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"Living Christ In This World"
January 31-February 6, 2011
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The 2011 Vestry 

This Sunday

February 6, 2011

Guest Preacher

Rt. Rev'd Keith B. WhitmoreThe Rt. Rev'd Keith B. Whitmore, the Assistant Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, will be our guest preacher this Sunday. He served as Bishop of the Diocese of Eau Claire in northwestern Wisconsin from 1999 to 2008. Prior to being elected as bishop, Whitmore served congregations in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Kansas. He was serving as Dean of the Cathedral in Western Kansas when elected bishop. Ordained priest and deacon in 1977, he has undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Theology, an MDiv. and D.D. from Nashotah House Seminary. Bishop Whitmore also served as an Army Chaplain and retired after 27 years of service. He has served on Standing Commission on Ministry Development of the Episcopal Church and is former president of the Domestic Missionary Partnership and Affirming Catholicism, organizations devoted to the mission of the Church. Bishop Whitmore conducts workshops on Evangelism, Parish Development, Vision and Goal Setting, Leadership Development in congregations around the country.

Children's skit at annual meeting
Church School

The Kindergarten class will be sharing the story of the Wedding at Cana with the other children in their 10:25 AM chapel liturgy.  Kindergarten parents are invited to be with them at the liturgy.


5 PM    Church
The Choir of The Church of St. Michael & St. George will sing Choral Evensong for Epiphanytide on Sunday at 5 PM. The liturgy will include canticles by Charles Wood and music of Richard Shephard, Henry Gerike, and Morten Lauridsen. Please plan to be a part of this beautiful, contemplative liturgy to mark the closing of the day. 

Simple SupperSimple supper logo

Immediately following  Evensong, a simple supper will be served in the Taylor Room. For a donation of  $5/person, you will be delighted with the homemade soup and salad dinner served including desert and wine. All proceeds will go to improvements for the Sant Library.
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 to Offer Unique Series
10:30 AM   Sverdrup Room
John Tyler
A unique series begins in two weeks on February 20 and is titled "Jesus-A Way or the Way: Salvation, Non-Christian Religions, and the Unevangelized." The series will use John Tyler's book with the same title that is available now in the Canterbury Bookstore. Participants will explore and discuss questions like these:
  • Is Jesus a way or the way to salvation and eternal life?
  • Must Jewish people profess Jesus as Lord and Savior in order to receive the gift of salvation, or can they be saved within Judaism that rejects Christ?
  • Were all the Gentiles who lived before Christ bereft of any pathway to salvation?
  • Does God work through non-Christian religions to bring their adherents to salvation?
  • Are people who never have an opportunity to hear the gospel and, thus, to accept or reject it, utterly bereft of any pathway to salvation?
  • Is salvation confined to the slender thread of humanity since the dawn of time that has been able to hear and respond affirmatively to the gospel?
This series will address questions we all have, but may never have had a chance to explore-until now. Get the book in the Canterbury Bookstore and join us for this unique, eight-week series. If you are unable to attend the Forum, then get the book that explores these questions and proposes answers with extensive scriptural support. Laypeople of all levels of biblical knowledge and Christian experience will find the book easy to read and understand. Each chapter concludes with questions that help readers grapple with the subject and arrive at their own answers.
Faith & Life information

Get Confirmed
Classes for adults wishing to be confirmed and or received May 1, begin this week. Contact Fr. Jed at, or Debbie at for more information.

This Week

Church Service League

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
May be cancelled due to inclement weather, call the church on Tuesday morning to confirm that the luncheon will take place.
Church Service League will be hosting Dr. Jim Littlefield, one of our own members of CSMSG, who will be "taking us on safari" at our meeting. He will be doing a dynamic pictorial presentation that is not to be missed!  Please join us for Bible study with The Rev. Michael Wheeler at 11 AM and lunch at noon ($7). The presentation will begin right after lunch.


