Church schoolers making their own version of the golden calf for a skit.
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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"
February 21-February 27, 2011
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The 2nd Graders make their own version of the "golden calf" for a church school skit. 

This Sunday

February 27, 2011


Church School skit
Church School

First Grade parents are invited to the 10:25 Chapel service to watch their children "act out" the story of Jesus Calming the Storm.  Front row seats will be reserved for you to see them!

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/family.  Please make reservations by emailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org.  Payment is due at the event.
Sunday Adult Education
Archie_100x100The 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  
Our current and unique series is titled "Jesus: A Way or the Way: Salvation, Non-Christian Religions, and the Unevangelized". The series is using John Tyler's book with the same title that is available now in the Canterbury Bookstore. We are exploring and discussing 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 addresses 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. Please read Chapter 2 before next Sunday, and bring the book with you to the Forum.

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.
Mysterious personFrom the Pews 

I keep a little file of the "New Yorker" cartoons that I think are funny. Some are oldies but goodies, and some are more recent and more topical. In last week's "New Yorker," there was one cartoon that was particularly amusing-a group of friends sitting around a bar table, with one of the guys quoted saying, "I'm in the market for an easier religion". They say that humor is mostly the truth, and I think that bit of insight holds up in this case. It made me smile, and stop. Who wants a 'harder' religion anyway? And aren't more and more of us 'church shoppers' these days? Some of us are born-and-raised St. Michael's members. Some of us are cradle Episcopalians. But most of us are looking for a church of almost any religion that fits our particular needs, wants and/or desires. We are as loyal to a particular denomination and location as we are to breakfast cereal and automobile brands. 
 
For us as a group sitting here in our pews at St Michael's, are our needs/wants/desires for an 'easier religion', though? I think not.  Just the physical exercise of kneeling and standing up is like a strenuous aerobics class. The comfortable words aren't always comfortable. Andrew often says that Jesus wasn't in the appeasement business when here on earth. Redemption, yes; affirmation, clearly not. Sometimes our national church makes it tough on us. Sometimes the inclement weather makes it tough on us. We don't have the luxury of receiving positive reinforcement in our pews. Easy? Hardly. 
 
They say that the best things in life aren't always the easiest, and I believe it. It is hard to get up Sunday morning at 5 AM and race down to the homeless shelter to cook breakfast for one hundred people. It is hard to make a pledge that's above and beyond what is safely affordable. It is hard to teach Sunday school week after week, month after month. But it is certainly very good medicine for the soul. 
 
That's my view on St. Michael's from my pew.

Preaching Rota
The Rev. Jed Fox
February 27  The Rev. Jedediah Wynn Fox
March 6          The Rev. Andrew John Archie
March 13        The Rev. Jedediah Wynne Fox
March 20        The Rev. Andrew John Archie

Adult Education
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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."

 

"The beautiful retreat setting" lends itself of peacefulness and serenity." 

 

For more information, contact Debbie Fenner at debbie@csmsg.org 

 

 Women's Retreat Brochure 

Welcoming

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.
Growing In Generosity
Stewardship Campaign 2011  
Growing in Generosity logo

Growing In Generosity  

Campaign Update

As of Friday, February 18, we have received 406 pledges for a total of $1,778,443.
 
Yesterday at CSMSG between 8 AM and
7 PM the following were held:
 
 5 liturgies (3 in the main church and 2 in St. George's Chapel)
 11 Church School classes
 1 Youth Confirmation Class
 1 Adult Confirmation Class
 1 Faith and Forum Class
 1 Parenting Class
 
Your pledge dollars are being used to support all of the above. Thank you for your pledge!

 
Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials
Upcoming Events

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.

bacon 

Tuesday, March 8

Men's Breakfast

7 AM    First Watch Restaurant, Clayton  

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!

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

is a fundraiser for the YM HS Mission Trip and will be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 5:30 -7 PM featuring YM students performing talent acts as well as games and activities for children in the Sverdrup Room. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to celebrate Mardi Gras!

Saturday, March 12

Quiet Morning

8:30-noon  Great Hall/St. George's Chapel

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.

