Epiphany family night at CSMSG

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The Church of St. Michael & St. George

6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
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"Living Christ In This World"
January 2-January 9, 2011
This Week's Banner:
The "Three Kings" at Epiphany Family Night 2010.

Sunday Adult Education

 The Rector's Forum
10:30 AM  Taylor Room
The Rev. Andrew John Archie will discuss "Themes in Exodus."

Faith & Life Forum In Its Second Year
10:30 AM    Sverdrup Room
John Tyler
Worn out by the holiday hassle? Want a little peace and quiet? We begin a new series on January 9 titled "Prayers for a Privileged People" based on a book with the same title that can be purchased in the Canterbury Bookstore. Come meet with us for this contemplative series where we will offer and discuss prayers related to the joys and concerns of daily life. Click this link for a description of the exciting topics to be discussed throughout the year.
Faith & Life information
Preaching Rota
Fr. Wheeler
January 9     The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
January 16    The Rev. Andrew John Archie
January 23    The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
January 30    The Rev. Andrew John Archie
Growing In Generosity
Stewardship Campaign 2011

Growing in Generosity logoOne way to fulfill your pledge obligation for 2011 is to make a gift of stock to CSMSG.

For those of you interested, here is today's market activity:
Helium was up. Feathers were down. Paper was stationary. Fluorescent tubing was dimmed in light trading. Knives were up sharply. And, cows steered into a bull market.
Invest wisely!

Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials
This Week

Sunday, January 9

Epiphany Family Night
5 PM   Great Hall 
Enjoy a Mexican dinner, family-friendly liturgy and the crowning of the Three Kings!  It is a wonderful closure to the Christmas season and the beginning of Epiphany.  Make reservations by contacting the receptionist at alice@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502 or emailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org.  Cost is $4.00 per person or $15.00 per family.  (Payment is at the event.)

Monday, January 10
Susan Mount Guild
On Monday, January 10 the Susan Mount Guild will welcome Peggy Strelinger who will take us on a visual tour of the period rooms of the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C.  Come explore the past with us. Punch Bowl is at 11:30 AM; Lunch ($5) at noon followed by the program. All are welcome!  Please make your reservations by Wednesday, January 5 by calling Helen Cavin at 314.647.0889.
Upcoming Events

"Mark" your calenders

Monday Nights
6:30 PM   Library
Fr. Jed continues to lead an in-depth study of the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 3, on Mondays, at 6:30 PM. The Bible Study is currently in recess until January 24. All are welcome.

Tuesday, January 11
6 PM    Great Hall
Steak & Stories
Our speaker will be Joe Yancey, the new Executive Director for Places for People. Places for People has recently established a home at 5235 Page, an architecturally-significant building and the former Blind Girls' Home. It will help fill an important role in the housing gap for people living with severe and persistent mental illness. Yancy recognizes the significant challenges currently faced by mental health agencies and will share his insights with us.
Yancy is brought to us by The St Michael's Houses Outreach Ministry, which has made a three-year commitment to support Places for People in their efforts at 5235 Page.
If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Alice Wodarek 314.721.1502 or alice@csmsg.org no later than noon Monday, January 10.

Monday, January 17
Faith@Work-Men's Luncheon
11:45 AM    Sverdrup Rm
Faith@Work will meet Monday, January 17, in the Sverdrup Room from 11:45 AM-1:00 PM. We begin with NOONDAY PRAYER and a "B.L.T.- Blessed Little Thought" by Fr. Jed. Lunch and Open Discussion follow. The cost is $7 for lunch. Please contact Michael Hanrahan (314.518.3086, mikehanrahan01@gmail.com) by Monday, January 10, 10 AM to rsvp.


Pere Marquette lodge
Mark Your Calendars Now!
Sign-ups for the Men's Retreat continue and spaces are beginning to fill up. The retreat begins on January 21 at noon and ends at 2 PM on the 22nd. Our guest speaker will be the Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson, Assistant Rector at St. Alban's Parish in Washington, DC. The cost of the retreat is $150 for double occupancy and $175 for single occupancy. To reserve a spot, please contact Debbie Fenner, debbie@csmsg.org, or call 314.721.1502. For more information: Retreat information and registration form

Sunday, January 30
Annual Meeting

Last years chili cook-off following the annual meeting

Please note the schedule for January 30.
  •   8:00 AM    Holy Eucharist
  •   9:15 AM    Choral Eucharist followed by the Annual Meeting
  •   5:30 PM    Holy Eucharist 
A chili cook-off and pie contest will follow the Annual Meeting.
Don't miss it!

