they can continue their valuable work. I will be selling poppies on two Sundays, the 5th and 12th November and also at our Bazaar.
Your “Poppy Lady”
Hymns for Sunday
- For the healing of the nations …
- Oh God of Earth and Altar…
- According to thy gracious word…
- O God, our help in ages past…
We have scheduled our next meeting for Thursday, 16th November, keeping to the third Thursday in the month and we will be at the Anglican Centre from 10 until 12. There will probably be some last-minute planning for the Bazaar and our group is really muscling in and helping to make this event, one of our important outreach activities, a success. See you there.
Alison – email@example.com
St. Catherine’s Ladies’ Evening Group (LEGS) our last meeting of 2017 will be on Tuesday 21st November, 19:00, at Pukki’s, next to St. Catherine’s (who catered for Ken’s leaving do). If you would like to join us, please contact Anne – firstname.lastname@example.org
Frauen andere Herkunft, andere Sprachen – Women from other countries and speaking other languages
As every year we invite you to an Advent afternoon to meet up with women from other countries who unite to worship together in and around Stuttgart in their own languages, just like we do in our Anglican Church in English.
Our “Adventsfeier” will take place on Friday, 8th December 2017 from 14.00 until 16.00 in the CVJM-Haus, Room 100, Büchsenstraße 37, Stuttgart-Stadtmitte. We are asked to bring traditional cakes or biscuits to enjoy together.
Please let Alison know by 1st December if you would like to come.
Alison – email@example.com
Who are the saints? (Matthew 5.1-12)
Whatever our life story, however it came about – if we identify ourselves as followers of Christ we are saints!
To be a saint, to be a member of the Church – God’s family – implies that our lives are to be images of God’s life, as manifested in Jesus. We are to be ‘little Christs’ in this world – and look what they did to him! It’s not easy to stand apart from the society around us and say, “That is not our way of going about things, because we want to be Christ like. We want to express a better, more fulfilled life‐style.”
The Beatitudes give us a vision of life in Christ rather than a set of instructions on which we will be examined. They imply that the Christian community, and the Kingdom of God, is a work in progress. ‘Those who mourn’ are not so much those who are sorry for their sins as those who bewail the fact that God has not yet put right the injustices of this world.
For example: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers.’ That one is especially meaningful for us in the St Catherine’s Church community: we know the truth of that statement. As with the rest of the Sermon on the Mount, we’re not talking here of things in the spiritual ether, as it were, but with practical issues of the here‐and‐now. This is God’s earth and we want his kingdom to come – the sooner the better!
Blessed are the pure in heart: that is, those in whom thought and action match up. It involves singleness of intention, that intention being to do God’s will. For they shall see God. What does that mean? See visions? Come to perceive God at work? Recognise the presence of God in the life of his saints? Any of those things, and possibly more.
The last two Beatitudes reflect the realities of living the Christian life. As we touched on earlier, following Christ can have serious implications. Some have paid the ultimate price for their allegiance to Christ. Notice how Jesus encourages those who suffer for their faith: you’re not alone, he says – it’s always been like that. You’re part of that great community of all the ages who come through tribulation and suffering. Let both be an encouragement to us saints of today to faithfully make our contribution to the great stream of witness to the life and love of God in our world.
Advent and Christmas Services
- 3rd December – 11:15 – 1st Sunday of Advent
- 10th December – 11:15 – 2nd Sunday of Advent with Children’s Toy Service
- 16th December – Carol Service – 17:00 – Leonhardskirche
- 17th December – 11:15 – 3rd Sunday of Advent with Archdeacon visiting
- 24th December 11:15 – 4th Sunday of Advent
- 24th December 20:00 – Christmas Communion Service
- 31st December – 11:15 – Joint Bilingual Service
- 7th January – Epiphany
Please note that due to Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday there will be no services in the afternoon on Christmas Eve or on Christmas day this year.
We would like to thank all the clergy who have helped keep St. Catherine’s worshipping over the past six months and wish them a blessed Advent and Christmas period with their families.