Monday, March 14

The Susan Mount Guild

The Susan Mount Guild will welcome Father Steven Salaris from All Saints of North American Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Father Salaris will present a Lenten program on forgiveness with a focus on Matthew's Gospel. Punch Bowl is at 11:30; Lunch ($5) at noon followed by the program. All are welcome!  Please make your reservations by Wednesday, March 9 by calling Helen Cavin at 314.647.0889.

 

Friday, April 1   

Nicaraguan boy 

Nicaraguan Dinner Auction    

Friday, April 1    6 PM 

Look for your invitation in the mail next week! The "Hope for a Bright Future" Dinner and Auction will be held at Windows Off Washington. For more information contact Peggy at outreach@csmsg.org.

 

Faith in Action

 

Valentines DanceValentine Dinner/Dance 

Thanks to all who made the St. Michael's Houses and Youth Ministry First Annual Valentine Dinner Dance a success! The food was delicious, the Great Hall looked wonderful and  the waiters and bus people did a fabulous job. Christi John Bye's band provided music that had everyone on the dance floor! Thank you to all who dined and danced, you supported two very important ministries.

 

Hunger Ministry's Annual TRIVIA NIGHT

Plan to attend TRIVIA NIGHT. Saturday, May 7, a wonderfully-fun evening is planned to benefit Hunger Ministry of St. Michael and St. George. The ever popular Jim Doyle, will MC the evening for $20/person.

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!
Church School Happenings
This week, the 1st Grade Parents are invited to the 10:25 AM Chapel liturgy to watch their 1st Grade class presentation of the story of Jesus Calming the Storm.

 

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/family.  Please make reservations by emailing Jane Fisher at jfisher@csmsg.org.  Payment is due at the event.

Mom's Night Out

The next Mom's Night Out is Thursday, March 3, 7:30 PM at Kristin Redington's.  Invitations will be sent via Constant Contact e-mail.  If you do not receive it, please check your "junk email" or contact Jane Fisher.

Youth

YM group at Trout Lodge's ropes course   

 

YM Parenting Seminar Series: Make plans to attend this series of discussions about "Healthy Relationships, Healthy Children." This week, Rev. Aline Russell will discuss "Brains Matter." These talks are held downstairs in the Pre-K room under the stairway. Light refreshments and coffee are served. Make plans to attend the discussions on March 6 and 13, too!  All adults are welcome! 

 

YM Kick-off Committee

will meet TODAY at Marty's house from 5:30-6:30 PM.  

 

YM Adult Bible Study is tomorrow night, 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!

 

All 8th graders, their mentors and families are invited to our Guided Eucharist at 5 PM THIS Saturday, February 26. This will be followed by a BBQ dinner from Bandana's and should last until approximately 8 PM. Cost is $10/person for BBQ. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 29 to interns@csmsg.org.

 

Mission (almost) Accomplished! Thank you to all who have supported our 2011 HS Mission Trip Fundraiser! There's still time to hire one of our teens or adults to help you with any of your indoor our outdoor chores. Donate now and ask for the labor whenever you need it. Contact Bart Freer at bart.freer@gmail.com or 314.276.3733 to donate or get your job scheduled.

 

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is a fundraiser for the YM HS Mission Trip and will be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 5:30-7 PM featuring YM students performing talent acts as well as games and activities for children in the Sverdrup Room. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to celebrate Mardi Gras!

 

Pancake Supper Volunteers needed to bake egg casseroles, perform talent at the dinner, run games for the kids and help cook and serve the dinner on Tuesday, March 8! Volunteers are needed from 4:30-7:30 PM (2 shifts available). E-mail youth@csmsg.org to sign up. Bring your friends to help too! 

2011 High School Mission Orientation will be held this Sunday, February 27 from 11:30 AM-12:15 PM in the Gym. This is a very important meeting and all participants and parents (at least one per student participant) are requested to be at this meeting. The balance is due at this time, unless you work out a payment plan with Marty. We have a few spots still open, so please spread the word. If you are considering going on this trip, please attend this meeting!

 

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!

Canterbury Bookstore 

Visit Canterbury Bookstore today to review the new and exciting items that have arrived...resources for the Lenten season, gift ideas for your loved ones and a special item or two for yourself. 
 Suggested books for Lent

Bookstore Hours
Book of the Month
Featured Books
Columbarium Update

Columbarium
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.


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
salmonfarm@gmail.com.

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!