Fishin' for Folk

At yesterday's Annual Meeting, packets of CSMSG "business cards" were distributed. The purpose of the cards is to help you share with others the wonderful things that happen at our church. The cards have contact information, liturgy schedules as well as our mission statement. Vestry member Rosalyn Miles came up with the idea as a way to help grow the church. Place the packets in your purse, wallet or car and hand them out to people. "CSMSG is my church, here is the website address, check us out!" If you need more cards or did not receive a packet, more are available on the table in the Narthex by the baptismal font.
Preaching Rota
  Rt. Rev'd Keith B. Whitmore
February 6     The Rt. Rev. Keith Whitmore
February 13     The Rev. Andrew John Archie
February 20     The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
February 27     The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
Growing In Generosity
Stewardship Campaign 2011
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Growing In Generosity  

Campaign Update

We have received 393 pledges for a total of $1,732,823. Our goal is $2,000,000. If you have not yet made a pledge and wish to do so, please contact Laurie at or 314.721.1502.

Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials
Upcoming Events

Steak & Stories

Tuesday, February 8
6:00 PM  Great Hall
February is American Heart Month and several of our parish's cardiothoracic surgeons will share their experiences in heart surgery and heart health. They are: Dr. Tom Ferguson, Professor Emeritus of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University; Dr. Robbie Johnson, St. Louis University Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Childen's Hospital; Dr. Nick Kouchoukos, Missouri Baptist Medical Center. This will be a panel discussion format so bring your questions.
If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Alice Wodarek 314.721.1502 or no later than noon, Monday February 9.

St. Michael's Housesvalentine clip art
Valentine's Day Dinner Dance
Saturday, February 12
6:30 PM to 10 PM
Bring your sweetheart to the Great Hall for a romantic evening of dinner, live music and dancing! $100/couple includes dinner, dancing, and music by Two Times True with Christi John Bye. FREE babysitting with advanced reservations. To RSVP, contact the receptionist by February 9 at 314.721.1502 or Proceeds go to benefit the St. Michael's Houses Places on Page project and the Youth Ministry High School Mission Trip.  
Valentine invitation

Sweetheart Soup Sale


Sunday, February 13

Make a batch of soup and help the Hunger Ministry. Pick up a container or two-maybe more-and fill them with your favorite soup recipe. Please bring them to the church and put them in the freezer in the kitchen. They will be sold in the Great Hall on February 13 at the Soup Sale to benefit the Hunger Ministry. Breads to go with the soup are also needed. Please Call Becky Zaccarello 314.721.4565 to help. Don't forget to come by the "Sale" and purchase a container of delicious homemade soup and bread. 

Monday, February 14 

Susan Mount Guild

11:30   Great Hall

On Monday, February 14 the Susan Mount Guisusan mt. chinald will welcome Leslie Canavan who will discuss and show commemorative china. Come learn about china which commemorates people, places and events.  Punch Bowl is at 11:30 AM; Lunch ($5) at noon followed by the program.  All are welcome! Please make your reservations by Wednesday, February 9 by calling Helen Cavin at 314.647.0889.


Friday, April 1

Nicaraguan Dinner Auction
The Dinner Auction will be held at Windows Off Washington. For more information contact Peggy at

Adult Education
treeWomen's Retreat
The 2011 Women's Retreat, "Oaks of Righteousness", will be held at the Mercy Center on March 4-5, 2011. The spiritual leader will be Meg Rice, from Houston, Texas. She is a multi-generational Episcopalian who has been a Bible Study leader and teacher for over 15 years. Our desired results for the retreat will focus on:
  • Learning and/or affirming silent prayer practices that draw us closer to God and enable us to listen to Him, and cope with our daily lives
  • Discovering tools and resources to maintain a prayer practice, at any level, after the retreat.
For more information, contact Debbie Fenner at
Women's Retreat Brochure

Faith in Action

Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed

Sunday mornings    arrive 6:15-6:30 AM
Help is needed serving breakfast at Gateway Homeless Services on Sunday mornings This ministry provides a warm nourishing meal to more than 75 men, women and children and the opportunity to show them and yourself how God's love works in our lives. You can make a difference. Share yourself with this ministry; call Nick Clifford, 314.997.4011, or just come on Sunday morning to 1000 N. 19th Street. Many tasks to be involved in and still time to attend church at St. Michael's. Join in!


