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"Living Christ In This World"
February 14-February 20, 2011
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Our new wardens: Sr. Warden Jim Holbrook and Jr. Warden Mark Klamer. Thank you for your time, treasure and talent! 

This Sunday

February 20, 2011

Church School skit
Church School

For the next two weeks, the Church School parents are invited on specific Sundays to attend chapel with their children. 
            1st Grade                February 27
            2nd Grade               February 20
During this time the 1st and 2nd grades will be sharing what they have learned:  the story of Moses and Jesus Walking on Water. Please mark your calendars with the dates above so that you don't miss a wonderful experience.
Mysterious personFrom the Pews 

As I sit in my pew on Sunday, my ruminations swing between, "I am glad I am here because I feel good about being in church" to "Why am I here? I don't deserve to be here.  I am a hypocrite."  And, to be honest, that second thought is even a little deeper and more defensive--"Why am I here subjecting myself to being judged?" 

Why am I worried about being a hypocrite and being judged?  Well, that's an easy one--I am not living up to God's calling. Yes, I talk a good game.  I try to do the right things, at least most of the time.  I pass the peace to my fellow pew mates. I pledge, and I drop a few bucks into the plate.  I know I am fortunate to be an American and a St Louisan and an Episcopalian, and I do thank God for that! 

But I am very comfortable in my pew; it is my comfort zone. If I move across the aisle, would I be as comfortable? If I went to Nicaragua, would I be as comfortable? If I signed up to help St. Michael's Houses, how would I feel? If I invited my friends to join me at Evensong, would I be uncomfortable?

I like it that Andrew has reinstated The Comfortable Words in the liturgy. "God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all who believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." I guess the only ONE who really judges me also really loves me, so I think I'll get out of my comfort zone a bit more this year!

Sunday Adult Education

The Rector's Forum   10:30 AM  Taylor Room  
The Rector's Forum will not meet Sunday, February 20.    

Faith & Life Forum to Offer Unique Series   

10:30 AM   Sverdrup Room
John Tyler  A unique series begins  SUNDAY,  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 will meet in the Spanish classroom at 10:30 AM. Contact Fr. Jed at jfox@csmsg.org, or Debbie at debbie@csmsg.org for more information.

This Week

Church Service League

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Laurie greeting at door
Church Service League will be hosting our own Laurie Brown  who will be doing a program about St. Michael's and the people who work here and help us accomplish our mission to the women of this church.  This should be a very interesting and enlightening session!  In addition, we are still colllecting USO items through Sunday evening, and if you would like to donate, please put under the rim of the receptionist's desk for pick-up.  Bible study with Mike Wheeler is offered at 11:00 AM on Tuesdays, with lunch ($7.00) at noon. Our program follows.  Please join us!

Saturday, February 19  

Sandwich making  


Hunger Ministry Sandwich-making     

10 AM    Taylor Room

Sandwich Making will take place February 19.  All parishioners are invited and encouraged to join the St. Michael's Hunger Ministry on the third Saturday of each month from 10-11 AM in the Taylor Room to make sandwiches for the Gateway Homeless Center's clients.    


Monday, February 21 

Faith@Work-Men's Luncheon

11:45 AM  Sverdrup Room

Faith@Work will meet Monday, February 21, in the Sverdrup Room from 11:45 AM-1 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, February 21 at 10 AM to rsvp.   


Fishin' for Folk

Church "business" cards are available in the Great Hall and Narthex. Look for the flower pots. Please plant a card in a friend's hand and let them know about all the great things happening here.
Preaching Rota

February 20 The Rev. John Michael WheelerFr. Wheeler
February 27    The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
March 6          The Rev. Andrew John Archie
March 13        The Rev. Jedediah Wynne Fox

Growing In Generosity
Stewardship Campaign 2011  
Growing in Generosity logo

Growing In Generosity  

Campaign Update

403 parishioners have pledged $1,751,743.75 as of Friday, February 11.
Year to Date Budget  -    $2,000,000.00
Year to Date Pledges -    $1,751,743.75
Status                             -$248,257.00
The word "stewardship" comes from the Greek word oikonomia,
from which we derive our English word "economy." The Greek word itself derives from two words, oikos (house) and nemo (to manage). Therefore, a steward (one who practices stewardship) was the manager of a house or household. Financially speaking, we are stewards (managers) of whatever God has put into our hands. We own nothing and we answer to Him for how we have administered His assets and affairs while on this earth.

Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 1
7 PM   Schlafly Bottleworks  7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood, MO

Tap into Theology is Back!

Our speaker will be Ralph McMichael. Fr. McMichael will be speaking about the Center for the Eucharist, which he directs. Please RSVP to Fr. Jed at jfox@csmsg.org, or by calling the church if you are interested.


Tuesday, March 8

7 AM    First Watch Restaurant, Clayton 

Men's Breakfast

All men of the parish are invited to attend the Men's Breakfast. Come out and get a few last pancakes before Lent starts and share some time with other men from CSMSG...and, of course, the obligatory BACON!

Saturday, March 12
8:30-noon  Great Hall/St. George's Chapel

Quiet Morning

The Eucharistic Life: Listening, Offering, and Remembering
The Rev. Ralph McMichaelThe Rev. Ralph McMichael, Ph.D., will be our Quiet Morning speaker. He has been an Anglican priest for twenty-eight years, having served as a seminary professor, dean of a diocesan school for ministry, canon for ministry formation, and in parish ministry. He has written, taught, and lectured extensively on the history, theology, and practice of the Eucharist.  Fr. McMichael's publications include "The Doctrine of the Eucharist in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer," (Pro Ecclesia) and "The Redemption of Creation: A Liturgical Theology," in his edited volume Creation and Liturgy.  His newest book, Eucharist: A Guide for the Perplexed has been published recently by T&T Clark.


Friday, April 1  

Nicaraguan Dinner Auction   

The Dinner Auction will be held at Windows Off Washington. For more information contact Peggy at outreach@csmsg.org.

Nicaraguan Fundraiser

Adult Education

Women'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.

Comments from recent retreats:"I appreciated the relationships that the leader made to everyday life and the way she incorporated it into her reflections."


"Spiritually transforming...thought-provoking and liberating."


For more information, contact Debbie Fenner at



Women's Retreat Brochure 

Faith in Action

Hunger Ministry Spring Ingathering

Please help fill the increasing need for canned and packaged food in the St. Louis Food Pantries.  Any varieties of canned and dried foods are greatly needed. Soap, laundry or dish detergent, toilet paper, tissues and paper towels would also be welcome.  Pick up a yellow bag near the receptionist's desk, fill the bag with this month's items or items of your choice, and return it to the church by March 14 or bring your donation in any box or bag.  Can you help in other ways?  Contact Becky Zaccarrello with your ideas.


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 group at Trout Lodge's ropes course  



Mission Accomplished! HS Mission Fundraising:

To help defray the cost of our HS mission trip, our students will be working to 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. The hours of service you purchase are good well into the future, so take advantage and let US serve YOU! For more information, If you would like to buy services from our youth, please contact Bart Freer at bart.freer@gmail.com or Marty Chapman at youth@csmsg.org.

YM Parenting Seminar Series: Make plans to attend this four- week session of discussions about "Healthy Relationships, Healthy Children." Betsy Douglass will kick off this series with "Strong Parents, Strong Kids." These talks will be held downstairs in the pre-k room under the stairway.

THANK YOU to all who volunteered at the Valentine's Day Dinner- Dance Saturday night!!


8th Grade families AND Mentors: 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!


YM Adult Bible Study has been changed to Tuesday, February 22 from 7-8:30 PM at Marty Chapman's home. All Sunday School teachers, YM Leadership Team members and Bible Study leaders are invited!


YM Leadership Team meeting will be held on Friday, February 18 from noon-1:30 PM. Please RSVP to youth@csmsg.org by Wednesday, February 16.


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 youth@csmsg.org. 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!