 Chili cookoff at the annual meeting
Chili and Pies!
after 9:15 AM liturgy        Great Hall
Our January 30th Annual Meeting following the 9:15 AM liturgy
is right around the corner and we need chili and pies. The lunch following the meeting has become a popular event. Who doesn't enjoy sampling the work of some of the best cooks and bakers in St. Louis? Please e-mail Laurie at Laurie@csmsg.org or call at 314.721.1502 to let us know if we can count on you for a pot of chili or a pie. (I am getting hungry for chili just writing this!) See you on January 30!

Saturday, January 15
Hunger Ministry Sandwich-making            
10 AM   Taylor Rm
All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael's Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00-11:00 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for the Gateway Homeless Center's clients.

Friday, April 1
Nicaraguan Dinner Auction
Watch for more information in the mail!
Adult Education

women's retreat
Women's Retreat

Save the Date!
The Women's Retreat will be held March 4 & 5, 2011 at the Mercy Center. Start planning now to attend!

Get Confirmed
Adult Confirmation Classes will be starting in January. If you are interested in being confirmed in the Episcopal Church, or want to know more about what that means, please contact Fr. Fox, jfox@csmsg.org, or call the office at 314.721.1502.
Church school in St. George's Chapel
Church School Happenings
Church School Schedule
Church School for the Preschool-5th Grade begins on Sunday, January 9 with regular services in the Chapel. 

Church School Teachers Meeting
There is a Church School teachers meeting in the Taylor Room with a light breakfast (bagels, muffins, and juice provided) at 8:30 AM on January 9. 

Sunday, January 9
Epiphany Family Night
5 PM   Great Hall 
Epiphany Family Night is Sunday, January 9. The evening begins with a Mexican dinner, followed with a special service in the Church and ending with the Kings Cake and crowning of the Three Kings.
Please make reservations by emailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org or the receptionist at alice@csmsg.org or calling 314.721.1502. The cost is $4/person or $15/family. (Payment is at the event.)

Seniors at last year's mission trip to Trout Lodge
HS Retreat is THIS weekend!!  E-mail youth@csmsg.org TODAY to sign up! We will meet in St. George's Chapel at 7:30 AM this Saturday, January 8. Pick-up will be back at church at 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 9. Cost is $150; scholarships are available by contacting Marty. Adult drivers/chaperones are needed (and the YM pays your registration fee!). Volunteer by e-mailing the above address. All parents should confirm that their child is attending and remember, we would LOVE for your child's friends to come with us! A packing list is being mailed and e-mailed today to all who are on our list.

The Middle School retreat will be Saturday/Sunday, January 22/23. Sign-up now by e-mailing youth@csmsg.org. Cost is $150; scholarships are available by contacting Marty. Adult drivers/ chaperones are needed.
Wednesday Night Bible Study will not be held on Wednesday,  January 5 (due to leader training) but will resume on Wednesday, January 12.
YM Leadership Team will meet on Friday, January 14 from 12:30-2:00 PM in the Sverdrup Room. Please RSVP to interns@csmsg.org.
2011 High School Mission Trip deposits are due now. A $100 deposit will confirm participation on the HS mission trip next summer. If you have not yet paid, please do so now by mailing a check to Marty at church, or dropping one off at the receptionist's desk. Our trip is filling up and slots will be confirmed for those who submit this deposit first. If you need scholarship monies, please contact Marty at youth@csmsg.org. All rising 8th-12th graders are eligible to go on this trip! The dates of the trip to Sturgis, South Dakota are Friday, July 8-Sunday, July 17. Cost is $750.
Canterbury Bookstore
Canterbury Bookstore offers many items perfect for Christmas gifts.

Canterbury Bookstore's Sale Days are here!

The Canterbury Bookstore is celebrating the 12 days of Christmas! 12% taken off all in-stock merchandise, with special items reduced even more. Take advantage of these great savings through January 30. We are sorry that no discount can be taken on: special orders, Colonial Candles, imprints, and gift certificates. Free gift wrap is available and Canterbury Bookstore does not collect sales tax.   

All calendars are 60% off, Christmas ornaments 50% off, Christmas jewelry 50%, Christmas books 20% off, Nativities 40% off, all icons 20% off, wall crosses 40% off, neckties 20% off, Advent calendars 50% off, Advent devotionals 20% off and there's even more!  Come and see...

The Canterbury Staff thanks you for your patronage during 2010 and sends you best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2011.

Bookstore Hours
Book of the Month
Featured Books
2011 Vestry Nominees
The following parishioners have been nominated for the next vestry term.