YM_retreat at Trout Lodge

Mission Accomplished! HS Mission Fundraising: To help defray the cost of our HS mission trip, our students will be raising money by volunteering to help members of CSMSG with special projects such as babysitting, snow shoveling, yard clean-up after winter, flower planting and other special projects. Please make plans to come to the Great Hall this Sunday, February 6 and Sunday, February 13 to donate to this special cause by signing-up for your personal Youth Ministry volunteer! The hours of service you purchase are good well into the future, so take advantage and let US serve YOU! For more information, contact Bart Freer at or Marty Chapman at


All 2011 HS Mission Trip participants must contact Bart Freer at by February 1 about the Youth Ministry Fundraiser.


6th-12th Graders: Volunteers needed to help with the Valentine's Dinner on Saturday, February 12. The Youth Ministry will be helping to set-up, babysit, serve dinner and clean-up. Please e-mail to sign up! 


Attention all 8th Grade families, please note this CHANGE OF DATE! The 8th Grade Confirmation Guided Eucharist and BBQ dinner has been changed from Saturday, February 12 to Saturday, February 26 to allow all parents to attend Valentine's Dinner-Dance here at church, and to allow our students to volunteer!


2011 HS Mission deposits are due NOW.  We are currently collecting $100 deposits to 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. We have over 40 participants signed up and slots will be confirmed for those who submit this deposit first. If you need scholarship monies, please contact Marty at All rising 8th-12th graders are eligible to go with us to Sturgis, SD July 8 - 17!


Wednesday Night Bible Study meets every Wednesday from 6:30-8 PM in the Armstrong Room. Come at 5:30 PM to see if you can beat Isaac at the Wii! Dinner is at 6:30 PM in the Great Hall. Bring your friends!


Youth Ministry Adult Leader Bible Study and dinner will be held at Marty Chapman's home on Tuesday, February 15 from 7-8:30 PM. All YM Sunday School Teachers, YM Leadership Team members and Bible Study leaders are invited. RSVP to

Laurie with children during Family Epiphany Night.
Church School Happenings

For the next few weeks, the Church School parents are invited on
specific Sundays to attend chapel with their children.

The liturgy is in St. George's Chapel and space will be saved for you to sit with your child. This is a wonderful time to experience how special the children's liturgy is!
  • Kindergarten               February 6
  • 1st Grade                    February 27
  • 2nd Grade                   February 20
  • 3rd Grade                    February 13
During February, the Kindergarten-Third Grades will be sharing what they have learned: The Wedding at Cana, the story of Moses, Jesus' Early Years, and Jesus Walking on Water. Please mark the above dates in your calendars so that you don't miss a wonderful experience.


Upcoming Family Event at the Magic House for Church School Families

Mark your calendars for fun at the Magic House on Sunday, February 27, 6-8 PM.  UNLIMITED use of the old part of the Magic House.  Pizza and soda will be provided.  The cost is $25/ per family.  Look for information in the mail and via email!
Canterbury Bookstore
We're coming to the end of the Clearance Sale.  Stop by the bookstore to see the remarkable bargains...we'd rather sell it than count it!! We added to the list...All Episcopal insignia items 40% off (that includes belts), stationary and greeting cards 40% off, jewelry 20%-30% off.  More, more, more...come in and see!
Original Sin by Alan Jacobs introduces us to the world of original sin.  Perhaps no Christian doctrine is more controversial; perhaps none is more consequential. Whether or not we believe in original sin the idea has shaped our most fundamental institutions. In Original Sin, Jacobs takes readers on a sweeping tour of the idea of original sin, its origins, its history and its proponents and opponents.
Jesus of Israel by Fr. Richard Veras invites us to enter a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the doors of familiar and not-so-familiar incidents in the Old Testament. For example, why does God ask Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? Why are there two creation stories in Genesis? What's the problem with being a Samaritan? And what does any of this have to do with Jesus and our life in him? The author explores these and other issues with one goal in mind: to aid the reader to come to a deeper certainty about Jesus Christ.
Prepare for the Lenten season by considering these resources:  rosaries, icons, meditation candles, devotionals and Bible studies.  Forty Days: The Daily Office for Lent offers a centered and traditional method for prayer to give structure and meaning to Lent and invites you to pray with Scripture every day of the year. Stop by the Bookstore and let us help with the selection of your Lenten resources.

Bookstore Hours
Book of the Month
Featured Books
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
Accolytes at annual meeting
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 CSMSG, 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.

Smiles Needed!
Want to volunteer one Su
nday a month? The Greeter position is just right for you. Contact Laurie Brown at 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!