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The Church of St. Michael & St. George
6345 Wydown Blvd.
PO Box 11887
Clayton, MO 63105
|"Living Christ In This World"|
| February 28 - March 6, 2011|
|This Week's Banner: |
The Youth Ministry whipped up a few pancakes at last year's Pancake Supper.
March 6, 2011
Sunday, at 5:00 o'clock, the Abbot, Prior and Monks of St. Louis Abbey will return to The Church of St. Michael & St. George to sing Vespers. This liturgy is part of our ongoing relationship with the Abbey and a wonderful opportunity to experience a part of the regular round of worship as it has been sung every day for almost 2000 years. It also is a great ecumenical effort as we host the monks--as they host us each spring--each group contributing significantly to the worship life of the other. The church fills early for this liturgy, so please plan to join us and arrive early to ensure that you get a seat.
Dream Big with Meg Rice
All High School Seniors are invited to lunch on Sunday, March 6 from 11:15 AM-12:45 PM in the Taylor Room. Meg Rice will lead a discussion about embarking from high school to college and how important it is to "Dream Big!" RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, March 2.
March 6 The Rev. Andrew John Archie
March 13 The Rev. Jedediah Wynne Fox
March 20 The Rev. Andrew John Archie
March 27 The Rev. John Michael Wheeler
|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
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. 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 series.
If you have an interest in the topic but are unable to attend the Forum, you'll still find the book helpful. get the book that explores these questions and proposes answers with extensive scriptural support. It's a user-friendly read for 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
Classes for adults wishing to be confirmed and or received will meet in the Spanish classroom at 10:30 AM. Contact Fr. Jed at email@example.com, or Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|From the Pews |
Gazing around the church Sunday mornings, I sometimes wonder why people have come here. Is it out of habit, or tradition? Is it out of faith? Is it because of the fellowship, or the good coffee? The intellectual stimulation of Father Archie's sermons? Well, what about me--why do I come? My first answer is that I come in order to be a better person. Which begs the question, better than what? So, digging a little deeper, I guess it's because I want to feel God, I want to be moved, I want to have my heart filled. Ok, maybe I want a sign. Maybe I want some proof. (And yes, I want to see where my pledge is going!) This is all stuff that I want, which probably isn't exactly what Jesus had in mind. I don't really want to be judged, but I do want to be forgiven, if that makes any sense. So, I come to church to seek out answers to the above, and to pray!
That's my view from my pew!
Pancake Supper Volunteers
Volunteers are 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 email@example.com to sign up. Bring your friends to help too!
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.
Forward this e-letter to your friends!
|Growing In Generosity|
Stewardship Campaign 2011
Growing In Generosity
Campaign UpdateAs of Monday, February 28 we have received 406 pledges for a total of $1,778,443.
As one parishioner who sent in their pledge said, "I feel blessed to belong to St. Michael and St. George AND to be able to give back." Thank you for your pledge!
The Blessings of Belonging to CSMSG1. I get to worship God regularly with wonderful preaching and
2. I'm involved in a ministry that is making a difference in my life
and in the lives of others.
3. I'm a member of a Bible study or group at church that has
become like family to me.
4. I make an annual pledge to support The Church of St. Michael
and St. George so others may also be blessed by belonging
Growing in Generosity Stewardship testimonials
|Upcoming Events |
Tuesday, March 8
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 SupperThe 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. Cost is $6/person or $25/family. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314.721.1502 for reservations.
Saturday, March 12
8:30-noon Great Hall/St. George's ChapelThe Eucharistic Life: Listening, Offering, and Remembering
The 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 GuildThe 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 AM; 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.
Nicaraguan Dinner Auction
Friday, April 1 6 PM
Look for your invitation in the mail! The "Hope for a Bright Future" Dinner and Auction will be held at Windows Off Washington. For more information contact Peggy at email@example.com.
Nicaraguan Dinner Invitation
Faith in Action
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 IngatheringPlease 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 ReversedSunday 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|
Mom's Night OutThe 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.
Ash Wednesday Family Service5:30 St. George Chapel
There will be a special Ash Wednesday Family Service in St. George's Chapel led by Laurie Anzilotti, March 9.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake SupperPlease see the Youth section below for information about the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
High School Senior Lunch
HS Seniors are invited to lunch on Sunday, March 6 for a discussion with Meg Rice of what it will be like to embark from high school to college or a gap year. This will be in the Taylor Room form 11:15 AM-12:45 PM. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, March 2.
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!
YM Parenting Seminar Series:
Make plans to attend this series of discussions about "Healthy Relationships, Healthy Children." This week, Meg Rice will discuss "Enabling our Kids to Dream Big." These talks are held downstairs in the Pre-K room under the stairway. Light refreshments and coffee are served. Isaac Arten, our Youth Minister, will present on Sunday, March 13. All adults are welcome!
2011 High School Mission Orientation Thank you to all who have supported our 2011 HS Mission Trip Fundraiser! There's still time to hire one of our teens to help you with any of your indoor or outdoor chores. Donate now and ask for the labor whenever you need it. Contact Bart Freer at email@example.com or 314.276.3733 to donate or get your job scheduled.
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
Book of the Month
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.
Workshop: Developing Compassion Compassion can change a heart, change a life, change the world. In this four-day workshop, internationally known speaker and author
in Your Personal & Professional Life
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 CreationThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Want to volunteer one Sunday a month? The Greeter position is just right for you. Contact Laurie Brown at Laurie@csmsg.org or 314.721.1502.
Valet service by Midwest Parking will be available on Sunday mornings for elderly parishioners and those with special needs. This valuable service is being provided by an anonymous benefactor. Thank you for this very generous gift!