Marianna DealMarianna Deal
  • Member since 1994, attending since 1991
  • Sunday school teacher for 10+ years
  • Past member of Sunday School Steering Committee
  • Member of The St. Michael School board
  • Vice-Chair of next year's Stewardship Campaign
I think we have a great opportunity to share God's word and love, by sharing the unique offering that we have at St. Michael & St. George.

Telling our story and sharing our experience will help us to grow as a parish, and grow the community of Christ.
Jim Holbrook
  • Jim Holbrook 'cradle' Episcopalian
  • member here since 1984 when Meredith and I moved to St. Louis
  • all three kids baptized and confirmed here (Louis was an acolyte, Mary was a Sunday School assistant, Lizzy is a Sunday School assistant)
  •  Chair of St. Michael's Houses, Faith In Action
  •  serve breakfast at the homeless shelter (occasionally)
  •  previously on the Vestry
  •  was the Junior Warden
  •  served on the Finance Committee
  •  served on the Rector Search Committee
  •  led the Every Member Canvass (a couple of times)
I am personally and deeply moved by the wonderfully 'traditional' way in which we worship God at our church. 

I would love to see our church full of enthusiastic parishioners, fulfilled in their spiritual journeys, led by an enthusiastic clergy and staff.
Jan JacobiJan Jacobi
  • Member of the parish for 27 years
  • Served two terms on the St. Michael's Houses board  
  • Served two terms on the St. Michael School board
  • Ushered for 10 years
My dream is that we build an endowment to support the life and work of the parish.

I care most about the relationships that make our parish special. It's an eclectic congregation and I deeply value the friendships I've made as a parishioner.
Mark Klamer
  • Mark KlamerServed as Junior Warden on the Vestry
  • Leading effort to enhance and expand the Page Garden Columbarium
  • Serving fourth year on Youth Leadership Team
  • Chaperone for youth mission trip and several youth retreats
  • Taught Sunday School for three years

In serving as Junior Warden, my main focus has been the expansion and enhancement of the Page Garden.  (Yes, I am to blame for the lockers in the cloister hallway!) I hope that we can continue to integrate our loving care for those who are interred into the life of the parish.

My other great passion has been the youth ministry. Having the opportunity to see our youth grow in their faith is a great blessing.

Jeff Miller, Jr.

Jeff Miller
  • Baptized, confirmed and married in our church
  • Served on the Vestry (two terms)
  • Headed up an annual stewardship program  
  • Deeply involved in developing the Nicaragua outreach ministry and have made the mission trip a number of times, most recently with my daughter, Margot.
  • Part of the team that developed the evangelism pillar of our strategic plan and am currently working to implement the plan.
My dream for our church is to be THE leading Episcopal church in America.         
 Lily Ott 
  • Member at CSMSG since I was born Lily Ott
  • Taught Sunday school
  • Served on the Church School Steering Committee
  • Involved with the New Parents Guild, delivering our newest parishioners blessed baby blankets.
  • Recently hosted a "Mom's Night Out" at my home to welcome and get to know newer members of the church.
Our parish is a strong community of people, and it is important to keep this community growing by reaching out to new members while maintaining the rich tradition that CSMSG provides.
Columbarium Update

Check the progress of the Page Garden columbarium project from the Ellenwood entrance! The columbarium is being rehabilitated and expanded to add an additional 164 niches. While construction is ongoing, urns are being stored in individual lockers in the cloister walk. Weather permitting, construction should be done by mid-late spring.

Bulletin Board
The Servers' Guild
The Servers' Guild provides a unique opportunity for students from 6th through 12th grades to participate in the Sunday liturgies and gain a deeper appreciation for our traditions and style of worship. If you would like to join a group of young people who are dedicated to enhancing the worship experience at The Church of St. Michael & St. George, contact Catherine Salmon at

Altar Guild
We invite you to deepen your spiritual life and connection to the liturgy by becoming a member of the Altar Guild. This ministry is dedicated to the service of God by lovingly preparing the altars. Many hands are needed, weekdays and Sundays, to care for the linens, candles and silver. Contact Betsy Panke: 314.993.6487 or

CSMSG Pre-primary enrollment
We are currently accepting applications for our parish's two pre-primary programs: 16-24 months on Thursday and Friday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM and 2-3 years on Monday through Wednesday mornings from 8:30-11:30 AM.  We are also offering a five-morning schedule for both classes. Our programs are taught by degreed teachers and have proven quite successful since their inception. For more information, call Carol at 314.721.1502.
Babies in the nursery
Smiles needed!
Want to volunteer one Su
nday a month? The Greeter position is just right for you. Contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.

Valet Parking
Valet service by Midwest Parking will be available on Sunday mornings for elderly parishioners and those with special needs. This valuable service is being pr
ovided by an anonymous benefactor. Thank you for this very generous gift!