Church School Happenings
For the next two 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!
  • 1st Grade                    February 27
  • 2nd Grade                   February 20
This week the 2nd Grade Parents are invited to the 9:15 AM Chapel liturgy to watch their 2nd Grade class presentation of what they have learned about Moses. This is a wonderful time to experience the 2nd-5th Grade chapel service, too!


Upcoming Family Event at the Magic House for Church School Families

Enjoy a fun family night at the Magic House on Sunday, February 27 from 6-8 PM.  Pizza, soda, and unlimited use of the "old" part of the facility.  The cost is $25.00 per family.  Please make reservations by emailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org.  Payment is at the event.
Canterbury Bookstore 
Faith Odyssey book
Prepare for the Lenten season. Come by the Bookstore today and explore the many great offerings for the season.  Faith Odyssey and Love Set Free are among the titles you will find on display. 

Passion for Pilgrimage by Alan Jones is a classic work on contemporary spiritual living, Alan Jones explores the various parts of the pilgrimage home.  He explores our search for light and love, repentance and forgiveness in the context of the Passion and Easter stories.

Stop in to see the large selection of rosaries in the Bookstore.  Many colors, materials and styles to be viewed.  Small finger rosaries, one and four decade rosaries and bracelet rosaries in wood, crystal and sterling silver, to name only a few choices.  Learn more about the rosary...  and the wonderful display of icons. 

Beautiful icons from Cal Hellas in many sizes and designs.  Learn more about these meditation resources and using them to enrich your spiritual journey. 

Lent is a season of preparation.  It ought to be approached as an opportunity, a time to let go of excuses for failings and shortcomings; a time to ask God to show us what we really look like. There are many devotionals to lead you though the season of Lent and beyond.

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


Workshop: Developing Compassion
in Your Personal & Professional Life

Joyce RuppCompassion can change a heart, change a life, change the world. In this four-day workshop, internationally known speaker and author
Joyce Rupp, OSM, explores the theoretical and experiential dynamics of compassionate presence while helping you develop the skills of care-giving and inspiring a deeper expression of compassion in your daily life.
Individual sessions include:

Overview of Compassion

Compassion of Self

Compassion for Others

Compassion in Loss and Suffering

Compassion in Organizations

Compassion and the Marginalized

Compassion for Creation

The Family Center invites you to give yourself the compassionate gift of a four-day retreat experience by staying overnight at the Mercy Center of St. Louis. Monday through Thursday, April 11-14, 2011, 8:30 AM to evening. The Mercy Center, 2039 North Geyer Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131 314.966.4686, mercycenterstl.org

No refunds available after March 10.

For more information, contact Patience Schock, 314.963.9600,
ext 0 thefamilycenterjr@gmail.com.

Chili and Pie Champs  

Chili Cook-off and Pie contest

And the winners are ...  Lulu Stribling for her pie and Nita Beecher for her chili! Below are the winning recipes. Many thanks to all the cooks and bakers!

Chili by Nita Beecher

One pound hamburger meat to 2 cans Hunts tomatoes for chili (already seasoned) to one can kidney beans

I then cook the chili in a crockpot on high for 5 hours or so.

Pie by Lulu Stribling

Pecan Pie from The Silver Palate Cookbook
"Golden and Lush, but not too sweet, a taste of the Old South"
4 eggs
1 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted sweet butter (1/2 stick)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shelled pecans
9-inch pie crust
1/3 cup shelled pecan halves (I rarely do this part)
1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a 9-inch pie pan with the pastry (I used Pillsbury pie crust from the dairy case).
2.  Beat eggs well in a large bowl.  Add brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, melted butter and vanilla to the eggs, and mix thoroughly. ( I use a mixer and mix for about 2-3 minutes.)
3.  Sprinkle chopped pecans in pastry-lined pan.  Pour egg mixture over pecans.  Arrange pecan halves around edge of filling next to crust for decoration.  (I never line the pecans around.)
4. Set on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes longer, or until set.  (I usually have to let it bake another 10 or so minutes but watch it closely.)
5.  Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature before serving.
8 portions
Serve a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top of the pie!  YUMMY!!

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 epanke@aol.com.

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 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!