News for 15th February

The World Day of Prayer used to be called Women’s World Day of Prayer. Each year, they focus on different countries, now it’s the turn of the Philippines. Trust the Germans to do a great job. They collaborated with my people at home. I feel so honored with the amount of work & passion they put into it. Going through the workbook, I read familiar names. The articles are well researched, truthful, fair & balanced. Some of my Filipina friends are involved in this project scattered throughout Germany. I’m inviting my friends to come & join us. We still have two fellowship meetings on Feb 2 & 20, and finally our service on March 3. All at 7pm.
Come and join us at St Catherine Church in Stuttgart. Katharinenplatz Ecke Olgastraße.
Let’s get to know each other!
Men’s Pub Night
We had a request to meet somewhere closer to St.Catherine’s for a change so this Thursday we’ll meet at Bistro Einstein, 5 Wilhelmsplatz at 19:00.
Here is a short link to Google maps:,9.1770898,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x2b6133bbae3ce771!8m2!3d48.7716098!4d9.1789303<,9.1770898,17z/data=%214m5%213m4%211s0x0:0x2b6133bbae3ce771%218m2%213d48.7716098%214d9.1789303>
Please join us for beer and a bite to eat.
See you there, Darren

Older Children’s Sunday School
This Sunday – 19th February, along with our normal Sunday school class, we’ll have the next in our series of classes for 9-13 year olds on Paul’s travels.

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

Message from a far-flung Vicar,

Dear Friends at St. Catherine’s Church,
I am writing from Texas, where my family visit is bringing me great joy, and lots of delicious Tex-Mex cooking. The first few days of my visit was in Galveston, a quaint and touristy seaside city, where the Episcopal Diocese of Texas had it’s 168th Council. Around 500 of us, clergy and lay delegates gathered to plan for the coming year and celebrate all that God has done in the previous year. Bishop Andy Doyle is an inspiriting leader and great preacher. The diocese is really energized for mission and growth.

When the Council ended, I met with the part of my family from San Antonio. They drove over so we could spend some time together. I was so glad to see them. I visited also my brother’s family in Wharton, where we have been swimming, shopping, and trying new restaurants. I have gotten good business accomplished, but still have a bit more to do at the local bank. Tonight I plan on going into Houston to see my nephews who live there. Seeing people just once a year makes you realize how valuable these visits can be.

Next Monday I will board a plan headed eastward to you. If all goes well I will land in Stuttgart Tuesday morning. As much as I enjoy the time here, I also look forward to coming home to you.

Upon landing, I hope to hear that ll is ready for the next big things on our calendar: The Pancake Day and Ash Wednesday. But in the meantime, I am trying to relax my brain and just enjoy the sunshine.

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