Youth Christian Education Opportunity

Following the successful trip by the Bible Study group, the Sunday School teachers have organised a visit to the Bibliorama – Bible Museum for 10-16 year olds.
This will take place on either Saturday 2nd December OR Sunday 3rd December – 15:00 (most likely Sunday 3rd December, with the idea that there is time for lunch – together or on your own after church and then go on to the museum).
We will have a guided tour of the interactive museum, with exhibits taking us through the Bible and its history. We can sit in Abraham’s tent, play David’s harp, journey through the current-day Holy Land with a video installation, and see biblical characters reflected in a contemporary context that invites us to step up to the mirror…
Please sign your child(ren) up for the preferred date or both if you can do either by Sunday 3rd November. We will then confirm the date and whether there are any spare places.
The trip will cost 3 Euro per child, to be paid on the day, and will be subsidised by the Church Council. One of the Sunday-school teachers and another adult will be admitted along with the group; others can pay the entrance fee, up to a total of 15 tour group members. For more information and to sign up contact Katherine – bibliorama@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

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”
Alison

Bazaar – Saturday, 18th November
The count-down for our Bazaar is in full swing. I would be grateful for volunteers to set up the stalls on the Friday evening, 17th November, from 7 pm onwards. Gary has promised to have his faithful band of refugees carry the boxes up from the cellar in the Anglican Centre, but it will be up to us to set out all the items. Otherwise, help on the day will be always welcome so that we can take it in turns to man a stall but also have breaks to enable us to have a coffee, have a shop and a chat. Naomi needs cakes for the café and preserves are also needed – jam, marmalade, chutneys. And of course buyers, coffee drinkers, etc. Let me know how you are able to help. Flyers will be laid out in the Church so do pick some up and distribute them.
Alison – bazaar@stcatherines-stuttgart.de

Hymns for Sunday

Nativity Play this year?
With the 4th Sunday in Advent being Christmas Eve, and the Sunday School team also being heavily involved in the Carol Service, the Saturday before Advent 3, there are currently no plans to organise a children’s nativity play this year. We will instead be focusing on the Toy Service on 10th December (Advent 2).
If however, you think your children will be terribly upset about the lack of nativity play, and you wish to organise one, it is not yet too late. Please e-mail nativity@stcatherines-stuttgart.de, say whether you would prefer Sunday 17th or Sunday 24th December and we’ll take it from there.

American Thanksgiving
The Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum has asked us to let you know that their annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be taking place on Wednesday, November 22, 18.30, at the Pullmann Hotel in Vaihingen. The price for a buffet supper and live music by Stephen Brown (no less!) is 37 € for adults and 14,50 € for kids. If you’d like to go, you need to book a place by November 14. For more information look at their website, www.daz.org; the event is listed in the „Programm“-section, under the date, 22 November!

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Thought for the week – 500 Years of the Reformation in Germany
This Tuesday, Germany got an extra bank holiday to commemorate the 500th anniversary of one of the great turning points of the reformation in Germany: the posting, by Martin Luther, of 95 theses on the door of his church in Wittenberg, defining his ideas on how the church should be reformed. He believed that salvation cannot be bought by good deeds or, indeed, payments to the church (a practice common in the Catholic church at that time), but that it will be received as a free gift of God’s grace through the believer’s faith in Jesus Christ. Moreover, he held the Bible to be the only source of divinely revealed knowledge from God and was convinced that not just priests should be able to have access to this knowledge, but that it should be available to all Christians. This led him to translate the Bible into German; though he was not the first to make such a translation, he was the first to use the language spoken by the common people, rather than academics, which made his version very accessible. By coincidence, Gutenberg’s printing press was invented at about the same time, and so it was also possible to make lots of relatively cheap copies of his text, which became the first ever bestseller. The German language was deeply influenced by the Luther translation, and many of his turns of phrase are still used in German today, often unwittingly, a bit like English is full of idioms invented by Shakespeare or drawn from the King James’ Bible. Luther also championed education for all (including girls), because of course in those days, many people could not read at all. Luther was by no means the only reformer active in his day (in fact, there were quite a few far more radical voices), and he was no saint (for instance, he was a confirmed anti-semite), but his writings struck a nerve, and he was able to win the support of powerful backers, making him one of the most influential figures in the development of the church, and also of Germany.”

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