What next for St. Catherine’s?


After the wonderful send off for Ken on Sunday we want to share with you what lies in store for St. Catherine’s in the coming months.

We have already started the process of recruiting a new vicar for St. Catherine’s
– the council has sent drafts of the necessary documentation to Colin, the Archdeacon, which when complete, will be forwarded to the diocese.
– the diocese will use these as the basis for recruiting candidates for the post
– selected candidates will be invited for interview by a panel from the diocese and two representatives from St. Catherine’s
– the successful candidate will be invited to visit Stuttgart and St. Catherine’s
– if he/she accepts the post, notice will need to be given, moving arranged etc.
We don’t know, but our guess is we’re probably looking at a new vicar by Easter, rather than Christmas.
However, we should take comfort – we are not alone – the disciples had to wait ten days after Jesus’ ascension for the visible sign of the arrival of the promised helper, the Holy Spirit. We know already that the Spirit is with us and will be our guide through the coming months. As Ken said in his penultimate sermon, “God will provide”. We just have to trust in him and provide ourselves to his service in the interregnum.

Thank yous
Thank you all to all those who helped make Sunday’s celebrations of Ken’s final service in Stuttgart so wonderful:
– to the staff of Pukki’s restaurant for the delicious Thai buffet
– to all those who provided deserts
– to Gary and his team for setting up, tearing down and providing the much appreciated cool drinks (many prayers of thanks were offered for the cool water by those at the back of a hot church)
– to the choir and musicians for the wonderful music
– to the Sunday school teachers, ushers who squeezed everyone in, counters, readers and leaders of the prayers of the people.
– to all those who came from near and far, old friends and new, clergy and layity to worship with us and celebrate the culmination of Ken’s ministry here in Stuttgart
– and for those not present to hear Ken’s thanks in person … thank you for the gifts and all the shared memories of his time in Stuttgart.

Photos from Sunday’s celebrations –  one final thank you goes to Jim for all the photos he took on Sunday … photos of the service and the celebrations are now on the church website. Next week Jim will work on the portrait shots with Ken and make these avaialabel to everyone. The easiest way for us to do this, will be to post the photos on the website and allow people to look through them and save their own. If you do not wish your photo taken with Ken to appear online please let us know as soon as possible. (photos@stcatherines-stuttgart.de)
Jim is also working to put together a CD of all the photos he took at the service. There will be a charge to cover CD, postage and packing etc but if you are interested watch this space.

Did you take photos? If you would like to share the moments you captured from Sunday’s celebrations, please e-mail them to webmaster@stcatherine-stuttgart.de who will put together an online-album from the congregations photos.

Bible Study While the Bible Study group usually has a summer break, at last Wednesday’s meeting we thought that it might first be a good idea to see if/when we are all available over summer, and whether anyone who can’t normally make it has more time during the holidays – the group always welcomes ad hoc members.
The Doodle poll below lists six dates, beginning Wed 26 July and ending Wed 30 August. We will meet as normal on 19th July, and will resume on Wed 6th September.
If you are planning to be in Stuttgart for at least part of the summer and would like to meet on one or more Wed evenings, then just click on the link below and indicate the dates on which you will be available.
https://doodle.com/poll/rtthxryf4y86z84d
Thanks very much in advance, Katy!

Women’s Group At our last meeting we said goodbye to Ken and talked a lot about where “Home” actually is: geographically, birth place or where your heart is. Our next meeting will be back on track on the third Thursday of the month, namely Thursday, 20th July from 10 until 12 in the Anglican Centre. We will be having a hymn book mending session, put off from last time, as we wanted to spend more time talking with Ken at his last get-together with us. But even without Ken we are determined to continue meeting up regularly and would welcome any newcomers – or old stagers – who would like to join us.
Contact Alison women@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

Prayer requests: Please pray for Kenan, the proprietor of Pukki’s, for health and strength following surgery.
Please also keep in your prayers those candidates who may apply and who may eventually become the next Priest-in-charge of St. Catherine’s, Stuttgart.
Pray for Ken as he travels with his family and starts the next chapter of his life as a retired priest.

Hymns for Sunday:

Opening 112.1-3,6+7 My song is love unknown
Offertory 294 Dearest Jesus, we are here
Final 384 Be still, my soul

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